I joined that site back in 2010 with no intentions of becoming a poet. I penned a few short stories hoping for feedback and Critique, to help me grow as a writer. The money was never an issue, I knew going in that unless I wrote a ton of how to do, make, create,apply explain, then I would not make a dime. Through the process as username ” Saddlerider” I discovered a couple of interesting writers who stimulated my senses and encouraged me to give poetry a “Try”.
Well, I penned my first poem ever and called it, “The Abyss” I received some interesting feedback and encouragement to continue to express myself as a poet. I dug deep within, I went back to my past, my experiences living in a dis-functional household where abuse, booze, fighting and poverty was the order, of pretty well every day. Also once I got started writing, I felt someone or something near, that moved me to dig deeper and deeper, finding inspiration all around me to cause me to pen the thoughts that hung out there.
I wrote and wrote and wrote, until I found it coming naturally, I built up a following of readers who left many comments on my work. They were truly moved to tears by much of it, I followed many writers as well. I knew that the name Saddlerider didn’t quite cut it as a poet, I changed it to Vincent Moore, I had to cut most of my work and start over again. My followers were deleted as well, from over 1,000 of them to just under 300.
Through the process I was seeing an exit of many great writers, changes were happening rapidly, Panda created a stir and creative writers/poets knew there wasn’t a place for their work any longer at the Hubs. Articles were the mainstay and I fully understood the direction they were heading in, profit is indeed important for any business. So to build a serious foundation for writers/poets to read and follow my work I would have to build my website and I was able to do that with the help of Alexandra Lucas, aka Silvergenes at the Hubs and of course at her own sites. She was the genius behind editing, publishing my two books of poetry as well as designing and creating Vincent Moore’s website.
Over time I have removed my work from the Hubs. Just recently I decided to finally pull the remaining poetry from the Hubs and place them at Vincent’s new site. I left a couple of articles there to keep my name to comment still on others work. My friendships have been plenty, and fortunately most of them are also on Facebook and still reading my work. I am truly encouraged and deeply inspired by my fellow poets from various blogs, Google+ and other personal websites of published authors. They see merit in my work and help me grow as a poet. I will continue to follow those who read my work, for those are the writers/poets who want to share theirs as well.
I was discouraged to continue placing my work at the Hubs when recently I had placed 10 poems, and within a week, each one had blue down arrows, something I had never met before. I use to keep up a Hub score of between 96 and 100 most consistently. Of course I had over 150 poems and articles there to help boost that score. So I decided that scores are not important to me, nor are blue down arrows on my work. Thus the transition to my site, where my present work and new, will be published.
My account at the Hubs will still remain, unless they decide to close it out. I have met so many exciting writers over my tenure there that it would be sad to leave them completely. However most of them know where I am and do visit from time to time. I feel I have an extended family from many I have met and still share with today. Every single one of you helped encourage this poet to continue to write my poetry. My success has come from your encouragement and I am truly blessed. I look forward to the continual relationships and sharing of each others work. Thank you all for reading this and staying with this poet on his journey of becoming a better writer.
Vincent Moore 2013