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HubPages Question: How Do You Do It, Billybuc?

Updated on December 9, 2012

THE REASON FOR THIS ARTICLE

I don’t know how many times I have been asked that question, but I know at least once a week it pops up in the comment section of one of my articles. My friend Louisa (Louisa Rogers on HubPages) was the latest to ask it, and she was being quite serious; so much so that she suggested I write an article answering the question, in hopes that it helps others on HubPages.

So, Louisa, this one is for you, and others like you, who seem to think I have some secret that explains my output on this site.

Deep in thought about the future on HP
Deep in thought about the future on HP | Source

LET US LOOK AT MY WORK ETHIC

The first thing you need to understand is that this is a job for me; it is a job fueled by a passion for writing, but it is treated like a job. I write for a living, and that means I get up at the same time each morning and go off to work in my writing studio. I am at the computer ten hours per day. I start at seven and stop at five. I do this five days a week. On weekends, I write from 7:30 until 10:30. Yes, I sleep in a half hour on Saturdays and Sundays. They are, after all, days of rest! J

I believe writers need to treat their craft like a job. I have read all the “how to” articles about being a writer, and for the most part I paid little attention to them, but one thing that stuck with me was the fact that in order to improve as a writer, one needs to write.

I committed to this venture two years ago, and for me commitment is a sworn oath.

In addition, I committed to HubPages almost a year ago. I dragged my feet about joining a writing community, but once I made up my mind to do it, I jumped in with both feet.

So I have this commitment thing going on, and that means fulfilling my commitment each and every day.

Now, I understand that not everyone is in my position. I am not a stay-at-home mother who has chores to do and has to take care of her children. I have no other commitments other than writing, so that alone sets me apart from a great many members of HubPages, and at least in part explains how I am able to do those things that I do that seem to amaze others.

MY SCHEDULE

When trying to juggle several different items, I think organization is crucial. What am I juggling? First, I have customers who I write for. I do SEO Articles each day to help pay the bills around here. I also have three blogs that I maintain, and then I have my articles for HubPages and when time allows I work on several book projects. In order to do all those things I devised a writing schedule that I follow religiously.

It looks something like this:

· 7:00-11:00 Write for customers

· 11:00-12:00 Write blogs

· 12:00-12:30 Lunch

· 12:30-4:00 Write for HubPages

· 4:00-5:00 Work on other projects

I do this daily. I do not allow distractions to change my schedule unless they are emergencies.

Sprinkled in throughout the day are comments that I respond to on my HP articles, and reading articles written by other writers. I will talk more about this in a little while.

The point being that I consider this a job; one I love, but still a job, and as such I approach it as a job, with a strict work schedule that I adhere to.

WRITING FOR HUBPAGES

I am constantly challenging myself. It is just the way that I am. When I joined Hubpages on January 6, 2012 I decided to give it my best shot. I read the instructions, and read comments and hubs from veteran Hubbers, and I realized that I needed to establish a foundation of works that would eventually show me residual income. Thus began my 365/365 challenge. I decided that I was going to write 365 Hubs in my first year. More importantly to me, I decided that I was going to write 365 quality Hubs in the first year.

I am on pace to do that, and by January 6th, 2013, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I will have achieved that goal. Then I plan on re-evaluating my goals and I will decide how I want to approach HubPages for the New Year. I have other writing interests that have not received my full attention this year, so I suspect I will back off a bit from HP and concentrate more on some books I want to write.

The other aspect of HubPages, and one I think a lot of newcomers don’t realize, is that this is a writing community. It is a community of supportive people. We get feedback from other writers, and we find much-needed encouragement from them, and in turn we give feedback and encouragement.

I had committed to being a supportive member of HubPages, and I think I have done that. I try to read as many Hubs as possible, and I also try to comment on as many as possible. Why? Simply because if I receive comments from other writers then the least I can do is comment on their writing. I also try to help newcomers when I can; there were a few Hubbers who took me under their wing very early on, and without them I would have quit after a month. I feel it’s important to reach out to the new Hubber.

However, as my following grew, it became obvious that I could not possibly comment on every Hub written. I am now approaching 1200 followers, and that number is unmanageable with regards to following each Hub and commenting on it. So, I have had to limit myself by a time schedule AND I have also limited myself to those Hubbers who are supportive of me. I would venture to guess there are at least 500 of my followers who I never hear from; not one word in almost a year. That makes my selection process pretty easy. J

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SO NOW WHAT?

Well, that is to be determined after the first of the New Year. HubPages takes a great amount of time, and the monetary return is not worth it to me. However, there are returns that can never be measured in dollars. I have made great friends on HubPages, people who are not just virtual friends but honest to God friends for life. I love supporting them, and I gain strength from their support.

Also, the opportunity to send my writings out to the internet world, and to make a tangible difference in the world, makes HubPages invaluable to me. I have received heartwarming comments about Hubs I have written concerning social issues; I have affected lives in a positive manner through my writing. There is no way to put a value on that.

So I will need to give this matter some thought once January gets here. I suspect I will continue to write for HP, but just not in the volume that I committed to the first year. I need to concentrate on other avenues of my writing career. I have things I still want to accomplish and I am not getting any younger. There are books still to be written, and social battles that need to be fought, and I don’t seem to be happy unless I am knocking over some windmills and challenging the establishment.

Thoughts on writing a book

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT

See, there was no big secret to what I do. I simply committed to writing like the job that it is, and I have met that commitment. Please note that I am not making judgment about anyone else. I am in a unique position where I have uninterrupted time that I can devote to my passion. Few writers on HP have the freedom that I have, so what I do may not be realistic for others.

I will say this, though, and then I will say goodbye for this article. If you are serious about HubPages, then you will get back from it what you put into it. If you think others will support you even though you do not support them, I believe you are in for a rude awakening.

