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HubPages: What I Have Learned In Two Months

Updated on March 2, 2012
A seriously confused Hubber.
A seriously confused Hubber.
This is my permanent state of mind when writing and posting hubs.
This is my permanent state of mind when writing and posting hubs.
It can seem like an uphill climb when you first start out on HubPages
It can seem like an uphill climb when you first start out on HubPages
The greatest supporter I have....and the love of my life....Bev!
The greatest supporter I have....and the love of my life....Bev!

Let’s be honest from the get-go: the sum total of my HubPages knowledge could fit quite nicely in a thimble. I stumble daily through the process of writing hubs, preparing hubs, posting hubs and responding to hubbers, all the while living with the knowledge that I don’t have a clue what I am doing.

Still the numbers seem to indicate that I must be doing something right. As of this writing I have over three-hundred followers, over ten-thousand views and a HubNugget to my credit, all gathered and garnered with loving care in exactly eight weeks. Those figures beg the obvious question: HOW THE HELL IS HE DOING IT?

That was the question I pondered last night because of the over 230,000 hubbers out there I am the most surprised of them all. Let me be very clear on this point: this is not some attempt to dazzle you with my brilliance because there is none with which to dazzle you. I have had some hubbers ask me what it is that I do and so I’m going to answer that question. If you get something out of it, great! If not, don’t shoot the messenger!

PICTURES, POLLS AND LINKS

I took a look the other day at the first hub I did after I joined this fine website, some nonsense about staging your home to sell. I started laughing out loud. It really was that bad because I didn’t know what I was doing. Since that feeble attempt two months ago I’ve come a certain distance for sure but I still have a long way to go before my hubs look polished and professional like those of poetvix or Sunshine625.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Staging-A-Home-A-Quick-Guide-To-Success

http://poetvix.hubpages.com/hub/The_Lunch_Police_Are_Coming

http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/hub/My-Letter-to-Cancer

Slowly but surely I have learned to add pictures (five is great), add links, a video and a poll to each of my hubs. I also learned the value of refreshing my hubs; every week I take a couple of my older hubs and change them in some manner, whether it be changing some of the text or adding or changing pictures. I have found that each time I do that I instantly get traffic on that hub. I have no idea how that works or why it works but it does work.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/My-Love-Affair-With-Mount-Rainier

GATHERING FOLLOWERS

When I first started out I quickly realized that I was a nobody and if I expected people to follow me then I should make the effort to follow them. I started reading hubs that interested me on a personal level and then I sent them MEANINGFUL fan mail, and eventually I began being followed in return. Once I had established myself as a writer with some substance the followers…well…followed and increased.

Please note that when I say I started following someone that I mean I started following them; when they posted a new hub I made an effort to get to their site and read it. I do not have enough hours in the day to read every hub written by the hundreds of people that I follow but I do have the time to try and read one of their hubs per week. With time constraints I often fail in that attempt but I do try. If you plan on being a follower who never follows then expect the same treatment.

RESPONDING TO COMMENTS

I think this one is very important. Nothing annoys me more on HubPages than for me to make the effort to write a meaningful comment and then have the return comment be something like, “Thanks!” My personal opinion is that if someone took the time to write a nice comment to me then I owe it to them to make a nice comment in return.

Oh, I hear some saying right now that they are too busy to make a meaningful comment to everyone who has read their hub and quite frankly I say b.s. to that. I write full-time; this is my job and I make a living at it. If I don’t meet deadlines I don’t get paid, and yet I make sure that I take the time to write a quality response to my followers AND to those I am following. I owe it to them for taking the time to read and comment on my hub; that, to me, is an ironclad rule I don’t intend to break.

HUB HOPPING

There is a little tab at the top of the page asking you to hop hubs and I do that; not sure what good it does but I try to hop once a day and do the thumbs up thing. If there is a hub I really like I will write a comment and if it is really great I will write fan mail.

While on this subject, I also try each day to read the latest hubs done, especially by newcomers, and I try to leave a word of encouragement if they are a newcomer. Those who followed me very early on had a huge impact on me when I first started, so I try to do the same for someone who is just starting out.

