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A Writer's Reflections After Five Months On HubPages

Updated on September 15, 2012
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I remember well my first Hub, written five months ago today. “How To Stage A Home” was a shot in the dark, a shout in the wilderness, a weak attempt to join a writer’s community I knew nothing about. I wanted to get something out there and that topic was the first thing that came to mind. I knew nothing about HubPages and in fact had not read any of the instructions nor had I availed myself of any of the forums or the Learning Center. I just threw something together and posted it.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Staging-A-Home-A-Quick-Guide-To-Success

The results were predictable.

That Hub was met with resounding indifference and had there been a vote taken to determine the least likely Hubber to succeed in the next few months then yours truly would have been at the top of that list.

Then a strange thing happened. Within two weeks of that first forgettable Hub I found my voice. I wrote a Hub called “Adoption: A Letter To My Birth Mother I Never Knew” and I basically had discovered my true writing identity. The rest, as they say, was history.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/A-Letter-To-My-Birth-Mother-Who-I-Never-Knew

Now, five months later, I can reflect a bit on my HubPages experience with a degree of objectivity. If any of this helps you then that is a bonus; since anything that I write helps me to grow as a writer then the rewards of this Hub are guaranteed.

TRACK RECORD

As of this writing I have written 158 Hubs and have 669 followers. I have gathered 7,912 comments, 39,832 page views and average now a little over 10,000 views per month.

My earnings have been as follows:

· February $ 7.82

· March $26.81

· April $30.94

· May $31.02

In addition I won $50 in the March contest and also won a HubNugget Award back in February.

Those are the bare facts. I have no idea what any of it means; they are just numbers on a page and although I pay a little attention to them out of curiosity, they mean very little to me as a writer.

WHY PEOPLE WRITE ON HUBPAGES

I would imagine the reasons are as varied as the writers themselves. I have no doubt that there are some who write on this site for the income and I also have no doubt that a decent passive income is possible. I will never see that decent income for reasons I will mention later in this Hub but I do know it is possible because other Hubbers who I respect have told me so. If one writes “evergreen” Hubs, meaning Hubs that appeal to a mass audience, it is entirely possible to earn hundreds of dollars per month. The “How To Cook Simple Meals” Hubs and the “Ten Ways To Love Your Mate” Hubs will always have an audience outside of HubPages and that means the chance of a decent passive income will increase.

There are others who write on HubPages because it is a friendly and welcoming venue on which they can practice their craft. It is a way to receive feedback and grow as a writer, a way to find your voice and develop your talents. The monetary payback may not be great but rewards do not have to be monetary in nature in order to be valuable. I am just guessing but I would imagine the poets on this site fall into this category since poetry can hardly be described as “evergreen” and the chances of it appealing to a mass audience are not as good.

Still others are here attempting to do both, writing a mixture of “evergreen” Hubs and meaningful Hubs that express their feelings and thoughts.

WHY I WRITE ON HUBPAGES?

I had to stop and think back to why I joined HubPages in the first place. I think Bev discovered it and asked me to take a look. We were intrigued by the possibility of passive income and we also thought it would provide a chance to interact in a writer’s community. Bev had been encouraging me to get involved in a writing forum for several months and HubPages was where I ended up.

I knew nothing about it and since I’m not one to spend many of my remaining minutes on earth reading instructions I still know very little about it. I just write what interests me, try to fill in a few of the boxes as I post my Hubs and then throw them out there to read if anyone is interested.

I don’t make much money as you can see from the figures I posted earlier in this Hub but I do get my work out there on the web and HubPages provides me with a safe place to work on writings which eventually end up as Kindle books.

I have no doubt I could make more money if I wrote more “evergreen” Hubs and I could probably increase my income if I spent more time worrying about SEO content, keywords, finding the perfect title and back linking but OH MY GOD that sounds so exhausting and boring! Writing, for me, is an expression of who I am and what I believe in and keywords and back linking are not who I am. To those who do that sort of stuff I wish you well and I’m sure, if you are a quality writer, you will earn much more than me and I truly hope that you do.

But it’s not me!

MY REFLECTIONS ABOUT HUBPAGES

My first impression is that HubPages has been a magical place for me. It has provided a certain degree of discipline for me, somewhat forcing me to write daily and put my work out there for review and critique. I was very uncomfortable about joining this community but all fears and insecurities have disappeared because of my five months on this site.

I am still a bit surprised by those who are negative in their comments and who choose to argue philosophical points in their comments. I do not believe that is what the comment section is for; HubPages provides forums for people to preach their religious and political viewpoints and it still surprises me when someone feels the need to force their opinion onto others when commenting on Hubs. This is a writer’s community and as such it should be a safe place to practice our craft and receive positive and constructive feedback on our writing. It is not a soapbox for some to stand on and debate.

But I digress!

I have found that numbers are simply characters on the screen; they may serve a purpose, they may not, but they have very little to do with my purpose for being here. Although I have a fair number of followers in truth only about fifty of them loyally follow my Hubs on a regular basis and that is probably as it should be. Time and busy schedules do not allow us to “loyally” follow each of our followers. That is just the reality of the situation. I would love to read more hubs but to do so would mean six, seven, or eight hours of reading and commenting daily and that is not realistic.

I would love to Hop Hubs daily. I would love to get involved in forums daily. I would love to do a lot of things that might raise my Hub score but I also have a life to live and people to love and life, after all, needs to be about priorities and balance. I also have a business to run and loved ones to play with so I do what I can and don’t waste a moment shedding tears over what I can’t do. Others can worry about their Hub score. I would rather keep things in perspective and get on with life.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fantastic people I have met on HubPages. Perhaps this is the greatest reward I have received in my five months. I honestly did not expect this reward and in all honesty I did not think it was possible to make meaningful and lasting friendships online but I have been proven wrong. There are quite a few people who have become very important to me, people I consider very close friends who have shared very personal thoughts with me in a spirit of trust, safety and love. That, to me, is remarkable and it is the greatest gift that I have received.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am not the poster child for HubPages! I do very few things correctly according to the Hub suggestions. I come very close to being classified as a journal writer or a blog writer, which is not what HubPages is all about. I write from the heart about feelings and beliefs and what moves me as a human being and that is not a recipe for success if you measure success by the number of reads and money earned. Do not follow my lead if you have visions of being a best-selling author or making thousands of dollars of passive income.

Whatever it is you want I wish you well. I wish you peace and happiness on your journey and I wish you the realization of your goals. I send a sincere thank you to those of you who form my core group here on HubPages. You know who you are and I have personally thanked you at other times. You mean the world to me. We have done the impossible and formed friendships without ever meeting. We have shared a piece of our hearts and souls to random strangers who became confidantes and that, to me, is remarkable.

I am blessed to be a part of this community and I am grateful beyond words to those of you who have accepted me and followed me.

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

For other hubs about HubPages see the following:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/100-Hubs-How-Did-That-Happen-So-Fast

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/30-Hubs-in-30-Days-Challenge-My-Personal-Reflections

To order my novel go to:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0081A2CWU

http://www.the1259shuttle.com/

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      Family Black 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hey thanks for this hub. We are new and trying to wrap our minds around this opportunity to write and be read. I am worrying about keywords and SEO, but OH! the learning curve. Best wishes! Karen

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      Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

      Indeed Billy, we have got a lot here on Hub Pages, gains are varied, may it be monetary or creative or based on friendly relations... But am sure each one here has achieved some thing which has changed their life..

