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1000 Articles on HubPages

Updated on June 17, 2015

INTRODUCTION

Don’t you hate it when someone starts an article with the subheading INTRODUCTION? Like duh! I knew it was the introduction, dummy, because it is introducing the article. Back when I was teaching, a student automatically lost five points when they did that. I was not an easy grader.

So ignore the introduction. I just put that subheading in there to prove a point about a pet peeve. Now we’re at the meat and potatoes.

I’m not big on milestones. I’m not big on awards. Unlike many American men, I don’thave my old sports trophies on my mantel. I don’t even have a mantel. I didn’t keep my letterman’s sweater or letter. I don’t have any of my old certificates of achievement. They are all memories and there they will stay, locked in the deep recesses of my mind.

So why am I writing an article about this particular milestone? Simply because, for me, it is the culmination of a goal I set over three years ago. I challenged myself to not only write one-thousand articles on this site, but to write one-thousand quality articles.

I failed right out of the chute. My first article sucked. There is no other way to say it. Thankfully, I’ve improved since that day. So this is number ONE THOUSAND, and nine-hundred and ninety-nine of them are articles I feel good about. J

So Happy Goal Achievement to me!

Taking a break after #1000
Taking a break after #1000 | Source

What Have I Learned About Hubpages?

Well, the pay stinks!

The platform is adequate.

And my fellow writers in this community are fantastic!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a few more times, I’m sure: If it were not for the support of my fellow writers on HP I would have left after the first week, so thank you to all of you who have been such good friends. You gave me what I needed until the day arrived when I could stand on my own, confident in my writing abilities. That is a gift that keeps on giving daily and I am most appreciative.

What Have I Learned About Myself?

I can say this without feeling egotistical: I’m a good writer.

I want to be a great writer, so I still have work to do.

I read some of the classics and I’m in awe. People like Steinbeck wrote brilliant sentence after brilliant sentence, and they did it for three-hundred pages. My goal on any given day is to write one brilliant sentence. There are days I’ll even write one brilliant paragraph and that’s like arriving at the gates of heaven for this boy.

But the great writers do it continuously, so I still have work to do.

I have learned that I love writing. I’ve learned that I really do have a creative muse, and nobody is as surprised by that fact as I am. I was not creative growing up. I was not creative as a young adult. It’s only been in the last five years or so that my creativity blossomed. I don’t know what took it so damned long, but I’m glad it finally surfaced.

I was going to write that I learned I have a good work ethic but in truth, I’ve always known that.

Same with being organized and driven. Always been there, always will be.

I’ve learned that I can do this. I didn’t believe that before joining HP. I just considered writing to be a hobby at best, something I could play with, but also something I would never be good at.

I don't throw writing away. I hold onto it until my muse finds a use for it
I don't throw writing away. I hold onto it until my muse finds a use for it | Source

What Have I Learned About Writing?

Writing well is a bitch!

Clear enough for you?

Writing well takes dedication. It takes talent. It takes a willingness to work at a craft for years to reach a certain level of achievement. It is an art form and as such, not everyone can do it. There seems to be millions out there who think they can….write well…but in truth, the number of great writers is still small, just as it always has been.

I have learned that great writing transcends time and place. Great writing has the ability to bring people together. It can cross geo-political lines. It can find commonalities in all cultures. It can do what no government can do….it can reach the hearts and souls of readers everywhere. Great writing can bring the strongest man to his knees. I can tap into long-forgotten memories and bring about tears and laughter. It can bridge generations.

Great writing is the voice of the people. It is of the people, by the people and for the people. It is our story as a species. It is our mark upon time. It is our contribution to the ongoing time capsule that is humanity.

And all of that comes with a responsibility. All of that comes with the demand of excellence, because our words will live on forever, and as such are every bit as important as the scribblings of Hemingway or the discards of Blake.

We are the voice.

Thank you fellow Hubbers
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What Have I Learned About People?

My travelling consists of two trips to Mexico and three trips to Canada. I’ve seen thirty-eight states and lived in four of them. That’s it! No Europe, no Asia, no South America, no Australia, and probably never will I visit those places. I have never met people from a majority of the nations on this planet. I’ve never sat down and discussed life with someone from Bolivia. I’ve never had tea with someone from the Ukraine. I’ve never worked a farm in Ireland or seen the waves break over Normandy. I’ve never watched a sunrise in Tokyo or watched a sunset in Greenland.

And yet I can say without hesitation that I know thousands of people from dozens of countries, and we are all the same.

Isn’t that a remarkable statement?

