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I Am Trying for a HubPages World Record

Updated on June 25, 2014

I Am a Goal-oriented Kind of Guy

Worry compounds the futility of being trapped on a dead-end street. Thinking opens new avenues.

Cullen Hightower

And I’m also a baseball fan. Since I was a young teen, I have been able to recite the hitting and pitching records of Major League baseball. It’s just something I find interesting, a part of the game, the legacy, and the joy of the game.

Highest batting average career…..Ty Cobb….. .366

Most singles career…..Pete Rose…..3,215

Most doubles career….Tris Speaker…..792

Most RBI career…..Hank Aaron….2,297

Please notice I didn’t mention any records set by the steroid freaks. Baseball is sacred to me, and I refuse to allow it to be sullied by pill-poppers.

Another thing sacred to me is writing. I love writing. I eat, sleep, and breathe writing. As an old instructor once told me, I swallow a word and fart out a sentence.

So take my love of records, and combine it with my love of writing, and it is only natural that I should become consumed with one of the most revered records at HubPages.

I’m speaking, of course, of the record for Consecutive Hubs Without Winning a Hub of the Day.

Is anyone keeping tabs on this record? Did you even know it exists?

Well, I would like to declare myself the holder of that record.

The record-holder at twelve
The record-holder at twelve | Source

And the Record Is……

This article is #785 for William D. Holland, otherwise known to you all as billybuc.

Think about that for a second. I have written 785 articles (excuse me, hubs) in two-and-a-half years, and not once have I sniffed the elusive Hub of the Day. I religiously down a hub each work day, and then check with breathless anticipation the next day to see if I have won, only to be crushed with disappointment and sent back to my writing den with my tail between my legs.

Sigh!

Do all of you understand the dedication to my craft that it has taken for me to set this record? This may well be a record that is never broken, and I have decided to embrace it rather than sulk. As of today I am proud of this glorious achievement.

In fact, I am going to suggest to the HubPages staff that, when the Hubbie Awards are given this year, a new award is designated, The Most Futile Attempt by a Hubber, and that I be given that award.

I can put it on my mantel right next to my three other Hubbies, and I will be so very proud.

Later in life before greatness happened
Later in life before greatness happened | Source

I Say This All in Jest of Course

Do you know that there are actually writers on HubPages who care about this nonsense? I know because I have received emails from them, emails of concern because their Hub scores are low, or their hubs are not receiving a “featured” status.

Sigh!

As if that makes any difference whatsoever.

Listen to me carefully.

Your Hub score is meaningless. It has nothing to do with your ability as a writer. Whether or not your Hub is given a “featured” status has nothing to do with how good you are. If your hub is featured it simply means that you jumped through the appropriate hoops and made the Hub staff, and their computer program, happy.

Nothing more and nothing less!

HubPages is an online platform where you can download an article and have it be seen by online viewers. I doubt those who vote for the Pulitzer Prize even know HP exists. I’m fairly certain that magazine editors and book publishers don’t give a rat’s patootie about HP.

So stop fretting over your Hub score and concentrate, instead, on being a better writer.

So Why Am I Still Here at Hubpages?

The answer to that question is very simple. I stay at HP, and will continue to stay at HP, because of the community of writers who are now my friends. Here I have found support. Here I have formed a connection with like-minded writers. I love it here, but I think the little awards and gold stars are so much silliness.

HubPages does not make you a better writer. Don’t drink that Koolaid. It will poison you. All HP does is provide an online presence, and give you guidelines that can help you to increase that online presence.

Do you know what I find amazing, he said with tongue firmly planted in cheek?

I find it amazing that John Steinbeck was able to find success without HP.

I find it amazing that Hemingway also found success.

How did that happen?

I’ll bet if Harper Lee were a current member of HP, her Hubber score would be in the 80s, and she would be struggling to please the HP gods.

Concentrate on improving your writing and take HP with the proverbial grain of salt.

