The Good, The Bad and The Ugly-Summing Up My First Year At Hubpages

Setting a Writing Goal

For my one year anniversary, May 8th, 2011, I set a goal to reach 100 hubs. I accomplished this by pushing myself to write when I didn’t think I had any more in me to give. It helped that I had one Hubchallenge under my belt, (January 2011) and a near finish of a second Hubchallenge, (April 2011-eight short).

I started to write online after considering it for almost nine months. Some of my doubts were: not knowing enough about what I was getting into to make a clear decision; being fearful that it was not ‘safe’; not understanding how to get started-and not realizing how easy the process was; not knowing what ‘name’ to register with; and the biggest reasons-a lack of confidence; not knowing if I was ‘good’ enough to write online.

It isn’t easy to expose oneself to the writing community. One is vulnerable to criticism and the possibility of rejection. It is difficult to take risks when confidence is low, and our belief in our own aptitude weak. So, there must be something else available to get one over that block of fear.

In my case, the desire to write for an audience and receive feedback overrode any fear or lack of confidence. It was the same desire that saw me through attending my first writer’s workshop in California, (see: A Circle of Women). I didn’t want to be left behind sitting on the sidelines watching others enjoy writing, and all the while wanting to join the fun.

I’ve experienced a transformation during this year that has been life changing. Of course, I’m not suggesting it is the only reason behind the changes, but it is certainly one of the key factors. With each comment that validated I was on the right track I’ve gained confidence in my writing. It changed my personal life as well, giving me the confidence to refuse to settle for mediocre in any area of my life. Here are some specifics to how my writing has unfolded here in these past 12 months.

The Good: Positive Experiences

Before even starting I had to select a name. I mulled it over, discussed options with my sister, and wrote out a list of pros and cons. In the end I decided on using my own name. Rationalization: if I had a terrific hub and a fictitious tag I would never be able to enjoy the glory. On the other hand, I knew if it bombed my name would also be on that. I was willing to take the risk and ‘own’ my by-line.

I was ecstatic after successfully publishing my first hub, Mothers Day Madness. My virgin hub was launched. It took awhile because I had no previous experience and no tutor demonstrating the ‘how-to’. But, with a ton of determination, a willingness to stay in the ‘positive’ about being in a learning curve; trial and error; and of course, all of the great tutorial information in the Hubpages community, I managed to get the job done. This is probably one of the main building blocks that effectively bolstered my confidence-having to problem solve. And, with each new challenge that I learned from, my confidence increased.

Sometimes, ignorance truly is bliss. Since I was writing for the creative outlet, and not the monetary gains, I didn’t read too much about the why and how, contests or forums, initially.

In fact, I discovered my hub: Soul Work: JOY had been nominated for a hubnugget award through an email sent to me about the contest. I was flattered that it had been selected, and happily surprised that it ended up winning.

Two additional hubs followed: Memorial Day: A Time to Remember; and Summer Garden. There was, once again, the initial delight of the news and the follow up amazement that both of these won third place. Again, validation that perhaps this desire to write was not unfounded.

Other good news-I was selected for the list of the 2010 top 200 New Hubbers; several of my hubs have been featured on the front page; I’ve successfully completed one 30 hubs in 30 day Hubchallenge; and I’ve met some very nice, talented people from all over the world through forum chats and comments. In fact, it inspired me to want to visit all of the great people I have met, and privacy being what it is…well, I just wrote about my visit with them via my imagination:

Learning to balance writing with other life priorities; pushing my writing skills-such as learning to edit my work; and keeping my eye on my writing goals are all positives that I have acquired this year.

The Bad: Opportunities for Learning

Along the way, there have been a few bumps in the road-what journey doesn’t have some of those? One of the things I wish I had done differently was to use the referral program here. It wasn’t until I recruited two family members and three friends to join that my daughter, Cara, (Hubber: cardelean) pointed this out to me. Oh well, live and learn.

There was a period of time in which there was an imbalance in my life: too much computer time, and too much emphasis on what I needed to do for my next hub. While I was still working the night shift this was especially difficult, because I would not go to sleep when I returned from my shift, checking for comments and engaging in the forums instead! I learned restraint and a return to a balance.