We are all the same.

We all washed ashore from the same genetic pool. We all laugh. We all cry. We all have triumphs and heartbreaking defeats. We all love and we all mourn the loss of that love, and because we are all basically the same, I can form a bond with all of you, and that enriches my living experience and hopefully you feel the same.

And we form a bond!

Most of you reading this are writers. You are members of the brotherhood of writers.

All of you are human beings. You are members of a brotherhood of human beings.

And writing has made it possible for me to see the importance of that.

So Thank You

I did not consider myself to be a writer five years ago.

One-thousand articles and three novels later….Today I do.

And I have you to thank for that. Seriously.

We all need encouragement. We all need to know that our words are being read and appreciated. We all need companionship. You do. I do. We all do.

So thank you!

Thank you very much!

Thank you for allowing this writer to spread his wings and fly. Thank you for giving this writer support until he believed in his abilities.

Thank you!

Now it’s on to the next set of goals. I’m looking forward to the challenge.

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Molly! It's been a great ride so far and I hope it continues for many more years.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Congratulations, good sir. Your work has payed off in numerous ways. You've taught hundreds of writers how to be better, and you've improved too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Michal!

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      Michal 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      Thank you so kindly. I am happy to learn from experience writers as you

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michal, I am very happy to hear that. The world needs more writers. Best wishes to you on your journey.

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      Michal 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      Thank you so much for sharing your article. It is a great advice for new hubbers as me. I am full of hope and dreams and a bad grammar but still believe one day I be a writer.

      Your article made my day

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rawspirit, thank you so much for the kind words. I will, indeed, keep writing.

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      Robert Morgan 2 years ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Bill, you are a great writer and you inspire me to keep on writing. Thanks for being here. Blessings.

      No need to answer, just keep writing. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lex! I appreciate the kind words and following.

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      lex123 2 years ago

      Congrats on achieving this notable achievement within a short period of 3 years. Really amazing!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackclee. I appreciate it very much.

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Congratulations, that is very impressive. I'll certainly check on some of your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I agree with you completely about the HP community. Thank you for following me...I'll be by your site shortly.

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      frozenink 2 years ago

      Congrats, Bill! 1000 Hubs, that's really amazing and inspiring. Well, I agree that all of us have a lot to learn and only a small amount of writers are great writers at present. It's good that the HP community are supportive and that more good writers and great ones can be bred.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, that is such a kind and sweet thing for you to say. Thank you! I think you know I feel the same way about you.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Bill, this is another beautiful heartfelt article. I know this is a bit late. I am going back through my email notifications to catch up on my friends' works. :) I still can't believe you haven't been a writer for very long. Your words flow so naturally. I'm proud of your work and honored to be your friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like that, Lawrence. Thank you for that philosophy. I appreciate it.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Congratulations. Some milestones should be celebrated, and those that lead to good places are the ones.

      Keep it up.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cris! I appreciate it, my friend.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congratulations Bill! You've always been an inspiration.

      Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Catherine! When I love doing something I do it often....I'm glad my love of writing is apparent to others. I appreciate your support.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you Bill for all of your wonderful articles and your support of your fellow writers. you have earned the right to call yourself writer. 1000 articles in three years is an astounding accomplish--quality articles. I did a little over 100 in my first year. And I thought I was doing pretty good. An yes, the pay sucks. But I get to call my self a writer. Congrats.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HSP, I truly appreciate your kind words. I have always tried to write articles that the average person can relate to....your affirmation is gratefully received.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 2 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Congratulations on reaching this milestone! Writing 1000 articles is one thing, writing 1000 articles you're actually willing to "hang out there" is an achievement of epic proportions. I have always liked your writing because it's REAL... and not just more dreck about "how smartphones are useful" version 56.3455.453a. Well done!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I can't imagine life without goals...or hope. Thanks for your thoughts and friendship.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think many of us have very realistic goals and aspirations. We will get there, as we have a dream, and that will be fulfilled. Thank YOU, as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Stages! I really appreciate it.

