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My Journey to 500 Fans on Hubpages

Updated on January 24, 2011

The Big 5-0-0

Well, it's not like I'm turning 50 or just got married or won the lottery. It's not even like waking up in bed finding myself laying next to Brad Pitt or Johnny Depp. I certainly don't feel like I did the day my daughter was born or when I graduated college. It may not be life changing, but it's equally worth acknowledging and celebrating; reaching 500 fans on hubpages!

This is all about you, my fans, and a quick note about my journey. I signed up on hubpages 2 years ago. I took almost a year off because I was dealing with having a new baby and being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis last year so it's been a rocky journey. I came back to write consistently a few months ago- for myself at first, but then it really became about the fans, their comments, and building my own little community.

I want people to be entertained, enlightened, and hopefully reflecting more about how important life, relationships, and social isses are. I've been known to ruffle a few feathers, usually unintentionally. I hope everyone knows, I don't write anything unless I've checked facts, am passionate about the subject, or want others to think about a topic by providing a different view or exposing something not everyone wants to acknowledge. There is a little bit, sometimes a lot, of me in every hub.

What you will find in this hub are the fans who helped me to stick around for "the big 5-0-0" and those that keep me inspired. I'll also mention why fans are important and how to get more- at the end. I had this hub planned for quite some time, but hesitated in publishing it because I don't want to disappoint anybody if I forgot them and I won't take offense if anyone wants to remind me of their pivotal role in being one of the 500. The hubbers I mention stick out to me for various reasons, so let me explain...

First and Foremost

Triplet mom and mighty mom~ The first of my fans, before I became serious about hubbing. They appeared regularly to leave thoughtful and constructive comments so I appreciate them. Not much bad to be said about a mom to triplets and a "mighty mom", who both find time to write clever hubs. Girl power! OK, I've just always wanted to say that.

themanwithnopants~he's not as bad as his name would imply. After my long break from writing, I published a hub called "God Dropped Me". I was struggling with my faith and the physical pain of having Rheumatoid Arthritis. I guarantee I would not be hubbing regularly if it weren't for his comments on that hub. That was a low point for me and I was shocked, still am, that I got myself out of that rut and back on track with my faith because of all the comments from folks. If you commented on that hub- THANK YOU! And thank you again manwithnopants (Jim). He is an honest and caring guy, truly genuine. He would be the one hubber I would love to meet in person. We have so much in common and his approach on topics is similar to mine, although he does a much better job with political hubs than me. I refer to him as my siamese twin, partner in crime, and muse.

martiecoetser~she is one of my favorite commenters. She takes the time to write a thoughtful comment and truly reads through the details in my hubs. She always gives me her honest opinion and I respect her because she writes as an open soul with every fiber of her being. She is the definition of passionate writer.

James A. Watkins~one of the first hubbers I paid attention to and became a fan of. James is a legend on hubpages. His writing is probably the best I've seen on here. Now, don't anybody get jealous or upset, but this man has put a lot of research and life experience into his hubs. He is my inspiration for being a better writer. He has such a wide variety of hubs, tons of fans, and I've noticed he acknowledges everybody who comments and still finds time to show up on hubs to comment. Thanks James!

Fred Allen~what a guy! He is a huge inspiration for me with the kindest and most genuine words in his hubs and comments on mine. He is one of my consistent commenters whom I look forward to reading comments from. Thanks for being there fred.

Ediann~ I sought him out to be his fan after reading one of his hubs featured on his autistic son. Incredible love of a child- this man has the world because he loves his son so much. One of the things that got me out my rut was to stop feeling sorry for myself and realize what I do have. Yes, my young daughter is high maintenance, but she is healthy and has no additional obstacles.

Other favorites: MPG Narratives who leaves great comments and writes equally terrific hubs about tough topics- much respect for Marie. Sabu Singh who has been a consistent commenter for a long time and gave me some belly laughs in a couple of his hubs. Katiem2, well, she speaks for herself. She is a terrific writer. I really can't count how many times I've gotten great info from her and thoughtful comments on my hubs. Petra Vlah is a tough cookie and extremely intelligent. She has written hubs that made me think about social and personal issues as well as politcs. She also visits me often in my comment sections.

