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How To Increase Comments On HubPages

Updated on November 20, 2013

By the Numbers

56,516 comments received. 56,516 comments answered.

630 articles written in 22 months. An average of 89.7 comments per article.

I write this article because I have had several people of late ask me how in the world I get so many comments on my articles. It’s a valid question and so I’ll share my own insights into this much-appreciated aspect of my HubPages experience.

I am also discussing this because for me…..and this is just my opinion….comments are the most important statistic. Again, we are only talking about my opinion. I do not care about total views. I don’t care about those silly accolades that HP gives writers when they hit milestones. I don’t care about Hub of the Day and I certainly don’t care about the meager earnings that many writers chase after. Oh, let me continue: I don’t care about Hub scores or Hubber scores, and whatever an Editor’s Choice Award is, I don’t care about it either. J

For me, HubPages has always been about a sense of community.

I joined to become a part of a writing community. I joined in hopes that by receiving comments from other writers I would become a better writer myself, and I joined in hopes that I could support writers on their own journey.

So yes, comments are important.

But there is a considerable distance between something being important and actually receiving that something. Ask any kid at Christmastime what they would like for presents. The list will be a mile long, and every item on that list is vitally important, but good luck scoring every item.

So, then, how did I take my Christmas list and make it happen?

Read on!

Do you want what I have on HubPages?
Do you want what I have on HubPages? | Source

There Is No Substitute for Quality

I tossed ego aside a long time ago, so don’t bother thinking this is a statement born from that character defect. I say this only from observing over the past two years. If your articles are not interesting, and if they do not give value to your readers, you not only will not receive comments but you will be hard-pressed to receive any views at all.

It makes no difference whether you write poetry, how-to articles, craft articles, travel articles, short stories or flash fiction….if your writing is boring then say goodbye to readership and by extension say goodbye to future comments.

I had a teacher in the 4th Grade….Sister Mary Joseph….she may have been close to God, but I’ll bet God yawned when she finally paid Him a visit. The woman was BORING and I avoided her like the plague.

In fact, let’s call this the Sister Mary Joseph Syndrome. Do you suffer from it? If so, kiss those comments goodbye.

Don't be a chicken; get involved.
Don't be a chicken; get involved. | Source

Do Readers Relate to What You Are Writing

I have told this story before but I’ll toss it out again to illustrate this point. The first article I wrote for HubPages was some nonsense about how to stage your home for selling. Result? One comment!

The second article was something about teaching….see, I barely remember it….Result? Four comments!

My third article was a letter to my birth mother who I never knew. Result? Literally hundreds of comments!

What’s the point? I reached my readers on a personal level with that third article. They could relate to me as a person. I opened myself up for inspection and allowed my readers to know a little something about me, and they responded in a huge way and still are today. Those who follow me do so with great regularity because I have become real to them. I am no longer billybuc; I am a walking, talking, breathing friend who they enjoy visiting with.

If You Want Support Then Give Support

I don’t know why this is so hard for some writers to comprehend. You have to give love to receive it. The Beatles said it quite nicely back in 1969. “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.”

I give support to other writers. Heck, my tagline is “helping writers to spread their wings and fly.” My followers know it isn’t phony and they respond in kind. I comment on their articles. I follow their blogs. I am in constant contact with them on Facebook. They are, in fact, my online friends and I greatly enjoy their company…..and obviously they enjoy mine as well.

Becoming a part of a writing community is hard work. If you think otherwise you are spitting into the wind, and let me tell you, that is not an enjoyable activity….the spitting part of course!

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Are You Making a Genuine Effort?

The biggest turnoff for me is when a writer does not even bother to respond to my comment. The second biggest turnoff is when their response is “thank you for reading.” I just spent five minutes of my busy day reading their article and then writing a meaningful comment, and I get four words in reply, four words that sound like McDonald’s “have a nice day.”

Ya gotta give, folks! I don’t know how else to say it. My comments have some meaning and depth. My responses to comments have some meaning and depth. To me, my comment is an extension of me. If I met someone on the street and they gave me a gift, I would not blow them off with “thank you for reading.” I would stand there and express my gratitude in a genuine fashion. Writing online should be no different.

And people sense that is true about me and they respond in kind.

You have to make the effort if you want results.

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I Am a Real Person

That may sound like a silly statement, but think about it for a second. How many writers on HubPages do you feel you truly know on a personal level?

Many of my followers have become my friends. Real friends and not just virtual friends; they know that if they are ever in Olympia that I will be there to greet them and buy them lunch; and I know that they will do the same for me. Heck, I could go for a cross-country road trip and I’ll bet I could stay at a writer’s house in every state and fifty countries.

Can you say the same?

I get comments because I am a friend, and people enjoy conversing with friends. I have allowed people to know me on a very personal level. I have talked about my past mistakes and my weaknesses. I have talked about my fears and my triumphs. I am not Billybuc to my online followers; I am Bill Holland, and if you don’t understand the distinction then you ain’t been paying attention.

Let people know you as a real person

And That’s All There Is to It

If you think you are going to write an article and then be instantly flooded with comments well, then, think again. It just doesn’t happen that way. People are busy. People are distrustful of strangers online. People need and want entertainment. People want quality and people want personal connections. All of that takes time and all of that takes work.

