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Are There Any Squidoo Writers Out There Who Want Some Help?

Updated on September 18, 2014

All You Need Is Love, Baby

I’m all about spreading the love.

No, nothing like that! This isn’t the House of the Rising Sun, so relax. I’m talking about spreading good vibrations along with the Wilson Brothers under sunny skies in California. I’m talking about sending out some warm and fuzzies to my fellow writers, and plastering a big old smile on their faces.

Would you like to join me?

What prompted this outpouring of love?

I belong to a writer’s site called HubPages. Some of you might have heard of it. Well, recently we picked up the refugees from the Squidoo Boatlift and gave them an online home. After all, we had a lot of room at HP. A lot of our writers had left for greener pastures, so we had some great view lots just waiting for qualified buyers/renters.

Now, since I’m the Official Greeter (picture walking into WalMart), I consider it my job to welcome the Squidoo writers to our little neighborhood. I’m the Good Humor Man, the Mr. Feel Good of HubPages, and I would like to say to all of you Squids (or whatever you call yourselves) that most of us are happy that you are here.

Most of us?

Well, it’s true, there were some Hubbers who got a bit nasty on the forums, denouncing the merger and not being particularly loving with regards to the new writers, but try to ignore them. They didn’t get their Ritalin this morning and they can be a bit testy.

Mostly you will find a very gracious bunch of writers here, and I think you’ll like it. In time, you’ll come to find that the HubPages staff is just here to write new guidelines and not really help you with your questions, but never fear….there are quite a few of us Hubbers who are more than willing to lend a hand.

And that’s what this article is all about!

Three HubPages members spreading the love
Three HubPages members spreading the love | Source

You had to know this song would be included

What Can I Do for You?

Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.

Rollo May

I’m dead serious. How can I help you?

Let me tell you a story.

I joined HP in January, 2012. I’m coming up on three years, and that fact is a miracle considering I didn’t want to join and, in fact, almost quit one week into my Hub experience.

It was too confusing. It was too frightening. How would I ever make friends? Would they accept me? Was I good enough to rub shoulders with “real writers?”

And then my prayers were answered. Veteran writers reached out to me, gave me support, said kind words to me, encouraged me…and almost three years later I sit here, the winner of five Hubbie Awards, with over 2,000 followers, and I love it.

And I want you to love it too!

So, again, how can I help you?

What can I do for you?
What can I do for you? | Source

This Isn’t a Shallow Offer

Take advantage of me now. My personal email address is holland1145@yahoo.com. Send me an email with your question. Send me an email with your request. Let me know how I can help you. I’m not afraid of stalkers. Heck, I’d welcome them, but more importantly, I welcome all of you Squids to reach out and accept my offer to help.

Why am I doing this?

I already told you. Weren’t you paying attention?

I was helped when I needed it. Now I’m paying it forward.

So use me!

Would you like to do a guest post on my blog at www.williamdhollandauthor.com? Just let me know.

Would you like me to share your work on Facebook? Just let me know.

Do you have questions about HP and how it works? Just ask me.

No tricks. No hidden costs. No early or late fees. Just one writer helping another writer.

But That’s Not All

Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.

Dorothy Height

I’m not only offering my help to all of you, but I’m calling on my friends at HP to do the same thing. I’m calling on my 2,000 followers to reach out and welcome our new members. Write a meaningful and supportive comment on a new Hubbers article. Share their work on social media. Get to know them and support them as they learn their way around this new site.

Imagine, if you will, 2,000 Hubbers reaching out to 2,000 new HP writers. It would be an avalanche of love spreading its way around the globe.

Don’t tell me you are too busy. You are no busier than I am, so please, no cheap excuses. Choose one of the new Squidoo refugees and befriend them. Start following them. Support them on a regular basis. Spread the love!

Why, you say? Seriously? You are asking me why?

Because it makes our site of HubPages stronger, that’s why!

Because it encourages fellow writers to carry on and improve their craft, that’s why!

Because writing is a lonely gig, and you know it from personal experience, that’s why!

Because I asked you to, that’s why!

Another satisfied Hubber after receiving some help from yours truly
Another satisfied Hubber after receiving some help from yours truly | Source

It’s All About Community My Friends

That’s what we are at HubPages…a community. Oh, sure, there are some writers here who care little about community and friendship, but they are few in number. Most of us enjoy it here. We love the interaction with other writers from different states and countries. Most of us love learning new things about different cultures, and we love the feeling that we are not alone, that there is a group of people out there who understand our struggles and who support us.

So do what community members do….support your community!

Get off your arses and reach out to someone.

Spread the love!

It’s Time for Some Love-spreading

Here are a few new members from Squidoo for you to start with. I’m sure they would appreciate a kind word of welcoming:

There you go. There are five new members of HP who could use a little love tossed their way. Go visit one of them, or all of them, and spread a little HP goodwill their way. I know they will appreciate it.