Also, if you are serious about writing then the same is true: you will get out of writing what you put into it. Writing takes time. Writing takes effort. Writing takes passion and writing takes commitment. Anything less than that and writing becomes a hobby!

Writing is not a hobby for me. Writing is what I do. I am a writer and my name is Bill Holland!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      I loved reading about your schedule for the day and how much you do put your heart and soul in your writing. Congrats on being on Hubpages for almost a year. I commend you for your writing challenge here and think you have pretty much accomplished it and understand your wanting to branch out a bit. You have to do what is right for you here as a writer and totally get that. That said just so thankful to follow you and get to read your wonderful writing!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, interesting and useful hub. I wish my day was as structured as yours. I spend far too long staring into my laptop wondering what to write about and need to get my act together in that respect. I'm still investigating writing for other sites once I suss out SEO :o) I do love the HP community though and am grateful, like you, for all of the support I have received over the last 15 months. I admire your 365 in 365 - Awesome! You'll do it, I just know you will.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Wow Bill, pretty powerful words..And ones I should readily follow. I love to write but I am not as committed as you are for sure, that doesn't mean it won't change. You have been so helpful to me as with others. I am going to start writing again but I still feel a little tenuous. So I am going to just did in and see how it flows. We all have to pay the bills and gravitate towards that accomplishment. But what is so amazing is that you followed through on your commitment without wavering. I am very impressed and happy for you. You are an excellent writer who has the talent to put down your feelings with an almost lyrical result. So hope you keep writing and doing what you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, first as always....thank you my dear! I will keep writing for HP...I love this community. I also have to make money, and HP does not do that for me. So I'll have to back off of HP a bit, and make more time for money. But first, I have to finish my 365. :)

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my committed writer friend Bill!!!

      You said it in that one word, "committed," and it is evident that is how you approach every aspect of your life, i.e., your marriage to your lovely wife Bev.

      I am so blessed and honored to know of someone with such integrity and who takes time out to encourage others who follow you, like me. I appreciate your strong values and commitment to helping others around the world.

      I am attempting to be the first to respond and not the last this time, but I know I will not be the first here.

      Voted up++++ sharing of course!

      Hugs and blessings your way, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, thank you and yes, I will do it. Focus has never been a problem for me....except when I was drinking of course. LOL I'm sure you will figure out your own situation and get into the flow. I know I always enjoy your hubs, even when they are about rock bands I have never heard of. LOL Thank you Julie!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I really do appreciate those kind words. I do hope you start writing again soon; I think you found a good niche that just needs to be cultivated and given time. Stay with it, and thank you so much for your loyal support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you are too kind, but I thank you. It's hard to be first with Janine hovering in the background, just waiting to pounce on my hubs. LOL I have been incredibly blessed on HP; I have had the opportunity to meet some incredible people in the past eleven months, and I do consider you a close friend even though we have never met. If you ever make it to the northwest I insist you stop by and let Bev and I shower you with warm friendship.

      blessing and love,

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I will do so!!! And if you and Bev ever make it all the way across to southern USA, I will do so too. Blessings and love, Faith Reaper

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Thanks Bill and I bet I'm one who has asked, "how do you do it?" Well that's a good explanation! Man you do spend a ton of hours at the desk...I know you enjoy it though:) you're good at it!!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy - I just want to say "thank you" for getting to the point and telling it like it is. In regards to followers, I am constantly astounded that people will follow me without ever having read a word I write let alone make one more attempt at communication other than hitting that follow button. I also am equally astounded when I read hubbers who write articles about the do's and don'ts of proper Hubber etiquette yet do not realize or flat out refuse to realize they are guilty of this behavior. I took a lesson from one of your hubs that you printed not that long ago. You said you were cutting the fat on hubbers that do not show the same participation in your info. as you do theirs. I did this as well and I have been all the more better for it. I no longer feel guilty about commenting when I see a name in my in box that I NEVER see on any of my hubs. I read every Hub from the people I follow but I now keep a keen eye on those who reap the rewards but never return the favor.

      This is just one of the many lessons I have learned after demanding you take me under your wing, peed pants and all and I have been the better for it.

      You have more than earned your "write" to chill out a bit and devote your added energy to your other interests and I wish you nothing but the best.

      Always sending love - Beckie XXOO

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I have thoroughly loved reading your strategy. I thoroughly value and believe in a schedule, finding work indeed gets accomplished.

      Above all you passion and serious commitment make you a true inspiration to us all.

      I am really proud of you and I'm not sure I have ever said that.

      Love, Maria

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      Tom Koecke 4 years ago from Tacoma, Washington

      Aha! I knew it!

      All the time I've sat here in awe at the number of articles you churn out, and the loyal followers you have, I've known deep down that you still put your pants on one leg at a time. Surely talent played into it, but many people have talent and don't succeed.

      Now you've let the cat out of the bag: commitment!

      I've got to learn how to fake that better.

      Seriously, you are a model of success at living in peace. You will never be paid what you are worth to many of us for the example you set for us.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Good thoughts here, BB. :) Glad you joined HP and I'm especially glad you stuck with it - your inspiration is legendary. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith; if I ever get down south you will definitely be one of my stops. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I do enjoy it greatly; if the day ever comes when I don't enjoy it, then maybe a change will be made. In the meantime, I'm going to ride this horse as far as it will take me.

