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Celebrating HubPages By Toasting My Favorite Fan Mail

Updated on September 26, 2014

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Nastrovia peeps nastrovia!

Well here's to HubPages and my one hundredth hub article. I've learned a lot here on HubPages, about writing, about my own nature and positively about the nature of others! I am envious of the success stories I've read about due to the hub-influence. I'm afraid I haven't quite got there yet! But I admire those that have, well done, cheers to you my fine feathered friends. I have had some interesting offers and a few opportunities that are still floating out there in the ether, like gold leaves floating just out of my reach! But I'm not dead yet! Wait...***pinch*** nope, I'm not dead yet. So hey, let's party! I live in Madison for cryin' out loud, that's how we do it!

I would be remiss not to mention my one success of note recently in publishing my first eBook entitled, Your Life As A Painting. If you're looking for inspiration, or for a book to review, check it mon soire!

Now where was I, ah yes, toasting my fan mail! Followers and fan mail, like some of my darker skinned brothers might say, what it is? I mean, come on, I'm not Ludacris, nor am I Jimmy Buffet, or Jesus, or even They Might Be Giants. I am a salacious writer and artist who is humbly honored that someone would even take the time to compliment my words and art. Below you will find a list of my favorite comments from my fan mail. Check out these other great Hubpages writers, they are all the cat's pajamas. As Patty Inglish is want to say, write on!

I'm not exactly sure what these French fellas are saying, but I know it's extra extra large!

Props aboard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What can I say? It's good to be loved by your peers.


Niteriter I've just been reading some of your Hubs. Ben, my friend, you are truly talented. Your ability to bend the written word to your wishes is a long way down the road past average. You will be discovered and you will have a great following. I'm delighted to be one of your early fans.

sunforged Although I don't always comment, I must admit that I gladly visit each new hub by this creative individual time and again. A strong and entertaining voice always shines through regardless of the topic and the conversation that inevitable ensues within the comments is always worth absorbing = Im a fan!

stars439 Excellent Writer. Very Talented Artist. And Good Friend. GBY

K9keystrokes I am in love with the hubs I have a chance to read, I am an instant fan!

Patty Inglish, MS Ben Zoltak, you offer a wide variety of topics in your writing and I enjoy many of them. In addition, your name sounds like a Space Hero. Another plus.

Karanda If the first paragraph in his profile is anything to go by, this is one fine writer.

Anaya M. Baker Love your bio - one of the best I've seen! Couldn't agree more on the "selling out" point. Worked many crap jobs, so if I could ever make a living creatively I'd take it in a second! And thanks for the kind comments and encouragement for this newbie writer:)

buckjoseph I like your attitude! Praise you to God, and back to holy Hell! Ha ha! Keep up the fantastic job dude.

SteveoMc Your answer to the question, should a man marry a woman taller than himself was hysterical. I laughed and laughed at the thought of a short village tying on to the tall woman's ears. Bravo! I love the entertainment.

Art 4 Life Always ready to fan another artist out here~ Welcome to the hubs, your hubs are brilliant!

agvulpes G'day Ben from an Aussie who loves crazy humor. :-)

LegumePastabasta I fan to you. You have happy face, I like it. You are nice man. I like it. You write nice, I like it! My writing can be good like you some day. My daughter helps me. The hub boss dont put my story because my English not so good. I reading Ben and llearn the nice way to talk. Thank you Ben Zoltak. Your name before is Zoltaky no?

IdeaMorphist I enjoy the humor of your hubs, thanks for making me grin!

Momma Mia You certainly have my attention......I really like your style! Refreshing to see and feel an articulate person that is also down to earth....hats off to ya.... Mia

cheaptrick Sorry it took so long to visit you. Your one of the finest word smiths I've had the pleasure of reading.I don't often comment but I do read so know that I suport you.

bearclawmedia Just read your SEO content blog, top notch writing! I applaud you. I like your writers voice and any one who read this article would have had a bit of fun and learned a lot. This has to be our goal here at the hub pages. Thank you for your presence and presents. Bearclaw

Anita Revel Your choices of subject are COOL. I wanted to click on so many! LOL

Nell Rose Cos you make me laugh! cheers Nell

AEvans You certainly are a person of many characters and a painter too! I am impressed and glad to become a fan! :)

Ben's inspirational eBook on the Kindle format, available on fine digital screens everywhere

Green Lotus

I like your philosophy on life and your style. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


Ben - quite inspirational. Love your topics.


loving the writiing expresses alot of emotion and very sensual


Thank you for being my number one fan. I am new and will post soon. I had a look at your articles and will read with interest. I really appreciate artists in our society. Without their contribution our world would be a grim and dark place. Z

wytegarillazYou made me laugh when I read your answer on should a guy marry some one taller or not !