Contentment with my dog "HubPages"
Contentment with my dog "HubPages" | Source

The Record That Keeps Growing

Tomorrow I’ll write another Hub, and on and on I go, adding to a record that may last forever, and that brings me peace and a sense of satisfaction.

Just as I find peace and satisfaction in building my craft and becoming a better writer.

Writers write! That is what we do. We do not write for rewards. We do not base our skills on the acceptance of others. We do not write for instant gratification. We write because words flow through our veins, and to not write would be spiritually painful.

Remember that the next time your Hubber score dips several digits.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BigBlue, I will remember to carry a spare oxygen tank for that thin air. LOL Thank you!

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      BigBlue54 2 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Good luck with that. Do be careful. The air can get a bit rare up there, you could get all giddy. See, with the excitement I went all poetic on that last line.

      Happy trails.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks BigBlue. The view was nice while it lasted. Now I'm heading uphill for the next mountain.

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      BigBlue54 2 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      Hi Billy, a belated well done on the HOTD. Sorry I did not get to you sooner but it has been one thing after another just lately.

      You mentioned having another mountain to climb, well I hope you had time to admire the view from this one first.

      Happy trails

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks paxwill. Now that I finally have a HOTD, I don't know what to do with it. LOL It doesn't look right on my fireplace mantel.

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      paxwill 2 years ago

      Too funny, billybuc! I've never had HOTD, though I sort of gave up on HP as a money-making platform a long time ago and just started writing random things that amuse me. Belated congrats on your HOTD, though your record will probably stand, if only because few people have the stamina to write 825 articles!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Paula. Excuse my silliness. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Seriously..? You're actually asking a WOMAN what there may be to complain about?? bro.......C'mon.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I was almost pissed when I finally got the HOTD. What do I have to bitch about now? LOL Oh hell, I'll just read the news and something will come to me. LOL Have a great weekend, Sis, and thanks.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Awww bro.....I'm sorry. You blew it. Nice long record though. I'm sure you can establish another goal!.......You're simply too talented for your own good!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Glimmer, it was a challenge I met for 825 articles...now I'll have to find another mountain to climb. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      This is now not relevant, but still funny. I imagine Hemingway, Faulkner etc... would never have won a HOTD. It's probably more fun writing things that don't tick all of the boxes so to speak.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Pro-Hubber. I am grateful.

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      Pro-Hubber 3 years ago from Florida

      I have no time to write hubs but somehow i find time to read your hubs. Interesting and entertaining hubs. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Treasuresofheaven, thank you so much. I love it here at HP.

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      Sima Ballinger 3 years ago from Michigan

      Wow! You have done an amazing job in a short time writing hubs. Thanks for sharing your thoughts of why you are still here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anita, thank you. I hope others see me as a nice guy. I try. I appreciate you stopping by, and best wishes to you.

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      Anita Saran 3 years ago from Bangalore, India

      You're a popular figure here and after I read a comment by a hubber about what a wonderful guy you are and how nice your articles are, I thought I had to check you out and I'm glad I did. Very nice and inspiring hub - can't believe you've written so many hubs in just two years. You must be earning quite a bit. Congratulations on that and the awards.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, there is an excellent chance we are related. LOL

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LMAO!!!! OMG! Now, THAT is a totally HILARIOUS comment, bro.....No wonder we all love you.....I'm laughing tears, you brat!! Damn it...I left the door Open again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I think that "image" horse left the barn a long time ago. :) Have a great weekend, Paula.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You brought it to our attention, Sir William. I've got a couple of records here myself....but nothing I want my kids to find out!! My "image" you know....Perfect Mother. .......Bwahaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sis, I am terrified that one day it will happen. What will I do then? What records can I set my sights on? LOL Glad you are having fun at my miserable failure, Sis. :)

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Still hangin in there with that HP Record!...LOL.....That's why everyone loves you so much. When you make up your mind to do something....you DO it! (You've got me checking out the HOTD's every morning now!)

