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A Sincere Thank You To The HubPages Community

Updated on October 14, 2013

An Anomoly to Consider

Imagine, if you will, writing 602 articles for a writing community called HubPages.

Now imagine none of those articles meeting the criteria for an Editor’s Choice designation.

Now imagine none of those articles being chosen as Hub of the Day.

Now imagine the writer not concerning himself with keywords or SEO or a recommended portion of capsules.

One would have to question the sanity of continuing, correct? One would have to at least consider suggesting to the writer that maybe he should try another hobby, that writing isn’t working out so well for him.

Now imagine that same writer winning Best All-Around Hubber Award for 2013.

Welcome to my life!

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A Little Background

I began on HubPages in January 6, 2012, so I’m approaching my two year anniversary. I did not want to join this site. Plain and simple, my wife and my greatest advisor asked me if I was going to get serious about writing or continue to dabble on the edges. She explained that the only way I could improve as a writer was to become a part of a writing community, to put my writing out there for all to see, and to grow within that community.

I wanted none of it. I had no confidence in my writing abilities and I sure did not want to embarrass myself by having all of you read my tripe.

Still, Bev had spoken and I tend to listen to her, so I joined up and wrote some infinitely forgettable hubs over a two week span that garnered a grand total of five comments and a huge, collective yawn from the HP community.

I was done. Stick a fork in me because this would-be writer was roasting in his own juices. I was going nowhere, it was hopeless and I had no talent. Period!

So Bev talked to me again. She told me to quit playing around with keywords and SEO, the things that HubPages encourages, and she told me to write from my heart. She told me to not worry about making money from Adsense but to instead concentrate on becoming the best writer I could possibly be.

Almost two years later here I am, award in hand and so damn grateful to Bev and all of you, that I may have to have this grin surgically removed from my face.

So thank you! Thank you to Tammy and Linda and a handful of other experienced writers who took me under their wing and patiently accepted my work during those early weeks. Through their encouraging comments I kept at it, and I will always be grateful to them for sticking with me.

Thank you to all of my followers on HubPages. I really am blessed. I do not write according to the HubPages formula for success and still I have had over a quarter of a million views and over 53,000 comments. I am blessed to have such loyal followers.

And thank you to the friends I have made on this online community. Who would have believed it possible that this aging writer from Olympia, Washington, could have hundreds of friends from around the world? It is remarkable!

From my good friend CloudExplorer

Can a Person Make Money on Hubpages?

Of course you can. I have friends on this site who make hundreds of dollars monthly and who, literally, have had millions of views. They have learned the HP way well. They are excellent in using keywords and searching for great, SEO titles, and they have established a niche and made a name for themselves in that niche. Some of my friends are craft writers and do very, very well. Some are travel writers and some food, and one who does well writing all-time lists in sports.

There has been a great amount of grumbling about HP and believe me, I understand. Writers work hard to write hundreds of articles, and they play the keyword game perfectly, and their income increases only to have a new Panda show up and their income takes a nose dive. I understand why they are upset, and I understand why they are upset at HubPages….but….is it possible to make money here? Most definitely yes!

It is even possible to make money writing the way I write, without keywords or any consideration about SEO. I receive a payment monthly writing about life and struggles and happiness and hope. I do very little the HP way and still I make some passive income, so there is hope for anyone with regards to making money.

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Is It Possible to Become a Better Writer on Hubpages?

Oh my goodness yes! Let me qualify that answer just a bit. HubPages does nothing to improve your writing ability. It is a business designed to make money, and they can teach you, through their Learning Center, to write articles that will make you a passive income. In other words, the HubPages staff can make you a better Hubber….but….

Becoming a better writer is on your shoulders. Learning how to develop voice, to write with emotions, to use proper grammar and pacing and rhythm….that requires work on your part and no HubPages tutorial can help you with that. So yes, you can become a better writer on HubPages, and you do that by practicing your craft and by observing other excellent writers and learning from them.

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So If Not Riches, What Did I Receive from Hp?

Understand this and understand it well. HubPages is a business, and they make money on advertising based on views. As a business site they encourage writers to write according to their style. I understand that and I have no problem with it. They do not openly encourage essayists like me or poets because essays and poems do not attract great numbers of views. Again, I understand that from a business point of view.

