My Six (6) Year Anniversary as a Writer at HubPages

Candy..yum
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Email Notification of My Six Year Anniversary

A few days ago,on the 9th of October 2015, I was checking my emails when I came across this one from HubPages:

"Hi Jodah,

You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—your 6 Year Anniversary on HubPages! Holy cow, you're practically a HubPages expert! It's the long-time Hubbers like you that make this site a wonderful place to write. Happy Hubbiversary!

Fun fact: A common six year anniversary gift is candy, so today is your perfect excuse to splurge on sweets! If you decide to make your own celebratory candy, don’t forget to take lots of photos and turn your handiwork into a recipe Hub!"


I knew I had passed five years some time ago and had an inkling that six must be approaching, so this email confirmed it. Thank you Hub Pages Staff. Now, I had the problem of what to do. Do I just let it pass as another milestone with a new icon on my profile page to mark the occasion? Maybe I could throw a party to celebrate, but the only other people vaguely interested, or willing to come to a party, would be other hubbers and very few of them even live in Australia let alone the same state as me.

I have noticed some hubbers announce these occasions in the Forums but only a handful of my followers frequent them, so I decided against that. As I have previously written hubs to mark my 100th and 200th published hubs I decided that this is just as worthy an achievement, so I decided to commemorate it with a hub as well.

Welcome to my Six (6) Year Anniversary Hub. Did anyone bring the candy, or cake and candles?

Meaning of Number 6

The number 6 is a symbol of completeness.

Number 6 symbolizes beauty and high ideals.

A rose by any other name..
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A Rose by Any other Name...

When you first join HubPages, like many other sites, you are asked to choose a User Name. Deciding on a name as your online presence is sometimes easier said than done. From experience at other sites and for online security reasons it is usually a good idea not to use your real name. For this reason and because I had used it elsewhere before I became the hubber known as "Jodah." Did I hear someone ask, "That's pretty dull and boring, how did you come up with that?'

Well, a year or two before I joined HubPages my wife and I had been toying with setting up our own business. We hadn't settled exactly what the business would be other than it would possibly involve growing and selling organic produce, and home made craft items.

We played around with various names including our own and the one we finally agreed on was "Jodahkamah." This is actually a combination of element of both our names.

  • John David Hansen
  • Kathleen Mary Hansen

By taking the first two letters of each of our first and second names, and then the first letter of our surname, it became: JoDaKaMaH, and separately we could have the nicknames of: Jodah and Kamah.

That business didn't eventuate unfortunately, other than a couple of off-shoots that we have experimented with "Kamah's Kreations" (my wife's textile art business) and my "Coverty Creek Permaculture Design" (a field we both studied).

Anyway, from all that "Jodah" came into being.

our cob (pizza) oven
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Jodah's Very First Hub

The very first article I wrote here at Hubpages under the user-name "Jodah" was a hub titled "In Search of Self-sufficiency." The advice I had read when joining Hubpages said to write about what you know or have expertise and training in.

As I had recently completed a course for a "Certificate in Permaculture Design", and my wife and I had recently relocated to a rural property with the intention of living a lifestyle as self-sufficient as possible, I chose to write my first hub about that. I followed all the Hubpage guidelines as best I could (almost al my own photos etc) and churned out a 1577 word article that I am still quite proud of today.

It still has a hub score of 81 (by the time I finished writing this it has risen to 83) even though it gets very few views nowadays (I know hub scores are not important..really I do). In the first two years after publishing this it received a total of fourha es comments. At that stage I was not an active part of the HP community and didn't have any followers or vise versa.

Number 6 is often considered the symbol of luck, and the highest number of the dice.

Lucky Number 6
Lucky Number 6

Number 6 is A Perfect Number

The Pythagoreans acknowledged number 6 to be the first perfect number.

In mathematics a perfect number is when all the numbers divisors (excluding the number itself) are added, the sum equals the number itself. 1+2+3=6

In addition when including the number itself and dividing by two the result is the number itself. (1+2+3+6)/2 = 6

Perfect numbers are rare. The Ancient Greeks recognized four perfect numbers: 6 – 28 – 496 – 8,128.