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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      CONGRATS!!!!! "1000" this is amazing. Great article!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maj! I'm driven. I don't know any other way to say it. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone but for me, it works. :)

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Take a bow Bill, a magnificent achievement, and yes - inspiring. I feel compelled to join other comments and question – Do you have more time in your corner of the world as opposed to down under? Truthfully I’m in awe. (And painfully aware of my ability to procrastinate)

      Your sheer hard work and total perseverance are a credit. . All kudos to you – hope to see many more hubs but novels surely will win. With best wishes…Maj

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, thank you so very much. It is a milestone for me...one of many I plan on achieving. But I would have never made it without, as you say, this brotherhood of writers. I am in your debt, dear friend.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Writing and words were the true beginnings of our development as a species. That we can share information, convey those thoughts that propel us, as you so aptly phrased, to the gates of heaven and expand our consciousness, is part of the miracle of humanity. I know I speak for many in that I am deeply grateful that you are part of this miracle. I have learned much from you. I doubt that I would have continued my journey on the hub -- or continue to write for that matter -- had not been for you and others who share this amazing brotherhood of writers. Congratulations on reaching 1,000 articles! An amazing accomplishment. Blessings, dear Bill -- today and always.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you so much, Heidi! I love the friendships I have made here. They mean much more to me than some milestone. I'm just glad I lived long enough to reach it. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Seafarer....I'm just doing what I love to do. It has been a joy being part of this community, and I look forward to many more years together. Best wishes on that novel of yours.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, PS! Writing is a pure joy for me. This is what I love to do, and I am so grateful that people like you enjoy reading my words.

      Peace and blessings to you, dear friend.

      bill

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I am so glad that you are here on HP! Thank you for all your insight and support. It has meant a lot to me. Congrats on this significant milestone... and here's to the next thousand (or more)!

      P.S. Even though I know you would probably class yourself as a fiction writer, your conversational nonfiction is what speaks to me. Thank you for your leadership!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, you are never late to the party. Any party worth having doesn't begin until you show up. :) Thank you dear friend. I still have many miles to travel before I'm where I want to be, but at least I'm on the right path.

      love and thanks

      bill

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      Karen Szklany Gault 2 years ago from New England

      Wow....congratulations on your awesome accomplishment, Bill! And I am honored to have you as a friend here on Hub Pages. Eventually I will make it out to Washington to attend a writer's retreat....and will look you up when I do.

      In the meantime, ....I have lots of work to do! If I'm lucky, I'll make it to 125 by the end of the year....maybe even 150...(and this is my 6th year on HP) but I have lots of platforms that I write for and am working on a novel, too....but you are such an inspiration...and I love to read your newsletters as well as your hubs.

      Great links to Leo Buscaglia and S&G.

      Here's a toast to another thousand...and abundant blessings in the process!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Look at you....1000!!! Surprised that you did it? No, not at all. Because. I have been sitting on this side of the screen and reap the benefit of reading your finished work. And each one has left me knowing, bill, that more is coming. What is left unsaid is to me often keeps me coming back.

      So glad you found that writing is your 'thang.'

      Looking forward to how many more??? You will know...the words, ideas, whispers of 'tell it' will come and you will keep on giving us food for thought with your hubs.

      Congrats to you

      Hugs and blessings and many Angels headed your way to bless your writing talents and your fam. ps Voted up++++

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, I am so late reading this but CONGRATULATIONS! You have indeed come a long way and whatever recognition you have received was rightfully earned. I know no one that works harder than you. There was a time that I thought I just might earn your respect as a dedicated writer but it looks like I'll have to be satisfied with being your friend. Well, that's not so bad. I like being your friend. Perhaps one day I'll conquer the technology to make writing not so hard for me as a low vision person and I'll get a novel done or 500 hubs on HP but I'm not holding my breath. Today was a good vision day so I am happy to celebrate your milestone with you; late as it might be. I love you kindred and am so happy for your success.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No race at all, Ann! We all do what we want to do...what we need to do...and if we gain satisfaction from it then fantastic.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lies, thank you so much! I feel the same way about all of you. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rolly! All I set out to do was meet a few writers. :) It turned out to be so much more.

      hugs from Oly

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      You're welcome and thanks for the renewed invitation. You can be sure that if I get the opportunity I shall be there for that coffee!

      I've just realised that I haven't got to 100 yet so you're way ahead of me, but this is not a race and you work a lot harder than I do!

      Have a great weekend, bill!

      Ann

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      Linda Bryen 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well done! Bill, I always have great admirations for you and your work. You are such a great writer and I learn a lot from reading your work. Thank you, teacher.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... well done my friend, you have made an impact on many people...

      Hugs from Canada

      Rolly

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Ann, thank you! My favorite part of your comment was "you will be a great writer." Thank you for your honesty. I'm not there yet. I want to be....and I think I will be...but there is much work to do and many more writings to finish before I can say that to myself.

      I love this community. People like you are my friends...my peers...and in an extended way, my family.

