Happy 100th!

This my one hundredth hub! I've been thinking long and hard about what to write in this hub and have finally decided that the best way to discuss this important milestone is to share my hubstory along with some of my best (and worst) hubs. Let's treat this as a Greatest Hits collection.

My First HUBS

I couldn't tell you how I discovered HUBPages, but, I've always spent years online making extra money and I've always loved writing. I published on examiner.com for awhile, but, they demanded almost total control over my column, and that didn't interest me. The amount of money they were paying me didn't justify the number of edits the required for my pieces. When I did discover HUBpages, I didn't understand how HUBs worked and I actually erased my first HUB to write my second one, thinking this was more of a traditional blog site then a domain with a series of pages. The first HUB I published and did not erase was this one:

but it's not a very good hub, and I still didn't quite know how to design or market hubs. Six days later I published my third hub:

Me, back in 2007. I love that shirt
Me, back in 2007. I love that shirt | Source

and began to gain some traction. For now, we'll skip over my second HUB, but, I'll add it in the links section later. Hub number three gained me my first comments, my first follow, Guady Serrano, and my first fan mail. I still didn't quite understand hub pages, but I continued to plod along writing and publishing some good and some not so good hubs on everything from music, theology, poetry and literature. it was exciting to begin to gain some feedback and followers and, while I wasn't making any real money, I was still getting published and gaining experience writing. That was the important thing. The money was secondary, and I knew it would come eventually.

My first question

"Hello,

Thanks for writing me and consider my question. I love all kind of memorials and yours to your grandfather is particular special to me. I am from Mexico and now I am in Winnipeg, so I am far from family and my grandmothers who dont do internet at all.

I think it will be great for your and your family to publish his stories..no rush, first enjoy discovering them and when you have time, share them with me and all hubers

Have a nice week"


-- Guady Serrano

Relationships

It's very satisfying to me to have my work be read and commented on by people whom I didn't previously know, but, it's been nice to get to know so many good readers and writers on this site. I'm not going to list any of them because I feel that all 210 (as of 11/16/2011) are equally important and I don't really wanna spend the next three hours doing that and it's been a joy reading your comments, encouragement and feedback on my hubs. Equally, it's been a joy reading and commenting on yours and developing friendships with you and even cross linking some hubs and participating in challenges. Thank you all for your continued support and for leaving quality comments and writing quality HUBS. You make it a joy to check my e mail every day. Just know, I will always return comments, but it may take me awhile.

Social Networks:

Follow me on Twitter: PDXJPrice

and on Facebook: www.faceboook.com/justinrocker, www.facebook.com/authorjustinwprice

It's Never Done

One thing I've learned is that, just because a piece is published, it doesn't mean it's done. I'm always editing and revising my pieces because, as a writer, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I read my poems and my essays and my short stories and I always find ways to improve them. This is one reason I'm constantly re posting old hubs. I don't do it only to be annoying (though that is certainly a factor). I change my hubs often based on feedback I receive and I value you all as a part of my creative process.

Lately, I've been adding more media to my HUBS as well to make them more interesting to look at. This is a technique I've learned while reading other very good HUBS by a plethora of writers. I choose my pictures, videos and products carefully and I really like the life they add to some of my hubs.

Poetry

My main objective, writing wise, is now poetry. I've been writing poetry since I learned how to read and spell but I've learned a lot, in the last six months especially, about writing poetry and becoming a better wordsmith. Of all the stuff I've written, I'm proudest of my poetry. I'd love to publish a book on poetry soon, which may result in many of my poetry hubs being taken down or changed for publication. As I said in my Hub to my Followers and Fellow Hubbers, I will be offering a ten percent discount on any published poetry book to my HUB followers. For now, enjoy the drafts I have posted and check back often, as the likelihood of them being revised is very high.

Books on Writing Poetry that I highly reccomend

My hot wife and I
My hot wife and I | Source

Going Forward

So, what you expect from my next 100 hubs?


Well, expect tons more poetry, expect more music and movie reviews. I've recently gotten into these and they are fun and quick way to enlighten my readers on new things. My ultimate goal is to grow into a more well rounded person and take you with me along the way. Look for more Hubs on theology and possible short biographies on people like CS Lewis and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Look for me to expand on my Hubs and to write offer more writing tips, to continue commenting and reading your hubs and to continue to share my thoughts on everything from God to blood diamonds to childhood to animals.