      Thank you Kelly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie my dear friend, thank you! I have grown tired of those on HP who think that support is a one-way street. I have seen far too many whine that they get no support, and yet they give no support in return. My numbers are a reflection of the support that I gave, and continue to give. That can be said about a great many things in life....respect being one. Give and you shall receive. You, of course, understand this.

      love to you, Beckie,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, if you have not said it, I still knew it. You are one of the kindest people I have met on HP, and I love having your friendship. Thank you for your kind words; I love HP and I know you do as well.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Tom, thank you! Yep, one leg at a time, pulling those holey jeans up over my butt, and strapping it on for another day of writing. I am blessed on HP, but it took work to meet people and relate to them on a personal level. I think there are quite a few on HP who just don't understand that fact. No, I'm not talking about you.

      We really do have to bridge the 25 miles and meet one day my friend; it would be an honor for me.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lil' Sis....legendary??? LOL Thank you because I know you are being serious when you say that. I have hard time with praise like that; I'm just a guy who finally figured out what life is all about, and now I'm enjoying each and every moment of my life. You are an inspiration to me, quitting your job, making a go of it using your talents....I love watching you grow, Cyndi.

      love to you,

      bill

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Now, I understand. :-)

      A great explanation Bill. It does take discipline and commitment. Like you, I love hubpages. I love the community and the friendships I have formed. The money is a joke when compared to the time involved. Like you, I am reassessing and will probably end up spending less time on HP in the future simply because the bills have to be paid. But, as it was my first venture in writing on line, I will never abandon HP for one simple reason - the people I've met and come to love. Good job my friend.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Wow, I was already impressed with how much you accomplish and now I find out you have accomplished even more than I thought. 365 / 365 and a book! I spend quite a lot of time on HugPages, but I am not as structured as you are. I basically work from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep, but take breaks for cleaning, shopping, family, etc. I do need to eliminate the waste and focus more on writing.

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      William E Krill Jr 4 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      Ah, self discipline!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Krillco, it really does come down to self-discipline.....and a passion for what you are doing.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I truly think HP needs to re-evaluate what they are doing. They are losing too many fine writers because of the money issue. I won't continue to dedicate my time to HP if I see no return....I know they are making money, and if they want to continue to do so then they need to find a more rewarding system for the writers who feed that system.

      Thanks buddy; enjoy that football game.

      hugs,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, maybe I just have too much spare time on my hands. LOL Seriously, I wouldn't do this if I didn't love it. I would slowly ease into retirement and leave this to younger writers. However, since I do love HP and the Hubbers, then I'll keep on going. :) Thank you my friend.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Your commitment to 365 hubs in 365 days is an inspiration as I plan my 2013 hubpages goals!!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, thank you my friend, and I wish you well in those goals. I have enjoyed getting to know you a bit in this short amount of time. You are a good writer and I look forward to watching you grow on HP.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill - Strong thoughts! Just getting back, I found that I missed the kinship to others almost as much as I missed writing. In fact, I grew very frustrated, prior to medical treatment, when my eyes gave out and I couldn't follow the hubs being written by those that had supported me so strongly. 365 days a year is a tough road in the creative writing arena, especially as it looks as though I'll soon be re-entering the workforce and time will be less available. My goal is for two strong hubs a week as soon as my eyes allow. Great job, my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I speak for many when I say you were missed greatly. In a short amount of time you have become a valued member of this community. I am glad you are back my friend; best of luck with your recovery and the road ahead of you. Thank you!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Bill, thank you so very much for writing a hub on your writing mission and ethics. I am truly impressed and am honoured to know you as a writer.

      On your questionnaire, I am among those coming out red. I probably have enough ideas on writing a hub every day, but I don't have time to do it. I am, therefore, enjoying reading at least one hub a day and your hubs frequently appear in my reading list :-)

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      With your daily work schedule there's no way to fail! That's definitely being serious about writing. You've already noticed that writing is still a hobby for me :)

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Bill, great article about what it takes to be a writer: commitment. And you definitely show it so much. I am sorry that I have not been around to comment lately, but haven't been around much, to read or write. I look forward to the summer when I can do more, and in the mean time, like to read once in a while, and always love your stuff. Have an awesome day!

      And by the way, grade six kids are the best! :) You were right on that regard. Take care.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      So now we know how you manage to do so much. I'm glad to see you get some time off at the weekend. I'm afraid that like Jools my day is nowhere near as structured and interruptions frequently occur. Then sometimes I go to cook or make a cup of tea and when I come back someone else is on my computer - one of my daugthers playing Minecraft or my hubbie looking up things to buy! I sort of envy you the freedom to write as it suits you, but on the other hand I do love my family so really I don't suppose I'd have it any other way.

      Good luck with getting to 365 in a year - I'm sure you will make it as you are so prolific! Even given that you write 10 hours a day you still have an amazing output, and quality too.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Bill, I've been impressed with the quality and the quantity of your work ever since I've known you, but most impressive, I think, is the way you honor your commitments. If this country had a few million more like you, it wouldn't be in the shape it's in right now. God bless you, brother, and thanks for setting the bar so high.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I want to congratulate you in advance on your 365/365 because I know you will achieve that goal. You are definitely driven to accomplish what you set out to do, and I applaud you for it!

      I am one of the ones who always wondered just how you wrote so much quality material on such a regular basis. And now I know! Thanks so much for sharing your tips, and yourself. I learn something from every article you write, and that is a stellar accomplishment itself.

      Voted Up, Useful, Interesting and Awesome my friend. Pearl

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      To be honest, I thought that you only wrote for HubPages, because I know the amount of time it takes to dedicate to writing, reading, and commenting on here. I'm amazed that you have the discipline to maintain blogs, write for others, and still keep up with your goal for HubPages. And you must not get distracted by things like social media or email as much as I do!

