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My Journey Through HubPages

Updated on November 3, 2013
I have loved writing ever since I was old enough to spell
I have loved writing ever since I was old enough to spell | Source

The Start of My Journey As a Writer

My path as a writer began when I was very young. My grandfather, who lived several states away from me, encouraged me to write letters to him. He provided me with stamps, paper and envelopes, and I eagerly wrote to him. He would correct my letters, and show the mistakes to me when I visited. I understood that he didn't do this to make me feel bad, but he wanted me to know the correct way to write, and to spell.

My journey continued as I took advantage of writing in school. I especially enjoyed the creative writing, because I could write about whatever I wanted. I was very much a dreamer, and when I had a pen and paper in front of me, words would spill out as fast as my hand could scribble. My handwriting was not pretty, but at least I could read it.

I also enjoyed writing in a diary, and creating my own "trip journal" for our rides to Virginia to see my maternal grandparents. Writing about events, feelings, thoughts and dreams, observations, and anything my senses picked up made everything seem so much more alive, and I liked reading over past entries. Every one of them brought back what I was feeling at the time I wrote it.

Wickham Park is a great place to walk, and to sit down and write
Wickham Park is a great place to walk, and to sit down and write | Source

Spelling and English Composition were my favorite parts of school, and I excelled. It felt so good to grasp certain elements, to discover "new" words, and to grow as a writer.

I have also been an avid reader for most of my life. I remember the first book that a teacher gave me in first grade, and how excited I felt when I moved on to chapter books that only had a few pictures. Next, I started reading books with no pictures at all- by then, my mind was used to making its own "movies" in my head. I could bury my head in a book for hours, and at the completion, feel as if I had been in another land, another life. I was fascinated by the way reading could make you feel transported.

When I started writing my first long story, which I lovingly titled "Ghost Alley", I spent almost every spare moment writing, and coming up with ideas for the plot, the background, and the characters, that I was lost in my own world. It felt great! Years later, I revisited this story, and since then it has developed into something completely different, but with the same "seed" as the original. This is the book that sits in my filing cabinet, three drafts completed, and ready to type up. Once I have time again, that will be a big project for me, and I will enjoy it again. Every time I touch my manuscript, my fingertips and my mind buzz in a way that most writers would understand. The anticipation of getting back to it is great.

Roses inspire me with their beauty and scent
Roses inspire me with their beauty and scent | Source

Finding HubPages

It all started just 3 months after I moved to Boston from Connecticut. I had been spending hours a day looking for a job, to no avail. Initially, I saw HubPages listed on a job board as a source of income. I generally don't trust those "nontraditional job" listings, but I decided that since I love writing, I would try it out. I'm glad I did! No, this isn't a get rich quick scheme. If you want to make money here, you need to work. And the money doesn't necessarily add up quick, unless you happen to publish many articles that are search-friendly. But it is a great source of residual income, which may come in handy if you are patient.

For me, HubPages is more than about money. It is about doing what I love- writing- and interacting with other very fascinating writers who post a broad range of articles about almost any subject you can think of. It is about the helpful community, getting to know other writers, and receiving comments from people who come from all over the world.

My Progress In a Nutshell

As of October 18, 2013:

  • I have been here for nearly 10 months, since January of this year
  • This will be my 40th hub
  • All of my articles are featured
  • I have 224 followers, and am following 168 people
  • I have a total of 13,438 views on my hubs
  • I have 2,346 comments (including my own. I like to respond to every comment I receive)
  • At the moment, my Hubber Score is 95. It has been 99 a few times, including a few days ago
  • My Hub Scores are between 49-96, and the average is 82
  • My 15th hub, published on March 8th, won a Hub of the Day award on May 8th. It is called "How To Stay Productive While Unemployed", and it continues to be in my top 3

Traffic Sources:

  • HubPages: 4567 views
  • Google: 1701 views
  • My profile: 1248
  • Pinterest: 654

Social networks give me about 50-160 views each, and Google in other countries (6) gives me a total of nearly 600 views. Other search engines only give me about 100 views.