You are important to me, so I strive to write hubs that will challenge and entertain you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you making these 100 hubs possible and thanks for your continued support.

Justin W Price Nov 16, 2011

My Poetry Collection

Thanks for reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK IS ALSO FEATURED IN BEST NEW FICTION (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, SEE SPOT RUN AND THE BELLWETHER REVIEW. HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS MANAGING EDITOR OF EPOETRY MAGAZINE ANDTHE BRIDGEONLINE NEWSPAPER.

HE WORKS IN A MEAT AND SEAFOOD DEPARTMENT FOR A HEALTH FOOD GROCERY STORE. HE ALSO WORKS AS FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, AND A NAMED SHPOO, SAUVEE.

PLEASE VISIT HISPROFILE FOR MORE INFORMATION. THANKS!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Till, I only hope your words are prophetic. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

As always a job well done. You've reached 100 with great success and I know there's 100 more coming, just as if not more interesting than the past. You are a talented writer and a great looking couple! Keep it up and you'll be knocking the publishers away with a baseball bat. Voted up and Shared.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thanks pinkchic. I look forward to more of yours as well!


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Pinkchic18 4 years ago from Minnesota

Looking forward to seeing more! Wonderful 100th hub here :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Vasantha, thank you very much for reading. I'm glad you enjoyed this HUB!


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vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

congratulations. for your 100th hub and three cheers for your success. I enjoyed reading this hub. Thanks for following me. With best wishes.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Frank- thanks! I pound the keyboard too hard usually. I go through a lot of them!

Yt- thank you. I'm a lucky man to be married to such a great woman and be able to do something I love and bring others pleasure! Thanks for stopping by!

Saddle- thanks. I will. You too!

debby- thank you for being one of my supporters. I'm blown away by all my support. Yes, my photos have changed. I change my look a lot. Currently, I'm sporting my winter beard.

Molo- thank you. She certainly is! And I'm very diverse. i like to show that in my writing.

brand- that's a very flattering thing to say. Thank you.

Jaxx and Sue- thanks for helping me get here! I appreciate you guys!

Xeno and Leann, thank you both very very much!


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi PDX

Congratulations on your 100th hub. That is a major accomplishment. Take a bow.

Voted up up and away!


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Admiral_Joraxx 5 years ago from Philippines

Congratulations PDXKaraokeGuy =)!


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brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

Whoa! Congratulations PDXKaraokeGuy! What a milestone. You inspire me, hope to reach my 100th hub too (but i guess not too soon!)


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molometer 5 years ago

Hi Justin,

Wow your wife is hot and your not to shabby either lol great picture of you both.

As usual you have produced an interesting hub and show the breadth of your coverage.

There is something here for everyone. Congratulations again on the 100th hub.


leann2800 5 years ago

Congratulations! That's a amjor accomplishment. I wish you even greater success in the future.


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Xenonlit 5 years ago

Congratulations on a great milestone.


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molometer 5 years ago

Well done Justin and congratulations on reaching this milestone. Must dash of and read it now. Dooh! lol


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Wow! Justin. Just look at all these supporters of your fabulous work. Thank you for contributing valuable articles, hints, tips on writing, stories about your life and family, your loves and passions. Wishing you a hundred more to the next milestone and your wishes come true. Blessings, Debby [p.s. your photos sure have changed a lot]


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Congratulations on reaching your first 100 hubs, may there be many more. Keep writing and having fun.


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ytsenoh 5 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

What an awesome hub to create your 100th piece--a really meaningful accomplishment. Congratulations on all your efforts that bring both you and your readers such pleasure. Your wife is gorgeous, what a really nice photo of you both. Just keep writing because it's such incredible fun to see language and styles evolve. Have a great week writing!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

Here is to your next hundred keep pounding that key-board!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Epi- thanks for your support and for the compliments on my wife. She is a rare combination of hot and sweet. I am a blessed man.

Der- I look forward to your favorites as well. It is often interesting to me the one's the readers like best. I usually find my favorites are the one's that my readers aren't as fond of!

Dee, thank you so much! I look forward to you reaching that milestone as well! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Dim, what green box are you referring too? Are you referred to the colored boxes in my hubs?


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

Well done on 100 hubs!!!! Why can´t l find that little green box to ´follow´ you??


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

Congratulations. Quite an accomplishment. I am looking forward to that milestone. You are creating wonderful memories with words and as you looked by you could see your steps....how grand!


