How to Succeed in Hubpages Without Really Trying

Carlton Finds His First Fan

Margaret Whitton and Michael J. Fox in "The Secret of My Success"
Margaret Whitton and Michael J. Fox in "The Secret of My Success"

In the 1967 movie "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the hero, J. Pierpont Finch replies to a coworker: Be patient? Don't you realize I've been working here...well, two whole hours now? The young aspiring hero follows a book with the above title that encourages him to borrow someone else's brilliant idea if he is to succeed.

Well I am going to make it easier than that, I am going to give you six, if not brilliant, at least very helpful hints that you can use with my blessings.

 I admit it--When I first got here I was tempted to think I knew what to do, even if I hadn't read the "manual." (if you've read my "Warning" hub you'll know what a temptation that was.)  Instead, I compared my first efforts with the examples and advice of other, more experienced writers because even if you are a budding Faulkner or Hemingway, trust me, you can use some help.

There are many ways to measure success in Hubpages, number of fans, amount of traffic, your personal hub score, amount of money made, and my personal favorites--the friendship and recognition of your peers for the contribution you make, either by your writing or the support you provide.

Since I told myself I was not writing for the money but for the joy of writing, my left brain said: "Don't be foolish, everybody needs a little extra money." and so my right brain turned to a veteran hubber Rebecca E. for help in making my hubs more commercially sound. (See link below.)

Now contrary to what you may be thinking, I didn't turn to her because she has over 1400 followers, ten times as many as her hubs--I asked for her help because she had become a friend and had already proved by her comments that she was the kind of giving person that a Winsome could listen to.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer

When I first started in Hubpages, I was coming from a very vulnerable place in my life--my natural positiveness and enthusiasm had taken a hit and stepping out onto the hubpages dance floor was taking a big chance. After I published my first two hubs, I received some mail from my first fan--JBeadle who wrote: Great start with your first two hubs. Keep it up. I like to start my day out with a smile and your hubs delivered. It was from that response and others that fueled the fire of enthusiasm that brought me back to my old, ebullient self. Since John joined my fan club, many more--some of them the pillars of HP have responded, but I will always treasure the initial kindness of the man from "cheeseland."

So, you can imagine my great pleasure to hear my first fan ask me a question that I'd been wanting to write about for some time:

I've noticed your hub following has been growing steadily. How are you accomplishing this?


My response was entitled "How to Succeed in Hubpages Without Really Trying," because of the old Confucius saying: Find something that you really like to do and you will never work a day in your life. My advice is similar: Follow your interests and your heart and you will find more success here than you ever thought possible--especially if you listen and observe along the way.

In "The Secret of My Success," Michael J. Fox demonstrated an unorthodox approach to moving up the corporate ladder, but he still had the basics down:

1. He knew what he wanted and where he was going

2. He started at the bottom

3. He made friends of those he enjoyed and who liked him and he listened to them

4. He cared about the enterprise and followed his heart

5. He found a need and came up with an original, workable contribution

6. He did not forget his friends

What do you want out of your hubpage experience? Money, affirmation, skills, relationships, fame? Once you have answered that question for yourself, ask yourself this question--what do I want to contribute to this community? The answer to the second has a lot to do with whether or not you succeed in the first.

In the beginning, I just wanted to write. When I first started writing, it was amazing to find a place to express myself without having to worry about all the structure or set-up and finding that there are financial rewards as well was just icing on the cake. I thought I had discovered buried treasure right here in my computer. Little did I know that the treasure I would discover later would be much more valuable.

Starting at the bottom. If you read the help section of HP you will find that they list four ways to build traffic or interaction on your hubs--Answers (Such as I am doing here) Forums, Fan Clubs and Comments. Starting in the "mail room" or the bottom means covering your basics. Read the helpful HP faq's and guide--even if you have been here awhile and think you know everything you need to know, if you are like me, your humility will get a boost. Go ahead, visit the learning center--you know you want to.

Make friends of the people whose writings you enjoy or by participating in the forums. Obligatory social interactions we endure for a job or family or organization are not necessary on HP. There is so much diversity in interests and writer personalities that it is easy to find people you genuinely enjoy. There are special interest forums you can follow and get updates when someone publishes on that topic. Contrary to decorum at the dinner table, religion and politics can be discussed and an overwhelming majority of posts do so.

The hub lords were wise in the design of hubpages, realizing something fundamental--everyone wants affirmation or at least recognition for what they do. As soon as you publish, someone will read it and chances are good they will make a comment. We are fortunate that this community, for the most part is a gracious and affirming group and the comments will inspire you to write more and better hubs.

After my first few hubs, I began to notice many other fine writers, some of which noticed me. Sometimes I get so excited when I find someone whose writing flicks a switch on in my brain that I invest a lot of time reading and getting to know their personalities. While you may not spend as much time as I do, at least read and comment enough to let them know you are sincerely interested in their craft. Reading and learning from your fellow writers is one of the great privileges on HP and their friendship and support is the most valuable treasure of all.

