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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.

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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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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      First off, huge congrats and seriously if I anyone I know deserves this award it is totally you my friend. I also love how you explained why you do write on Hubpages and truly do admire you for all your reasons and then some. I can say this, I am just so grateful I met you on here and became friends with you through this experience. Seriously, just keep on being you and truly enough said, because you are just a wonderful guy and an amazing writer, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, it's been quite a week for me with this award and my birthday. I am grateful beyond words, so I'll simply say thank you!

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      Rayne123 3 years ago

      Yes congratulations for sure. Your wife is write. I myself just write from the heart and had many times hp editor or whoever send me one of those emails on how to write better.

      However its just undue stress for nothing so I dont bother. I am not the best writer but it comes from within.

      Your hubs are well written (the ones I have read) and very informative and I am glad hp and your wife helped you to grow.

      Good luck

      Laurie

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill, I would have been surprised and disappointed had you not received this award. You are one of those I follow and look forward to your next hub. I have learned a great deal by reading your hubs. You have a great way of breaking complicated subjects down to a level that makes them easy to understand. You also write with passion, and it shows. Please just keep writing on hub pages, even if it is not making you rich.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And if you did not write and live by these words written. You would be normal. But you are extraordinary. From what I can tell it has been a long journey. And I am sure you asked "why" of your situations many times. But as for me. All your "why" boils down so you would be just how you are at this moment. And so many of us are made better for it.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      it is about your attitude Bill.. Now I know you don't wake up everyday full of excited enthusiasm and joy, though I believe you mostly do. We all have to deal with challenges and all of us have to pay bills.. You are so generous with your help for others...It amazes me that during your busy day you will answer an email of mine with my daily concern. So thanks for that. HubPages is about the community and even though I am not currently active I try to comment my favorite writers...which of course includes you...Oops I missed a few during a short period...But you know I am a loyal follower...So congrats and thanks and all that.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      How dare you post old photos? *sigh*

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Laurie. Many of us begin writing because we have a passion for writing; it would be a shame to substitute keywords for passion. :) Keep working your craft and loving it.....and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, I'm not going anywhere. This is my home, where I began, and I'll stay true to those who held me up early on. Thanks buddy!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Congratulations on your award Bill. You certainly deserve it. I should know - I voted for you! :-)

      I love HP for the same reasons you do. I've met great friends and even a mentor :-). HP is a good community in which to practice the craft of writing and share with fellow writers. What astounds me is some hubbers actually make thousands a month here. Wow!

      I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday, my friend!

      Lots of Love,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, it has not been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. I love this community and will continue to give back to it. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I do not give every Hubber the attention I give to you. You should be able to read quite a bit into that sentence. If I do not respect someone, they do not get my time.....so yes my friend, the feeling is mutual. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, I know...I know...breaking rules everywhere I turn. LOL Thanks dear lady.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I had a fantastic week so thank you for being a part of it. Yes, there are those.....Rose is one who does quite well with her craft hubs.....so the money is out there....but not for me....or you...as long as we write the way we write. And I'm fine with that. LOL

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I have a lot of EC hubs and am making good money, but I am tired of writing this way. Hubs like yours are more interesting than following a money making plan. My next move might be to write books for Amazon and forget all this keyword stuff.

      Congratulations for getting the award. You deserve it. Maybe if I had started the way you did I'd be a better writer today.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you! We all follow our own path; in the end we get to exactly where we were meant to arrive....do what you have to do to remain passionate about writing. :) Thank you!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations on winning the All Rounder Award! When I first read one of your hubs you shared such helpful information about HP and yourself I couldn't believe the overwhelming response you had and then I knew it was the right thing to do, to follow you, even though I have been writing for over 15years I find your work most informative and always something new to learn from thanks for sharing your work with us. Another one of your well -informed and useful hubs

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Kudos to Bev for being your very special "I'm in your corner!" catalyst. That's the most wonderful trait of a lifetime spouse and best friend. Had it not been for her motivational kick in the pants, look at what your extensive readership would have missed. I know for a fact that had I not met and exchanged quality writing and friendship with you, and had I not read from your heart why you write for this venue, I would most likely have left a long time ago.