Derdriu 5 years ago

PDXKaraokeGuy: What a charming, entertaining, helpful summation of your experiences and preferences on HubPages. I plan to read as many of your hubs as possible. So it will be interesting to compare your list of favorites with mine.

Thank you, congratulations on the 100th hub, etc.,

Derdriu


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epigramman 5 years ago

...oh dear so much to say here ..... yes you do have a hot wife - wow, lucky you!!! and yes any man who wears a Ramones t-shirt is a real buddy of mine - lol - one of my Favorite bands - saw them live back in the day - so sad that two of them are now deceased - two quick stories about the Ramones - Paul Ramones is the name that Paul McCartney would sign his name into the hotels during his days with the Beatles and where the Ramones got their name - and Bruce Springsteen of all people write Hungry Heart for the Ramones (although they never recorded it for some reason)

....congratulations on 100 really great hubs - haven't read them all but what I have - always rock my world big time because you are special, you are different and your writing talent and creative mind is totally awesome dude.

Will post this celebration to my Facebook page with a direct link back here to spread the word.

lake erie time ontario canada 3:30pm just woke up my night shift sleep and on my 2nd cup of java- just listened to the new Tom Waits album BAD AS ME and it's another classic


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, like anything, it comes with practice and also copycatting. I've done lots of personal experiments and also studied the hubs of others. I'm getting there! Thanks for reading!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Congrats on your 100th hub and for the information in this hub. I agree that I don't yet understand how it all works but I have hit and miss hubs too and I often wonder why the miss ones aren't read more.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lyricwriter and moviemaster, thank you very much for the very kind words. I appreciate your reads and your comments and I also enjoy reading what you have to share. You guys are appreciated!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Congratulations on 100 hubs, I always enjoy reading your hubs and value your comments on mine, you are a great asset to Hubpages, here's to the next 100, cheers!


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

PDX, congrats on 100 hubs, that is quite impressive. I know I just recently began reading your work, but your talent is seen on your work. You are a devine poet. I wish you nothing less then the best. This hub was great. It is good to get to know you even more. The sky is the limit PDX, keep doing your thing. Best wishes.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Fastion, thank you. It is big a accomplishment. I'm proud of it. I usually lose interest in things, but I haven't here. Thanks so much for reading and following me and i look forward to your thoughts on my future and past hubs!

Ang, I will have to learn how to say that word in Chinese. Thanks for reading and commenting and complimenting my wife :-)

Alicia, thanks for reading. I enjoy a variety of things and i like to provide my readers with a variety of things. You're not going to keep reading if I'm not offering something you want to read. Thanks for reading!

Andrea, thank you thank you! That's very exciting. Yes. My wife is very proud of me. She tells me all the time. I'm blessed indeed!


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Andrea333 5 years ago

Ok. I'm just going to say it. You're my favorite hubber! you keep things interesting and transparent and diverse and light with joy and heavy with thought and I'm so looking forward to the next 100. Your wife must be so proud. I'm very happy for you. Enjoy this time in your life PDX and thanks for all you share with us!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Congratulations on your big 100..I know i enjoy everything you write and your comments on my hubs always brings a smile..Best wishes to you and yours...


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Congratulations on your 100th hub, PDXKaraokeGuy! I'm enjoying reading your articles, and you've given me a nice selection of additional ones to choose from in this hub. I recently wrote my hundredth hub too. It's a great feeling. Like you, I'm glad that we can go back and improve our earlier hubs!


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Congratulations on your 100th Hub. Quite an achievement, actually, you don't need any more achievement since you've ready have a beautiful wife (thanks for sharing that photo). JiaYu (chinese word for keep going)!!


The Fastionista 5 years ago

Congrats, PDXKaraokeGuy!! This is a major accomplishment, and what a great idea to include a history of hubs past - I love that! (Oh, also, love the pic of you and your wife - so sweet!) I'm looking forward to catching up on some of your past hubs, and of course looking forward to the next hundred! Cheers!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

WD, thank you. I don't how to react to being called one of your favorites. Except for my wife and my dogs, no one says that to me. I'm glad you find my comments helpful and I'm thankful that you continue to read and comment on my work. I enjoy your stuff immensely and it's a joy to share with you. The fact that you want to read every one of my poems is pretty cool. That's what I work on the most, though I'd like to write more prose.

Malin, very content. Unusual for me, I'm usually so restless. I guess I'm just getting older and happier.