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

I am not as good about this as I probably should be. We get a notification each morning telling us about new questions and forums and whatever, and each morning I look it over to see if there are any questions I am interested in. Usually, because of time restraints, I will only answer one or two. I suspect the hub gods like it when you do this and I also suspect that they like it when you check back and hit the up arrow on the comments from others.

I also suspect this little activity helps your hub score but I have no proof of that fact. I just do it because it keeps me involved in the HubPages community, and hey, some of the questions and forums are rather entertaining.

USING TECHNO GADGETS

This is an area where I am flying blind. I will gladly share with you that it was six weeks before I realized that I had failed to activate my earnings program so as of today I think I have earned a grand total of ten dollars. Live and learn! The fact of the matter is that technology confuses me greatly and I stumble through this portion of HubPages. I share on Facebook and Twitter and Digg and Pinterest and have been blocked three different times on Reddit, but I am learning slowly but surely.

I also use a thing called Ping to keep my hugs out there in the netherworld, and I refresh my hubs like I said earlier, but there is so much out there that I have not done yet but will eventually. I also have my own blog and I have a separate Facebook page for my writing business, so my hubs do get out there a bit.

I have found it extremely helpful when I read the hubs of others about the ways to give your hubs a boost. I try to take away a little bit from each hub I read on the matter. There is just so much to learn and only so many hours in a day.

THE FINAL INGREDIENT

For me this is a deal breaker. I write from my heart and with passion; I don’t know any other way to write. I will occasionally do a bit of fluff, what I call Funny Fluff, but for the most part I write about the human experience….my experiences in life…and those hubs are the ones that have done the best and resonated with my followers. I think there is a very real niche out there for those of us who write about our feelings. In the final analysis we all share similar feelings. We laugh and cry and can be hurt and feel anger; we have all suffered in life and those experiences are things that many out there can relate to.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Saying-Goodbye-To-A-Life-That-Wasnt-Working

The comments I have received from so many have warmed my heart and only encouraged me to keep writing. As long as there is an audience who enjoys my writings and my sharing of those experiences then I will keep doing them. I don’t know if it will ever net me a great income but I didn’t start writing because of income. For me it was always about the passion of writing and the interaction with the reader. It is that which keeps me hungry and excited about writing the next article.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT

Now it is time for the nitty gritty! I have no idea what any of you are after on HubPages. I can only speak for myself when I tell you that I started out by taking a chance. I had never entered a writer’s website or forum and this was a risk for me but one I was willing to do to improve as a writer. I had no delusions about making loads of money; writing has always been about reaching people and touching something inside of them.

Years ago I would have defined myself in many ways: parent, husband, teacher, alcoholic and others. Today I define myself as a human being who loves life and wants to help as many people as possible through my words and my actions. If my written words have helped any of you, and judging from the heartfelt comments they have, then I am feeling the warms and fuzzies because of it. If my daily actions have helped others then I am finally on the right path towards being a better person.

I have always taken the road less travelled, as if by instinct I know exactly which path will be the toughest to traverse. Today, perhaps, I have finally found the smoother path, one paved with compassion and empathy and love.

My best to all of you on your path and if I can ever be of any help on your writing journey feel free to contact me. Most of all, though, thank you to all of my faithful followers. Your support feeds my soul and gives me great happiness.

How has your HubPages experience been for you?

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm also pretty new. My profile says three months, I think, but I joined in mid November and then did not have time to publish anything until the very last day of 2011, so I'm really only at the two month mark, myself. I have been constantly impressed by how helpful so many hubbers are. In fact, I have not had one solitary negative experience so far. That's amazing! I try to pay attention and be an active member of the community, but you clearly have done a better job of it than me in the same time. Your hubs are always well-written and inspiring. Thanks for yet another informative read!