If you want what I have, then let’s sit down and chat. Let me get to know you. Let me get a sense of who you are as a person, because that is infinitely more important to me than who you are as a writer.

So pull up a chair and get comfortable. I’ve got some donuts here and tea if you like. Sit back, relax, and let me tell you the parable of the 65 yr old writer who had so many friends he didn’t know what to do. J

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Another brilliant Hub! I always make a point of returning comments and searching for Hubs to comment on! I think that's part of the HubPage community. It's nice to get comments, but more importantly to give them. To appreciate other writers. That's the essence of it.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful tips here today Bill and pretty much couldn't agree with you more if I tried. You are right it is about reaching your readers, connecting with them and being real. So, you totally nailed this one and said it perfectly my friend. Wishing you a great Wednesday now, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, that is indeed the essence of this community, and you have learned well. I know that I greatly appreciate having you here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are a walking, talking example of this hub. Thank you for being who you are.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Too scary -- what if they do not like me? Really a great article about life.

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      Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

      Totally agree. Enjoyed your hub, as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Eric, the question is...do you like yourself? I know you do, so all is well in Eric World. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dee; I stopped by to read yours and it said no longer published. Darn it!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      God bless you, Bill, you did it again!

      You cut through the HP crap and addressed the very people you always sought to reach and develop solid relationships with. And I thank you for that and respect the heck out of that!

      And, in the process, you managed to share yet another significant writer's tutorial with us.

      Because of you and your amazing influence, I am currently working on an article that I hope to submit to a national periodical before Thanksgiving. No, it's not a holiday special; it has a timeless and universal tone about a subject I'm dearly acquainted with. Acceptance or rejection, the most important thing is that I'm doing something similar to what I did, not quite a year ago, when I retired from being a couch potato and took that first step of what has become a marathon walk, both literally and figuratively...I'm getting off of my ass and facing my fear of success.

      You, good sir from the primal evergreens and snow-capped giants of Olympia, made a difference in this aspiring writer's life.

      Aloha, and I hope you have an outstanding day of touching other people's lives!

      ~Joe

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I am ashamed to say that I have said, "Thanks for reading..." This is generally because the comment I am responding to is really short.

      As I get to know the writers and their works, I have seen that my ability to leave more thoughtful comments increase as do their comments regarding my work. And, of course, if the article is something I can personally relate to, then the comments practically write themselves.

      The video you provided is priceless. I had no idea that such research had been provided, and I plan to use that research tool. You are not just a friend, you are an incredible guide.

      Happy Hump Day!

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Hump Day to you, Kim, and as always thank you. When people leave short messages it is particularly hard to leave a meaningful comment. I know that to be true for me. With people like you it is very easy, and I am appreciative. Have a wonderful day my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I am grinning from ear to ear....you are submitting an article....BRAVO! You are such a good writer. The world needs to read your words and learn your lessons. I firmly believe that, Joe, and I want you to believe it too. We have a responsibility; we have been given a gift. It is high time we used that gift for good.

      Aloha and heartfelt thanks my friend.

      bill

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      Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

      Hey Billy, Thank you. I am just coming back after having been ill and needing to heal me (body and soul). My hub I published as my comeback is title With A Special Kind of Grace. Would love you to read if you have time. I need to do some work on many of the older ones. I have another one that is going through the assessment process now titled The Wolf is Howling. I'm slowly trying to make it back....I will.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I think this advice probably works for any content site. People like personal stuff that relates to an issue in their lives...As always Bill, well written.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, welcome back...it is the Howling Wolf that I tried to read and it said unpublished...I will run over now and check out the Grace hub. I am happy you have returned healthy...or at least healthier. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      True words, Carol. I think people want to relate and connect....we as writers just have to make it happen.

      Thank you and I hope you are doing well.

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      Marilyn L Davis 3 years ago from Georgia

      Good morning, Billy. Guilty as charged. I know that I cannot receive what I am unwilling to give; the universe does not work that way. Yet, I forgot to remember that specific to comments and feedback.

      I'll be active on Hub more; in part from your encouraging comments on my hubs of late. You do practice what you preach - you reach out, comment and validate our writings.....an excellent teacher/mentor.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      The hub community is indeed a worthy thing to be a part of, regardless of any money earned. I try to leave comprehensive comments when reading and a personal response when someone has kindly commented on any hub of mine. It's a courtesy that is part of my upbringing and part of my nature. After all, we are writers and therefore should be able to think of appropriate and varied responses!

      I've decided lately that some of my hubs are of lower quality than others and therefore I'm revamping them - we learn as we go along and what do we learn the most from? others' comments!!!

      I think more numerous comments also come from having a wider online audience e.g from facebook etc - that's where I lose out but then that's my choice.

      You teach, you advise, you inspire; I just hope anyone who reads takes detailed notes! Hope your week is going well. From a very chilly, wet and windy Somerset, Ann

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      We've talked about this before: what a turn-off it is when someone doesn't respond to comments. It's like the guy at a party who goes on and on about himself, and then stops paying attention when you start talking.

      Not that I'm meeting guys at parties lately, but I remember them well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MDavis, you are doing fine. I find your writings valuable and interesting, and with that combination you will surely increase your comments. Best wishes to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Ann!