I would consider the lack of quality work, especially during a Hubchallenge, which one can slide into when harried to ‘throw’ something together, one of the negative things. While this did not happen often, I know when it did happen and it would trigger that old ‘perfectionism’ button. In the end, I it helped me to let it go and move on.

Not having enough time to ‘do it all’ is a problem that I cannot ever control, but that visits me at intervals. I have over 500 followers, I write my hubs on a regular basis, I participate in the hubs, plus, I have a family and full time job…something has to give. Unfortunately, I am not as frequent of a reader of other people’s hubs as I would like to be. But, I’m hoping that will improve.

The final area that I am still working with is learning to edit my work. An ongoing problem, but I have a willingness to keep an open mind and make the changes necessary.

The Ugly: Reviewing ways to improve

There were three areas that I had a major ‘fall’ in which I felt bruised and battered. One was when I used the title for a piece of work that another Hubber had ‘claimed’ for a different piece of work and forgot that this happened. While it worked for my piece, I was absolutely mortified that I had caused this pain and difficulty for her because it was a person who I admire greatly. After much communication and a willingness on both of our parts to move past this it was resolved, and at a deeper level than either of us could have imagined at the time. But, I learned to be very careful with claiming and owning my work.

The second was in a forum situation. I was relatively new, realized that by participating in the forums it allows you to ‘network’, but in my naivety, selected the wrong forum to engage in. Not being known, and not realizing that sometimes people just vent-they don’t want any suggestions, I got stung viciously by a seasoned Hubber. It was a very long time before I ventured into the forums again, and then it was through the advice of another Hubber to place myself in a ‘safer’ environment. I am grateful for her tip. I dislike unkindness and really see that occur many times over with people’s comments in some of the areas.

The third challenge I faced was with all of the upheaval when the team started to tag various hubs for revision. My first piece was tagged and I took it as a personal rejection. It worked itself out in the end; taught me fortitude and flexibility; and brought out my ability to negotiate a compromise that was doable for all parties.

In Conclusion: Evaluating Goals and Outcomes

It has been a rewarding year for me, here at Hubpages, and I’ve learned a lot-and feel I've grown. Thanks for all of the wonderful friends here, and the ongoing support and encouragement. It has been a joyful experience overall.

Thank You

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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Congratulations on your 100th hub, you are a wonderful addition to Hubpages. I think we create the experience we want to have online and connecting to the positive helps to handle the little hurdles that may show up now and then. I love the Hubpages community and the friends I have made here, and I consider you a spiritual friend.

Voted up!

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Liz Goltra 5 years ago

As someone who is new to HubPages, I have to thank you for your article. Congratulations of finishing 100 hubs! I've made that my goal for the upcoming year. Voted up!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Marie-thank you for your kind words. I have to nudge you over to my 'vacation' hub b/c it mentions me visiting you and Phil. :) Let me know what you think.

Liz-nice to meet you and welcome to hubpages. I am glad you enjoyed the article and best wishes to you on your journey of 100 hubs! Thanks for your comments.

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katrinasui 5 years ago

Congrats on completing 100 hubs. You are doing great job. Keep writing my friend:)

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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

Great job Mom. Congrats on your one year anniversary and your 100 hubs!

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Congratulations on reaching 100 hubs and your one year anniversary. I really enjoying reading your hubs!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you katrinasui. I appreciate your comment.

Good morning, early bird, Cara! Thank you, I appreciate the support. Hugs to you.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good morning Dexter-Nice to see you and thanks for the kind words. :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Great hub Denise and thanks for sharing.

A big congratulations for your first 100 hubs and your first year on HubPages.

Here's to many more years of hub sharing.

I push all the buttons for you on this one.

Take care


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Spider Girl 5 years ago from the Web

Many congrats on publishing your 100th hub!

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LeanMan 5 years ago from At the Gemba

Well done, keep going for another year and another 100 hubs..

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Dee, congratulations on your 100th hub and I'm looking forward to reading many more.