Most Entertaining Fans

Again, I'd have to mention themanwithnopants. But I have some other favorites.

christophreilly~Stop reading my hub NOW if you aren't entertained by christoph's hubs and/or his comments. He is hilarious and almost never says anything without a humorous innuendo. I mean, grow up already christoph! He really is a great guy and I'm lucky to have his comments appear in my comment section at 2 am. Yes, I'm a night owl and apparently so is he. I follow his hubs regularly, but do not consider myself a member of his cult.

Tom hellert~ another guy who can make me laugh with his hubs and his comments. I am truly entertained and can't wait to see what he's going to write next in my comment section. I don't think he means to be funny, he just can't help it like flies on sh*t. Of course a fly has a shelf life of 4 days and can usually be swatted away, but tom keeps coming back for more of my sh*t, I mean hubs. lol.

Winsome~ I think winsome is trying to court me- nah just kidding, but his words ARE smooth, eloquent, and make smile with a twinkle in my eye. I love his comments, but find myself visiting his hubs often for entertainment and learning a few things as well.

mistyhorizon2003~ this gal is an awesome experienced hubber who has a knack for putting it all out there. If I think I talk about taboo subjects, she is the queen, and she makes it all funny and honest.

epigramman~I found him wandering around themanwithnopants hubs so any friend of his, is a friend of mine. I ventured into his corner of "the pages of hub" (as he would refer to it) and I am amazed at his rhyming abilities and awesome poems and prose. Everything he writes is unique and entertaining.

drbj~ I'm still trying to figure out what d-r-b-j stands for. drbj is another one of those that leaves regular comments and contributions to my hubs and has some funny hubs to keep me entertained. I love the "funniest (or stupid) laws" hubs.

wifelv and zellio~ I'm mentioning these two together because they became my fans about the same time and like to comment on the same topics. Their discussions and contributions to a few of my hubs are entertaining. I really appreciate their honesty when commenting and love to see them show on up in the comment section.

Live and Learn

Here is a special section dedicated to the fans and hubbers that have taught me a few things about life and various perspectives of.

Joe Barnett~ This man has a lot of life experience. He is personally invested in each of his hubs, some being incredibly moving and REAL. There is nothing in my comment here that would do him justice. His honesty and introspection are admirable.

David Stone~ He is the best fan a hubber can have. He is a writer, and a good one. I respect him as a published author and know he will always give me constructive comments on my hubs with intriguing discussions as well. Likewise, he has wonderful hubs ranging from philosophy to travel and doesn't mind my rambling comments periodically. His book, "A Million Different Things: Meditations of The World's Happiest Man" is on my list of must-reads.

breakfastpop~ every morning breakfastpop has the political and social issues scoop AND a breakfast recipe. She's found her niche and I admire that. She is also a great supporter on many of my hubs and I appreciate her fanship.

robwrite and jayb23~ These two guys; I love their perspectives on life and many of their hubs portray their originality. They always have positive contributions in my comment section. Both are intelligent guys and I enjoy seeing what they have to say next.

Silent Reed~ A wonderful variety of hubs with a unique style- great poem and prose. I never know when he'll show up in my comment section, but it's always a pleasure.

sweetsusieg and saddlerider~ both have a unique voice in their hubs; saddle rider, a great story teller of life and sweetsusieg, brings a pragmatic perspective on life. Their comments on my hubs are insightful and positive.

Inspirational fans/hubbers- great writers I'd like to mention are wannabewestern, Leafy Den, and Just a voice. When I say great writing, I'm not kidding- some really great work and although I don't see them too often in my comment section, I've taken their words to heart.

Just For The Health of It

Good health information is hard to come by. I see hubbers on here who receive a lot of attention for a health hub, but when I read it, the information is sometimes false or too general. I've got a real passion for health and you won't find many hubs from me on it because I only publish something on health when I am 100% able to back everything up and give the best possible information. I'm only picking 2 hubbers here who are great fans of mine and I believe they know what they are writing about in their health hubs.

