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Writing 100 Hubs on Hubpages.com - A Milestone

Updated on November 7, 2014

My goal for writing on Hubpages.com was to write 100 hubs before assessing the value of the experience. Here I am, finally, and my 100th hub is posted on HubPages.com. It's a major milestone for this newbie writer.

I have been anticipating this for several days, and wanted to write some worthy, profound, thought-provoking hub full of prose and synergy. The stress was more than I could have imagined. Writing your 100th hub doesn't happen every day and the burden of writing something amazing was heavy. Finally, in the wee hours this morning, I had to face reality. My 100th hub on HubPages will not change the world. It will not be deeply insightful, philosophical, or, have any lasting affect on our planet or mankind. I can only hope that it will convey my sincere gratitude to the staff of HP and, to all the incredibly talented writers and friends I have met in the four short months I've been here.

My journey

Four months ago, while surfing the Internet to look for a way to make some money on line, I stumbled across a link to HP. I had recently exchanged some emails with the editor of another "content writing" site and thought that I might have enough interest to develop my very juvenile and primitive writing skills. With nothing but time on my hands, I signed up for an HP account and began exploring The Learning Center. A world of opportunity and possibility unfolded.

I've never been one to read the directions first so without really knowing where I was headed, I clicked on "start a new hub". Nothing there was too intimidating but the first prompt stopped me in my tracks. What in the hell was I doing here? I'm no expert on anything. I couldn't even think of a creative title so I sat staring at the screen wondering if I should just back out. Now, I'm not one to give up easily and I never want to admit that I can't do something. It occurred to me that I was a stranger in this place; that no one knew me; and, that I had created a user id that was so generic that I should at least try this once. So instead of thinking about presenting myself as an expert, I decided to write about something I loved and include a disclaimer.

My first Hub was titled "Family History - Tips for the New Researcher"and the first words I typed in the text capsule were "Disclaimer". Where was my brave, bold self? She had vanished - poof! Once she stuck her toe into this world of writing, she turned into the proverbial shrinking violet. Had I known then what I know now, I would have used "shrinkingviolet" as my user id.

I want to talk about the user id for just a minute. As a newbie, I had no idea when I created my account that I was walking into more than just a writer's technical world. My most significant regret, as I look back, is that I did not choose an identifier that spoke to who I am. I wish my user id told you something about me, the real person. But no, I was so concerned about disguising my identity, that I created a user account id that says nothing about "me". Who and what the hell is an "lrc7815" anyway? Was that an indicator of my level of creativity? Egads!

Oh how I wish I had the ability to be as creative as those I've met like picklesandrufus, MizBejabbers, badegg, bravewarrior, or billybuc. Why couldn't I come up with a some esoteric user id such as My Esoteric, jeannieinabottle, or CloudExplorer. What was I doing here? I didn't even have the courage or boldness to use my real name like Wayne Brown or Phyllis Doyle. If choosing a user id was any indication of my creative writing skill, I was really in trouble.

The three C's; Compassion, Care, and Challenge

For someone like me who has never published more than a letter to the editor of a local paper, or an article or two in the newsletter of a non-profit organization, stepping into the world of Hub Pages was daunting. But...to my surprise, the community of hubbers and the staff here have offered me Compassion, Care, and best of all, Challenges. In only four short months I have been made to feel welcome. Each of you that I have encountered, whether it was staff or another writer, have opened your heart to me and held my hand as I stuck my toes in the water of the world of writing. I have found pure joy in reading your hubs and comments, and in building relationships around a shared passion. I have found a home here and as powerful as the written word is, it cannot adequately express my gratitude to each of you. In my humble, and somewhat inexperienced opinion, you are the best of the best and I say to you, from my heart, thank you.

The Future

I may never become a great writer but my experience here on HP has been worth the risk of embarrassing myself. To be associated with such grace and class, as I have witnessed here on HP has humbled me. If you have not been able to make me a great writer, rest assured that you have gifted me with something even better - the inspiration to be a better human being.

I will keep writing, because there is a fire in me that won't be squelched by the fear of a little humiliation. My dream is to grow; to be a voice in righting the wrongs of our universe and to do it with grace and humility. I hope that I can offer the same encouragement to future new hubbers as all of you here have given me. I could not have achieved the milestone of 100 hubs without you. You are my inspiration!

Now, tomorrow, I will attempt to write hub #101. Thank you for allowing me to step outside the world of the profound for today and wallow in my pure, unadulterated gratitude!

Your friend and fellow hubber,

Linda Crist

Do you like to write?

If the answer to that question is yes, then come on in. Sign up here to open an account on Hubpages. It's really easy and you will be opening a door to the world of writing where you will receive support and encouragement. You can invite great writers to offer critiques of your work or, simply learn from your mistakes. Hubpages gives you the freedom to express yourself and learn in the process. Come on, join us. You won't be sorry.

