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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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      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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      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'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

      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

      Brill it is, Ann! :)

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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

      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

      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

      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

      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 3 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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      Dianna Mendez 3 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 3 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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      PurvisBobbi44 3 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 3 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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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Billy is the bomb!!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

      Peace be with you

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      Michael-Milec 3 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 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Scott A McCray 3 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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      Michael-Milec 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, vkwok. Have a great weekend in Hawaii!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Mary Craig 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      RaintreeAnnie 3 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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      Tonie Cook 3 years ago from USA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Linda Hahn 3 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 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope so, Doc!

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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Kathy McGraw 3 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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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      keep you in mind

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      lovedoctor926 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Frank, and bless you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 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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      John Hansen 3 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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      calendarsblog 3 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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      Katherine Tyrrell 3 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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      Wednesday-Elf 3 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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      Kathy McGraw 3 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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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 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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      Tim Bader 3 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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      Gloria Freeman 3 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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      justholidays 3 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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      DreyaB 3 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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      Frank Atanacio 3 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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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Theresa Ast 3 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 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Dawn 3 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 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 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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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

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

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      Bill De Giulio 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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 Holland 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you pkmcruk! Welcome!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 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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      Dawn 3 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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      Nancy Johnson 3 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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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

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

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      Cheryl Paton 3 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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      Ice cold princess 3 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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      pkmcr 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 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 3 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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      MizBejabbers 3 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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      Wednesday-Elf 3 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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      Kathryn Grace 3 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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      Titia Geertman 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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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      Bill Holland 3 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 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 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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      Elsie Hagley 3 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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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

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