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500 Hubs, 200,000 Views and Other Milestones: What Do They All Mean?

Updated on May 17, 2013

BY THE NUMBERS

I recently passed some nice, round numbers on HubPages.

For those of you interested in numbers, here they are:

  • 500 days on HubPages
  • 500 Hubs
  • 43,000 comments
  • 200,000 views
  • 1,500 followers

What does it all means?

I don’t have a clue, but I do have some observations, so read on as I unload my mind of random thoughts.

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

500 Hubs in 500 days! Well, let’s start there, shall we? Am I a prolific writer? Yes! Am I a good writer? The jury is still out on that verdict, but this is my goal and one I am constantly trying to attain. Sheer numbers do not make one a good writer. Quality is the only benchmark for that claim to fame, and I’m not nearly as good a writer as I want to be. So I keep working and perfecting my craft. I would expect that to be the goal of every writer, from the personal essayists like me to the technical, SEO writers who scour the internet with perfect phrases designed to attract more views and earn more money.

Why do I write so much? Well, I’ll let you in on a secret. I feel the ebb of life flowing away from me. I am sixty-four years of age, and if I live a normal lifespan, I only have fifteen years remaining on this planet. I don’t have the luxury of seemingly countless years to mess around with my craft. I have a deadline to meet and that deadline is determined by the vibrancy of my body and my personal health.

How much longer will my mind remain sharp? How much longer will my health remain good and allow me to write freely? These are thoughts only someone of my age is aware of, and at times it weighs heavily on me and at all times it spurs me on to write as much as possible in the time I have remaining.

You see, I want to be the best writer that I can possibly be, and I can’t become that writer unless I write and write often. I’m running out of time and I still have a great many things to say.

VIEWS ARE NICE

Yep, over 200,000 views of my Hubs. I like that number and I am gratified by it….but I need to keep it in perspective. I have a friend by the name of Stephanie who has over five million views, so I remember her any old time my head swells and I think I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread.

200,000 views is a nice figure considering I don’t write SEO articles. I haven’t used the Keyword tool in over a month now. Quite frankly I am tired of keywords and SEO, so I have decided to kick them to the curb and just concentrate on the quality of my writing.

I am very grateful for the number of views that I have received. Each and every day I can count on over 500 people taking the time from their busy lives to read something that I have written. That is a warm and fuzzy feeling for a writer, and I appreciate greatly every person who has done that since I joined.

COMMENTS ARE GREAT

Now we are into the part of writing that I love. Comments signal interaction between a writer and his audience, and quite frankly that, to me, is what writing is all about. I write to make an impact on the lives of people, and comments tell me that I have achieved that goal.

As an added bonus, friendships and relationships are formed through comments. I see so many new writers join HubPages and then never comment on the Hubs of others, and I think they are sadly missing the boat. Writing is not something done in a vacuum. Writing is, or in my opinion should be, a give and take between writer and reader. When we write we are communicating. We are delivering a message. We are attempting to reach our readers on some level and move them in some way. Comments give us feedback and allow us to discover whether we have reached our goal.

If I did not receive the amount of comments that I receive daily, I would consider it a failure on my part. I have been here long enough and written enough that I should produce quality hubs every time that I write. If my comments should ever suddenly dry up then I will need to look at the quality of my product.

FOLLOWERS ARE NICE

Yes, 1,510 is a large number, but I know writers on HP with three times that number. Besides, that number of followers is a bit misleading, is it not? I do not see that many followers daily. Truthfully there are quite a few of them who I never see. They joined HP, felt the need to increase their numbers, randomly followed other writers, and then did nothing as a follow-up. Again, I find that sad and a bit manipulative. What the point of that practice is will forever be a mystery to me.

If I had to pick a number that represents my faithful followers, it would be 100. So please, do not read too much into that 1,510 number. It means very little.

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

My goals remain constant day in and day out. I want to be the best writer that I can be. I have received accolades, and they are nice, but they are not my focus. I will never receive the Hub of the Day so that certainly isn’t a concern for me. If there are other awards out there that I have not won, I will win them or I won’t, and either way I will sleep well at night.