Lucky Number Six (6)

Why didn't I write a hub celebrating five years here at HubPages you may well ask? What makes six years more special? Well, for no reason other than the number six has more special meaning for me. I do refer to it as my lucky number and if I am buying tickets in a competition or choosing numbers in a lottery, number six is on the top of my list. Even if I decide to have a punt on the horse races, I only look for: race 6, horse 6, barrier draw 6. That happens only occasionally, but I guarantee that when it does it has a good winning percentage (if the horse doesn't win there is a good chance it will finish 6th).

For a start I was born on the sixth, but not only that, my birth date is 6th May 1957. If you know anything about numerology you will know that to calculate your numerological number you take your full date of birth (in my case 05/06/1957), add all the numerals together eg. 5+6+1+9+5+7= 33, and then reduce it to the lowest common denominator: 3+3=6.

You may dispute this and say you should use the full year as a number eg. 1957+5+6. Ok, well let's do that and we get a total of: 1968. Once again add these: 1+9+6+8= 24. But then when we reduce this to the lowest common denominator, again we get: 2+4=6.

Do you see where I am coming from, and why I consider 'six' my lucky number? But wait it doesn't stop there!

Now let's look closer at my name: JOHN DAVID HANSEN

Numerologists also believe that another way you can work out "your" number from your full name and by the number of letters in it. Once again 4+5+6= 15: reduced 1+5=6.

That's enough evidence for me to decide to make Number 6 my lucky number, and a relevant reason to write a hub celebrating my sixth Anniversary here at HubPages.

Six is a number perfect in itself, not because God created all things in six days; rather, the convert is true God created all things in six days because the number is perfect.”

— Saint Augustine (The City of God)

Six Harmonies

"Liùhe" (六和), in the Mystical Numbers of Taoism, represents the number 6 and symbolizes the Six Harmonies:
體 合 於 心 (Body in harmony with Heart),
心 合 於 意 (Heart in harmony with Intent),
意 合 於 氣 (Intent in harmony with Qi),
氣 合 於 神 (Qi in harmony with Spirit),
神 合 於 動 (Spirit in harmony with Motion),
動 合 於 空 (Motion in harmony with Nothing).

Six Interesting Facts and Trivia about Number 6

  1. Every Braille cell is made up of six dots; two columns consisting of three dots on each side. Various dots are raised to specify different letters.
  2. In the Bible, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus preformed his first miracle in Cana. At a wedding six stone jars were filled with water. Jesus turned the water into wine.(John 2:6-9)
  3. God took 6 days to create the world in the Book of Genesis; humankind was created on day 6. In the City of God, Augustine of Hippo suggested that God's creation of the world took six days because 6 is a perfect number (book 11, chapter 30)
  4. In regard to musical instruments: a standard guitar has 6 strings.and most woodwind instruments have 6 basic holes or keys (e.g., bassoon, clarinet, saxophone etc)
  5. Any one of us is only about 6 acquaintances away from anyone else in the world. (called "six degrees of separation")
  6. The hardest tongue twister in English is said to be: "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"

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What's Changed After Six Years?

So what has changed since I joined Hub Pages? Looking back through my hubs I found that two and a half years ago I was searching for poetry hubs to read and I stumbled upon one by a very popular hubber named Nellieanna Hay. After leaving a comment on her hub, she kindly reciprocated by reading my hubs "Love and Other Muses" and "In Search of Self-sufficiency."

This was the turning point for me at HubPages because dear Nellieanna was impressed by my writing and subsequently introduced other hubbers in her circle to my hubs. I was kindly accepted into this wonderful group who many of you belong to. This gave me a new incentive to write and I suddenly went from having written three hubs in the first three years to writing 56 over the next 12 months.

So now, after six years, this will be my 226th hub. There are many other hubbers who have written more hubs in less time but because of my slow start I am more than happy with what I have achieved. I now have 585 followers (whereas I had none for the first three years). This is a case of give and take though. If you want genuine followers you need to follow others in return, and so I am following 501 people myself. I have even compiled a number of the poems I have written here into an eBook. Without HubPages I would never have done that.