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair. ~ Samuel Johnson

Caring about the enterprise and following your heart. Out of all the internet havens for writers, hubpages is the favorite by far for most HP members. The reasons include having a greater chance here of having their work read, the income potential, the ease of building a hub, and the tremendous support of the community.

If you have followed the Hubnugget awards, the contests and the help forums, you know the tremendous efforts your fellow hubbers expend on your behalf--finding a way to give back is the best thanks you can give them. If your interests are technical, try being there for someone in the Knowledge Exchange or Extreme Makeover forums. If your interests are more creative, support the Hubnugget team and special interest forums or offer your ideas to the HP team for making the system work more efficiently.

Finding a need and making an original contribution. If you want to increase your traffic or followers, publishing an article which meets a need in a way others have not, is your best course. When I wrote my article on "Everyone is a Weed in Someone's Garden," I fulfilled two of my goals by bringing a little knowledge of the lowly weed's tremendous contributions to health and the environment and at the same time was able to compare weeds to certain types of under appreciated people.


Remembering your Friends. When Carlton aka Bradley gets his shot at pushing his ideas before the board in "The Secret of my Success," he finds that the friends he met along the way were more help than he could possibly have imagined.

When you publish a hub and someone is nice enough to visit and comment on your work, be sure to reply and thank them. One of the things I noticed right away about manlypoetryman was not his poetry but the exceptional way he responded to comments. Here is an example of his reply to a detailed comment on his alter ego site as Me, Steve Walters:

Nellieanna: Thank you...You've helped to re-inspire me to go on and tell a little more stories on the Ol' Jeep. I liked your story on the 72 automatic (did not know they came in automatic...that's the first one I ever heard of like that!) VW (LadyBug)...I especially like the way you kept peeking on it at night to check on it, after successfully bringing it home. Great Stuff! Really enjoyed your comment. Thank you very much for reading this hub and for sharing the story of your first car. I hope others join in with like enthusiasm!

Sincerely, Me, Steve Walters

It would be a big mistake to think that a brilliant hub is all you need to become a success on HP. Your readers deserve the same kind of attention you were given when they chose to read and comment on your work. One of my newest fans, the very accomplished writer maggs224 left this comment on a recent hub:

I just love the way you write and your humorous responses to many of the comments are so witty and clever. While reading your hubs I find myself smiling and learning at the same time and I enjoy your responses to the comments almost as much as the hubs themselves.

Sometimes your honest positive reaction is the best comment. One of HP's most colorful hubbers, De Greek prompted this response:

He said: "We men do not want to listen, Gladys. Not in the sense that your female "experts" would have you believe. We like to discuss literature and daily events, but when you begin speaking of fashion, celebrities and your girlfriends, you lose us, Gladys, you poor fish."

I laughed more at the ending of this paragraph than I have laughed in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed the deliciously prolonged subtle satire in this piece and the scholarly avian references at the right times was brilliant. The fact that male and female fans alike got it and enjoyed is a revelation about the ways of intragender (intergender?) communication. Colorfully and with humor may just be the Rosetta Stone. Thanks for the great fun.

If someone makes a criticism in their comment that you feel is not valid, you can still validate the other’s right to have a different opinion even if you feel it should not have been said. When you demonstrate respect in your response while you reinforce your idea, you allow everyone to win.



Sometimes your own writing urge is stirred by the subject or feel of another's hub and you wind up writing a mini-hub. I don't recommend doing it--save your long paragraphs for your own hubs and let them have the spotlight with you doing the credits. That being said, here are some comments I made that fit that category and I include them here because I enjoyed writing them and it is my hub and--well you know why..... I hope the original recipients have forgiven my excesses:

My ancestors on my Dad's side were Creek and they moved on the trail of tears while some changed their name to a non-Indian name and the tears stayed in Alabama and northern Florida. The chants became silent and moved into the synapses of thought. The forests and roads merging and the reservations for the great spirit in the minds of his children shrinking before the bulldozers of progress and civilization. It is only when the pockets of trees and the streams through the mountains sing their songs that the chants return and the barefoot boys and the barefoot girls run into the wind. I sometimes stand on the roof of the tallest building and I think I hear them running, the slap of flesh on dirt and grass and I strain to catch a glimpse through the distance between the offices and spires. A part of me, the Creek I think, runs before them songs joining with the renegade trees and rocks that will not surrender-- the unconquered winds carrying the hawk that calls my spirit to fly.

Welcome to the hubs Mary, it is a great community and your words will be welcome as well.


He said, placing a virtual kiss on her cheek, "Appreciating a poem is like catching a butterfly, thinking in the net you can know it, but letting it out again you find it's beauty is in the way of it, the way it flits and lights and leads your eye to the sun."