Aside from being the best writer that I can be, I want to help as many writers as I can. A couple months ago I started concentrating on writing Hubs that help writers to improve their craft. I even started a blog dedicated to the art of writing called Artistry With Words. I gain nothing from doing that; I simply believe in this community and I want to give back to it because it has been so giving and gracious to me.

My final goal is to form more meaningful relationships with Hubbers. I have found true friendship here at HubPages. I know people in all fifty states and 100 countries, and we have formed a bond that means the world to me. I want to increase that number and continue to bridge the gaps formed by nationalities and cultures.

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT HUBPAGES

They are what they are. HP is a money-making machine. They are geared towards advertising and increasing their profits, and they encourage writers to perfect the art of SEO and thus earn them more money. There is nothing wrong with that if that is what you want.

HubPages is sorely lacking in its encouragement of writers who write solely for the love of writing. They spend very little time applauding the poets on this site. They spend very little time applauding those who write essays. In fact, and this is just my opinion, they really could care less about supporting those writers who are trying to perfect the art of writing.

That is the reality of HubPages and one I am fine with. I am here to build my platform, perfect my craft and form relationships. For those interested in money, I still make the same amount today as I did five-hundred days ago, about one dollar per day. I suspect I will never find riches on this site, but what I have found is infinitely more important to me.

I have found a community of writers who have been supportive beyond my wildest dreams. I have formed a kinship with like-minded people who follow the same dreams that I follow. I have found encouragement and comradeship, and I have been given gifts that make me a rich man in ways that are so much more important than monetary payouts by Google Adsense.

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THANK YOU

So I thank HubPages and its staff. In particular, I thank Simone, who has never failed to quickly answer any questions I have had…..honestly, I don’t even know the names of anyone else on the staff, so it’s a little silly for me to thank anyone other than Simone.

My most important thank you, though, is reserved to those wonderful Hubbers who have followed me, and continue to follow me, and who have made me feel welcomed and loved. I hope to one day give to you all that you have given to me.

What’s up from here? I’ll continue to write for HP. I have no reason to stop and I have many, many reasons to continue. You see, I have more people to meet and I have a craft that is pitifully in need of perfecting. The writer’s quest never ends. The day I believe I am the best writer I can be is the day I need to be fitted for a straight jacket and introduced to my new padded room. J

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chris. It is a good site for certain purposes. As long as you understand that you'll be fine here.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Wow what an accomplishment I didn't even think writing that many hubs in such a short period of time was possible. Excellent job and I'll use your success as inspiration to my own someday. I know this place isn't a money making machine, but I've already discovered it's a great jumping off point, and I'm grateful for discovering it and fellow writers like yourself.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I happen to be blessed with some great friends here who are so loyal. No matter what I write I can count on them being there to comment and spread the word. It takes time to build a following like this but it does happen.

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      WOW! You got me at 200000. That is a huge number. I reached my 1000th viewer point and I was excited about that. I have a ways to go. I'm glad you were so frank about what hub pages is and isn't. Like you, I'm always looking to improve my craft and probably always will be. Writing to me is something I do whenever I can. Thoughts and ideas fill up my mind and they have to get "downloaded." Hubpages is the perfect place for that once I put the thoughts in order so that they are legible. Thanks for another interesting hub. I have a feeling I'll be saying that a lot after I read your hubs. lol :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Availiasvision, thank you so much. Coming from a new friend I find that very rewarding. I'm just trying to give back to a community that embraced me early on when I had serious doubts about my ability as a writer. :)

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      Bill,

      I enjoyed reading about your HubPages journey and victories. Never doubt the good that you are doing for others on this site. You represent HP as its finest. Here's to the next 500 hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj....LOL...I love that line...I might borrow it from you. Thank you for the kind words my friend. I'm loving what I'm doing.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Here's to accomplishing many more positive milestones with your writing, Bill. May the ink in your cartridge never dry up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, thank you dear lady. I only publish numbers because I think it's important for newcomers to see what is possible. I love the friendships here at HP, but the sheer numbers really don't affect the money I make or help my ego. :)

      Your words are so kind. I'm going to spend some time now convincing myself that I am worthy of them.

      blessings and a hug coming your way,

      bill

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Billy

      We are so blessed to have you here on HubPages as you are so willing to share what you know as well as your life experiences. It is one thing to read about how to write, for example, by someone whose work we have not read. It is the same with life experiences..reading of someone who lived in a bottle and shares that struggle is far more meaningful than hearing it from someone who has no first hand knowledge of such an experience.