      You do realize if one of your hubs appears there one day......the entire Hub Community will wet their knickers!! Not to mention you having to deal with "failure."....LMAO!!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DREAM ON, thank you for the smile and the wonderful comment. Can you tell that I love it here? I just love my fellow writers here at HP....this place feeds my soul, and I don't see myself ever leaving.

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Well congratulations on a total of three awards that HubPages will have to add to their list. First on the list #785 hubs without the hub of the day.I thought I would add two more categories.The second award The most helpful writers hub. You have won that from the East Coast To The West Coast and all over the world.The third award The most views in one day. They just don't know that HubPages system can't handle all your activity at one time. The system has to go down for an update which will happen as soon as all your fans get together and decide to make A Billy Buc day. Where we can all comment on your hubs at the same time. I will let you decide what day to pick because that would tie you up for the next nine months just making comments. We know you have to keep writing and try to keep our comments to a minimum. Once again I just wanted to say what a pleasure it is to read your refreshing,interesting and helpful hubs again and again. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hugs back atcha, Faith.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DreamerMeg...and I love your profile name.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravo, Theresa. If we can just get more people to understand that and become better writers. I'm on a crusade to raise the intellectual level of this country. I know you are as well.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, dear Bill,

      I am well at the moment : ) ... I see I have much to catch up on here. Thank you so much for missing me. You're the best.

      (((Hugs)))

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      DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Great hub and basically - apply derriere to seat and write! Anything else is a distraction.

      Congratulations on so many hubs - and for making a useful and funny hub from what others have been worrying (whining) about - LOL.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Well saiD!! As always. MNot that I am anywhere near as productive as you, but mercifully, I quit worrying about scores and awards about six months in. We should all do that and just enjoy the community, practice our craft and write about those things which are meaningful to us. Blessings! Theresa

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, are you well? I don't like it when someone disappears? No health problems I trust? Well, it's good to see you now. I just told Frank to move down, so squeeze on in beside us. Nice to have the company.

      Happy 4th of July my dear, and thank you always.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello my dear friend and esteemed author, Bill,

      I am sorry to have been missing in action here of late, but I am so glad to be able to read today, especially this Award Winning Hub here ... well, to me it is, as are all of your many wonderful hubs!

      You have written and expressed your thoughts on the topic so well, plus to add the humor is brilliant ... I expect no less from you. Yes, it is a wonderful community of friends and writers ... what score ... what is a HOTD lol

      I am proud to sit on that bench with you and Frank and continue to warm it up : ) ... if you both will allow me to squish in between you both.

      Have a glorious day! I voted up and across and sharing everywhere.

      God bless you always.

      Hugs and blessings

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, by your own description, your life is full and fulfilling. Well done my friend and thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are so right, Billy. Stephen King might not write featured stories, either. I have my camera, newspaper column, followers, and fellow birders. What more do I really need right now? I even sell a few pictures, too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jeannie, I'm actually surprised you haven't won, but then again, humor is not big on HP's list of approved writings. LOL Hey, I'm in good company if I'm with you. :)

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      Jeannie InABottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      None of my hubs have ever been awarded Hub of the Day either. For some reason, finding out you have not gotten it makes me feel better. Not that I don't want you to win... I am just saying you've published way more hubs than me and you are quite popular. It is good to know we share this "no Hub of the Day" bond. :-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you venkatachari....that means a great deal to me.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yeah, I know it. I simply wanted to appreciate your work once again. I admire you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari, no, I don't need one, and I don't care about one...this was all a facetious look at silly awards.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Hi Bill, I am afraid I may feel jealous. 785 hubs, 2000 followers and so many comments pouring in. Very great achievement. And still, you feel you will get world record for not being declared Hubber of the Day. Do you really need to have one? You are already so much worthy of all those unawarded awards, let them offer it or not, it doesn't matter.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HOORAY...Suzie my dear, sweet, Irish friend....welcome back my warrior! So glad to see you. I was just thinking about you today and I was going to email you and tell you how much I miss you...now I don't have to do that. :) Drop me a line, please, and let me know how you are doing. So glad you are back.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill, Yes it's me, first outing out since op and you are my first port of call. ALL your articles are worthy winners of the HOTD my friend. Oh how you made me laugh like Paula and Shona said and can just visualize you as I read this! You are the rock here we are all drawn to, much more precious than any HOTD award. Keep them coming my friend!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trisha, thank you...in the end, being known as a nice person means much more to me. :)