      And I am proud of you to having been a successful hubber in all aspects and wish you all success in future.. God Bless you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, it is a bit overwhelming at first but it comes fairly quickly. If you have any questions feel free to drop me a line and ask; that's how I had to learn and there are very helpful Hubbers who are more than willing to come to your assistance....and I am one of them. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      God bless you, Vidya! You are a rare gem and I am thankful for you.

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      Vidya Mallar 4 years ago from India

      I am honored to be a rare gem in your valuable collection......and I wish to be there proudly...

      God bless you for your loving and caring attitude and I think this is the truth behind your popularity over here...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... you have continued to grow and it is evident in your writing and all you are involved with in this community, Facebook and the other places you have found a voice. What has impressed me the most is your willingness to reach out and promote the many who follow... Know that you are loved and appreciated...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      CONGRADULATIONS!!! It's awesome that you're doing well. Maybe someday I will be as "sucessful" as you, but it's difficult when I work 50+ hours a week. Your hubs are always a joy to read and your a wonderfully supportive person. Here's to another five months for you, and beyond.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Aw, Bill, I can't get the blummin' videos to play and I was so looking forward to hearing your voice. I will have to try again later, not sure what's causing the problem.

      This is a lovely hub and you're so right, it's not about the money though a few coppers in nice as well. What you (and I) have gained from this experience is immeasurable. Every day, I am grateful for this experience.

      Love on ya, Jools x

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I needed this hub today. :) Do you ever have one of those days where it seems like everyone you interact with (at least in the real world) is tense, crazed, and out of it? That has been my past 24 hours and though I choose to be happy and move on from that, it still all leaves you feeling a little scarred and scathed. On my way home from the grocery store, I experienced first-hand what it is to skid in a car with no anti-lock brakes, because a guy who was daydreaming pulled out onto the highway without looking. Luckily I have enough driving experience that I didn't over correct or anything like that, but as I came to a stop, narrowly NOT t-boning the guy, I looked back at my long skid marks. I just thought, ya know, today is not a day I'm supposed to be around the humans. I need my online community right now. I saw your hub, your kind words, your insights and wisdom, and I am beginning to feel better. You also helped me to tweak my plan a bit for later this summer - I think with hubwriting and churning out a hub a day, I will have to participate less in commenting and stuff like that. I'm okay with that. I need to get outside more. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vidya, your words bring a smile to my face and teach me humility. Thank you dear lady. Peace, happiness and love always to you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, I respect you greatly and I am very appreciative of your words. Be at peace my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, something very early on led me to you and I have never been disappointed in following you. You are a genuinely nice person, a good human being and that is my highest compliment. Thank you young lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jools, I'm sorry the video isn't working for you. Must be a sign although I do not know a sign or what. :) Thank you for your support and you caring nature.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, there are days I think the crazies outnumber us. Then I read the words of people like you and I'm filled with hope again. You are a blessing to me and I love having you as a little sister. Have a wonderful weekend buddy and know that you are respected and appreciated by little old me.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Wonderful hub! The garbage/pipo video was 14 enjoyable minutes with very wise words from a very wise man. I really like your honesty. I'm really happy that I found you among all great writers on HubPages. Many of us have so much to learn from you. This has to be your best hub so far. Take care! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Made! Such very kind words and they come from a lady I respect greatly. I wish you peace, happiness and love this weekend and all the days of your life.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Thank you Bill. Enjoy your weekend!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Love "PIPO!" and love your writing. It was also cool to hear you on video. I agree that we are each responsible for what happens in our lives and if we're unhappy we are responsible for making changes that will help us be happy.

      So glad I've met you on HubPages as I find your writing so inspirational and full of heart.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made....:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, thank you! I, too, am very happy to have found you in this community. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your friendship.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on 5 months! It's always interested to hear about people's experiences with HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Rose! You are an inspiration to me and I value your friendship.

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      This was my first time watching a video on HP (I'm usually too impatient), but I am SO glad I watched the whole thing. You're a good man, billybuc. Thank you (and your family, who helped out and encouraged you) for making this video and hub. The statement about your father's passing struck deep.

      I'm about to head out with the wife and kids for my nephew's wedding, and we're spending the night at the hotel where the reception will be held. I was debating whether to bring the ipad along to read some hubs and make some comments, but your video woke me up.

      This weekend I will simply "unplug" and spend some quality time with them. Who really knows? This could be our last vacation together... Who really knows? This could be our last weekend together...

      Proud to be a follower. Voted up and awesome and useful and beautiful...and shared with my HubPages followers.

      Aloha, Sir! Have a great weekend with your family...

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations, Billybuc! This is a great reflection on your first five months. Keep up the great work. : )

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Wow, it seems you are off to a stellar start. I was not too dedicated to Hub Pages the start and wish I was...too many obligations. But I see that there is a lot of potential for writing and making money on HP. Hopefully I will get to publish more frequently in the future.

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights.

      And not related at all, but it is good to see someone from my old state. I lived in Tacoma for almost a decade.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill bill bill!!! Bravo! Magnifico amigo mio! MAS, por favor!!

      omg....the entire video is marvelous, but when you spoke of your (former) "negative, whining friend," you spoke directly to me. Little confession: I allowed this woman into my circle of friends, not once, but a 2nd time after a period of about 10 years, believing that she may have rid herself of her self-induced dread/doom/gloom.

      I was wrong and had to once again, sneak quietly and diplomatically away.

      Like you, I continually ask myself.....what IS it about these "long-face-lousy-life" individuals that they don't get?? oh, the frustration. CHOICE people....conscious CHOICE. Simple enough.

      No, the "Good Humor Man," does not come knocking on your door, bearing gifts of joy and laughter and sprinkle dust made of positive thoughts. This is YOUR responsibility, dude.

      I do want to toss this into your "suggestion box"....maybe I should address this to your director, Miss Bev....how about the background music to "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood....have bill come in singing, "It's a beautiful day in the Neighborhood,".....slip into his Mr. Roger's casual sweater & Keds....and slither into his big chair???"

      NO? No way? Aw shucks, C'mon Bev....please??

      Anyway....you guys are a dynamic duo!! Voted up and across the board minus "funny".

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      Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      How glad I am to have an internet connection again so that I am able to catch up with your wonderful, moving articles which make me so happy!

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      You said it all billybuc, that is the voice and spirit we need here on Hubpages to go on. I believe Hubpages has a reward for everyone who makes a choice to be part of this community. Thanks for sharing.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Very true, Bill! Thank you, again, for your honesty. Yes, it is important to make money off of what you love to do; but, if you just want to make money because you're good at it, it will not work. The amount we earn from hubpages is only a number. What is truly important is interacting with other great writers in this community :) Thank you for sharing!

      -KD

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      Fantastic work Billybuc. Love the video and so true. I've made a conscious choice to live a happy life, but I admit it is difficult to keep myself from falling back into old habits!!

      I, too, was adopted, but I was adopted by a controlling mother. This experience taught me quite a bit however. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't been raised the way I was. I'm quite happy with my life. Most likely that is all my hubby's fault, he's taught me so much.

      I really enjoyed your videos. I can't wait for more!! Voted up and awesome!!! Great stuff, you're a wise man Billybuc, thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Bill, congrats on your success at 5 months. I am so enjoying my time writing, but I can't put a lot of time daily. I enjoy your writing though. Keep up the good work.