      I come back here to read time and time again because I find words that are of value and come from a place of honesty and candor.

      I hear 'you've got a friend in me...' the theme song from Toy Story which you may or may not be familiar with. when I visit your page.....I feel you are a friend to many not just to me.

      I rejoice with you in your milestones, Billy, and I wish you many more.

      Hugs and best wishes and Angels are on the way ps

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kathi! I can always be better, and that motivates me daily.

      Have a wonderful day my friend.

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very impressive milestones Billy; at the rate I'm goin, I don't think I'll reach the same anytime soon. My time at a regular job and interests are pulled in too many directions, for now anyway.

      Honestly, now, I think you are a very good writer right now! Hoping for your continued success, Kathi

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, thank you! I have now achieved what I set out to achieve here on HP. The rest is gravy as they say.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Bill, I love how you bring things down to reality. You articles get to the heart and meat of the matter. But, hey, 500 hubs in 500 days??? All I can say is Wow! That is quite an amazing feat. And you don't just spit out gibberish, your articles happen to be quality. So, to you I say thank you for sharing, but most of all, well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE and I will indeed keep writing and sharing.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      HP is my best site so far and will continue writing here you are such a talented writer, keep writing and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Supermom, maybe I need to get a life, huh? LOL Thank you very much and best wishes on your writing career.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, they do multiply quickly after the first 100,000....I can see a million happening in another two years, provided my mind remains creative. :) Thanks for the compliment my friend.

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      supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

      Congrats on your huge accomplishment! I can't imagine writing 500 hubs. That is awesome!

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Congrats on this amazing milestone! I hope to get there one day. But it looks like we'll both have to keep working on our first million. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ocfireflies, thank you so much for the kind words.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I enjoyed and appreciated your hub reflections. You serve as an inspiration.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the Army says, be the best that you can be. I am learning, just like I learn with nature. If I ever think that I know it all, I am a fool, for nobody is that good. Something new will ALWAYS crop up. I am enjoying so much of the work that our comrades do, and I am having my fun, as well with my stories. That's what life is, a game of chance, and to jump on the bandwagon to enjoy, is what life REALLY is all about.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      soconfident, I'm not sure what my level is, but I, too, hope I reach it some day. :) Thank you!

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Congrats on your milestone I hope to reach your level someday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I hope you get the sunshine necessary for those red juicy tomatoes. It's always iffy here for tomatoes and corn...but everything else grows pretty well.

      Good to hear that you are gardening this year. Take some pictures and write a hub when there is something to look at. :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...LOL....said the quick way.....HP is just like real life....only with MANY more benefits! Yes, I agree, we meet a whole lot of "Keepers," here...as well as "others". But we sure do know the difference!

      Blessings upon your garden, bill! I just had someone till up a small patch. My neighbor and I are pooling work & resources for a few fresh veggies this year!! I've got my taste buds all geared up for the first of the TOMATOES! I never touch them, out-of-season......so I drool all years for those babies!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ryanjhoe, that was the purpose of this hub. If this inspires you and others then it will be worth it. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula my friend, you were one of the first to welcome me here, and I do not forget friendships. HP, to me, is one big family. There are members we rarely see....some who are a bit selfish...some who give completely of themselves. There are the nurturers and the takers....but I care about this community and I know you do too.

      I just want you to know how much I appreciate you. Here's to many more years of friendship.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, my fingers aren't sore but my brain is tired. I will back off now, but not leave. I love this community, but none of you needs to hear from me daily. It is time to spend more time on other pursuits.