Great hubs. You're a great presence here on HubPages -- keep it up!


You are among the best!


simply awesome!

Les Trois Chenes

Hi, many thanks for your comment. Let me know if you do build your own bee-hive - and why! Your hubs look fascinating


Somehow missed fanning you after a few nice comments on my hubs. I guess I was newer then and more in a daze. All woken up now. A new follower for ya by a fellow Madisonian.


I knew that I would be a fan just by reading your profile. You have an artist's sensibility for writing! Looking forward to reading more ~

Shalini Kagal

I've just read one hub - and it's made me look forward to reading all of yours!

Jane Bovary

Ben, how could I not sign up after those nice compliments? Actually I could have sworn I already had.

jill of alltrades

It's great to meet an artist! You now have a new fan!


You write about things worth reading. Look forward to more from you. I enjoy painting too. Aloha!


Thanks for taking the time to share a part of your life with us. Jeremy

Tammy Lochmann

Just browsing I try to personally follow people that I like reading (sometimes it's just returning the favor you know etiquette). Anyway I have enjoyed reading your very personal and well written hubs.


Hey Ben! Thanks for being a fan - What a charmer! x


I was going to fan you after I read your hub, but my daughter came over and kidnapped me. lol!

Arthur Windermere

Thanks for joining. Looks like you have some pretty cool hubs too. And you flatter me with comparison to Nick Drake. I'm afraid it's a coincidence of camera angle and lighting.


Great variety of hubs - all interesting and with lots of good humor!


I like the way you write and I will read as time goes by. Hope one day you can visit Philippines too!

Peggy W

Enjoyed your article on how to price art. artist and writer from Madison! I spent my early childhood in Wisconsin and have cousins living in Madison.


I like the idea of painting without criticism.

H.C Porter

Hi Ben-Love your hubs, glad I can be your fan...

sandra rinck

You are a hilarious author. Fun to read.

words cocktail

Because even I believe 'art' is a universal language..and words (language) are for everyone! Ben, it is a pleasurable read as your introduction..your profile..

Zsuzsy Bee

I will be looking for more of your great hubs.

Dolores Monet

Ben. You're a wonderful writer and I am glad to be your fan.


Hi! I like your cool dad Hub!

Thanks again everybody. Times have been kind of bleak around here, it's really heartening to see all the supportive comments from fans, friends and peers. I think a recent Facebook post of mine says it best:

Anyone who knows me knows I'm one of those bleeding hearts who wears his heart on his sleeve. Problem is, after sneezing into the crook of my arm it's more difficult to share my heart felt emotion without getting boogers and blood everywhere.

Reckon yourself a writer? A saavy thinker who thinks suave thoughts?

Then sign up for Hubpages here! (and get your own damn admirers)

author, artist, poet, father, husband, friend, wanderluster, megamuncher
author, artist, poet, father, husband, friend, wanderluster, megamuncher | Source

I also would like to thank Ludacris, for doing his thiiiiinnnggg!!! Long live free speech!

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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      MsDora! a pleasure meeting you as well! Yes, good people here on Hubpages, I've enjoyed my time, a make a couple bucks, and I still come around when I can too. Glad to have you at the party mon soire!


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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm late joining the party, but I enjoy the good times your offer in this article and (as I can tell from the comments) many others. A pleasure meeting you!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Dolores Monet, always an honor to have your words on my digiturf. You are probably correct, what are we online bloggers (hubbers) if not self absorbed? That's a paraphrase from Julia Julia, what do you think?

      Aren't peoples' comments charming? I've been through some tough times the past two years, taking another stab at this creative career again, missing the mark mostly, again. So to get the encouragement is heartwarming in a way that I need desperately sometimes.