In six years I have seen a lot of hubbers come and go. Some have just suddenly disappeared without any goodbyes or fanfares. Others have expressed their dissatisfaction with various changes at HubPages and made their displeasure and the fact that they were leaving loudly known in forums. I haven't agreed with all the changes here either but I know ultimately the decisions made are genuinely for the betterment of the site.

If I was to have left HubPages it would have been within my first three years here when I had no followers and seemed to be wasting my time. But I am still here and am not planning on taking my work anywhere else. I am now looking forward to the goal of ten years at HubPages, and as long as the site is still around then, so will I be (touch wood).

© 2015 John Hansen

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Ericdierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Marvelous. I love special dates like this when I have been around to see much of the celebrant's time. A constant joy of interesting and very well done pieces of work. From your grandchildren to your chickens and that wonderful walk to the road I have gotten to know you. And that is a blessing worthy of the number 6.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for being the first to read this and comment Eric, also for being one of the HP circle I mentioned and a good friend and supporter. I am glad you have enjoyed being on this journey with me and for your own inspirational and educational articles and sermons. Cheers.


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

Congratulations, John! I know the rest of us would be a bit poorer if you were not here. It's been a privilege getting to know you through your writing...thank you for raising the bar here at HP.


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Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago from Toronto, Canada

Heartfelt congratulations, Jodah. Keep the spirit up!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the congratulations Surabhi, I sure will.


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Charito1962 14 months ago from Manila, Philippines

Congratulations, John. Keep up the good work.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Bill, for all your encouragement and support in my time here as well. I have also learnt a lot about writing from reading your hubs so I greatly appreciate that and your friendship as well. Have a great week.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Charito. Thank you for reading this and I do appreciate the congratulations. Take care.


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hajra bajwa 14 months ago from Pakistan

Happy anniversary Jodah. And the the name you choose is of historical importance. It was the name of the wife of a Mughal king. You had me calculating my number, too bad it didn't come out to be the same with name and date. Hubpages is lucky to have you.


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annart 14 months ago from SW England

Fascinating! I love all the number 6 stuff. My number is 2; birth date, favourite houses and lots of other luck is connected with it. Hence my personal numberplate (showing off now!) W222 AFC.

Congratulations on your 6 years here. I'm so glad you stayed. You've been here a little longer than me but, like you, I'm glad to have met so many kind and supportive people. You've written way more hubs than I, all fascinating and your poetry is outstanding so well done on those.

We can still all have a party, it's simple; just all have sweets or chocolate cake for dessert this evening and raise a glass or two to you! You should feel the vibes all the way round the world - or straight through the middle!

I'm proud to know you and I love that you're fulfilling your dream in that wonderful part of the world.

Ann


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much for your generous comment hajra, and for informing me that Jodah was also the name of the wife of a Mughal king. Very interesting. I think it was just luck that my name and birthdate worked out at the same number "six". Have a great week.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello again Ann. I am certainly being kept busy replying to comments tonight and that's something I enjoy doing. Thank you for the congratulations. It makes one feel their work is appreciated. I too find numerology fascinating and would be interested to hear more how number two came to be your number. Ok, great idea to have a party this evening with sweets and chocolate cake and share the vibes across the globe. I actually have a cookies and cream frozen dessert in the freezer that I can pull out, and a bottle of local wine. Cheers.


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annart 14 months ago from SW England

Sounds wonderful. Cheers!


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Emese Fromm 14 months ago from The Desert

Congratulations and happy anniversary! I didn't even realize that Hubpages has been around that long. I feel like I've missed out a lot, and just very slowly catching up. Your writing is one of the reasons I enjoy Hubpages, so I'm glad you stuck around.


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Rozina Iftikhar 14 months ago from Islamabad

Happy sixth hubbiversary, Jodah...keep providing us your marvellous write-ups...Congrats!


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Phyllis Doyle 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hey Jodah - a big congratulations to you.Good on you ! Happy Hubbiversary! I am so glad you decided to stay. I remember when I first started following you and have never been disappointed. I love your poetry, your hubs are always interesting and you are kind, supportive, and fun!

I enjoyed reading this hub on your 6th year here. Here's to many more happy years for you at HubPages.