      Not wet here but quite chilly. Ice on the ground for the first time this winter; the chickens are trying to figure out what is happening. A bit tougher to scratch for worms. :)

      You write beautiful comments; this one is a perfect example. It is one of the reasons I consider you a friend; you have reached out to this old man and allowed me to know you as a real person, and I am very grateful for that.

      Have a wonderful Wednesday Ann!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, you better not be hanging at parties meeting guys. You have your hands quite full right now young lady. :)

      Turn off indeed; if I take the time to comment then they sure as hell better respond or I am down the road.

      I heard from Joe this morning...it was nice.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      That's because you do the same, bill. Just settling down for a cosy Wed evening, out of the cold thank goodness! Enjoy your day too! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Ann! Enjoy your evening.

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, I enjoy your hubs very much and they are always packed with helpful tips, good advice, and general wisdom. BUT, isn't there always a but...sometimes coming up with comments that feel worthy of your article is scary! I wonder if I'm alone in thinking things like "my comment isn't witty enough" or "you can't possibly comment on that because you don't have any experience" etc. So I chicken out and don't leave a comment. Kind of lame, right?

      But its true, you get what you give, and you give a lot! So, you deserve every comment and then some.

      Stay warm!

      Melissa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I'm laughing. There have been some hubs that I wasn't smart enough to understand...some that were just plain weird....and then what do you do? I have friends who will occasionally write a hub that I just don't agree with at all, but I don't want to hurt their feelings by being snide. :) I get it.

      Thank you....you are appreciated and that I can comment on easily.

      bill

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Wouaw... 56,516 comments and as many answers! I also believe to answer every single comments I receive. HP is also like a meeting place where you can exchange ideas and I like that. It's a place where to discover a lot of different writers and different subjects!

      And if by any chance you come to Ottawa, let me know.... but beware, I speak English with a French accent ;-)

      Have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, I would love to visit Ottawa some day; if it ever happens I would love to hear that French accent. :) Thank you.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      Again great advice from you.

      There is no option to hard work, even for a writer. You have shown us how hardworking, quality content and helping others pays.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jainismus; kind words indeed and I appreciate them and you.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Awesome hub here Bill. I hope hubpages migrates this to the top of their pages because everyone can benefit from this informative advice. Thank you for posting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Liz; thank you so much for always being so supportive. I appreciate your friendship very much.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      (Pinch) Owww...I'm Real! I'm Real! Just kidding, great hub. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, another winner..... but what's the real secret? :)

      You are pretty incredible, it doesn't really matter where I go to place a comment, the man with the dog is always there first, always encouraging always supportive, it's not surprising that people warm to you, you are one of the best resource on HP and I'm mighty proud to call you my friend. Brilliant hub, very useful video. take care and my best to you.

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      Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      More sage advice from the master. Thank you Bill.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Thanks, Bill, for putting yourself out there like you do. I learned fast that this place was a great community for writers when I received my very first comment (from a mutual friend of ours). Since then, turning on my computer in the morning means a whole lot more to me than making a few bucks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..you are real to me, Jamie! Thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I am proud to call you a friend as well. I don't know if I ever mentioned this, but nurses hold a special place in my heart. Thank God for all of you and the job you do to provide comfort to humans when they need. it. Thank you Jo for being you and for the job you do daily.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I appreciate your kind words greatly. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Isn't that the truth, Brian? I love finding out how my online friends are doing each day. It really is a highlight of my day. Thank you for being a part of that highlight.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      That is one sin that I don't think I have been guilty.

      I tend to write too much.

      Heaven knows, some of my comments should be published

      as an article. LOL

      Great information, Bill.

      I am not regularly publishing on HP as I am trying to apply your suggestions to my book.

      But, I do try to keep tabs on my HP regulars.

      Thanks,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, you have set a new standard by which all other comments are judged. LOL Seriously, you know how much I love your comments. There are times I don't feel I have done them justice with my meager return comment.....so yes my friend, you do fine.

      Now get busy on that book, as I am on mine right now....and thank you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      More power to you Bill in responding to each of your comments. I am guilty as charged. I don't respond to all, I post mostly group comments of appreciation. I do, when time allows, visit their hubs though :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is another good one. I agree fully about comments. I can tell if someone is sincere, as i'm sure all who write can. I received three emails from online friends yesterday, made my day complete. Sometimes i might go a little overboard if i read a poem and it is so beautiful it blows me away, but that's me. Thank's again Bill..

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy

      You must have read my mind for I was thinking the same thing about the comments on my Pages.

      Recently I had one comment which really stuck out in my mind. It was so beautiful and so well considered. In fact every comment this person makes to every person, has been well thought out before she pushes the little green button.

      I so appreciate the time that some people put into making comments on my pages, but none more so than you.

      Thank you Billy

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you do so much for the community; I think group comments is totally understandable in your situation. Well done and thank you.

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      Alise- Evon 3 years ago

      Thanks, Bill, for the elegant insights. A really good way to grow is to learn to be able to really share. I have some growing to do:) Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, give me someone who goes overboard any old day compared to someone who can't be bothered.