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      Trisha Roberts 3 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      Congrats on #785! I absolutely admire your writing ever since the very first hub I have read of yours and I look forward to your new hubs every day. You are an outstanding writer but also a very nice person in general which makes you just that much more awesome. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I will take respect and admiration any old time over money...as trite as that may sound, it is the truth. Thank you for your kindness.

      Enjoy your weekend, Anna.

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bill

      Funny and with the perfect attitude.

      That is a huge amount of writing you have done...I think that there should be enough material for quite a few excellent e-books, when you have the time...

      Especially the one's on writing tips!

      You have the respect and admiration of so many people here, nothing beats that. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, that was so sweet...thank you! I do feel good about my writing...and I'll feel better next year...and the year after that. :) Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Bill you are outstanding as a writer and as a person. If there were a Hub Awards ceremony you would be the honored guest, the MC, and the person who would received the most awards. And, along with your thoughts, there are no awards that can really gauge how great a writer one is -- it's all intrinsic value to the individual. Feel good about yourself, you are top notch!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..thanks, vkwok. Every day is a new challenge.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Good luck with the world record, Bill! I'm rooting for you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Leslie...I love your attitude. Thank you.

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      I certainly agree... we cannot be so hungry for a few dollars that we sacrifice quality and our reputation... There are sites where this is acceptable, but not here. The HP is a very reputable site and should always be treated as such by all.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Graham! My main concern is that quality is passed over for HP style....as long as a writer remembers that quality is key, then good things will eventually happen.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari...I am very happy that HP has been good for you.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Your creativity is what keeps many of us going. It is good writing that counts, helpful, entertaining and informative. Content and presentation is so important in any hub at any time. The reason hubbers worry about there hub being featured is of course the hope that it is being read by more people. More pearl's of wisdom expected Bill.

      Graham.

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      Venkatachari M 3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      I also feel that at hubpages, I learn much. It guides you in building your hub through its various capsules and gives hints how to present top content. I started my first hub "Smoking? Sorry, it is injurious to health" only because I got fascinated by the presentation formats when I accidentally visited the hubpages site. So, I feel I owe much to hubpages.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glenn, if you are getting all of that from HP then I am glad for you. I think the community and the other writers help us on that improvement journey....I'm not sure the staff has anything to do with my improvement, but I guess it's possible. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have to disagree with you on one point Bill. You say that HP doesn't make one a better writer. In my case I think HP does make me a better writer. I take a lot from what I learn here. And I do feel I am constantly learning.

      Or maybe it doesn't matter if I'm writing on HP or elsewhere. Maybe it's just the sheer fact that as I continue to write, I improve. And that can go for anyone.

      Nevertheless, I do still feel I am getting a lot from HP. The ability to track the success and failure of various hubs of mine, helps me see what works and what doesn't. HP gives us the tools to do that, such as the stats in each hub as well as the general stats page. I then take what I learn and put it back into future writing endeavors.

      Works for me!

      By the way, did you really name your dog HubPages?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, you made my day with this comment. I love the friends I have made here at HP, and their friendship make it all worthwhile to me. Where would I be without all of you? I don't even want to think about that. :) Thank you my friend, and blessings to you and your family.

      bill

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      Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

      Sir William,

      I have been out of pocket for a while, dealing with the daily grind and have not seen anyone's hubs of late. The first one I pick to read is this one and again, you have made a tremendous statement. Far too often, HOTD's are meaningless drivel, not well researched, informative, and substantial creations. I can honestly say yours meet every criteria for what a HOTD SHOULD be. And I agree with you that you should continue to put forth such hubs for those of us who appreciate them (and we are many!), not bend your knee to accept the meaningless criteria those WTBW (Want To Be Writers) who bequeath the honor on lesser hubs designate as their requirements to be "honored" with their titles. Stand Firm! Continue to show us what it takes to write, and write well! I, and thousands others, love your work just as you create it. Continue on, my dear friend and beacon; continue on.