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Mel Carriere 14 months ago from San Diego California

Knock on wood indeed, as we say up here in the top half of the globe.

It's been an up and down journey for sure, and you are one of the reasons I would be despondent if the site ever went belly up. I almost abandoned ship once myself, but then realized that success here requires some staying power, not a few weeks or months, but years!

Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for your brilliant examples of numerology. I personally think we can arrive at any numbers we want to if we really try, but I don't want to ruin your anniversary party with my cynical naysaying. Great hub!


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Carb Diva 14 months ago

Congratulations on your achievement--and in writing this hub you have shown once again what makes you such an outstanding writer. You took something as simple as the number six...and turned it into an amazing, informative hub.


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MsDora 14 months ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations, Jodah. Kudos to Nellieanna Hay for making such a powerful impact on you. I enjoy your work here on HubPages, and am glad that you have decided to stay put. Best to you, going forward!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Emese. Yes it is hard to believe Hub Pages has been around over six years. I think I have seen a few hubbers who have been here for seven but I don't think it is much older than that. I appreciate your kind words and that you enjoy what I write. Keep writing your very interesting and informative hubs.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Rozina, it doesn't seem like six years. I wish you well in your writing here as well.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Phyllis, you are one of my group of friends here that make writing a pleasure. If you know your hubs are appreciated it is the greatest incentive of all, and you have been a constant support and encouragement (besides you write great hubs). Cheers.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Mel, good to see you. Yes it has been an up and down journey here, but I am a stayer if nothing else.. hey I've been married for 33 years and still going strong :) You numerology sceptic you...I'll have none of that, numbers don't lie :) Thanks for your continued support and great hubs.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Carb Diva, you are too kind.. but thank you. Just tell the world outside Hub Pages that I am "an outstanding writer" haha. Funnily enough I find numbers are one of the easiest things to write about. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good evening/morning MsDora, whatever it is in your lovely Caribbean paradise right now. Yes I think Nellieanna is the reason I am writing this now. I haven't seen any new writing from her in awhile but hope she is back hubbing again soon. Thank you for continuing to read my hubs and your constant encouragement. It means a lot.


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kalinin1158 14 months ago from California

I've also turned 6 recently though my experience (and efficiency) on HP is different from yours... as it should be. My epiphany was to branch out beyond HP but I'm still around because I love this site. Congrats and hopefully we'll all be here to celebrate 10 years!


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

Wow, John, you have been here longer than me and I did not know that! Well I hate it took me so long to find you...but better late than never!

Congratulations!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi kalinin1158, congratuations on your six years at Hub Pages as well. I have dabbled a little outside on a couple of poetry specific sites and fiverr, but Hub Pages is my home. I will be over to check out some of your hubs shortly. Yes, we are all different and that is good. I just checked my account this morning and see HP has been busy cleansing again..I now have 34 non-featured hubs. That will give me something to work on...nice Anniversary present I must say :)


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Jackie, I am a real veteran here but I did keep to myself and was very quiet for the first few years. It certainly is "better late than never" and I'm not sure who found who...you me, or me you. Just glad it happened. Blessings.


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NateB11 14 months ago from California, United States of America

Glad you're still here, John. And it was interesting to learn the history of your user name.


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AliciaC 14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Congratulations on your HubPages anniversary, Jodah. Thanks for sharing the interesting information about the number six, too.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks NateB11, now you know a little more about me and that I'm difficult to get rid of. Cheers.


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word55 14 months ago from Chicago

Congrats buddy John (Jodah)! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Praise the Lord for your accomplishments along the way and the years here. May you share many, many more with us too.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's been a very interesting journey so far Al (I was going to say "Incredible" but that's a different story) and I have enjoyed it, epecially the people I have made friends with here, you included. Here's to many more years of writing hubs!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your congratulations Alicia. Glad you found the "number six" interesting too. I feel like I am on Sesame Street :) "Today we will talk about the color green, and the number six".


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

For some reason I did not know you until perhaps the last year or so. I was on and off HubPages for personal reasons but am so glad that I have found your writings.

So glad to hear you plan to stay around...it is a lovely community of writers...