      I think that you have built up a following of people on HubPages that enjoy and respect you, and that should be a great factor towards the rest of your writing career, whether you choose to write books or write for HubPages the majority of your time. I think people will follow you wherever you go! However, I think you can expand your readers and followers (the people you can reach) with a really great book, and lord knows you have enough charisma to write a really great book!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, time is a problem for a great many writers. I have the luxury of time, but not many do. Best wishes to you my friend, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, I think the key is to enjoy it. If it is a hobby for you and you enjoy it, then I think that is great. Very few people have the time that I have, and I certainly understand that. Thank you as always; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, I am so happy that you are enjoying the 6th grade. It sure makes work much easier when you are enjoying what you do, and that age group always energized me and left me laughing at the end of the day. Have a wonderful mini-vacation, and thank you for your friendship and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Yvonne! I am driven to achieve the 365; then I'm going to step back and take a look at the process. As I said in the hub, I'm not making nearly the money that I want to make, so either I am doing something wrong or HP is not the site or avenue for my writing. We shall see.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, God bless you as well my friend. I agree with you....commitment is in short supply in this country, and I think that's a shame. Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you! I thought I should write this for those out there who thought there was some big secret to my output. I just happen to have more time than most to devote to my writing; plus, as you said, I am definitely a driven individual. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Relationship, kind words indeed, and I thank you! I have written one book, but it was written before HubPages. I find HP takes a great amount of time, and after the first of the year I will have to re-evaluate whether that time might not be better served going in some other direction. I won't give up HP because I love the community, but I might have to drastically cut back on it. :)

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      Wonderful article Bill. Your clear headed, no nonsense approach to your writing and honesty in how you express yourself is one of the many reasons you are so popular on Hub Pages. Monetarily, I will tell you that writing on HP, like starting any business takes time to see financial gains. But as a businesswoman and a writer, among my other hats I wear, I can tell you, you will not get an accurate idea of what your writing income can produce only looking at your first year. Writing on the internet is exponential. It is slow to grow, but it increases faster over the years. I wish you much success in your book writing and I am looking forward to reading your books, especially about Deliah, the ladybug. And I am always honored to read your comments on my hubs, knowing how many followers you have. It is always a pleasure to communicate with you and I wish you only success!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Toknowinfo, thank you for that encouragement. In truth I am just starting to see the exponential earnings that you mention in your comment. It seemed to happen overnight about two weeks ago. There was, of course, gradual increases over the past year, but it was noticeable suddenly, and that was nice.

      I appreciate you very much, and I look forward to following you in the future. Wishing you a very happy holiday season, and of course, happiness always.

      bill

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      Aga 4 years ago

      Bill,

      I am impressed with your goal, and that you are sticking to it! I don't think I am ready for anything like that yet, but maybe someday in the future...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, it is a bit much for most people to tackle. Maybe a 30/30 challenge would be something to consider. :)

      Thank you for your visit.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm often asked that question. I answer with "do what?" I just do. Doesn't everyone? Oh and I think sleep is overrated. Haha! Good hub Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, thank you! The question is always a surprise to me; this just seems natural to me, and as long as I love it, I suspect it will remain a natural activity.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Great hub billy, and I do wish I could stick to a schedule like you, so many other things get in my way, I do need to earn money but haven't got any idea what sites to write for the earn it, so I do a bit of temping in the real world to help me along, I wish I could just sit here and write all day. We all love reading your stuff, so your doing it right! lol!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, thank you! I'm in a pretty unique situation that allows me the freedom to do what many others would love to do. I am pretty lucky that way. :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Very well said, Billy. I have been walking 1 1/2 miles sometimes both ways, to use a friend's internet. I cannot afford to have my own right now. I was laid off from a better paying job in March. My stories obviously mean a lot to me, as do commenting on those that support me, as well. Many of the people that I have met through you are a good backbone, and I hope to get to meet them all that support you. I consider that realistic. As you know, I adore my birds, cooking, and reading books. We will always continue to do what we love, just for that reason..

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy, I began writing by publishing an article in newspaper 12 years ago. Since then, I have done lots of things, but always returned back to writing. Writing is kind of addiction, I can't myself away for too long. Your story amazes me. Not everyone can make their passion their job.

      Regards

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we will indeed my friend. I didn't know you didn't have a computer; talk about dedicated to the cause. :) Now, I need to go visit you at Boomer Lake. Thanks Deb!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I consider myself a very lucky man for that reason. Thank you and I agree completely...it is an addiction and a passion and I plan on continuing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have this feeling that you are going to slow down drastically from writing on HP. I hope not. You bring awareness to so many situations that need attention. Whatever you decide to do, remember that you have followers that believe in you. You should be paid well from HP, what more do they want? Recipes are great but you can find them on any food site, what you can't find is someone who will go out on a limb and tell it like it is..Cheers my good friend Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby,, thank you so very much! I won't stop writing about those issues that need to be heard, but I have to find a way to increase my pay....it is a dilemma. :) Have a wonderful upcoming week my friend.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Awesome Bill, I always tell myself I need to write every day but my brain just won't cooperate. I can't seem to find the things to write about.

      There must be a switch some-ware I need to toggle, or maybe that circuit is burnt out lol

      Anyway, Great job with the schedule, commitment and of course your skill!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Nice to meet you Bill Holland. Lol. I like your ending statement. First, I wanted to say congratulations for being so disciplined and committed in your writing career. Perseverance and hard work are the keys to success. It's getting late now. Tomorrow I will come back to this hub and listen to your thoughts on writing a book. Voting up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Bill, writing is a job and only a job done with love can produce the type of output that you have managed. Of course having time on hand is of prime importance but having time and not giving 100% to one's writing efforts is wasting time and one that would make it a hobby. Very well said, my friend.

      Nice to read about the strict schedule you follow both as a writer as well as a family man by allotting time to both. This is one aspect that I admire greatly of you.