So There You Have It

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

Cesar Chavez

I’m asking you if you want help; I’m offering that help; and I’m enlisting the aid of my Hub friends.

What more can I do?

We are all in this together, folks. Writers need to stick together. Our spouses don’t really understand what it is like to stick our necks on the online chopping block daily and look for approval and acceptance. Only another writer can understand that. We need each other, and it is high time we start acting like it.

You are not my competition. You are my peers. We are a community united by a common goal: to be the best writers we can possible be.

It’s high time we start acting like it.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Hey Squidooo Writers!! We're hanging around to lend a hand if you need us.

      WTG, Bill!

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful offer, Bill. Yet, I wouldn't expect any less of you. Thanks for always being just you! Happy Wednesday now!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michelle! All the help is appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine, and I hope your Wednesday is fantastic.

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      Gayle 2 years ago from McLaughlin

      Thank you so much for your offer. I am one of the Squidoo refugees. The format here is really different. I am trying to learn how to add capsules and pictures. Wish I knew enough to ask questions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Gayle, you know where I am. I can walk you through the capsules very quickly.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Welcome to all the Squidooo writers! Let me tell you that Billybuc is one of the most generous, sincere and humble writers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing through the hubs. PLEASE DO know he means every word he writes! DO take him up on his offers.

      This incredible person is an inspiration. His energy and zest for writing shows through the multiple hubs he publishes...one each day! Those of you who LONG to be successful writers will find enormous encouragement by reading the advice he offers...which, probably would cost hundreds of dollars if we purchased books containing what he shares from his heart.

      BILLYBUC: THANK YOU for another terrific heart felt write. I will look up the sites you mentioned. And thank you for bringing it to the attention of the hub community that we have new people from the squids. God bless you always, Sparklea :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, your check is in the mail. LOL

      Seriously, thank you! I'm always a bit surprised when people write that I am generous....aren't we all like me? willing to help others? willing to give instructions when needed? See, I think we should all be that way....I know you are, Lea. Well, you touched my heart this morning...thank you, and blessings on this fine Wednesday morning.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I remember when I signed up on Squidoo, just the strangeness of the look and feel of the site to my HubPages-trained eyes kept me from ever posting anything there. Some encouragement from someone already on the site would have made all the difference. I think what you're doing is great. I'm on board.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting and informative read. You hold the attention of all readers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ron! It only takes one little offer to help to make a difference for a writer. Hopefully this offer will do it

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE. That is a kind thing for you to say.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Never fear Billy - I've been spreading the love and I am delighted to have the Squidoo refugees on board.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      I always knew you were a genius. Now you have proved it. Hugs to you my Kindred.

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      Good for you to lend a hand. I'm sure there are many that need it. Welcome Squidoo writers.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Welcome Squidoo writers. We're here to spread some love around the world. Another awesome write Bill...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for what you do, Sally. I was thrilled when the merger took place. I just want to keep a few of them with us for awhile. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, no genius here....just someone willing to help. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you moonlake....I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I love it...spread some love around the world. Thank you!

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My favorite line here: They didn’t get their Ritalin this morning and they can be a bit testy.

      I would love a chance to write a guest post on your site. Maybe you can do the same on mine. :)

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      Ann 2 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      thank you for the welcome - sending hugs

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Very nice hub, and you've got my support. Let's keep this community warm and fuzzy!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      As always you are an example to us all Billy. I've connected already with a few Squidoo writers and greeted some more. Thanks for this heartwarming hub.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I'm sooooo tired, haven't slept a wink...wink wink!! And I know you have 'billy-cammed' my brain because I was thinking, damn I wish I knew some of these SQUIDS and I would welcome their arses!!

      So now, thanks to you, my man, I am off (more than my rocker)...and will be visiting these guys and gals... Please let us know a few more here, there and everywhere .............oh, and never stop reminding me of the Beatles or my mind may go into Revolution mode...

      Love you, Maria

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a good welcome to the Squidoo refugees. I am already following some of them and also here to help anyone that needs a hand Bill. I will check out those names you listed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that would be great, and I'd be happy to do the same on your site. Email me and we'll talk about it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Annieangel, and hugs are coming back your way across the Pond.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm all for it, DealForALiving...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Nadine, for reaching out to others. We all benefit from it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, I'm howling. LOL I love the references. You are a woman after my heart, and you've got it my dear. Thank you for the smiles you gave me this morning.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you are, John, and I know they all appreciate your willingness to help. Thank you!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I've already begun to spread the love. I've met and am following quite a few Squid refugees. I think I've mentioned this before, but I'm impressed with the quality of writing that washed upon HP's shores. Squidoo was obviously as concerned with quality as HP is (for the most part!).