Silver Genes and Tatjana-mihaela~ Both beautiful women who write intelligent health hubs, among other topics. They both write insightful comments on my hubs as well and I truly respect their input. I've sought their advice and believe they have more to offer me than I have to offer them.

Newbies, advice, etc.

I have a few fans I want to mention because I have every intention of seeing them more often and getting to know them. They are new fans, some new to hubpages also. They've peaked my interest and I look forward to keeping up with their hubs.

  • Char M
  • Shane belceto
  • cheaptrick
  • thougforce
  • carrie450
  • elefanza
  • Simone Smith
  • dahoglund


THE IMPORTANCE OF FANS: When I first started on hubpages, I didn't go out and seek fans because I thought the more fans, the less personal my experience. I was wrong about that mentality because since gaining more fans, I've made more friends. I usually dedicate a couple days a week, one for reading and one for writing. It's a very comfortable and rewarding balance. What I choose to read depends on my mood. I go to certain hubbers for specific information, even advice, I got to others for entertainment, ans some to learn from.

I've arrived at a certain point on hubpageswith consistent hubs and ratings, therefore the fans come to me, but that doesn't make the experience any different or less genuine. But how do you arrive at that destination? I began reading hubs randomly and reached out to become fans of writers who have a unique written voice and/or entertaining and intelligent to interact with. Usually I reciprocate fan requests, but always read several of the person's hubs to make sure I WANT to be a fan.

My comment sections are open for debates, discussions, and contributions large and small. I am thankful somebody is reading my writing, and many are talented writers themselves- what an honor! I try to read my comments almost every day and reply to them all.

The most important reason for having fans is inspiration, sharing ideas and obtain more ideas to write hubs about. I notice when I haven't been reading on hubpages, I get writer's block. Interacting and reading your fans' work is what makes you (and me) a better writer.

Advice: Regular, regular, regular! Post hubs, comment on other hubs, and reply to comments REGULARLY!


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    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks eagle23edc!

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      9 years ago

      WOW~!~!!! that was a lot of writing i liked it though too and also who reads this....

      Look for Best Music Ever by me it is really good

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      spotlight~ thanks- this has been a few months ago and I'm now at 1,000+ followers, which I never would have imagined when I wrote this hub about 500. I have some great fans and great friends from here.

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      Jennifer Pena 

      9 years ago from California

      Congratulations on having 500 fans and I thought it was beautiful how you wrote a hub about your fans now that I read yours I think that it would be interesting for all hubbers to do the same thing as you did write and thank their fellow fans because that can get evryone closer as not only fans but as friends.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      9 years ago from The Great Northwest

      jhangora~ Thank you and I'm so happy to have great fans.

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      Dinesh Mohan Raturi 

      9 years ago from Dehradun

      I see that you have more than 800 fans now! I guess in a month or so you'd reach the 4 figure mark. Cool!

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Great to see you triplet mom!

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      Triplet Mom 

      10 years ago from West Coast

      Congrats on reaching 500 although you are now almost to 600!! Well deserved. I am very happy to be one of your first fans. I look forward to your hubs. So keep em coming!!

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      Char M 

      10 years ago from Pacific Coast

      Hey this is very thoughtful of you and I'm proud to be a fan of yours. You deserve it my dear.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Elefanza~ it's my hobby, but more time would be great. I joke that it's a graveyard shift because I usually do it at night after my daughter goes to bed. I totally enjoy it and admittedly pick favorites. I can't possibly read all 500 fans stuff. I realize some people become fans just because and that's fine. I tend to read those I feel like I "know" the best. I probably read the least on fashion and travel- don't have the money for either- lol.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

      Sounds hard. If only people could campaign for a realignment of time, or possession of more super powers allowing us to be more and do more at once. Yet for some, this would undoubtedly mean more advertising and other unpleasant phenomenons. But it sounds good. Hope the enjoyment of it all stays with you!