I have climbed toward my poet's soul

on the steps of love, some lost

that guide my pen and voice and mind

not thinking of the cost that stirs up envy, pulls down wings

instead of joining in the dance,

and a silent paralyzing cry

asks "Am I the last romance?"

Poetry is the ability to fashion a door that will allow entrance from soul to soul, from insight to understanding. It is the distillation of a sunset, a child, a perfect rose, a broken heart into the alchemy of words that purer than a potent drug, pour directly into the blood and the rush changes you forever. A poet is a conjurer of whom you must beware, but if he or she wills it, can drop the scales from your eyes and put a surge of life into your heart. No one chooses to be a poet, life chooses them and we who are fortunate enough to see the meeting of their storms and fire often experience the rainbow.

Yumm. One of my fondest memories is running across the school field to my house in Texas for lunch and finding hot pinto beans and cornbread. Since my brother and I only had a short lunch, I would spread the corn bread with butter out over the plate and pour the beans and juice over it. It still burned my mouth sometimes so I started putting the beans and corn bread into a bowl and pouring some cold milk around the edges. The blend of the sweet cold milk and hot buttered corn bread and beans is a taste of heaven. Thanks for the memories. =:)

Oh I do so love de blackberries.

I love dose in de pie

Wif waffles makes me giddy

In ice cream makes me high

Berry berry berry delicious

Plant them over me when I die =:)

Love your humor. I think my Nicholas Sparks novel will be on a beach in Vietnam where a veteran returns after forty years in search of his Vietnamese love. He brings with him the note he found in a 7-Up bottle washed up at his Malibu beach house. It is tucked away in his thick journal, carried by three natives and a dogcart. He follows the directions in the note and finds her staring out at the ocean where she launched the bottle. He runs toward her to the accompaniment of “I Left my Heart in Ho Chi Min City” when he steps on the last mine from the war. She and the triplets he never knew existed bring him into their house and sing American songs their mother taught them from memory of her beloved's ukulele attempts during the war. He is so overcome with emotion that he hugs them close while his life ebbs away like the tide that carried the bottle to him. Tissue please. =:)

Speed backward in time before the earth was formed and listen to a conversation that might have taken place in the Trinity-- The Father says: "Creating man in our image is a good thing and giving them the freedom to choose will make their love for us real when it is offered." "Yes," says the Holy Spirit, "but they may use that freedom to ignore our wisdom and direction and waste their lives in degradation and misery. Perhaps we should build in an unbreakable law that prevents it." Jesus speaks up, "If we make a law preventing free choice in one area, even if it is for their good, we take away their greatest possession." "Very well," the Father says, "We won't prevent it but we will enforce strict penalties for going against our will--even their own death." "Surely we could come up with another way," said the Spirit, "if they die they will have no choice at all, couldn't we make a plan that would allow us to do it for them? Maybe if they see how much we love them they will choose to live." "I'll do it." Jesus offered. The Father looked into the garden and saw the snake talking to Eve: "Make it so." He said.

You are very welcome M'Lady, Si quelqu'un veut un mouton, c'est la preuve qu'il en existe un.* "If somebody wants a sheep, that is a proof that one exists."

Blaise Pascal, one of the greatest mathematicians/inventors that ever lived said: "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." "It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason."When you look with the heart, as the Little Prince did, you find a very personal, a very loving God who knows how to meet us where we live.

Hello Dolores, I was drawn to this hub because it reminds me of our ancestral home in Edge Texas where there is nothing left but forest and a grave yard where my mother and relatives are buried. We placed her to rest with a medley of "heaven" songs which I played on my guitar surrounded by the wise old moss covered trees. Visiting the old home I looked past the decaying gray wood and imagined my mother's family playing on the porch with my grandparents looking on and realized that there is an inevitability about the passing of some homes, like leaves and fallen trees that become part of the organic cycle of rebirth. Part of me wanted to buy the land and create a monument, but I think it best to let it go and celebrate the new life of her kids and their kids and the bright, shining lives and homes that loving home in the forest gave birth to.

Thank you for a nice trip down the cherished path of my memories.

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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

Wow, Winsome, I am your first visitor! You are the first Hubber friend I made, and your hubs have never let me down. They are always creative, beautifully written, and caring. This one is no exception. A couple of times, I even teared up. Thank you!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Dog gone it, now that's what I'm talking about. You share your heart and your friends show up and you can all get a good cry or laugh and you don't even need champagne. =:)

Thank you for your wonderful comment, it's a great honor to have you as a friend.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

You have some good advice here. I admit I have been guilty of writing some mini-hubs in others comments.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you so much for visiting John, I decided to not beat myself up about it, we are writers after all and if we can't show off occasionally with our friends who can we show off to? =:)


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Wow Winsome, I'm glad I stopped by! I love the way this hub creatively exemplifies your Californian flare while revealing your Texas roots.

