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Is it all in the numbers?

Updated on March 15, 2013
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I do it for the fame

When I used to write, it was for me. I found it cathartic, relaxing and a great way to organize my thoughts.Then, while looking for a job that I could do at home, I decided to attempt to use my writing as an income source. Now that I have started writing for the public, especially Hubpages, I realized I am, actually, just in it for the fame! Afterall, I DO have 97 followers!

How I started my Writing Career.

My first poem that I recall writing brought me a bit of local fame as it featured the Viet Nam War. I was 8 years old and quite moved by the discussions going on around me. I wrote:

During the terrible war

When all our men were sore

They did not want to stay

They wanted to leave that day

But they wanted to save our country

They wanted our home to be free

I cannot tell you how it is I remember every word to this poem, especially when I can't even remember why I just walked into the next room!

My next near famous piece was when I was in junior high and wrote an essay for the Junior Optimists Club. and I won. I won a great, great prize! It was a children's illustrated dictionary and I loved it as did my children after me. Yes, I kept it all those years! As one of only five recipients, I also got to go to Springfield, Illinois, our state capitol to receive that prize!


25 years to Garnish Writing Material

Almost 40 years ago (has it really been that long?!) I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I was young,scared and pretty sick. My writing was pretty emo style* for a while but it was a great outlet for all the uncertainty and fear. Several surgeries down the road, I got older, stronger and left the depressed writing behind. For the next 20 or so years, my life was busy and full and my writing was limited to tributes to friends on special days, "letters" to my children and the occasional workbooks, plays and songs for my ESL students. There weren't enough hours in a day as it was and I didn't start writing again seriously until this year. But...now that I have started again, I haven't stopped!

check out Brinafr3sh's hub: http://brinafr3sh.hubpages.com/_22ayf30gn016h/hub/Goodemotionalhealth

a little sun, a little water.....great inspiration!
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"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better."~John Updike

The Hubpages Community

One of the factors when I started writing, that I didn't count on, was the community. In the beginning I wondered how I would get a following, where I would find fans but I never considered my fellow writers. I know, crazy, right?! When I got my first wordpress account, it was fun and funny how quickly my blog was viewed by fellow writers. I joined a small community of bloggers, it was like going to a party and exchanging numbers and facebooks. We were checking out each other's blogs, websites, twitter and facebook accounts. But that community...that community was nothing compared to my Hub community. Who'd a thunk? It happened like this: One day, my son said, "Mom, you need another venue. Check out Hubpages." I did and I joined. Thank you, Ben! My very first commenter and follower was CrisSp, a beautiful and bright lady. Check out her hubs! I did and became hookedr immediately. This is the hub I read first: Cat Poop Coffee. Being the somewhat immature person I am, she had me at poop! Since that day, I have now added 96 followers to my personal hub community and I follow 132 amazing "hubbers." I have written 60 hubs and just completed my first hub challenge. Under the wire but successfully!

Words of wisdom

"Don't forget-no one else sees the world the way we do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell."~Charles De Lint

Feedback on Hubpages.

Most of us, especially when our work is so much our own, rely on feedback to measure our success. Some of you are probably saying that you don't write for the recognition but...if you put it out there, you should still know how it is being received. Hubpages gives you feedback. They do it in several ways. The first and most obvious is that which comes from your followers. But, how do you get said followers. Well...hubpages gets your hub out there but it is up to you to make yourself know! Being part of a writing community is like being a part of any society or group. It's all about give and take. You read, write, comment, receive, ask and join. Get to know other hub writer by reading their work. The best way to read new hubs is to Hubhop. You can read as many hubs as you like, as often as you like and I bet you could find a hub on any topic! I, personally, find interesting people in the comment section of hubs I am following. If I like the way they view something, I usually click through to their site. You can bet other's will doing the same to you so make sure you leave worthy comments. You can also share hubs (your and others) in several ways. On the right side of each hub, you will find share buttons. If you like what you've just read, share it!

12 pieces of advice from the worlds best writers

For those of us who want to continue to write, maybe make a career of it, there are things we can do and skills to perfect. I subscribe to The Oprah Magazine because I am always able to find something of value in every publication. Recently, they published this, 12 Pieces of Advice from the World's Best Writers. It includes advice from: Tony Morrison, William H. Gass, Virginia Woolf to name a few. I highly recommend this read!

This just in!