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Elefanza~ This was one way for me to be genuine to those that kept me writing. I was hesitant about reaching a high number because I knew I wouldn't be able to be as genuine as I want to be. I wish my humor stories would come to me more often, but I agree the condom hub would be hilarious to junior high kids.

      I will be around to read your hubs. I read peoples' hubs in cycles so I can keep up with my faves most of the time.

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      10 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

      What I really love about this post is seeing your mentality. It's so positive and beautiful! I'm glad you're staying genuine. And some of your hubs are quite hilarious. I think your condom one should be read in a junior high school just because I can see some kids that age getting a kick out of it (though they'd never admit it. Funny age). And it's always nice when you find a community of people you like and admire. Hope your journey continues to be positive. :)

      Also, thanks for saying you look forward to reading my stuff. Means a lot coming from someone who has such amazing stories to tell. :)

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      CP~ It's scary being at 500 and I know it's not as much as many other hubbers have, but I used to be able to read a hub of my fans regularly and now not as much, but I try to get around in cycles because I never wanted to get away from being personal and genuines with my dearest fans. There are really some great people on here, and I like I stated in the hub, I was literally picked up by my boot straps by a few of them who really motivated me.

      I have a twin sister? I've been told that a few times. yes, I miss the space needle, very cose to my hometown and I used to go more often. I ate in the restaurant back in '93 for my prom night dinner.

      Thanks for the visit CP!

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      Christopher Price 

      10 years ago from Vermont, USA


      This hub is just another reason I am happy to have found and followed you on hubpages. I am working my way through your hubs and enjoying every minute.

      Thanks for the list of hubbers I should check out. Some of them I already follow, but I appreciate being aimed in the right direction.

      I am honored that you have chosen to follow me too, and hope I can entertain you as you do me.

      BTW, your profile photo knocks me could be the twin sister of the first love of my life...I lost 100 pounds in 8 months living on love! And the Space Needle is one of my favorite places ever. I "rode the restaurant" back in 1973 when I lived in Olympia.

      Congratulations on the 500 plus. You deserve it.


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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      dallas93444~ thank you. I came on here to get writing practice and write some parts of me I've never shared with even close friends. I thought nobody would be reading it and I was really wrong. It has been a tremendous process. THank you for being a fan.

      opinionduck~ If I was in the top 10%, I wouldn't be writing this hub or acknowledging my fans- most of the top dogs are too good for little fish like me. I do have about a 99% return on comments made by my fans. Something the big fish don't bother with anymore. I hope to never get that way and writing this hub is the first step. I'll put you in my next hub about My 1000 fans- deal?

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      10 years ago

      I wonder what the fan record is on hubpages.

      Anyway, you must be in the top ten percent.


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      Dallas W Thompson 

      10 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      AGain, Congratulations. The best part is you are a better person in the process! We all...

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Lillee M~ I don't know if I could handle another 500. I used to be able to keep up on reading more of my fans' hubs now I have to read in cycles with my favorites. THanks to you for being a fan! I am certainly a fan of yours.

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      Lillee McLoflin 

      10 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations! Very much deserved. You are always the first one I look up when I get the rare chance to just sit back and read/learn from interesting people. Can't wait to see where you are after the next 500!

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Christoph~ I had to mention you because I literally wait on pins and needles for your next hubs. There just isn't enough of you to go around.

      prasetio30~ You are one of my great fans and friends too. I love your encouraging comments. May God bless you too and thanks for the vote up!

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      10 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Congratulations for you. All your worked hard has been paid. I am glad join your community. I hope this hub inspired other to make a great hub, more and more. Good job, my friend. The journey still a long way. Keep on working. To celebrate I'll Vote Up this hub. God bless you.

      Prasetio :)

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      Christoph Reilly 

      10 years ago from St. Louis

      Hey, thanks Izetti. I'm the head. But you knew that.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      ediann(Ed)~ you were in the right place at the right time for me here on HP. I was going through a rough time, and admittedly, feeling sorry for myself. SOmehow I came across your hubs and read through them- inspired and in awe at your approach to life and your son, how beautiful he is. I will never forget certain people that touched me during that time. The reason for this hub was for people to realize they never know how they've touched another's life, but it does happen. THanks for that!

