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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.

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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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      Bill Holland 4 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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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 4 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 4 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 4 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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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      You're welcome.

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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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      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

      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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      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

      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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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      Thanks a ton. See you again soon!

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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

      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...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

      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, 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

      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, 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

      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

      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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      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

      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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      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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Anonymous00 5 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 5 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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      Jen Hodges 5 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 5 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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      Kristin Trapp 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 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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      Susan Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Highland Terrier 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thank you Billy

      The blogs are very very good.

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Christabel Evans 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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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      Deborah Neyens 5 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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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 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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      Tammy 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 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 5 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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      Theresa Ford 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 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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      Tammy 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Joanna Chandler 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Pete Fanning 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      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 5 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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      Paula 5 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 5 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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      Kas 5 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 5 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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      Paula 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      rosika 5 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 5 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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      Linda Crampton 5 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 5 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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      Dianna Mendez 5 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 5 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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      Mike Pugh 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      LauraGSpeaks 5 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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      Mike Pugh 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Melissa Propp 5 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 5 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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      Magdelene 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Barbara Badder 5 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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      catmalone 5 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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      Russ Moran 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Louisa Rogers 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Highland Terrier 5 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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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 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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      lovedoctor926 5 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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      Mark G Weller 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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 5 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.