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      ElleBee 4 years ago

      Great reflection! It is awesome to see someone come so far in such a short period of time on hubpages!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, thank you! I'll keep doing what I'm doing and I'll forever be grateful to followers like you who are so receptive and welcoming.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you and thank you for the follow. It's good to hear from someone who once walked the streets of Tacoma.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sonya, I think you know how I feel about you. I felt a connection to you very early on and nothing has changed in that respect. Thank you my dear and it's good to have you back.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dwachira, thank you kindly! I love it here and I appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Keith! You are a fantastic addition to HubPages and I predict some great things from you in the future. Keep perfecting your craft and I'll be here to follow you every step of the way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daughter, thank you so much. We just started doing the videos and the reception has been fantastic. Thank you for being so warm and caring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Triple, I will indeed keep writing and I appreciate your stopping by even though you are busy. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elle, I simply have a passion for writing and where there is passion there are results. Thank you very much!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      You've made great strides in your short five months. You have the air of a man who has been around here for years.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, it is only because I was welcomed with open arms by those who came before me and for that I will always be grateful. Thank you so much for your support.

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Dear Billy-That's what I like about your writing-the fact that you write from the heart. I am so much like you as I don't get hung up on keywords and all that SEO stuff. I started writing here after my cancer journey and it's helped me so much. It's helped emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am so glad you found your way here as you make such a special addition to this community.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Bravo Bill. Well done!:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Minnetonka, thank you! It's a glorious journey, this thing called life, and I'm loving every minute of HubPages. You are gracious and I truly do appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Your help over the past five months is greatly appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, Paula, Paula! You really need to tone it down a bit...you had Bev laughing so hard I thought she would tinkle in her pants. That's really a bit over the top if you ask me.

      I don't own any Keds...I was actually going to do this video wearing a sweater and Bev nixed it in the bud...she had some snide remark about my shoulders that I chose to ignore.

      Thanks buddy...come on, hit the funny button so I can score a home run.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, I gotta tell you, your response left me stunned. I waited until I had responded to all the others so I could give yours the time and concentration it deserved.

      Stunned because I never really think I'm going to have any impact on anyone. I am, after all, just a normal guy. I've learned some lessons along the way but it doesn't dawn on me that my words can affect others.

      I am humbled by your comments; you have made me smile and my heart is warm because of the connection formed over the internet between two strangers.

      Have a great weekend with your family!

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Billybuc I love this. 'The monetary payback may not be great but rewards do not have to be monetary in nature in order to be valuable.' You my friend are a heartfelt writer. You can never go wrong from the heart! God makes no mistakes and landed you where He needed you brother. You touch many lives. How awesome is that? It is incredible.

      I am grateful our paths have crossed. God is good indeed.

      For me I did not do much rules but in time I got more. Keywords seo and stuff. The hub writers have been most helpful. My hubs take a long time to write. Holy Spirit inspired thing. It is all good.

      I did apply for hub greeter. Turned down. I use capitols too much? I use capitols when I use God, He, Him. Prince of Peace, Holy Spirit, Lord as it should be. So who decides the search engines or hub team? Oh well It does not matter because God will do the leading. I am here because I am suppose to be. I was led. My life has changed. Writing is a key to the soul. Our soul and others.

      Well bill I saw this hub on the feed so stopped on in your neighborhood and enjoyed the read. I am in the hospital with Bacterial Pneumonia. I am so much better 3 days now. Going home tomorrow.

      God Bless you bro Keep going. Later gator. Cheers love ya In Christ.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Wow Bill you have been working hard here! You are one of my favorite hubbers. I love reading your hubs about your experiences in life, which seem to be very broad and creative. I'm so thankful to know you! Looking forward to reading more for you soon! Take care, Kelley

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      I forgot to tell you Billy that I watched your video up above and loved it. I felt really at peace listening to your words. Thanks for the inspirational message. You have so much wisdom my friend. Hub Hugs to you :-)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on your five months out here. Writing from the heart is the best thing ever to do.Wishing you a great sucess on your onward journey here on hubpages!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, did you change your profile name?

      Anyway, bless you and I hope you are fully recovered from the pneumonia soon. Keep speaking the truth and I will gladly follow your path.

      If I am indeed touching lives they I have achieved my calling and I am grateful beyond words.

      Thank you, as always!

      Peace and happiness,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, those were lovely words and I am very grateful. I respect you very much and your opinion of me matters.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Minnetonka, can you tell that I was once a teacher? The videos are fun to do and thank you for your lovely feedback.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, thank you so much! You are becoming a very welcomed regular to my site and I appreciate you greatly.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Keep writing Billy! You've found your voice, and that's a beautiful thing. Congrats on a successful five months.

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi billybuc, and what a heartfelt hub this is. Many of us can relate to you. You're a very intuitive man!

      Voted up and away

      John

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Honest, straight forward and truthful. That is what you are all about bill, and as such your value here as a writer is priceless! Not to mention that I consider you a friend and value your thoughts.

      Voted Up!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Ya know, I never viewed your hubs as journals or blogging. Instead, I viewed them, and will continue to do so, as a kind of fable with a moral at the end (like a cordial cherry - yummy on the outside, but even yummier on the inside - ok, so, I'm hungry!). I always learn something from every one of your hubs; always the teacher, Mr. Holland. Thank you for bringing your experiences and lessons to us, from one grateful follower. :) Yer lil sis. :) *hugs*

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Crystal! I do believe I'll do exactly that...keep writing! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I appreciate those words Sir! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark my friend, I respect you greatly and your words move me. Thank you buddy. I haven't seen anything from you lately; I'll have to check now and make sure I didn't miss anything.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, that was a great thing for you to write...like a fable...I really like that, Sis! I wish you would move closer to Olympia so we could have lunch some day. I'd really enjoy that!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol! I'm glad that met with your approval. :) At the rate we're moving in that direction, we could be there in less than 2 years. I told Mike (hubby) and he smiled. So, it's not a "no." heheheh!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the fact that you write from the heart. When people write for money only, it's a let-down for me. I see nothing wrong in writing for money, people have to pay bills and i understand. I write because i love it, to each his own..Thank's my friend..

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Way to go Bill!

      Now you're speaking my language! I'm inspired too! Look for my first video, coming soon! You raised the bar and I'm on it!!!

      Thank you my friend:)

      Bruce

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Do I see a HubPages channel on YouTube in the future? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just let me know when and where Sis and I'll buy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! You are such a wonderful and loyal friend and I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, make sure you let me know when it's ready and I'll be there to watch. Thanks, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OOOOH, TT, great idea! I'm loving that idea! LOL...it will be like Dr. Phil with a serious edge to it. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The teacher in you is always there.. thanks for sharing and educating us on online writing from your experience.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Billy, Your words are so true. Focus on the positive1 I really enjoyed your video. You do write from the heart and I think that explains you immense popularity in a relatively short time. I have trouble finding enough time to write daily as I am doing freelance writing also. I do love Hubpages,however, particularly authors such as yourself.

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

      After having read some of your hubs I can very well say that you write from the heart, Bill. You have found in Hubpages the platform you were looking for and for this I'm happy. A man can be at peace if he finds his bearings and you, Bill, I can say have found it here, as you say. And I can say on my part that I really love your musings wonderfully informative, and entertaining when meant to be.

      I wish you the very best on completing 5 months here on hubpages and wish you many many more months of happy hubbing.