      100+ hubs and hoping for a monthly adsense payout someday, show me the money! Well, at least the attention is nice ;oP

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi Ben - at first I thought this was kind of funny, sort of like a toast to yourself and how swell you are, haha! But it's nice to read the comments of followers who provide such wonderful encouragement, especially for someone new to HP. Glad to see that you're still aboard and congratulations on 100 (now I see 105) hubs!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Suz, I like Patty's comment too. I've heard that comment for many years regarding my last name. Seems apropos to my Native American ancestry, even though it's a Polish name.


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      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Enjoyed the read especially Patty Inglish's comment - :)

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks katiem2, especially as someone prolific of yourself, and new to umm... planet Zoltak shall we say? Good to meet you as well, I reciprocate your sentiment of success, right back at you!



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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a great read, its so cool to stumble upon a hubber who is new to me and have such a vast wealth of references. Very impressive and cool idea. Nice to meet you I feel like I know you far better than anyone I've just first read about on HubPages. Best Wishes and Continued Success, :) Katie

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Aw thanks Peggy, I know, a little gross humor, but sometimes you have to go into the absurd realm to pull the roots of a laugh out. Thanks for the accolade about my eBook also my friend!


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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have now passed that magical 100 hubs mark. Onward and upward! I love your humor and this made me laugh...

      "Anyone who knows me knows I'm one of those bleeding hearts who wears his heart on his sleeve. Problem is, after sneezing into the crook of my arm it's more difficult to share my heart felt emotion without getting boogers and blood everywhere."

      Congratulations on your first e-book! That is also quite an accomplishment. Happy for you!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Aw thanks Hello, hello, and for being there from the begining. As an American, I would squirm in a royal throne, but maybe I should think of it more of the big chair in the living room, that my father used to fondly call, the "Kings Chair".

      Cheers mate.


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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Congratulation. It feels so great and unbelievable to have written 100 hubs but there you are on the throne with the well deserved crown on you head. Looking forward to the next 100.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Niteriter, an honor my brother. Been awhile I was afraid you might've been kidnapped by rum drinking Canadian grizzlies or some such thing.

      Here's to more bison jerky and whiskey in our collective futures.

      Always an honor, and thanks again for the kind words on my profile, I am roundly flattered and flat out honored.


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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks jill your enthusiasm is contagious! If I haven't said it before, I really like the green bubble in your profile, mysterious and still a hidden self portrait correct? I know it's a lot to ask, but if you would be the first to review my eBook I would be honored.



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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks GL, I love Patty's quote too. My Polish heritage surname has been the topic of discussion many times. If any culture were laden with Space Heroes, it must be the good humored cadence of the Poles. Thank you for being with me from the start!


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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks K9, for you kind compliment. Self portraits have imploded in the art world it seems, I hope I can help bring 'em back.


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      7 years ago from Canada

      I must say, I'm pleased as pleased can be to find myself in such highbrow company. A published author no less! My oh my.

      Congratulations, Brother Ben! A job well done I say. And now I'm off to browbeat Amazon into accepting my PayPal paternoster.

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      jill of alltrades 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! 100 hubs! Congratulations! I really am happy and proud to be one of your fans!

      Congratulations too on your ebook. I like the title and I am going to check it out after I post this. You surely inspire me!

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      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hey Ben congrats on reaching your 100th (you beat me)! Great quotes and what a cool, original way to pay back a tribute to your favorite quote is Patty's who thinks your name sounds like a Space Hero! Love the artwork too. Here's to terrifically successful year.

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      Nice job Ben. Your self portrait is simply amazing!


    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thank you Ingenira, and for your vote of confidence. I hope to make it further this year! Write away!


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      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks BrooklynC, always an honor to have you read my hubs!


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      7 years ago

      This is truly a creative hub, Ben. Congratulations for your 100th hub ! Keep up the hardwork, you will definitely reach your goal one day.

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      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love love love the art! Yay! And tribute - cool!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for being the first to comment JB! I am positively in the scratching and scribbling crowd. As far as flattering my art you really oughtena, no I take it back, you oughta, yes, no, yes! Alright I'll take the compliment, haha! Thanks for recognizing the tribute to my readers!


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      J Beadle 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Nice tribute back to your fans. I hear you too on the envy and the struggle to write and wonder if you are good enough and all that nonsense. Writers do write and to be a writer all you need to do is scratch a few thoughts down on paper or type them out on your computer. Love the artwork too!


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