      I'm certainly here to help as well. I love sharing what I've learned with other writers. And I love hearing the melodic voices of others who have embraced this niche in life.

      I certainly will check out some of our new members of the HP community that you mention above. It's great meeting new people!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I agree with you, the quality of writing that I have seen is excellent. Gives me hope for the future for HP. Carry on my friend. There is a lot of love to be given.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thank you very much for the warm welcome. It is much appreciated. Although I joined here two years ago, I only had one feature Hub, till recently. Most of my stuff was on Squidoo.

      I can relate to the feelings expressed in your comment about rubbing shoulders with real writers. I feel like I'm always struggling with my writing. In some ways, I feel like an artist, with 3 colors on my palette, and they aren't the primary colors either.

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      Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You're awesome Billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpaw, that's a great description. Only a WRITER could come up with that simile.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lionrhod....I'm glad you are here. I don't have many witches following me. :)

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      Ann Hinds 2 years ago from So Cal

      This is probably the nicest thing I have read/heard since being transferred to HubPages. Us Squidoo folks have been consumed by the transfer. First it was the message that Squidoo was going. Then it was the rush to get the lenses ready for transfer and copying them onto other sites to preserve them. We waited for the transfer, checking every few minutes for the notice. The transfers started and those of us that were not in the first wave started reading the comments from the guinea pigs. More concern and stress. My lenses became hubs. So much work to get them back into what they were supposed to be. Reading the forums was discouraging. I don't write junk or spam and have some excellent hubs. I wanted to reply to the nasayers but that's not what I do. I am halfway through polishing up my new hubs. Each day, I look at the list and wonder if I will ever get through. So, with all that said, thanks for the offer. Kindness goes a long way and I appreciate you and your fellow Hubbers.

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      Stephanie Hicks 2 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hey all you readers..... Bill is 100% right that he is the #1 greeter and cheerleader (yell king?) at HubPages. I've been lucky to have his support, comments, etc. both here and on social media.

      I've even met him in REAL LIFE - ask me for an autograph later. Anyway, I'm not as active on HP as I used to be, but I want to share in Bill's sentiments that it is wonderful to have all you new-to-HP writers. Welcome! Best, Steph

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Awesome, Billy! You are so kind-- and as one of your followers, I will definitely do my part to help any Squidooers make the transition.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderfully done and very important to our community. I am following many and find the new additions interesting and indistinguishable.

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      Tania S Lopez 2 years ago from Fayettevile, NC

      This is great!!! I am one of the Squidoo Refugees and I am lost!!! Lol my only question right now is that I am only allowed to publish one of my 'lenses' (I guess you guys call them hubs) in a 24hr period. I am just wondering is this always like this or does this change as you move up in rank?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, there are some jerks no matter where you go. We have our share here, but by and large I have found the HP community to be very supportive and some are my very dear friends. I'm glad you are here and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, you are the best...and we really have to have coffee next time you are in Oly. Thank you for your continued support.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Wiccan. That means a lot to me and I'm sure it does to them as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I have found many of the squid people to be very good writers, and you know how much I love that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TSLOPEZ, thanks for the follow. It must be a new rule while you make the switch, because a lot of Hubbers post more than one hub per day.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Hey, that's awesome! I like the personal touch.

      I've been on Hubpages for about 2 months now, but I've been busy. I have 35 hubs written over here (this account), and then I have 90 that transferred over from Squidoo on my other account (revolutionbjj). I've been dividing my energy between creating new hubs here and improving/updating the transferred hubs over there. If you have a chance to take a look at them, I'd love the feedback, and I appreciate the very genuine article!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you goatfury, and I'll get over there as soon as possible.

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Oh my gosh, I've left what I thought were thoughtful comments two times on those forums. Both were overanalyzed and I had my ass handed to me. So unless you like having your words twisted into Satan's pretzel, steer clear of the abyss that are the forums. My little bit of advice for the Squids.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      billybuc, you were one of the first Hubbers to welcome me after my move from Squidoo. I knew right then, I'd found a new home. Thank you so much for reaching out to our community to make it part of yours. I'm beginning to feel like a Hubber! WAHOO!

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      Linda Jo Martin 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for your kind offer and email address. I've been working each day to modify my former lenses for HubPages standards. I find the site easy to use and very friendly. Thanks so much for caring about transplants.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And I agree completely, Lizzy! Stay away from forums.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Billy, I found your work when I first signed up, and although I've only read some of your work, what I have read has already made this transistion much easier for me. So thanks to you and so many other hubbers for extending a helping hand. You just may see an email or two from me. Thanks :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancy, that's great news. Soon you'll be complaining about the company just like the rest of us. LOL But I love the writers and that's why I'm here.

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      Kylyssa Shay 2 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Thank you for your kindness! It's to everyone's benefit that we all do well.