Photos From Some of My Food Hubs

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Hubber cclitgirl's "Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins", as seen on "Tried and Tested Recipes From HubPages"My homemade pizza ~ "How to Make a Spicy Taco Pizza"Baking mix ~ "How to Make Your Own Baking Mix""Chewy Oatmeal and Morsel Cookies" is a versatile cookie recipe with many delicious combinations ~ pictured here is the White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts"Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes" are my favorite, especially in the Autumn
Hubber cclitgirl's "Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins", as seen on "Tried and Tested Recipes From HubPages"
Hubber cclitgirl's "Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins", as seen on "Tried and Tested Recipes From HubPages" | Source
My homemade pizza ~ "How to Make a Spicy Taco Pizza"
My homemade pizza ~ "How to Make a Spicy Taco Pizza" | Source
Baking mix ~ "How to Make Your Own Baking Mix"
Baking mix ~ "How to Make Your Own Baking Mix" | Source
"Chewy Oatmeal and Morsel Cookies" is a versatile cookie recipe with many delicious combinations ~ pictured here is the White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts
"Chewy Oatmeal and Morsel Cookies" is a versatile cookie recipe with many delicious combinations ~ pictured here is the White Chocolate and Butterscotch Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts | Source
"Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes" are my favorite, especially in the Autumn
"Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes" are my favorite, especially in the Autumn | Source

Topic Ideas Inspired By Life

I have so many ideas for hubs, but not enough time to write them all. Life itself is full of inspiration, and my variety of hubs is evidence of that.

  • When I was unemployed, and looking for a job, I wrote three related posts. One was a reflection on unemployment, one was on being productive during that time, and another was on a list of possible interview questions
  • I enjoy baking and cooking, and many of my hubs throughout the months reflect that. I also enjoy trying out recipes I see online, and I wrote a tribute to other hubbers who have posted recipes, called "Tried and Tested Recipes From HubPages"
  • On the same not as above, I like to make my own baking mixes, as well as to make a pizza (including the crust) from scratch. The hubs on those topics continue to be very popular, especially on Pinterest. Soon I plan on making one or two more on pizza, as well as additional recipes for the baking mixes
  • When Bill Holland, aka billybuc, had a fiction contest, I wrote a short story for it. Even though I didn't win (there were so many wonderful stories that were written for the contest), I enjoyed stretching my writer's muscles for this creative piece. At this point in time, I am also working on part two of my "Lost Memories" story, so stay tuned!
  • During the Winter time, we experienced a blizzard, and that spawned a couple of articles on them, as well as one pictorial hub on Carson Beach during the Winter
  • Close to the one year mark of a very good friend's death, I posted a memorial to her. It was perhaps the most personal post I have written, and yet it is always on my top 10 (sometimes my top 5), which surprises me
  • When I was browsing online for gift ideas, it prompted the creation of two popular gift posts
  • When I was on a diet, that gave me several ideas for posts. I wrote one on a diet challenge, one on rewards for weight loss and fitness, and an article listing the calories of different fruits, as well as a pictorial hub on walking along the beach in South Boston
  • During the Summer, I was inspired to write an article on cookouts, as well as a piece on finding things to do while on public transportation. I have been spending 2 1/2 hours every work day on a bus and subway, and I wrote most of that while sitting on a train

