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First Anniversary on HubPages

Updated on June 6, 2016

Pop The Cork and Celebrate

Pop the cork and celebrate...First Year Anniversary on HubPages. Join me in this celebration and give a thumbs up!
Pop the cork and celebrate...First Year Anniversary on HubPages. Join me in this celebration and give a thumbs up!

Where to Find This Postcard

Celebration Postcard by Sandyspider on Zazzle.

Please be considerate and do not copy any of my pictures. They are all copyrighted and have a digital thumb print on file. They are protected at My Free Copyright

All My Friends Are Hubbers

So many wonderful people here on Hubpages. Would be proud to shout it out on a shirt. Find this t-shirt in Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*
So many wonderful people here on Hubpages. Would be proud to shout it out on a shirt. Find this t-shirt in Zazzle. http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider*

One Year on HubPages

June 2009, I joined HubPages. Not new to me, since some online friends were Hubbers. Feeling overloaded with my other online activities, I would turn down invitations to join.

Then Hubber, bgamall (Gary) asked me to join at the time I was working on becoming a Giant Squid on Squidoo. Cut off date was the end of June. I had to have 50 premium lenses (articles) and in good standing to become a Giant Squid. (50 articles may not sound like much to most Hubbers, but it is on Squidoo.) I had no time for HubPages.

After declining Gary’s offer to join, I thought it would end there. But Gary was persistent. He told me of one Hubber who made $400 one month off Adsense. I realize that this isn’t the norm, but it got me thinking. It doesn’t hurt to join.

Wishlist on Amazon - An Anniversary Gift From You to Me

Mitsubishi WD-73C9 73-Inch 1080p DLP Home Theater
Mitsubishi WD-73C9 73-Inch 1080p DLP Home Theater

This is my anniversary celebration. With picture perfomance that outpaces today's smaller flat panels, Mitsubishi Home Theater TVs offer a larger than life, intensely vivid viewing experience. This would look nice in my living room.

 
Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5037 TruBrite 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)
Toshiba Satellite L505-GS5037 TruBrite 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

My daugther's Toshiba laptop was a nice computer. Still is after replacing the hard drive. Offering solid performance and impressive affordability.

 
Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7" Display, White, 3G Works Globally – 2nd Generation
Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7" Display, White, 3G Works Globally – 2nd Generation

Why not super size it. Kindle DX's large display is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs. Kindle DX's display is two and a half times the size of the Kindle display. Whether you're reading the latest bestseller or a financial report, text and images are amazingly sharp on the 9.7" screen

 
Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies
Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies

Along with my Dreamweaver software. Book for Dummies is in order.

 
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book
Adobe Dreamweaver CS5 Classroom in a Book

Will need more reading material. The 18 project-based lessons in this book show readers step-by-step the key techniques for working in Dreamweaver CS5. Readers learn what they need to know to create a professional website without having to delve into code.

 
Grand Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Basket
Grand Ghirardelli Chocolate Gift Basket

Since I am a chocoholic. This might fit your budget better.

 

I had Friends Offline

This is why I'm online. On Zazzle, type in sandyspider.
This is why I'm online. On Zazzle, type in sandyspider.

Thousands of Friends

With all my social networks, it added up to thousands. This is a Sandyspider t-shirt on Zazzle.
With all my social networks, it added up to thousands. This is a Sandyspider t-shirt on Zazzle.

Internet Addiction

These t-shirts can be found at Sandyspider Gifts: Internet Addiction

The Writing Begins

Wrote my first Hub June 17, 2009. Chicken Teriyaki. Followed by the wait on who would read this Hub. Six people for the month of June, with bgamall’s comment in there too.

Three weeks later after making Giant Squid. It was time to write another Hub. Stuffed Bell Peppers brought in thirteen people who commented for that month. More than double!!!

Obviously traffic was something I needed to find. Too bad I hadn’t joined HubNuggets. This would have been a tremendous boost in traffic, a larger fan base and even some fun.