      I will always look forward to reading your hubs but time isn't permitting always. I agree with you on this.

      God bless and take care. Keep writing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you know as well as I that once a teacher always a teacher. It is so ingrained in us as to be a part of our very nature.

      Thank you my friend! I hope you are having a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, time is always an issue, isn't it? I really appreciate your kind words and thank you for your faithful following.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, you are a kind man and your words warm my heart. Thank you Sir! I mentioned you in my last Hubbers Support hub installment eleven. You might take a look if you have time.

      Thank you very much!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I did a similar Hub on my first 6,000 views, and as I recall you commented on it, along with 15 other Hubbers before it was withdrawn by the powers that were. I updated it and purified it so that it is available now as a summary of 12,000 views (now almost 14,000) but I still hope to reach your monthly totals for some nominal income as I have nothing to show for all the Amazon items I have listed, and only recently started emphasizing ebay more when appropriate. I have bookmarked some great Hubs from others who are making close to living wages here, and next week I will spend my HubPages time reading and applying them, as well as this one of yours. Thanks for a good read.

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      skye2day 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      bill No bro i did not change my profile name. my picture i have changed a time or two or three. I do that sometimes. We can not change our profile names, unless we get a whole new account. It is in the rules. tee hee. I am feeling better thank you and home soon. Hugs to you Keep going bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, I am glad you are feeling better. Enjoy the return home and keep walking the path to recovery.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Perspycacious, best of luck to you on your Hub travels. It's a long road but I do believe it pays off in the end. Thank you as always!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I really enjoyed reading this article. It think it is well-done and well-written. I agree with so much of it and I write on Hubpages for many of the same reasons as you do. I tend to write articles that interest me and that I like rather than appealing directly to a specific audience. I have written a few recipe/food hubs, but I don't do a lot of that as to me that is fru-fru writing and doesn't have alot of meaning for me. Now, I won't say I'll not write a food hub again, but I prefer to write about something that has meaning for me. I have enjoyed your writings here on HubPages and I say all power to you to write whatever you want to and feel is necessary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      A great story... with many fantastic chapters to unfold as time goes by...

      This hub should come as an inspiration to newbies like me..

      Great hub Sir

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, thank you so much! I have always written because of a passion for writing. If the subject does not provide that passion there is no reason for me to write about it. Simple formula for me to follow. Best of luck to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, you are well on your way to great things on HubPages and beyond in your writing career. Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to watching you grow as a writer.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh bill.....PULL-EEEZ....we must not speak of the "tinkle" issue....Jim & I had the "aging issues" talk yesterday and we were laughing so hard, I was crying and he was choking.....We made a pact....if we ever reach the "Depends," point, we're leaving letters for our kids and calmly driving to "see the Falls" all the way down.

      Bev is too cute....I loved her hub on teenagers.....& I wrote one of my "signature" comments....she replied that she "had to read it twice" to get my drift. Poor girl, she's not quite used to me yet. Please translate for her, will ya?

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Very inspirational Billybuc, it was much the same with me with my first article I just wanted to see my writing published. I hope that eventually I can build my talents enough to think of myself as a good writer but until then I will just keep working at it and learning from great influences such as you. Thank you for being there for all of us Billybuc

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      bingskee 4 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      this is truly inspiring. i guess as a newbie in HP, one will always find it confusing to start, what to write accordingly, and how to earn, but eventually, it will show your talent.

      haven't really been serious about earning but just last week, i received my earnings here, not really that much, but what a lovely feeling.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I know, Bev has a long way to go. She is so literal that I am constantly explaining that I am joking when I say something "Bill-like." LOL...as for Depends....just shoot me if it ever comes to that. There is no friggin' way I'm ending up in a nursing home with dribble down my chin and down my leg.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DS....it takes time and determination but you are well on your way. Thank you for your kind words. I'm just giving back because people took the time to help me when I was starting out.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bing, it is a wonderful feeling when you get that first payment...and it will only get better from now on. Good job and thank you for visiting.

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      Wow - 5 months is it? Seems like you're an old pro to me :) I want you to know that HubPages is blessed to have you here spreading the upbeat, positive message of PIPO (did I remember that correctly?!)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ardie, you remembered it perfectly. Thank you; I think you know how much I respect you and I am very appreciative of your friendship.

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      Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

      All I can say is thank goodness you don't write evergreen hubs!

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      You only have to look at this list of comments to see how loved and respected you are on hubpages. Well done! Such a lot of output in only 5 months. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who doesn't really bother too much about numbers and layout and..... Life's too short and I too spend most of my time on my favourite hubbers, though I like to hub-hop at least twice a week. You always make me smile or laugh out loud, even occasionally bring tears to my eyes and you are certainly worth all the followers you have brought to your pages. May you continue to inspire us all! Best wishes to you and Bev. Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Bill, like everything in life, success is relative. With only 5-months under your belt, and the numbers you relay, I call that tremendous success. And you've done it "flying by the seat of your pants", on your own instincts rather than the prolific, ever-growing hubpage rules for success. Besides having a natural talent for writing, a positive attitude and kind, generous, openness to people, you bring balance to a world gone crazy. You will always be rich in friends. Although your life, like all lives, has not been a walk in the park, you take responsibility, step up to the plate, do the work to control what you can and share it all with your readers. Bev is right. You bring the calming, "everything will be all right" and everyone is beautiful in their own way, "Mr. Rogers" philosophy to the table. Your idealogy makes me feel that anything and everything is possible. Thank you, Bill, for always being you.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Hmm, what shall we call you? Guru? Aged one with life wisdom? A cross between Abe Lincoln & Mr. Rogers? Maybe the great philosopher?

      You never need to worry about the payout on HB; that is of course if you don't need the money to eat...the payout for you is your loyal followers who are loyal because of the great hubs you write!

      '...since anything that I write helps me to grow as a writer then the rewards of this Hub are guaranteed"...your own words! Yes your rewards are guaranteed, we can all attest to that.

      Blessings on Bev for helping you with the videos.

      I, too, am adopted and will now have to read your letter to your birth mother!

      This hub was great. I did give you a grand slam (I included funny just so I could push all the buttons). Keep 'em coming!!!

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      greatparenting 4 years ago from philadelphia, pa and corolla, nc

      It's clear that you write for the love of it and that's why you are so successful! It's all about your definition of success, after all. Money, as you well know, isn't everything. It helps, that's true but life is about so much more and that comes through on your hubs. Nicely done.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I started a few weeks before you did and I was amazed at your progression as a hubber. I remember you were here for two weeks and had the best hub on hubpages. That is astounding and a testament to your writing skills and your positive personality. It is a pleasure to watch you soar.

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      Billybuc, this all smacks of a former addict wanting to preach to the world how easy it is to be happy. We all know that those who have come out the other side of addiction are the most smug, preachy bores in the world.

      Forget all your problems? The problems are all the individual's fault? What a pile of balderdash! Would you sit in your cosy armchair, as smug as you appear in your boring videos, and tell a victim of child-abuse that it is their fault? And that they should forget about it and just move on? How incredibly simplistic you make life sound! Sadly it is not like this in reality.

      People have all sorts of issues that they struggle to solve. How about those that suffer with mental illnesses? I am Bipolar, and to listen to you preach that you should just smile and pretend that your illness isn't making you feel suicidal is frankly ludicrous. Should I just forget this little problem of the chemicals in my brain making me feel awful?