      Thank you my loyal friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, what a kind thing for you to say. Thank you and I'm very happy that I was one of the first to welcome you. I try to do that at least once a week, embrace a newcomer. I love it here and I want everyone to love it here. So glad that you do. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, those hub scores are a joke as far as I am concerned. I don't care at all what HP thinks of me. I have true friends in this community who give love and support to me and that's all that is important.

      Thank you for being one of those friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I had to quit thinking about the Hub score. It would drive me nuts if I allowed myself to pay attention to it, and we don't want me nuts. LOL Thank you and enjoy your Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, the numbers mean nothing to me, but they might mean something to a newcomer who needs encouragement, and that's why they are here. I am going to slow up on hubs now. I have accomplished everything on HP that I planned on accomplishing. It is time to spend more time in other pursuits.

      Thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spence, that's why I did this hub. I hope it gives others some realization that numbers can be achieved if you work hard enough. I do not write articles suited for HubPages and yet I have found success because of the community here. It is possible for all writers if they work hard enough.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      truthfornow, I'm just giving back to a community that has embraced me since my first week here. It's what I expect everyone to do. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, that is a lovely comment and I thank you. I love this community and I want to see us all succeed. I appreciate you very much and if I can ever be of any help feel free to reach out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, part of the reason why you and I get along so well is because we are similar in our belief that service to others is so very important. I like to help others. I do not feel that by sharing my knowledge I am helping the competition...I feel like I am helping friends. Big difference and a difference you understand.

      Keep doing what you are doing, buddy, and I'll keep singing your praises. You are a good man who is determined and that is a great combination.

      bill

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Congratulation on your achievements! You already have 500 Hubs I think that's awesome! Thank you for sharing your experience here, as this can be an inspiration and foster a spirit for other Hubbers including me.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill....As ALWAYS, your hub holds my interest and attention from first word, to last. While reading, I realized that I could not state my numbers, without checking them, which should prove what "numbers" mean to me, here at the Hub.

      However, they do have significance and tell us a great deal about our individual BIG Picture, so I would safely say that we're all grateful to have these scoreboards (so to speak).

      You know I am shaking my head and agreeing with you, heartily, when you speak so eloquently about the friendships, bonds & close connections with the wonderful people, fabulous writers, on this site we share. If not for this very special gift, I'm pretty sure I'd have written a bit and been on my way to other things, within a very short time.

      This beautiful and inspiring "family," is the glue that keeps me here, the incentive and encouragement, to do WELL, what I simply love to do and most importantly.....reap the rewards of sharing.

      You have been on fire since day one, bill. Your numbers do not surprise me. Like a Mama robin, I knew when first we interacted, "this baby's gonna FLY!!" and you sure have SOARED, billy bird! Bless you and I wish you continued success........Up++++

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      That is so awesome Bill! Congrats. You have always been a huge help to me and supportive. Aren't your fingers sore by now typing all those words! Here's to 500 more hubs.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      billybuc,

      You were one of if not the first person to welcome me to HP. I was touched by your offer to help me in any way that was needed. I follow at least (3) individuals because they were your followers. It is because of individuals like you that have enjoyed my stay here at HP. I admire you as a person and as a writer. You have a good heart. 500 hubs in 500 days has to be a record! You are truly dedicated to your craft. Congrats and thanks for being my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, I love hubpages for the very reasons you have given and it has been the first online platform that I started on and will continue writing on it.

      Very interesting to read this hub and you have gathered quite impressive stats though I agree most of us have very few followers that read our hubs and comment regularly.

      Maybe, it's time to slice off those who just seem to give a false sense of satisfaction.

      I've never been much impressed by the hubber score or the hub score if the article is good and is getting read.

      I too am glad to have formed friendships with the likes of you and truly value them more than anything else.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Bill congrats. Very impressive numbers. You're like me. I have a bit over 500 followers but a good deal of them I see rarely on my comments however what I do like is that those who comment regularly I practically know everyone by their real names. That makes me feel good and it means I have really made some great friends on HP. Right now I am happy as a clam as I am. Perhaps eventually I might wonder where it is all leading but for now I'm home. Just wish my Hub score would lose that yo-yo string it's on. Hope you and Bev are having a great weekend and passing this on.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I think you stats are a stunning achievement and my congratulations to you.