      Much love and blessings to you, Bill.

      Mike

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...BigBlue, I hate that damned dusting as well. Maybe a nice certificate I can put out of sight that doesn't need dusting...that might be perfect.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks rusted....if people are here to just make money then they really need to rethink their approach to writing.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I'm not sure that day will come, but i'm fine with it. I have bigger fish to fry my friend. Thank you.

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      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      If it's okay with you I'll stick to the friendship. Got nowhere to put a Pulitzer anyway. And it will need dusting and I hate dusting. Unless I have to run the duster over you lot once a month do I?

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      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      Using stats to create a goal is great, but using numbers to justify you existence on hubpages is dangerous, unless all that we care about is the cash!

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I don't know how you write so many Hubs and still have the time to write a novel, for goodness sakes!

      I have received one HOTD, and I have to say it was one I really was not very proud of. I've had others that were definitely better.

      One of these days, you'll be surprised to see you have HOTD!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Seafarer, I love that description....a sacred path. That about says it all, doesn't it? Only a writer would understand that description. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Leslie, thank you very much. With those glowing words of praise, I will write today with a smile on my face.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Hey Bill ~ This is such a great reminder to keep our focus on what we have the power to do ~ write! There are people out there who think that writing is not worth the time spent if it is not done toward publication. My mother is one of them She isn't a writer and neither are they.

      As you have so beautifully stated, being a Writer is a calling. Another woman whose weekly newsletters I follow considers Writing a Sacred Path.

      Now and then I must work to pay the bills at something other than writing...and have to walk away from creating hubs...but not from writing (always carry a pen and notebook) but I will be back publishing on HP again very soon!

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      Leslie A. Shields 3 years ago from Georgia

      You are fabulous and, I love you!!! If we write, we write, success is in the eyes of the looker on-ers.... and to me you are very successful... Thanks for the share. God Bless you!

      Your commitment to HP shows in the name of your doggie... love it!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LadyFiddler, my two favorite writers as a matter of fact. I would love to follow in their footsteps. In the meantime, I think I'll just hang out with my friends here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, the fact that you don't even write here any longer but still come back to visit me is gold for me, and I greatly appreciate you. Don't ever forget it my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ChitrangadaSharan, I love the comments and the interaction...this is a very gratifying place to be, and I thank you for your comments.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BigBlue, true words my friend, and damn funny. As for the Pulitzer....I'm sorry my friend, but this is the wrong path. :) All you get here are friendships.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, lil Sis, thank you. Be careful what you wish for. LOL I'm just a writer and I love the friendships I have made here....you understand that as well as I do.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you pagesvoice. I love the people here, and I love to write. For me this is a perfect combination of factors that I don't plan on giving up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, I'll share my bench with you any old day. it better be a long bench. I think there are a lot of us, buddy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Word55, you are kind. A legend? Just one of the pack, and I agree with Jackie, who I also respect...just one of the family. Thank you kind sir.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hackslap, it will pay off. It takes a year or so to start seeing decent supplementary income, so keep at it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay, Cris. You have to remember how old I am. The memory is fading. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, a giggle is what I was hoping for. Thank you dear friend.

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Billy you couldn't have said it any better. My purpose here is to bless someone by reading my writings i never got a cent from hubpages nor am i looking forward for any. I am not into this for cash or fame.

      Yet we are humans and will feel good if we get featured or an accolade etc.

      You called two good writers above : "John Steinbeck" (The Pearl) and Harper Lee (To kill a mockingbird) .

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      I did get a chuckle out of this. However these awards are definite ploys to keep people writing actively here--and I know this is obvious. I also know how unimportant this is in the scheme of life and for you also. You always say it so well. And though I miss some of your hubs I do try to stay in touch and read most of them. Some slip through the cracks for sure. Keep going Bill I am rooting for you.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You are an example for other writers. That itself is an award. Your number of hubs and the uncountable appreciative comments you receive must be a record of some kind.