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      10 years ago

      When I read this I was incredibly struck with your ability to convey your sincerity and compassion and your honesty and most of all your appreciation towards others that have crossed your path and inspired you. It also is true that you have inspired so many with your beautiful and "breath of fresh air" writings and I am grateful to have you in my corner. I am also glad to have come across you here as you inspire me and you are very insightful and take the time out to acknowledge others and what they write and speak about. You are truly special and it is an honor to be friends with you and to be a fan. Congratulations and keep enlightening the community and sharing your thoughts, dreams, visions, ideas, experiences and your heart.

      Ed Iannielli III

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      Victoria Stephens 

      10 years ago from London

      What a lovely thought that you have given many of your followers a mention.x

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      Shane Belceto 

      10 years ago from WA USA

      No .... thanks goes to YOU!!!! lol and yes I sure do so off I go more smiles

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      mymastiffpuppies~ thank you very much for the excellent comment and compliment. I will have to stop by and read your hubs too.

      mpgnarratives~ there are so many talented hubbers and you are one of them. I've liked your hubs for quite some time now.

      nikitha p~ thank you! and glad to have you as a fan too.

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      nikitha p 

      10 years ago from India

      Congratulations! on having more fans.

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      Maria Giunta 

      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Congratulations on having 500 fans and on a great hub thanking everyone, oh and the mention, I'm so chuffed I am able to help. I've read many of your hubs and congratulate you too on an amazing journey back to who you really are.

      Keep on hubbing izetti, glad you stuck around. Cheers Marie :)

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations! Looks like you earned every fan you have with your very heartfelt, interesting and inspiring hubs. I look forward to reading more of them.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thanks guys!

      Thank you Shane. You have more reading and writing ahead of you. I need to catch up on my reading to get to know my newer fans more.

      Thanks archangel! Aren't you on the wrong hub? lol. I didn't expect to see you here, but you are certainly a great fan. Thanks for your support.

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      ArchAngel (Moi) 

      10 years ago

      Congratulations! @))>-,-`--

      From an ArchAngel

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      Shane Belceto 

      10 years ago from WA USA

      Oh my Gosh!!!! I heard somebody with the same name as mine in this HUB .. smiles How cool

      Seriously though Loura as I listened through this it just made me wish to find out more about each and everyone listted above .. so yes got my work cut out for me ... such a great idea for a HUB and to share from the heart so well

      Thank YOU much HUGS

      ~Expect Miracles

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Nicky page~ thank you and glad to inspire you to write your journey too. It's important to stop and take stock of where you've been and how you got there every once in a while. 500 fans is a lot more than I ever hoped to have when i set out on my journey.

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      Nicky Page 

      10 years ago from Indiana

      Hi izetti- congrats on your success and many fans/friends at Hubpages. You certainly deserve it! This hub has inspired me to write about my own journey in the future. Thanks.

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      mysterylady 89~ my mom certainly did a good job for not knowing what it was like being tall. She is 5'5", but impressed upon me the pride in being different. Make it your "signature"- unique.

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      mysterylady 89 

      10 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the birthday greetings to my sister. Your mother probably taught you to stand tall and proud, just as my mother did my sister and me. No stooped shoulders or slouching were allowed!

      I, too, love Winsome's hubs. He writes meaningful comments, too!

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      David Stone~ I really do enjoy your comments and how articulate and thought provoking your hubs are! I was hooked after the first one.

      roadrunner0924~ It sounds corny or cliche, but I wouldn't have continued hubbing if it wasn't for several of the hubbers I mentioned. I am glad to have you as a fan too.

      Joe barnett~ I thought you had disappeared for a while so I hadn't visited you, but then I saw your reply to one of my questions and immediately went over to read your latest hubs- great job too!