Photos From A Few Other Hubs

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"Interview Preparation List" is a useful article for those who are getting ready for a job interviewOne of the picture prompts for this fiction contest was this beautiful house ~ "Billybuc Fiction Writing Contest: Lost Memories"If you are curious what a blizzard looks like from a high-rise apartment in the city, check out "Boston's High-Rise View of the Blizzard of 2013"For a pictorial of a beach during snowy weather, check out "South Boston's Carson Beach in the Winter Time""Walking Along South Boston's HarborWalk to Castle Island" is a pictorial tour taken during the early Summertime"Planning a Barbecue Cookout" was a collaboration between my mother and I"Things To Do While On Public Transportation" was written mostly while on the train to work one week
"Interview Preparation List" is a useful article for those who are getting ready for a job interview
"Interview Preparation List" is a useful article for those who are getting ready for a job interview | Source
One of the picture prompts for this fiction contest was this beautiful house ~ "Billybuc Fiction Writing Contest: Lost Memories"
One of the picture prompts for this fiction contest was this beautiful house ~ "Billybuc Fiction Writing Contest: Lost Memories" | Source
If you are curious what a blizzard looks like from a high-rise apartment in the city, check out "Boston's High-Rise View of the Blizzard of 2013"
If you are curious what a blizzard looks like from a high-rise apartment in the city, check out "Boston's High-Rise View of the Blizzard of 2013" | Source
For a pictorial of a beach during snowy weather, check out "South Boston's Carson Beach in the Winter Time"
For a pictorial of a beach during snowy weather, check out "South Boston's Carson Beach in the Winter Time" | Source
"Walking Along South Boston's HarborWalk to Castle Island" is a pictorial tour taken during the early Summertime
"Walking Along South Boston's HarborWalk to Castle Island" is a pictorial tour taken during the early Summertime | Source
"Planning a Barbecue Cookout" was a collaboration between my mother and I
"Planning a Barbecue Cookout" was a collaboration between my mother and I | Source
"Things To Do While On Public Transportation" was written mostly while on the train to work one week
"Things To Do While On Public Transportation" was written mostly while on the train to work one week | Source
  • I enjoy paying tribute to other writers, and many of my hubs do that. "Meeting Seafarer Mama in Boston" was a fun piece to write, because it was a result of meeting another HubPages writer
  • Recent life's circumstances prompted me to write "Finding Happiness During Hard Times". This was a very helpful article to write, and reading over it has brought comfort during distressful moments of my life
  • Since I have been so busy deciding what to do with my life (and where to go), and then hunting for a new place to live, and jobs, I haven't written much these past few months. I initially answered a writing challenge for earlier this month, but only had time to write 2 of them. Even though I didn't complete my goal, I am glad I tried, and that I can re-prioritize when necessary
  • One of the articles I wrote for the above challenge was on evaluating resolutions. I am a goal-oriented woman, and it was on my mind at the time I started writing it. My life was full of changes, and as a result I needed to reprioritize what was important to me
  • The last article I posted was on some of the benefits of living alone. This also had to do with my apartment hunt, and was helpful in helping me to determine the pros and cons. Ultimately, I ended up choosing a roommate situation, so that is a hub I plan on creating in the future
  • This hub is the result of reflecting on my journey through HubPages, and writing in general. I have enjoyed these past few months, and being both a reader and writer here has helped me through life's rough patches so much

Writing Throughout the Months

How often I write greatly depends on what is going on in my life, and how much free time I have. The first 2 1/2 months, I didn't have a job, so I was able to devote more time to writing. Between mid-January and the end of March, I published 18 hubs.

The table below shows how many hubs I have written each month so far. The October total is including this one.

Hubs Written Per Month So Far

January
February
March
April
May
3 hubs
11 hubs
4 hubs
4 hubs
5 hubs
 
 
 
 
 
June
July
August
September
October
5 hubs
3 hubs
1 hub
1 hub
3 hubs

Inching Closer to My First Payout

I haven't been able to write as much as I would have liked to lately, so progress has been slow. Back in late June, I hit the halfway mark. That was an exciting milestone. I have enjoyed watching the money add up every week, and right now I am about $5 away from my first payout. It seems so close, and I look forward to reaching it.

My Top Three Performers

According to HubPages, these are my top 3:

  1. "Finding Happiness During Hard Times", published on August 21st
  2. "What Not to Put Down the Garbage Disposal or Drain", published February 12th
  3. "How To Stay Productive While Unemployed", published March 8th

"Great Gift Ideas For Your Boyfriend on His Birthday" is another top performer. This site gives it a low score (76), despite being one of the "Exclusive Titles" when they were being offered. But it is very popular with Google search results, and has received 1,578 views since its publish date of May 10th. That is only just over 300 views less than my #3 hub, which was published 2 months prior to this one, and received extra traffic due to the HOTD award.

Interested in Reading More?

Check out my author page below to see the articles I have listed, and more. Stay tuned, because I have many more ideas for future posts!

Also feel free to comment. I enjoy hearing from my readers, and receiving feedback.

Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day.