I will never make hundreds of dollars on HP by writing the way I write and I am fine with that. My goal is to become a great writer and not a great Hubber. So if I don’t accumulate monetary riches here then what am I getting from the site?

Friendships!

I encourage all of you to become an active part of this community. Comment on Hubs. Get to know the other writers and form friendships. Those kinds of rewards are infinitely more meaningful than making the $50 payout each month….in my opinion. I have hundreds of friends who I have never met but who still care for me and I find that remarkable and priceless. It happened because I took the time to introduce myself and show them that I cared about them and their careers, and they reciprocated with their loyalty towards me.

If that sounds like something you would like to have then get busy. There is no better time to start than now. Reach out and become and active and supportive member of HubPages and you, too, will be as rich as I am.

Again, I thank all of you who voted for me. I consider this a victory for all the poets out there, all the essayists out there, and all the writers who are fueled by passion and love for their craft. Two years ago I was frightened and unsure of myself as a writer. Today I have the confidence and support to push forward and find out just how good I can be. I couldn’t have done any of it without all of you….and Bev. J

If I can ever be of any assistance all you have to do is ask. That’s how it worked for me starting out, and my job now is to carry on the tradition.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pennylu, thank you for your kind words and I congratulate you on making that decision. HP encourages writing hubs that earn money online; they do not encourage good writing. There is a huge difference between the two. Best wishes to you.

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      pennylu 3 years ago from Georgia

      Bill, Wow! Congrats a whole 365 days, for keeping at it! I particularly like your style because I made a decision, recently, to stop advertising for money on my hubs. I decided I love to write for the sake of writing, so I would just do that from now on. You have inspired me, and I thank you for that. Again, a big congrats! YAY!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mylinda, Bev is a beautiful woman and I am incredibly lucky. Thank you!

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Your wife sounds like a beautiful woman and a great friend. I enjoy your hubs thoroughly. I'm also glad to hear people make a few dollars on here. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you so much. Inspirational and motivational? I can live with those description quite easily. I am proud to be your friend in this fine community.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I was very happy when you won this award! And while you get a lot from other hubbers, this hubber can say that I have learned so very much from your writing. It's inspirational and motivational. When I'm in a slump I know I can count on one of your hubs to get me thinking again. Well done Bill. Thank you for being a hubber.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lady E. I appreciate you and all the others who have supported me. I love this community.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Well done. All your hard work has been worth it. Wishing you more awards.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think you are too, Deb, and I don't plan on making any changes to my writing style. It's from the heart or I won't write. Thank you my OK friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A good writer never has to follow anyone else's formula. I think that you're doing everything right, and word of mouth sure means a lot. You message is excellent, precise, and clear. Will we be successful if we follow your advice? Certainly. I have never read a tutorial, I was never chosen for the apprenticeship program. I think I'm doing just fine for one column a week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, thank you so much. I respect you greatly and your words bring a smile to my face. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Once again, congratulations on being all around hubber for 2013. I am so glad I voted on it and you won. It just goes to show you that the powers that be don't always know what readers enjoy. Thank you for being such a positive community member who cares about others and offers unselfishly from their experience. God bless you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Ann, thank you!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You are so very welcome. Off to have a look on Kindle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you are a doll and I thank you! I have received so much more than I have given; the acceptance I received here is the main factor in me writing today.....I love it here and I love my writing friends.....so thank you. As for my books...my novel is on Kindle....the 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday To Today.....other than that a couple others that are not novels but compilations of my earlier works. :) Anyway, thank you Ann....from the heart...thank you!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      First of all, a belated congratulations for your award; no-one deserves it more than you, in my opinion. It's good to know that my vote counts too!

      Your encouraging words should help many have a go here on hubpages; I agree whole-heartedly that it's an amazing community. I would never have imagined that one could make such friends without even meeting them but it works! Just goes to prove that good writing carries sincerity and emotions and, as you say, writing from the heart makes for a better flow of genuine expression. So glad you kept writing after what you seem to think was a shaky start, even though many here obviously liked your writing right from the beginning.

      I'm hoping to get round to reading at least a couple of your books - are there kindle versions too?

