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How to Increase the Number of Comments You Receive on HubPages

Updated on August 28, 2014

A Couple Statistics Before We Begin

As I write this article, I have 75,244 comments here at HubPages. I’ve been told that is a large number. I honestly don’t know. I’m approaching my three year anniversary on this site, and I don’t know what is an “average” number of comments for that time frame, but it seems like a great deal to me.

Those 75,000 comments have come from 825 articles and 514,000 views. Some quick math will tell us that I am averaging ninety comments per article, or one comment every 6.8 views. I know, from talking to other writers at HP, that ninety comments per article is a fairly large figure. I know many, many writers here who are happy to receive ten comments on an article, so I’m feeling very fortunate and blessed to receive so many comments from such a great congregation of writers.

Which leads us to the purpose of this article: why do I receive so many comments, and how can you do the same?

Now, for those of you who are not interested in comments, may I suggest you read no more of this article? There really is no point in doing so. If you are simply interested in writing articles and then racking up online views and by extension passive income, then you really don’t need to read what I am about to write. Go on your merry way and thanks for reading this far.

But, if you are a writer who is interested in becoming an active member of this writing community, and if you are a writer who enjoys feedback on your writing, then I invite you to continue reading as I tell you how I’ve done it, and what you might consider doing so you, too, can enjoy this kind of interaction with your peers.

Are you ready?

I was  completely unimpressive when I started at HP
I was completely unimpressive when I started at HP | Source

How My Journey Began

In January, 2012, I wrote my first article for HubPages. I posted it and then sat, anxiously awaiting a notification telling me that someone had commented.

And I waited.

And I waited.

Finally, four hours later, my ridiculously mundane article garnered my first and only comment.

I was on my way.

Five more mundane articles followed, and by the end of that totally mundane week I believe I had a grand total of fifteen comments.

I was dazzling absolutely no one.

And then I discovered the first secret to attracting comments.

I got real.

My seventh article was titled “A Letter to my Birth Mother Who I Never Knew,” and the comments poured in and, in fact, still pour in almost three years later. What was the difference between number seven and the first six?

I got real.

I allowed people to know me as a real human being.

I wrote from my heart.

And people responded.

There is your first tip if you are interested in receiving boatloads of comments on your articles.

Be real! Allow people to get to know you. Break down those protective walls and expose yourself.

HubPages is a community of writers, but don’t forget that it is also a community of real human beings.

Be human!

INTERACT

It is amazing how many people on HP do not understand that a writing community is a give and take community. When such a community is functioning properly, I read your articles and you, in turn, read mine. At first I will read yours out of a sense of obligation, but eventually, as we get to know each other, I will read anything you write simply because you are a friend.

That type of online friendship will not happen without interaction.

A good friend of mine, Always Exploring on HubPages, reads everything that I write. She loves it when I write creative articles, and she tolerates it when I write articles about writing, but she is there every single day supporting me, and commenting, because she is a friend….AND….because we have formed a friendship based on give, take, and interaction.

This takes work, so if you are not into work, stop right here.

I spend at least an hour each day reading articles by other HP writers…at least an hour each day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks per year. How can I expect others to comment on my articles if I am not willing to do the same?

Amazingly, to me, I am asked by a writer at least once a week why they aren’t getting any comments on their articles, but when I start questioning them, I find out that they do not comment on the articles of others.

Duh!

Writers are busy people, and many of them have families and work full-time jobs as well as write, so their time is limited. If you want them to spend part of that time with you, then give them a reason to do so.

Interact!

Three Hubbers enjoying their friendship
Three Hubbers enjoying their friendship | Source

Form Friendships

There is a natural progression from interacting to friendship, and I am so grateful that there is.

If you are not doing this then you are missing out. Period!

I have said this before, but it bears repeating: I could take a road trip across the country, and I know…I absolutely know…that I would have friends in each state who would have dinner with me. Add to that about fifteen or twenty different countries. There are writers around this planet who would interrupt their lives to spend time with me if I visited the area in which they live.

Do you have that?

Writers on HubPages are my friends. They are not casual online acquaintances. They are friends. They follow me online, and comment, because they like me, care about me, and they know that I like them and care about what is happening in their lives. I have talked to at least twenty of these friends on the phone. I know the names of their spouses and their children. I know what they do for a living, and I celebrate their victories and mourn their losses. That’s what friends do.

Do you have that? You can if you put in the effort to get to know people here at HP.

Follow Blogs, Get Involved in Forums, and Ask Questions

I follow about twenty blogs written by other writers on HP. I do this because I want to show them support. In return, they support my blog.

I do not get involved on forums because I have found some nasty people there, but it is one way you can involve yourself in this writers’ community. You can also take advantage of the link that allows you to ask questions of the community, thus becoming more a part of the community.

Respond, Respond, and Respond Some More

Let me tell you something that will turn me off immediately. If I take the time to comment on one of your articles, the least you can do is respond to that comment. You get two chances with me and then, if you haven’t responded to my efforts, I am done.

Writers are busy people, and commenting on an article takes time they do not have to waste. If I take my valuable time and comment, then I had better get a response, and I’m not talking about a token thanks. When people comment on my articles, I make the effort to write a nice comment in return. I think they appreciate that. I know I do when others do the same.

This is a tough path but the results are worth it
This is a tough path but the results are worth it | Source

All of This Takes Time

You bet it does. You have to invest the time to see the results, but for me it is worth it. I want to know my fellow writers, and because they sense that in me, they make the effort to get to know me.

I read once that a writer should try to find 100 followers who will follow them into hell. That select group of followers will then tell other writers about you, and the word-of-mouth advertising you gain from that is invaluable as you progress in your writing career.

I have my 100 loyal followers and then some.

How about you?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, that is a pretty amazing record, but you earned it by hard work and dedication. It is a fact of life that we rarely receive more return than we are willing to put into anything.