      You make great sense as to why you remain here, both in terms of friendships made and for the pragmatic reasons of improving your writing and having a "holding place," for lack of a better term, for these quality literary seeds that will someday be transplanted and transformed into giant sequoias in forests that genuinely acknowledge and more generously reward good writing.

      As I've said many times before, I learn a lot from you, Bill--from your writing and even more from the unspoken things between the lines...you know, the stuff that you challenge us to interpolate from point A to point Z on our own and with our own skinned knees and elbows and calloused fingertips.

      You've set a grand example for us, and when I think about your simple roots and all the valleys you've struggled through in your life to get to where you're at today (and it ain't over 'til it's over, baby!), I am deeply moved and magnificently inspired!

      Happy Birthday, my good friend and brother for life! (I'd heard that it might be your birthday, so if I got it wrong, please apply accordingly on the correct date! LOL!)

      With great aloha, mahalo, and respect,

      ~Joe

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Congrats on your award, Bill and YES, I voted for you. :-) Of course, it is well-deserved. I love the wisdom and practical truths you put forth in this hub. Thank you for emphasizing the facts about learning how to be good writers versus good hubbers, so true. I cannot agree more. You are an inspiration to me and have provided the most consistent support since I joined a year ago. You are a true friend. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, a hearty congratulations to my mentor and dear friend for receiving this very well deserved award. I am so pleased for you--but don't have that grin removed! I'm sure it is very becoming on you, my friend ;) Pearl

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      Kim Diaz 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Congrats, Bill,

      you are one of the main reasons I stay with HubPages...you are a wonderfully, articulate and gifted writer...I will continue to enjoy your messages to the world!

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      I don't know where you find the time to write, answer questions from fellow hubbers, make comments on other's hubs, have a marriage, eat, poop and have a life. Personally, I think you harbor a full time staff of Ewoks or possibly Grimlins. And, there is little doubt that you have those hound dogs trained to your benefit. I think your hens that PECK have been genetically altered, and they undoubtedly do your typing for you. The truth WILL eventually be known. The crowds will go easier on you if you fess up now. A clean conscience is a happy conscience! Just sayin'.........................,

      DJ.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Bill - You may not be writing to the HP formula (SEO, keywords, strictly informational or "how to" articles, etc.), but you are influencing the minds and lives of your regular 1,672 followers and the many other readers with whom your hubs are shared. You're so prolific that you put me to shame: in two years you've published 602 hubs that have garnered a quarter of a million views and 53,000 comments! All of this--an average of five excellent hubs published per week for two years (give or take a fraction)--and you make a living as a freelance writer outside HP as well!

      Your generosity of spirit with other writers is greatly appreciated. Everyone who has been the recipient of your counsel and encouragement (in addition to learning from your essays and blog) will surely attest to that. I think we must all be basking in the reflected glow of your Hubbie award, even if there is no golden statuette like an Oscar, pleased that such a deserving Hubber is honored as he deserves by the members of HubPages. Bev, your chief advisor, shares in that award for giving you such good advice and being your muse.

      Personally, I've stopped stressing about keywords and SEO when writing for HubPages because the two things I like most about this site are: (1) the friendships with other writers I admire, and (2) the opportunity to write what I choose and write from the heart.

      When I write an article or essay, the topic and content tend to mirror issues about which I'm passionate. There are numerous content mills on the Internet, but I don't want to write to a formula and include twelve keyword phrases "to order" in an article.

      So...even though I've griped about some changes on HubPages, I'm still happy here and glad to be a part of this community of writers, including the 2013 "Best All-round Hubber", Bill Holland. You're a terrific role model for aspiring writers, Bill, and so deserving of this award. Thank you for setting the bar high.

      Jaye

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, the gifts I receive from this community just keep on coming. I am thankful daily for you and others like you who feed my soul and encouragement. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I am honored to be one of the reasons you stay here. Thank you so much for your kind words and friendship. Best wishes to you in the future.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Billy, you my friend are the encouragement we all need. Just look at the following you have. I have found myself only a short time here pondering what does HP want? When I write something totally from the heart, it usually gets bombed to the bottom of the pile, yet I have more comments and traffic on those than I do on the craft tutorials I write.