      The invitation for coffee is always open should you extend your travelling to the United States.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm a bit late on this one, aren't I? What a great response you've had and deservedly so. It's now my turn to add my huge Congratulations to everyone else's.

      You deserve all the accolades, bill. You have contributed so much to this site. Not only 1000 articles but all your advice and expertise has been passed on to help others and to show us all what good writing means.

      Inspiration, encouragement and dedication ooze through your words, as do enthusiasm and a passion for what you do.

      Well done, indeed, bill. I can say without a doubt that I've enjoyed every single article of yours that I've read - I think I've read all your articles, full stop, but I'm not absolutely sure of that, certainly 99%! You never cease to amaze me with your words and delight me with your humour and your depth. You will be a great writer, I have no doubt about that either.

      Enjoy the rest of the week, bill, and revel in your popularity and high ranking amongst hubpages. You deserve it all.

      Ann :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you YouGet...I really do appreciate your kind words.

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      Chris Desatoff 2 years ago from USA

      Congrats, Bill! 1,000! That's fantastic, man. Your consistency and dedication are inspiring. Keep going =)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you budgetgal. I appreciate you stopping by and for following me. Best wishes with your goals.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel. I become a bit obsessive about a goal. That may not necessarily be a good thing. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      you are very welcome, Rana! Thank you very much.

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      Katie Mayo 2 years ago from LA

      Wow, this is amazing! Your story is so fascinating and inspiring and was exactly what I needed to read today. May you continue to reach massive success in your writing career. :)

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      1000 articles is no mean feat, considering I have 63 and you have only been here a year longer than me, I think. That means I have 937 to crank out in the next twelve months to catch up, which is unobtainable. I could use my day job as an excuse, but you seem to spend a lot of time working that farm, so it is really incredible that you do the things you do. Congratulations, and keep them coming!

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      Rana Pecarski 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for the inspiration and support.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I'm smiling, as you know. Thank you! Antartica? I doubt it, but one can always dream, right? :) I'm just doing what I love to do. Writing is easy for me because of that love. Writing well...that takes work and I'll continue to try and be the writer I want to be. Thank you for your support but more importantly for your friendship.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. Your support means the world to me. Blessings always, my friend.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi oh Yoda o mine!

      Yehhhhhh, what an achievement my very dear friend! We started at a similar time I remember and boy have you thrived and soared, spreading those wings to inspire so many. I am so proud of you Bill, words do not seem enough right now. You have reached so many corners, so many "nooks and crannies" around the globe, every continent has not been touched (Antartica??) by your words. Hugs and big fat smiles from these Irish eyes which always have them on tap for you! XXXXX

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on 1,000 articles. Your commitment is an inspiration and all those articles. I have learned from each one that I read. Thanks for sharing yourself and your talent.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nah, Blossom, I'm having too much fun to stop. I won't be writing as many hubs this next year, but I'll be here weekly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad Michele! You all have given me hope for over three years now. I'm just giving back. Thank you for believing in me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do remember it, Zulma...."How to Stage Your Home for Sale" or some such nonsense. LOL And I've never been to Disneyland. :) You crack me up...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Dianna! The next 1000 might take considerably longer but I'll give it a shot.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LeanMan. It does get easier when you love what you're doing, and I do.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for coming back, Vicki, and for going along on a great ride with me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thank you so much. Remarkable? I'm just doing what I love to do, putting my energy into something positive and enjoying the ride.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Congratulations! That's a great achievement. I do agree with your remarks about HubPages, but it's the community and the encouragement from other hubbers that makes this such a good place to write. You won't stop now, will you? I do hope not.

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      Michele Kelsey 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      You rock! And give me hope! Congrats! Michele

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      William Holland, now that you've completed 1,000 articles, what will you do next? (And please don't say your're going to Disneyland.)

      Fantastic achievement, Bill, and warmest congrats. I don't suppose you remember what your first hub was do you? I doubt if I've ever read it and now you've piqued my curiosity.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Congratulations, Bill! Your posts are so valuable to writers. We look forward to the next 1000.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ebower, at the risk of sounding Disney, wish and it shall be true...with a little work, of course. :) Thanks for dropping by and for the follow.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, quicksand. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you for the smile you delivered on my face. It is a fine gift you've given me and you know I'm grateful for that Southern hospitality.

      Cheers to us and to all writers, Faith. We all deliver the mail with every word we write.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I wish people would spend some time to read the truths in your comments. They are pearls of wisdom and I am so grateful for them. If I am a fraction of what you say I am, then I can be content. :) Thank you for your kindness and your friendship.