I voted this hub useful because it shows us how Hubpages can be more than just a venue for our writing. It can help us grow as well, if we are just willing to look at ourselves.

I also voted it beautiful for the insights you've shared.

PS - you've come a long way, sister, in your computer savvy-ness! :-)

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Denise, thank you. You were one of the first to welcome me to the hubber community and for this I will always be grateful. I am working on 100 hubs by the end of my year, if I can get past my frequent writers block afflictions. You have a lot of followers, maybe you might share with us outside of great content, how you have touched so many.... Credence

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shogan 5 years ago from New England

Congrats to you, Denise, on a productive full year. Unfortunately, my timing of signing up has resulted in very little good. I had a brief glance of the full potential on HP to earn, and then the whole thing fell down. I enjoyed reading about your year.

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on completing your 100th hub and on your 1 year anniversary at Hub Pages. It's been a pleasure watching your body of work evolve and being one of your many fans. You are an inspiration to me.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Eiddwen, Spider Girl and Lean Man-Thanks for the Congrats on my 100 and my anniversary. :)

Danette-THANKS for all your support and coaching. Now, about my lonnnnggggg rambling, LOL Still working on that

Hi Credence-boy what a nice thing you said, thanks. :) Here is one way I boosted my hubs-the 30 hub challenge. About writers block-I'll get back to you on that, LOL

Shogun, thanks for your comments. One thing that helps me-I have very, very LOW expectations of earning. It's not that I don't want to earn money, but I love the outlet for creative purposes. :)

Hi Gail-it really is evolving, amazingly. Thank you for your comments, very touching. I appreciate all the support I get here from cool people like you! :)

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Well a Big Congratulations Denise, and this in it's self, was a Wonderful Hub to read of all your accomplishments. As well as Your Honesty of the Good and the Bad and the Ugly...I could certainly relate. Hub Pages really is a learning experience for all of us. I especially Love all the Wonderful friends I've met here. Thanks for sharing this one with all of us!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Congrats for the big 100. I love Hubpages, i've met some very Dear friends.I stay away from the forums too. I'm here to write and read not argue. Thank's for sharing.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi B-thank you for the Congratulations. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. :)

Hi Ruby--thanks for your comments. Yes, some of the forum activity is too wild for me! LOL

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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Congrats Denise, you deserve a pat on the back for all your hard work!

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

Congratulations Denise. 1 year and 100 Hubs to match. You must be so proud of yourself. Gosh, I sure am proud of you. I have been following your Hubs from almost day one and have watched you grow as a writer and a Hubber. It amazes me to think about all those Hubs coming from someone who works full time and looks after a family. Truly admirable.

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Reprieve26 5 years ago from Oregon Coast

I just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of congratulations! :)

May I ask which forum you had difficulty with (so I can avoid it) and which one was "safer"?

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Wow Denise, this is huge and I love the way that you accent even your hubbing challenges with a positive learning experience. I think this hub is a huge benefit to others and a well earned congratulations to you! Way to go!!!!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kathi-thanks for your comment. Be sure to check out the 'road trip' I took in the Economic Vacations hub. It mentions going to Michigan and rendevouzing with you.

Karanda-Wow, thanks for the very kind comments! I appreciate it.

Hi Reprieve-thanks. The forum that I enjoy hanging out with the most is Sandpit. I don't even recall what the other one was it was so early in my hubpages experience. I suggest you try hanging out wherever you are most comfortable and leave when it is no longer enjoyable. It's all a personal choice. :)

Hi Kath-thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. :)

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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

congratulations on your 100th Hub Denise -

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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

That's a really nice hub Denise, good to read and kudos to you for sticking at it. It is a journey.. that cliche... and I do believe that writing is very good for one's confidence. Congratulations and.. er.. good job!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Ann-Thanks! I appreciate your comments. And, now you... :)

Mark-how nice to see you here. Thanks for the acknowledgement. Yes, the confidence has really multiplied for me. Thanks for stopping by.

baygirl33 5 years ago

Thank you for that good and honest hub.Many of your are in my life also.I have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

I have suffered greatly with lack of self esteem and had to work very hard to get a life change. I will maybe write about it all when I get over my privacy syndrome.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

baygirl-I'm sorry that it is such a painful experience. By all means, do write and you know, it often helps. Take care, our hearts and souls can be very sensitive and vulnerable, can't they? Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Mr. Smith 5 years ago from California

There isn't a more deserving hubber. Congratulations.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Mr. Smith-what a kind thing to say. Thanks!

