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Writing: 100 Articles...How Did That Happen So Fast?

Updated on August 31, 2012
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I began this journey on January 6, 2012. I publish this hub on April 5, 2012, almost three months to the day from when I took my first tentative steps on this forum. During those three months I have written one-hundred hubs and there is nobody as surprised as I am that it has happened. You see, back in January I was just going to try out this site and see what happened. Bev had been encouraging me to join a writer’s site and put my work out there for review and exposure and I had been dragging my feet, most likely because of a lack of self-confidence about my writing ability.

In her own unique manner Bev did persuade me to join HubPages and give it a try and now, three months later, I am ready to reflect on what has turned out to be a wonderful adventure.

A QUICK SUMMARY OF THE NUMBERS

Three months of writing has netted one-hundred hubs. I published at least one hub per day except for three days when I simply would not allow myself to write and instead went outside to play with Bev. I have written about silly internet searches, alcoholism, adoption, positive lifestyle choices, the human experience, baseball, nature and love. When not writing about those major themes I wrote about whatever else came to mind based on memories from the past like how good I feel when I hear The Beatles sing or what my childhood home was like. I have even tossed in a couple articles about teaching and how it felt growing up a nerd.

Along the way I have had 20,000 views, a number that still fills me with awe. I took my first frightened steps three months ago hoping that someone out there would read my work and not have me arrested for impersonating a real writer. To have been read twenty-thousand times is beyond amazing!

I have gathered over 450 followers during this trip and although I know this sounds contrived I appreciate each and every one of them. I have said many times in the past that if it were not for early encouragement by some very talented writers on this site I would have quit after two weeks. I do not forget loyalty like that and I make every effort to give encouragement in return to veterans and newcomers.

I even managed to win a HubNugget award along the way for one of my articles and I was more than a little surprised at how good that made me feel. I have never been one for awards and testimonials; I will shy away from the spotlight each and every time, but to receive recognition from a group of excellent artists did indeed fill me with happiness.

Finally, for those of you interested in money, I am not at the point yet where I can use HubPages to pay my utility bill yet but patience will be rewarded if I hang in there. Hubbers I respect and trust tell me that six months is when you start seeing enough money that you are encouraged by it so check back with me this summer and I’ll have another report on the monetary rewards of this site.

WHAT IT WAS LIKE IN THE BEGINNING

I write this next section so that newcomers will realize that there is hope if you are willing to stick with it. My first hub, posted on January 6th, was an incredibly boring piece about staging your home for sale. It garnered a grand total of one comment and to date has been read fifty-six times. Who those fifty-six people were I do not know but they had to have extremely strong stomachs to have read that piece of excrement and stayed alive and sane.

I followed up with my second hub, some doo-doo about good study habits for students and I really overwhelmed Hubbers with that one as eighty-two brave souls read it and four actually commented. However, one of them was a relative so that really doesn’t count now does it?

Number three on my hit parade was my first attempt at humor and it was about the five worst national parks in the United States. Three-hundred and forty-three read it and twenty commented, although again one was a relative and one was Bev, so the numbers are a bit skewed.

Hub Number Six was my breakthrough, a letter to my birth mother, the first time I attempted anything of a personal nature, and it was warmly received with 791 views and countless comments. By this time the seed had been planted, I was growing as a writer and finding my voice, and I was gaining in confidence. The rest, as they say, is history and yet only the beginning.

WHAT’S THE POINT? WHAT DO THOSE NUMBERS TELL US?

I can tell you this for a fact: Without the early encouragement of Bev, the love of my life, I would not have continued. I am shy by nature, not prone to placing my work out there for public scrutiny, and the early results were not encouraging. Bev is the sole reason why I continued after the first couple articles had met with less-than-stellar approval by the HubPages community. There is also a part of me, tucked deep inside, that refuses to give up, so the lack of early positive response only fueled my desire to be better in my chosen craft and to keep writing.