      It is interesting to read some of the comments that give no indication the person making the comment even read the article. "Great Hub" is a classic example of this and we see this often.

      You in particular have helped so many improve their writing and your encouragement to new writers is a huge asset for Hub Pages. You should really be on their payroll.

      It is a genuine pleasure knowing you.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Before you even said it, I thought in my mind exactly what you said here. You share a lot of yourself, so others feel like they know you. That is why I read most of your writing, besides how well it is all written.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, you are a good man and a good friend, a fact I find remarkable since we have never met...but we know each other nonetheless, and I am a lucky man for that. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you my friend. That means a lot to me.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      So very, very true, and I can testify to that as a long-time writer and community member on Squidoo. Looking forward to becoming more involved here at HubPages.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I think you know I truly agree with you on this and am thankful not just for Hubpages for people like you, but blogging, as well. I truly feel so fortunate and lucky to have so many wonderful people that I call friends, because of the sheer and simple interrelations I have with them daily. So, yes I do very much and whole-heartedly agree with you not his and more, Bill. Happy Thursday and enjoy the rest of your day now!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You would get more comments than anyone else I follow on Hub Pages Bill, and this article clearly explains why. You write as a real person and don't to try to come over as anything that you are not. You write from the heart and on what you are passionate about. You are generous with your time and valuable advice. I have rarely written a hub that you haven't commented on, and that means a lot because I know you are not really into rhyming poetry. I am happy with the number of comments I get but I do have trouble with reading all the hubs of the hubbers I follow although I do make the effort to read a hub in turn of anyone who reads one of mine. The best part of Hub Pages is the community and the personal interaction. Thanks for writing this.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you are here, Susan, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Thursday, Janine. I never would have guessed the joys that HP would give me. This has been a miracle for this writer. Thank you dear friend.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      My goodness you guys have a lot of comments on your pages. I'm going to keep this as a favorite so I can do a better job.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, thank you. I'm a bit dismayed that I have missed some of yours. If this was a perfect world, there would be enough time to support all writers all the time. Sigh! But we do what we can, and you have been very kind to me and you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DealForALiving.....I collect comments. LOL

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy, I am sure this is a record. I am one of your greatest fans and I count on you as one of my faithful followers and friends. Not only that, you are a terrific mentor. You never disappoint and it is a pleasure to read every hubs of yours and to comment on them.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, you are such a kind person and good friend. Thank you. Promise me, if you ever get to the States, you'll come and visit.

      bill

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are very talented and deserve all the attention you garner. I enjoy everything you write and I appreciate your support of my writing even though I realize that you might not always agree with me. Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful.....

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub as always. It really is a matter of the time and effort you put in, (and you are an interesting and versatile writer, of course). I haven't spent much time on FB in about a year, so comments have fallen off. But when I take time to be involved and comment, they rise again. Pretty simple, really. :) Blessings! See you in Word Land. :)

      Theresa

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks for the great advice. I like the get real part, but fear the real me, might not be worth commenting on. We will see.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, supporting a writer has nothing to do with political viewpoints, and I support your viewpoints because I know you only want what is best for this country. Seems pretty simple to me. Thank you for always being here. I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Theresa, and it is pretty simple, but it takes a load of time as you well know. :) I appreciate you being here today my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pawpawwrites, there is only one way to find out. Give us a chance to decide for ourselves. :) Thanks!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      The path you lead us on is filled with friendship and joy. We are all followers because, as you've said, we've gotten to know each other. I saw a car the other day with state of Washington license plates and I sped up a bit to see if Bill or Bev was driving. I was truly disappointed when you weren't!

      Voted up, useful, and always interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Mary, that is priceless. Thank you for the image of you speeding up to see if I was driving. Love it.

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      No comment.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      That is such a lovely offer and one I would not miss the opportunity to do if it came up. I hope you and yours will do the same.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You're absolutely right, Bill. It's a give and give effort as opposed to give and "take". If someone spends time reading my article, I feel the respectful thing to do is to spend time reading one of their articles. I actually learned to do this by modeling after you. You are quite diligent in that effort, as always, putting your money where your mouth is.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nicely stated, Lizzy. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      One day, hopefully, Sally, we will make the trip across The Pond. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. Friendships like ours only happen when both parties are interested and willing to have a friendship. Thank you dear friend.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      Kindred, once again you kept it real. I probably won't follow you into hell because I'll probably be waiting for you there. Ha! Ha! This is a great article and your stats prove that communicating and reciprocating are the keys to building followers and getting comments. My eyesight prevents me from reading as much as I once did but I do leave a comment on everything I read. Like you, I feel that it's the least I can do to show my appreciation for the time invested by the writer. I have benefited so much from the comments you (and others) left on my articles and am grateful for the friendships that evolved from that simple act. The article on your birth mother grabbed my heart and was the first article I read of yours. You've had my heart ever since. Keep inspiring my friend. You do it well. Hugs and love to you today.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Your stats are amazing, Bill. I do pretty well for only posting once a month or so and a few of my hubs get traffic long after they were first sent live, but I have a long way to go before getting to where you are.

      I've made some amazing friends here on HP and you're one of them. Many of us email each other almost daily, banter back and forth, and keep each other abreast of what's going on our lives. I've even spoken to a few on the phone (again, you're one of them). As the result of building these awesome friendships, I have loyal friends who always check out what I've got to say and I return the courtesy.

      I hear you regarding hubbers who don't reply to comments. That's just plain rude, selfish, and egotistical.

      Gotta go now. I started working on my next blog post yesterday and need to finish my research/writing/editing in hopes of getting it posted today. See you on the flip side my friend! (On my way to your blog post before I get back to mine).