      Rape victims, the families of those who have been killed at war, widows, all these people who are suffering through no fault of their own. But according to you, they should simply look in the mirror and realise their problems are all their fault!

      I know my comments will upset a lot of your followers, but I don't care. This needed to be said.

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      To clarify, I was of course referring to the video at the top of this article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ginger, I have tried on occasion and they end up sounding like a sleep aid. :) Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I will send your wishes on to Bev. I treasure your following, someone who has been with me seemingly forever and is always supportive. I am thankful for you and I look forward to many more years of sharing with each other.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, that was one of the nicest comments I have read in a very long time...and we only just met it seems. Thank you my dear. I know you are going through tough times and yet you take the time to make me feel good today. That is a precious gift you gave me. And yes, Amy, anything and everything is possible.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, look at your embarrassing me again. Abe Lincoln and Mr. Rogers? What a combination that would be. LOL Blessings to you and yours my friend and thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Greatparenting, you are oh so right and thank you so much for your kind words. Blessings to you today and all the days to come.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Hey Bill, great post, I hope to be able to write as many posts as you at some point, but think itll take me alot longer as I am too busy to write most the time. But I have a few so far and I'll aim to keep working on them. I agree poeple come here for all sorts of reasons, mine is a creative outlet, simply for myself, passive income would just be a bonus!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I just realized that a couple weeks ago. I thought you had been here for a couple years. Your hubs were so polished and professional looking and I was hoping someday I could have hubs that looked half as good as yours. Thank you so much my dear friend. You have been so helpful over these months; so patient with me as I stumbled along. I will pay it forward with you in mind.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tallgardener, thank you for your comments. I appreciate you stopping by and if your comments upset people then oh well.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tall, again, thank you for giving your honest opinion.

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      My guess, tg, is that billy will reflect on what you said, even though it came across as harsh criticism rather than constructive critique. He's a man of conscience.

      billy, you are an inspiration to many of us. We've just come to expect that from you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, few people have as much time as I do. It helps to be semi-retired and sitting in front of a computer all day. I think you are doing quite well and if you are happy then that's all that is important. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tom! Criticism is expected when you stick your neck out and I value that man's opinion. It will lead me to reflect on his words and we will move on from there.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great carrousel of emotions, and this is just the begining Bill. Glad to have met you. Negativity is around and we don't paid no mind to it. Just keep it up! Congrats!

      LORD

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Reading your hub reminded me greatly of that moment two years ago when I posted my first hub to this site. I was terrified and petrified all at the same time when I final conjured up the courage to press that "publish" button. I could imagine the laughter before it started and felt a bit stupid for even trying it. I guess you could say that I just did not feel worthy as a writer. Little did I know that there was a better chance that no one would see my writing than any other possibility. But, I was one of the lucky ones, and people did see it. The community took me under its wing and a few mentors lined up in the ranks to encourage me along. Over two years later, like you, I am still amazed at the relationships which have been cemented in this online community and I am very thankful for that as well. Readers look for the heart and soul of a writer and they know it when they see it. I have no doubt that you have shown us that side, Bill and shown us that you can write as well. Many come here and many leave. Many would love to have attained the success you have seen in just five months. I hope you see that and I think you do. Hang in there and keep raising the bar of quality higher and higher. WB

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lord, emotions are wonderful and necessary. There were too many years when I didn't allow myself to feel. Now I embrace it. It's been a great journey my friend and it's still going strong. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, I am truly humbled by your words. You speak the truth for sure and now my job is to reach out to the newcomers just as a few reached out to me early on. I love your description of the first hub; chances were great that nobody even noticed mine and yet I thought it was a huge event. Insecurity? Ego? a little of both I think.

      Thank you for such kind words. I will raise my bar of quality as I know you will and we can enjoy the journey together.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      If you write it, I read it. BB, I love your journal style and have learned so much about life and how to handle the ups and downs by what you have shared. Earnings and back linking be damned! Keep on doing what you're doing and I'll keep reading.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I will do exactly that. I am so appreciative of people like you who continue to encourage me and give me beautiful comments. Thank you my friend.

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Billy

      My hats off to you for all that you have accomplished in five months.

      "I write from the heart about feelings and beliefs and what moves me as a human being and that is not a recipe for success if you measure success by the number of reads and money earned."

      You write from you heart and touch the hearts of your followers. Now, that to me is success.

      Voted up and away!

      Take Care :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is so nice of you to say, Sue! Thank you so much! I believe I owe you a visit so I'm on my way.

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Hi billy. I value his opinion, too. I suspect you will reflect on it because that is what you seem to do.

      I just wonder how much more enlightening his opinion would be if it were offered with less vitriol and more grace.

      I guess it is the Toastmaster in me.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Tallgardener, I can speak for no one but myself. I understand where you are coming from. My writing reveals circumstances beyond my control that have brought me into poverty over the last two years. I have a great deal of rage, especially over the fact that I followed the rules, worked hard all my life and now find myself in a place I thought I'd never see. Anger can be motivating, it is real and it has a place. I'd rather be angry than wallowing in self-pity.

      Bill, in his writing, has revealed a mindset that has enabled him to struggle against a powerful addiction, turn his life around and find happiness. He does not deny it is an ongoing struggle. But, the payoff is substantial. He doesn't want to lose that. His determination, despite what many find insurmountable, exhibits great strength. I believe him.

      I remember my daughter, watching Mr. Rogers. I couldn't understand why she was mesmerized by a subdued, ordinary man, who always wore mundane, non-descript attire. At first, I thought to myself, it's easy for him to sing a boring song about "being special" to a child who will live in a wheelchair. After all, he is not the parent who loves and cares for this child. He is getting paid well to preach tripe. But, over time, I saw consistency in his message, and like Bill, Mr. Roger's showed me, with his lack of fashion concern and outer trappings, sincerity. I saw, on my own, what millions understood about Mr. Rogers; he was real. He never professed to being able to solve or change debilitating health problems or like an evangelist, heal with a touch. Yet, for millions of families, he came into their livingroom and in his calm way, changed the world. I still miss him.

      I am still angry some days. My writing carries an underlying thread of rage against the machine. That helps me, too. But, too much anger has a negative impact on my autoimmune disease. I don't want to be sick, as then nothing changes for the better. I realize the importance of balance. I find that here, in the many different perspectives I read. Our lives, when slammed to the ground, by circumstances beyond our control, are assisted by the hope in knowing the way we look at our problems is one thing, sometimes the only element, within our control. Thank you for listening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tom, I do value his opinion but I also don't believe the comment section is a platform for vitriol. Thank you for your support and comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I'll leave your comment without any addition by me. You are a woman of great depth and intelligence...I do not say that because you support me but rather because of what you have been through and your positive reaction to it. It is too easy to allow hate to control our actions, especially when we feel justified. It is far harder to find the good in life. You, Amy, are the good in life.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow and wow and wow! i love this hub. Very honest share and comes from the heart. That's what I really like most from your hubs Billy..

      Thank you for sharing.

      xoxo,m.

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      Thanks Amy, I do understand you and take it all on board.

      Billy, I just wrote a comment with no 'vitriol' in it, which you have obviously deleted. If you want an open discussion on your works and views then surely it is in your interest to listen to dissent as well as the many comliments that come your way.

      If you only allow the compliments to be heard and delete the challenges to your thinking, what is the point?