Once I had moved past those first couple of articles I began to hear back from the community and in fact heard from some established writers and that encouragement kept me going until I could stand on my own abilities. I can’t say enough about the importance of veterans reaching out to newcomers and giving positive feedback. I doubt that I am the only newcomer who has doubted his ability. We all have the need for acceptance; otherwise we would all just write journals for our eyes only. We are pack animals at our very core and we need the rest of the pack to acknowledge our existence, so I will always be grateful to those who first took the time to reach out and lend a hand of support to this fledgling writer.

GETTING ESTABLISHED

That brought me to a new challenge, to become established in the community. If I expected others to read my work then it was only logical that I had to be willing to read theirs and so I set out to do exactly that. I read hundreds of articles, left meaningful feedback and sent fan mail. I did the Hub Hopping thing and answered questions when they were posted. In other words, I actively took control of my own destiny on HubPages. If I wanted to be seen it was necessary for me to be visible.

The final step in the process for me was to find my own writing voice and that finally happened when I decided to open up my life and write about personal experiences. I wrote about my life as an adopted child and I wrote about my life as an alcoholic. I laid my feelings on the chopping block and I opened up my heart and soul for all to see. Was I comfortable in doing that? Not by a long shot! It was the biggest risk I have taken in any of my previous careers and there were quite a few times I considered deleting some of the more personal hubs that I had written. And yet I left them online for all to see and the response was, for me, breathtaking and heartwarming.

What I found was the kindness of others! Hubbers from all over the globe reached out to me and told me how touched they were by my personal recollections. People I have never met and likely never will meet shared with me their pain, their hopes, their dreams and a connection was made that has lasted three months and I have no doubt will continue to last for years. What a glorious thing that is, when strangers can find similarities and form a bond without ever meeting! In a mere three months I went from a complete stranger to having friendships that are deep and true and so very real.

SO WHAT WOULD I SAY TO NEWCOMERS?

I am not much for giving advice so let’s call this section my suggestions for anyone willing to listen to a sixty-three year old writer who is still feeling his way along this path.

I would say that if you have a passion for writing then no power on earth should stop you from writing. If you have a passion for writing it is up to you to push aside the self-doubts and go after that passion with every ounce of your being. There are Hubbers in this community who are willing to give assistance and support but the key is for you to make it all happen. I have seen questions asked by people just starting out wondering why they have no followers and what should they do to get better results. The answer, to me, is simple: Make it happen! Last time I checked there were over 240,000 Hubbers out there and they are busy people; if you want them to read your work then give them a reason to read your work. Pretty simple, huh? If your grammar is poor improve your grammar! If you have poor spelling then improve your spelling! If you have no voice then develop one!

Back when I was a teacher I had students who were astounded that I found things wrong with their essays. I actually had students tell me that it was the best they could do. Fourteen years old and they felt they had reached their potential and were sitting upon the pinnacle of success. How can anyone develop and improve if they think they have just done the best that they ever will do?

I am a big believer in writing the truth and writing from the heart. If you are simply writing “how to” hubs and informational hubs then of course writing from the heart is limited, but your comments should be sincere and supportive when giving feedback to others. If you write like I do, about personal experiences, then let your inner spirit shine through. If you do you will have more followers than you know what to do with.

Finally, a special thank you to 254 of you who have chosen to follow me along my journey. Writing for me is a personal journey. I know of no other way to write but from my heart. Of course I would love to be paid large sums of money for what I do but I can say with all sincerity that the connections I have formed with many of you have meant the world to me. I could list some of you right now but I fear I would leave out some and that would be a disservice, so please, all of you, know that you have made this old man very happy over these past three months. We are, in a way, family now and I cherish the bond that has been formed and look forward to forming new bonds with those of you just starting out.

May you find peace and happiness in your writing and may you always be true to your craft and to yourself.