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      Barbara Casey 2 years ago from St. Petersburg, Florida

      As a new Hubber (former Squid), I am very glad I found you early in my HP days. Your inspiration and experience are a great combo to follow.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kindred, you are special. Do I need to say anything else?

      We have understood each other since day one, and my respect has only grown for you since that first meeting. I'm raising a glass in toast to many more years together.

      hugs and love coming your way

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I was thinking about you when I wrote this. Friendships are valuable to me, and that is the greatest gift I have received here at HP. May we have many more years together my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Barbara, and again, welcome to HP. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow Bill! I knew you were popular here but didn't realize just how popular--congrats and you go get em!!

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      dragonflycolor 2 years ago

      As much as some people deny the interaction, I love it here on HubPages. I think it's a great way to connect and show off our talents as writers. Our perceptions are different and that is what makes it interesting. Thanks, Bill!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      My poor husband cannot begin to comprehend my HP family and friends. When I make a reference to my friend in Wales or Scotland,

      he thinks I am delirious. He knows I talk to some man by the name of Bill, but since I rarely leave the house, he is pretty confident I am not having an affair. LOL

      He indulges me the time I spend researching and writing. But, for the life of him, he cannot understand why.

      I love Mary's story. I would have done the same thing.

      Bill, I was not planning on going to hell, but if you are going, I may have to re-think this. LOL

      You know where I live. If you and Bev ever make it to my neck of the

      woods, we have a guest bedroom that sits empty 55 weeks out of the year. (You do not want to be here when the grandkids are here.)

      There is a saying, "People will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but, people will never forget how you made them feel."

      You make your HP friends feel like a million bucks. And, for that, and all the other great things you do, I thank you.

      DJ.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Awesome article and amazing the number of comments you get. I have noticed that you are almost always the first one to comment on my articles. I bet this article gets a lot of comments too!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Audrey. I'm making up for all those days as a teen when nobody liked me. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Mari. I think it is a wonderful community that learns from each other, and that just means we are making the world a little bit smaller.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, DJ, dammit, you brought tears to my eyes. Knock that off, please. I have to be able to see to write.

      Seriously....tears again...thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brie. I embraced this community from the very first day, and I was embraced in return. I love it here and it's because of people like you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your number of views and comments; you certainly deserve them, not only because of your interaction but also because your articles are interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I really appreciate your kind words my friend.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Well done, Bill. When you mention one of your follower friends (such as Always Exploring) you might consider inserting their name as a hypertext just as an extra shout out to them. Just a suggestion.

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      Jennifer Arnett 2 years ago from California

      I always am encouraged by the comments you leave on my Hubs. They mean the world to me. I like being part of your tribe.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Flouish. I used to do that and then the friends started leaving, meaning I was constantly fixing broken links. I'll consider doing it again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Jen, I am very grateful that you are part of that tribe. Thank you.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      You are great, Bill. I admire you so much. You have achieved Diamond. And platinum is waiting for you there. I wish one day I will hear you celebrating 1,00, 000 comments very soon and will be waiting for that occasion. And thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      You have challenged me Bill to make more comments and read more articles. I will say though that I often look for your comments not only on my hubs, but other's as well. I will say to myself, Oh there's billybuc, let's see what he has to say. You brighten a lot of days, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari, thank you very much. Anything I have achieved here has happened because of the HP community supporting me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lori, thank you. That was a very kind thing for you to say and I greatly appreciate it.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      You have certainly been an inspiration to me. The approach you recommend does work, but it takes a lot of continuous dedication to the process, and I do fall short on a regular basis, I fear. But, I will persevere, because you have shown that is the way to reach the goal. Thanks, again, for sharing these valuable thoughts. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, it does take a lot of perseverance, but what is perseverance to a person living in Hollister, MO? Just daily living for you my friend.

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      Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

      What's in that glass you're raising? :-) Don't you backslide on me now, not even in the name of long and lasting friendship.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 2 years ago from Pune, India

      These tips are very useful for getting more comments. Thank you for sharing.

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Bill, I can see how writing about your personal life will attract comments. I don’t have hubs where I discuss my personal life, unless you consider health related hubs to be that kind. So I sorted my hub list by comments to see which have the most.

      It turns out that my “How to” hubs have the most comments. And that makes sense too, since some comments are questions. And, yes, I do reply with answers. I also reply to any comment unless it is not related to the hub.

      As for your thoughts on expecting a reply comment to your comments, I feel a little hurt too when I took the time to write a meaningful comment and I get no response. But then I look to see how many people are following that author. If I see a huge number, then I can understand that they probably just can’t keep up. As you said, authors have busy lives.

      I like your discussion of creating friendships with other Hubbers to the extent that you can visit them when traveling. I made friends with a few in my local area by having HubMeets in the past. But I have to admit I never extended that worldwide. I know it’s a nice feeling because I do have that closeness with my business clients, who are scattered all over. But I never built that up with HubPages. It’s just communication in the forums and via comments.

      When I retire and have more time, I’d like to put more effort into that. It’s nice to get to know other people from other areas.

      Once last thing, congratulations on that huge number of comments. That truly is a great accomplishment.

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      Linda Jo Martin 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for the clues to reaching the potential of HubPages. I'm grateful for your information. I just returned here after two years (I was heavily invested in Squidoo at the time I originally did a Hub Challenge in 2011 and then went back to Squidoo) . . . anyhow... nice to meet you and I hope to see your future articles as well - I have subscribed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Never, Linda! Apple juice my friend. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Jainismus. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, thanks for a great comment. One of my regrets about HP is that there are no site-sponsored conventions where Hubbers can go to meet. I don't know if Hubbers would even be interested, but I know I would be.