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I do want to say, Bill, that the devastating illness that Tallgardener has on his table should not be minimized and was not my intent. His vantage point comes from his own experience. I respect that. In fact, I want to read his writing now, too. It is the diversity at hubpages that makes it great. Thank you, Bill, for opening this important discussion.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tall, you views were allowed on your first comment. I have said often that the comment section is not a place for debate; that's what the forum section is for and if you read the rules you will realize that. Have a wonderful day but don't expect my site to be your personal soapbox.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, thank you! I need to stop by your site and see if you have anything new today. Bless you always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I know you aren't minimizing his comments nor am I, but he has his own site to use in whatever way he sees fit and there are forums where he can express any opinion he wants....my site is not his site and if he can't be halfway diplomatic in his remarks he will need to find another place to roost.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I understand, Bill. I am guilty, as you can see, of too many comments. I apologize for that.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, Amy, I'm talking about comments that cross the line from constructive to mean...there is no reason for that. I don't mind if there is open, respectful comments on my site...that's happened many times in the past. I just have no patience for constant negativity. Please don't think I'm referring to anything that you wrote.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Understood, Bill. I worry (yes, I'm a worrier) that, since we are all so personally different, with diverse difficulties and advantages, that sometimes, what might be construed as vitriolic is staight up honesty from another...reaching out to understand. But, that's just me. I can't speak for anyone else. In all honesty, I forgot about the forums. As always, Bill, thank you for listening.

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      Amy, if only the majority of people were as open-minded as you. Unfortunately Bill will almost certainly delete this comment, for he thinks that only compliments should be posted here.

      Freedom of speech anyone?

      Bill, you are a remarkable man. An absolutely amazing writer. I look up to you as someone who knows more than I could ever wish to accomplish, and I understand now, as you have alluded to in your video, that my mental illness is all my own fault. I shall now look in the mirror and tell myself to get over it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your comment Tall. Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Amy!

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      laadhy 4 years ago from Maldives- The Paradise on Earth

      thank you for sharing your experience. Newbies like me learn new things from experienced hubber like you. Thanks a lot

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laadhy, my pleasure and thank you for reading. I'm glad it helped you.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      well dear Sir - left you a rave comment on my new one and you are a team player here at the Hub of the highest order and so well respected and loved by everyone here - thank you for posting your excellent video in our music group on FB and are you familiar with the PBS radio program Prairie Home Companion and its host Garrison Keiller?

      sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 1:49pm

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you much Colin! I am familiar with that radio program; I have loved it for years now. I appreciate your warmth and humor; I feel bad that I do not follow on a more regular basis but time only allows so many reads in a day. You are a talent my friend and I look forward to more of your work.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Beautiful, Bill! I love how you always write from your heart. Everything you say is so believably you! Regarding the income, I think you've done well in 5 months! I made a measly 2 bucks, I think, my first month, and every month after grew slowly, not jumping up like yours did. I didn't reach enough income to get a $50 payout until after about 6 or 7 months, so I think you'd done just fine without the SEO and backlinks and all that stuff. You're doing something right, that's for sure. I'm so glad you are here. You have added so much to the HubPages community and to me personally. I clicked away on the votes here and am sharing this hub. Thanks for writing it. You're an inspiration.

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub again billybuc! Hubpages is lucky to have you onboard! I agree with you about the seo thing...boooring!

      Voted up and awesome!

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      jm72writes 4 years ago from Missouri

      Great hub! I think you explain what writing is really about. While I work to write for SEO and all of those other technical terms, I enjoy Hubpages for pure writing. I write here because I enjoy it and I try to write what I care about. Your hub reminds all of us not to overlook the love of writing for the money of writing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congrats on your five months. One way to tell how well your doing is by comments and you have plenty of congrats on this hub. I would say people like you. Voted Up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you are a sweetheart and I thank you. You are one of those people who I wish lived closer so we could go out to lunch and laugh in person. I appreciate you very much and I thank you for being a role model for me when I first started out. I think we work well together, don't you?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Weestro, so boring indeed! LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JM, thank you and I agree with your eloquent point...the love of writing is why we began in the first place. We must never lose sight of that fact.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Moonlake, thank you so much. I try to be helpful and friendly to others and I think they respond in a like manner. I love HubPages!

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      Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Great Hubber... Congratulations...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anus!

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      'Thank you anus' gave me the biggest smile today! Cheers Bill :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tall, I wrote that, looked at it, debated changing it and then thought "what the hell, let's go with it." :)Thank you for stopping by and really, Tall, I do appreciate your honest comment...let's just say you caught me on a bad day and move forward. Your points earlier were valid. I just needed to step back for a day and internalize them.

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      Tallgardener 4 years ago from Somerset, UK

      Haha, no problem Bill, I like to be as honest as I can, and sometimes i comes across as harsh. You keep on doing what you're doing and as long as you're true to yourself it's all good :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Tall, and I do thank you for your honesty.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Goodness, I had to scroll forever to get to the bottom to write a comment...I guess that's a good thing! What a great hub...some really useful tips, and I really enjoyed watching your videos. Thanks for sharing, this is great!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      awesome read, Bill.

      I agree with ya on the SEO tags and finding the right title 'cause that's not what a writer ought to be looking for ;)

      I am happy to see how your earnings jumped from one month to another...kuddos to you!!

      You are a talented writer, Bill. Writing from the heart makes you unique and thus, your hubs are always a treasure to visit and learn from. Wishing you more success in the coming years on HP and I thank HP for helping me find a writer like you...Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melchi, you are very welcome and thank you for stopping by once again. I appreciate your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, you may not know this, but I respect you greatly. Through your hubs and comments I have come to know you as a quality human being who cares deeply about people. I am honored to know you and greatly appreciate you here on HubPages. Thank you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      wow...Bill.

      Then let's put it this way...Feeling is mutual, my friend :)

      Cheers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cheers to you, Ruchira!

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      My dad used to say: Life's too short to go around feeling sorry for yourself.

      So, I try to feel the pain for a short time, then move on to brighter days. I agree with surrounding yourself with Positive people, helps especially to be married to one!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Farm, my greatest supporter is the most positive person I have ever met and she is the love of my life. Thank you my new friend.

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      Mei Eden 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for this hub, Billy. It is actually very inspiring for me. I just started on HubPages a week ago originally just to find a place where I could try my hand at writing (and finding my voice). I spent my time bogged down in How-To's and advice and have started out, as you warn in your post, restricted and confused by SEO's and keywords. It was a good reminder to just let go and let my writer's voice find me!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mei, I understand completely. I do a lot of SEO work with my freelancing business and it was hard at first to find my true voice. Even after five months I'll have days when I can't switch gears and find my voice. It will come, just be patient and keep writing. Thank you for your visit.

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      Shell Vera 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Billy, I love reading your writing. I like the video touch too. It is pretty cool to be able to sit and listen to you, as though you are speaking to each of us individually. I have not yet broke into the whole video making thing, but I love that you are embracing technology. I agree with the points you make about relationships and the type of people you choose to surround yourself with in your life. I continually evaluate my friendships and ensure they are mutually beneficial, unless there is a true need for it to be one way (as I believe sometimes we are called to mentor others and show them positivity or inspire them to be better individuals). I look forward to catching up on all the writing I have missed from you! I always enjoy what you write - even your first hub! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eyes, I don't know what happened but I've lost track of you. I'm sorry about that; too many people to keep track of and then I forget about the ones who are so loyal like yourself. I thank you very much; your words are so kind and I appreciate you greatly.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I say "congratulations." Maybe those figures don't mean a lot to you but it took a couple of years to reach the same point you did in just a few months. You have a good handle on how HubPages works, it seems, and hopefully you're income will keep growing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aurelio, I can tell you with no hesitation that you have helped immensely in navigating through the technical stuff. I appreciate you greatly and I wish you well all days.