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow I don't know how I missed this Denise. I am so pleased that I found it though and what an excellent and informative read it made. Congratulations on writing 100 hubs, that's totally awesome, well done.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello, acaetnna-thank you for your lovely comments. I appreciate you stopping by. :) Have a splendid w/e with hubby-which, I know you will! LOL

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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Wow thanks for the inspiration, ive only been a member for about a month, but your doing great juggling, work, family and hubpages, by the way im a mental health nurse:) that job pays the bills, but id like nothing more then to just make films :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Ahhh, I had an intuition that might be your field--ditto here. Been a psych nurse for the majority of my 27 year nursing career. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...well congratulations on achieving your goals Denise - you are a terrific writer and it was so very nice to hear from you once again - you have a loyal following I see and a great hub score there is only one thing left to say - you are truly a hubgem!!!!

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The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

This is a cool hub; I'm sorry you've had bad experiences here. I've had a few barbs thrown my way but maybe I asked for them by venturing into politics, religion and patriotism. Anyway I'm glad you stuck it out.... keep writing and just be yourself.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Dear Epi-I guess, within my year of writing, I have moved up from achieving the coveted hub 'nugget' to the very special hub 'gem'. LOL Thank you.

Suburban Poet--yeah, I think that is probably where I had wandered into...not a good combo for a sensitive soul. Thanks for reading and the comments you've left.

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ahorseback 5 years ago

Denise , I have followed you for awhile and yet we have been strangers a bit , but the quality of your writing has always immpressed me, And I feel the same ,in the way this hub describes you're journey. I too learned to pretty much forget the forums. and my revisions have been mostly a few pictures I've not been careful about , Stick with this , YOU are worth it! Ed PS. congratulations on a year!....Hugs

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Martyv25 5 years ago

Wow Denise what a great hub, everything you spoke about here I can relate to. Thank you so much for posting this.

Your question over my way recently am I up for a challenge? Yeah I am, even more so now that I have read this.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Ed-Yes, I agree with your comments-between you and I, both admiring each others work, maybe from afar? Thanks for bringing that to the table here. Maybe we can resolve that and get to know each other more. Thanks for your support and encouragement. I do appreciate it.

Marty-nice to see you here. Thanks for the cheery comment and by all means jump into our May hubchallenge-if not May, try June, LOL who knows how many we'll do. I did not finish the April challenge-eight short of the finish. But, we'll see what May will bring. I think the important thing is to enjoy and find balance. Thanks for stopping in.

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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Congratulations on reaching your 100th Hub, you worked hard and generated a huge following as you should. You are a very expressive and talented writer. You are deserving of all the accolades bestowed upon you.

I wish you well, happiness and peace and lots of love and continued support from your family, friends and fellow writers. Hugs and thank you for comments left at my Hubs, much appreciated.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Saddlerider1-that means a lot to me, coming from you. I so respect you as a fellow human being and a most talented writer. I appreciate your well wishes and wish you the same. Take care, you are someone special. :)

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andycool 5 years ago from the U.S.

Let me congratulate you Denise Handlon for achieving such an important milestone! I've four more months to go to complete one year at HubPages, so I've taken this hub as an inspiration to go ahead. Wish you'll be able to touch and cross the 1000 figure in terms of the hubs you're going to publish in the coming months and years. God bless you! - Andy

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow! Thanks for your comments and congratulations Andy. I support you in your goal--go for it!

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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

You're right about that: forums can be places full of vehement criticism and unkind words. You're to be commended on remembering that quality content, instead of "throwing things together" as you've put it, is a worthwhile goal.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Silver Poet-thanks for the visit and your comments. I appreciate your words.