      I prefer my writing online to be in good company. I've only been on HubPages a few weeks but I'm already seeing things about my lenshubs' company that make me much happier than I was on Squidoo in recent years.

      I'm pretty timid in regard to changes in relationships and to new relationships. I see belonging to a community like HubPages as a set of relationships. The Internet is communication and sharing. One does not communicate with or share with webpages but with people. When you keep on communicating with the same people I don't know what you'd call it other than a relationship.

      I also don't care for big surprise changes of any sort. I kind of thought that my surprise move to HubPages would be just a brief stop until I found somewhere better to move my writing. My thoughts are much different now and I plan to keep much of my Squidoo content here and to write new pieces for HubPages. The ethical policies, the helpful and responsive staff, the quality neighbors, and the kind Hubbers have changed my mind. Thanks for reinforcing my decision!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad it's going well for you, Linda! If I can be of any help, you know how to get hold of me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, esmonaco! I'm here if you need me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kylyssa, I'm glad things are going smoothly for you. I love what you said about relationships, and I feel the same way. There are many Hubbers who are dear friends of mine, and that's what I wanted when I joined here three years ago.

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      billybuc - You have been a big help and an inspiration to all of us who have been on Hubpages a long time. Now that I am also a former "Squid" with a second library of articles here, I am finding that I enjoy Hubpages even more. Thanks for reaching out to help the newcomers. I also agree with everyone who has said to stay away from the forums. It's sad to say but, as much as I like Hubpages, they have a group of really mean-spirited people who prowl the forum.

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      DreamerMeg 2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      And by welcoming new writers here, we make the site bigger in Google's eyes, which benefits us ALL.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've been seeing lots of new faces here on HP, thanks to the Squidoo merger. Finding some great new folks! Sharing this on my stream to, as you say, spread the love and the welcome!

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That's an extremely generous offer and one of the best hubs I've read since "landing" here. I'm sending you a PM via FB (dang...now how can I fit a few more acronyms in there? ;) )

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Dear Bill,

      Your heartfelt offer of help and call-to-action to like-minded Hubbers say volumes about the type of person you are. I look forward to getting to know you and your writing much better and, I hope, to being able to call you friend. Sure, there are some mean-spirited people in the forums as well as many extremely helpful ones. In fact, some participants are both. As you pointed out, there are some jerks wherever you go, and we had our share in the Squidoo forums. But I prefer to ignore the jerks and focus on the kind-spirited, helpful and inspiring folks in any community, which describes the majority of people I've met both here and on Squidoo. The many close friendships I've made on Squidoo continue even after the site's demise, and you've given me great hope that I will be adding to those friendships as I become more active in the HubPages community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your warm and sincere welcome, support, encouragement and offers of help. As a jewelry artist, I consider you a true gem.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah-Diane, it is good to hear from you again. Do you know you were one of the first to reach out to me here? I won't forget that kindness.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it does, DreamerMeg. You are thinking along the same lines as I am...plus, I just believe in a strong community. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Heidi. I knew I could count on you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Angela, I have faith in you and I know you can do it. :) Thanks for reaching out...I'll get on your offer in a few hours after I take care of a customer.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Margaret, that is very kind of you. I cherish my friendships here, and I hope you and I can get to know each other better....again, thank you for the kind words.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very nice, Bill. Thanks! ;-)

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      Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I'm so glad to hear that I was one of the first to reach out to you. That really makes me feel good. My other identity here is DeborahDian, so you may be seeing me pop up a lot more now that my old Squid articles are here, too ... LOL. I think Hubpages is going to be even better for everyone, and there really are some nice people here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You betcha, Bill! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I believe it will be better, Deborah....I guess we'll see in time. :)

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      Gayle 2 years ago from McLaughlin

      I do have one question--I have 26 hubs --what are the numbers to the right of the title? Thanks in advance.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gayle, it's a great question. There is so much about the HP scoring system none of us seem to know...I believe that number is the number of comments on that hub, but I could be completely wrong on that. LOL That's my best guess. I went back through some of my hubs and that seems to be what that number stands for.

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      Gayle 2 years ago from McLaughlin

      Thank you --that sounds logical. Thanks also for the fast answer!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a great heart you have, Bill. You teach good living on every level. Thanks for being a pacesetter.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Gayle. I hope I'm right. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I suspect your heart is similar. :) Thank you for your kindness.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @billybuc, you are incredibly generous with your time and knowledge. Thank you! I am honored to be one of the Squids-now-Hubbers you mentioned here. Thank you for that as well.