Wow, wow, wow, something more exciting than last night's election! Ladies and gentlemen, as you all know when we are in the middle of writing a hub and have to stop to do something else, we save it unpublished. Well, I was just about done with this one and I had to leave for work. I just got back and found two surprises. I now have 99 followers! Yay and thank you! Who will be my 100th?! And.....drum roll please....I opened my account to see little black h's next to each of my hubs. What is this, I wondered? Am I being flagged? What happened? I looked below and saw it stood for "featured hubs" I called to my kids. "Come look, what do you think this is?" I must admit to starting to feel a small frission of excitement! That is until Ben said, "Well since they are all featured, it can't be anything too special." Way to go Ben! It took him 20 seconds to almost undo the past 30 years and turn me back into that scared, uncertain girl I was. But....not quite. I decided to do something realy daring, I clicked on the link for featured hubs! It was that easy! And wow, how thrilled I am that I did. It turns out that it is yet another great feature of the hub community. It is a quality assessment process that deemed my hubs, yep....me...randi b better known here as btrbell, to be worthy of being in the featured catagory. I am honored! To read more about it, click here. Don't be afraid!

And so....

....my friends, my followers, my fellow hubbers, tweeters, facebook friends and those of you who just hopped on, I say: Thank you! It is FOR you and BECAUSE of you that I write. Your words and actions are my inspiration and muse. Your comments, my motivation. I bow to you, my friends and leave you with just one more thought.

Shel Silverstein

"Listen to the musn'ts child

Listen to the don'ts

Listen to the shouldn'ts

the impossibles, the won'ts

Listen to the never haves

Then listen close to me...

Anything can happen child, anything can be."

"As a writer you ask yourself to dream while you are awake."~Aimee Bender

BREAKING NEWS!

btrbell has her 100th follower and hit 2500 views (I love those round numbers!) Thank you to daisydayz for joining me here. I just hopped over to her hubs and she is good. she just started the 30 day challenge and I am excited and happy to watch her progress. Stop by and see her!

Thank you, Chantele for being my 100th follower!

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, poetryman! It was a fun hub to write!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You seem to be having some fun with the writing and that's pretty important.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      You seem to be having some fun with the writing and that's pretty important.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Stephanie, thank you so much! Your words made me so happy! They also got me reading this hub again after a very long time, It made me realize that I have changed a bit this past year! I am glad you found this encouraging and I think you have given me some encouragement right back! I look forward to reading your hubs!

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      Stephanie Constantino 3 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I loved reading this. It really gave me a little inspiration to keep on writing... especially the quote by Charles De Lint. Seriously... this was excellent. Thanks so much for the much-needed encouragement!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thannk you so much, KoffeeKlatch! Yes, I am getting there. It's always good to have goals! I appreciate your reading, commenting and following!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      randi,

      You've bypassed 100 and then some. The next goal is 200. You'll be there in no time. Keep it up you're doing great.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Chris, I have "approved" and commented on this comment at least 3 times. It keeps coming back as if unapproved! I will keep trying and I will look for your hubs that are not coming to me!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Darryl for stopping by and your comments! They are much appreciated!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randi, I've been writing. I have been noticing today that almost no hub information is coming over my notifications. In fact, the majority is the activity in two of the forums. That may be why you haven't seen my hub notifications. I have published three in the last three days.

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Well, it all has to start somewhere. The important thing is that it not stop. ;-)

      Well done :-)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Chris, you are way too kind and very sweet! I do enjoy it! I haven't seen you in a while or gotten any notifications about hubs. Now I better go check and see what's up! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Thank you again:)

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Randi, I'm not sure how I missed this hub when you posted it, but I am glad I found it. I am so happy for you that you have found so much meaning in your writing. And you are not alone in that. Many here are enjoying your love of writing as well. Keep up the good work and the enthusiasm. I spent some time in the forums recently, so I need your uplifting spirit around.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much Caroline! I am so happy to meet you! It is a great community and you are so right. Your writing gives you a voice! You are definitely part of something bigger. I'm proud to be sharing in that, too!

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      Caroline Marie 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Awesome article! I like the feedback and the community here also. They are very supportive. I write for many reasons too. I like to be part of something bigger. Thank you for sharing your wonderful article! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lolol. Done and did. Blushing even more now. Oh, you do go on! I think I will post my latest blog on your facebook page and let's see what's hot!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      #11. you are hotter than the Arizona heat.

      please read my reply to your comment just now at Souvenir gift shop blues

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      lol, Kerry! Sadly, it turns out Ben was right! But I won't tell. I like your solution for snot nosed kids better! Thank you reading and your fun comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Valleypoet, thank you for reading and commenting. I really am enjoying being here and meeting all you wonderful people! :)

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      You go girl! I had to laugh at what your son, Ben said about the featured hubs, only because I wondered the same of myself for a tiny little second after seeing all those little H's. Bite us Ben lol.

