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A Writer's Reflections After Five Months On HubPages

Updated on September 15, 2012
A grateful Hubber
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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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      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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      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 5 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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      Chen Suen 5 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 5 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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      Nancy McClintock 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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 De Giulio 5 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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      Dr Anupma Srivastava 5 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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      shalini sharan 5 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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      Ashish Joshi 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh...YOU DA MAN!

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, anytime uncle!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 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 5 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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      Brenda Kyle 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Russ Moran 5 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 5 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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      jacksander 5 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 5 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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      Ruth McCollum 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you naimishika, I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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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      Ask Ashley 5 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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sue-Lynn!

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      mikeywalker1979 5 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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      Suelynn 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Jhudah 5 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 5 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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      Susan Britton 5 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 5 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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      Daniel Peebles 5 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 5 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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      mikeywalker1979 5 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 5 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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      Kimberly Shelden 5 years ago from Idaho

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

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Patricia Scott 5 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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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      JThomp42 5 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 5 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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      mcwillis 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Sandy Wallace 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      CrisSp 5 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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      Miche Wro 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Type 1 Diabetes 5 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 5 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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      Angela Brummer 5 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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      mwilliams66 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      alocsin 5 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 5 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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      Shell Vera 5 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 5 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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      Mei Eden 5 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 5 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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      farmloft 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cheers to you, Ruchira!

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      Ruchira 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Ruchira 5 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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      Melanie Chisnall 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Tallgardener 5 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 5 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 5 years ago from Somerset, UK

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

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Anus!

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Great Hubber... Congratulations...

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Weestro, so boring indeed! LOL Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      moonlake 5 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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      jm72writes 5 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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      Pete Fanning 5 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      epigramman 5 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