      MsDee~ You're one I'm going to have to get caught up on some of your hubs, but I'm happy to have you as a fan too.

      thougforce~ Your hubs captivated me and I always appreciate your comments. Happy to make you feel warm and fuzzy :))

      mysterylady 89~ I'm just getting to know you too. I know I probably forgot some great hubbers, but I have go through periods when some stand out to me more than others at other times. HAPPY B-day to your sister. Tall girls ARE cool. Well we never felt cool usually when we were younger but when we finally do appreciate it, nothing wrong to proud of it and wear high heels- right? Most women at 5'7" don't get the chance to feel short too often. I do that to my husband- he is almost 2 inches shorter than me and considerably more when I wear high heels. lol. I have been meaning to read more of your hubs because anybody who likes Winsome's writing is a friend of mine. He is such a good writer!

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      mysterylady 89 

      10 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations on getting 500 followers! You mentioned several of my favorite hubbers. In your profile, when you said you were six feet tall, I could not help but think of my older sister, who was 5'11". When she was young, she wore very high heels and towered over people. She made me (5'7") feel short. Today was her birthday.

      I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      10 years ago from Sweden

      This is so useful to read and makes me feel happy and warm inside! You have mentioned many writers that I have not seen jet, since I am new here.This gives me a lot to look at and hopfully enjoy. And the best part is your opinions about others here! You describe all with such warmth and humor. And thanks for mentioning me as well.

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      Deidre Shelden 

      10 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great to get your experienced perspective! Yes, though fairly new, I'm beginning to experience the synergy and inspiration from the writer community. :) Appreciate your good description of this.

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      10 years ago

      wow! you have done more than just read the hubs, you've analyzed the writers as well. this was a through hub that actually brings everyone're thoughtful and perceptive. thanks izzy!

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      10 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Great article, it is always nice to see people recognizing others...I see following you will be very benecifial to me.

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      David Stone 

      10 years ago from New York City

      izetti, thanks for the mention and the compliments.

      See you next on Facebook!

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      you are very welcome silentReed- hope I've only ruffled your feathers in a good way.

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      10 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you izetti and congratulation on your 500th hub. The pleasure is always mine when I read your hubs. I like your style of writing. It is incisive and cuts to the chase even if it sometimes ruffles feathers ;)

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      drbj~ ah ha! the name mystery is solved. I've always thought it was catchy, but realized when I was writing this, I didn't know what it represented. Anyway, you are all that you mentioned and YES I would have written all that if I bothered to get out my dictionary and look up "AWESOME" to find you there.

      silvergenes~ I owe saddlerider a big THANKS for passing the word around. I had been meaning to read hi latest hub for a while and finalyl got a chance to last night. He never disappoints and neither do you. I just love your hubs and comments. You are so helpful and I know many other hubbers feel the same about you.

      robwrite~ My movie and entertainment guy! Thanks for being a fan, you've been one I look forward to hearing from and getting caught up on some of your hubs recently.

      A hubber I admired when first starting was James A. Watkins. He has tons of fans and still makes everyone feel welcomed. I also noticed he puts himself out there sometimes. Yes, he writes great educational hubs, but he's put some of himself into other hubs. That was what finally clicked for me. I started getting more fans once I gave people a glimpse into my life and became a person, not just a "hubber". That's hard for me because I tend to be a private person, but the personal hubs of mine received attention and I noticed the fan numbers were growing. Let us know more about Robwrite! You are already an excellent writer.

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      10 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Yah! Big cheer for izetti reaching that magic number. 500 is an impressive amount. I wish I knew how you did it.

      And thanks for mentioning me.

      Keep writing.

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations, izettl on reaching the big 500! And to find my name among the hubbers you mention is nothing short of thrilling. Wow! Thank you so much. Some of the hubbers you mention, I already read and follow too but there are some who are new to me. I'll be visiting them now too :) Like Sweetsusieg, saddlerider mentioned your hub to me so kudos to him. On to the next 500! Thumbs up!

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Laura, for referring to me as the most entertaining, humorous, funniest, intelligent-est and cleverest hubber of them all.