Here's to six more for you, Jo Da H..... :D

Many Angels are on the way to you this wee early morning hour. ps

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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi ps, it is amazing that I have recently come in contact with quite a few hubbers who have been around HP for as long as me but who I had previously had no contact with. There must be quite a few different circles here who never come in contact with one another. The only way you find them is to see their comments on other people's hubs who you follow.

Thanks for your kind comment and it's good to know you.


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sujaya venkatesh 14 months ago

way to go man


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Sujaya :)


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ChitrangadaSharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

Congratulations and a Happy sixth HubPages Anniversary!

What an interesting way to celebrate it by writing this wonderful hub! You are an inspiration and I like your versatility in writing. I feel good that I know you through your hubs.

Wish you all the best and thank you!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much for your congratulation Chitrangada. If there is anything I pride myself on with my writing it would be trying to be as versatile as possible so I do appreciate that comment. It is good to know you too and I am going to read one of your hubs now. Blessings.


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Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Congratulations and my best wishes for more accolades and successes in future.

I used to associate your name with a great personality Jodha Akbar. On first acquaintance with you here, I used to think your name as "Jodha" instead of "Jodah" and that always reminds me of Jodha Akbar. You know, Jodha means warrior. Akbar was a warrior both at battle fields and at literature and arts.

So, you are a warrior of literature and the writing muse. I am always impressed by your muse and adore all your hubs as precious jewels. So, I never miss your articles to take some inspiration from you besides enjoying the bliss.

My blessings to you once again.


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DDE 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Well done to you on all six years! You have certainly gained your leadership on HP and I wish you many more writing experiences.


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fpherj48 14 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah.....Wishing you Congratulations on 6 years! The years seem to fly past quickly when you're having such fun, don't they? You've certainly accomplished a lot, Jodah. Your time here has been well spent. I wish you many more years of success.

Love all the interesting facts about the number "6." You enjoy this year #7. I know your readers will!.......Peace, Paula (Save me some candy!)


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FatBoyThin 14 months ago from Kinneff, Scotland

Well done on hitting Six, John - I'm sure there'll be plenty more to celebrate over the coming months. You're a class act!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well I don't know what to say Venkat. Thank you for your congratulations and such a generous comment. "Jodha Akbar" a warrior! It is good that you can associate my name with him and appreciate you saying I am a warrior of literature and the muse. I am glad my articles inspire you and thanks again for you support. Blessings to you alo.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Devika, Thank you for your kind wishes and for following me here at Hub Pages. I like your knew profile picture.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey hey Paula. Thanks for the congrats..and best wishes..yes it sure has flown. I am looking forward to what year #7 brings it should be interesting and there are always surprises around the corner. I did put some candy aside for you.. really.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Colin, and the congratulations and well wishes. It's accomplished writers like you who inspire the rest of us to keep striving to perfect our writing. Cheers.


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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

Congrats John, or should I say Jodah? lol! love the way you came up with your name, and no I can't do that darn tongue twister! I looked at your poll and it said 60 percent of us are over five years here! amazing isn't it? here's to many more!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Nell, glad you liked the way I came up with my name. I tried to say that tongue twister "six" times without success. It also surprised me that most of the commenters have been here more than five years. Who said all the vintage hubbers had left? Thanks for always reading my hubs, there will be more.


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Victoria Lynn 14 months ago from Arkansas, USA

Congrats on 6 years! what an interesting hub to commemorate your anniversary. Neat how you came up with Jodah, as well. :-) I've been here over 4 years and don't plan on going anywhere. HubPages has given me a portfolio of writing, a bit of monthly income, and a boat load of friends. :-)


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

Congrats on your six and I am glad to have known you for at least 3 of my four years bless you bro :)


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Victoria Lynn, thanks for the congrats. It sounds as though we are both here for the same reasons, a portfolio, a little money, and the great community of friends. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Frank. Three years, really, time goes so fast. I'm proud to have known you for that period of time too. Your writing always inspires my own.


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Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Time goes by fast it seems like I just started writing for hubpages yesterday. I guess my twenty-eight hubs in four years compared to your 200 or more... I need to get a move on it. I have followed you and watched you grow and become more creative with each hub you write. Congratulations on your six year milestone.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Dana, time moves swiftly. Hang in there you never know when you will have a sudden explosion of hub production. As I said I wrote very few in the first three years.Thanks for you congratulations and constant support.