      You are correct that when you don't write about personal experiences, that tends to eliminate that advantage in gaining comment. I'm impressed with anyone who can gather a lot of comments writing "how to" articles....it's just not me. :)

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda, and welcome back to HP. I have gained a great many new friends from Squidoo in the past week, and I'm always grateful for new friends.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      They do have workshops. I went to one in New York City about 4 years ago.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I couldn't agree more. When i comment on someone's hub and they don't read my hub, i overlook it, maybe twice, then i'm done. That's just the way it works. I still have comments on my last story that i haven't answered, but i will. The total comments on my hubs are 48,777...I have 7,124 on one hub, which i think is really good. I love this community of writers. Thank you....

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there you go, Brie. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, that is a great number of comments, and it speaks highly about the person you are. Well done and thank you my friend.

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      sheilamyers 2 years ago

      I've only been here a little over a year, have 97 articles, and about 100 followers. A very small handful of those followers come back time after time to leave comments and have become close friends - at least as close as you can get via the internet. At the end of the day, I have a couple of comments being left, but I won't be going to be going to bed sad or upset because those that are left mean a lot to me. I think I've used most of the tips you wrote and will definitely be trying the others.

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      Abby Campbell 2 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Very informative hub, Bill... as always! :-) It took me a while to figure things out... wish your hub was here back when I first started, though I always learn something new from you. One thing that I have loved about HubPages is making wonderful friends such as you. Maybe one day I'll get to meet some of my newfound friends in real life like you have. :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, it takes a lot of time and effort, and for those who don't have as much time as I have, it can be difficult. I've been lucky in discovering HP when I had no other responsibilities, so I could devote 100% to it.

      Thank you for always being here my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That would bed nice, Abby, although I can't imagine me traveling to North Carolina. LOL Maybe we can have an hp convention somewhere in-between. :) Thank you for taking the time to stop by.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      It is very difficult to keep up with all the hubs written by those I follow, and you know that we have lost some very good writers in the past. I miss them. I love your articles and try to read them all, but sometimes I do skip the ones on writing because I am burned out. As you know, I have a regular (sometimes thankless) full-time job editing and correcting other writers’ work. By nightfall, I am written out and ready for TV or a good book. In about two months, we will start training new temporary editors, so pray for me. LOL

      Hubbers who don’t respond to our comments irritate me, too. The only few times I haven’t left a comment was because I was following the old advice “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” After three years I have finally reached level VII commentator status. That is after a short hiatus when I broke my leg and couldn’t get to the computer. I sure did miss you and the rest of the wonderful friends on HP. You do put a lot of yourself into your writing, and I salute you for it. Here’s to more happy writing my friend, and happy reading, too, and as my dad used to say every time he left the house, “I’ll see you in the funny papers.” (That's better than hell!)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I miss those writers who left as well, and I don't blame you at all for not reading my hubs about writing. I do it as a service to other writers, but my heart really isn't in it. I would much rather write nothing but creative pieces. Maybe a day will come when I can have the best of all writing worlds, but that day hasn't arrived yet.

      I thank you for your loyalty and your friendship. You are greatly appreciated by this writer.

      bill

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      watergeek 2 years ago

      Oh, the temptation! Most of my writing these days is on crowd-sourcing sites, as I attempt to make a living writing. But every time I write a new hub, I look for comments so I can respond, and before I know it I'm getting involved again and neglecting my income. It's so hard to balance it all out sometimes.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      That is so true...the part about being real...Bill.

      It is definitely a way to have others comment as they can identify with what you are saying or not. You know? They can agree which is nice or they can disagree and tell you why and that is cool too....it is always interesting to hear someone else's viewpoint.

      Enjoyed reading this very much...that is why I am commenting. :D

      Take care of you and yours...

      Angels are winging their way to you this evening ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      watergeek, I hear you loud and clear. I am struggling with that very issue right now, so I do understand. Best wishes to you as you continue the struggle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, considering your circumstances, I am elated any old time you show up with a comment. Thank you my dear friend, and those angels are working overtime, heading back your way.

      bill

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Nice one Bill, yes I think I have so many friends on here now that I told my brother, because he wants to go to America, that actually I probably could stop of to have a coffee with one in each State! lol! and that's the point on here, I love it, I have met so many lovely people, you included that to just comment, or not comment isn't even an option for me, I have to go and have a chat so to speak! I think this is the best site for this, as you said on some other sites even though we read our friends articles there are some nasty comments around, but here its like one big family! and congrats on all your comments!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Nell, and I'll have that cup of coffee waiting for you when you get here. I would be thrilled if that happened. :)

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That would be great! I would love to meet you and bev, and thanks for the coffee, white three sugars! lol!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill you are one of the most talented authors I have read--but it's far more than just putting words on a page. You put your life on those pages. Though we have never met I feel that I know you so very well. You are sincere, honest, funny, and (my goodness) approachable. I have read more than a few of Stephen King's books, but would I want to have dinner with him? Sadly, no. I don't know him. But I know you. If our paths ever cross let's at least take the time to have some coffee, OK?

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      Rehan Ahmad 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for nice article and introducing with the in depth reality of the writing network. Its all about making friends, knowing and understanding each other.

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      Liz Mackay 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for all the great advice. I'm in the middle of writing my first article and waiting for my stuff from Squidoo to arrive. Then I will be busy checking it is right for HP.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Three sugars it is, Nell. Give us a call when you hit town. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, that is such a sweet thing for you to say. Thank you so much. If you ever drive through Olympia, give me a shout out. We'll meet for coffee. It's a date! Thank you for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rehan, I believe that with every fiber of my being. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LizMac, welcome to HP and I hope the transition goes smoothly for you. Thank you for the visit.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I'm back from school orientation with all the "wide - eyed" kids and I wanted to visit a few hubs before I called it a day.

      This was a wonderful choice because I got to say HI to you and read the beautiful comments of many good friends and nice new folks from Squidoo.

      Gail (HBN) and I have met up several times now. When you are on the East Coast, we will "apple juice and dine" you and Bev, young man!