~ Kathryn

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Author Information

More information on the author and her full array of articles are available at http://kathrynstratford.hubpages.com/

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      Matty Fernandez 3 months ago from Passaic, NJ

      We share the love of writing. As a kid I used to love journals as well.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rebecca,

      Writing was definitely a very big part of my childhood. That and reading were my main hobbies, and took up much of my time. I have really good memories...

      Thanks, I am glad this appealed to you.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is just awesome, Kathryn. You make me wish I had written more when I was younger, especially on a personal level like journaling.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cyndi,

      I am glad I have met you here on HP, too!

      I enjoyed reflecting on my progress, and thinking about what the future hold for me. Life is full of so many possibilities, and it is exciting to think of them.

      Hugs back to you, my friend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      So glad to have met you through HP. :) And your progress is awesome - I enjoying reading about your journey. May life continue to shed light upon you and may you continue to grace us with your wonderful writing. HUGS

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mecheshier,

      Thanks, I appreciate it. I enjoyed sharing this with everyone, and evaluating my progress on this site.

      I appreciate that you took the time to read, comment, and vote. Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      mecheshier 3 years ago

      What a fabulous Hub. There are some great insights here. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful and interesting. :-)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Geniusknight,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and for the holiday wishes. I hope you have a happy and successful new year.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nell 3 years ago from Netherlands

      So Happy for you Kathryn ! :)

      Wish you a lot more success in New Year . Here a holiday wish for you http://bit.ly/18YXa61

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Audrey,

      Thanks very much! I appreciate that you took the time to read and comment, and I hope you have a wonderful new year.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      I just wanted to say congrats to you--and thank you for sharing your story!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WriterJanis,

      My stats are doing pretty good, but it sure does take a lot of time and effort to get there! Good luck with your own progress.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a happy new year.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      Your stats are really good. I hope I am as successful as you are here.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Julie,

      Thanks, it makes me feel good to hear that!

      I appreciate that you took the time to read and comment, and hope that you have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Julie Mwangi 3 years ago

      you sound like a strong spirited and tough lady. I draw inspiration from what you have just shared.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Nate,

      Yes, I do write what comes natural for me. Once in a while I might take on something that challenges me a bit, but most of the ones that really get me are those that I can relate to.

      I agree with you about the "slow and steady". It's great for residual income, but I have never thought of this as a get-rich-quick deal.

      I passed the $50 last month, which I believe means I will be paid for it within a few weeks. I am excited about it! And the more time that goes by, the more money I make per day. It's funny how delighted I get in seeing the dollars add up. A little at a time can add up fast!

      I have gone through phases of writing. Sometimes I write quite a few in a month, and other times I write very few. But it evens out over time.

      I actually have quite a few in the development stages, and if I get around to finishing them, my work will really show. Right now it looks like I am not writing much.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate the "visit".

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      I can truly relate to what you said about loving to write since you were young; it's been something I've loved doing for a very long time, I do it even when I don't have to. You seem to take it easy as far as writing articles, in the sense that you write what comes natural to you; which I think is a great way to approach it. For me, Hubpages is a "slow and steady wins the race" kind of thing; I too have come upon payout recently, which I'm very excited about. It is certainly a good way to make passive income. Thanks for sharing your experience, it was a great story that I could relate to and inspirational because I think our approach is similar; I noticed even the amount of Hubs you write a month is similar to mine; I think I average about 4 a month.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      JPSO138, Thanks for your very complimentary comment! I appreciate it. I really adore this community.

      Have a wonderful day, and thanks for the votes.

      ~ Kathryn

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      I have the pleasure of reading your hub and it inspires me to do more. You certainly have the talent for writing and I hope you can come up with more. You are right indeed, HP is not more about money, its about the passion to write, the ability to share and the people who are always there to support. outed up for this one and more!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Tillsontitan,

      Even when you are only able to publish a few per month, your work is first-class! I enjoy your articles.

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. It was interesting to prepare for this, and really look in depth at my own progress.

      I am looking forward to working on that book next year! I just hope that life doesn't get in the way. I never have any idea what life is going to be like.

      I appreciate the votes, and that you took the time to read and to leave such a pleasant comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Like you Kathryn my hub writing varies with what's going on in my life. Some months I was able to write many, lately I've been struggling to write four a month and have a feeling that will continue for a while.