      Voting this up and useful and surely hoping your writing this hub is going to benefit a lot of readers in finding what it takes to be a writer and a prolific one at that.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this insight. It has been a pleasure to meet you.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Billy that is some achievement. The job that earns you your take home pay is done in four hours, That is impressive. As for the 365/365 why?

      Why did you feel that this was the way to go? There are others forums out there as well is there not? They may have made it more worth your while.

      Also, as I am a fan I would like to know your blogs if that's ok.

      You write SEO for people do they work? There is hubber I follow who wrote about 2008 motor bikes and he comes up at the top of searches for this subject on Google. He claims that if you are writing about the article you will automatically use the right SEO.

      Thank you once again for a great read and loads of insight and info.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I think it's important to note that I don't have the distractions or problems that you have; it's much easier to be like me when there are no major concerns. :) Thank you buddy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, good morning, and thank you! I'm glad you watch the videos; it brings us all closer together, or at least that's the hope. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I'm glad you noted that evenings are for family; I think some balance is extremely important in life. Thank you my friend and I send blessings your way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, the pleasure has been all mine. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highland, the 365/365 was to establish a base at HP to make money, and to establish a body of work for myself and improve as a writer. It was a challenge I felt I could accomplish and also do my writing career some good.

      Does the SEO work for my customers. Yes is the quick answer. I have been writing for several companies for over two years now, and their businesses do well with the search engines.

      My blog sites are http://thehappylifeasanalcoholic.wordpress.com/

      http://theartoflivingsimple.wordpress.com/

      http://www.humanityoneworld.com/blog/

      Thank you for being a fan; you are dedicated for sure and I look forward to learning more about you as the days move forward.

      blessings my friend,

      bill

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Late to the party, but this was just great! Especially seeing your schedule. It's so helpful to actually see inside a writer's life. Your commitment is inspiring, both to writing itself and to your fellow Hubpages writers. Now, back to my own hub! Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Louisa, thank you, and thanks for the idea for the hub! I always appreciate it when a writer drops a hub in my lap and saves me from thinking. LOL

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Thanks for sharing this Bill. Many of us on HP, I'm sure, have been curious about your prodigious output. I admire anyone like you who sets out a schedule and sticks to it. Keep writing my friend!

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Wow! I finally got my answer how you put out so many hubs on a daily basis. It was commitment and a drive to succeed. Your articles are always inspiring and encouraging. Thanks Bill!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      You'll need to let us know when your books are finished. Do you plan on publishing them as ebooks or send them out to publishers? Even if I had the time, I don't think I could commit to that many hours a day. Thanks for another good hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      rfmoran, thank you my friend. Things will slow up considerably regarding HP in January.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      catmalone, thank you so much! Your kindness touches me and I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you. One novel has been done for a year now, and there are seven ebooks out there in the netherworld. :) As for the new books, we'll just have to see how I do with rearranging my calender in January.

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      Magdelene 4 years ago from Okotoks

      You know I"m a fan and I always think your writing is outstanding. We all need to have your discipline in our daily writing habits if we want to make a true go of it. Fantastic in all ways.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Magdelene....where the heck is Okotoks? :) Thank you for your kindness; I really do appreciate your words of support.

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, thank you so much for sharing your personal life aka "how you do it" with the rest of us. I appreciate your honesty and the way you broke it all down. I knew you were a full-time writer and that you had written a book and did SEO work for other companies, in addition to hubpages. I did NOT know that you also did 3 blogs and however many other special writing projects or that you had committed to 365 hubs in a year. You are a busy man! You deserve all the success you get because you are a very hard worker! I'm sorry to hear that HP does not provide the best financial returns for your time. Maybe in the "good old days" that we've heard about a few years ago, it was different....but if you do cut back in the next year, I hope you continue to give us updates on what you are working on elsewhere.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mpropp, I'm not going to leave HP...I love this community of writers. I do, however, need to step back and take a look at my process, and figure out what I'm doing wrong as far as earnings. I owe that to my family. So I'll still be around, but maybe not in the volume of this past year.

      Thank you my friend; I hope you are well and the snowstorm hasn't buried you.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Bill you and I met after about 1 month's time when you were new here, and I was just done my very first 5 or 6 months as fresh meat on the network.

      We both instantaneously linked up on places like Facebook groups, and definitely here through our hub writings. We have been loyal followers of one another ever since, and I know first hand what you mean by being a true writers that's dedicated.

      I also work from home, my wife pays the bills and its been a huge sacrifice for us both. So this is why I to go all out when I can, so the feelings you written down here into this very article are mutual.

      Above all we have made a true friendship out of this online communications, and it is genuine, even though all of our writings and personal beliefs or what have you may not coincide at times. At least we know how to express ourselves fairly towards with respect, and with a certain level of sensitivity.

      Bro you have arrived! I know you stated in one of Your Youtube videos that it might bother you how some folks act as if they have, when they haven't gotten anywhere at all, but you have done what you came here to do and that is in my eyes to help others see the light of truth that your words indeed shine the light on.

      All the countless comments that pore in here is proof to that, and I commend you on doing a fantastic job at helping others along the way as well. You deserve all the success that is sure to come as long as you keep your eyes on the prize, and I will continue to do the same myself.

      Powerful impressive hub article Bill Holland, you are a true writer, and I attest to that fact, thumbs up and out!

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      LauraGSpeaks 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      billybuc, you have a unique ability, a true gift, to connect with readers and make it seem like you are old friends. You are somebody that would be fun to have at the dinner table for engaging conversation.