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nicomp 14 months ago from Ohio, USA

Congratulations on 6 years! You put waaaay more thought into your hubs that most people.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the congrats nicomp. my hubs used to be much more basic, but Hub Pages are getting much more picky lately so I needed to step it up. Still currently have 35 suddenly no longer featured, which sux..but oh well "Such is life!" to quote Ned Kelly.


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RonElFran 14 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

Congratulations, Jodah. The fact that you've stuck it out through all the changes and are still going strong is an encouragement to us all.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ron, the road hasn't always been smooth but if you always give up at the first obstacle you come to you never get anywhere do you? I am a stayer and in for the long haul. I hope you are right and that is an encouragement for others (even if I just found that 35 of my hubs have become no longer featured). Just gives me a few thing to work on. Blessings my friend.


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suraj punjabi 14 months ago from jakarta

Happy 6 Hubiversary, Jodah. I have always wondered where you got that name from. Being of an Indian descent, I always thought you got that name from "Jodah Akbar". Akbar being one of the Mughal emperors that rules India way back. and Jodah was actually one of his wives. So now I know where it was actually derived from. Congratulations. 6 years on Hub, new grandson. You are hitting milestones upon milestones my friend!!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Suraj. Venkatachari made me aware of Jodah (Jodha) Akbar in his comment earlier, so I can understand how anyone of Indian descent would associate my name with that. Now you all know where my name actually originated. Thank for the congratulations. I hope there are more milestones to come.


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

6 years, Jodah? Seems like just yesterday I made your acquaintance, mate. My heartiest congratulations and a large thank you for your interesting and intelligent contributions to Hubpages.

As a 6-year resident, too, whose favorite lucky number is also 6, we do have a lot in common. Besides our wit and good looks, that is.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey drbj, welcome to the "sixers" club. It does seem like only yesterday we became acquainted doesn't it. I seem to remember one of the first of my hubs that you read and commented on was "Assnapped (Inspired by the Bugalugs Bum Thief). It is nice to know we have a lot more in common than just our good looks and wit. :) Thank you for you congratulations and continued encouragement..here have some cake.


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Sunshine625 14 months ago from Orlando, FL

Happy 6th Hubbiversary!! Well done!! I wondered how you came about using the name Jodah, very clever. Mine would be Lisub. That's unique and weird, your name is more funner :)


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Linda, yes my name turned out ok that way otherwise I may not have used it. I appreciate the kind congratulations too. Cheers.


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mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello John. You have become a Hubpage superstar. And you have the followers to prove it. Congratulations on the Big 6 milestone.


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Larry Rankin 14 months ago from Oklahoma

Congratulations. Quite an accomplishment to be here this long and active.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mike, a HubPage superstar you say.. just wait while I go but on my glittery jacket. "I'd just like to thank my fans... :) without you all, I wouldn't be here." Seriously I do appreciate all your encouragement and support. I love it here.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Larry, thanks for the congratulations. My time at HP has had a few rocky patches but I've stuck with it and don't have many complaints. What is good to see is that 38% of responders to my poll have been here over five years. So that says there are the faithful, and stayers among us.


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Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

Happy Anniversary Jodah! I actually just hit my two-year mark myself. Which is kind of odd, because I didn't even start writing here until, I think, May of this year 2015. I started with my real name, well, at least it's my actual name to me. It's my nickname derived from my real name, but I've always been called Missy. I suppose when I signed up, I just figured why not...:).

It's been such a great experience here for me so far, and I largely thank you for that. You have been a extreme inspiration for me to continue here; a great friend. Thank You and Congrats!


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Aw Missy, you make me blush! Thank you for your congratulations on my Hubbiversary. Congratulations on your cracking the two year mark also. It seems a few of us join up and then just tread water for awhile before actually becoming active members of the site.

I also find it interesting to hear how others came up with their "pen names" or "user names." It has been my pleasure to try to encourage and inspire you., and actually I have gained inspiration from a few of your recent hubs. After all what are friends for? Cheers.