2012 Bill Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Bill. Only 3 months? It seems so much longer. You are doing an excellent job. Sometimes we all need a push...Bev knew something you weren't sure of:)

      Keep on hubbin'!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Congratulations, Billybuc! You have proved that diligence does pay off and is rewarded. You are a true friend and great writer indeed! Your advice is to new hubbers (and old ones) is wisdom shared. I hope to increase my hub postings this year so that I can look back, as you did, and see the progress. Thank you. Voted up.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Nice one, Bill. Congratulations on reaching your 100th hub and well done for consistantly publishing articles which are not only well-written, but also interesting, funny, moving and honest. I have learned a lot from your work and only wish I had the motivation to write more often than I do... Keep on keeping on, you are an inspiration.

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      tapasrecipe 5 years ago from Spanish tapas land

      Congratulations

      you deserve it so much, do you get a prize, just curious because i have 79 hubs to go.

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      ziyena 5 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      Definitely voted up Billy. Congrats on your Hub journey ... you're a wonderful writer and you should be proud of your accomplishments thus far!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! It does seem much longer than three months, doesn't it? I think I'll keep paying attention to Bev when she suggests things.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, such beautiful flow of words can only come from the heart.

      Congratulations on achieving the milestone of 100 hubs but more than that you need to be praised for your perseverance to not call it quits inspite of the earlier lack of response to your writing.

      Bev, your partner for life, as you put it, deserves no less mention for having known how good a writer you are and goading you on.

      Carry on writing Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, I appreciate your kind remarks. I'll have to do a hub some day about wisdom...not sure I have it or just a treasure chest of experiences. :) I greatly appreciate you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sonya, I have wondered from time to time why I was instantly attracted to your work; I think it is simply a matter of being kindred spirits. I see myself in you, someone who has walked a tough path but still enjoys life and its challenges. Thank you so much; you mean a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tapa, the prize is the friendships I have gained with some incredible people. Only 79 to go? Piece of cake! :) Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ziyena, I appreciate that; thank you! I look forward to following you and watching your growth. You, too, are a wonderful writer who will only get better as time goes on.

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      Robin Oatley 5 years ago

      What a great accomplishment! I guess the message to everyone is: Don't give up! And sometimes, we need our loved ones to push us to not give up.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Catching up with you Billy. I see you cleaning up your glasses and drinking that coffee, and getting ready to write. Taking that 30/30 held us at bay... and you did approach us one day. Seems that we agree on writing from the heart. Your Journey was not in vain; Can you imagine how many people you've been helping with your hubs? We did fall, and somehow we have had that hope(since birth) in our hearts. Bev, was there, in your life for a reason. Your contribution to your readers and us... is priceless. Hope to see you grow with us, and see you at the 200th posting. Maybe in 2.5 months, by the way you go. Have a wonderful Friday!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I love reading hubs that celebrate a writer's milestone, and I read yours with interest. What you share about your writing history and process are so valuable to others. Sometimes you can get locked into a process that isn't allowing you to reach your full potential, and it's so helpful to know what others are doing so that you can try something new. Congrats on your 100th, the sure sign that you are making it "happen"!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Awesome, Bill! These are truly impressive accomplishments in such a short time. Looking forward to the next 100!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      You have achieved this milestone in just three months. Congratulations.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you are a kind and good man and I appreciate your words for I know they are sincere. Thank you Sir and may you have a happiness-filled day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robin, considering the milestone you just hit I am very appreciative of your words and humbled by them. Thank you so much and blessings to you and yours.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on reaching 100 Hubs. I don't know how you did that. And.. they are OUTSTANDING hubs too. You are a testament to the fact that it doesn't take a long time to become a success on Hubpages. I look forward to your next 100 hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, I am looking forward to growing with you and the other wonderful hubbers on this site. I just read one of your hubs and enjoyed it; you speak the truth with a positive attitude and I respect that.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, I so agree with you; it is easy to get locked into a process that is basically trapping us. I have found that happening but luckily I have Bev as a sounding board. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, I discovered yesterday that you were one of the readers and commentators on my second hub published and as such you deserve the VERY BRAVE AWARD! Thank you and I'm sure we will see your name in a hub coming next week.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, thank you Sir! I appreciate your support and respect your abilities.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I shared two links at the bottom of this...one of your hubs and one of Eddy's. You two have made a tremendous impact on me in a very short time. Your kindness, your support, that infectious smile of yours....how did I do this? With staunch support from you and a handful of others like you. Thank you sincerely for seeing something in my writing early on and encouraging me.