      Since you so kindly offer, I do have a question for you. You've read a number of lenses-transitioning-to-hubs. Keeping in mind that many of us are still working on stripping out the Squidoo stuff and formatting for Hubpages, what three questions do you WISH we would ask experienced hubbers like yourself?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh my goodness, ecogranny...no fair! I didn't plan on being interviewed. LOL I'm not sure what to say...I guess I would love it if more Squidoo transplants would become active member of this community...so the main question would be: "how can we become contributing members of HP?" Over the past year I have seen an increase in the number of new Hubbers who simply sign up, rack up a few "followers," and then never interact. No comments, no views, nothing...and I think that hurts us all. This community is only as strong as the community...we help each other...we support each other...we encourage each other...and I don't want to see large numbers of writers here who only want a platform but no interaction.

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      Fiorenza 2 years ago from UK

      Thanks for the welcome Bill. I'm taking this a day at a time and slowly getting my articles into shape. I usually search the help first but if I get really stuck it's nice to have your offer of email contact.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      Great hub billybuc! I want to say hello to all of the new members and also volunteer my helping hand. I've been trying to hit the answers section and forums everyday in order to help people by answering their questions. If I miss anyone or no one answers your questions, feel free to pop by my profile and send me an email.

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      Lionrhod 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Just posted your hub to the Squidoo refugee forums on HP, so that as many of our members as possible can be inspired by your message.

      It feels great that some of the Hubber Adepts are coming out to greet us and help us get acclimated to our new home.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the visit, Fiorenza. The offer is always open.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Sheila. I know your offer is genuine, and others could learn a great deal from you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to hear it, Lionrhod; thanks for sharing this article and best wishes to you.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      You're a great representative for the site, billybuc. Thank you for the warm welcome!

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome hub. I would like to thank all the Hub members, especially you billybuc, I have already had your love, have been helped by many other hub members who have sent their love our way, I appreciate it, as I'm sure there are many other ex Squids that feel the same.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I am here to say two things: 1) When billybuc asks, "How can I help you?" he really means it. 2) Welcome ex-Squids! I am a happy hubber who is glad you have joined us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Susan. Glad you are with us, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Elsie. I think I speak for most Hubbers in saying I'm glad you are here. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, you are one of the good guys. :) Thank you my friend and yes, I mean it, and yes, I'm glad you are my friend.

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      Titia Geertman 2 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Well, if that isn't the warmest welcome I've ever come across on the internet. I'm certainly gonna need some help here and there. I have a 100+ squbs (as we call the transferred Squidoo lenses) to get in line with HP rules.

      There's a lot of work to be done in between other obligations. Squidoo had a whole other set of rules and getting adjusted to HP's rules takes time. Sometimes I totally have to rearrange my squb, write additional text, change photos. I won't say no to some help and good advice.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      @billybuc, I'll take that answer, with apologies for putting you on the spot. It seems quite a few of us transferees are visiting hubs and commenting on them--enough of us, I hope to encourage you all. If not, I'll do my best to get the word out that you need to hear from more of us.

      On the other side, I have been pleased to find so many hubbers who leave comments which show they've read the article and gave it a bit of thought. Refreshing! I am grateful for that and delighted to find such an active, helpful community here. I feel as though we've walked into a living room full of long-lost family who are as glad to find us as we are to find them.

      Thank you, and thank you, too, to so many of your sister and brother hubbers who have joined in your welcome. It feels good!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @billybuc - I have never felt so welcome before in my life! What a sweet thing you are doing making us little Squids feel a part of our new community. I didn't know you wrote this (and included my name) until I suddenly began getting welcome comments on my Hubs and they mentioned your name as the one who introduced us. You welcomed me and offered your help practically on Day One of me landing on HP and I was so grateful. Now, with this 'love-spreading', I am overwhelmed! Thank you so much. I appreciate this more than I can say. (And I can see I need to be a bit quicker 'updating' my newly transferred Hubs as I'm getting visits to some that need some housecleaning! - LOL). Thanks again, Bill. You are a special person.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      I've already done that, Mr. Bill. I welcomed them and then I made friends with a Squid who is a fantastic writer and a darn nice person. In fact, she has more experience in this online writing stuff than I do after three years. I think I may be able to learn something from her! So, c'mon y'all, gather round and let's have a grand old time!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear it, Titia. I'm here if you have questions, and thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      econgranny, I love that you are feeling the warm and fuzzies. That's what it should feel like all the time here. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wednesday-Elf, very cool! I was hoping my friends would visit you and give you some loving. It pays to have good friends, and now you are one of them. Very cool indeed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Love it, MizB, and it doesn't surprise me at all that you are already on the bandwagon. Thank you my friend.

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      pkmcr 2 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a lovely friendly way to engage with people from Squidoo - I am sure many will appreciate you reaching out in this way and extending the hand of friendship.

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      Ice cold princess 2 years ago

      I've been struggling ever since the merger was announced.