      Personally, I try to avoid playing the numbers game. With my competitive nature, it's too easy to get caught up in the race and losing the plot. I'll stick to writing the words. Even in school, numbers were never my forte.

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      Spence Bailey 4 years ago from Kenton, Ohio

      I love seeing stats. It gives me something to look forward to. I'm a total newb compared to you, but when I got my "10 Hubs", "5 Featured" and "Raising Star/HubNugget" accolade I was so thrilled. It made me feel like I was actually interesting and people were acting thinking and taking in what I was reading. If I can even get to 10% of what you have done I can say that my time here will have been well worth it.

      Actually, what am I saying? My time here is already well worth it. I spent time doing something I enjoy and was able to intrigue (if nothing else) people.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Congratulations on all your achievements. I like hubpages for the community and support from others. You are very inspiring and a friend to all on here. Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hello there, billybuc. Congratulations on your milestone achievements. This hub warms my heart. There are no words, really. So I'll just say thank you for being a friend and supporting me as a relatively new hubber, still growing into her own, trying not to drink too much Koolaid. Thank you for being the thread that binds us all here in Hubberville with your humanity and consistency. Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bro I can relate to each and every single word that you've manage to scribe onto the page here. I to enjoy the comrade, the meeting and communications of countless individuals and like creative minds.

      I most of all love reading interesting articles written and scribed with delicate precision, which I myself am not skilled enough yet to perform as a writer. (That's why I come to read yours bro! :)

      As you stated here me myself and I also am looking for the perfection of my writing craft. LOL the funny thing is I discovered something as a hubpages author of these funny things they call hubs.

      I learned that it definitely isn't about how much we choose to write, its not about SEO at all, as you refuse to believe yourself. It is however about the strength of your character, and the thing you wrote about many times, which is known as your writers voice. Bill trust me when I say this, time is no barrier neither.

      I love the fact that you aim to achieve your goals you've set for yourself online and off, because that is a truly admirable thing to try and achieve. I can relate to that aspect of being a online writer as well, and as you said you are on a time clock, and a biological one at that. It's all good bro, I known that you have indeed achieved proving to us all by your amazing ability to provoke your readers into deep thoughts that can only dwell in and originate from your heart.

      Your supportive nature is beyond approach at times, and my friend its tough to even imagine how you manage to do it all. So yes indeed you have earned your spot on the Internet as a major human resource web location for being such a supportive dude, and one who surely knows how to help motivate a crowd of followers, and even if they may be in the 100's and not the 1000's.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Insightful, I will keep that tip in my mind about the avocado and coconut. Who knows when the whim will hit me and I'll succumb to your suggestions. :)

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Really great hub as always brother mentor! I agree; I love comments as well. I love the sense of community that you get from commenting and receiving comments. I was definitely missing out until I understood that.

      I think you are a great writer, of course! I look forward to reading more and more and more and more hubs!

      I think the avocado and coconut extend lives, by the way. heheheheheh

      Have a great day brother mentor and to sister Bev!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again, Jo! You are a very kind human being.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      Bill,

      I never said you were perfect or had to be. it's close tho. lol

      hugs! have a good weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Cat! :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      I knew it!!! :D

      Yes, you are certainly accomplishing that goal!

      Have a great weekend too Billy!

      Cat

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, that is a very kind thing for you to write. Thank you! I hope I always live up to that praise.