      Keep being you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sally, that was very sweet of you. I don't feel I give as much time to comments as I should; they could be longer and have more depth to them....but time really is not my ally right now. :) Anyway, you are a gem and I hope you had a rewarding day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome Alise....and I think you have a new hub I need to read. :) Thank you!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I am only long winded in my poetry so basically my responses to commenter are short but they do say something from my heart because I do appreciate each and every comment, (except the few weirdos, lol) but I am so turned off by those who make out a list 20 names long or more and say thanks to you all...people really go to trouble to visit you and they deserve some personal response and though I really like some of these that do this, guess who I am going to skip if I am in a hurry?

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for you being You Billy! I feel that you are truly a reflection of most of the writers on this platform, but they might not know it. Whatever your write about, it’s the YOU that comes through. This means that you as the writer has a personal signature style of writing. You write what most readers feel, but do not express it through words the way you do. They do it their own way, but not as direct, not yet anyway, but then reading your hub, I was again inspired to stay true to myself. It’s written that every human being has unlimited potential, but my own excuse is not having enough time to do the things I would love to do. That is why I wrote my next hub. It’s all to do with money! I Love what I do, helping authors marketing their book after its has been published, but I could do with a 48 hour day instead of 24 of which some off it I have to spent sleeping. Thanks again for your brilliant hub and oh yes, what you showed in your video, was that something your grandchild made? That's just a guess, but it looked to me like a diorama.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I hear what you are saying. I did that once....about a month into my stay here we had a power outage that lasted a week, and I got so far behind in comments that I finally did a group comment. A week later I went back and wrote comments to each person...I felt too bad about it. LOL So yes, I understand and yes, I appreciate you greatly.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      Thanks for pointing out about simply responding to comments with a "Thank you. Hope you stop by again" or something similar. I'm guilty of doing that myself. However, sometimes all I can think to say if the comment is only a few words about them liking my hub. If they get more detailed about why they liked it or leave comments about the actual content I'll respond with more. But now you got me thinking. I'll try to better with my responses in the future.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, if you figure out how to increase the hours in a day, please let me know. :)

      Thank you for your very kind words. I have been given a gift; I don't say that from ego. I know I have a voice that people relate to, and I am very grateful for it. Now it is my job to use that voice to inspire others to reach for whatever greatness is in them.

      As for the diorama....my wife made that for me and it is one of my most treasured gifts. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I do understand what you are saying. I have struggled over the same issue at times. There are some comments that really don't give you much to work with. :)

      Thank God we are writers and creative, huh? LOL Thank you!

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      penlady 3 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is a good reminder that writing should be about more than just making money. I think as writers we often forget that, esp. if writing is our full-time careers.

      It's good to see a writer who has a great perspective on being a writer and the role of supporting other writers.

      Thanks for this reality check.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I love this article, Bill. I noticed early on with Hubpages that it was the comments that I most desired whenever I posted a piece. And it's not because I feel like I need a pat on the back (even though I admit that is always nice) it is because after all the years of writing and just throwing my work into a file somewhere to be forgotten, I now have friends just like myself who read my work and communicate with me about it. I have always loved writing, but never had much motivation to do it; Now it seems I don't have enough hours in the day to do all the writing I want to. Meeting people like you and the others here at Hubpages has been an enormous blessing to me...even more so because I believe this is motivation that I can pass on to my daughters.

      Thanks again, Bill...for your work, and for noticing me!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Nicely written and authentic. There are wonderful friendships to be made here in this community. I like how you put yourself out there. Bet it feels better than the how to stage a how hub, huh?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Penlady, thank you! I guess I just love this community and that's why I keep trying to spread some love. Seems like a worthy activity to me. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wayne, it could have been me writing your comment. That's what it is all about for me. When I first started they told me not to writer personal essays.....well for God's sake why not? How else am I going to connect with other writers if I don't show them who I am and give them my best work? I write because I love to write. Yes, I have dreams and goals, but they are secondary to the love of writing and the community here. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish yes, just a little bit better than that hub. LOL I go back and read it every once in awhile just to remind myself who I am and what I really love to do...and it isn't writing about real estate. :) Thank you for stopping by this evening.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, the single best decision I made here on HubPages was to follow you, read your hubs, and leave you comments. What I have received in return and learned from you cannot be measured in views or $$. You have helped me to become a better writer and a better person. We reap what we give.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I am humbled by your words. Thank you my friend. Having friends like you is what this site is all about for me.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      What the heck? I love dreams as well and I could barely see what you flashed at the end of your beautiful and motivating video. Please don't make us wait too long to share more about this...

      I always love and appreciate your comments. They feel like a hug.

      Have a peaceful night. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, what a lovely comment....like a hug....well good, because that's what they are supposed to be. :) Thank you my dear and I hope the rest of your week is blessed as I know it will be.

      love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      You know it Bill! I remember when I joined HP, just getting out into the community and reading away and commenting on those work I loved reading and hence, much to my delight ... I soon had many wonderful writers commenting on my hubs too. It is a wonderful community, and the way I look at it, is that if someone takes the time to read my hub, then I surely will take the time to write them a proper comment back to each commenter. I respect all writers and their valuable time spent in commenting, for I know it does take time.