      I don't think I'll ever figure it out. The one thing I have figured out though is there are a lot of supportive people on here, and by far the best place I've ever joined.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, my secret has been revealed. I'll tell you, friend, that those Grimlins are hungry little buggers. It's hard to keep them happy and satisfied with all of their demands. :) Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I am a lucky man to have followers and friends like you. Thank you so much for always being here. I receive inspiration from people like you, and that inspiration feeds my writing. Keep being who you are; the world needs more like you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, it was my birthday and a grand even it was. Best birthday ever, buddy, and who would have thunk it seven years ago. I am grateful beyond words. I have brothers and sisters I have never met and yet feel an incredible bond with....and ain't that marvelous?

      Thank you brother. Believe me when I say I gain much more than I give from our friendship.

      Aloha my dear friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, I am humbled by your words. I have tried to be a support system for other writers....and to read from you that I have been is a wonderful affirmation. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, it has been a continual thrill for me and it isn't over yet. I have no bars to raise and new goals to achieve, and while doing that I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to watch all of my writing friends grow in their craft. You said you write about your passions and I think that is so important. Writing should be passionate; otherwise, why call it an art form.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment, as all of your comments are. I look forward to our future together and you can bet that I celebrate each of your successes. Yes, this award is for all of you who have stuck with it and written from your hearts.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, I gave up trying to please HP. I have to be true to my inner writer or writing will cease to be fun for me. I will keep developing my voice and hopefully keep writing things that others enjoy. I feed off of the comments and I bask in the warmth of the friendships I have made. Thank you for being one of those friends.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      I am so glad my vote was not wasted, but I knew you would win a Hubbie. Thank you for always being so supportive to so many who write here, including myself. I once was told in a forum, comments matter not in the grand scheme of things here on HP, but they matter greatly to me, as being part of the community here at HP and getting valuable feedback from writers I hold in great regard! Writing from the heart is my thing and I will continue to do so, money or not, for writing should always be something passionate from our hearts, and makes the best writing around in my mind, while impacting lives, even when we may never know of just how many lives our writing has impacted.

      Blessings and love always,

      Faith Reaper

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Congrats Bill and thank you for all the support you provide to others. You rock!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      P.S. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it is the best birthday ever! We just celebrated my grandson's first birthday yesterday. I am off today, and what a beautiful day it is to enjoy life's blessings in celebrating another one's life. Each day is a blessing to celebrate another day of life.

      Hugs to you on your birthday and here is to many more!

      Faith Reaper

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, you are a staunch supporter of do many if us and I think you know you have us in your corner! I would have been dodged had you not won. Hubpages is a business but lucky for us, us a business that allows and encourages the community. Congratulations again, my friend!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      If HubPages gave an awared for "the most admired writer", you would win that one too. I have never understood how you have the time to be so involved in HP and write articles, too. I swear I think your day has more hours than mine.

      Congrats and Happy Birthday.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I'm glad your many contributions to the site finally have been recognized with your All Around Hubber award. It's really hard for me to believe none of your hubs have been recognized as Editor's Choice or Hub of the Day when your advice has helped so many. I'm glad you don't sweat the small stuff and have stuck around anyway!

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      Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Billybuc,

      thank You for writing this article. Good food for thought, in my opinion.

      You rightly stated that: "They do not openly encourage essayists like me or poets because essays and poems do not attract great numbers of views."

      I do have a question here: at what point do we stop thinking about profit/page views and we pay more attention to values, morals ... what is good for the future, the next generations, etc.?

      Otherwise, we can all do what Miley Cyrus does and get naked/shake our behind to shock everyone around and get page views, no? I'm exaggerating of course but I am sure You understand what I mean. What are our responsibilities: page views? LOL

      Anyway, thank You again for the conversation. Fun as always.

      Cheers!