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      mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Billy, I found your video to be moving and inspiring on so very many levels. I sat here beside my love as we watched in dead silence. Both of us feeling as though your message was to us individually. This is a magical quality that you posses.

      As you know, I have had my own "things" weighing me down. For far too long I allowed myself to be imprisoned by my own negative thoughts on the matter. Though I cannot change the fact that I am ill, I CAN change my outlook. I have the power to define myself and my life as more than just an illness. Your video reminded me that I have the power.

      I applaud you Billy. I applaud your strength, your resolve and your honesty. I, for one, am very motivated by your "speech".

      I came to hubs not really knowing what I wanted. Once I finally jumped into my first hub, I too found my voice. Thanks to the support of people like you, I have decided to continue with my writing. I thank you Billy.

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Congratulation. By reading your great hubs I had though you had been here for years. You have accomplished so much in 5 months!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      M....that makes me very happy! I love your hubs so far and you have a wonderful writing voice. I applaud your decision to keep writing and if my words helped in any way then I am happy beyond words. Thank you my new and dear friend.

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      Type 1 Diabetes 4 years ago from Cheshire

      PIPO is a perfect description of life. For me, things are not so quite cut and dry. Try to be positive when you have found your child dead in bed the day before their birthday. Adoption, Surrogacy and bereavement as well as lots of illness is what I have been through. HOWEVER, you are great to listen to and I will be following you, thanks. Babs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Babs, your story, what you have gone through, well....I am sorry for your loss...deeply sorry. There is nothing more that I can say.

      bill

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      Miche Wro 4 years ago

      I thank you for writing this hub. Sometimes I forget what my goals are. Writing. It's not the money. I enjoy words and expressing myself. I am not searching for followers, I read things I like, and then I follow them. I write things, that are important to me. I have survived thus far without hub money, I am sure I will continue to live and survive. I would look at those numbers and think, I have to get this number, that accolade...it's not about that. I have to become a better writer. That's the reason I signed up. I wanted to write. It was meant for me to see this hub, and receive the message that you put forth. I am once again focus or becoming better. Thanks!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hello billybuc! Your hub contains very inspirational and valuable wisdom not only in hubbing but life in general (as you spoke about in the video). You should be speaking on TED, ideas worth spreading. Indeed, we all have a choice. We choose, we decide, we live. I'm definitely sharing your wisdom and voting up! More power to you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michememe, I think we all need that reminder at times. I know I did about three months back when I started to question myself and my motivations for writing. In the end I have to write for me; I'm the one with the passion and I have to feed that passion. Thank you for your kind note.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, thank you so much. If my words helped you in any way then I am the one who is grateful because that's why I do what I do.

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      Sandy Wallace 4 years ago

      Great post, Bill! Like you, I write about what I know. I've not written a lot of hubs here but also write on a couple of other websites. It's great fun. I tell people it's like Creative Writing class for adults.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sandy, I like that description. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you.

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      mcwillis 4 years ago from Cambridge, UK

      Bill, thanks for an interesting video. Humans are the only animals that can choose to be happy or unhappy. I'll give it a go! BTW if you're worried about how short life is, have you wondered about cryonics? But it's more for people that put their faith in science than religion, Kind Regards, Mark

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mcwillis, thank you! On one point I should mention that I'm not worried about a short life. I have led a wonderfully fulfilling life and have no concerns about dying. I appreciate you stopping by, Mark.

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      JThomp42 4 years ago

      Very interesting and such a positive way of looking at life. I really enjoyed it!! Voted up!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JThomp, thank you so much! Best of luck to you with your writing.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Here I jumped upon a bandwagon of overwhelming comments! I am so impressed with your insightful views presented in this engaging hub with two well-conducted videos of yourself! Looking at your track record, you have scaled massive success in HubPages! I completely agree with you about HubPages which is indeed a wonderful venue to practise our writing craft. Like you, I unexpectedly joined HubPages. I enjoyed my writing stint on HubPages. It is truly an enlightening experience. Through this awe-inspiring hub, I learnt a lot from you! Keep on sharing more of your wisdom and experiences with us! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Pressed all the buttons. Voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      I appreciate the candor with which you wrote this. It is interesting to see your progress and your self evaluation and self reflection. HubPages is a lovely community where we can dare to express our thoughts and ideas.

      Writing has been my passion since I was tiny but I have never had the time till now to practice it, you know?

      So whether I become known or not is not what it is all about...it is being able to join a community of writers and to learn and grow...thanks for sharing...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ishwaryaa, thank you so much. I learn from each and every one of the hubbers who I follow. This is an awesome community and I am so glad that I am a part of it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pstraubie, thank you and yes, I do know. I am so grateful that I finally followed my heart and started writing seriously. There is no looking back now.

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      Kimberly Shelden 4 years ago from Idaho

      I enjoyed the raw honesty of this hub- well done!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      k2jade31, you'll always get raw honesty from me; I don't know any other way to live. Thank you for the visit.

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      mikeywalker1979 4 years ago from bolton

      hi billy i read your hub and liked what i seen have you any ideas how to improve my hub as im new to all this

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mikey!

      Read a good number of hubs and see how they are constructed, with pictures, links, videos, etc. Get a feel for what a hub should look like. My biggest word of advice, though, is to write about what interests you. It will show in your writing if you have a passion for the subject.

      Also, start making friends and be a follower. People will follow you back but as a newcomer you need to reach out first.

      Good luck and welcome to HubPages!

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      Daniel Peebles 4 years ago

      Hi Billy: I am inspired by your hub because I, too, want to write the words that inspire my heart to open and tears to fall from my eyes. I cannot write evergreen articles and worry about keywords and all that technical stuff. Thanks so much -- you are a good role model for me -- because I measure success through the intangibles as well. Best wishes!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daniel, if you follow that formula you will do fine. I found there are a great many hubbers out there that appreciate writing from the heart. Let it all out and people will follow and support you. Best of luck!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for writing this hub. I have been here for 6 months and you have been a lot busier here than me. You are right success comes in many forms. Congratulations on realizing what your success really is. Well done, you have worked hard and a faithful following and new friendships is a great gift to behold.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzzy, thank you! The friendships I have formed here mean the world to me and I appreciate you stopping by for a visit. Best of luck to you.

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      Jhudah 4 years ago

      "Writing, for me, is an expression of who I am and what I believe in"- billybuc

      In just 5 months! wow! you are such an inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jhudah, thank you so much! If it's in our blood we have to go with it.

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Hi Bill, I so appreciate your reflection on the HubPages. Much like yourself, I just jumped in feet first. I have not done much of the background stuff much the same as you have not. It is good to "meet" you via video, and what speaks to me is the resilience of the human spirit to bounce back. Writing for me has become a compulsion, as I have had very little opportunity to have my own voice heard throughout my life.

      I have freshly returned from the burial of my beloved Dad and the day after my return, buried my brother-in-law and father-in-law. My heart still hurts and I know it will take time. My Dad was one of the few people in my life, who knew my heart. Apart from my brothers, there are no more Fathers in my family. Brothers, however, no matter how loving, or not, are not fathers to me. I will grieve and mourn and some may spill over into my writing, and some may not. I do, however, hope that you will share some of it with me.