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KristaMcDonald 5 years ago

Happy Anniversary! Here's to your second year!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Krista-Thank you! I appreciate your visit.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Bravo! Congratulations to you! :) This was a joy to read--thank you so much for mentioning it so I would be sure to catch it right away. It's a great read. Can I adopt your daughter for a few weeks so she can explain some things that I don't understand? Going to check out her work too!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

LOL sure, I'll let Cara know that you'll be looking her up to ask her some questions. LOL Thanks for reading and commenting.

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sofs 5 years ago

Congratulations Denise, on your anniversary and your hundred :) I have been through similar stuff..but thank God nothing negative so far. I have enjoyed writing here and meeting people too :) Your hub is honest and positive and the experience is something most of us can identify with.. I wish you many more years of writing and positive experiences. God Bless!!

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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

wow! 100 hubs? That is pretty impressive. I look forward to reading your other 99~ I have been here 9 days so far. I am having a ball! :-) I have had a few reject for review. I try not to take it as a negative. I am here to learn and grow as a writer. great article, and congrads~

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congrats for surviving the year and many more I hope!

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Wow! I hit the awesome button for this hub!

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Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

Congrats on your accomplishment here on HP!

I remember when you did 30 hubs in 30 days,you were awesome! Letting everyone know it wasn't easy,but you still encouraged everyone to give it a try.

Now here you are at The Big 100!

You inspire me and so many others!

Much Respect!!!

Do it Denise

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Sofs, thanks for stopping by and reading-and leaving your comments. I appreciate it, G.F. :)

Jo-welcome to Hubpages and thank you for your very enthusiastic congratulations. I appreciate it. I'm glad you're having fun and learning a lot-that's the way! LOL

Thanks Caseworker for stopping by and the 'cheers'. :)

Wow, Howcurecancer-Thanks! :)

Rastamermaid-what lovely comments you've left. Gee, I feel honored. Thanks.

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Congratulations, Ms. Denise. Been there and that, too! Some seasoned hubbers are like bees; they stung (maybe out of envy). With perseverance, you penetrated this writing niche and I may say congratulations!!!

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cookingdiva 5 years ago


Congratulations! You have been achieved and came so far in just merely 12 months! Kudos to you. You inspired me.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you for your warm greetings, 'Sailor'. I appreciate your visit and comments. :)

Cookingdiva-yes, it has been an intersting journey and transformation. Thanks for your 'congrats'. I will be looking for your '100' LOL :)

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shimla 5 years ago

100 Hubs and a Hubscore of 99 - awesome - maybe after I finish reading through your hubs and voting them up we can get that score to 100 - not that scores are the thing. What I love about your writing is the honesty that comes through so clearly and that you can feel the person behind the words - a person with a big loving heart! Well done and keep the good work coming! Shimla

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Nice "wrap-up" Denise. Congrats on your meteoric rise. You are a great writer!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Shimla-thank you. I opened HP this morning and noted the number-not that the number is the thing, as you mention. HOwever, it is all a mystery, such is life...

Micky Dee-glad to see you again. Thanks for the I told Shimla-I have 'no clue' as to how to make that number go up. It is a puzzlement. So, like life I find that when I don't do anything other than what comes naturally, it goes up. Maybe that is the key, LOL Thanks for the ride over.

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Congrats on your 100th hub. I have to apologize for not commenting more on your hubs. I am horrible about that, for which I am sorry. Even though my profile says I have been here for nearly two years, I have only written for about eight months. In that short time I have learned alot and met many wonderful and supportive people. You were there supporting me as I did my challenge. I would like to say thanks!

I wish you the best of luck with your future hubs and look forward to reading more. :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi tlpoague. Not to worry-When I am busy writing I hardly read anyone else's hubs either, a goal that I am currently setting to change this habit. Thanks for the well wishes and see you around. :)

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Deborah Demander 5 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Denise, congratulations on your year at hubpages. I have had some of the same ups and downs you describe, but, like you, I live, learn, and keep writing. This is a great hub, it is inspiring and helpful. Not every problem is the end of the world as it first seems.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Deborah-thanks for the read and the congratulations. I agree-it is a matter of perspective and problem solving. I attempt to keep my 'ego' out of it, but it does get in the way at times. That's when a change of perspective is important. Thanks again. Namaste.