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      xlorna 5 years ago from Western, MA

      This is fantastic advice - especially to someone who is so new like me! Your hubs are always so useful - it's why I follow you!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks for sharing your experience as a newcomer billybuc. I didn't realize you were so new here, since you are off to such a great start and are doing so well.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      I started a month ahead of you but you got the hang out of this hubbing far ahead of me. Thanks for this hub, I learned some tips today. I will try them out that's for sure. I am tickled pink whenever I see my score go up....

      hubhugs all around.

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Bill, you're stumbling through the process pretty darned well! Clearly, you're a natural - congratulations on your first two months, here's to many more.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, I think you are a very good writer and your time will come. I probably have a lot more time to devote to this than you do; I'm sure most hubbers have a life, which I don't. :) Kidding but not totally. I always feel good just seeing your smiling face in the comments section so THANK YOU!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xlorna, you are very kind and I hope you realize how much I appreciate your following. Best of luck to you and if I can every be of any assistance please let me know.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, thank you! I still look at the first comment you ever wrote on one of my hubs; it meant a great deal to me two months ago and it still does.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tenkay, I understand completely about the hub score; I have been fairly lucky in that mine has stayed within five points most of the time I've been doing this...again, I think it is because I consistently do the things I mentioned in the hub. Thank you for dropping by.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Judi, if everyone in England is as nice as you I may have to move there. Thank you for your support; you are greatly appreciated.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      The first thing I hit publish on couldn't have been much more of a misfire.

      The next several were just as bad, and a few of those are still here....but I'm not sure why, and I'll probably throw them onto a blogger blog eventually.

      It takes a lot of experimentation....or it did for me. I finally realized that this thing was doable when I created a hub about my travel trailer - as clearly it's information that makes you money online, and information that is personal due to experience really gets you there.

      .....this article writing thing is a fine hobby, and beats social networking by a ton - I'd never recommend anyone do what I've done, just stop working and expect to "make it" online...but if you're in a position to try that, then I'd tell anyone "go for it."

      Here's three names that inspired me - I don't make the money that these folks make, but I intend to in time: Sunforged, Susana S, and Wrylit - those three make a living online, and all participate here - but also on other sites, and their own sites.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      The answer is simple Bill...you are a HubPage Superstar! No ifs, ends or buts. Just except it and carry on:)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wesman, writing went from a hobby to a living for me...not a great living, but one that I am comfortable with and one that will grow in time, with patience. I will take a look at the three you mentioned as well as continue to follow you for you are truly a fine writer. Thank you sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm just livin' large and lovin' life; one thing I know for certain is your support has meant the world to me. Thank you!

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      jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

      Very candid! I'm starting to wonder if I have it in me. You've got a lot of talent as a writer, it's no wonder you have so many views! Great hub...but I'm still booking... ; )

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      Billy: You are putting a lot more work into this than I am, and maybe that's why you've got four times the page views that I have, although the earnings are similar (and I DID activate my ad programs lol). I think you write mostly on a topic that is extremely popular and your experiences really help people. Congrats and keep up the good work!

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Great article, I voted up and useful, but I wish HubPages had a "must read" or maybe just "wow" button. because you deserve it for this well articulated, honest, helpful article. Thanks again!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Jacy, and I understand the booking, but it saddens me to see it happen. Sure glad we are friends. Thanks Pal!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Timetraveler2, I thank you sincerely. If only I had been smart enough to hit that activate key sooner. :) I love your writing and greatly appreciate you following along.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DIYmyOmy, I love your hub name...I'll have to try and figure out what it means...I'm glad my hub helped and I appreciate your compliments. My best to you!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billy...Nice of you to share some of the tricks to your massive success here at HubPages....but as I see it, there are any number of people who may do all of it and more, and not even come close to the numbers you've achieved. Bottom line, my friend, is that it's YOU...your super-talent, style and grace. Just accept what we all know is the obvious. You're a Hub Rock Star.

      I have my favorites as I'm sure we all do. I read anything Wesman writes, even if I have no interest in the topic...only to discover, it interests me! I credit Wes with this. I read billybuc and a lot of the hubbers I've come to know, especially the women I've bonded with.

      Seems strange to use the word "bond," in terms of people we've not actually met...but it really happens.