      Blessings to you my friend and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pandula, I try. I feel bad that I am unable to follow everyone all the time like I could when the numbers were smaller, but there is only so much time in a day. :) Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, sixty-four years is a lot of living and yes, I have seen a lot. Now it is time to pass it on. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CZCZCZ, I think a lot of people like reading about milestones....it gives hope for others as they continue on their writing journey.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie....Billi-licious??? That is a classic! :)

      Seriously, you have me blushing. I'm just a guy, Suzie. I care about other people and I am very grateful for the following and kind comments from so many people who have never met me. It's pretty easy to follow quality people like you and the MIckster.....and one day, dammit, we are going to meet and laugh our asses off. :)

      Thanks my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are very welcome, and thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your friendship. Have a wonderful weekend in that garden on yours.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      One of the many things I admire & respect you for is how many lives you have blessed, with your honor, honesty and service to humanity. If there was any one person that I could really respect. It would be you! If there were any one person that I knew for sure was *real* in the consistency of being a good human being, it would be you! I wish you continued success and the blessings in your life to continue. Congratulations and Shalom.

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      pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

      Thank you for sharing your achievements as it will be an inspiration to everyone. However, I believe that the numbers you mentioned resembles another important element. That is the quality of the person to help and support others throughout his journey. Best!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Nice one! You must have seen and learned a lot to be able to write every single day.

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I enjoy reading about other peoples experience with hubpages.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi my good buddy!

      Well, another milestone or two reaches eh??!!! You are a LEGEND pure and simple in every sense of the word. A legend of a writer who continues to inspire, captivate and move every reader with words that matter written from the heart of one who has walked the walk and talks the talk.

      A legend of a friend who is ALWAYS there for you, a legend of a follower who continues to support your work because of the belief he has in YOU the person and the writer. I for one have been blown away by your support of my work. Who is nearly always my first comment from . . . . SIR BILL (as MJ may say!) so you are my legend and while you may not pay much heed to the number stats quoted, you have achieved success far beyond those figures as many other's have said and that is what you must accept my friend.

      You matter and what you write matters so much to us all so keep on doing what you do because you my friend Billi-licious are a LEGEND!!!!!!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill! You have some very impressive numbers. I'm not shocked because you are so popular here on HubPages, and other places, as well. Still, I congratulate you on such magnificant accomplishments. It is so good to know you. Thank you for your continuous inspiration for writers one and all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, most of the things I do while writing are intentional. :) I decided, once I found my voice, that I wanted to inspire. I also decided that I wanted to promote sharing, and promote a safe place where people felt like they could share without judgment.....to open the lines of communication in a humane way. Your comment tells me I'm accomplishing that goal, and I thank you for that.

      Have a great weekend my friend.

      bill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Aw, your the best Billy, really you are :D

      By the way... I was thinking since I last left... that's another thing you do, whether it is intentional or not, but I suspect you know what you're doing; you give people a place to come and share their story with you, people relate and then they share, it's kind of like a Therapist, but without the fees or argyle socks :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I have a great dislike for SEO. I happen to think it has made good writers weak writers, and prevents others from becoming good writes. Way too much emphasis on the Mighty SEO these days and not enough emphasis on quality writing. Just my opinion.

      Thank you my friend and I hope your weekend is memorable.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, I love comments and yours are fantastic. You can stop by any old time and unload on my site. Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, thank you my friend. I am happy with the description of having a commitment to my art and the community...the rest of the numbers are just numbers. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lurana, numbers are just numbers, but sometimes it helps the newcomers to realize what you can accomplish if you are determined. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I left early this morning and missed this. 200,000 still a lot of views...But the important issue here is that you love to write, you love what you write about and we love you and what you write about. I know there are many who make dollars here....I am not one of them..more on that on my anniversary hub. I like the fact you have the courage to be you, write what you want say heck to SEO!!!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Congratulations Billy, milestones are great aren't they? You deserve it all and then some. You are awfully humble and I feel there was quite a shout out to your hubber friends intertwined within. To be honest... I wish "REAL" paid, you'd be rich, I'd much rather read the things you have to say then how to clean out the KittyLitterBox500! Comments are great, you say? Phew :D

      Cat

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Congratulations on achieving these milestones Bill...It is difficult, like you say, to gauge what some of them actually mean...I suppose it would mean that you were a very busy man if every one of your followers were to comment on each hub you have created!...but seriously, I think the milestone of 500 hubs in as many days is very impressive...with that kind of output I think its an assured way to improve as a writer, and it shows you have a great commitment to your art, and to this community:-))