      This was a delightful hub to read sharing your experiences that parallel so many others here at HP. You are a joy to read and your history shows why. I hope you get to finish that book!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Ologsinquito,

      Thanks, I appreciate it! Good luck to you, too.

      ~ Kathryn

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      Hi Kathryn, I wish you the best of luck going forward with your writing career.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzette,

      Thanks, your comment is sweet and thoughtful! I appreciate the compliments. Sometime I will try my hand at trying to get into magazine article writing. I was inspired by Bill Holland to buy the Writer's Market, and I intend on putting it to good use this coming year.

      Wow, what a nice way to stumble onto HubPages! I'm glad you found it by accident. You're a wonderful writer.

      Beautiful, I like that you teach writing in two different languages.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and I hope you have a delightful Sunday.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Kathryn, I have always enjoyed reading your hubs and you have such a natural writing style. Since you have been writing since you have been young all the effort shows. I too, have always liked writing and did it school. When I was young my friends and I wrote our own original plays and then acted them out in our back yards. I loved writing so much I became an English/Spanish teacher and taught writing in both languages. It was a delight to inspire young people to write. I stumbled onto HP quite by accident. I was looking for something else, there was a glitch in my computer, and HP popped up. The rest is history, as they say. LOL I think you would make a wonderful magazine writer as your articles here I am sure would be considered for magazines - especially the women's magazines. Hope you try that someday.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Barbara,

      Just writing is good, but if you use seo titles, you're probably more likely to make money at a faster rate. If you have time, maybe do both! You may be surprised at how well some topics may do, and it's fun to just write about what you want to write about.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading your journey as a writer. Searching for search friendly titles limits what I write about. I guess I should just write.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Susi10,

      What a great idea. I think I'll add a section with other Hubbers' similar type of hubs linked here. Thanks for linking this to yours! I appreciate it. Also, thanks for taking the time to read, provide feedback, share, and leave such a great comment! You're very thoughtful and sweet.

      Most of my articles do take quite a while, because I like putting a lot of effort and "love" into them.

      This is a fantastic community, and I really enjoy it here.

      I hope to have my own payout hub soon! It's inching closer, and it will feel like such a bonus to get the money. I love writing, and that is my main reward, but money is something that will make it seem especially worth it.

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      Hey Kathryn!

      This is an awesome hub, I love reading hubs where Hubber give their thoughts on how they are doing on HP, and congrats for your top three hubs, I've just read them and they really deserve to be top. Your support and encouragement on HP is absolutely one of a kind and the HubPages community is so lucky to have you; no wonder you have such a following!

      Keep writing more hubs and your traffic will grow; I am really looking forward to more of your hubs, they are written so beautifully and must take a lot of time and dedication.

      Congrats again on everything and well done! Shared, voted up and linked to it from my 'payout' hub and 'ten thousand views hub'.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MarieAlana1,

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Marie Alana 3 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you so much for writing this and other hubs. It was interesting for sure. That is a good thing.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Steve (Poshcoffeeco),

      Thanks, I appreciate it. I'm glad you found me here, too. I have seen you around here quite often, and it's nice to connect with you.

      Happy Halloween, and good luck with your glow-in-the-dark house numbers!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      DDE,

      Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words. I certainly will keep writing! Starting to write here has been one of the single most fulfilling things in my life.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Poetryman6969,

      Thanks, I appreciate it! Happy Halloween!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Annart,

      Thanks, those are some thoughtful compliments!

      Have a great week, and thank you so much for reading and responding. It's comments like these that make writing on this site especially fun!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Randomcreative,

      You're welcome, and I appreciate your comment. I am settling into my new place, and have obtained a job (sigh), so I will be able to get some writing done before I actually start working 6 days from now. I am close to my first payout here, and even though it is not a lot of money, I find it exciting. Now that I live on my own, I will be eager for every extra $50 and $25 I can make!