      Congrats to you on you commitment!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laura, thank you! I actually know what you are talking about; I have the same ability when I speak....I have no idea where it comes from, but I am thankful for it and very aware of the importance of it. I really appreciate your kind words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I'm not going to be able to give this comment the time it deserves. Just too much to do today, and I know you understand that. I'm on a quest, buddy, and it can consume me if I'm not careful. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be....an impossible task of course, because it has no ceiling. LO L I also want my writing to make a difference in this world, on a huge scale. I'm still learning how to do that. :)

      Thanks buddy; your friendship means the world to me....a kindred spirit across the country, watching my back as I watch his. Very cool!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      No problem Bill, it will always be here digitally (:

      Maybe we both won't long after our bodies retire, but all of our writings will be drifting around here somewhere in cyber space. Hah!

      I know your a real dude, and to me that's all that count's, enjoy your evening.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I like the thought of our words floating around the netherworld of the internet for years and years after we are gone. Cool legacy my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Bill, you have put it out there for all to see: it takes dedicated effort and time to write. Your schedule is a good example of this fact. I understand your having to reconsider writing on HP. It is such a great community, but the time to do others things is limited. Whatever you choose to do, it will only contribute to the life of others. God bless you and guide on your decision.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I can't imagine leaving HP, but I don't see any way I can keep writing as much for that site. We'll see what happens in a month. Thank you my friend; you are always appreciated.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing your writing schedule, Bill. It was very interesting to see it. I would love to write full time, but I doubt that it will ever happen. Good luck with your 365 hubs in a year challenge! I hope to see at least some new hubs from you next year, especially ones about social issues. Your hubs on this topic are so inspiring.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alicia, thank you so much for that; never fear, I will keep writing about social issues as long as I'm able to write. :)

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      rosika 4 years ago

      Wow......you have fully committed to writing here on hubpages, no wonder you are doing so well! Obviously time and commitment is the key to success! A good read for me!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rosika, thank you! If this article helped in any way then I am happy.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...All of this is pretty much what I would imagine...and it makes sense. I cannot imagine, knowing all that you do, doing it any other way, than with a strict schedule and self-discipline....none of which I'm willing to do ( y a w n--s t r e t c h).....However, as you state, this is your JOB and so I can see why and how you do this.

      It takes much determination and commitment...and I applaud you for your abundance of both. I AM happy to discover that you do take time for a life, as well.....as I'm sure Bev appreciates that! LOL.....and I'm also sure she has the typical "Honey-Do" list awaiting your time OFF! Bravo to Bev too........

      Actually, it's the perfect scenario, isn't it? What's better than to be able to do something you love to do....do so well....and make some $$$??

      I checked #2 comment, in your questionnaire, because...well, because I'm honest. I may be much more intent when my grandchildren are older.........HA! BTW.....that will be a long long time from now, since we are now expecting TWINS in July!!! Speaking of honesty..I'm beginning to feel like the Old Woman in the Shoe........UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I have an advantage over you....no grandkids! However, that really isn't much of a plus; I really would like to spoil a little twerp and pay back my son in the process. LOL

      Yes, Bev and I do spend a great deal of time together; during the days we are like any married couple, both members working....evenings and weekends are for us and our relationship. I haven't figured out how to make money and write less, but when that realization comes to me I'll cut back on my hours. Until then, I'm having a blast!

      Thanks buddy; go take a walk by the creek for me.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Man Bill, you do write a great article. Tammyswallow recommended that if there was anyone I need to learn from it was you. Well, to be honest, you were on her elite list of people but that's almost saying the same thing to me! I really enjoyed it and it is inspiring. My wife and I just moved back to the States from New Zealand and I sort of stumbled across hubpages one day and I have been learning as much as I can to make the most of this that I can as I have been told I'm a decent writer. Well I'm putting that to the test. I know I have a lot to learn and I am a bit of a critical thinker in terms of what I receive. I am excited to read more of your articles to be able to further my writing ability. God bless and thanks for a great read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kasman, New Zealand to Tennessee...now that is what I call a culture shock! LOL Welcome back to the States and welcome to HubPages. Thank you for the visit; Tammy is one of my favorite people on HP and was one of my earliest supporters. I owe a great deal to her.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey...speaking of our hubs hanging out in cyber space, long after we're gone....they would still continue to bring in revenue, as well...right? How do we make sure someone of our choice receives our money...or don't we? hmmmm very interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, it frightens me that you thought of the same thing I was thinking about last week. What if I died? How does Bev get my HP money? Hmmmm indeed! I suppose she could just not tell HP that I died...post a few hubs under my name....Bill Holland lives on long after he has passed.

      Okay, I'm not having a lot of fun discussing my future demise. LOL

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      Inspirational hub my friend as always. I think you hit it on the head with this comment.

      'in order to improve as a writer, one needs to write.'

      That really sums it up. I applaud your work ethic.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michael! One thing my parents definitely passed on was a work ethic. :)

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      Keep it up Bill, your an inspiration to us all! I'm looking forward to checking out that book!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pete! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season!

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Hi billy very interesting hub and keep at your goal you will get there. Hope you are making a good income to.

      God bless you

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, thank you, and God bless you as well. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from USA

      I have enjoyed reading your hubs, as my time has allowed, and agree that one will reap what they sow here. I spent most of my first year reading what others were writing because I was too afraid of publishing something that people may not like. I studied how the successful one's wrote and tried to pass on what I learned. My second year was spent pouring myself into HP and helping others when I could. This last year has been spend running my own small business, so in many ways I feel like I have let my HP friends and family down, because my time here has been limited.

      I think you are doing an amazing job keeping to your goals. I hope to one day be able to utilize my time like that again. I wish you the greatest success and will look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I am continually amazed at your hub contributions. Not only are they great in number, they are all really well written and thought out, a tough combination. Keep 'em coming because we love to read them.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I am greeted by three visits from you this morning. Thank you so much! I guess I never think it's that big a deal what I do; I'm a writer and I write. Pretty simple, huh? :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tip, you are a veteran here for sure. Thank you for the visit; I am in a unique situation that I have the time and encouragement to follow my dream each and every day.