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      raakachi 5 years ago from Madurai / Tamilnadu / India

      Congratulations! for your reaching the mile stone of 100th in just 3 months, for this you could have worked sincerely and whole heartedly. Regards.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulations on this great achievement! I am so impressed by your writing because you manage to write personal but in way that makes it interesting and useful for the reader. 100 hubs in three months! I don't know how you did it! Fantastic, and I look forward to read more. The only thing is that I am way behind with the reading, I have a hard time keeping up with your pace:))

      Tina

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      Lorne Hemmerling 5 years ago from Oshawa

      Congratulations, my friend. Lotsa hard work and perseverance......oh, and talent!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Raakachi, thank you so much! It was a lot of hours and work but it was so beneficial. I appreciate your kind words!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tina, I may have to slow the pace a bit! I need to learn pacing, not one of my strong points. Thank you so much; you are a very kind person and I'm proud to call you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lorne, thank you sincerely! It was hard work but it was work laced with love as I can't imagine doing anything else.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      Congratulations to you and Bev (the wind beneath your wings). You are a good writer, I should know because I am a good reader. haha. You have a way with the written words, lucky you.

      God bless you and Bev.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tenkay, you are so right...Bev is the wind beneath my wings. Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Congratulations Bill! And I agree with Lord in saying that your hubs have and will continue to help many people in many ways.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Wow I am SO amazed at your progress and work over just the past 3 months - you seem like an old seasoned pro :) I am so proud of you and I am honored to be your friend. You make a difference to mnay people...even those you dont know.

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      Tony 5 years ago from Ohio

      Wow, 100 hubs in three months!? I'm new here but am having problems finding the time to manage 1 hub every 2 weeks or so. What with a full time job, evening responsibilities, life etc.

      Kudo's to you. I need to get better organized!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, thank you my friend! I just follow a simple formula, one you follow as well...tell the truth and speak from the heart. You are a good man, Sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie, you had better come and visit this summer so we can meet and laugh our asses off. You have no idea how much I appreciate you and your outlook on life. Thank you my dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kyricus, if you are working full time then you have a reason for not being organized. I have the advantage of writing full time so it is quite a bit easier for me to do this. Thank you for dropping by and supporting me.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Awesome stuff, man! 100 hubs. Wow! I may get there one day. Maybe...

      No, I'm sure I will some day. But not this day!

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Billy a great achievement and all in 3 months.

      Up up and away for you my dear friend.

      Here's to the next 100 and a very long time to come of hub sharing and friendship. I am sure that Bev must be very proud of you and I Hope that you are proud of yourself too.

      Take care Billy my very dear friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Congratulations and thank you for sharing your insight and advice!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I loved this Bill - I can't believe you wrote 100 in three short months! Wow - my hats off to ya buddy - you have done a great job here! Keep going too because I know things will just get better!

      I have a sis named Bev - they are sweet ladies for sure huh? Lucky US!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, there is a reason I highlighted you in one of my support hubs...you are just plain wonderful and I greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, anything I say at this point would sound redundant and trite and I never want that to be the case when speaking to you...so a simple thank you is what I have to give but it comes from my heart. Thank you!...peace and love as always!

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Excellent work Billy. I wish I had your motivation. You write interesting hubs which I enjoy reading. Will there be 100 more in the next three months?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hawaii, my pleasure and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello my dear! I think you know how much I appreciate you...I hope you do...and yes, Bev's are very sweet ladies indeed.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      way to go Bill :) proud of ya!

      Cheers to many more centuries...YAY!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I am feeling brain dead at this moment so the thought of another 100 in three months is a bit too much for me to comprehend right now...but I write full time and love doing it so I wouldn't be surprised if it happens. Thank you for your kind words and your following.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, what a wonderfully kind lady you are. Thank you so much!