      Have a wonderful day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Steve Mitchell 3 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Kathryn, so glad I have found you here. You write with such ease and it flows so following it is easy on the eye for your readers. Keep up the good work.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      My Journey Through HubPages beautifully written and your journey so far sounds a good and I wish you many more years here, keep writing and sharing your interesting hubs. Well achieved!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      nicely done

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Interesting to read about and to see your progress. You have a great variety of hubs and your love of writing has indeed stood you in good stead. Writing about one's life and therefore what you know much about is the best thing to do; the depth of knowledge, the emotions and the enthusiasm shine through. I hope your writing production continues to grow as we need more from good writers like you; a joy to read and an inspiration to all of us. Have a great weekend! Ann

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks for sharing your story! It is always inspirational for both new and older hubbers to read about the experiences of fellow writers. I look forward to reading more from you!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WriterFox,

      I am glad you enjoyed reading about my journey. I have found this site to be extremely good for me, and I hope others find this to be true, too. I know many are disillusioned by the amount of money they get, but since I didn't come here with high expectations (and enjoy writing), I think of the money as a bonus.

      I find it fascinating to think about the different people in my life that have contributed to my life in both small and big ways. My grandpa was a very big part of who I am today, and I look back at my memories of him with great affection.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      I have seen you around before, so it is nice to see you on my page.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thelma,

      Thanks, I'm so glad you like my hubs.

      I am looking forward to my first payment. I love writing, and haven't been too preoccupied with the money, but now that I am only a few dollars away, I am very eager. Especially since I will be living on my own soon.

      Thanks, and have a wonderful week yourself!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Seafarer Mama,

      I'm glad I met you, too.

      Thanks, I'm glad you like my style of writing. I certainly like yours!

      Sometime I want to write a hub about the sunflower I am growing as a result of one of the seeds you gave me! It is indoor, so I have no idea how it will do, but so far it is growing like a weed! I just move it away from the window at night, and give it all of the sun available during the day.

      I would absolutely love to visit your neck of the woods! It would be great to see the countryside, and to create something based on it. I am moving out of Boston at the end of this week, but I will be visiting every so often, so I could combine a trip here with a trip there... or else even go there straight from Hartford. That's probably not hard, either. We will definitely have to plan something, though!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and I hope to see you again!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MsDora,

      Thanks. It has been interesting to evaluate my progress, and I'm looking forward to my first payout soon. It's getting closer. I have enjoyed writing regardless of the money, but it will be a nice bonus!

      I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet,

      Thanks, I'm glad you like my style. I appreciate the compliments :)

      I look forward to my move, and my "new life", as well as writing more often again. Or if not more often, every once in a while.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and leave such kind comments. Have a great week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Schoolmom,

      It took a little while for me to start earning money here, but it's exciting when you're approved for AdSense, and the money starts accumulating! When I first came here, I had a lot of time to spend here, so I published quite a few hubs, and got a good start.

      I'm glad that this site has been therapeutic for you, too! I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Writing in itself is great, and the community makes it that much more enjoyable. I hope you continue to like it here, and reap the monetary rewards soon!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      Wow, what a busy life you have right now! Everyone has their own unique challenges in life, and it's nice to have a supportive community in the midst of them.

      Originally getting the book finished was one of this year's goals, but since my life changed directions, I decided to push it off. It's not the unhealthy procrastination, it's more like I want to put a lot of care and attention into it when I get to it. But I feel like it will be a great project, once I get to it. When I read it again, the characters will take on a life of their own.

      Being in this community has been encouraging in so many ways, and I think it is more likely that I will finish my book. I have seen so many writers on this site that have published their works, either in book form, or electronic book. And Bill Holland's advice every day has been invaluable! I used to think, "maybe I can", then I though, "maybe I will", and now I think, "I will!". And why not? We can do what we set our minds to do.

      I remember your entry into Bill's contest. It was a wonderful story! But I wouldn't expect anything less, because you are such a sweet woman, and well-written. I think that writing fiction can be fun. It's a different outlet than writing non-fiction, although I enjoy that, as well.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and for your encouraging comment! I will follow the desires of my heart when writing. You, too :) It can take you many places!

      Have a great day, my friend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WND,

      Every time I see your profile photo, I smile. The picture is so cute, of course, but it's also because you have become such a great writer friend here in Hubville.

      I'm glad you liked my hub. It was interesting to evaluate my progress, and to think of a brief summary about my life as a writer.