      Have a blessed Sunday with family.

      Sue-Lynn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sue, I send you a hug and all the compassion I can give to you. I am so sorry for your losses. Allow your writing to be an outlet for your grief and we will all take this journey with you.

      Blessings and peace, always,

      bill

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      Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Thank you so much, Bill, your message is greatly appreciated. Blessings and peace with you, too.

      Sue-Lynn

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      mikeywalker1979 4 years ago from bolton

      thank you billy for replying to me and i will follow you i need as much help as possible all i can say is I'm not that clued up when it comes to the hubbing or blogging but thank you again

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue-Lynn!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mikey, you will learn with time and what you don't learn, ask about!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      What a nice hub, though I have to ask, how do you make over $1 thru HP? I've not yet seen it. I, too have not mastered the bells and whistles and haven't been to the learning center. I'm too busy reading hubs and posting.

      I, too find HP as a comfort zone; a place to test my wares, so to speak. I'm more thankful for the friends I've made all over the world and the encouragement I get, not to mention what I learn from the other hubbers.

      BTW, I followed the link to the letter to your birth mother and left a comment.

      HP, if nothing else, has opened doors and opened my heart. I hear that coming from you, too.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I'm not sure what the secret is to making over $1. I just do it by volume I think; I've been lucky enough to have several hubs reach a mass audience outside of HubPages and that certainly helps.

      I agree with you of course; the friendships and support on this site are invaluable and I consider you a close friend, rather remarkable since we have never met.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I guess I haven't figured out how to have my hubs reach outside this site. Perhaps one day I will, but for now it's a place I call home and I'm not concerned with the money. I've become rich beyond belief with the friends, support and knowledge I've received here.

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      Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

      Wow! Sooo much success in such a short period! I better start writing more to catch up. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ashley, there is more than enough success to go around. I look forward to reading your works and thank you for the visit and the follow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, first and foremost we write to satisfy an inner need. If yours is satisfied then anything after that is a bonus.

      Thank you for being you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you naimishika, I appreciate it very much.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Billy- I am one thats here because I love to share my poems.I'm told thats my talent.Like you I'll never make a bunch of money. I write because I love to write poems and things that interest me. I will take some constructive critism but to out and out be nasty to someone is not right. It also hurts peoples feelings. I grant you we learn things from eachother. They don't have to be nasty about it. So if my grammars not perfect and I use the (,) too much. I'm enjoying writing my poems especially. To me as well the page views and other numbers don't mean much to me because half of it, I don,t know what they mean. I just want to write thats all.I know people on here that feel it's their JOB to critize others work. I don't mind someone saying I made a mistake but some people get downright nasty about it!I'm not in it for the money. The couple dollars I make a month,is just something I get.My real satifaction is when someone reads my work and says they get it. That my poems are good.THAT encourages me to go on.You are so wise and it shows here.Thanks for the information. I understand Hubpages a little better now.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rusti, it's so nice to see you again. I agree with you completely; I have had several nasty people and I just delete them. We are not here to be criticized but rather supported. We do what we do because we love writing and that should be enough. I appreciate you and your work and I look forward to many years of sharing with you.

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      jacksander 4 years ago from Houston

      Congratulations for your achievements in such a short period of time. I wish I had the same passion as you, because it's nice to do something from the bottom of your heart.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jack, it is entirely possible that I take it to the extreme. LOL Thank you for stopping by and welcome to HubPages.

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Beautiful thoughts. You obviously love to write and to communicate with fellow writers. I'm happy to follow you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, thank you kindly! I appreciate it and I'll return the favor.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      The link capsule would be perfect for you in all of your hubs to connect the common ones together. That helps your number too. Thank you for sharing your personal feelings and experiences.

      I love hubpages for the feeling of community, acknowledgement of accomplishments, opportunities for growth and educational forums and hubs and wonderful intelligent people. Everything I like to have in a job or in a social media network, I find it write here! This is my favorite place and I am enjoying the people here tremendously.

      Maybe on a vacation week, you can spend more time on here if that vacation is at home. It would be a wonderful experience for you and some new ideas would sprout up very quickly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bridalletter, thank you for your comments. Vacation week? What is that? I work from home seven days a week as a freelance writer....vacations are for those who don't have their own business. :) I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hey, I am finally getting around to commenting on this hub! LOL

      This is an excellent job Bill, you have learned a lot of useful stuff in the span of five months! Thanks for the useful tips! :) Keep up the great work!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will try, Josh! It's been a fun ride so far. Thanks nephew!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I can tell you are a teacher.. I love all your hubs.. the ones you a in Alaska.. the ones you give tribute to other hubbers.. Billy I think You are one of the best out there. I am honored to follow you,, I wish you peace and happiness too.. I love your story about Abe Lincoln

      Debbie

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, anytime uncle!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, thank you so much. Coming from you, someone I admire, your words mean a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh...YOU DA MAN!

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      Ashish Joshi 4 years ago from India

      I can see how much everyone loves you here, Sir. Five months and such a following...Incredible!!!

      That is more precious than any sum of money atleast for me.

      And this hub has really inspired me again.

      Thanks for this.

      'Up', 'awesome', 'beautiful' and Shared...

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      shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

      fie months and you literally are the most inspirational figure on hubpages, atleast to me

      hats off to you sir

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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 4 years ago from India

      Very Inspirational hub for us. You know your experience is a rich source of inspiration to beginners and of course to readers as well. In a few months you performed very well.

      Your story to reach on top is great.

      I learn much thing from this hub.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations Bill. I am truly amazed at the number of comments on this Hub. For 5 months, (probably closer to 6 by now) you have done remarkably well. You may not think of yourself as a "writer" but you surely are, and a great one at that. The number of Hubs you have published and the number of followers you have here are very impressive. We should all be doing so well. Congrats and keep up the great writing and sharing. Bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ashish, I am truly a lucky man. I have made some incredible friendships in five months and I am blessed because of them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shalini, you are a beautiful person and so very kind. Thank you and I'm wishing you peace and happiness today and all days.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anupma, thank you my dear. If this inspires you then it is I who is very happy.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bdegiulio, it's all about getting involved. I entered HubPages determined to make friendships and be a part of this community. I have received great rewards because of that decision. Thank you Sir!

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      You are a great writer. I would be interested to know how you have gotten tho know people, through comments?? I hope you continue to publish such awesome work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, thank you! Getting to know people? Well, yes, through comments...both for me and by me...my kind of writing tends to open up conversations on a personal level if you know what I mean. I am also part of several Facebook groups that are comprised of HubPages writers, so I'm in contact with a core group daily. Hope that helps.

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      Chen Suen 4 years ago from Arcadia, California

      Awesome reflection and hub. I am 2 weeks in and am trying to find my own identity in the hub page community. I write mainly to express what's on my mind and of course to make a little passive income. I have found that people here can be so receptive and encouraging. I hope in 5 months time, I can have a similar type of reflection and find my place in this community. Thank you for the hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chen, you are very welcome! I'm glad this hub had some information you can use.

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      Jodi Ralston 4 years ago from Missouri

      Interesting hub. I too don't tend to do things the way I should, because my brain instantly thinks in ways I shouldn't ;-) But hubbing is fun, at least.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jodi, I think my very nature is geared towards taking the tougher road and proving it can be done. LOL

      Thank you and best of luck to you!

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