      I found out pretty early on that my book reviews were no good here (I was the Young Adult Books contributor for the last 6 months of my time there) since I found I couldn't promote free items and most of my reviews were for free books - so I started a blog and blog most of that side of my writing now.

      I reinvented myself here on HubPages and have 3 new niches in 3 separate accounts. I have the support of a wonderful team of fellow ex-squids, yet I still feel like a squid out of water. It's hard to readjust to a world of "less is more" to "more is best". I feel like I'm drowning here and I can't seem to find a way forward.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you Bill for the lovely and kind welcome. I'm one of those refugees that you talked about. I had never considered myself one before, but I got a chuckle out of reading that. Feel free to add me to the love list. I'd appreciate some love. : )

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This is very generous of you to want to help out.

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      Nancy Johnson 2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Reading this brought tears to my eyes! I have been a bit overwhelmed with the transfer and intimidation of how to get my lenses up to par with such awesome writers here at HP. The offer of assistance means so much to this former Squid (LilMonkey). Thank you Bill for the kind words of welcome you sent to me too as soon as I arrived! Back to rewriting!

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you so much for your offer! I was just building some confidence with Squidoo and then the switch occurred. I'm totally blown out of the water.

      I am anxious that I was declined for adsense. From what I read, it seems that it's too be expected because I'm new with Hubs. But it still feels wrong since I have around 40 lenses ...er, Hubs, that are getting visits.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice welcome! I've already discovered ecogranny, pinned a recipe, and am following her. I'm sure I'll discover more gems out there!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you pkmcruk! Welcome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ice Cold, I'm very sorry to hear that. Hopefully your three new niches show returns in a few months. In the meantime, if I can help...you know where I am.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CherylsArt, you made me smile, and that is worth some love. Welcome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No biggie, Sandy! Others helped me when I started out. Thanks for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nancia, it is my pleasure. Find me on Facebook if you want, and we can talk more later. Best wishes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dawn, Adsense has never made sense to me. Write ten new hubs and try again. I'm sure you'll make it then.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I'm pleasantly surprised by the quality of writers from Squidoo...good news for all of us.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very nice welcome Bill. I have already followed the five new members that you listed above and will make a point to seek out other new members from Squidoo. Great job buddy.

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      Susanna Duffy 2 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you for the kindly and very gracious welcome. Much appreciated!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      Thank you so much - I am working on my lenses/hubs at the moment - it's very hard work but I am getting through them. I shall certainly take you up on your offer of help. You're awesome. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Susanna! I sent an email to you. Offer is always open.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Adventuretravels, you are very welcome. Please, if you have questions, you know how to find me. I'm more than willing to help.

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Thank you! I keep thinking that it's a matter of patience... of which I have little lately. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dawn, I know this may sound trite, but it is not meant to be....writing must always be fun. Don't let this merger ruin the joy of writing for you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill. You are a good man, and a good friend, and I appreciate you.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Bill - You are always so good at "paying it forward" and equally as important, at encouraging the rest of us to go and do likewise. :) Blessings! Theresa

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Theresa! I just think it's important for us all that we make this site as good as it can be.

      Blessings to you my friend

      bill

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      Peggy Hazelwood 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a kind and generous HP greeter you are. Now where are all the carts without those wonky wheels?

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      keep the love alive Billy shine the light... open the armory.. let em in... All joking aside it's good to know someone with know how really wants to help ..bless you

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Wow, thank you! That's such a wonderful welcome and generous offer. I only manage to write in my spare time so every moment is precious. If I get stuck I will certainly let you know. Only managed to fully update two pages so far, but I don't have hundreds so I'll get there. :0)

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      justholidays 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for the love, kindness and generosity you spread upon former Squids new homes :) I bet you'll get soft and shining angel wings soon :D

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      Gloria Freeman 2 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi there what a wonderful welcome. I have over 100 lenses that need to be turned into hubpages. I am not even sure where to start updating them. So I have no idea what questions to ask. Thanks so much for sharing the love.

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      Tim Bader 2 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Thank you for a very kind and encouraging welcome!

      I'm still a relative newbie with just over 50 lenses, now hubs, but enjoying it over here.

      Started editing my best articles, but it'll take me a little while, so I'm appreciating the warmth and grace extended to us ex-Squids, by people like you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is wonderful. I will be writing to you soon. I am really enjoying learning the ropes on Hubs and everyone has been so nice. Thank you!

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      Kathy McGraw 2 years ago from California

      I found this in Susanna Duffy's FB group that has been helping all us former Squids learn what to do over here. I see many friends have also found this, but of the hubbers, I haven't seen any of these names.

      Like you Billy I stayed on Squidoo because of the community. We had a vibrant one and still do in many ways. This whole merger I likened to a marriage with children, and all of us were thrown together, like it or not. Now we have to learn how to get along, and not just that, but thrive as a family.