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      Theresa Ford 4 years ago from RPB, Florida

      I knew you kept popping up for a reason. I'm glad I finally took a look at your Hubpage. Ilove the content. I believe in simple living and have had a similar experience, leaving a job because it didn't fit with my priorities. The difference is the job I left had taken every ounce of creativity from me. I was so empty. it has taken me years to refuel, and now I am over flowing with this desire to do what I had always dreamt of doing growing up.... write and be creative and artistic. Problem is I allowed myself to fall back into a JOB! Now I am ready to take this step again while my creative tank is full. I applaud you. You are so right, at the end of the day or the end of our days, what will be most important? Your words, our words will be here for years to come, but material possessions will come and go. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Princess, so nice to have you visit. I will repay in kind shortly. I applaud you for recognizing this important truth; the days are not increasing in number; now is the time to grab your personal brass ring and create a legacy. Best of luck to you my new friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, my mentor and friend, I am going to save this so I can reference the schedule. I think my biggest problem is discipline. Don't get me wrong; I work every day, usually 7 days a week. If I'm between assignments, I'm bidding for projects and catching up on my HubMail.

      With all the duties that come with running a household, I have the convenience of working from home and doing laundry, cleaning the cat box, running errands, etc. during the day, rather than at night or on weekends as I had to do when I was gainfully employed.

      In my search for menial paying SEO jobs to contribute SOMETHING to my overhead, I've let yard work, reading, posting to HP go by the wayside. Nevermind working on my novel or compiling my poems for possible publication or entry into well paying contests!

      I'm beginning to get discouraged; I fear my 401k will run out before I am earning a viable living at my passion and will be forced back into the world I just left.

      I had no problem prioritizing when I worked for someone else. In fact, I did the work of three people efficiently and accurately. Now I'm having a hard time with the juggle. Not to mention the fact that writing today pays nowhere near what it paid in the 1980's when I was active. And there is so much more to know today! Today's writer needs to be an IT expert and write according to keywords, which totally interferes with creativity and good grammar! It's quite distressing, actually.

      If I could find the time to write my novel, maybe I will be successful. At the moment, I feel as if I'm chasing my own tail!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I understand. I really do! I know just how lucky I am to have found my writing jobs early, and to have held onto two main customers for almost two years now. If I knew the magic formula I would tell you in a heartbeat, but I don't.

      Juggling at home is the toughest part of working for yourself at home. The distractions are endless. I really do understand.

      If I think of anything, or hear of anything, you will be the first person I let know......have you done articles about local places and pitched them to newspapers? did you contact real estate offices and offer to write their listing descriptions for them? Just two things off the top of my head.

      love,

      bill

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I have often wondered how you do it all. I have a young child at home and I write on TB. I just use Hubpages as a creative outlet. It can take me many days to finish a hub. You must have a super processor for brain. :) You amaze me.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I love these hubs...reading about all the behind the scenes stuff. You are an impressive hubber Billy- for sure!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I am in awe, Bill. I felt like I had very productive day yesterday, but compared to you, I am such a slacker! Thanks for sharing your schedule and tips and for inspiring the rest of us to maybe a little bit more like you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I was born to teach and born to write. I have no other explanation for it. :) Thanks my friend....you are the greatest.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, I just found something I do naturally....I'm one of the lucky ones. Thanks for the visit!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, there is no way you are a slacker. You have to remember that I really don't have any other responsibilities during the day...this is it for ten hours....few people have my kind of freedom.

      Thank you Deb! Are you going to have a white Christmas in Iowa?

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Your writing routine is very inspiring to me Bill. I wish I have the kind of writing time and schedule that you have. Congrats on making full use of your time.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bizwin; I hope some day you can have the amount of time you need.

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thank you Billy

      The blogs are very very good.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highland, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book and thank you again for buying it!

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, you are an inspiration! I picture my schedule to be like yours in a few years. I still need to work on commitment. I have to say I love your "Google Search" hubs. I smack my head and think, "Why didn't I think of that??" It seems you find reason and motivation in everything, and I admire that.

      Now, I know I can follow through with commitment, but the organization part is more like "organized chaos." LOL Yes, I am one of those teachers who has a mountain on my desk, and I tell everyone, "Don't touch anything! I'll never find it if you do!" I hate getting ready for a sub because I clean my desk then spend a week looking for the things I placed where I just knew I would remember.

      Well, Billybuc, I am sure glad you told us how you do it because you are living it, which helps me when I think about how I should be living it, too. SOMEDAY!! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, what a schedule! Before I got too busy with teaching, I was struggling with sticking to a schedule. Part of it is training family and friends that I am WORKING!

      Nice hub. Thanks for sharing the specifics of what you do on a daily basis to keep up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, you just mentioned something that was so me....I hated missing school because it took days to recover from the sub. LOL I don't miss it at all! As for organization....that's just me. I've always been like this; goal-oriented and driven towards that goal. I'm a little too old to change that now.

      I will, however, be changing my focus after January 6th and my one year anniversary here on HP. I need to find time for marketing my stuff, and there's a book that needs to be written.

      Thanks Susan; you have been with me almost from the very beginning, and I appreciate it greatly.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, it took about six months for me to stop the nonsense of friends and family. That's a hard nut to crack; they just figure if you are home you must be goofing off. LOL

      Thank you Vicki!