      Pax vobiscum

      bill

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      Tony 2 years ago from At the Gemba

      Here's to the next 1000 and the thousand after that.. Keep going - it get's easier and the rewards get bigger and bigger.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You bet, Bill! Yes, we did start around the same time. I remember meeting you--and emailing you about advice on freelance writing. Just came back to read your response. Thank you!

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      1,oo0 articles since January, 2012? That is a remarkable achievement, Bill, but easy to understand since your posts are so relevant and interesting for your readers.

      So valuable in fact that many folks take the time to comment - and positive comments at that. Me, too. You are the man and I am happy to have met you. May you live (and write) as long as you want. And may you want to (writing, of course) as long as you live!

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      Erin Bower 2 years ago from Georgia

      Congrats! I wish I could achiever what you have, and maybe someday I will. :)

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      quicksand 2 years ago

      You are indeed a man with a million ideas! It's surely an enviable achievement ... I am applauding!

      Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, it has been my pleasure. Thank you for sticking with me all this time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that very much, Bill, and I am humbled by your praise of me. I'll try not to let you down in the future. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Mike! I don't know what kind of writer I am, but I know I'm going to be a better one a year from now. :) I appreciate your well-wishes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is very nice of you, Mary. Thank you! I value your friendship and look forward to growing old together. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I appreciate your support for three plus years. Now let's move on to bigger things!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, John! I agree with you...it is like a big family, and we all share in the accomplishments....so well done my friend, and thank you for the support.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, thank you! You and I came in about the same time, and I consider you one of my oldest friends here...so thanks for walking the journey with me.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Woo hoo, dear Bill! When I think of HubPages you are always the first one to pop into my mind for you are not only a fine writer, but a fine person and encourager. Plus, you tell it straight!

      I am blessed to call you friend, dear heart, and I pray all your dreams come true in this life. You are one disciplined person when it comes to writing, so I have no doubt what you define as success has already happened and that is all that matters, but you are a dreamer and we are all still here, so here's to the rest of your wonderful life full of many blessings yet to be known or seen.

      Oh ... you are one of the finest mailmen in the good ole USA : )

      Peace, hugs and much love to you all the way from southern USA

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Thank you professor for another timeless lesson. Oh, accept my heartfelt congratulations... Thank you my friend.

      Above all statistics of your achievements - great as they are - during these past three years, it has been manifested proof of popularly known universal fact " To whom much has been given, much will be required ." What you taught me here as I was following your article ( by my lousy comments ) was your persistent urge to you given "much" , leaving previous 'comfort' by following a voice leading to this point of achieving excellence.

      Persistency. Discipline. Focusing...

      Perhaps one of the most important venture in each of us life preceding the ultimate achievement in winning the price of life is to know self and to give it all.

      Up, up and interesting.

      Blessings continually .

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      A big congratulations to you, Bill!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations! 1000 articles is awesome and a lot and lot of hard work. Thank you for sharing your knowledge on writing and publishing. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs. Voted up.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations Bill. I'm proud to say that I know a great writer. You may think you are just good, not great, but I think otherwise. May you continue to achieve all of your goals in life. Well done my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Congratulations on number one all the way through one thousand. That is a mean feat for sure. It is also of no small consequence that you have gained near 3,000 followers and are so often first to comment on, at least, hubbers work I follow.

      I liked your explanation about writing a good sentence. And then hoping another shows up next. I am just going to take Paula's word for it in her interview of your Tobias novel. You must be a hell-of-a-writer to receive such a solid gold review.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      We are the ones who are thankful my friend! Thankful that you chose hubpages, thankful that you stay here, and most important thank you for being a friend ;)

      Congratulations on your 1000 hubs and your wonderful steps on the road to great success!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Omg! 1,000 hubs...I can not imagine. Good for you for using your time constructively. But...I like pages titled "Introduction" that is the first taste of what is ahead on my reading journey, it's when you get all comfy and cozy before you indulge into another realm. But that's just me :) Congrats to you!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations on achieving your worthy goal Bill. You are an inspiration to all the writers here no matter what part of the world we come from. This is like one big family. Now you've achieved that milestone you can devote more time to those great novels. I hope we still get to read a new hub from you occasionally but take it easy and concentrate on your real passion. Well done.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, 1000! That's incredible--and they are all well-written, some funny, many helpful . . . . I'm glad I met you here, old friend. (I love the song!) I look forward to hopefully hearing about your next goal!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you very much. I couldn't have done it without your support, and I mean that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Liz! I really appreciate your support and friendship. Peace be with you always.