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great job billybuc! You definitely should pad yourself on the back for this accomplishment. I've been with HP for over 3 years and have only published 89 hubs. Of course, I did not do anything for over 2 years, so I have a lot ot catching up to do.

      Congrats again and take care my friend

      John

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      Lor M 5 years ago from Philippines

      Very inspiring for a new hubber like me! I'm an introvert and like you, I'm shy placing my work in public. But, I challenged myself and pushed myself, now am a hubber. I always doubted my skill in writing. I fear that no one would love to check my hub. But in my few weeks here in Hubland, I found a lot of motivations from my fellow hubber, and you are now one of them. :)

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Bill, strange to think you wrote your first hub, the day before I wrote my first one, and yet you've already clocked up 100 hubs. Well done, mate. You should be very proud of what you've done in 3 months, keep it up and keep producing those quality hubs. Voted up.

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Congratulations Bill!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Bill...cheers on such an accomplishment!!!!!!!!! I am proud of you!!!!!!!!

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      wiserworld 5 years ago

      Nice job Bill! I've only got 90 more to go haha.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Congratulations Bill. Many more on the horizon.. Cheers

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Hip hip hurray! What a wonderful milestone for you today! Oh I can't wait for the excitement of 100 hubs. CELEBRATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you very much! It has been a journey well worth taking.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Smartincome, that's the beauty of sites like this one; even introverts can find their place in the community. Best of luck to you and I look forward to following your journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JKenny, thank you so much. I have a pretty good support system in Bev and I write as much for her as I do for myself. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xavier, thank you my friend. Your encouragement has meant a great deal to me. If you should ever need another blog post for your website give me a holler!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, you are such a good friend and supporter. There is a handful of people who I respect greatly on HubPages and you are one of them.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiserworld, thank you so much. I'll visit you shortly and send some encouragement your way; 90 to go...piece of cake! :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, your following means a great deal to me and your talent is inspirational. Thank you so much my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you my friend! We will travel this path together and be a support to each other. I love it when that happens, don't you? :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      THIS is exactly what I needed! Some inspiration...a push...a little nudge to wake me up! I have been such a slacker! (hanging my head in shame)

      Thanks alot bill. Here I was, a happy, lazy hubber.....now I must get to work. I owe you one!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, anything I can do to raise your awareness and add to the fun in your life, I will do joyfully! You can count on me, bud, to cover your back at all times. :) And by the way...thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      You have truly accomplished much here in 3 months. Wow. I am impressed. :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Creating 100 hubs in three months is amazing! Congratulations!! i haven't been following you for very long, but I am enjoying what you write very much. I'm looking forward to the next 100 hubs!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you and I will tell anyone who will listen that it was the support I got from you and several others that kept me going early on. I appreciate you more than you know!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I am grateful that you are following me. From now on we will grow together as writers and I'm eager to watch you grow in your craft.

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      mindful mamo 5 years ago from Sooke, BC

      Congratulations and the writer in me thanks you for the inspiration. Perhaps one day i will be able to boast 100 hubs. I will have to make writing more of a priority!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have read your work and there is a writer inside of you; writing is just like any other craft. It takes work and practice and dedication. You have the talent; now we get to watch you grow on HubPages and it will be enjoyable to see that. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Completing 100 hubs in a short span of time (just 3 months) is an incredible feat! I too joined 3 and half months ago, I wrote only (meagre) 8 hubs! The two reasons are:1) I am quality-conscious and often write more from my mind and heart and very little on research 2)my busy professional life permit little time for writing! Your hub inspired me a lot and gave me fresh hope of finding more time of writing more quality hubs.

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up and Socially Shared.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your 100th hub Bill. We are glad you are here. This is a heartwarming hub and I love the advice you have written to new writers - I think it is something we can all take to heart.