Credence, thank you very much.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

PDX, I extend my congratulations. Cred2


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Hey Congratulations to You KaraokeGuy. This is such an Upbeat, Lively Hub to Celebrate and I certainly Enjoyed reading your History. I must say that's such a Wonderful Picture of you and your Beautiful wife, you look so Happy and Content...How important is that.

I look forward to reading many more of your Talented work and so glad we have been come Hub Friends.


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations on reaching this fantastic milestone. Looking forward to your 100th poem!


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WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

You are one of my favorite authors. I don't write poetry, but I studied it in college. I know good stuff. Your prose is tolerable, too. I have bookmarked this page. I plan to read every one. I have never even tried to make money online, and I will take your advice to heart.

You have left some great comments on my work. One stands out, since it was the most helpful. I call myself a "freelance" artist and writer, that was just the name of the piece. So, we are on the same page. I will re-publish that one under humor and satire, since that is really where it belongs. I'm green, thanks for putting up with me.

It looks like you could use a mean harp in that band. You lay down some hammer licks, and I'll be spitting nails!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sunnie, thanks so much for the kind words. it's been a joy getting to know you through your writing. My wife is fully amazing. She fully supports me being a writer, a house husband, a student and a caretaker of the dogs while she works in the corporate world. She's a rare find. But she believes in me.

Vinaya, I look forward to all your HUBs and can't wait to read more. Glad this inspired you!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Congratulations! Ten months later I hope to share my hubpages anniversary. Thanks for sharing your awe inspiring story.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning,

So happy for you publishing your 100th hub. I am so happy I found you and have enjoyed your hubs so much. I look forward to reading them all old and new. You are such a talent and just a wonderful person. Thank you for sharing your gift here on hubs,

Much love,

Sunnie

PS what a beautiful wife you have..You two a handsome pair.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you all so much for commenting. There's too many comments for me to respond to each individually but just know i read and cherish them all. You guys are awesome!

Carlon, we Justin's are usually good guys :-)


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Septembersmoon 5 years ago from Northern California:

congratulations on such a milestone!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Congratulations on your wonderful hubs. You are a fine, wonderful writer. God Bless You, and Everyone You Cherish.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Congratulations on your 100th hub. That is indeed a milestone.

I have only recently been reading your hubs and have enjoyed them all. So I will definitely be looking at some of those that you have listed.

The photo of you and your wife is lovely.

being reasonably new to hubpages the support of experienced people like yourself is very much appreciated. So thank you for finding the time to give that support.

Heres to your next 100 hubs.


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Carlon Michelle 5 years ago from USA

Justin, Wow. You're the forth Justin I've met in my life and all three have been intelligent, kind hearted and downright gifted. I'm just in awe each time I read something you've written. Now I have something to look forward to...The topic to my 100th hub. I had hoped to be close to 100 by years end but the process is very slow if you want to be good like you and have a vocal following, which you do. I scroll a lot to get to comment. LOL. You and your wife are a couple of beautiful people, thank you for sharing the photo of you both. It's great getting to see those who enter your life even if it is just through the written word. Smile!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Congrats on #100 PDX!!! I'm looking forward to another 100 of your hubs! Great picture of you and your wife:)


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raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

congrats! for the happy journey of reaching 100th.


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Trsmd 5 years ago from India

Congrats for reaching this milestone..


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

Congratulations on your 100th hub! Way to go! I was excited when I did mine a couple weeks ago, and i've been chillin' a little, but I'm feeling the need to start working at it again. I love this place!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on your 100th hub. I'm bookmarking this to come back and read some of the others that I've missed as I like the way you highlighted and categorized them here.

One of the things I like about Hub Pages is that we can review and revise old hubs as you've been doing and we always retain ownership and can post and unpost as we see fit.

It's a pleasure following you. Love the photo of you and your beautiful wife. You look so happy and relaxed together!


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OfTheHeart 5 years ago from New York

Congrats on your 100th Hub!! That is a milestone in itself. Just starting out myself, I know what a journey it can be and how much hard work gets put into each hub. A little bit of yourself out there in them as well. So here's to the next 100!! You should feel oh so good!


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Yay!!


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Cyndi10 5 years ago from Georgia

Congratulations on your 100th Hub! Quite an accomplishment. Thank you for sharing your history with us. I hope I will be as prolific and diverse in my writing. And you're right. Even though I don't have nearly the number you have I still go back and tweak what I do have, especially after I learn something new.

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