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Congratulations on those milestones and on being such a treasure to this community! :-) Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, you are such a good man and you make a difference in this world. As such you will always have my respect and friendship. I am very grateful for you and others like you who are real people trying to make the world a better place. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      your buddy,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, you are a wonder. I so appreciate the support you have given me over the past year or so. I hope one day we can sit down for coffee as old friends and enjoy each other's company in person.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you have a great weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill! I am very appreciative of your support and friendship. I love it here at HP because of people like you.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      I couldn't have said this any better, Bill!

      Hubpages would not be the same without you, at least not for me and the hundreds of other writers here who just want to write.

      I'm not one who believes he is even good at this craft...yet. Even if I never improved I too will remain here if only for the possibility of getting to know others with whom I hava a common goal. The goal I have may not be the same but shares a commonality with others here and that is writing, for whatever reason.

      "I have found a community of writers who have been supportive beyond my wildest dreams. I have formed a kinship with like-minded people who follow the same dreams that I follow. I have found encouragement and comradeship, and I have been given gifts that make me a rich man in ways that are so much more important than monetary payouts by Google Adsense." - Bill Holland

      With our without revenue, I am made rich, like you, by association with a family of people who just plain enjoy what they are doing! I am content sharing my message with whatever part of the world that desires to listen!

      Your friend,

      Bruce

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Bill,

      I so agree with much that you said in this article, especially about the greatest satisfactions that come from writing on HP are being able to interact with fellow hubbers, share ideas, support one another and make friendships.

      Your numbers speak volumes but what impresses me the most is not the volume of hubs, but the fact that each hub you put out is well crafted, well written and interesting.

      I'm proud to be one of your followers and look forward to reading more of your work.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Very impressive numbers. But what is more important is the difference you are making here. I can't think of anyone else here on Hubpages who is more passionate about what they do. And by the way, you're not just a good writer, you're a great writer. Congratulations and keep on doing what you do best. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you sincerely. I have known you as long as anyone on this site and I greatly admire you and appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I have been blessed to have people like you who follow me daily. What wonderful friends I have here on HP, and I echo your words....thank you for being who you are. Have a great weekend! I know you have earned it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I agree with you completely. That is what HP is all about. I thank you very much my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you so much. It is very heartwarming to hear such nice words from my HP friends.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I love it here and I have no plans on leaving. I appreciate you always being here my BC friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ketage....I am the lucky one for sure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'm going to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of the time I have left. When my time comes I will have no regrets. That's what life should be about, right?

      Thank you my dear friend and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, thank you for those kind words. I just try to give back to a community that has meant so much to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vicki! I remember you and I battling it out for top hub score for about a month. Great fun for sure, and I have always respected you and your writing abilities. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dghbrh, thank you very much! I'm the lucky one here at HP. Look at all the friends I have. This really is a great community of writers, and I appreciate your kind words very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, what a sweet comment. Thank you young lady. I greatly appreciate your friendship. Have a wonderful weekend and love and blessings coming your way.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! I will agree with you; considering my writing is not designed for a mass audience, that many views is very gratifying. Enjoy that nice weather. You guys definitely deserve it. Have a great weekend!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      WTG Bill...Congrats on 500 hubs! Amen to quality over quantity. I stopped following people who followed me just for me to follow them back many moons ago. One should have to work for a follow. Just like on Twitter. Nothing in life comes easy :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      How the hell I missed this one earlier is beyond me, but I am here now and so happy to read of all you have accomplished on Hubpages alone. You, my friend, are a success story through and through as far as a person can go (and a writer, too). But have to tell you yet again how much I admire you and just want to thank you again for being you!! Congrats here and hope you do enjoy your weekend now coming up!!

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing your heart and soul with us! That is what Hub Pages is all about!

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      pearlmacb 4 years ago from Switzerland

      Congrats BillyBuc!! and thanks for sharing your milstones! I look forward to reading more of your hubs on improving writing! Blessings