      Cogerson is a wealth of info and for a woman who doesn't go to the movies, but loves cinema and celebrity stats, Cogerson is a must! My HUB BFF, Linda Sue, a.k.a Sunshine is my 1st connection in the a.m. and my last when it's time for lights-out. She's helped me out in my struggles to LEARN the Hub-ropes! Tillie is a sister-New Yorker, although she's in the Hudson area, I think. She & I have discovered we have a truly "spooky" amount of things in common.

      My dream? That one day, there is an enormous HubPages Conference. I can't think of a thing that would be more spectacular. but it's sort of a pipe dream.

      Oh...and about the hubbers who rarely comment or leave a few words & one liners? Chatty blabber-hubbers like yours truly, sort of level that out, I think.

      OK....after admitting to that, I suppose I should just shut up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      See, Paula, you did it again. I saw your smiling face and started grinning immediately...now that's magic young lady, pure and simple.

      We seem to agree on our approach to hubbers...there are some I will read no matter what the topic and there are others who had better prove their worth for lack of a better term. Now I must admit a Hubbers Conference would be pretty damn cool.

      I have bonded with a few select hubbers...you of course... Jacy...Linda has been great as has Tammy...Curiad...Rolly...actually quite a few very good people. I feel blessed because of this experience.

      Anyway, bottom line...you mean a lot to me, and I'm slightly pissed at you for living 3000 miles away. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aww...thanks for this. Writing from the heart is your *secret*. Hehehe. You're an amazing writer, Billy. I've written some personal stories, but I think my true love is writing in other areas like grammar. That's sick, I know. :) In any case, you're doing well and it's so good to see. You DESERVE it!! Keep up the good work, billy. :D

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cyndi; as long as you keep writing about grammar there is hope for me. I count on you to keep me somewhere in the realm of the English language, and I count on your friendship and support, as you can count on mine.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Thanks for this and I am sure I know the secret of your success-- it is not just that you write interesting hubs, it is also that your honesty and generosity and just plain niceness shine through your writing. With every word I read, I just can't help liking you more and more -- Your authenticity just shines through your hubs like warm sunshine. I can't help but want to read more from you.

      Voting this one up across the board-- I really loved it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robie2, you are sweet beyond words. Thank you and I hope to always live up to those words of praise.

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      Laurel Brunvoll 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your insights. Your hub was very helpful as I wrote my very first one today. I'm looking forward to learning and sharing in this community of interesting people. Wishing you all the best!

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      LucidDreams 5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      Het billy

      Another well written hub from the heart! By the way, I grew up in Olympia. Just can't handle the weather there. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Laurel, and I look forward to reading your hubs. I am happy that my words helped you in some way.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well anyone from Olympia is a friend of mine. Thank you for dropping by and I appreciate your support. Best of luck to you.

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      LucidDreams 5 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      Thanks, Keep up the great WORK!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Billy!

      Every time I read your work I learn something new about you, HubPages and myself! You've set the mark pretty high and though I work full time, am developing a life coaching practice and trying you give my wife the attention she deserves, I've committed myself to our Hubpages community. Nice job, my friend, from one who is much more of a techno dweeb than you are!LOL!

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      This is so fantastic and informative! You are truly a natural writer! I always enjoy reading your hubs. Definitely Voted up and useful! God bless you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LucidDreams, I will do my best. Thank you so much and have a wonderful, love-filled weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Born, I can say with all certainty that you are a better techno dweeb than I am...ain't no contest my friend! You are certainly a busy man; bless you and we'll be in touch soon. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Urmilashukla, thank you! It means a lot to me to hear you say that. I am actually a very shy person so I guess this is my way of communicating since verbally I am a little lacking. I appreciate you very much.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Wow, billy, your numbers are impressive, but I suspect that's because you are a pretty impressive guy who leaves a good impression. You pretty much said as much, I suppose. Though I like having them, I've never sought followers, "fans" as they were called back when I joined. Actually, I suspect that a large number of my followers are those people who go on a roll and follow about 100 hubbers in an hour. I always check for that before I bother reading someone else's work. I'm glad that I looked at yours and I am one of those people who is just truly happy for your success. I think you deserve it. We have a few stand-out stars here at Hubpages, and if you aren't one already, you are well on your way.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Dear Happy-Hubbers, Hi there and Welcome to the official site of the billybuc Fan Club. Finally, what you've all been waiting for!!