      I too loved your verbiage of a few of the forum lovelies....one of them I/We are pretty sure came to Squidoo and gave a ton of bad information, and now I see them here under a different name being a bully to a couple of our members. It really seems intolerable to me, but hey, apparently it seems acceptable because all anyone says is , "oh well, just avoid the forums." So, my question would be how do you become a part of the community if you avoid the forums? Is there another place to meet new people?

      I want to say I am very, very happy to see you encouraging Wednesday Elf as I remember when she was one of the new Squids that came into a group Prosperity66, myself, and several others ran to help newbies. It makes a huge difference when we find a smiling face in the crowd. For that, I thank you and your followers.

      I read every comment, and every one of your replies. Boy will you be tired soon....LOL :)

      Anyway, thanks for your welcome. Oh, and I am Kathy. I mostly like to write about Native American stuff, Smurfs, or Inspirational things. I deleted over 3/4 of the lenses I had so only about 50 something made it here. And like you said, just getting here is one thing, but staying here is another :)

      Wow, this is long, but hey, I've always been known to write/say what I think.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I certainly appreciated KathyMcGraw2 and other friends like Prosperity66 (and OhMe, who got me started on Squidoo when I'd never heard of online writing platforms) who were so good to help us 'newbies' when we were feeling lost & alone. And here is darling Billybuc taking us under his wing just when we're back to being 'newbies' and all that entails. The world is full of caring and helpful individuals, and it's wonderful to know they are reaching out just when you need their help and encouragement. Thanks, Kathy, and Dom, and Nancy, and especially Billy and the many of his followers who have taken a moment to welcome me and all of us to HubPages.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 2 years ago from London

      Bill - I wanted to keep pressing a "like" box on lots in your hub text and lots of the subsequent comments

      Like Paula, I particularly appreciated the Ritalin comment as somebody who has already been driven off the Forums by one particular individual. I've got too much else to do - as have we all - to respond to troll-like behaviour.

      I've found lots to like about HubPages - and it's always good to know there is a nice friendly soul who can offer a helping hand.

      One thing - I think quite a lot of us think of as ourselves as "Squidoo Survivors" rather than refugees. Some of us write a lot too.... ;)

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      calendarsblog 2 years ago

      I think I'll be fine - but I do appreciate this post. It's going viral on Facebook among former squids right now :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill. I can't help but continue to see people(especially ex-squids) complaining about the treatment they are getting in the forums here. It isn't a very good selling point for Hub Pages. I myself dislike participating in the forums because of certain individuals, and although they may be knowledgeable about the basic technical aspects here they have absolutely no people skills and are more often than not downright rude. I really think HP should look at this as it doesn't help any of us.

      Hubs like this are much friendlier places for newbies to get advice and help.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scarlettohairy, good one. I seem to grab one of those every single time I go shopping. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Frank, and bless you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Drey, and if you should need me, you know where to find me. :) Welcome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Justholidays, one can only hope. I'm not sure they come in my size. :) Thank you and welcome.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flinnie Im, welcome and best wishes and luck. Thanks for the following.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tim Bader, most of us are glad you are here. LOL There's always a few stick in the muds, but we just ignore them. Welcome!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OhMe, I'm very glad you are here, and you can contact me any old time you want.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, it is very nice to meet you, and I'm happy you are here. As for the forums....I am reasonably well known here, and I've never participated in the forums. I do, however, comment on many hubs, and I took the time to get to know people as people and not just leave random comments. Many Hubbers are on Facebook writing groups, and we learn a lot about each other on Facebook....and that's it. It just took time and effort. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wednesday, it really is my pleasure, and I'm grateful to my friends and followers, who answered this call and welcomed many of you. I'm glad you are here, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Makingamark, Survivor it shall be from now on. Whatever we call you, I'm glad you are here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      calendarsblog, I'm glad to hear you will be fine. I hope we see each other down the Hub Road, and thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I'm not sure what the point of the forums is...I find them to just be places where rude behavior is allowed and tolerated. I see no point in it. Thanks for your opinion.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Hi Bill, I am touched by your words. You have a good heart. I'll keep you mind if I have any questions or where I would need to start from to make it as a writer/freelancer. Right now I'm doing legal work. I'm glad you didn't give up on hubpages. fear is in all of us, but we must not allow it to control us although some fear is good. 2000 followers is amazing! I visited your page& that was the first thing that I noticed plus you have a great hub score. voted up!