Type in sandyspider or sandyspiderbite and one would see that I am crawling all over the internet. Not to mention, there are a few other names out there that I have used. Finding time for HubPages was sporadic.

On March 2010, I joined Health Awareness Month and the 30 day challenge. Prior to this challenge, I had 94 followers and 13 hubs. It has grown since.

Still not understanding the scoring system on HubPages; (as of this writing) my personal score peaked at 89. My highest scoring hub Setting up a Blog on RedGage peaked to 94.

My lowest scoring hub is 'St. Patrick's Day T-shirts', at one time scored in the 80s, now is 56. Even my "health" hubs that had all reached in the 80s, many are in the 60s. Does this mean people keep voting them down? How do they lose points?

I have been told that it is the outside traffic that counts and don’t worry about the Hub score. But without a high enough Hub score, where can one be found on Google?

Not knowing the exact day that I had joined HubPages this has been sitting waiting to be published. I do know now that I had joined June 6, 2009. After peaking out the first week in June 2010 at 89 and the time of publishing this hub it is now 83. I have come to terms that I will be forever stuck in the 80s.

The copyright to this article is owned by Sandy Mertens (sandyspider). Permission to republish this article in print or online must be granted by the author in writing. (You can, however, freely use the opening introduction and photo with a link to the article here on HubPages to read the remainder of the article.)

Don't know where I'm going or where I have been. Find this t-shirt on http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider* in the 'Internet Addiction' product line.
Don't know where I'm going or where I have been. Find this t-shirt on http://www.zazzle.com/sandyspider* in the 'Internet Addiction' product line.

More Questions to Ponder

How to get featured on HubPages?

How can some Hubbers be forever at a perfect 100 Hub score and mine is constantly changing?

Does commenting and rating other Hubs bring up my score?

What is the best way to promote my Hubs?

When it rains cats and dogs, do they really fall from the sky?

Can I lose weight sitting on my butt all day?

Is there such a thing as internet ADHD?

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      Sandy Mertens 16 months ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for visiting Debbie.

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      Debbie 16 months ago

      Great article Sandy. Reminds me of Squidoo the way it is set up. Very nice!

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      Betty Reid 6 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sandyspider. I was just visiting this hub again. Your Amazon gift list made me laugh.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Too bad you didn't sign in Angel. Now I will have to look you up here. Thanks for the comment.

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      Angel 7 years ago

      Congrats on your year! I must b e close to that I should check! But good job, Sandy as always

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Jill, congratulations to you too.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Congratulations on your first anniversary! I also celebrated mine just last May.

      Nice hub!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks travel_man1971.

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Happy 1st anniversary, Sandy on HubPages. I know you've been busy for the past months, with all your accounts online...how do you manage to do it girl? Anyways, don't worry about the Hubscore; the fruits of your efforts will come soon.LOL:D

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Coolmon2009.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Congratulations on your first year.I have enjoyed reading your article, and I look forward to reading more from you.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks Jen's Solitude and ReuVera.

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      ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

      Happy Hubirthday, Sandy! Many more to come!

      And I missed my 1 year anniversary :( Now I should watch for the 2-nd. LOL. I had hubscore of 100 a couple of times (I even got a snap shot!), but I am going down steady (since that HubKarma thing...) and don't know why, because my traffic is actually increasing. But I don't really care about hubscore!

      Who cares, when there are friends around and there is always a reason to celebrate!

      Bottoms Up!

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Well I managed to miss this one altogether. Better late than never though, so congrats for making it an entire year, especially since you are so busy with other things. Especially appreciated the humor at the end with the questions. LOL

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you lightning john and prettydarkhorse.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Congrats and proud to be a follower always, Awesome of course, now you've got ten awesomes, Maita

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      lightning john 7 years ago from Florida

      Cheers Sandy! Somtimes I think that I have AD,DDD.

      Really though I like the way you write, and I'm glad that your friend persuaded you to join Hubpages so we can all benifit from your talents.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you mulberry1, Ign Andy and nancy_30.

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      nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

      Congratulations on being here a year. Keep up the good work.