      Up and more and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are one of the best at commenting that I have; you always leave meaningful comments that truly reflect how you feel, and your support is outstanding. I, for one, greatly appreciate everything about you.

      Thank you my dear, and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Incredible read as usual and I truly appreciate you commenting on my hubs. I too often wondered how is it that you and others too have that many comments, after writing and commenting as much as I do I see the difference in responses to my hubs. You have mentioned helpful tips here and with a positive mind indeed. Thank you for sharing such interesting and informative hubs.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Bill, I really like what you are writing and you are always there to help us with your awesome and insightful hubs. You know I have learned a lot from you. Hubpages is a wonderful community and being here is one of the best that ever happened to me. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. Enjoy your day with your family!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      So now you have really written the basis for HubPages 101. ANYONE writing here needs to read this Bill and more importantly follow your advice. I know, its happened to me.

      By making friends like you, I've learned so much and read so many good hubs. I look forward to HP every day. What, I don't have a life? Not true, I have a life and a very full one with a wonderful husband, four kids, and seven grandchildren BUT my HP friends are my friends and I feel as though I have to check in on them everyday.

      Thank you dearest friend for yet another fence post on the way to writing success.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Well I think commenting is important here. Not only for interaction, but you never know who is commenting or reading and that person you are interacting with may share your hub on another website where it will get loads of views. Who knows? Also, it's nice to get thoughts from other people on my writing. It encourages me to write more hubs.

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      Philip Cooper 3 years ago from Olney

      Billy you have a real gift and it rubs off on all of us here at hubpages...well I can only speak for myself of course but you are truly inspiring and insightful. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you! I am blessed to have so many loyal followers and friends here. Keep working, keep commenting, and you will too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, I feel the same way about HubPages and I feel the same way about you. Thank you so much. Blessings to you and yours always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it really is remarkable, isn't it? So many online friends who are true friends...we have never met and yet we feel close to each other. I would have never guessed it possible.

      Thank you for being you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly Glimmer! The encouragement we get through comments is very valuable although no price tag could ever be posted on it. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no, I truly do appreciate your kind words. Thank you so much and I hope your Thursday is filled with success.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Another opportunity for me and others to sit and see/listen to the pearls of wisdom drop from your lips. You are so right in your approach. Yet another feather in your cap today.

      Graham.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I am the lucky one. I get to meet fascinating people like yourself, and I just think that is remarkable. Thank you my friend and have a great Thursday.

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      Bill,

      Writers who get comments like yours are "fishers of men;" they know how to reach people. That is a talent that is inborn (a gift) in some and learned in others. Many writers are learning and enduring the struggles as they progress. Some persevere, and some throw in the towel. Moving on to greener pastures is fine, but abandoning writing is another story.

      You wrote, "I joined to become a part of a writing community. I joined in hopes that by receiving comments from other writers I would become a better writer myself, and I joined in hopes that I could support writers on their own journey."

      This is not just hot air. "The proof is in the pudding." I have read enough of your writing to know that this appears to be quite true of you.

      I thought about writers and their many commentators and followers. They were loved by many and disliked by some. I could not help but be awed by some of their "haters" who hung in there with them. Why? Your hub here tells it all. There is a kind of human spirit that is almost impossible to ignore. It is as if it has supernatural energy that pulls the reader and demands respect even from those who may not like or see eye-to-eye on all of the writer’s points.

      The fruits of a God-given gift are always full of seeds. All the possessor needs to do is cast them. He does not give gifts that are designed to return to Him void.

      You also wrote, "The first article I wrote for HubPages was some nonsense about how to stage your home for selling. Result? One comment!"

      Now, that is hilarious! My jaw is still recovering from the sudden jerk of laughing muscles because I can relate and now laugh about it. BUT, you learned from it! Suppose your reaction had been to feel insulted and ignore the whole thing with sulking. You would have missed out on great learning and sharing/giving opportunities.

      One of your subtopics reads, "If You Want Support Then Give Support."

      One millionaire said that he once hit rock bottom with less than $50.00 to his name. He was very depressed but decided to give it to someone who needed it. Not long after, he pulled himself together and began to rebuild wealth until he became a millionaire again. There is something wonderful about helping and giving sincerely from the heart to others.

      I tried to teach the principle of sacrificial giving to my son when he was nine-years-old, but I failed. Maybe he was not yet ready. He responded by putting all of his money ($6.00) into the church’s offering vessel. When he did not immediately get a multiple return from God, he fell on his back, rolled, bucked, and threw the biggest tantrum of his life. To him, he had "gambled" and lost.

      Another one from you reads, "I just spent five minutes of my busy day reading their article and then writing a meaningful comment, and I get four words in reply, four words that sound like McDonald’s “have a nice day.” :D

      I asked another successful writer the question, "How do you respond on a personal level to thousands of commentators?" Now, I direct that same question to you. "Pray tell! Personally, I would probably faint if I receive so many comments. I would love the experience, though.

      You said, "Heck, I could go for a cross-country road trip and I’ll bet I could stay at a writer’s house in every state and fifty countries. Can you say the same? ... People are distrustful of strangers online.”