      It's simple to join! Simply send your name, address, phone number, SS #, Bank affiliation, marital status, annual household income, employment info and a U.S. Postal money order for the one-time low price of $599.99.

      Mail to: Bernita Madoff...."billybuc Fan Club President" (& inmate #87654SCAM-U)...Attica Corrections Facility, 10 Bilking Billions Blvd. Attica, NY

      When you have recruited 10 new fans each, who in turn have recruited 10 more, send that list and you will receive your BB Fan Club packet!! Included, will be your coupon book for monthly membership fee (auto-debit only) of $99.95 (a SAVINGS of $100.00!!) one 8x10 glossy of billy's dog, a bumper sticker that proclaims, "My kid is an Honor Student at St. Jude's Home for Youths-At-Risk." and of course, a Fan Club Button for your lapel, that says, "If You Can Read this, You're Standing Too Close."

      Hurry!! while supplies last!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thank you for sharing your experiences. You're doing quite a bit better than I did my first couple of months at HP. Hopping hubs is an important way for you to see new hubbers, and for them to return the favor. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      robert curreli 5 years ago from Nutley, NJ

      billybuc, what a great hub. Your vast and varied experiences come through in your writing. Thanks for the info. Best of luck in your writing and in life.

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      vasmenon 5 years ago from India

      Your hub has been a "WOW" for me. I am also quite new here,actually I now feel bad that I have not done much after publishing my first hub, though I have a couple of them in my drafts. You have really re ignited the fire in me to write...Thanks a ton

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, those are very nice words of praise and I thank you. I tell my friends that I'm just the "flavor of the month" and someone else will be hot shortly. In the meantime, I'll just keep doing what I do. I truly appreciate your kind words and I thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hahahahahahaha...Paula, you have way too much time on your hands. We will have to see what we can do to find you a hobby that is worthwhile because you are riding in a leaking boat with this fan club idea. You absolutely crack me up. Just so you know, I think you are wonderful, but don't tell anyone else or they'll think we have a thing going on from 3000 miles away. Thank you dear friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alcosin, thank you sir! I'm enjoying the process and love watching writers grow in their craft. You, sir, have been an invaluable aid to me with your words of wisdom and advice and I thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robert, you are very kind and I thank you. I love HubPages and it is mainly because of the great people I have met along this journey.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vasmenon, your words are true for me...I have a fire to write. This is my passion now that teaching is in my rear view mirror. I wish you well on your journey and I look forward to your next hub.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations, Billybuc! I, too, noticed your hubber score has shot through the roof. BTW, I was your follower before you became famous. : ) I think all the points you mention add up to success, but most of all the passion and sincerity with which you write your hubs.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Hi billybuc. As usual your hub is very interesting with great information. For someone who claims to not know what he's doing you sure are doing AMAZING. :) Quick question though, what is ping? (If it's a secret ingredient of yours then no worries. I don't want to step on your toes. It just sounds interesting.) Anyways, thanks for sharing your knowledge and your well deserved success. Congrats and voting up and awesome. Have an awesome day.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespawoolf, I'm laughing at your reference to my becoming famous. I'm just the flavor of the month and someone will come along soon to knock me off of my perch. I do appreciate you being along for the ride and I thank you for your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Savanah, it is called, I believe, ping.com...you can put in the URL of one of your hubs and then have it refreshed on all the search engines out there so it has a better chance of being seen...it's very easy to do so check it out. By the way, you are greatly appreciated.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      The only "time" I have on my hands is that which I steal from my real life.....and speaking of real life....never fear. Anyone who knows me, can have no doubt that I wouldn't have something "going" with someone 3000 miles away. I'm too laid-back to have a "thing" going with the guy who lives HERE....THAT guy....the one in the lounge chair, leering at me with hunger-lust in his blue eyes....