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      Ign Andy 7 years ago from Green Home Office

      Congratulation on your first anniversary. I learn a lo t from your Sandy, you are everywhere. May your network get stronger.

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      mulberry1 7 years ago

      You know I have absolutely NO idea how the hub scores work either. I thought it was just me that hadn't figure this out. Oh well, keep writing and happy anniversary!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you prasetio30, xzendor, cashmere, Teddletonmr and dreamreachout and the advice.

      Without sounding conceded, the majority of my hubs (I believe) are high quality. I do write about things that interest me. I do come to HubPages on a daily basis. I think a major key is finding the outside traffic and good keywords. Still working on that part.

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      dreamreachout 7 years ago

      Congratulations on completing one year on hub pages!! Wish you all the best for your future endeavour!!

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Sandy, great job making your one year anniversary. I for one enjoy reading all your hubs and vote them up every chance I get. Just keep believing tomorrow will be a better day, and your hub score will reflect your great content and honest opinion.

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      cashmere 7 years ago from India

      Congrats Sandy Spider...may ur hubs go from strength to strength! Here's to a second anniversary!

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      xzendor 7 years ago from Eastern USA

      That's one of the big problems when you're active across the net with various projects that require your daily attention. You just don't get the time to write about things that you like or interest you.

      Congrats To You My Dear And Much Success.

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good night Sandy. Don't be sad, my friend. I always support you. By the way, Happy anniversary for you. I know it hard to make a lot of money from hubpages. But never give up, I believe you can do that. For me, I am waiting my second payout from Google. It doesn't mean Google love me. I think we all can get all the money from Google.

      This is about time. Most hubbers said about traffic. And I have to say that's true. We have involve our selves more in this site. If you success with your lenses on squidoo, I believe you can success here. Talking about score, if you serious to write, try to find great topic, and also reply all the comment. I believe your score will up. Do not be pessimistic that your score will stuck on 80s. For me, personally my score was up and down. But it give me spirit doing the best. I pray for you....amen

      Prasetio

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      Janice S 7 years ago

      Congrats on your anniversary!!! 58 quality hubs and counting :) I'll have a shot of tequila later this evening in your honor (hehe!).

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      So many questions LymeLiterate. You are asking the wrong person for some of these questions. I still haven't made it to my Google threshold or Amazon for that matter. But I have more in both accounts that I can contribute to HubPages. My Squidoo and Zazzle have been my best payout.

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      LymeLiterate 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Happy Anniversary! I just voted you up!! What is the most you have ever made online and does google seem to be reliable for payments or do you only see a fraction of what they claim you are getting? I am still so new I didn't make it to my first payment so far but I am almost at the 200 mark!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks schoolgirlforreal.

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      schoolgirlforreal 7 years ago from USA

      Happy Anniversary! Have you gotten together with you hubfriends online?!! j/k I love your internet site and the cork postcard is so cool!!

      Rosie

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thank you for the new comments. Thank you for the party Katiem2.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

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      Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

      Hey, congrats or happy hub-birthday, whichever is more important. You have always been a very supportive hubber, so cheers to you and your hub efforts.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Sandy, Congrats on your anniversary YEA! you hang in there kiddo, I have been here a year as well and only really worked at it the past 4 months, the more backlinks I create the higher my score, I write lots of ezine articles and share share and share some more. You just need to relax and do what you love, write what you love, your a wonderful person and I for one, as I'm sure many love hearing from you about you and following you. Keep on Sandyspider your gonna hang in the ranks of 100 soon enough. Peace friend :)

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Sandyspider. Congratulations on your anniversary! I never noticed your score was under 80, but you seem to have decent traffic and a lot of followers. I appreciate you visiting my hubs too. Good luck in the year ahead!

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      CMHypno 7 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Congratulations on your first anniversary, SandySpider, looking forward to reading lots more of your hubs in the coming year

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks to everyone who has signed on since last time I have answered on here. Well, it happen. I finally went to 79 score today. I think the last time I seen that was when I first signed on to HubPages. Can't wait to see 60.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Wouldn't it be nice to lose weight sitting at the computer all day. Ah if only.