      Have a great night. Love, Maria

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. First of all what amazing stats. You should be proud of what you have accomplished here. But, the numbers aside, I can think of no one else here who has touched so many other members in such a positive way. You are constantly helping, giving tips, mentoring, advising and teaching, all while writing hubs and books and blogs. This site would not be the same without you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you can mark that date down. If we make it back there, we will definitely meet with you and Gail. That would be a major thrill for us.

      Good luck with the wide-eyed kids, and thank you for your friendship and loyalty.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, those are mighty kind words and I am humbled. Thank you my friend. I would not be the same without this site and my friends here.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      When I took over awordlover's account last year, I read through it all to get my bearings. I saw that she welcomed you about 2 years ago, and she answered your comment on one of her articles after thanking you, saying that she was proud to be one of your first followers. From what I could see, she was a faithful follower until she got sick.

      I picked up on you from there and when I created my own account, you were my first follower. You are and have always been a great supporter of whatever work I put out. No matter how LONG it is!

      You never ever put down anything I say, and for that I thank you. Sometimes you will say something wasn't your bag, and I appreciate honesty, but you have never made me feel badly about anything to the point of wanting to delete it. I can't say the same about anyone else.

      Now all this is not to give you a big head. It is just a fact and a truth. Whatever you didn't get in accolades in your years of teaching, you are getting them in thousands here. You are the best and I know many join me in telling you that. I'm glad to know you and to be counted as one of your followers.

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      Genevieve Nicole 2 years ago from Providence, RI

      Thanks for allowing me into your circle :)

      It may be some time before I'm able to truly allow others to get to know me, as I am a very private person...but hopefully soon I will be inspired to write something straight from the heart! When I am inspired to really pour my soul into something, the results tend to be serious as well as sad. But I'll get to it eventually!

      P.S. "I read once that a writer should try to find 100 followers who will follow them into hell." I love this line sooo much! Words to live by :)

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Bill, In reply to your comment to me above, HubPages did offer to have Hubbers run their own "HubMeets" about three years ago using the meetup.com platform under a special section that was free for HubPages users.

      I had a handful of local Hubbers all join in on a monthly meeting. I wrote a hub on that. Unfortunately, HP didn't continue promoting it because few HubMeets were successful.

      There was a forum where they were all sharing their problems getting started. That forum is probably still available if you search for it.

      It eventually dried up as a trend after HP dropped promoting it. The few of us who met have remained friends however.

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      How true and this works everywhere too, on your blogs, on the now almost ex-Squidoo where I used to write as well as many other sites. Comments take time but they build relationships. By the way, nice to meet you. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachael, there is no danger of me getting a big head, but there is a very real possibility of you touching my heart with your words. Thank you from the bottom of this old heart. I am honored and humbled by your words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genevieve, thank you. I know when the time comes you will find the words. There is nothing wrong with serious and sad...if it is true then it deserves to be written.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, thank you for adding that information. I'm sorry to hear that the practice died, but such is life I'm afraid.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mumsgather, nice to meet you as well, and thank you for following me. I look forward to forming a friendship with you.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      I know "they" say that comments do not really matter in the grand scheme of "making it big" on HP, but I know without a doubt that I love when a fellow writer takes the time to read what I have written from my heart and leaves a comment. It is really one of the most valuable aspects of belonging to this wonderful community to receive a comment on something you have written.

      I was clueless when I wrote my first hub, but at least I had some sense in realizing that not one person knew me. I set out to change that right away, and so loved the journey of reading all of the wonderful writers' work here on HP and always left a comment. Then, a wonderful thing happen, much to my delight and surprise, there were those who actually read what I had written and left a thoughtful comment. When you belong to a community, you have no choice but to be active in reading, writing, commenting, inquiring and answering. That is what makes you feel part of something bigger than yourself.

      Blessings always

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      billybuc, if you're going to hell I'd better check my supply list...bags of marshmallows. Check. Box of graham crackers. Check. Badass, dayglow & fire-proof Ozzy Osbourne tee-shirt. Check. "Lucifer is my co-pilot" bumper stickers. Check. Alrighty. We set to go.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Another inspiring article written from heart. Thanks billybuc for sharing your feelings.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      very impressive amount of comments..folks do like to follow good advice good hubs and no nonsense type of how to.. you do all that.. oh forgot to congratulate you on hub of the day...:)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very simple way to get more views. Your ideas are always so useful to me. Well done to you!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Really enjoyed your points here, and you're absolutely on point. Coming from the Squidoo community, and being over there for 7 years, many of my fellow squidoo-ers and myself have come to know each other quite well. I'm grateful to have the friends that I do from there, and now with this merger, new ones here as well. In fact, many in the Squidoo community are getting through this dramatic change by sticking together. It's been hard, and I'm so glad to know them. Anyone just starting out will get a lot from this article. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great information, for sure. I really enjoy reading articles, getting to know people, and learning new things. Now, if I can just figure out how to retain all the information.

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The advice I read on this page was top shelf, common sense and logically brilliant! A great writer is also a great reader. I'm so glad I stopped to read your article. :)

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Everyone here must notice that you ALWAYS get an amazing number of comments. The interaction is definitely the key. Lately I've devoted less time to reading hubbers I don't already know and it shows; my comments have dropped on my latest hubs. I used to hop hobs much more often. So there's proof for anyone! (Just thought - maybe my hubs aren't so good!)

      I read the hubbers who write well, who respond to comments (like you, I give them one chance, including the ones who just list names and do a collective 'thank you' - I like to be treated as an individual) and I always respond to people who've taken the time to comment on mine. It's courtesy at the very least.

      In fact, I'm cutting down on some as time is tight at the moment. My favourites remain my favourites and will always have my undivided attention!

      Hope you and Bev have a great weekend!