You have fluently blended in the appropriate quotes, the stardom, the wonderful friendships, and one of the greatest lessons one can learn on getting traffic, "the importance of recognition, the necessity of appreciation, and the art of giving back" to your fans/followers. Great Job!:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

What a pleasure you are MG, thank you for your eloquent and thoughtful comment. I'm just trying to get that Cal-Tex fusion working--And by the way, the screen is sparkling. =:)


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

What a lovely hub it is. Thank you for sharing these great tips to be considered by a hubber. Yes you have to appreciate the comments of those who appreciated your hub and must also try to read their work.Blessings to you and your family as well, Regards.


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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

How/when did you slip this hub out? I'm glad I asked you the question about your hub success. I remember when you were a new hubber with few hubs and few fans. I think I had a whopping 10 fans and 3 hubs myself then! But then life took me one way and when I come back I find you have been very busy indeed and rewarded with lots of fans and good comments. It's 2:40am so obviously I'm going to have to re-read this tomorrow... but looks like great advice and I plan to revamp my 70 hubs over the next few days. I had no idea you were at a low point Winsome and glad you seem out of it now. I genuinely liked your hubs, your style and you from Day 1 - not just so you could fan me back or something. I think that is your unique point 7 - YOU. Each of us can capitalize on our own unique point 7s as well! Look for another comment tomorrow when I can give this hub the attention it deserves.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very unusual, intriguing and perfectly written hub. I enjoyed every line of it. Thank you.


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trish1048 6 years ago

Wow! I just came across this hub, and I will have to read it when I get home from work. It's bookmarked :)


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I was half way through your story, thinking how well written it is and how eloquent you are and how I could best express these thoughts in the comments section, when to my surprise I came across my own name. I am extremely pleased that you used my words to make a point and naturally very flattered. I shall also take your advice and not make a mini hub out of this. :-))


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suny51 6 years ago

This is one of the better ones I have seen on hub pages, though I do not write on all the pages I visit, for some reasons or the other.Nice one,glad I came here.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Amazing hub Winsome. What an excellent primer for Hubbers both seasoned and new. We can never learn enough about this amazing vehicle for communication and you've presented many helpful pointers with style and creativity. (your movie citations brought back some fond memories:). I have to add that I always enjoy and appreciate both your articles and your rich comments. Cheers.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Yours is a prescription for "how to succeed in life" as well, Winsome. Only good, never harm, comes from this path to success you describe. Well said.


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salt 6 years ago from australia

Wonderfully winsome! I thought a bit wordy, then I slowed down to read and found some of your literary brilliance and wondered if you really are that intelligent!? Thankyou.


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

here I am again, shaking my head in wonderment after reading another of your beautiful, richly worded masterpieces. there are artists of many kinds, but a genuinely gifted artist of words is a rare find. the snippet from the Secret of my Success has to be one of the greatest seduction scenes ever. I forgot how much I love Michael J. Fox in that movie! thanks for including here.

the description you have written of a poet is sterling. If you don't mind, I'm going to copy it into one of my journals. absolutely beautiful.

this will be bookmarked to reread. thanks for putting your heart into your writings and truly it is one huge reason for your success!! Bravo. Bravo.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Cristina, welcome and thank you for your gracious words. I left a mini-hub (sorry) on your kingdom article since I have not seen you for a while. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha, John I was just thinking about your "Darn Physics" hub and it cracked me up again. Looking forward to more of your great humor. Thanks again for your support and friendship. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hello my friend, Hello--what an exquisitely formed haiku of a comment. Thank you for being such a positive influence on HP. I see your sweet comments all over and I wonder how you do it. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Trish, I hope you are enjoying your editing and writing while I play here with these wonderful comments. Please come back when you get off work. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

DG your comments are always entertaining and often very sensitive and kind. I took your advice about the ancestry, thank you. I am consistently warmed by your example of appreciation of the writers on HP and today is no exception. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Suny, I'm glad you visited and please feel welcome any time. Thank you for your generous comment. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you lovely lady from Atlanta, GL your words are much appreciated, you have been gracious and supportive from the first encounter and I am always enriched by your hubs and comments. I'm honored you find this a worthy guide and I will improve it as I learn more from seasoned hubbers like you. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Sally, I just was telling Trish how much I enjoy you two. Your opinion is one I value and I agree that what helps us succeed here is valuable in life. I often think that friendship requires love and knowledge of what it needs just like plants. Green thumbs in life work here as well. Thank you for stopping by. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Salt, I'm laughing because I think you are leaving me a compliment in there somewhere. I plead guilty to the tendency to use a lot of words, but I really tried to edit and make them count in this article because it means a lot to me. Not only do I want it to speak truly to the question asked, but I have been thinking about it a lot and interaction with great writers like yourself and the ones commenting here is (not the hokey pokey) what it is all about. Thank you for your comment. =:)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Winsome-this is a beautifully articulated-not wordy at all!-description of the love of writing and community.