      Well, I suppose a man is apt to pick up a strange hitchhiker quicker than a woman would; and, yes, some people are a little leery of online contacts for obvious reasons. Maybe you also have the gift to discern human spirits. There were times that I wrote short comments because the writing spirit did not move me, but there were also times when I gabbed too much. Too little or too much can be problematic.

      I must mention that you use effective pictures and videos to accompany your hubs.

      This is all great information, enjoyable learning, and very useful for growth in wisdom. I am hitting the positive buttons and sharing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Levertis, what a great, great comment. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts.

      I love your story about your son. I can just see his reaction; maybe because my son most likely would have done the same thing.

      As for responding on a personal level...it does come easy for me. I truly do like people. I am fascinated by their stories, and I live in La La land where I believe we all have commonalities that we can build upon to form a relationship. I want to learn about others. I enjoy their stories. I try to form relationships with as many people as possible. Mind you, it was not always like that. I spent many years not trusting people and too shy to reach out to others.

      Today I love the interaction with others. I have found if I reach out and make an attempt that most people will respond in kind, and I love that about HP.

      I'm rambling....seriously, thank you so very much for your kind words. I refuse to say "have a nice day" but I will say I hope you have an extraordinary, ordinary day. :)

      bill

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      You've got a lot of comments on this hub. You are right about comments I think they are important for anyone. We all like to hear from people and what they have to say about our hubs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We do indeed, moonlake. Feedback is helpful for any writer. Thanks for leaving a comment; it is greatly appreciated.

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      cwritersblock 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! As a newbie, it's great to hear a veteran re-affirm how Hubpages is all about community. It's part of the reason I joined :)

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      It's true. I used to wonder why the comments didn't roll in when I started at Hubpages years ago. Then I found Facebook and learned about sharing the love...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      cwritersblock, I'm happy that is the reason why you joined. We need more members who are interactive and supportive. Welcome to HP and best wishes....and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, I like that...sharing the love is what we do in this community. I hope more writers discover what you and I have discovered. Thank you!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      It is interesting Billy to hear that as you evolved from info hubs to more personal hubs you gained more interest..I have wondered about that as the direction HubPages seems to have evolved into seems to be the opposite as is often seen by HOTD/editor's choice rewards..I'm sure both types of hubs work just as well but it is really great that you get both lots of comments and page views from doing what you are doing..keep up the great work and many thanks for contributing to other writers here..cheers

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carter. It is interesting for sure; I seem to swim against the current and still do well. I hope I serve as an inspiration to others who want to write from their heart and passion and not worry about keywords and views.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Hey Bill, thanks for such an uplifting hub about the give-and-take of community, bothy on HP and offline. I know that there are hubbers who can spend more time online than I can, but when I am here, I am with all my heart. The balance between online and offline life is so much like a dance...and a beautiful one at that.

      I applied for a residency at a writer's retreat center in Washington State, and if I am selected as one of the residents (I'll know by the end of the year), I'll need a ride from the airport. I'd sooooo love to meet you and Bev...and there is place waiting for you to stay here in Massachusetts if you ever travel to New England.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, how exciting is that residency. Where is it going to be? If all works out you can bet I'll be there at the airport. It would be a thrill to meet you. Keep me posted of developments, and....

      thank you!

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, readers don't understand just how important comments are. There wouldn't be a Comments Section if it weren't meant to be used. Now, I'll be the first to admit, if I click back or close out of a read before finishing (known as bounce) I won't comment. Also, I refuse to not comment if I'd read something in its entirety. If I'd read a piece from beginning to end I will leave a comment, whether on HP a blog or an article I happen upon doing research for an article I plan to write. Comments are how we can measure our success and the impact our words have on those who read them. It took me a bit to convince my family of that, with reference to my blog. The only one that will actually leave a comment is my mom (aren't moms great?!), everyone else chooses to comment to me via email.

      We learn from the comments that are left. We gain feedback and a feel for the impact our stories or articles have on the readers. Comments are learning tools, kind of like the quizzes we took in school. And absolutely respond to every comment you receive, otherwise you come off as a greedy SOB who is only in this gig for selfish reasons.

      I believe writers write because they have something to say and want to share. Whether a writer makes you laugh, cry, gives you your aha moment, makes you think or answers questions, the writer becomes a writer because he/she wants to reach out.

      Do us a favor and reach back.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Sha, there is nothing I can add to that wonderful comment. It is without a doubt the best measuring tool I have. There are days I'm too hard on myself and there are days I'm not hard enough; comments gives me a barometer to measure by, and it is invaluable to me as a writer. Turns out I did have something to add. :) Thank you Sha!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thank you for your thoughtful article. I may need to sit down and talk like you suggest to truly find out how to get to the core of my writing ability. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      VVanNess, what do you have to lose? :) Thank you and good luck; if you ever want to chat about it, drop me a note. My office is always open. :)

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks Bill! I look forward to speaking with you! :)

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub, Bill. And really interesting, good advice!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Another wonderful hub from you, very interesting!

      I don't think anyone gets as many comments as you at HubPages. Therefore you are the right person to write this article.

      I do make it a point to leave a comment on each hub I read.