      Have a happy, productive week and just keep on blowing our minds! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      toknow....wow! Congratulations on your ebook. It makes no difference if it sells or not; that is a huge accomplishment for a writer. I wish you well my friend. Thank you so much for the kind, kind words of praise. If I do all of those things then I am very, very happy.

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      toknowinfo 3 years ago

      Hi Bill, Well you are an amazing person. You inspire each and every person who comes across your hubs. You are wise in many ways, from the experiences you have had, to your down to earth writing, and mostly because you listen well to your wife. I hope you give Bev a big thank you from me. She is the catalyst. Because of her, you have made a positive impression on so many of us. You have made Hub Pages an even better place, and you have made each of us better. What more could a person do than you have done? As for myself, you have made a tremendous influence on me. I haven't been on Hub Pages lately because I have been writing an e book that was just published on Amazon. I didn't even know I wanted to write a book, until I started reading some of your hubs. But you inspired me and I figured I will give it a try. I don't know where my e book will take me, but it is another interesting experience. You have great powers, Bill, and I for one feel very blessed for knowing you through your writing. Thank you for so much. Congrats on your well deserved award and happy belated birthday. Wishing you all the wonderful things you have earned and deserve.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sprickita, thank you very much and welcome to my world. I will come and check you out shortly.

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      sprickita 3 years ago from Reno

      Happy un birthday ? or birthday also congrats tell bev thanx also , I really enjoy your content here so am goin 2c ur blog next

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I guess I just love you, Maria. :) Thank you dear lady. I couldn't have done it without all of you.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I could not miss this opportunity to formally congratulate you on a most deserved win.

      I love that you remain true to your heart, write with amazing passion and are so generous to everyone you encounter!

      I guess I just love you! Have a great night, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Jo! I will gladly accept those hugs from across the pond.

      As for editor's choice designations, I don't have a clue. HP is a mystery to me and always will be. I just keep doing my thing and happily read comments like this. Your comments and others like them feed this writer's soul.

      blessings, as always, and a hug in return

      bill

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, I'm late again and missed all the fun. Wow...at last, HP has come to their senses, and so well deserved!! A huge congratulation to you my friend. Hugs from across the pond.

      I had a few editors choice, did you have anything to do with that,by any chance? :) I don't really understand how it all works, but I guess it's all good.

      I've never voted here before, but I just had to this time, and I must have voted you for everything. With all your wonderful and loyal supporters, HP didn't have a chance. :)

      My best as always, I believe a belated Happy Birthday is in order, hope you had a fabulous day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you! It was one great week for this old man. I appreciate you more than you probably know.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats once again Bill! I'm glad you had such an awesome week between winning the hubbie and having a Happy Birthday! :))

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you so much. I am a huge believer in resurrections. :) How else do we explain my being alive and thriving?

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I have to congratulate you Bill--and tell you that I really believe you are one of the most gracious people here--well deserved my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BNadyn, thank you so much for the congratulations and birthday wish. It was quite a week for me and I am very appreciative. I honestly don't know how a writer can write without passion for the craft. :)

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      Congrats on this award, Bill, that's awesome and well-deserved! I'm sure we're all glad you write with passion and not just to fit HP standards. Love your background story you shared on here. It's a good thing you didn't give up on HP and that you write with passion; it really shows and encourages writers to not always think about the money. The community on HP is so valuable so I'm glad I decided to join, too. I also noticed someone mentioned it was your birthday recently - happy belated birthday!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, thank you so much! I am very happy here and very grateful to all of you who have supported me and encouraged me. This one is for all of you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Rasma! It has been quite an enjoyable ride so far and I look forward to many more hubs shared between us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, thank you my friend. It is an honor because my peers did the voting and it means a great deal to me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, not quite two yet but thank you.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Woohoo! Two words: awesome and congratulations! I always enjoy reading your work. You do what writers are all about - inspire others to think, to feel, to imagine and to take action. I always find something that stirs me, hits a chord or makes me say "oh, yes. That's so true."

      Obviously, we are so happy Bev made you join. (Yeah, more than 2 words.)

      Take care and Write on!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Congrats once again to a very creative and informative writer who never fails to inspire. Looking forward to a lot more hubs from you. Passing this on to my followers.

