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Hal's 2,500th & Last Hub. Peace. Out.

Updated on March 16, 2011

This is my 2,500th and last Hub. I figured I'd go out a winner (although some would say "a weiner") before I got stale (although some would say "staler").

There are so many people in the Hubpages organization and among the Hubber community that I am completely in awe of that I can't even mention one without all the others, and the complete list alone would be considerably longer than this Hub. Let it suffice to say that there are many Hubbers who I will always fondly remember and who I'd like to thank for being such a wonderful part of my life. As for the Hubpages management and staff: In 35 years in the writing business I have never been involved with a better, friendlier, more supportive organization. They are absolutely the best in the online publishing industry, and nothing more needs to be said. Period.

Looking back on 2,499 Hubs, I have to admit that I am very proud of a number of them:

75 Sarah Palin Joke One Liner "Quotes"

The Canadian Capital District - The Solution To Finally Achieving English & French Equality

Family Guy Hacks A Cat To Death: Humor Or Repugnance?

Padre Pio: Stigmata Of God

All About Me & My Father

86 Mac Plus Vs. 07 AMD DualCore. You Won't Believe Who Wins

Hotmail Fails To Deliver Up To 81% Of All Attachment Emails

Hal's Master Motorcycle & Scooter MPG Reference Hub

Top 100 Ugliest Motorcycles In History - The Ultimate List!

Hal's Ride Along Motorcycling Memory Lane

... and every Hub I've written about Obama being a Communist.

Some have been wildly successful, drawing up to 130,000 page views in one 24-hour period. Others haven't drawn flies. I'm proud of them due to their content, not by what traffic they did or did not draw. I seem to have a slightly different view on online writing than most web authors. I feel it's important to place real quality content on the internet, not just google bait. Yeah, google bait makes money, but as an ol' skool journalist I still have an outmoded concept of writing: I prefer to write primarily for the reader not for the income. That's why I'm working around the clock to make the rent while imbeciles are pulling in five figures a month with illiterate websites on Justin Bieber.

There are many more than these rarefied and quality few Hubs that I really have to shake my head and wonder what I was thinking when I wrote them... and why I would ever actually post them. They're an enormous pile of Philistine dreck. I've written a huge load of junk to share the platform with my better Hubs, and if I had my druthers, I'd probably delete well over 2,000 of the ones that were primarily or even strictly mercenary. Even though Hubs about flipflops and footie pjs make me an ongoing incremental income, I still can't justify writing about them. I don't wear them, I don't like them, I don't care about them, and the money those Hubs make buys me a Big Mac a month. I would have rather not had the money (or the calories for that matter), and been able to uphold my journalistic principles.

I've done a lot of experimenting with various forms of online articles, subject matter, layout, and although I have discovered various approaches which I prefer over others, I have yet to come up with any concrete and objective "best way" to do a Hub. What tips can I share with ongoing Hubbers? I've already written pretty well everything I learned at the 1,000 Hub level in:

What I've Learned From Writing 1,000 Hubs

But this may be a bit of an update:

  • Be literate
  • Don't write junk just because you think that you'll make #1 on Google
  • Use this exact layout with the big Ebay ad at the top
  • Don't use Kontera
  • Don't expect to make Misha-money on every Hub you write

I'm also no longer going to be answering any comments, effective immediately. I have my plate stacked high with a huge pile of freelance writing work and I feel it's just best to turn and walk away.

Therefore, with a tear in my eye I bid adieu to Hubpages, its amazing staff, and its incredible community of phenomenal Hubbers. I've had death threats and compliments beyond my wildest dreams... and everything inbetween. It's been a great three year run. Keep on Hubbin' forever... as Hal rides off into the sunset!

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    • Five One Cows profile image

      Five One Cows 6 years ago from Moo Town

      Peace be with you.

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      AskAshlie3433 6 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

      Sorry we didn't meet.

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      At my current pace, I shall reach 2,500 hubs long after my death. This is a treasure trove of reading material without feeling the need to comment. I'll read your 1000th Hub next and won't comment.

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      WestOcean 6 years ago from Great Britain

      Inspirational!

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      Madurai 6 years ago from Online

      you have posted 2500 hubs but this is the first time i am crossing your hubs.. that shows your quality...

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      Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Good luck Hal in your future endeavors. Your hubs will be a legacy to those of us remaining - and monetizing at the same time. Awesome and you will be missed!!