      Ann

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 2 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Perfect timing for this article. As a transplant from the other site, I miss the interaction we had there. Trying to find my footing on new ground is a daunting task to say the least but reading about this wonderful community here at HP helps to shine some light into the darkness. Thank you for some good tips and helping to shine that light.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      My comments have dropped way off, as so many of our original friends have left. Then many people decided to look at our articles on the different HP blogs and NOT comment. Now the new crop of people just look for numbers, not comments...

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      Ally Lewis 2 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I'm new to HP so this hub was really insightful and helpful. I was afraid it was just my things that no one wanted to comment on! I'll put more effort into interactions on here for sure. Thanks for all the advice. You seem to be the glue that holds HP together!

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      I agree with your assessments : if you write from the heart, comments and followers will come. The best articles I have written on other platforms were personal stories, which generated hundreds of comments. Comments don't always turn into earnings, but they can turn into friendships.

      I was lucky enough to meet a fellow writer on a trip to an event in Washington, D.C. She & her husband took me around town, which was nice, as I had never visited the city. That was two years ago, and we are still friends!

      I'm looking forward to reading more of your articles! And I especially thank you for welcoming all of us former Squids!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Of course, I had to scroll a mile on your page to reach your comments box, LOL. (That's a good thing.) I'm looking forward to continuing to work with my Squidoo friends here on the Hubpages platform and to making new friends, too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I totally agree. Comments are very important to me. They make me feel connected to the writing world, and they also let me know I'm not alone and there are people out there who care about my writing. Invaluable if you ask me.

      And I so appreciate you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO...bethperry, you are a funny lady. You are all set my dear. The train leaves the station at nine.

      Thanks for the early-morning laugh.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, SANJAY, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. The HOTD was a complete surprise....the comments I have grown to love and feed off of.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE, and well done to all of us writers.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I always am honored to get a comment from you, Bill, because I know how busy you are. The fact that you take time out of every day to support your writer friends is really meaningful and very much appreciated. And I suspect I am not just speaking for myself.

      And wow. I know I'm a day late to this party but once again you have achieved an impressive number of comments to this article. Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brite...there are a lot of you no doubt. I have a ton of new friends to get to know, but I'm up to the task and looking forward to it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OhMe, if you figure that out, please let me know. In the meantime, I am glad you are here, so thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Pam Irie, I'm so glad you did as well. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you just mentioned another pet peeve of mine...the ones who list a bunch of writers and say thanks to all...drives me crazy. Thanks for letting me know I'm not being a grumpy old man. LOL

      Have a super weekend my friend, and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MartieG, there were certainly a lot of you that came over. I've been quite busy getting to know a bunch of you, and I love it. Welcome to HP once again. I'm glad you are here....and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see that trend as well, Deb, and I don't understand it. The beauty of HP is its people...at least for me. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ally Lewis, for the following and the comment. Put the time in and you'll see the results here. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Country-Sunshine, you are very welcome, and I thank you for taking the time to visit me. I look forward to our new friendship.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TreasuresBrenda, wouldn't it have been funny if I'd gotten no comments? LOL Thank you and welcome to HP>

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb. My friends mean a great deal to me, and you are one of them. I'll always support you and you can take that to the bank.

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      Sarah Switalski 2 years ago from Iowa

      Thank you for this very helpful article. I've read a few in the past that simply list bullet points about asking questions and asking people to comment. Getting real and getting personal is much better advice! Comments should be for real interaction, not just stats and numbers.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Sarah. With that as your attitude you will be fine here at HP. Take the time, make the effort, and people will respond. Thanks for being here and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Lena Kovadlo 2 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      I've never gotten loads of comments on my hubs. Some probably don't have any. I guess it may have to do with the topic I am writing about and not necessarily how I went about writing it.

      I do find that when you share yourself with others and when you ask questions in your hubs they will be more likely to respond.

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      Tawnya 2 years ago from NE Ohio

      What great information! My comments are usually hit or miss. I do several of the things you mention, but have never even thought of a few others. I can't wait to try some of your methods out in my own writing. Thanks, again

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      tpneversaynever 2 years ago from California

      Thanks so much! Anytime my writing feels dull and lifeless, I can always see that at least one thing is wrong, and that is that I wasn't being real. Thank you for reminding me. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lena, that's interesting about not getting comments, because I've found your articles to be interesting. I hope that changes for you, and thank you for commenting here.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks TJHousel..I hope my suggestions help you. I love the interaction that comments allow.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, tpneversaynever....I have found it definitely helps me and I hope the same is true for you. Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Once again, you give us great advice, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok! Have a great weekend.

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      Laddi Singh 2 years ago from (Punjab) India

      Simply you are the best, you not only inspire but also support us.

      I definitely feel inspired to read your hub and each line was very very valuable for me. Thanks for this very informative Hub and especially thanks for your real and expensive suggestion.

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      Angela F 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Great tips and definitely some BIG numbers to aspire to now that I'm here at HubPages :)

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      And as usual I agree wholeheartedly with you, billybuc. You are the best example to all of us and at present most certainly the King of the Hubs.

      Of course, I will love a holiday with you and Bev.... I am sending my pilot to pick you up :)))

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      You deserve the comments - you are the backbone of the Hubpages community Mr Holland.

      :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jasdeep, thank you my friend. Your words humble me and I am most appreciative.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you SheGetsCreative and again, welcome to HP

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, I'm looking skyward. I hope the pilot makes it here soon. :) Thank you my friend and happy weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thank you Anna. That is very kind of you. :)

      bill

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Bill. I agree with Jodah (John), whose comment is truly ”spot on.” I couldn’t “say it” any better. I know I speak for many when I add that we are so fortunate that you are here, one of the most valued writers and friends on Hubpages…in many ways. I can't imagine this community without you. Thank you for being you. :-)

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      This is very helpful, common sense information. It is nice that people actually receive your replies to their comments. Until recently, I had written only on Squidoo. I always replied to their comments, and they were supposed to receive an e-mail of my reply, but I don't believe that actually happened. This is because when I commented, I frequently asked questions of the writers, but rarely received any response -- so I suspect my readers never received my responses either. You article leads me to believe that will be better here on HP.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub contains excellent advice for people who want a lot of comments on their hubs, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Genna, I can't imagine a day without this community, so we all benefit. As always, thank you for your very kind words. I love it here and it is because of people like you.