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      KatrineDalMonte 5 years ago

      Congratulations Bill to you and Bev for she is your shining star, encouraging you all the way. That calls for a glass of champagne! Well done and I'm so pleased for you, you deserve every single of your followers, for your writing comes from your heart, and touches many out there, who reflect upon your own life journey... To many more of your fabulous hubs. Best wishes :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, thank you for stopping by. We are birds of a feather since we both write from the mind and heart. I know of no other way! Best of luck to you in your career and your writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, thank you so much. It's been a blast these past three months and I look forward to the road ahead. Best of luck to you and enjoy your summer; I will miss your Sunday missives.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Katrine, I think you know by now the respect I have for you, so your words mean a great deal to me. Thank you my friend and may you have a love-filled weekend.

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      Sandy Frost 5 years ago from India

      Congratulations Billy, 100 hubs in just only 3 months is really an outstanding achievement. May your next 100s complete within 2 months or less. Wish you good luck. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandy, thank you so much! I'm a bit tired now so I doubt if I can churn out the next 100 quite as quickly, but that's okay. I'll concentrate on quality and let the numbers take care of themselves.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Wow. 100. Congratulations. Now you own the place! Smooth sailing from here on out! True we all need a breather now and then, I did over 500 before I slowed and I couldn't tell you where most of those went. It served its purpose and then I started over. Hope you have only happy easy hubs ahead!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, thank you! I took a break today and if felt like I was missing something all day long. I think I need to take more breaks so relaxation becomes normal for me again. :)

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      trish1048 5 years ago

      Hi Billy,

      This is a wonderful hub. It is full of encouragement and good advice. I was shocked to read you only joined three months ago. I never would have guessed! I have some serious catching up to do :)

      I share your style, as I too write from the heart. It is the only way I know how. I not only write, but speak and give from the heart, a gift I received from my late mother. She taught me by example many valuable lessons.

      So, welcome to HubPages and continued success!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trish, thank you once again! I really do appreciate you taking the time to comment in such a manner. I gravitate towards people who wear their feelings on their sleeve and speak from the heart. Guess I always will and now you have a fan for the remainder of your stay on HubPages!

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      trish1048 5 years ago

      Awww, Billy! How very sweet of you, thank you.

      In addition to wearing my feelings on my sleeve, all one has to do is look at my face and instantly know what I'm feeling and/or thinking. One of the things my mom taught me was never to judge a book by its cover. In that sense, I feel as though I am an open book. One look at my face tells it all :)

      As far as writing goes, I have not written anything in way too long a time. After finding you and reading your works, I find myself encouraged to get busy once again and continue to write.

      Thanks for being my fan. You too have found a life-long fan.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trish, speaking for your hundreds of followers, I certainly hope you get back in the saddle soon and do some writing. You are much too good to lie dormant for too long. We need your voice and voices like yours in the literary world. You rock my dear! Have a great Easter weekend!

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      Hooray for Bev! The motivation behind the writer I love to read most. Can you send her my way?

      I'm almost 3 months in and have come nowhere close to 100 hubs.

      I look forward to your next 1000.

      Perhaps by then you will be paying a utility bill. hehe

      I would have hoped by 100 hubs you could at least pay a meager water bill. Is this not true? Man! I better amp up my game.

      Thanks for the inspiration to keep moving Bill.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tams, truer words were never spoken....Hooray for Bev! And yes, it is true, I maybe could pay for the water and garbage...I'm currently making about $40 per month. But this is passive income that only increases with time and six months seems to be an important time period so I'll let you know in three months how it's looking. Thank you and Happy Easter!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congrats and in just three months! At this rate, you should be celebrating your 400th hub before the year is out. Keep up the good work. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aurelio! I greatly admire your work so your comment means a great deal to me! Have a wonderful Easter my friend!

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      Congrats billybuc ..That is awesome

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Htodd, thank you so much to stopping by; I appreciate your following.

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      Three months and a hundred hubs? That's quite the accomplishment!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Phoebe! I find that it is accompanied by increased responsibilities and a lack of time to do all things but I love my experience on HubPages and would recommend it to anyone.