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Daisy Mariposa 14 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

John,

Congratulations on reaching the six-year mark at HubPages. October 14, 2015 (today, as I write this) is my four-year Hubbiversary.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Well Daisy, Happy 4th Year Hubbiversary to you too. Thanks you.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida

Congratulations on six years, John. This is the best commemorative post I've read celebrating a Hubber's anniversary. You are a wonderful writer and very well-rounded. Some write poetry. Some write about politics or how to rank with Google. Yet others write purely to entertain. You are not stuck in a genre. Your muse has many interests and speaks them well through her whisper in your ear.

I don't remember how I found you. I suspect it was through Bill (billybuc). Perhaps it was purely happenstance. Whatever drew us together as fellow writers, I'm grateful. You always surprise and never, ever disappoint.

P.S. Your combination of letters in your and Katherine's names can also come to be JodahKarma (add an R to round it out). I kinda like that, don't you?


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna, thank you for the kind comment and congratulations. Yes we did meet through the comments on one of Billybuc's hubs. I was impressed by what you said and had seen your name pop up a few times so decided to check your profile and hubs. Voila!

I love to be as versatile as possible in my writing even though I realise it will probably prevent me from really succeeding as a writer. Everyone says you need to find a niche, well sorry that is not for me. I am glad my writing always surprises and keeps you interested. Yes I agree that JodahKarma is also a good version of our combined names. Cheers.


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

Holy cow is right! Six years is a fantastic achievement, and I like how you took the number and drew it out. I also like how you explained that if you left mid-way through you wouldn't have what you do now. Nice job.


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nicomp 13 months ago from Ohio, USA

"A few days ago,on the 9th of October 2016,"

Are you writing in the future-perfect tense?

:)


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for pointing that out nicomp. I guess I had "6" on my mind...changed it.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Flourish, yes six years! It is hard to believe I have been here that long. Glad you liked how I presented this and appreciate your comment.


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nicomp 13 months ago from Ohio, USA

@Jodah : We all missed it! The first sentence!


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Faith Reaper 13 months ago from southern USA

Woo hoo, Dear John! You know how to throw a party, especially with those yummy treats there at the start. I'm sorry to be late to the party, but it still seems to be going on. I'm so happy you hung in there after your third year. HP is such a special community in which to belong for sure. Interesting facts here about the number six. I've never heard of the number six as being perfect, but the number seven. Well, I will look forward to your Celebration next year of year number seven.

Congratulations on Year Number Six and here's to many, many more to come of wonderful writing! I love reading how others' hub name came to be.

Blessings always


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Welcome to the party Faith. It is never too late to rock up, though the cake and candy are starting to run low :) thanks for the congrats, and yes, I am grateful that I stuck it out too. Blessings.


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Vellur 13 months ago from Dubai

Congratulations! Looking forward to reading more of your writings. Six years is fantastic!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Vellur, much appreciated.


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CrisSp 13 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Oh, that's awesome! Congratulations Jodah! Happy to be following you and quite frankly one of my favourite hubbers. I truly do enjoy your creative stuff regardless of the genre . So keep on writing!

Love from the sky~


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Cris and for your hearty congratulations. I am honoured to be one of your favourite hubbers (I love your creativeness as well). I promise to keep writing if you do :) Take care in the sky.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Granted, I'm a little late for the party, but I made it. Congrats, John, many happy returns!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Deb, better late then never, but unfortunately you missed out on the cake and candy :) I do appreciate you stopping by though and for the congrats.


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vocalcoach 13 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Congratulations is in order Jodah! You have been an inspiration to me through your gift of poetry. I'm on my way to year #6 and you're invited to my party!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Audrey, welcome to my party! Thank you for your kind words of congratulations. I look forward to help you celebrate your six years as well.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Audrey, welcome to my party! Thank you for your kind words of congratulations. I look forward to help you celebrate your six years as well.


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stricktlydating 13 months ago from Australia

I really enjoyed reading about your Hubpages journey and since I'm coming up to 6 years here too, of course it was great to read about why 6 is so important! All the best!