Thank you!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Rebekah, wasn't that scene a hoot--I hadn't remembered how honestly concerned he had been about this under appreciated lady and how seductive sincere affirmation can be. I like to find examples that are both to the point and entertaining and I got lucky there. Speaking of which, thank you so much for your wonderfully gracious words and of course you may save the poet "mini-hub" in your journal. This hub is a tribute to the quality of writing and genuine concern that artists like yourself give to HP--the bravo's go both ways. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you sweet Lorlie--I know I have mentioned it before, but I want everyone to know I get how special you are on HP. Wherever I go I see you leaving the most affirming and thoughtful comments. HP would not have as much inspiration and as high a quality of articles without you. You get my "unsung hero" award. =:)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

This hub was so good and beautiful. You are an inspiration, especially for a newbie. From the bottom of my heart, I have to say to yo that you are good writer. I think this hub was useful for us. Thank you very much. I rate this one. God bless you!

Prasetio


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Wow, thank you.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Prasetio I am humbled by your words. Thank you and may you have a wonderful weekend. =:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

This is such a positive hub that inspires hope and faith. Thanks :)


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trish1048 6 years ago

Hi Winsome,

This hub is extraordinary. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I sat here relaxing with my morning coffee. (I was a bit too tired last night to visit).

I was introduced to HP by my best friend. It took me a while to consider if I wanted to check it out. Obviously, I did and the past two years have flown by.

For all the reasons you mention, I feel the same about HP. This has been a very rewarding experience, as it lets me write whatever I feel like, lets me interact with wonderful creative people, and as you said, the money is icing on the cake. My reason for being here is simply to write, everything else is a bonus.

I love this quote.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer

I am fortunate enough to have had such an encounter, and he's been my inspiration for close to 20 years.

You are such a delight, and I'm so glad I found you :)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Shaz thank you so much for the comment. I left you one on your Amazon bargains hub. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Trish, thank you--I have an image of you sitting with your coffee looking out the window at the garden or yard and visiting my hub and it feels like we are chums--which we are. I identify with the ugly duckling who found that his own kind (writers like you and the ones I follow and who follow me) were beautiful people and the fact that I belong is amazing and humbling. Albert S. must have had the same experience.

---and the delight is mutual. =:)


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trish1048 6 years ago

Aww, thanks Winsome! I think we are kindred spirits :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

winsome, This hub is awesome and you sure caught on to the wonderful benefits of writing on Hubpages than I did. The friendships are to be treasured. The enjoyment of reading the hubs of others that make you laugh or make you cry is not something that has a monetary value. You are truly a gifted writer.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You are sweet to say that Pamela, the things that will last are in this hub. I am thankful for the ones who give us advice about the rest, but I just had to put the heart into this one. You have been a great friend and support to me on HP and I am in your debt, thanks for your kind words. =:)


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Very nicely done. I truly enjoyed this hub and it brings me inspiration to stick to my writings and makes me also appreciate the friends that I have made here on hubpages as well. Great job. Cheers.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi LJ, I'm so glad you enjoyed and were inspired by the hub. I have appreciated the friends here as well and I'm happy to count you as one of them. Thank you for the encouraging words. =:)


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

*clapping*-Actually did that right now... You are soO, sooO, soooO Awesome and not Winsome (...lol...) ***


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha, thanks RM--glad you liked it.


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Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Liked? That's an understatement... I Loved It!!!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

As a new hubber, I have been looking for tips on how to be a good hubber.(Oh, okay....I guess the title-without really trying-WAS appealing!).

Seriously,this hub has great advice, and much needed by many new hubbers,I'm sure.

Well done!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you Bayoulady, you are on the right path--the "without really trying" part was if you enjoy people, that's already 95% of what it takes to succeed. I'll be coming to visit soon. =:)


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davidseeger 6 years ago from Bethany, OK

Helpful, pleasurable, amusing, engaging and generally remarkable. It is too late tonight, but I've got to come back and sample smoe more.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Wow, what an awesome comment. Thank you David, mi huba su huba. =:)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I love the way you write and I totally enjoyed this hub as it's actually an entertaining and interesting read but I also love yer avatar, tis my fav scene from one of my fav movies with the genius that is John Cusack ; )


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey TG, much obliged. Cusack is great isn't he--the team of Cusack and Pink wrote some cool movies, my personal favorite being Gross Pointe Blank with High Fidelity and Say Anything tying for second. Thanks for the comment.


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

Winsome: "Thank you very much" for the mention in the above article. Appreciate it! Great Hub...BTW...Full of great info!