© 2012 Linda Crist

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    @ beingwell - I am happy you enjoyed this one and felt it worthy of sharing with others. I am approaching my second hundred now and have had the most positive experience here. Thank you.

    @ lovedoctor - thanks for the visit. It's been a while since this was written so I am happy to see it resurfacing. I hope it will inspire others to keep writing.

    @ NateB11 - This was written quite some time ago and I have come to terms with the poor choice of a screen name. My experience here has been so positive that it really doesn't matter anymore. The other writers on HP ar amazing and that benefit far outweighs my complaint about screen names. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

    This made me go back a little bit in the memory banks of how I came across HP. I read an article on here several years ago, then about a year ago I got into the idea of writing on the Internet and looked up these guys again; I really like the format, among other things, so I started doing quite a bit of writing here. I kind of feel the same way about the user name; when I made mine, I wasn't thinking of something that might get someone's attention; though my user name is significant to me, it has no meaning to the visitor. When I was here awhile, I realized writers had very unique user names and I began to understand that the user name is the name of the subdomain, so has some significance.

    Anyway, it was very interesting to read about your experience; thanks for sharing.

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    lovedoctor926 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your achievements! This is definitely something to be proud. voted up awesome!

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    beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

    A big congrats lrc! I'm a few more hubs behind your number. It may take a while before I reach this milestone. Sharing this one to inspire more hubbers!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi vox vocis. Obviously, you have no imagination then. lol

    Writing here on HP is a labor of love and it certainly requires a commitment of time. I thoroughly enjoy the other hubbers though so it is well worth the time I spend. Thank you for visiting this hub and sharing in my exuberance. I do appreciate your taking the time.

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    Jasmine 5 years ago

    I can't imagine you could ever embarrass yourself by writing! I joined HP three years ago and I still haven't reached this milestone. Lazy me! Or, better to say, the coward me! Congrats on your success!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks btrbell! It as been a fun journey among incredible people and great writing. I have enjoyed every minute. Thanks for visiting!

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    Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Congratulations on 100 hubs! A great feat! Also, congratulations on the lollipop award!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks for the visit dwachira. If those 100 hubs taught me anything it is that it isn't about the numbers. I didn't think about the three digits until I was there and then it seemed like a milestone. I'm not expert but I think it's more important to have a few extremely well written hubs that get their place in the google search than it is to have a lot of mediocre hubs. I have a lot of re-writing to do on my earlier hubs. :-) Best wishes to you!

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Hi Linda,

    Reaching 100 hubs is a true milestone on Hubpages, Congrats. I long for the day i would see three digits numbers as the total hubs published on my profile. I wish you all the best on HP.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Well gosh, thank you suzzycue! I appreciate the encouragement. I love HP! lol Thanks for dropping by.

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    Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Welcome aboard and congratulations. One hundred hubs is a great accomplishment in four short months. WOW. Keep going you are doing great.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi mpropp! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment and for visiting. I too have a lot to learn but this community is the best at helping you learn. I'm so grateful that I found HP. So welcome to my little space here. I look forward to getting to know you and becoming friends.

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    Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Linda, I know you are well past your 100 hubs, but please accept my belated congratulations! It is really impressive to have written this many quality hubs in such a short period of time. You are an excellent writer and well-respected member of the hub community. I couldn't help but giggle when you were talking about the hub id. I too jumped right in and wish I'd been either a little more clever with my identity...I hope someday they will allow us to update our profile names! Again, congrats and I look forward to learning from you.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi rajah! Thank you for visiting. So much to learn, so little time. :-) The best part is the networking here on HP and, the opportunity to learn about so many things. I love your hubs on all the many gifts of nature. You are an encylopedia!

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

    Congrats on reaching the milestone of 100 hubs, Linda. Seriously, I too started out without reading the learning center articles. My first hub was in response to a question. But its been a great learning journey with so many wonderful hubbers interacting.

    Voted up/interesting.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Deb. I'm unenployed at the moment so hubpages has become my "job". Besides, I love the network here. I do a lot of reading and then my brain goes crazy wanting to write something. lol

    Seriously, I really appreciate your kind words. I have so much to learn still. Thank you for your visit to my celebratory 100th hub.

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    GoldenThreadPress 5 years ago

    Congratulations on a job well done! Only 100? I have been watching the notifications coming through and whew! you have been working like a banshee. I wish I had your stamina. Nevertheless, keep hubbing and know that we are all here supportive and wishing you nothing but the very best!--Deb

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    Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

    Congrats on 100 hubs! You are a wonderful writer and funny too! I know what you mean about the screen name.. I often wish I could change mine to something a little more interesting than just my name... oh well :)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh, you mean I'm not the only one that has no patience sometimes and scrolls down to read the comments to see if it's really worth it? lol Thank you Shauna, you have made my day.