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      Abhinav Narang 3 years ago from Amritsar, Punjab, India

      Nice hub, billy. You are the source of inspiration for newbie hubbers like me in our beautiful hubpages community. And by the way, congrats for winning the Hubbie Award, you deserved that buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you just said it all perfectly. If I make a difference in one life, and I have, then my writing is worth it. We have great power we writers, and we affect people daily with our words, and isn't that a marvelous gift to give to others?

      Thank you dear friend.

      blessing always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sheri! I'm a big believer in karma, and it all comes round and round if I do my part. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I had a wonderful birthday and it was, in fact, the best ever. Amazing life I have had. :)

      Thank you again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I think a lot of Hubbers are missing out on a great thing by not becoming part of the community. The community saved me and the community continues to feed me daily. :) Thank you for your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Mary. I am a driven human being; some would call me compulsive and maybe I am, but I love what I am doing and will continue to do it while I am able. Blessings to you, Mary.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I have to admit, and I hope this doesn't sound egotistical, but I'm a bit amazed that I haven't had a Hub of the Day. LOL Not bothered by it but still amazed. You would think just once by accident they would have given me one. :) Thank you, Deb, and best wishes to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, I always enjoy your comments. Your question is one I have asked several times. I think one of the negative aspects of HP is that it does pay for views; by doing to it encourages those who could be good writers to simply standardize and choke their creativity. Great reference to Miley Cyrus....and I agree.

      Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abhinav, thank you very much. If I inspire other writers then I am a very happy writer. :)

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      A hub written from the heart - like all the Hubs you write Billy. which is partly the reason why I continue to read your Hubs as they are posted. You make each one of us feel included in your huge base of friends and I for one, know that an email or a comment will always receive prompt response. You treat each one of us as individuals and you do make us feel special. For that, I thank you.

      As for Editors Choice Hubs and Hub of the Day - I have a theory, the Powers that be, have not reached the letter B of the alphabet yet- for you see I think I read somewhere that they started making their awards way down at the letter Z and they still have a long way to go before they get to yours.

      I send you greetings for your birthday, belated or not.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations again for your well deserved Best Hubber 2013 Award. Knowing you is a pleasure and a benefit. I get great encouragement from you, and I learn writing skills too. I'm even adopting to your perspective to be a better writer, not necessarily a better hubber. That said, I must add that HubPages rocks!

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      catmalone 3 years ago

      Your writing has always been encouraging to me with useful and inspiring information. I congratulate you for Best Hubber 2013 award, it was well deserved.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad to hear that your birthday was so happy, Bill. Please continue to write from your heart (I'm sure you will!) because I love reading your hubs.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Looks like you broke the mold Bill! Or, more accurately, you created your own unique mold that fits you and your legion of fans very well! Congrats on the honor of being Best All-Around Hubber! You deserve it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, what a beautiful affirmation. You just gave me credit for doing what I always want to do. I feel a special bond with my readers. They have taken time from their busy lives to read my work, and the least I can do it make them feel special in return. Thank you for that; that was a lovely birthday gift. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I love it....a better writer! And you are succeeding my friend, and it is a joy to witness. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, thank you! If I have encouraged you then I am a very happy and satisfied writer.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, I make that promise to you. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, well...just thank you! I do not handle praise well at all. I always think the person is talking about someone else. LOL I am very thankful for you and all the others.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      Congratulations, Billybuc. It is always a pleasure to read your hubs; they are rich sources of inspiration. Also your supporting and encouraging comments on our hubs are worth more than you may know.

      You positive attitude is contagious.

      Best of luck ahead!

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Words of wisdom - "and she told me to write from my heart".

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      Xavier Nathan 3 years ago from Isle of Man

      Congratulations Bill and please continue the great work you are doing. The key is as your other half encourages you to write. "She told me to not worry about making money from Adsense but to instead concentrate on becoming the best writer I could possibly be."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, your words mean a great deal to me. Thank you my friend. I am a rich man here on HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words lifegate. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xavier, I'm giving it my best shot. That's all any of us can do. Thank you for your continued support.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So glad you won billy and although I voted for you I thought to myself Hp is a pretty big place and we are just a small group of friends compared to the whole pie, but I guess you are bigger fish than even I knew! lol Glad of it.