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      Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

      Thank you, billybuc, for sharing (again). Congratulations on your progress and your successes. It is nice to read your encouraging message because, as you know, some days are a bit more tricky than others and writing is a journey. Voted up, interesting and useful-for all the right reasons!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, you are most welcome and thank you for the kind words. I just read your hub on a chocolate party and I think that hub is infinitely more interesting than my hubs. :) Take care my friend!

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      Thanks for this hub. As a relatively new hubber myself, I love seeing the details of others' hub journeys. Keep up the great work!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laura, I'm glad you found some value in this. I know my first few weeks on HubPages would have been demoralizing if it hadn't been for some kind people who took me by hand and led me through it all. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Sarah Carlsley 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, you have been BUSY! Congratulations on publishing so many hubs already. That is a tough task to take on in such a small timeframe. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pink! Writing is my passion and it is a passion I absolutely love.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Wow!Congrats! I am late for the party... But is is never late to wish you the very best. You have indeed reached huge milestones in a short time. Have a blessed day.Peace.

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      Nice one mate, after a year or so of the hubs growing, this will be a nice earner. Of course, the cash is not what it's all about though!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shimmering, thank you my friend! Can you tell that I'm a little goal-oriented? LOL

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hezekiah, thank you! It would be nice if you are right about the cash and I'm told by others that is true, but as you well know I write because it is my passion. I have a writing business on the side that generates income; HubPages gives me the stage to grow as a writer.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Congratulations on doing so well on HubPages in such a short time. Your efforts are paying off and this hub can only be a true inspiration to others joining HubPages, and also to those (like me) who have neglected to put in much effort over time - gives me energy to try harder.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, I will be visiting your site soon as it appears you are a work from home freelancer as I am and I can always use new suggestions for my business. I appreciate you following me and look forward to the growth we both will experience.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Thank you billybuc. I appreciate the visits you intend to make to my sites, and do hope you find some helpful info there!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teresa, I look forward to it.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Hello Billbuc,

      I am a newcomer here, and like you have the whole 'am i good enough' thing going round in my head already. At the moment I am posting how to, recipe and help hubs but you may have inspired me to write something more from the heart.

      This hub is great, so positive and really helps me see that sticking to it may will out in the end! I have seen some great support already and my first few hubs have started to get some comments. This seems like such a great community to be a part of and I just wish I had found it sooner. I will keep working at it and hope to be as good as you in a few months time!

      Thank you for you positivity and encouragment, and helpful tips!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Daisy,

      I wish you the best; I'll follow along and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I needed early support and encouragement and there were those who offered me tips on linking and other matters that really helped me with my traffic, so if I can help you please ask.

      bill

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      chaturrajneesh 5 years ago from India

      Hi billybuc, this is really wonderful to achieve 100 hubs in three months, I am on 8th month and have just 8 hubs (hope no one is listening). It would have got you good income as well!!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chaturrajneesh, the income has not arrived yet....just pennies so far...but I am told that after six months there is a significant increase so that is what I am working for...that and the passion I have for writing whether I make money or not. Best of luck to you and thank you for visiting.

      bill

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Thank you for your hub - very good!

      I appreciate that you've shared & encouraged us.

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      faussetkate02 5 years ago from Missouri

      I feel the same way. I just started a few days ago and have a few posts. I thought I'd give this a chance to just get me writing again and eventually work towards my stories. I don't care if it brings any money I just love to write. I can't wait to see where you are in a few more months. Count me as another follower :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oceansider, a lot of people shared and encouraged me; I'm just giving back to the community. Thank you and best of luck to you; if I can ever help you drop me a line.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faussetkate...I appreciate your following and if I can be of any help to you let me know.

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      htodd 5 years ago from United States

      This is really nice billy ..Congrats!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you htodd! Have a wonderful day on Earth Day!

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      tragsdale86 5 years ago

      Very inspiring. I'm only 25 and I feel like I'm already on the road to an amazing opportunity. ")

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tragsdale, you are indeed if you are willing to put in the work. Best of luck to you!