      Thanks for sharing your experience here in this hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Same htere VVanNess...thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok; I appreciate you always being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I seem to be a person that people relate to, and for that I am grateful. Thank you very much.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Many writers do not seem to know the value of making comments, Bill, so it was most timely that you reminded all of us. I just updated an older hub with the title of 'Increase Your Traffic with Comments,' because it is true! Making comments CAN improve one's traffic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I definitely believe it can, and as an added bonus we gain friends like you who constantly entertain us. :) Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Ah, the comment conundrum. I would say that the commentary here on HP is definitely of the friendly ilk. In about 10 months or so here, I've received very, very few unfriendly comments. Even if someone disagrees, they explain their position. As well, the pace of comments here in HP's friendly confines is fast and furious compared to stand alone blogs. This is due to it being a blog/social network hybrid.

      I've seen several reports that people don't have time to comment on blogs. So don't take it personally when people don't comment, whether it's here or on your other blogs. And since I'm a Twitter addict (and not recovering anytime soon), I have several tweeters who RT (pass along) my blogs & hubs with a very short comment when they do. That's as good as a comment to me.

      Online engagement takes many forms. Comments are one of them and a precious one. When readers take the time to read and thoughtfully comment, take the time to thank and reply. I do this here and elsewhere. You're right, it's give to get.

      Happy Weekend!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Now I know the secret! Just joking my friend. I can relate to all that you have written and I totally agree. Actually not agree but learned from all you have shared. I will try to apply them and hope that one day I can be like you... Up for this hub and hope everyone will be able to read this.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JPSO138, it takes time and effort but it does pay off. I am so glad I joined this community of excellent writers and human beings. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you are wonderful in the comment department. I have not worked with Twitter. My biggest fear is that I'll get hooked on another social media outlet and then never sleep. A sleepy Bill is a grumpy Bill. :) Happy Weekend to you as well and thank you!

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      Mary Rokhvadze 3 years ago from Oneonta, NY

      So spot on! I have been looking for this community for a loooong time. I got stuck in some digital social universe that sucked all my time, but didn't provide for any real meaningful relationships, insights, or creative outlet. I'm here (waving, smiling - grabbing a donut)! Thank you for being so welcoming!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      elemenopy, we are going to get along quite well. I love your sense of humor. I hope you enjoyed the donut and thank you for the visit.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, Thank you for writing this article. Although all your hubs are insightful and extremely informative I can especially relate to this. I turn on my computer in the morning and the first thing I look for is comments from my fellow hubbers. Like you I don't care about the small amount of dollars or cents) my hubs bring in, and awards for certain milestones may act as some incentive that you are getting somewhere, but it is the friends I make here and their constructive comments, whether positive or negative, that I write for, and what truly inspires me.

      True, the more abrupt or short comment may get a short but polite reply, but I still appreciate people taking the time to actually read what I have written. One of my pet hates also, is hubbers who don't reply or acknowledge comments. There are a couple of people I have been following and regularly leaving comments for who just never reply. I have actually stopped following one of them even though I enjoy their hubs, another I still read but no longer bother to comment. I feel it's just common courtesy, and I know if you have a lot of comments like you receive, it takes time to reply, but it's the least you can do to make people want to come back and read more of your hubs.

      Anyway, enough venting from me, love this hub. Voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, Thank you for writing this article. Although all your hubs are insightful and extremely informative I can especially relate to this. I turn on my computer in the morning and the first thing I look for is comments from my fellow hubbers. Like you I don't care about the small amount of dollars or cents) my hubs bring in, and awards for certain milestones may act as some incentive that you are getting somewhere, but it is the friends I make here and their constructive comments, whether positive or negative, that I write for, and what truly inspires me.

      True, the more abrupt or short comment may get a short but polite reply, but I still appreciate people taking the time to actually read what I have written. One of my pet hates also, is hubbers who don't reply or acknowledge comments. There are a couple of people I have been following and regularly leaving comments for who just never reply. I have actually stopped following one of them even though I enjoy their hubs, another I still read but no longer bother to comment. I feel it's just common courtesy, and I know if you have a lot of comments like you receive, it takes time to reply, but it's the least you can do to make people want to come back and read more of your hubs.

      Anyway, enough venting from me, love this hub. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you so much for this comment. I would love to follow everyone, but with 1700 followers one has to pick and choose, and the decision-making process is based on who comments.....if there is another way to do it I would love to know. It is common courtesy my friend, and I was raised to believe in courtesy.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you once more, John. :)

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      eatpraylove 3 years ago from Philippines

      I really want to be a good writer. English may not be my first language but I really hope I can improve my writing skills. Thank you for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      eatpraylove, it must be so hard to become a writer when English is your second language. You have my respect. Thank you for the following and best wishes to you.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Sheesh!!!! I thought l would never get to the end of all these comments.

      I almost gave up! Ha Ha! That what have defeated the purpose of your excelent hub.

      I found it so encouraging that you take little or no notice of Hubpages scores, accolades, earnings.......Earnings? What a joke.

      I have been guilty of taking HP to heart sometimes. All that happens is l feel l feel l am a bad person, or a hopeless writer When my level of commentator went down from 7 to 6 l was mortified. l've always been a no.7 commenter. (SAYS WHO?) Now they have moved me down to a level 5 and l am thinking ...."What the heck?" I used to have more time to write and after publishing a new hub l would always go through all my followers to comment on their work. Can't manage that at the moment, but l still know it is the best way to enjoy HP.