      BTW I had an uncle by marriage that was a Holland from Maryland. Yours is only the second time I have heard that name.... I mean other than the place. O(:

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      You are so deserving of this recognition. I am reminded of "it takes a friend to be one," and you sir have been a friend to so many. I appreciate all of the support and encouragement you have given me. But even with all of that said, I believe you are an excellent writer producing stellar hubs. I know I have said it before, but you articles are organized and presented in a user-friendly style. That is not easy to do, and you do it effortlessly. I, too feel incredibly blessed to be a member of such an uplifting community of fellow writers.

      Many Blessings To You My Friend,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I thought that as well...HP is a huge community. I was like "my God, I must have more readers than I guessed. " LOL Our Hollands are from Iowa and Missouri. It's not an uncommon name out here in the west for whatever reason. :) There is even another writer named Bill Holland.

      Thank you for your vote and friendship.

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      Chris Merritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Congrats Bill!

      I have not been around much lately, but I did get a chance to cast a vote.

      I am happy for you, you have worked hard and deserve the honors.

      Chris

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, I thank you so much for that comment. I don't know where my "voice" comes from. I can tell you that listening to me is very much the same as reading me. People have always related to me and that is a gift I take no credit for....it has always been there.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, thank you very much. I have always admired you for your passion about life and helping this country to be better....I appreciate your kind words.

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      Healthy Life 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      A big congratulations and just so you know I voted for you and you were the obvious choice because you are what makes HubPages the special place that it is. I write when the mood strikes and pick topics I think will benefit others and that I enjoy. I have learned more about key words and writing online since I started from the very beginning but have never focused on that part of it.Thank you for continuing to support and inspire all of us!!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Congrats!!!!! You deserve the award. You're hubs are always well written and informative. I believe we share the same attitude of letting the readers decide what hubs are great and which writers are the best. You definitely fit into both of those categories and the readers have spoken.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Hi Bill! You have all my votes and praises. Congratulations again!.

      Thank you for your unselfish desire to help, inspire us and motivate us to do good in and out of HP. Happy to connect!

      I'm sure the HP award is just one of the best gifts you've got on your birthday and I wish you all the best in life, Bill.

      Love from the sky~

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      livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations Bill. Thank you for sharing your experience here with us. Hope you are having a good start to the week. Stay smiling.

      Sending you blessings and hugs.

      dahlia

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      ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

      Woo hoo!! Congratulations!!! You totally deserve this award! It has been a pleasure reading your hubs and your comments. You are inspiring and such a great example for the HP community. Blessings - Ginger

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Dearest Bill. Bravo! I could almost have written much of this in response to winning Best Poet Award from my fellow Hubbers, though would say it in my own way and from my own perspective. It is an unexpected honor, though, to this other Hubber who has ever received but few bows from the powers at HP, but one now arising from the only place I'd ever begin to expect it: - my colleagues. That you received yours only proves how discerning they/we are when it comes to appreciating real quality among ourselves when we encounter it - as we can and do regularly here!

      I wasn't really expecting my award but I'd have hated it if you'd not won Best All-Around Hubber. I would have liked you to have won several others, such as Helpful, Supportive, Teacher, Cheerful Hubber and Interesting Hub, Useful Hub, Informative Hub and even possibly Awesome Hub. So no wonder they had a Best All-Around Hubber award, since that covers most of the categories! That's what I thought when I posted my vote for you for that! It's no surprise that many others did the same, Bill!!

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Billy, Billy, Billy~My big hearted friend. I think it says 'Everything' that you won this award. You are one of my favorite writers and people on HubPages and the fact you told us you don't waster time on SEO stuff is very telling and educational. I too write here because of my passion to purge knowledge, emotions, etc...and the money I make is just a bonus to me. The only fixing up I do on my hubs is changing a title here and there~other than that, what I write comes from my heart and from something I have experienced. I want you to thank your awesome wife Bev for me and all your hub friends. This place would not be the same without you. You are a really special person Billy and people are drawn to you. Congrats on the award-now go give Bev a big hug from me. Love Linda

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree with Deb. Many of your hubs should be Editor's Choices. Oh, well. Congrats on the award! It says more than the EC awards!

