I've never been to 100

Never been to 100, but today I'm at 98
Never been to 100, but today I'm at 98

Will I get to 100?

The coveted HubRank of 100 may be within my grasp. I can see it, shimmering on the horizon, teasing me like an SEIU endorsement for a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, which I'm obviously not, but you get the picture anyway.

Today I sit solidly on 98. 98 is good. 98 rocks, I guess. Tomorrow I may drift back down to 96 or 94 or 92 or I may nudge ahead to 99, then rise gloriously to 100.

Ah, 100. The Holy Grail of Hubbing, except without the killer rabbit and the Enchanter named Tim and those taunting French. Like Monty Python, I quest endlessly for that highest of HubPages honors; a 3 digit number superimposed on my avatar.

Does it Matter?

It may matter. On the other hand, it may be as meaningless as a Special Order speech in the House of Representatives.

Google doesn't care, Yahoo yawns, Bing blinks and turns away, bored. My AdSense income won't be impacted by this auspicious honor. On the other hand, a fellow hubber may be inspired by my Hubtastic success. Somewhere in cyberspace an aspiring author stands on the precipice of committing Hubicide. His cursor hovers over the Logout button, his finger poised to twitch one final time, prepared to close his browser and never write another hub as long as he lives. In a final gasp of desperation he checks Hubtivity, out of habit, hopelessly. He observes that one of his favorite authors (me, if you're not following along) has been anointed with the highest numeric ranking available in the HubPages universe. He thinks to himself "If that nimrod can do it, so can I."

Hey, it could happen.

Don't ask me how

How'd I get to 98? I dunno. When my HubRank changes, I look back at my Hubtivities in a futile attempt to impose some logic on this cyberworld without rules. Yesterday I published two hubs; one was very narrow, one was goofy. About a week ago I stopped posting to the forums; perhaps I'm being rewarded for that decision? Lately I have been leaving more comments for My Favorite Authors.

There exist rumblings and rumors in HubLand. Some say that a HubRank includes a measure of randomness. Forum posts postulate that the HubGods may tease a ranking up or down simply to tweak or otherwise inspire an author to greater publishing achievements. Hubber Silenus suggests a vengeful component to the HubRank calculation. Is it possible that political leanings play a part?

It's all good

The sun'll come up tomorrow. Should my HubRank plummet to 95 or even 94, I'll continue Hubbing until my fingers bleed any my synapses scream for ice cream. I may never rise to the quantity or quality of my mentor, Hal Licino, but as long as my motherboard has electrons, I'll keep trying.

Do me a favor?

Liberal or conservative, please do me a favor. We can all come together on this, because it's important to me. Please keep an eye on my ranking. If you happen to see it sitting on 100, take a screen shot and send it to me. We'll all be better for it.

I've not yet been to 100: update

Today I am at a solid 95. Dropping 3 points over the past few days is an anomaly I cannot explain.

I'm at 100 again.
I'm at 100 again.

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Cheri Schultz 6 years ago from Midwest

Thanks for this hub - your quite a writer and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Hub!! I am with you - I do not have a clue why my rank and pages fluctuate. Its like they move with the wind direction.


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Jerilee Wei 6 years ago from United States

Ahh! That elusive 100 so many aspire to see beside their name -- you'll get there. What does it mean? Well, from my standpoint having seen it a lot, it does help with your visability in terms of attracting more comments, readers, and fans. Can't tell you how I achieve it except by writing the best I can and participating in the community of hubbers as time allows. It just takes time and perserverance.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Jerilee Wei: Thanks for the encouragement. I appreciate it.


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

We'll Keep an Eye out Nicomp Hope you see it soon!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear nicomp.

I think it's a Pavlov's dog thing. Once they get you hooked, they play with you. Your score goes up, your score goes down. Why ? Only the great hubber in the sky knows.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@breakfastpop: I tend to agree. The King Hubbers have a good handle on keeping us interested.


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greatAmerican 6 years ago

Congrats, but do you really think there is a 100?

Bobby Bare was right when he sang,, "There ain't no 10"

That would imply perfection and even I, The Great One, can't claim to be Perfect!!

Remember if/when you hit 100, there is nowhere else to go except down..

98 is good!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@greatAmerican: So true. Once I reach 100 I may have no more windmills to conquer.


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Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

Nicomp, I've been there a couple of times myself. But see how low I've fallen!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Aya Katz: I've been to 94 and it's not pretty. Hang in there. You deserve better.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Thanks nicomp, I enjoyed reading this. I find it hard to figure out as well. I enjoy it here on HubPages a lot, so I think I will have to learn to live with the lower 90's ranking. I have seen as high as 98. Once. I aspire to get there again! But will plug away at the writing thing just because I like it. It's been fun.


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bayareagreatthing 6 years ago from Bay Area California

It is a mysterious thing! I have bounced between 92-98 for a few weeks now...no reasons apparent. Great hub!


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Stephen Beck 6 years ago

Hey...I am one who is inspired by those at 100 or even really in the 90s. Keep truckin', nicomp. We're all with you!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Stephen Beck: Thanks for the encouragement! 100 here we come.


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abcd1111 6 years ago from Glen Ellyn, IL (Chicago suburb)

THIS is a fun piece! I recently joined Hub Pages and immediately became addicted to checking my stats. If I spent as much time writing, maybe I could raise my score.

Thank you for expressing what so many of us are feeling.

I'm still reaching to get out of the 70's. (Although that was a great decade.)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@abcd1111: lol. I had fun in the 70's too. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Update: I'm at 98 today. To my knowledge, I've still not been to 100.


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create a page 6 years ago from Maryland, USA

At the time of this comment you are at 94 nicomp, the same score as Hal Licino today, your mentor hubber, according to you.

Regardless of your score, even if it does go below 90, I think that will not make you any less of a writer. I will give you a score of 100 if it was up to me alone.

I tend to agree with greatAmerican though, that there is nowhere to go after 100 but down, so what is the point of reaching 100 anyway? You cannot keep that score forever. Food for thought.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@create a page: Good points! I would like to visit the top of the mountain, just once. :)

Thank you for your kind words.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Today I'm at 98. Keep an eye on me!


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Back at 99 again... I can feel it ;)


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Simply Redd 6 years ago from Canada

Way to go! You finally made it to the magic number! :o)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Simply Redd: Yipee! Thanks for looking out for me.


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

Dude, the cream rises to the top! Congratulations! As I grow old and reach retirement with nothing to look forward to but the weekly visits from my proctologists, I pass my HubMantle onto you!

May the pageviews rise up to meet you.

May the spam be never on your back.

May the social networks shine warm upon your links;

The Adsense pennies fall soft upon your bank account and until we meet again,

May Hubpages hold you in the palm of the Best Hubbers List.


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

@Hal Licino: Thank you!

This morning I'm back down to 98. While I slept I did something wrong. :(


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Hal Licino 6 years ago from Toronto

Nah. It jumps up and down. I've been at 100 then 95 then back to 100 in a day. The algorithm has more randomizers than George W. Bush's brain. :)


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nicomp 6 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Back to 100 again tonight. Still feels good.

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