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I started following you recently and have also been wondering how you do it. I really admire your dedication. Although most of us are not in your same situation, I think we can learn from your example and keep more of a schedule for the amount of time per day we can commit to writing. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kt, I greatly appreciate you following me, and thank you for the kind words. I am in a unique situation and I fully realize how lucky I am. :)

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      Jen Hodges 4 years ago from Southeastern United States

      This article really encouraged me. I am an aspiring writer who desires to grow in my abilities. I have been freelance writing for about a year now, but recently stumbled upon Hubpages. It is wonderful that such a large community of writers exists! I simply cherish the knowledge that I am gaining here, and hope to apply it towards my future endeavors.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jengrace, welcome to HubPages. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. If I can be of any help, feel free to ask me questions. That's how I learned.

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      Anonymous00 4 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your comments, suggestions, and your story. Great publication with some very worthwhile advice. Thanks Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anonymous, my pleasure, and thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great article displaying the true hard work ethic that many people never realize. Reminds me of my husbands words (after he comes in from another 12 hour work day) "I've never worked a day in my life because when you love what you do, it's not work." Luckily, his wife knew how to save money to last through downturns. I hope your writing will continue at least weekly on HubPages because your hubs are one of the first I read every time I log on. You have helped many people be better -- even if your wallet didn't get bigger, your heart must have.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Farm, thank you for those kind words. My heart is for sure larger and I love HP. I just have to find a way to make money and keep writing about the things I love to write about. Once I find that combination I will be in hog heaven. :)

      I hope winter isn't too bad in Michigan, but what are the chances of that being a reality? LOL Thank you!

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on reaching your goal! I'm reading this article on Friday Jan 4, 2013 and saw that you now have your 365 hubs written and published. It's interesting to note that you devote 4 hours per day to hub pages. It must be hard finding topics to write about. I have about a half dozen unpublished articles right now that I an trying to fine tune and make more readable. I started to write in November 2012 and I am just figuring this thing out. I'm 6 years from retirement and want to have some extra income at that time. I don't know how it will work out but I have faith from the number of Hubbers who's words are encouraging. While I haven't yet read all of your Hubs I'll be working on it and I hope to see you here often even though your one year challenge is coming to a close.

      Jan

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, thank you my new friend. It was a long road but I'm glad I traveled it. One needs to build a body of work so that passive income will kick in. Be patient and build that body of work.....in six years you will see a nice supplemental income.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      On scrolling through the many comments for this article I came to realise how supportive and supported you are! That is wonderful. I am very new to HP, and have only 10 Hubs so far, but I am enjoying meeting new friends, and hope you might be one of them ( if you have time of course). I so admire what you have done. Wow !

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I have been very blessed on HubPages. I have found that friendships are formed the more you become a member of the community. Comments are appreciated, and slowly friendships are created. I love it here and I hope you have the same experience.

      Thank you!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing to me. As a matter of interest, did you develop a sustainable income after your crazy 365 Hub year?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, the word 'sustainable' does not apply. LOL....I started earning money after four months, but we aren't close to living off my income yet. We can pay a couple monthly bills, though, so that's good. My writing is not the type that makes a lot of money here at HP. I need to do more recipes. :)

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      LOL! I had a shrewd suspicion . . . Mine too. Recipes and product reviews are where it's at. But what about our inner souls? Don't they count for something? Question, O Experienced One - how do you write product reviews if you don't actually use the product? I know this is very naive, but I would like to know.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki...no, it's not naive. The only reason I know is because I do this for customers in the mornings. You simply read reviews from other people on that product and then you change the words into your own writing style. As long as you write it in your own voice then it is not called plagiarism. :)

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Oooh! Thanks, you are so knowledgeable. It is naive! There I was, thinking that you'd have to get a sample of whatever it is! But what about the images?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you can use company images as long as you quote the source of the image. No worries....or you can go take pictures of the products that you want to use, and then you are in the clear from any worries at all. :)

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Thanks a ton. See you again soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Vicki! You can always drop me an email at holland1145@yahoo and I'll answer any other questions you might have. People helped me out early on and I'm more than happy to do the same for you.

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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      Your writing schedule sounds like the one Issac Asimov kept, and he certainly was prolific. I enjoyed reading your article.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Delta, thank you! If I could be a tenth as successful as Asimov I would be quite satisfied. Heck, I'm already satisfied. LOL

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      LongTimeMother 4 years ago from Australia

      It disappoints me that such a prolific writer is not feeling financially rewarded. Given the hours and effort you dedicate to HP I would expect the relationship to be mutually advantageous. What a shame.

      So, nearing the end of January, what's the verdict for the coming year? Will you be as dedicated to writing on HP as last year?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LongTime....thank you for another visit. As for HP...I knew the rules going in, and I knew my type of writing would not earn me a lot of money. I can accept that; I'm growing as a writer and learning my trade, and the bonus is I'm meeting some fantastic people along the way.

      As for the future, I have two choices: I can either cut back on HP or I can double the output, writing "evergreen" hubs as well as the ones I love to write. The jury is still out on that decision. :) Thank you!

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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      You're welcome.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      A very inspiring hub billybuc. It is a great disciplined work ethic you have but also thank you for the nod to stay at home moms who you acknowledge as just not having the time to be sitting at the computer all day. The output from stay at home moms can't be as much but one can nevertheless try to squeeze some time in to make a little money from home with HubPages. Good luck with your continued writing endeavors!

      P.S.- How did I get here? There is talk in the forums that this is an all around great hub that might be voted for a Hubbie award. I had to check it out! Indeed, I enjoyed this hub very much. Best, Journey *

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Journey, thank you very much. I don't hang out in the forums so it was nice to read that. Best of luck with your stay at home mom writing routine. :)

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 3 years ago from USA

      Thanks billybuc. I'm not usually in the forums either but I've been thinking about going to them more often and just started increasing my activity in them. Talk to you later.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome, Journey. Maybe I'll stumble into the forums by accident one day and see you there. :)

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