      I know . . . you didn't write all those words, but I know that's what you meant. The admiration is mutual. Congrats on 500; would you like to try for 5,000?

      To remove you from your quandary, the "dr" is my title; the "bj" is my name.

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      Martie Coetser 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Izettl, I feel so honored to be on your list, for you are, truly, one of the best hubbers I know. I love your views; you are extremely wise and always objective and humble. And honest. What you see in me, is actually a reflection of yourself. We are indeed mirrors - we’ve got to see something of ourselves in another hubber to be able to enjoy his/her writings. It is great to know I’m one of your (currently) 503 mirrors! Congratulations! I am sure all your followers will, like me, never fail to read a hub written by you. Enjoy the moment. It will soon be over, for the next goal is 1000 :)) Take care!

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      10 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Laura, you are just about the coolest thing happening on planet earth. We all love you because we trust you. We know that the motivations behind your words are genuine and honest. What you are working to overcome makes all of us re examine ourselves, and ask ourselves .. "Are we doing our best?" You are every bit the inspiration to me as I am to you, and probably more. I value your friendship, and probably wouldn't be hubbing without you.

      Congrads on the big 500. That's an achievement that you're well deserving of. Now let's bag the next 500, and don't forget to work out today kid!


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      10 years ago from Michigan

      What a great way to celebrate reaching 500 Fans!! How wonderful! Saddlerider brought this Hub to my attention and I am glad he did. Thank you for the mention!

      I know some of the writers you have mentioned but certainly not all! I still have a long way to go to reach 500!

      Congrats and soon you'll be hitting 1000!! (Got that Hub in the planning?) LOL

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      dahoglund~ you are a terrific fan and writer- of course I'd mention you.

      saddlerider~ I am also moved by your hubs and began "following" you a while back before I realized I hadn't officially joined your fans until recently.

      ghomefitness~ I'll check it out and sorry about your daughter. At first the dr's thought mine was either lupus or RA- neither is fun. Thanks for reading.

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      10 years ago from Chicago,IL

      izettl Congratulations! I noticed you are dealing with R.A. My daughter has Lupus and it is tough. We found a natural anti-inflammatory called Soul from Rain nutrition that helps us. My wife and I liked the product so much we started to sell it. The web site is on my bio page if you wanted a risk free trial.

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      10 years ago

      izettl congratulations on reaching the BIG 500 and you are well on your way to the 1000th follower. I enjoy your hubs as they come to life and you are so diverse on your subject matter. Not only can you be darn right funny but you can also bring a tear to my eye.

      Thank you for the mention and I am glad to be a fan and follower of yours to. peace and hugs.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Congratulations. I appreciate your mentioning me.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      carrie450~ glad to have you on board. Your hubs have really touched me with your honesty and clarity in writing.

      breakfastpop~ keep doing what you do so well.

      eiddwen~ nice to meet you and look forward to seeing more of you.

    • izettl profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      10 years ago from The Great Northwest

      petra vlah~ I thought about you too when writing this. See, I knew I'd forget someone. I enjoy your writing equally and will add you into here because I already had you in mind.

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      Petra Vlah 

      10 years ago from Los Angeles

      Some of your fans are people whom I follow and read regularly for the exact same reason you decided to mention them; some bring great information to the table, some bring a smile to my life, some bring new perspectives and “force” me to think and rethink about issues.

      As opposed to you, who are a nice and polite young lady, I am a snob. I will only follow people who are bringing something that will enrich my life and, while it may be considered rude not to follow all the ones that are following me (the ratio is 396 versus 58), I fell strong about giving my full attention to people and subjects that interest me.

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations and thank you for the mention. You rock!

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      10 years ago from Wales

      i certainly enjoyed reading this. Funny and informative. I am bookmarking this one into my most useful hubs. I look forward to reading more of your work. take care.

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      10 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      First of all izettl, CONGRATULATIONS! Thanks for the smile this morning. This is so well written and humorous also.

      It's a pleasure coming over here. Thanks for adding my name to the newbies.


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