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      John Fisher 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      Thanks for a great informative and educational article. You write a lot of good stuff, and I'll admit that I have not read all 825 of your articles, but I'm working on it, gradually. All good things take time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MariaMontgomery, if you like to comment then you will find others like you here. I love this community, but honestly, I don't spend much time with people who do not want to interact. Thanks for stopping by and welcome to HP>

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend despite the rain.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pocono, the mere fact that you are working on it is impressive. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      You give some very good advice! I really like that you mention how being yourself is what gets people interested in your work. That's an interesting observation. I'll take some of these pointers along with me on my future writing adventures! Thank you for sharing some of yourself with us.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      While I am not a bit surprised by your statistics, they ARE staggering statistics! Bill, I know I have said this before and probably more than once, you are an integral part of hubpages. You are the most supportive and I would venture to say, the most prolific. Oh....and you're a darn good writer!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Social thoughts, I'm glad you found some value in this. I hope my suggestions work for you. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, I always have a hard time with praise like that, but I'll struggle on and simply say thank you very much. I love this site because of people like you.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I think I have responded to every comment made on one of my Hub Pages articles, and believe it or not nobody had to remind me to. It just seemed like a common sense combination of self interest and courtesy. It's astounding to me how so many people don't have that.

      Of course, if I was overwhelmed with your, did you really say 75,000 comments, I think I would pass out from exhaustion. I don't think there is any conceivable way I could deal with that short of doing it telepathically in my sleep, which no kidding I would like to figure out how to do someday. Great article as always and fantastic advice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mel. I'm pretty sure I've responded to them all. If I missed some it was purely by accident. I just think that if someone takes the time to comment then the least I can do is respond, and I know you feel the same way.

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      MariaMontgomery 2 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks, billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Maria, and thank you.

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      Doris H. Dancy 2 years ago from Yorktown, Virginia

      Billybuc ~ I am new to hub pages, and I first saw your name as the Faith baton is being passed to you. As a result, I decided to read some of your hubs and I started with this one. Wow! What a mass of important information you have here for those of us who want to make friends, share ideas, and build our reading audience. I loved your point about friendships, and I already know that to be true. I have already formed some great friendships here and look forward to making more. Thank you for this invaluable information, and I will certainly take it to heart. I can't wait to read what you have to say about FAITH.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doris, thank you so much, and welcome to HP. I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have. The FAITH hub will come out Thursday.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Well Bill,

      I worked as a nurse in New Zealand where I had one of the best references ever. They did give me a glowing report as per usual, but then they added that one of the best reports was what patients themselves were saying, and they all had something incredible to say about me.

      Where am I going? well, I see so many glowing reports here and elsewhere about what great and inspiring things people are saying about you. What can I say? Their comments speak for you and speak for themselves. Jai to you and family.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita....as always, I am humbled by your words. Blessings to you my friend.

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      Rehan Ahmad 2 years ago from United States

      Last month I was writing an article for my employer about wood business and found that there is very great aspects for wooden home. One architect from Canada have made nine story fireproof fireproof building . He inspired to Grow home. Thanks for sharing such valuable analysis practical plan for homeless.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Rehan, and thank you.

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Bill, I was saying "amen!" to many of your comments. This article is an excellent reinforcer for what I've already learned from you by observation, but it also gave me something new to think about. You said, "be real". That can be difficult, but I needed to hear that. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, I think readers want to know more about writers...and they can relate to our articles...so give them a little about you. I know I want to know more about Iris from Boise. :)

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      Thomas Bensen 2 years ago from Round Lake Park

      That is a lot of comments and views, I have to say I am not even close to that LOL. I have not really dedicated myself to the site but I will be putting in more time here now. Thanks for the tips.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      bensens, I'm glad to hear you will be increasing your activity here. I look forward to it. Thanks!

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Doesn't surprise me that you have 75K comments! You are not only a prolific writer, but a prolific commenter as well. Therein is the reason for your stellar comment attraction. People know that when they make a comment on your work, you respond. I have found that out first hand. And, like you, it is through comments that I have found and forged some wonderful friendships, especially here on HubPages.

      However, some online writing of a more informational and less emotional nature (though it may get really real!) may not be a comment magnet. For those, traffic, not comments, may be enough of a "comment" since Google may be "commenting" by including the article in search results. It all depends on one's objectives for writing in the first place.

      Keep those comment-worthy hubs coming!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, Heidi, and therein lies the reason for the type of writing I like doing. I have had enough years of the info commercials...now it's from the heart and things that interest me. Thanks for always being the voice of logic and reason. :)_

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      You make it so real, Bill. Being part of the community is what makes writing here worthwhile and also brings in the comments.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All I know, Dianna, is it has worked for me. I'm assuming others can do what I've done.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Missed this. I think I must get the old interaction clock working!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I happen to think you are very good about interacting. I wouldn't change a thing about your efforts here.