      Kerry:)

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      There is plenty inspiring words and advice for new, and more experienced writers in this great hub. I totally agree that Hubpages is a great place to publish your work, and to become a part of a supportive community. Thanks for sharing:-))

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      aww...blushing and grinning big! This is why I love hubpages! My ego is bursting! You are an amazing man, Colin and I always appreciate your visits and comments. I think you should make this into a hub, my friend! Thank you, thank you, thank you. So happy you are home and I hope cozy. We are complaining of the cold here as it dropped down to about 50 degrees! lol. Sweet dreams, Colin!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ......This is one of the best hub presentations I have ever read Randi because it represents the true spirit of Hubpages and what it means to so many of us - we are in many ways - one big family and the world just seems to be a smaller place as well. So without further adieu I will award you -lol- with a world famous brand spanking new Top ten from the epi-man:

      Top ten pieces of advive from Epi about the writing game:

      10. Always write from your heart

      9. ......and the mind will follow.

      8. Be yourself. Always be yourself.

      7. Be daring and bold

      6. In its proper place use humor. Who doesen't like to laugh?

      5. Make lots of comments. The Hub is based on the tit for tat system

      and what goes around - comes around.

      4. Mix up your hub subjects. Be eclectic. Readers love variety.

      3. Develop your own style because style is what gives a writer his/her

      person reputation.

      2. Keep smiling Randi - you are beautiful when you smile.

      1. Know that in this short time you have already received the respect, love, friendship and accolades of your Hub community and your peers, colleagues and readers.

      lake erie time 1:09am home from work on a windy and stormy night and yes it's a good feeling after being on the road for a hour.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Docmo, so very much! yes, I am a person clearly motivated by feedback! As much as I love writing in and of itself, it's fun to share! thank you so much for the follow! It's great to have you here!

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Such a delightfully open and honest take on the craft of writing for oneself and for the wider community. I can remember my own enthusiasm for feedback and numbers when I first started here nearly 2 years ago. I still feel the same! congratulations on your 100 followers. you've got yourself another!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Eddy, Thank you so much! When someone of your caliber is here commenting, I feel honored. Thank you for the share! Have an amazing weekend!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      catgypsy! WOLW! Thank you so much! I am floored! I so love to see you here! Thank you so much for your very generous comments!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much for stopping by nisargmehta (I will thank Eddy, too!) I am glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your warm comments!

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      NISARG MEHTA 4 years ago from SURAT, Gujarat, India

      Great Article.. I got here via a link shared by one of your fan[probably] Eiddwen Jones... From The Title To The Tail... It held me strongly to read it through... Again Nice Sharing and Thanks to Jones too..[Smiles]

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      You are right HubPages is great community almost a cyber family.

      You are a great writer and congratulations on your achievements!!!

      Here's to so many more to come.

      I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

      btrbell, you are one of my favorite writers and you are so right that HubPages is such a great community to be a part of. I've written for a lot of other sites and it's just not the same as here. Congrats on your 100th follower and 25oo views!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      No, thank you! And I can say the very same thing back to you!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations, may I add,in addition to your other attributes, you are a faithful fan. Thank you

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so very much, mpropp! I am also glad that you are a part of my 100 followers! Yes, I believe that many of us have similar stories. We are in many ways, kindred spirits! Sometimes I am much happier here with my hub peeps than the ones in the next room! I really appreciate your warm words and am enjoying getting to know you!

      Randi

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Carol, thank you for always being here to read and encourage. I actually find this fun!, a bit time consuming, but fun! I hope all is well in your world. I just left work and ....it's raining! Wiw! Real drops and everything!

      Take care!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Congrats! I see you are at a solid 100 at the moment that I'm writing this comment and I am very happy to be one of them! You are an excellent writer and I see so much of myself in your story....I won a small school contest back in second grade and I wanted to be an author ever since. But, life keeps you pretty busy and you need to pay the bills....I'm glad you found this outlet and that the writing started flowing again. You're an inspiration to myself and many others, I'm sure.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Congrats and stay with it. Writing here is a daunting experience...and lessons to be learned.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, Bill, **blushing** I think even though you weren't my first fan, you are my number 1 Fan! Thank tou so much! i really do love it here and I am NOT gushing when I say, it is largely because of you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Congratulations! I love your enthusiasm and I love your hubs. You are a great addition to HubPages and I appreciate who you are.