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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Congratulations, Sir Bill. My nomination was not counted (time lapsed already) but it's you who I voted for as Best-All-Around Hubber. Same sentiments with others. Thank you for being chosen as the 'ONE' even though you're not being chosen by the Editors or Hub-of-the-Day features.

      It's your fellow hubbers who'd chosen you.

      This calls for a celebration. Where's the champagne, eh?

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Congratulations on your two years on HubPages!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, thank you so much! I couldn't do it without my friends here, so thank you for so much. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Happy Belated Birthday, Bill, and my sincere wishes for many, many more healthy, happy, celebrations as well as published works. The Energizer Bunny could take lessons from you, m'dear.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasetio, thank you Sir! I appreciate your support very much. Best wishes to you as well.

      bill

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Congratulations...I also love the Hubpages community. I meet many good friends here and they always support me. Success for you :-)

      Prasetio

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, you humble me. Thank you very much. I'm just a writer and a person who cares about humanity...I would hope that makes me one of many and not unique. :) Again, thank you!

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Well done Bill. You deserve the award and more for the heart and soul you breathe into this community.

      You make a cyber world into both a classroom and a platform to strive for change

      You make a difference and that is what it is all about :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Cindinspired....it's funny how we discover some gifts so late in life. I just played with writing for years and finally took it seriously about five years ago....and now look it. :) Life is good my friend.

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      Cindi 3 years ago from Texas

      Wow, Bill! Your writing always leaves me speechless and wanting to cry, tears of joy that is! You are an amazing writer; thank you for spreading your wisdom to bless so many others! You are truly gifted, May God continue to bless you and Congratulations!! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie....it's been a great run so far and I look forward to much more.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it truly is my pleasure. I like supporting other writers and you are very easy to support. Thank you my friend.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Well said! Happy Two Year when it arrives. Jamie

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Again, huge congrats on your Hubbie Award! It is so well deserved. And I'd like to thank you for your kind support and encouragement during my first 8 months or so here on HP. Please keep up the good work! We're lucky to have you in our community.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alise, that is exciting...I hope you write about this wild-crafting and foraging. It is becoming the rage out west here and I want to read all about it.

      Thank you my Wisconsin friend.

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Congratulations, Bill! What a life story you have. God bless your wife and the other Hubbers for encouraging you and you for listening to them and pressing on.

      (I have a lot of reading of your articles to catch up on this fall- been busy with my bigger passion- wild-crafting and foraging in the woods- but the weather is finally turning now...)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I am howling. Stop it! LOL Helpless in the Kitchen.....oh my God you are funny...and honest. LOL

      Seriously, you are one of those who took a chance on me 21 months ago and never let go while I grew up. You have no idea how important you are to me....but I'll try to show you in the months ahead.

      Thank you my dear friend......thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, we have had a great two years together and I sure do look forward to the next two. Thank you for two wonderful years of friendship and mutual support. You are priceless.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dolores, I have never been good with rules....so this is a justification of sorts and I am very grateful to the community. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, each honor I receive is for you and others as well....for all of you who write with passion from the heart...this is the recognition you all deserve.

      blessings and a hug my dear friend, and a sincere thanks

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chitrangada, I try.....that is what I try to do. I'm happy others see that.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, thank you so much for your kindness. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susie, it is because of people like you that I am still here. I have thought several times of leaving HP, but my friends keep me here and I'm happy for that. Thank you dear lady.

      hugs

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham! If I provide an interesting thought then I have done the job I set out to do.

      Thank you for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dghbrh, thank you very much. If I am an inspiration then I am a very happy writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sen.sush23, it is a tough road for those of us who write from the heart....but it is rewarding in so many ways that I have no intention of playing the keyword game. I am quite happy where I am in my career.

      blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, thank you for sticking with me for so long. It's been a great journey and it isn't over yet. Blessings to you always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Samita, thank you so much. I greatly appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, I often wonder what they think when they see someone who won't play their game do well...it is kind of gratifying, isn't it? LOL Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      pramodgokhale, HubPages really is remarkable because of the friendships formed. Blessings to you and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, I believe strongly in friendship and the responsibility that goes with it. I am here my friend. Listening, prodding, encouraging....because that is what friends do.