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Anaya M. Baker 5 years ago from North Carolina

Congratulations! It is very intimidating to undertake the process of "baring" yourself through writing. It was something I struggled with for a while, even though I really wanted to write. Keep up the good work, and cheers to a great year #2 at hubpages;)

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seanorjohn 5 years ago

Brilliant work Denise.You have achieved so much in one year. Winning the hubnuggets contest must have been a real boost.Best of luck for your second year.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Seanorjohn-It has been an amazing year, creatively and personally. I was so 'shocked' when I received notice of the first hubnugget nomination. And, then the win just thrilled me. When the second one came I was delighted and by the third I just felt so validated as a writer. Thanks for visiting the site and commenting. You have intriguing hub titles that I will have to check out. Many Blessings.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Anaya-Thanks for your feedback and encouragement. Yes-the vulnerability is always a challenge. It is what makes one piece good and another more than that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A huge congratulations for reaching your 100th hub!!! And what a hub it is! Full of truthful and touching experiences here at hubpages. We are all so blessed to have you here. I always learn something of value from you. You also just happen to be, one of my favorite people.

Thank you always, for your inspiration and support. Keep up the great writing and achievements. Have a wonderful time as you continue to write your award-winning articles. :) vocalcoach

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Audrey-what a touching comment you left for me, so appreciated. You've always been a positive supporter for me here at HP. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. We will both try the challenge another time, ok? (((Hugs))) Oh, Audrey, BTW please be sure to read the 'Economical Vacation' hub I wrote. It is filled with surprises you won't want to miss.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This was a genuine ,sincere and honest read. You have accomplished so much in a year and your story is a source of inspiration for anyone who doubts that if you put your mind to anything you can succeed. Balance is the key and it seems you have nailed that too. Thank you for sharing.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Spirit Whisperer, Thanks for reading and commenting. I visited your site and enjoyed reading several of your hubs. Interesting philosophy of removing the comment boxes. It appears you and I share some common threads. I will get back to you about the question you asked via email. Thanks.

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

Voted up. I like your hub.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you howcurecancer. I appreciate the comment.

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Docmo 5 years ago from UK

Denise, what a wonderful way to reach your anniversary and complete your 100th hub. Your writing is as always open,honest , gentle and heartfelt. There is no artifice in those words just immense readability. Congratulations and looking for award to the next hundred!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Mohan, Thanks for your comments. As always, I cherish your feedback. Take care, and Many Blessings.

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globehouse 5 years ago

Your an inspiration....Keep writing.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hello Globehouse-thanks for reading and leaving such a lovely comment. Cheers.

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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi Denise,

I've been on HP for 6 months (they say 7) and experienced lots of the things you have. I only read the forums a little, and was so happy to have a few hubs published, I was really green and it was a huge learning curve. I actually did want to make some extra money, but was not very computer literate, and all the SEO and networking was confusing. Even the directions on the HP forums are written for people much more literate in computereze than I am. But I love to write, and the community is great. I look forward to reading more of your work! Jean

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Jean-thanks for reading and commenting. I went to your site and have been enjoying reading your work. It is frustrating at times to get started. I really learned on my own to navigate the area here and have offered what little knowledge I've had to others. I support you in your love of writing and goal to continue to do so here on HP. Good luck with your publication.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Denise - Congratulations on your one-year anniversary, 100th hub and, most of all, your triumph over whatever (unnecessary) fear and holdup you've felt. I hope you know now that it was unfounded, I can empathize with it in some areas (music!) but writing is just expressing myself and I guess it's never been a problem, even though I didn't share it very publicly. "Trying" to write is unknown to me. Maybe trying not to is haha.