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Not to discount any of the advice or informational pieces I've read here on HubPages, including the ever informative hubs of Rebecca E., this particular hub I think is the best I've read to date. Simple. Straightforward. Honest. And it cuts right to the heart of what makes hubbing particularly fun, and what can truly make one who hubs successful.

A definite Bravo Zulu on this one, and duly earned. I'm bookmarking this one.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

The pleasure is all mine Steve, thank you for your always generous comments. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Springboard thank you, you are very kind. When you can just slap a comment on the flyleaf of your book you know you have a winner--thank you for illustrating so eloquently what this hub is about. =:)


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

I love reading your writing! You were simple, to the point and very interesting. I will bookmark this one to pass on to other new hubbers.


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

This is beautiful. I have read--even devoured--hubs about keywords and backlinks and all that stuff. I figured with a title like yours, I'd be reading something tongue-in-cheek and fluffy. Well, sometimes I'm in the mood for that kind of thing. Instead, I found a serious reminder of the person-to-person side of things. Alas, that's always been something I have to try really hard at, but getting practice and making it easier has been a deliberate goal of mine for some time. Thanks again for your description of what achieving it looks like.


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Wow! another wonderful hub. Both of us Patricias always smile when we see your name - we love your hubs, but more than that we absolutely adore your comments.

Your words are filled with so much personality!


daisyf1305 6 years ago

beautiful hub you truly have inspired. I will be looking forward to more and more. Thanks


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

SpecialK thank you so much for the kind words and for sharing the article. I've enjoyed yours as well.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Pats, so nice to see you smile. Your words are very much appreciated and warm my heart as well. I'll be seeing you both soon. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey APG, the comment you left tells me you are well on your way to the warm side of HP. Sometimes just telling where you are and where you want to be is the most sincere way to respond. Thank you for the nice words, I am glad it is a help. I've learned a lot from yours. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Daisy thanks for visiting and for the kind words. I really enjoy writing.


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steve8miller 6 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

Wow, I was not sure how this hub would go, however I am shocked. Simply amazing, what you have done here is something that will make me rethink how I write on hubpages in the future. I like your style.


anuj saini 6 years ago

i want to know that how i can work with you


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Steve, thank you for the gracious and supportive comment. I am glad it was a help. Thanks for stopping by. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Anuj, I'm not sure what you mean, but thank you for your comment.


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AuthorSteve 6 years ago from Hawaii

I have upvoted your hub! That was precisely the information that helps me to improve my own hubs (as I´m a very new member to hubpages).

Thank you winsome!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you AS, for the thumbs up and the kind words. So happy to help. Welcome to HP and feel free to ask if you have questions. =:)


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kimh039 6 years ago

What a perceptive anthropology of hub culture! Your interpersonal brilliance is blinding, Winsome. I'm really glad you found hubpages when you did, and that it helped you get through your tough spell. I liked your suggestions about how to give back. It was a little strange "hearing" a guy telling people to get directions first, but it sounds like sound advice! Keep Hubbing, Winsome - a pleasurable read. Rate up. Awesome.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha, Kim, I have often said men only have two rules when driving: Never ask directions and if you think you are going the wrong way--speed up! So you are right, I broke our cardinal rule, but I think the male hubbers have forgiven me. By the way, your kind approbation is dangerous to my hat size but I thank you sincerely for it and very much appreciate your encouragement. =:)


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

great hub. here's what message I got from it. "Son, if you want to get something out of life you have to work really hard. Now be quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers"...Homer Simpson


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha, Izzy you nailed it--we are all motivated by different things and we usually follow our interests. With Homer, it's a donut, he wouldn't know how to tell his son to follow his passion, but he could and does demonstrate how to do it. My passion is marginally higher than the donut or the lottery but I follow my passion and I don't have to wait for the payoff announcement--the payoff is you. Thank you for the delightful quote. =:)


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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Late to the party again! Oh well... Just want to share my own experience as a newbie to HP, one who had be dragged here kicking and screaming that I wasn't "good enough" to be part of a writers' community!

The hub above would've intimidated me to the point of never publishing another. Flawless word pictures that appear to have been composed with no (or little) effort. Elegant use of language the likes of which I will never master in my wildest dreams (but one of my daughters has...go figure). In fact, many hubbers I admired at the time wrote much like Winsome. And so I didn't write any hubs after a couple of initial offerings that two years later I'm still tempted to delete.

But then I noticed I was leaving wonderful mini-hubs as comments on the hubs of others, so I went back through those comments, which wasn't easy then as there was no "Comments You Made" option in My Account.

In doing that, I was finally able to accept that I *did* belong in a writers' community, and also that my style of writing is every bit as good as that of the hubbers who once intimidated me, only different. As it should be.