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      qwidjib0 6 years ago from IL

      thats an incredible amount of commitment! hope you're being compensated better than the $200 mentioned in the 1000th hub now!

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      May PL 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      This is the first hub of yours that I have read and it turns out to be your last:( I am truly in awe of your lengthy run, some 2500 hubs. Amazing effort. All the best for the next season of your life.

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      Grant Handford 6 years ago from Canada

      Good luck Hal.

      G.

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      EllenDean 6 years ago from Austin

      Wow! Awesome! You are an inspiration.

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      Allsortz 6 years ago

      great hub so much usefull infomation

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      chirp... chirp ... chirp...

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Leaving us at a time like this is unforgivable ... but ... come back and all will be forgiven! :)

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Farewell, Hal. Thank you for your great hubs. :)

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      Susannah Birch 6 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Great job - sad to see you go but glad you are giving up the addiction - I don't think I'll ever manage it! Good luck in whatever you do.

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      rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Absolute best of luck to you. Sometimes we just need to go in another direction. I usually have to be shoved. Thanks for not deleting your work.

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      Aya Katz 6 years ago from The Ozarks

      Bye, Hal. Best of luck!

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      sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      2,500 Hubs?

      Astonishing.

      I wish you luck in all your future endeavors.

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      Misha 6 years ago from DC Area

      He-he, you won't be able to stay away for long, old buddy ;)

      And thanks to Ryan for steering me here, so I can say good bye (not farewell!). I will be missing an occasional stumble over your comment in hubtivity and subsequent visit to your fresh cooked hubs. :)

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Well, whatever your schtik was, sorry to see you go. You added a lot here...but maybe you are still here with another identity. Doesn't matter. One thing for sure, what you did here is a model for others.

      Best wishes in the future, whoever you are.

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      Richard Bivins 6 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Good luck Hal on your next journey. Continued success will follow you where ever you go.

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      Shadesbreath 6 years ago from California

      Nice run, dude. When I first got here, I saw you posting regularly and read your stuff. Everything I saw was highly literate and counted as a genuine article, not some salesy tripe. Even though I knew I was never going to review every possible motorcycle engine made by man, I saw that care and quality writing seemed to matter here. Your work served as evidence that HP was worth staying and writing on. Thanks for that, and good luck moving forward.

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      Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Good bye and good luck. You are an inspiration! 2500, crikey!!!

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      Mikeydoes 6 years ago from Fl,IL,IND

      Adios good luck, I'm sure you'll be back!

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      lrohner 6 years ago from USA

      Geez, Hal, I am going to miss you terribly. Thanks for keeping your hubs up and published. I can't say that I've read all 2,500, but I've made a good start. Best of luck in your next project, whatever that may be!

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      James D. Preston 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      A staple of the community has left us, best of luck Hal!

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      ryankett 6 years ago

      Best of luck!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I'm returning all my footie pajamas. I hope you've already received the commissions.

      You rock!

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      Will Apse 6 years ago

      Nausea is no excuse to quit the most necessary of evil arts- persuading people they really need to buy that thing which will do them no good and might actually kill them.

      It's good that you have an alternative though. So best of luck.

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      I have always enjoyed reading your hubs, many of them make me think or make me laugh because you have such a great sense of humor in your writing. Overall you have been such a great contributor to this site, and it will be sad to see you go. I wish you the best and happy 2011 and more.

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      1140 of your fans are in deep distress ... they will be stranded ... "unemployed" ... you are guilty of generating mass unemployment ...

      Just the flick of your wrist is all you need. Turn you motorcycle around 180 degrees. Sunsets are boring. Come back!

      :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 6 years ago from Portugal

      Take care Hall, your hubs will be here testifying (and monetizing) your great work for the past 3 years here on HP!

      Wish you all the BEST!

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Hey! Come back! You can't do this! It's unfair! ...

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      Sufidreamer 6 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Best of luck, Hal - Its been a hell of a journey and thanks for the memories.

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      Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

      Will miss seeing you here Hal! Thanks so much for introducing HubPages to me.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Will miss you, Hal. Best of luck.

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      Enjol 6 years ago

      Impressive! 2,500! Hopefully I will be able to reach at least ten. I just created my account today. This'll be fun :)

      Good luck, good-bye!

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Hal, Good luck, and bye-bye. H

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      eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Wow, 2500. I can't imagine 250, yet 2500. Great job.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Take good care Hal you have been a great example and teacher to many of us, God Bless and thanks, you will be missed.

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      CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Good bye and the very best of luck. GOD BLESS!