You just go on with your great writing! You have much to share and do it well!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Nellieanna-thank you for visiting and leaving your warm comments. Now, please be sure to read the hub: Economical Vacations--it's all about a 'virtual' trip I took across the country visiting hubbers like YOU! Take care and thanks again. :)

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I will read that! Sounds like a delightful idea!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks. I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! LOL

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Anyone that works full time, has and family and can still write 100 hubs in one year has my admiration. That is quite a feat. Congratulations! Not only that...but you author good hubs as well. That deserves extra plaudits!!!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Peggy. Nice words coming from one who is talented in the writing realm. Appreciated. :)

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sholland10 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri


Your hub is inspirational. You have been a God-send. You welcomed me to Hub Pages and started following me. You have answered my questions and been kind and patient in doing so. I connected to almost all your experiences. Right now I am trying to find that balance. I am worn out from getting up early and staying up late. I have read everything you have recommended... sometimes twice. HA! I wish I had gone ahead and put my real name now. The S is for Susan. :-) I appreciate you so much. I am still mulling the challenge around in my head.

Thanks again for everything!! Congratulations on your writing success. :-)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Susan-thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences here. It's nice to know there has been a connection. One of the hubs I wrote after my January hubchallenge experience was: The Hubchallenge-5 tips for success. I'm not sure if you have read that, but it may help to put things into perspective.

Above all I stress-fun. If it isn't fun then it is WORK and that is what we write to get away from...oops, now I'm telling on myself, LOL

If you take the challenge and don't complete it look at it this way-you are that much further in completing hubs.

It doesn't have to be genius at ever posting--I filled in my lags with recipes, and I think poetry-can't recall that far now. So, just relax, make a list and go for it. The only way I would discourage anyone from jumping in is if there personal life was so demanding that it was becoming a burden to sit and write for a couple of hours.

Okay-enough rah, rah, LOL Thanks for the congrats and I will meet you at the Hubchallenge forum soon. :)

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upal19 5 years ago from Dhaka

What an untiring efforts! Congratulations.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks. I really must get over to your hubs and return the measure of your reading mine! LOL Thank you.

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butterflystar 5 years ago from A Place of Success :)

This was a wonderful hub, I absolutely enjoyed reading this :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks, butterflystar-love your name, LOL You can tell by my avatar that I favor butterflies. I appreciate you reading this. Good luck in the contest-it is a nice surprise, isn't it? I had three nominations and was thrilled each time. Great way to meet fellow hubbers and get some traffic. Also-check out the forums. I hang out at the Sandpit-specifically 'The last one to post', quite a bit. It's a friendly thread.

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Denise, I remember reading this when it came out but I guess I failed to comment. This was wonderful and I appreciated your honesty in admitting the "bumps" as well as the triumphs. It is so wonderful to read of your journey and I'm glad you made the decision to start writing online.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Prairieprincess-thanks for revisiting and commenting now, :) I've done that before as well. Life keeps us very much in a balancing act. Hope you are well. I appreciate you comments.

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C.V.Rajan 5 years ago from Kerala, India

You have a neat and a naturally flowing writing style. I could grasp that you are essentially a very sensitive person who gets troubled easily by criticism!

Forum is one place where there is lot of fun, provided we are able to de-sensitize ourselves from getting wounded by arguments and criticisms. Actually, it is a nice place to tame our ego and develop the good quality of tolerance and acceptance!

All the best.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi CV-yes, you are right about the forums...It's obvious that I experienced that 'slap' in a forum topic, which took me by surprise. I have much more fun in the Sandpit now, LOL Thanks for your kind words.

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Kerry43 4 years ago

Hello:) I think I may visit the Sandpit then, as I was wondering where to go for a good old fashioned chinwag. I haven't been stung, yet, and I was cautious about where to go because I also dislike unkind or rude people.

I thought this was a good place to get to know you and make another new friend, and now I will follow on with your next anniversary piece. I have been a member here for so long, but intermittently until the past month.

Enjoy your weekend:)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kerry-thanks for your feedback. I hope to see you at the Sandpit soon...I don't go as often, but there is always a big welcome when you pop in. :) I'll be sure to read your many interesting hub topics soon. :) I don't know how you keep up with everything!

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