      I appreciate it very much! It is only days away from my move to Connecticut, and I am both nervous and excited. I think once I move, things will really change for the better. Not that they're bad right now, they're just not ideal. But I appreciate that you're rooting for me!

      Thanks for gracing my page, and for leaving such a sweet comment.

      Have a wonderful day, and give your wetnoses some hugs for me :)

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      CraftytotheCore,

      I am still a letter-writer! Even though I write e-mails, and many of my family and friends are on social media, it's nice to send out a handwritten letter every once in a while. Actually, I am going to the post office this week to buy stamps, so I can write letters to many people after I move. I like to let everyone in my life know I have moved, so they don't lose track of me, and it's a wonderful time to update them on my situation.

      Thanks for sharing the story of your mother-in-law. She sounds like a fascinating woman!

      The cost of stamps have gone up over the years, but for me it is worth it. And I love the feeling of getting a handwritten letter from a loved one.

      Have a wonderful day, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Sallybea,

      That's right, I remember meeting you not long after I started. In some ways it feels like it was only a few months ago. But it also feels like I have been here for years.

      Teachers are wonderful, aren't they?! In addition to my grandfather, I also had teachers that really encouraged me. Someday maybe I'll write more about the different influences in my life.

      Thanks, and I wish you well, too.

      I was just looking over your hubs in depth, and I see quite a few interesting ones that I have missed over time. Your wet felting ones are cool, and it is a subject I don't see everywhere. I think I may try it sometime! And photography is something I want to expand my knowledge on soon. I snap a lot of photos, but have come to the point where I would like to take nice looking ones.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Millionaire Tips,

      Thanks, I appreciate it.

      I think using our own life experiences to find valuable topics is a great way to go. Everyone has their own style, and their own method that works for them. But I don't feel like I will ever run out of material!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful week.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      CyberShelley,

      I agree with you. My grandfather's gift to me was better than any material gift. It lasted way beyond what a toy would have, and it has been a crucial part of my development. It's interesting to think about what roles different people played in my life along the way. My mother instilled my love of books, and that was another gift. We didn't have much money as I grew up, but reading and writing were pretty much free (except for paper, of course).

      Thanks, I appreciate your kind words! Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      It's amazing that this is your first online experience of writing. You seem like an expert now, with such informative, beautiful and useful hubs.

      I hope my statistics and perspective are helpful to others. I enjoy reading hubs like these every once in a while, especially when I am confused about what is "normal". I think it greatly varies by individual, but it's nice to see how everything stacks up. It was also interesting to evaluate my own stats, and to look at which ones are most popular.

      Being a community member here is such a fantastic part of being a HubPages writer! I have really enjoyed getting to know you, and other writers.

      Once I have more time, I hope to be able to publish hubs a little more often. I have so many ideas, and it drives me crazy that I have to put off writing them!

      Thanks for your kind and thoughtful comments, Suzie.

      Have a fantastic week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Joe,

      I enjoyed my own assessment. I have meaning to do it for a while.

      I have enjoyed reading other articles on hubbers' progress, and had fun creating my own in my style.

      Originally this article was all going to be about HubPages, but once I started it, realized it would be useful to write about my early days as a writer. I'm glad you found it interesting.

      My grandfather was such an integral part of my early learning. I wish he was still around to see me write as an adult. But then again, he wasn't much for computers, so he may have never seen my articles.

      Thanks, Joe. It always brightens my day to read your comments (as well as your hubs). You are one of my favorite parts of this community. The people here make this more than just a site to write alone.

      I went on another morning walk yesterday. One of the last before I move. It was such a relaxing and invigorating way to start my day. I'm looking forward to your next walking hub!

      Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Teaches,

      This site has been very beneficial to me, from the writing to the community. I'm very glad I found it!

      I like looking at the glass as half full. Life is so much more positive that way.

      Have a great day, and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      FlourishAnyway,

      Yes, his gift has been invaluable in my life!

      Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed learning more about me, and I appreciate that you took the time to read and comment.