      Thank you as always and blessings to you and yours

      bill

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Best All Around Hubber?".....Well, for cryin out loud......If not YOU, billy-bro.....then, who the HELL could it have been? Absolutely NO ONE. These are the kind of questions I love.....the "No Brainers."

      Go, Bev! You know "great," when you see it. Congratulations, not only to that extraordinary guy of yours.....but to you too, girlfriend! What a pair!

      I looked up some words this morning. Brilliant, Talent, Tenacious, Generosity, Compassion....Guru, Funny .....& Oh, yea, one phrase...."Helpless in the Kitchen." What the heck? They all had the same damned definition! "BILL HOLLAND." Of course. I'm on a roll, this morning......a whole lot of "No Brainers!"

      You work for it, you earn it, you DESERVE it....YOU GOT IT!!! UP+++

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      What a true to the heart hub. Brilliant Billy and congratulations on your award.

      Thank you for your friendship and your wonderful lessons on the writing world.

      I agree with you that while I am not oblivious to the downsides of HubPages it has given me so much and not one of the gems could be bought by money. Here's to another wonderful two years my dear friend ad lots of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Congratulations on winning Best All Around Hubber. Here is an example of success and what it really means. I guess we don't really have to follow all the rules to come out on top!

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Bill ...

      You done good!!

      Friendships..absolutely...it is certainly not about the money, is it?

      On this site there are so many who reach beyond the cyber world into our lives.

      You are one of those.

      I am so blessed to know you. Each honor you receive is well deserved...blessings hugs and many Angels come to you as you continue your writings. Congratulations, again and again ps

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Congratulations once again to the most admired hubber at HP!

      It is because you write with your heart and provide constant guidance and support to fellow hubbers, that you deserved and won this award.

      Thanks for sharing this particular interesting hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on a job well done! You provide us all important lessons, guidance and support. Keep up the amazing work. You deserve the accolade!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You have all the important attributes and talents a writer and community player needs here. The right attitude is the starting point and so many of us have gained so much from following your work. Your stats are amazing and you are a legend here that deserved your recent hubbie award, CONGRATS again my friend and continued success and friendship!

      Up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Nothing I can add here Bill. Well said and congratulations. You bring an interesting thought to so many each day.

      Graham.

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      deergha 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Congratulations friend!!!

      You are an inspiration for many like me here. Keep it up and thank you for showing us the way to follow our heart. Take care

      Votes way up and shared:-)

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      Sushmita 3 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Bill, like you I merely write for the feeling of it. With no Adsense support, and no time (basically money) to spare to labour for love, I have had to stray away a bit. But your own process of preparing for the dive, gives me hope that I may attempt it too, someday soon. You are one of those writers whose writing and living (as reflected in your written words) has always been so bright and joyful, giving hope and inspiration. Though an unique experience, HubPages may not be much of a platform for an aspiring writer (not a Hubber) and I agree, this may not be the ultimate for you. But any award means you have done something. So a big congrats for this win!

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Congratulations, Bill. You sure do deserve the award. I remember when you first joined. I've witnessed your heartfelt writing developing into exuberant, energetic writing -- always maintaining the honesty. Bravo to your wife also for her wisdom and encouragement.

      Best wishes always,

      Pamela.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Hallelujah brother! The hub pages robots are dining on Crow even as we speak. Congrats again!

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      pramodgokhale 3 years ago from Pune( India)

      Sir,

      Your gratitude towards Hub pages, I appreciate. We are able to interact from long distance and sharing views and knowledge.

      Thank you

      pramodgokhale

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vellur, thank you my friend. It is nice of you to stop by with congratulations. I have always appreciated your support.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your hubs that are very useful to us writers. Great work and wishing you all success in your future endeavors.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening , William D.Holland.

      Heartfelt congratulations Bill and Bev on your earned prize winning achievement. Were it not for the two of you growing and maturing in wisdom, knowing each other's thoughts and intentions as ordained by the divine ordinance , - as you mentioned above , you wouldn't be here, and vast number of writers ( definitely me ) would go without your encouragement needed, inspiration stimulated, enthusiasm elevated ...