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      suzettenaples 3 years ago

      Bill: Beautiful article! You are so deserving of your award and we all love reading your hubs. You tell it like it is and I'm glad you listened to Bev and write from your heart. I don't pay attention to SEO's and all that other stuff HP says to do either. It is just good to have a place to publish what we want to write. I am so glad to know you here on Hub Pages. I wish you many more happy years writing here.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      Congratulations Bill, you are certainly deserving of the award. What you don't earn in dollars you make up for many times over in friendships and respect from many Hubbers, and the comments here prove that beyond doubt. Keep doing what you do so well Bill, the community wouldn't be the same without you:-))

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      Rosemary Sadler 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Congratulations Bill, well deserved. It has been a pleasure to watch you grow. I know I don't find the time to read all of your hubs, but I have never read one yet that hasn't had the enthusiasm, energy and drive and heart to be the best you can be and to help others along the way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      healthylife, it is my pleasure, believe me. I love watching writers grow in their craft and talents. Well done to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, thank you so much. I just try to stay true to who I am and let my words flow from the heart. I appreciate your kind words and support.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, it was a heck of a week with the award and a wonderful birthday. I am a lucky man and I thank you for your friendship.

      love from Oly

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, I am always smiling my friend. Thank you so very much; I love my time here at HP and I want everyone to do the same.

      Blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ginger, thank you! I love your profile picture....such a warm, friendly smile, and I have no doubt it reflects the person behind the smile.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellieanna, you are too kind but thank you. You are the epitome of a writer who writes with passion and heart. God bless the poets out there who rarely get the acclaim they deserve but still provide us all with beauty. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, the hug has been delivered to Bev and she thanks you, as I do. I am so happy that I joined HP; I had no idea of the number of friends I would make, but now that I'm here I'm not going anywhere. I love this community.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vickie, it says so much more than an EC designation. Thank you. It feels like you and I grew up together here at HP and it's been a great ride. Thank you for your support.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, the feeling is mutual my friend and I know you believe and understand that. As long as we can support each other and other writers then we will keep the dream alive, and isn't that a cool thing? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, thank you. Just so you know, you received my vote. I love your work and I think what you do is very important. I cannot write poetry and I am in awe of your talents.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosemay, thank you so much. That is my goal, to be the best that I can be, and I'm a long way from it but getting closer, as we all are.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Congratulations on your Best Hubber award! That is awesome and so happy for you. Very glad to have met you here and look forward to your future hubs!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You are the foundation upon which all good hubs are built. Best Hubber of 2013? How about just plain Best Hubber! (Yes, I voted for you too.)

      You have done more for hubbers than anyone else, with your unselfish sharing and instructions. Dare I say you are the epitome of what we strive to be? Seriously. Thank you Bev, again and again for making this stubborn old man keep at it!

      Happy Birthday Bill.

      Voted all but funny!

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      Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

      Congratulations billybuc.....I am so excited for you. I enjoyed reading this hub and all the other hubs your have written. This hub, in particular, is very encouraging.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, it has been a pleasure meeting you, an accomplished and talented writer. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if I ever make it big I'm hiring you as my publicist. I swear, lady, you infuse me with that little extra something I need some days to keep writing. Thank you my friend....and for the birthday wishes....thank you, thank you and thank you again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, so good to see you again and thank you very much. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and share some kindness.

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      cleaner3 3 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Awesome bill1

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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!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael!

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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 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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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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      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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      Chris Mills 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you kidscraft; you do the same.

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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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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

      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

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

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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

      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

      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

      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

      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

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

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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

      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

      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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Well said! Happy Two Year when it arrives. Jamie

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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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      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

      bill

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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

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

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Congratulations on your two years on HubPages!

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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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      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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      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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, not quite two yet but thank you.

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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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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

      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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      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

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

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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

      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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      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

      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

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

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Ann, thank you!

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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

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

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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

      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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      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

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

      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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      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

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

      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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