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      Mohammed Khalil 5 years ago from Damanhour - Egypt

      great, very romantic

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mohammed; I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

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      Paintportraits 5 years ago

      Great Hub & great drive! You are certainly an inspiration to us all!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paintportraits, thank you sir! I happen to have a passion for writing so I'm doing what I love to do! That makes it fairly easy.

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      Umer Farooq 5 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      "If you have a passion for writing it is up to you to push aside the self-doubts and go after that passion with every ounce of your being."

      Very true and encouraging for new writers like myself. It not only is true for writing but true for other dimensions of life as well. This sentence encouraged me a lot and I am feeling like I am fueled up and ready for a long journey on hubpages. Thank you for your nice sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      GrApEwAtEr, best of luck to you on your journey. Passion is the key...and of course a willingness to do the work and pay your dues. Thank you very much!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      billybuc, Thank you for this - I am planning to start the 30/30 challenge, before I think of trying the 100/3months you were brave enough to do. This has given me some confidence - will share and voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyber, best of luck on the challenge. I have an advantage in that writing is all I have to do during a day, so time is not a consideration. Otherwise I'm not sure I could have done the 100 in 3 months. Thank you for stopping by once again.

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      Ashish Joshi 5 years ago from India

      Another awesome hub, Sir...and I think the views from your relatives and your 'love' also count... after all they too got to see how high you're soaring here!

      I'm still in the process of learning and I hope to take a cue or two from your experience here.

      Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

      'Up', 'Useful', 'Awesome'...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ashish, if I can ever be of any help to you please feel free to ask. I want to give back Hub love whenever possible because so many people helped me when I first started out.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      100 Hubs already? Nice, you must write day and night! Congratulations! I have finally made 100, but many of them need tweekin, so that is what I am spending the summer doin, and of course hubbin with my friends.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heck Ruby, I think I've got 194 hubs now; I don't remember when this hub was written but thank you for visiting and have a great weekend in Washington, as will I....great storm last night!

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      Dancing Water 4 years ago

      I am inspired! You rock! I write for the same reasons as you do, and I must up my hub production. Thank you, billybuc!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dancing, you are welcome; that hub is a bit outdated now since I doubled the total. I think it's about time I back on on quantity and work on quality! Best of luck to you.

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      aliceleftinwonder 4 years ago from Somewhere along I-5

      Thank you.

      I play with the idea of writing publicly. And I have been lucky enough to have people in my life who offer words of encouragement to do so. However; I simply reply "don't know what I would write about" or "what I have to offer others" or "where would I begin"?

      At the beginning. Like walking, this doesn't happen in an instant; it will take a few (or many) tries to get the hang of it.

      So, thank you for your "suggestions".

      Oh, and by the way, I believe your "Worst National Parks" was one of the first articles I read. LOVED it so much, I'm a "follower".

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alice, thank you so much and I'm very happy to have you as a follower. The hub you mentioned was one of my very first; thankfully I have come a long way since that one. :) I hope you start writing publicly; if it is something that you want to do...something that you have a passion to do....then I really hope you do so!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't know how I missed this hub! Your suggestions are always heeded, your voice is like one crying out in the wilderness and teaching and leading your followers...obviously your beginnings have blossomed into a star in the HubPages sky that everyone wants to follow! I know this is an 'old' hub but it is as true today as when you wrote it!

      BTW I am including this in my hub on one hundred.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, thank you so much! A star???? Maybe a little faded, but oh so grateful to be here in HP, and it's because of people like you. I appreciate you so much. I will try to link yours as well but things are going to be a bit hectic here on my birthday.

      Blessings to you Mary; have a great weekend.

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Wow, Bill, I sure do appreciate your writing and feel very blessed to have connected with you through HubPages so soon after I started. When I need encouragement (or wisdom, too), I know I can always go re-read your hubs- the messages will never get old. I am really glad you persisted in your writing.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, thank you for finding this oldie and commenting so nicely. I cherish all of the friendships I have found on HP, and I appreciate you more than you know.

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