      To me personally you have answered more questions than I knew how to challenge and for that I remain deeply indebted to you for not leaving.

      In your own words " going nowhere ... hopeless and I have no..." is glimmer of hope...

      Thank you for being a friend in time of need.

      May the good Lord continually prosper you and Bev , abundantly .

      Voted up ,awesom and useful.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CM, I agree with you completely. I'm on that springboard now and considering what dive I want to attempt. :) Thank you so much and best wishes to you and your career.

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      Christina M. Castro 3 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      There have been a lot of changes in the editorial decisions in Hubpages that have effected my success in writing here at this site. I began writing for Hubpages 3 years ago with the goal of writing and being published. I try not to worry about the numbers, but the numbers and the statistics make me excited to know that my hubs are being read from all across the globe, and I am glad that I have acquired many fans from all around. I wish you the Best, Bill, in your new writing adventures. Know that Hubpages is a spring board to diving into more deeply to fulfill your writing goals. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Schoolmom, welcome to HubPages. I hope you find as much enjoyment here as I have, and thank you for the congratulations. I will stop by your site and see what you have been up to.

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      Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

      Congratulations! It was great to read this and how you began your recent writing journey in earnest. And I love hearing how you are finally beginning to reap the rewards! I am new here...only have written five hubs and for the past two or three weeks haven't been able to write anything due to a busy schedule (and yes, a little bit of writer's block!). But you're inspiring me! I will definitely go check out your website, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cam, thank you very much. No changes in the works; I'm happy with my direction and my past here. As for the contest, I will give that some thought. Thanks for the suggestion and of course the praise. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you kidscraft; you do the same.

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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Bill, Congratulations. In my experience here on HP and rubbing shoulders with a few of the hubbers, this award ended up squarely where it should have. Enjoy the recognition, but don't you dare change a thing about what you write or how you interact with the writers here. You are doing just fine and others are learning from your example. Feel free to hold another short story contest. I'll help out with the awards. It was a very bonding time for hubbers who participated and for those who read the stories.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I know how you feel... I am a little bit behind for my comments and not to mention writing new hubs :-(

      Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kidscraft, I'm glad you are here and enjoying HP. I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit you as much as I did when I first started out....so many followers to follow and so little time. I'll try to do better in the future. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, it is my pleasure. If not for the early encouragement of veterans here I might have quit long ago. I'm just paying it forward; it will be your turn next. :) Thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I find the same thing remarkable. Here I sit in Olympia, Washington, and I know people in so many countries....unbelievable. Thank you buddy; you are appreciated.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great article, Billybuc :-) I see often your comments on other hubs and today I saw on the hub of Eddy that it was your birthday during this past weekend! So I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy birthday and good year ahead!

      As for myself, I am not on hubpages to make money but I like to discover great people, each with their own style. I learned so many things.... one of which is to write more easily in English :-)

      Thank you for sharing your views about hupages and it's great community!

      Voted up and interesting!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Gosh I'm so very glad to have you as one of my first followers. When I saw how many hubs you have written, I felt like a toddler going to kindergarten for the first time and getting a compliment from the teacher! Thank you for noticing a new arrival and giving me such encouragement.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I can't think of anyone who deserves this award more than you. I would venture to guess that most of us are not here for the money, but for other reasons. It is because of friends like you that I love this site. To this day I still can't believe that I have friends all over the world because of HP's. A sincere thank you for all your advice, tips and help. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I love this site and this community. I have met some remarkable people, like you, and now call them friends.....I never would have guessed it possible. Thank you for your kind words but more importantly thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael!

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      In searching for a writing community, I found HubPages. I've tried writing for other places, but I always come back to HubPages. Talk about friendships... there are some amazing and wonderful people here on HubPages - you being one of them, of course. What I like about you, Bill, is your dedication to this craft and to your readers. You open your arms wide to us and help in ways that propel us to the next level. Like you, when I first came to HubPages, I was afraid to write and let the world see my words. But, I have to say that when I discovered you here, and saw how helpful you were, I knew that if I paid attention to you, then I had nothing to fear. You definitely deserve the Best All-Around Hubber Award for 2013. Congratulations!