Now, rather than being intimidated by Winsome and others I won't name here, I simply enjoy and admire their offerings, and am thrilled and delighted when they read and compliment mine.

One more thing. Don't fret if a hub isn't an instant hit. Go for "ever green", meaning a well-written hub that will always have an audience. If you're unfamiliar with that term, see my Sarah Palin and "Rent, Not Own" hubs. Both were written over 18 months ago and continue to be two of my most-read hubs.

Also consider this another example of a mini-hub as a comment! ;D


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Fashionably articulated arrivals are always in style JG, sometimes the best writers are the ones who are most appreciative of others, as your experience with your comments shows. Thank you for your high praise, I especially value it from someone who knows how to launch water balloons many stories up from vacuum tubes. =:)


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JamaGenee 6 years ago from Central Oklahoma

Then you'll no doubt appreciate the torture I experience when I'm forced to use one of the outer lanes of my bank's drive through. ;D


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Yes I certainly do JG, I think that's what they call "car-ma." =:)


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

You are a quick study, Winsome! Didn't take you long to sort through what's really important. Agree with comment above that these are good tips for life in general!

Lovin' your sense of humor, too!

MM


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey MM, so glad you could stop by. Humor and heart and a desire to help is what makes it so much fun. Thank you for your kind words and thanks for the welcome. =:)


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

BTW, I neglected to compliment you on your taste in avatars. A classic -- like you!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Glad you like it--I'm a big fan of Cusack's work--Lloyd is pretty passionate but a very likeable character--very Winsome. =:)


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raisingme 6 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

After reading your hub through I just had to scroll to the end of the line to tell you that it is an absolutely MAGNIFICENT Hub! Two thumbs way up and a heartfelt Thank You!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

RM so good to see you and what a nice compliment. It took me awhile to realize that the important things as they say are not things. Thank you again for your heartfelt words.


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I love this Hub...Winsome. Thank you for this Good Work and your beautiful way of teaching by example(s)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

So glad you loved it Lilly, I've read your story and having your appreciation means a lot. Happy you stopped by. =:)


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dawnM 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

loved what wrote and it is so true, when my father passed away last year, I began to heal by writing and with out it my life would have been very difficult. In the process of writing, I began to help others and from that I have gained friends, so I would agree with you that it comes from within and then blossoms....


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Dawn, thanks for coming by and for the gracious words. When you care and have something to say there is a large, receptive family here on HP. You have a great wit and will do well. =:)


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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Hello Winsome,

I stumbled upon your profile today and what caught my eye is the picture of John Cusack from the movie "Say Anything". I like that movie, and the "The Secret of My Success" as well. You have great hubs.

I'm happy to be a fan.

Easylearningweb


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey ELW, thank you for coming by, I like John's work very much and that clip from The Secret of my Success is so funny. I have seen your writing and I appreciate your mission and spirit. =:)


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I'm glad I visit this hub. I'm still trying to figure it all out. Bookmark this one for sure.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Sandy, thank you for coming, it wouldn't be the same without you--glad to find out you like chocolate and I promise this hub will satisfy some of the craving but you'll still need to munch on a Toblerone or M&Ms while you read. =:)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Winsome great points - you need to enjoy writing first and foremost - be consistent , respect others and remember your friends - you covered it all very nicely.


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

I am very honoured and touched that you included me in this Hub your kindness and grace are a blessing to be around. I love the way you write and I love the way that you look at things. The comments that accompany your hubs are always so interesting. It is true you do reap what you sow your hubs along with the comments and your responses are fascinating and often a source of inspiration for new hubs.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Billy, great to see you, you are right about loving writing--I devoured the library when I got my first card and now I see that the internet is becoming the library of our generation. The fact that I can add to that library being read by young and old alike is humbling and inspires me to come up with thoughtful and motivational pockets of literary flowers that as they take their cyber walks will delight them and in some cases, make their day. =:)


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Maggs, thank you so much for the generous portions you serve your guests, even when you are the guest! I always feel I am sitting at a banquet when I read you. You so lovingly capture the generations that came before in your hubs and I have to think that countless search engine tourists will be the benefit for generations to come. Thanks to these great gadgets I have noticed you taking a walk this morning in the garden of some of my favorite hubs and it is like having a friend over and walking with you to point out this or that. There is a soul in this world wide web and I think we have found it. Thank you again for being my friend. =:)


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cvanthul 6 years ago from Florida

Winsome, you've made another follower. I have to admit I didn't read the entire hub, but read what I believed I needed and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm always looking for ways to write "less dry" - I think my writing is too boring - so its refreshing to read hubbers like you who have accomplished so much and write similar to how I'd like to. So, thank you!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey CV, what a nice compliment. I am delighted you find it helpful and entertaining. Thank you for being a fan, I enjoy your writing and will visit soon. =:)