      You have written a wonderful piece of common sense here. Thank you billy...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, never forget that you are a writer and a fine one. No levels can negate that; no number of accolades changes that....in your heart you are a writer....and a damn fine human being. :)

      Thank you!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      What a wonderful thing to say. I appreciate it very much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Dim!

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So very true, Bill! Comments are the real barometer!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Have a great day Randi, and thanks for stopping by.

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      Preston and Kate 3 years ago from the Midwest

      Bill, thanks for this hub. I recently joined HubPages at the recommendation of a friend. I am not daring enough to start a blog yet and figured HubPages would be a good place to start. As I searched around HubPages and attempted to get a feel for what it was about, I was drawing conclusions that we were to leave the personal side of our lives on the sidelines. Your hub has encouraged me and somewhat relieved me that this is a community with real people. I can include some personality alongside the media rich and long format hubs that are encouraged. Thank you for sharing! -Kate

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kate, I'm glad to hear that you feel you can become a "real person" on HP....I love this community and I hope you find the same joy in it. Thank you for the visit and best wishes to you.

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      Robert Burroughs 3 years ago

      Bill, you know that feeling you get when you go to church or a seminar and you feel like the speaker is speaking to you directly? Well that is how I feel when I read your Hubs. I am sure a lot of us feel the same way. Like each hub hits us directly on some level. It is fellow hubbers like you that give me the strength to push through. I know that eventually it will pay off. The more I read, the more I want to know about the "World according to Bill Holland."

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rtburroughs, that is a very kind thing for you to write. Thank you so much. You made my day with that comment.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      That is a great comment from Robert Billy and he speaks for many of us, including me.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Nadine! I hope this is a wonderful week for you.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Yes, I agree. On-line friends are real friends, and I really appreciate the rest of you comments on this hub. Great advise. I have pledged to respond to every comment, as well. Thanks for the encouragement! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, you will do well here if you stay active with comments....it's good to have another active member. Thank you my new friend.

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      Fiona 3 years ago from South Africa

      Yip - it always amazes me that people want to build "relationships" for what they can get out of it not taking into account that a relationship is a two way street with give and take. My pet peeve is people who leave a very generic comment and you can see that they only left it so you would go to their blog - anyhow, enough ranting and raving - I agree that top of the list is to create something interesting to read.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fiona, I agree completely....you usually can tell they haven't even read your hub from their generic comment. Might as well not even bother as far as I'm concerned. Thank you for your thoughts.

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hi Bill,

      I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this article, it is another inspirational(yet again!) hub written by you. Thanks for sharing your tips. I can see why you have so many followers. When I joined the HubPages community nine months ago, I was a little shy with everyone and with my hubs. However, I discovered how nice the community is and I have made so many friends along the way! HP is more than a writing site, it is a place where we have made friends, even if we never knew them. Thanks again for this hub, voted up, useful and shared.

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      Keely Deuschle 3 years ago from Florida

      Excellent advice - not only for writing here on HP, but for life in general. You get out of it what you put into it. In today's world, we're so insistent on getting things done fast; making less effort means less time spent which means on to something else quicker. We've forgotten how to nurture relationships because we don't take time to do so - in the real world and in the written world, like HP. I am guilty of an occasional shorter comment and pledge to make sure I write more meaningful comments. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, there you are! Thanks for commenting. I love the friends I have made on HP, and they really are friends. Hopefully some day I'll be able to meet more of you in person. Until then, I greatly enjoy getting to know all of you as real people and not just online writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KDeus, hello my new friend. Thanks for the following and for taking the time to comment. I love HP...I have met some incredible people on this site and I look forward to learning more about you in the months to come.

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      JonnyAddict 3 years ago from Newport Beach, California

      This is amazing ! I look forward to getting to know the ropes and each of better. Thank you for making this available. www.AddictsToday.com is our site we are very happy to be here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jonny, thank you and welcome to HubPages! Good to have you here.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You are so right Billybuc. Since monetary rewards on non-existent for most hubbers, the only reward we get are comments. The reward is knowing some one read what we wrote and liked it or was touched by it or informed by it or inspired by it. I have a 98 hubber score, so I must be doing something right, and that motivates me, but comments most of all. So I will urge everyone to take a moment to comment. I have to share this. Also, I do feel that I have come to know a few people here who I consider personal friends even though we have never met.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I just checked my stats. I have 9000 views and 1026 comments. Since about half of the comments are mine, I have about 5-6% comments. I'm going to put this in a forum.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Catherine, it really is the only way for us to know how we are doing. We need comments, and I wish more people would do it. Thanks for your thoughts on this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll be interested in the feedback you get....good luck and thanks again.

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      Gwenneth Leane 2 years ago from Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia Australia

      I was very interested in what you wrote because I have jus joined Hub Pages and am still finding my way and wondering what is the best way to go. Thank you, Gwen

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gwenneth, good to hear from you, and welcome to HP!

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I am still learning a few things from you. I do not remember if I had made a comment on this one or not, so here I am again.

      Have a great New Year!

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