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      muhammad abdullah javed 2 years ago

      Hi Bill. Thanks for sharing views straight from your heart. Its pleasure going through. Who can be better in writing and advising us than you? I do hope as others too have opined person like you continue to embellish the forum with inspiration through write ups and motivation through words of advise. Thanks again.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      m abdullah javed, it really is my pleasure. I'm glad this helped you. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I always love your direct approach to life in general and on this forum. I often wished I was there with you at the very beginning. My time is limited but what works for me is going to the news feed page first. At the beginning I opened ever email from my followers, but that is time wise not possible anymore, so now I go to each person's page who left a comment, and read their last article, and sometimes more than one if I've been absent from hubpages for a week, which does happen. I will share your post with our authors on our Facebook authors fan page.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine. I simply can't read all hubs by all followers. There isn't enough time in the day. Now I'm into reciprocation. There are some writers I will always comment on, ones who have been loyal for years....others, the newcomers, have to earn my loyalty. :)

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Bill,

      It does not surprise me in the least that you have that kind of traffic. You are well loved here at HP and many of us look to you for support and guidance. Getting feedback from you is invaluable for all of us plugging away writing. Writing is sharing - and you sir, share the most. Thank you.

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, thank you for those kind words. I wish I could visit everyone with more regularity, but I do what I can.

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      Randi Simon-Serey 2 years ago from Ohio

      Makes sense! I will follow your advice. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      chowchowgrl, I'm glad this has helped. Thanks, and thanks for following me.

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      Aaron Rushing 2 years ago from USA- Florida

      Good Stuff Billybuc, I enjoyed this, I am one who finds it difficult to be real.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ABR

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate it, ABR...thank you!

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      This one slipped by me Bill. Great advice. I try to connect with my "online friends" through various platforms. I remember you said in another article that when you are writing it is important to build a base of friends - 100 if I recall - that will be your biggest supporters through starting a writing career. You are right, we cannot expect support without giving it as well :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, one of the hardest things for a writer to understand is that this all takes time. We build from the ground up, and it is a slow process...but it does pay dividends over time. You are on the right track...now don't derail. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      You were one of the first people to comment on one of my hubs when I first started here and getting comments is really nice. Of course I have gotten bad about commenting, especially now that I am working, but I always save those emails I get everyday from HP and eventually I get around to commenting. You are definitely right though, they don't happen as often if one doesn't give some support too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I can't imagine working full-time and trying to write too. I think you do a great job considering, and I'm one appreciative follower of yours. Thank you for what you do.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      You raise excellent points. I don't earn much money here, but I do enjoy the social interactions.

      Since I am at home full-time, I should have more time for writing than I do. I'm afraid I've always been a bit of a procrastinator, and overall, not a good time manager; I tend to be easily distracted. Besides which, I'm acting as my husband's caretaker/medication manager, and the stress that causes, given that I was never trained to be a nurse, compounds the issue.

      I'd like to think of myself as a writer; it is my preferred way of expression, and I've written scads of stuff. Published? No. Not unless blogs and HP count as being published. I'll be 67 next month, and have been in the lower-income echelon all my adult life; I'm tired. Tired of struggling. Tired of being poor. Tired of politics. Tired of just about everything, and frustrated by the many things I'd like to do that are well outside my budget.

      At my age, time is at once something I don't have much of, in terms of waiting for things to happen, and by an ironic twist, in a way it is also all I have.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, thank you for sharing your thoughts. We are the same age...you have me by about nine months...and I hear you. I'm tired too....sigh...so we carry on. :)

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Thanks, Bill--gosh, on re-reading my impulsive post, it sounds like some sort of pity-party diatribe! :( Sorry about that! My internal censor must have fallen out the window!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't see it that way, Lizzy, but thanks for the clarification.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I visited this hub again, because I want to know the secrets of interaction and making friendships and also to improve my viewership and comments, etc. I have 97 followers and I am following 235 people. I have 330 comments to my credit. I want to follow many more people. I already contribute daily 2 hours reading hubs and commenting on them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, as one of your followers, I think you are doing a fine job. You are loyal, you always make comments, and I find you very supportive. Be patient and keep doing what you are doing.....follow some of the people you see following me...most of them are givers.

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thanks for your support and good advice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Venkatadchari M.

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      Lana Zakinov 2 years ago from California

      I can really appreciate this article because on occasion I think I do have to be reminded to be human, to let other people know me through my writing, and to connect. I also appreciate all your feedback and advice, and I do hope we become friends :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kalinin, thank you. Interestingly, this is something many writers have trouble with. It is not easy to drop the shields and allow our readers to know us. I hope we become friends too. :)

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      Harish Mamgain 23 months ago from India

      Writing, reading, commenting, interacting and getting real. With such a great humility, you have unfolded the secret to all of us. This kind gesture of yours reveals your true character. You want us to grow like you have done.

      Bill, you are not merely a writer, you are a great writer with a special human touch. You are a true lantern carrier, guiding guys to a correct path of writing and living as well. I feel myself very fortunate for being one of your followers. Thanks for sharing such an affable and very useful hub. :-)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, I am touched by your very kind words. Thank you so very much. I want my writing to be a communication between me and my readers. It is a human thing I do, with words, reaching others and letting them know that we are all the same.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      That's how I found you, Bill. Whenever I read the comments section of hubs I was interested in, your name always seemed to be there. I decided to find out more about this gadabout and...well here are. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, gadabout....LOL I was like a fly on the wall. No matter how many times you swat at it, it's always there. I'm glad you found me, my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Me too. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma....:)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      Ha-ha-ha, we have fun. :)

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      Bill Holland 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes we do, Zulma! I hope it never ends.

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      Robert Morgan 22 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Myrtle Beach, SC - Scottsdale AZ

      Bill, first let me say thank you. I agree with you, and I am going to be a better writer. I am thankful for Hubpages and for Hubbers like you. I truly feel fortunate to have so many wonderful people here on HubPages, that I can already call friends. Though I have not met you in person, I can tell, we would be friends, because of the articles you write. Thanks for all you do for all of us. Blessings, Bobby

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bobby, that is a very kind thing for you to say. Thank you! If I'm ever on the east coast again, we'll sit down for lunch. I do wish there was some way to meet all of my online friends in person. What a great reunion that would be. :)

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