      You have some great T Shirts here Sandy

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      A big congrats on your first year. I've only actually been here since January, even though my joined time is much longer. I signed up long before I actually wrote a hub, devoting my time to a blog then. Glad I made my way back.

      As for your pondering questions, I hope you find the answers. :)

      Keep on hubbing.

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Congratulations Sandy on your first anniversary on Hubpages! You're a great hubber and I like reading your hubs so I believe there's so much in store for you in the coming years here in Hubpages! :-)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Congratulations and well done! Hope your second year far surpasses your first great one!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Grant Handford 7 years ago from Canada

      Hi Sandy. Wish you all the best in your second year here at HubPages.

      Cheers,

      Grant.

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      Wendy Krick 7 years ago from Maryland

      Happy Anniversary Sandy!

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Happy Anniversary, I'm so happy for you ! !

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      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Congratulations, Sandy. I'm right behind you. My 1 year anniversary on HubPages is coming in July.

      Hope to see many more hubs from you in the future!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Yay! congratulations Sandyspider! That is awesome! :)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks everyone. I'm happy to see you here. I feel a little better.

      gramarye, if you are really serious about the t-shirts, just click on the Sandyspider Gifts: Internet Addiction link above. The t-shirts can be customized in many colors and styles. They come in sizes for men, women, kids and babies.

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Sandy awesome - and congrats - you have written some great hubs and have been a great support to my writing too - I appreciate it and look forward to many more hubs :)

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Glad to have you here and even more so, knowing you were following mine and I yours almost from the beginning.

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      gramarye 7 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Hey SandySpider, congratulations on one year. You have done well, written good hubs, and been a great follower. I find you an inspiration, and loved this hub too.

      I'm sipping a nice red wine and sending you a happy birthday.

      P.S. Dig those T-Shirts - they could become the next fashion fad - what colors do they come in?

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      NoRR4Me 7 years ago

      Congratulations on being on HubPages for 1 year! Wow, I've got 8 months to go to get to 1 year. I haven't kept stats like you have about how many followers, how many hubs at certain milestones, etc. As for the scores, we all have some of the same questions you have. The scores go up and down a lot. The main thing to me is outside traffic. Many say the score can be "ho-hum", but they're making lots of money. I don't know. Anyway, you can't let it get you down. You have to just keep on keeping on.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      Congrats! I'm somewhere into my 8th month - and I'm feeling the baby kicking like mad!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Love your postcard and congratulations. You have done well!

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      Patrick King 7 years ago from Springfield, IL

      Congrats on your first anniversary on Hubpages!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Congrats, girlfriend! I guess we joined about the same time!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Congrats my dear friend, wow that is fantastic, now I need to check to see what my date is...keep on keeping on we all love your hubs and your passion...thumbs up your fan

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Thinks, you have brought forth some good hubs.

      Happy times to you.

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      Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

      Sandy, you are doing great! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your first year!!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      Don't worry about the hubscore, Sandy, just keep writing quality hubs. It takes time and a lot of patience but if you persist you can be successful. Congrats on your first year.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks everyone. Ouch...I just came in to check on this and now my score is 81. Lowest it has been in several months. Maybe soon I will be stuck in the 70s or 60s.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Sandy, Congratulations on making a year. I haven't done that yet. You have a lot of fans and I'm sure that will grow. Thanks for a good hub.

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      Dr irum 7 years ago

      Sandyspider congrates ,you have completed one year .Thanks to share with us lot of quality hubs .

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      WhiteOak 7 years ago

      Congratulations for your first year at Hub or should I say Happy Anniversary?? Regardless, nice Hub. Goodness knows you have some fantastic questions listed because I have wondered the same thing. I love writing Hubs, I just need to find the time to do it *frowns* Any pointers how to draw traffic because I normally do not get much?

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      thevoice, Sorry you have been sick. Hope you are feeling better.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      beautiful fantastic quality hub write sorry have been sick thanks