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      keep you in mind

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      Kathy McGraw 2 years ago from California

      Billy...I wanted to say who were the first people that I remember from here that came to my hubs, and he is one of your followers. Jonah. He was very nice and told me about another hubber that wrote in one of my niches...Phyllis Doyle. Phyllis is the very first person I saw on HP with that beautiful welcoming thread in the forum, and she came to see my first hub (not one of my transferred ones.) Actually I haven't had any hubber traffic, at least none that left a comment and wasn't sure if leaving comments was the norm here, or only SE traffic?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc! It's always nice hearing from you. I hope to hear more from you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Doc!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathy, those are two good people you mentioned. Comments....I guess it just depends. I get a ton of them, but I know some good writers who are lucky to get five comments per article. :)

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      Linda Hahn 2 years ago

      Thank you so much, I feel like such an immigrant coming from Squidoo the way I did. Now, if I could just figure out how to get to my Squidoo account . . .

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, good luck...it must be hard. I can't imagine having to move my 800 hubs somewhere else. Well, I'm glad you are here.

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      Tonie Cook 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, thank you, thank you, for such a warm and kind greeting.

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      Thank you for this lovely warm welcome! Its been quite a time of it lately and I appreciate you extending your hand of friendship in such a giving way. It means a lot. Hugs.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Charlino, you are very welcome. I'm glad you are here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you RaintreeAnnie. I'll always accept a hug from a peer.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This is the second time I have written a comment on one of your hubs, received notification about new comments but when I came to look my comment's not there...either that or my eyes are going!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, those little gremlins are at it again. i don't know, but that happens to me as well....thanks for being persistent.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      If I ever think of writing on Squidoo, I know who to turn to.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, vkwok. Have a great weekend in Hawaii!

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Good sunny afternoon, Bill.

      Yet another generous outpour of love.

      Delightful.

      How blessed are they, walking in through right door, to acquire help in need.

      Voting up, useful and awesome.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Scott A McCray 2 years ago

      Billy - In case I haven't mentioned it today (and I haven't - yet *grin*) - you are truly one of the good ones! You were one of the first to offer welcome and encouragement to me when I first arrived - and you are still at it. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend. I'm doing what you would do. Of that I have no doubt. Thank you always, and blessings on this sunny weekend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scott, I'll try to always be here for you. Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Yes, dear friend I'll do the same anytime. ( this time, though I should have been among those of Squidoo Writers...)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, you are right where you belong. :)

      Peace be with you

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Billy is the bomb!!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop...that's good, right? It doesn't mean I'm going to blow up, does it? LOL

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      billybuc,

      You have to get that elevator---after 40 people should not run down a steep hill.

      Anyway, we know how precious you are at HubPages, and now all the new Hubbers will know it too.

      I wanted someone to do this for them and now you have---what a guy.

      You have a wonderful new week with your sweetie Bev and all your pets.

      Your friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bobbi! I'm just giving back to a community that has given me so much.

      The repairmen are working on that elevator.

      And I hope your week is fantastic.

      bill

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      One can see why you were nominated Best All Round Hubber! Your generosity and selfless offer is priceless and I hope newcomers will discover how much they can learn from you over time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I've already had quite a few questions come my way, and I think that's wonderful. Thank you, as always, for your kindness.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'd like to add my voice to yours to welcome the Squidoos! I'll visit those 5 you've pin-pointed, not only because I'd like to but because you've asked me to, bill! We all need support and, like you, I was glad to be given support and feel that I should pass it on. I always encourage new hubbers I come across so writers who've had to 'jump ship' probably need extra support.

      Great hub, shared because that's what it's all about.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, that's what it is all about indeed. Thank you....are you back home and settled once again, or off on another lark? :)

      Thank you my friend.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Off on another lark (love the expression)! Not abroad; just to Torquay for a week with family, relaxing in a huge rented house near the sea - with wifi!! It's a place that'll give me loads of new photos and maybe a couple of hubs; I'll be reading lots too.

      Cheers, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My goodness, Ann, why don't you combine five of those trips and head to the States. We'll have loads of fun. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      If we ever get to the States, that's sounds like a brill idea!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brill it is, Ann! :)

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      Okay, billybuc, I have another question for you. After spending a month editing about one quarter of my former lenses, now hubs, I detect a pattern. By the time I check off as many boxes as I can on the hub tool tips, I end up with really long hubs. One is nearly 3,000 words in length. Several are in the 2500 and up range.

      I'm sure I'll come back and pare them down, but for now I'm pushing on with the compliance edits. My question is this: Should I focus more on keeping my hubs in the 1150-1250 word range and less on making sure I have all the little boxes checked, or should I keep adding more capsules to keep the tool-tip gremlins happy?

      Mind you, I don't add those bits just for the sake of adding. I love information, and I'm always eager to share more. Probably was a reference librarian in a past life!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ecogranny, I'll have your question in Monday's installment...mind you, it will just be my opinion, but you'll get what I believe. :) Thanks for a great question.

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      billybuc, you're welcome. I look forward to hearing, er, seeing what you have to say.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ecogranny, I've inserted it into Monday's installment, so you won't have to wait long.

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