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi stricktlydating, congratulations on your upcoming six year hubbiversary as well. Glad you enjoyed reading about why number six is important to me. Cheers.


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teaches12345 13 months ago

Congratulations on your sixth year on HubPages. I am glad to have met you and enjoy reading your articles. I do like how you selected your penname here, very clever. Here's to many more years of success.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Dianna, thank you for dropping by and for the kind comment. I am honoured that anyone enjoys reading what I write, and great to have met you through Hub Pages as well. Cheers.


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Raine Law Yuen 12 months ago from Cape Town

Congratulations. Six years that's a real milestone! I love reading your hubs and Thank you Jodah for taking the time to read my hubs - You keep me going and motivated.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Raine thank you for the congratulation and kind words. Being a part of this community is give and take, support and encouragement I enjoy your hubs and always learn something new and interesting. You read mine in turn which also helps keep me motivated to write more. I am glad you enjoy what I write. Cheers.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Raine thank you for the congratulation and kind words. Being a part of this community is give and take, support and encouragement I enjoy your hubs and always learn something new and interesting. You read mine in turn which also helps keep me motivated to write more. I am glad you enjoy what I write. Cheers.


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swalia 12 months ago

Congratulations on the sixth anniversary! I loved reading about your journey on this platform. You made the hub even more interesting with the numerological significance of 6.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Swalia for you kind comment. I wish you well in your writing success here at HubPages as well.


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aesta1 11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I am late in my congratulations but I just want you to know how much I appreciate your comments in the forum. You have challenged me to do that tongue twister over and overt again.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you aesta1, it is never too late. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and offer your congratulations. Glad you found that tongue twister challenging.


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randslam 6 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Congrats, oh great and mighty master, Yoda! For if we diminish your name "Jodah" to it's true and pure spelling we end up with the Master Jedi, Yoda. In the Hebrew texts of the bible/septuagint the "j" would be pronounced as the present "y" in our alphabet. You have chosen wisely, you have.

There is nothing boring about a Jedi Master. :) And one so bent on being at one with nature and the planet through self-sufficiency and efficiency of word usage, sentence structure and original poetic delivery.

I truly enjoy numerology myself and 8 is my numeral. The sign of the infinite. I can see why 6 is yours--it is also the number of Man--as 7 is the number of God...and also a number of completion. :)

Thank you for your kind words on my hubs...I shall be reading many more of yours as I've returned to the fold after a 2-year hiatus. I was dealing with "the beautiful one" and writing for Hubbers had lost its joy for me.

With the loss of the beautiful one, I now have time to once more create and learn and love and grow on HP alongside my cohorts, comrades, queens and kings, jesters and jokers...and various midnight smokers. :)

I have truly enjoyed my return and the many various and sundry and monster changes that HP is trying to perform to make our experience more global, precise, literary and simply...darn exciting.

As a king of Rutland, I wish to dub thee my realms consultant in all things green/self-sufficient/sustainable and good for this middle northern land. We are the land of double rainbows and communal gardens. Welcome to our world, Yoda...well, you have done!

Join us at our virtual round table and share the wine and the grape, the ale and the mead...the meat and the veg. Salut!


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Jodah 6 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Greetings randslam, I don't think I have ever received a comment quite like that before but it was most welcome. It is sad that you lost "the beautiful one" but welcome back to the HubPages fold. I am sure you have noticed amazing changes after a two year sojourn.

Thank you for the information on my name and how breaking it down to it's truest form is "Yoda" Master Jedi...very interesting.

Thank you for the position of "realm consultant in all things green" too. It is an honour to serve the King of Rutland, and I'll gladly sup at the round table.


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randslam 6 months ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Boooohaaa! Welcome to the Table of the Round. I am only "a" king of Rutland, Randragon the First. Here all men are kings...and some are queens, too...:), but I just wanted to clarify...I am NOT THE King of Rutland, I am a king. :)

As for the boiling down of your name...it was only logical with what you did in your story. After all...numbers are only letters without any vowels or consonants. :) Welcome to our Band of Three...you are only the second after our Scribner Knight was adorned with knighthood. :)

The Beautiful One lives on and taps my shoulder often...she did her time...now she touches the sky.

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