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...I hope he knows what he signed on for, Paula! If he is a match for you then he's one hell of a guy. :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh my gosh ;for a moment I didn't think I was going to find the end to the comments.Easy to see why there are so many though.

      I am voting up plus a bookmark.

      Thanks for sharing and this is what makes HubPages the great community that it is??

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I couldn't agree more. This is a wonderful community; the support and love of its members is heartwarming to say the least. Thank you kind lady!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Oh yeah...he knows....does he ever. When he seems to be confused, I help him remember. I leave several copies of the Manual around.....pop-quiz now and then. It's all good....

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      I loved this hub. I learned some new things from a newbie! I am envious of all the hubs you have been able to write in such a short time. Congratulations to you though. I really enjoy your hubs. I can tell you write from the heart!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that would be a bitch of a pop-quiz! I don't think any amount of studying in the world could properly prepare one for that quiz. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, thank you. I only know one way to write. I can only do all of these hubs because I write for a living. I don't have the distractions of raising a family or working another job. It's just me, the computer and my loved ones nearby. Have a remarkable day and thank you for your support.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Bill, did not realize that you have been here only for 8 weeks.

      Wow, you are off to a great start and wishing you many more cherished memories to gather in the coming months...years!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruchira, when I begin something it is full speed ahead; probably explains my problems when I started drinking. :) I appreciate the warm human being that you are.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that you wrote from your heart. Great hub, full of good info. on being successful on Hubpages. Thank you for sharing...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, I only know what works for me. I know many who are not comfortable doing what I do or have a better writing voice when writing "how to" hubs or travel hubs, none of which I do well at all. I have found a niche I feel comfortable with and it resonates with quite a few people. I truly do appreciate you following along and taking the time to visit my hubs. Thank you!

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      Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      After 4 years here, HP is a roller coaster for me. Some months, I am really engaged, and others I just have to let things ride. I love the community and the support. You can always learn something here. I plan on staying, and I have never written for any other website other than my own blogs.

      Great hub sharing your own experiences and you are off to a terrific start!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Steph; it is a fun experience and I am enjoying the people I meet. I truly do thank you for your following and thoughtful comments.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      At first this hub made me smile, as I was feeling the same when I'm doing my first few hubs. Signed up 2 years ago but I left and came back. And hubs like yours are the ones that gives me encouragement to stay. Thank you for the tips, I learned some things. Like you, I'm still learning too and just tonight I had learned text linking, lol ^.^'

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Precy, that makes me feel better. :) I have so much to learn but I'm enjoying the process. Thank you for taking the time to read my hub and for letting me know I'm not alone.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Thanks for answering my question. I really appreciate it. Looking forward to more of your awesome wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Savanah, you are welcome. Not sure how much wisdom will be coming out of me today; feeling a little brain dead today, but we'll see what happens.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      I know the feeling Billy. Those are the kind of days I spend just read other people's hubs. Hope you feel better and stay dry. It's been raining here all morning. :(

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Savanah, I think anyone who writes knows the feeling. The fog is lifting and I think I will write about Washington weather this afternoon. I definitely know something about that subject. :) Stay dry and thank you for always supporting my efforts.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      I think you are a fast learner; you've learned much more than I have yet to learn and I've been here over a year I think. But Hubpages is gradual for some, everyday I learn something new. Great informative hub!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you emilybee; I'm not so sure that I am a fast learner; I think I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Thanks for dropping by once again; I do appreciate your following.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      You write incredibly well, with honesty, about interesting topics. After five weeks on hubpages I still don't really know what I'm doing but your support has encouraged me from the start. Thank you Bill, I may email you with some questions one of these days!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sonya, I supported you because you have talent and passion, two qualities that I admire greatly. As for the questions, I hope you do email; it does not have to be questions. I would love to just hear how your steps are progressing towards that better life you described earlier. Thank you Sonya and I do believe I'll just keep following a winner.

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