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    That's why you're a good writer. You're not black and white. You're green. and blue. and gold. and every color of the rainbow. Your writing reads easily and doesn't get boring. I don't scroll down to see when it's going to end. That, my friend, is a good writer. In my book, anyway!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, your opinion really matters to me and like you, I am so grateful for our developing friendship. I feel like we are spirit sisters. Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment which I don't feel worthy of but appreciate all the same. You make me feel like a writer, even if I'm green as grass. lol

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    Congrats, Linda! 100 in four months?! You're on fire, girl!

    Linda, I must tell you I'm glad I found you. Not only have we gained an awesome friendship, but I look forward to everything you write. You are eloquent, fluid, grammatically correct and a complete joy to read. you ARE a writer, my friend! (thanx for the mention, you put a smile on my face!)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    shiningirisheyes, you are so kind. Thank you so much. I can't believe I have written 100 hubs but I hope I am getting better because that' why I'm here. I really appreciate your kindness.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

    An accomplishment worthy and to be proud of! You are a wonderful writer and you list some of my favorite hubbers as well.

    Glad to know you decided to take the leap of faith or I never would have had the privilege of your hubs.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Claudia! Thanks so much for visiting. Obviously, I have some time on my hands right now. It won't always be this easy, I'm sure. I love learning thought and there are some incredible writers here on HP to learn from.

    I guess user names are like life. If you only knew then what you know now...

    Thanks so much for the nice comment.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Michele! Thanks for visiting and for following. I love this community of writers so much and will look forward to sharing the journey with you.

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    Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

    Wow! 100 Hubs in 4 months! I can´t believe how productive and committed you are to your writing! Congratulations :) They say the more one writes the better one gets at it so I reckon that, if you are not yet, you are soon to be a very good writer (which from what I read is one of your goals).

    I get what you mean with the user name issue, I wasn´t very imaginative either and just signed up with my real name, figured out nobody knows me anyway, no need for a pseudonym.

    Here is to many more Hubs and much more Hubbing fun!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MizB!!! You were the first person I really connected with here and when I read your work I thought - Oh Gosh, I'm in over my head. But then our shared interest in genealogy softened the intimidation and here we are, faceless friends, but friends all the same. Being able to write has taken the sting out of being laid off back in April. If I was working I don't know if I ever would have written this many hubs. I love working and wish I was back in the labor force. I keep looking but it'shard for us over 50 folks.

    I love your pen name but I understand because I put almost no though into mine. I was thinking "technical safety" rather than creative reputation. What is it "they" say about hindsight? lol

    Well, thank you for visiting my 100th hub. I hope we share many years of writing and passion for genealogy together. I appreciate your compliment on the graphic too. I had fun creating it.

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    MizBejabbers 5 years ago

    Oh, wow, 100 hubs, congratulations! I just wish I had time to read them all. You write very well and your research is excellent. I especially enjoy your hubs on genealogy. You have been here only ¼ as long as I have, and you know your way around Hubpages a whole lot more than I do. It really is hard to choose a pen name if a person feels it necessary to use one, as I do because of my day job. I can’t remember how I came up with it. Thanks for mentioning mine, by the way. I do wish we could change our names, though, because I would like to use my professional name if and when I do ever retire.

    Keep those good hubs coming, my friend. By the way, great pix at the top!

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    Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    Congratulations! Wow, 100 hubs that is amazing. In three months? Wow, that is amazing. Your hubs are wonderful I am so glad to follow you.

    Voted you up!!!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Rich! Thanks so much. I have to correct your message though, it took me four months of being unemployed to get here. I know I was asking for a miracle but hey, nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. You just have to believe. I'm hoping that by the time I've written my 1000th hub, Google will have the user id thing resolved.

    You followed shortly in my footsteps and I am grateful for all your support and encouragement. It means a lot that you take the time to read my humble attempts and I am looking forward to watching us both grow in skill and prosperity. Most importantly, I look forward to a long and lasting friendship. Thanks again!

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda - Congratulations on reaching Hub 100! And, you did it in three months! I just got past 50 and thought I was doing good. lol I agree with you in the user name area. Miracles happen everyday, but unfortunately I don't see this one happening. I'm not a technical person, but I can see Google looking at a new name with the same material as duplicate content. Anyway, again, my hearty congratulations!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Mhatter99! The celebration would not have been complete without your visit. Thanks s much! You've been here for most of my journey and I appreciate your support so much.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey La Thing! Thanks so much. Being unemployed at the moment helped a lot. I had a lot of time on my hands. lol I'd rather have 10 great hubs than 100 mediocre ones. I'm striving for excellence and have a ways to go. But, I have loved every minute of the experience. Thank you for sharing it with me. Hugs back at ya!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Dutchessoflilac! Love the name! Thanks for visiting and sharing in my little milestone. You wil get thre! I promise, and it will happen sooner than you think. I appreciate your taking time to read and comment.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Congratulations. Here is to your future, which I am sure will be successful. The Hub certainly fosters a rich community and you are part of its garden. Thank you

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Woohoo, Linda!!! Congrats and for many more hubs to come! I agree with Billy, 100 in four months is a 'darn good pace'! :)

    Hugs from here!