      Interesting hub and very motivating!

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      BigBlue54 3 years ago from Hull, East Yorkshire

      You mean writing in HP is not a sure fire route to winning the Pulitzer Prize. I am heart broken now. I am in the deepest, darkest depths of despair because I have no idea what the Pulitzer Prize is. Oh. Wait. It's that writing thing isn't it.

      Couple of quick fact about baseball for you Bill as you like such things.

      1 It was invented by the British.

      2 We have absolutely no idea of how to play it.

      3 Americans explaining the rules of baseball to the British has exactly the same effect as the British trying to explain cricket to Americans. Usually starts with glazed eyes and ends with a wish to die.

      Have a good day Bill. :)

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Over 700 hubs. That is soooo impressive to me. With all of that to choose from, how dare they not choose you for Hub of the Day?! Anyway, I think you are a terrific, prolific writer. And I agree, I enjoy what goes on here at Hubpages. A great group of writers. But Hub of the Day winners? Nah, it's you I wanna grow up to be. :-)

      Take care!

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      Dennis L. Page 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Voted up and all the way across! I haven't been on HP for quite a long time and lo and behold your article was the first I stumbled upon this morning. I commend you for your fortitude and commitment to keep churning out one great hub after another. You have proven your loyalty and dedication to this site and for that accomplishment I tip my hat to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      most of the hubs I read of late are Hub of the day in my book..LOL I too have written over 400 hubs and I was denied that elusive hub of the day..LOL so move over I'm a bench warmer too LOL

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      Word 3 years ago from Chicago

      Well Jackie, thank you you for sharing this masterful hub of billybuc's, I felt like saying something good about somebody and guess what? It just happened to be after reading this fantastic write up. Just like a dancer that likes to dance because it's in the blood, I share billy's sentiments here. Sometimes, when you make it to the top it's scary because the only other place from up there alone, is back down. Some people can't top their own record and it becomes a serious problem. Me? I just enjoy being in this family like Jackie said a day ago "we're a family" that she commented on one of my hubs. I'm enjoying a ride that's coasting from day to day. I accept it as it comes. I appreciate the love and I share the love. Thanks billybuc, you're a legend here and that's more than just for hub for a day but also, forever. I've seen others remark about you that left me with the notion that you're at the legendary status :-)

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      Harry 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      My aim is to earn enough money off Hub Pages that it can act as a parallel income equating to what i earn off my day job. .I know it is almost impossible but not 100% .. im gonna keep writing and writing ..my hard work should pay off dividends .. great article..voted up!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Bill, it's Cristina Maria remember? Looking forward to the book. Good night for now and sorry to confuse you. :)

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

      Bill, you're priceless! HOTD or not, this little oasis would be a desert without you. Thanks for the giggle.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Genna, if Karma is going to get you then it will get me for laughing at your remarks. I have wondered, sometimes, if the HP staff even reads some of the stuff they select as HOTD...if they really read it, they would never pick it, would they? Would they? :) Thank you kind friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Alicia. Do you think I like writing? LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Vicki. It's not important to me, but thank you for the kind words.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      785 great hubs in two and a half years is an absolutely amazing statistic, Bill! Congratulations!

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am gob smacked that at least one of your hubs has never been selected. Yet, having read some of the hubs that have been, I must say -- as graciously as possible – that you are in good company by NOT having one selected. (Okay, I’m going to pay for that little caprice because Karma never lets me get away with anything.) But at the same time, who really cares? You are not only a prolific writer, you are an excellent writer. And, as with Hemingway, Nell Harper Lee and Steinbeck -- who would experience the same roller coaster frustrations with the scoring schizophrenics at HP that we experience -- writers write because they must. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      It's amazing to me that you write a hub a day! I did a 30/30 one month, and it about killed me. Great job! And you're have many, many that are well-deserving of Hub of the Day!