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Dangazzm 6 years ago

Awesome... just awesome, goes to show that the atmosphere around here is really inviting and can keep you going (at least thats what I got from it) I had some friends but they all kinda disappeared on me... I guess I'm in it for the long haul and some aren't :P


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Dan, thank you for the generous comment. You are right about the atmosphere and we haven't even scratched the surface of creativity and imagination that resides in the wonderful HP community. Nice to meet you, I look forward to reading your work. =:)


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TINA V 6 years ago

This is a well written hub. I can sense that you wrote this from your heart. I agree with you that if we do something that we really want, we will find more success than we might ever thought. We will never even notice that a lot of things will follow next to it. But we should achieve something without trampling down on other people's path. Your readers will surely learn from this hub. Great hub and thumbs up!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you Tina, I haven't posted anything for a while because I told someone I would write a short story and got so bogged down in detail that I couldn't get it finished. Just yesterday I went back to what I really love and a hub is almost done. Since I didn't take my own I will take your advice and enjoy myself more. =:)

You have been a sterling example of the things you highlighted in this article and I am delighted to be writing with such a gracious and talented lady.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

This is another of your hubs that makes me very glad that I began following you. You are a most gracious guide and the journey is always enjoyable.

I guess my main purpose in publishing hubs is for recognition. The first place I go is to see if there are any new comments posted on my hubs.

I know I should try to be less anxious, but I find it frustrating to find I have over 50 followers, yet none of my hubs show more than 30 comments...and half of those are my replies! What's with that?

I'll reread this "How To" hub and hope I find peace if not patience.

Your hubs are superb and your success encouraging.

Thanks.

CP


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey Chris, thank you for the kind words--You said you write for recognition, but I sense that more importantly, you look for those who can appreciate what you have to offer. I think God made man for that same reason--One of my greeting cards reads: You can be a wonderful person but until someone just as wonderful knows it, it doesn't make you all that happy.

As for comments, they grow in the soil of honest passion for your subject. The more you lose yourself into your writing, the more you find others stopping by. Thanks again for your visit. =:)


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mary.jane 5 years ago

fanatastic hub ! love the movie too !

m.j


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi MJ, thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think the movie was one of MJ Fox's best. =:)


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shampa sadhya 5 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Your hub is extremely beneficial. Thanks a lot. I hope to gain from your hub in the near future and so thanks in advance.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Shampa you are welcome and I couldn't ask for a better compliment. When what we write benefits others, that is better than a hub score. =:)


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SaMcNutt 5 years ago from Englewood, CO

Mmmm. I agree with you. When I started I just wanted to write, and whatever. Mostly I started writing on the subject of Libraries but, what kept me going was the interaction with fellow hubbers. Great hub and thanks for commenting on mine.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Madam Librarrrrrr-ian. Ahh the Music Man. Well you certainly have taken off from there. I'm with you about the interaction. I have been constantly overwhelmed with the courtesy and support of our writing by other HP'ers. Speaking of which, thank you so much for coming over, with your permission I will put a link in to your hub. =:)


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SaMcNutt 5 years ago from Englewood, CO

Too kind. I will try and link your as well. Hope I get it right.


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

I've lived in Texas and Southern California so I feel a kinship. Anyway, great hub. I do admit that when I got to the picture of the beans and cornbread my brain shut-down and my taste bubs ignited. Love beans and cornbread. LOL


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Dee, we definitely are kindred spirits if you stopped at the beans and cornbread. I am continually amazed at people who say it costs so much to feed a family when I know my mother could have fed me that every day and I would have been happy.

Thank you for your visit and the positive words. I had to laugh when you signed off--"Love, beans and cornbread." I know you meant that you liked them, but for a Texan that is like Tonymac's "Love and peace." =:)


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Green Dog VT 4 years ago from chester,vt

Thanks these tips are very helpful for a newbie like me.I`m glad I read this within a week of starting out if i hadn`t read this I might havr thought that people just left comments and didn`t care if I responded like they say you only have one chance for first impressions I will try and respond to all of the comments I recieve


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment.

You are off to a good start GD, showing respect for your fellow writers is a perfect way to begin.

Just an aside, some of our best writers are terrible spellers, but if you use the spell correction built in to HP, by right clicking on any word that has a red wavy line under it, it gives you the right spelling and you just left click on it to replace the wrong one. This shows your readers you are thoughtful of them.

Keep up the good work, I will be visiting. =:)


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writerscentro 4 years ago from India

This tips are really helpful for the freshers in hubbing. Your hubs are always creative, motivational, inspiring ......And thats the reason i like reading your hubs . God bless and keep hubbing ....Voted upp!!!!


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you writerscentro, I'm happy you find them enjoyable. Please let me know by a comment, even a brief one when you stop by any of them. Thank you again. = : )


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samazi 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Brilliant write.

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