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    Rebecka Vigus 5 years ago from Johns Island, SC

    Congratulations. Someday I might get there.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Bill, I could not have written my 100th without mentioning you. You were the first to extend your hand in hubber-ship when I came here. I think you may be the only nut that has read everything I've written. I have made you an appointment with a counselor. lol But seriously, I did want to write something profound today but all I could find in my soul was gratitude. Thank you for the friendship and the support. You are so kindhearted and I know that when you are rich and famous you will still be my friend. Thank you for sharing this little milestone with me.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well my dear, I'm a little late getting here, but I finally made it. Congratulations to a fellow Hubber who I respect a great deal. 100 hubs in four months is a darn good pace, but what I am most impressed by is the quality of those hubs. You are an excellent writer; you are a writer after my heart. You write with fire and compassion, grit and passion, and I plan on following you for quite some time.

    your friend,

    bill............oh, and thank you for the mention. :)

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Liz-reviews! It was a fun journey. I know it's small potatoes compared to some here but it was huge for this newbie. I've learned so much and yet I feel like I've only put on the training wheels. :-) Thank you so much for the visit, the comments and of course, the vote up. I really appreciate it.

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    Eunice Elizabeth 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC

    Congratulations Linda...100 Hubs indeed an awe inspiring milestone.

    I Have so far to go, but I am sure it will be an interesting journey.

    Well Done

    Voted Awesome & up

    Liz-Reviews

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    @Maralexa- Hello!!! Thank you for your kind words and for encouraging me further. I meant every word I wrote today. This is an aesome community of support and the best of humanity. I will look forward to a long and health hubbing relationship with you. Thank you very, very much.

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    Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

    Linda - Your "humble" 100th hub is a great inspiration to me! Many thanks from someone who understands what you mean when you say, ... "I will keep writing, because there is a fire in me that won't be squelched by the fear of a little humiliation". Congratulations on your 100th hub! What a milestone!

    Voted Up and Awesome. You have a new fan!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    @Jackie - Thanks so much. It maks me tired thinking about another 100. lol Seriously, this has been an amazing journey. Thank you for sharing it with me.

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Congratulation, and here is to 100 more!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    @Faith - you have been such a support and encouragement and I am so grateful for our developing friendship. That billybuc has brought so many of us together and it just may well be his legacy here. He is destined for greatness. So, thank you Faith, for sharing this special day with me. Here's to years of shared passion.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    @Website Examiner - Thanks so much for the encouragement and for sharing the day with me. I couldn't help but laugh at the idea of having multiple ideas. I can barely keep up now. lol I am without doubt addicted to HP and hope to continue to grow and...prosper would be nice too. Thanks again!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    @Wayne Brown - you have always challenged me and I enjoy our banter immensley. Thanks for being here today, to share my excitement. The numbers were never really important but I certainly did feel the weight of #100. Happy hubbing to both of who may stand on opposite sides of the political scene but still share the passion for having something to say. :-)

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Congratulations!!! You are an awesome writer and I am sure the next 100 will be just as interesting. Just met you through billybuc via one of his installments, and I am glad I did. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Website Examiner 5 years ago

    Congratulations on such a big accomplishment; amazing productivity. Judged by this article, you write rather flawlessly - it is fluent and clear. I have several accounts on HubPages, all with well-considered user names, but it is more practical to have just one, and indeed unfortunate that the user IDs cannot be changed. You are far from being alone in your predicament. With your positive attitude, you will surely prosper somehow.

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    Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

    Congrats, Linda! There is nothing like a milestone to make you realize that more is possible. Along the way, you get better and better at the craft...hopefully! LOL! Just remember back when you thought getting to 10 was such a chore and on and on. That feeling never goes away as you will not be satisfied at any particular count...there are too many other things to consider. Best of luck and I hope you keep writing away. ~WB

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello bdegiulio! Thank you for being the first to read my 100th hub. I would never have believed I could do this. Admittedly, some of my hubs are better than others but I am so excited about writing. I love to learn and I spend hours every day reading the extraordinary work of hubbers here. I will followyou as well and look forward to learning from you. Thanks so much for sharing the day with me.

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    Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Linda. Congratulations on your 100th hub. That is quite a milestone. It is an amazing community that we have stumbled upon here. I myself joined just 8 months ago and I am still learning my way around here. Keep on writing, I look forward to following your progress here.