      I didn't even notice how many followers I had! I have followe a few more people since I wrote this, too. There are so many wonderful people out there, and every so often I like to check some of them out.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Joel,

      I enjoy turning life's challenges into hubs. The topic seems especially "real" while you're going through it, so many times it's a great time to write about it. Although there have been a few topics I have decided to back away from until things are back to normal.

      Thanks, I appreciate it. I'm glad you like it.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mary,

      Life sure is full of inspiration, isn't it?! Everyone's life is different, so it keeps it interesting.

      Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

      Have a great week, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I very much enjoyed reading about your journey writing on this platform. For many, it is their first introduction to writing and earning online. I think if people are good writers to begin with that they can do very well here. I sincerely appreciated your mentioning the story of your grandfather teaching you how to write well. The time devoted to helping a child learn can have an enormous effect!

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      I enjoyed reading your hubs. I´m glad you are here and I´m very interested on what you are writing as you are a good writer. Thanks for sharing your life with us and good luck to your first payment here in hubpages. Have a great week!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Kathryn,

      I enjoyed your reflections about your writing and hub pages. So glad to have met you as well as enjoying your writing. You have a way of taking your reader with you on your journey through the subjects you write about with your vivid descriptions.

      I was honored to have the chance to write a hub complementary to yours about our meeting together, and perhaps you can come visit and we can create something fun out here in the country. ~:0) Hope to see you again soon.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathryn, happy for you that your journey has been satisfactory so far. Your stats are impressive. Congratulations on your HOTD award, and all the best going forward.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I love the way you write here on HubPages as you always include your own experiences and thoughts. That makes your hubs so interesting to read. You are a very talented writer and a supportive member of this community. I'm so glad that you are here on HubPages. I can learn a lot from you. Wishing you good luck in your transition in life and for your writing as well. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

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      Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

      Hi Kathryn,

      I really enjoyed reading this and could so relate to your childhood love of reading and writing. Sounded a lot like me! I'm still fairly new and have just written 6 hubs- haven't even started to earn money yet. But it has been very therapeutic for me as well as nice to meet other hubbers.

      Blessings!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Kathryn,

      Thank you for sharing your journey here on HP. Bless your dear grandfather for loving you so much and teaching you so much! Yes, the HP community is so supportive and amazing. I, too, have many challenges in this life and a busy life, working 10 hours a day during the week with and hour commute, but I am sticking with it and writing when I am able to write and comment as much to give support to other writers.

      I do hope you get that book published and are able to get it finished, how exciting, and I can tell from your words here, how it makes you feel as a writer when you think about working on your book.

      This is a realistic look at one's journey for sure on HP, and will help those new to HP Town. Now, you have me thinking of writing fiction, for I, too, entered billybuc's contest and it was such great fun to write creatively. I write non-fiction otherwise, except for that one time.

      Always follow the desires of your heart in writing, and you cannot go wrong!

      Excellent write!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      I am so happy to see you here! It just brightens up my day to read a hub from you.

      And this is a very informative and helpful hub. That is great work.

      Be strong. Be happy. I am rooting for you in your transition in life.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      I love the story about your grandfather. My mother-in-law is a lot like that. She is a strong believer in writing letters. My great-aunt also wrote to me a lot when I was a child. She is in her 90s now and is very ill. She lives in CA. She worked as an executive for Disney for many years. She also published a book. I think letter writing has become kind of a lost art. I guess no one wants to spend money on stamps or the computer makes it easier.

      Anyway, great Hub!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Kathryn - how nice to read about your journey with HubPages. You and I began at about the same time, ten months ago. You were such a prolific writer when I first began here and so very supportive of my efforts. I can see why you now have such a following.

      It was so nice to read about your grandfather and how he contributed to your interest in reading and writing. I was lucky in that way too, I had a couple of teachers who believed in me and I have been able to carry that with me until this day.

      I hope you continue to go from strength to strength.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      I'm happy that you are here too. I am following the same methodology that you are - writing about topics that reflect my life situation at the moment. Congratulations on your accomplishments thus far, and I wish you even more in the future.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      What a wonderful gift - like the gift of love for books - a precious lifelong pleasure. In your case your grandfather's gift to you - gives to others who enjoy your writing. Glad I found you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      This is such a well written and useful article on the big picture here from your perspective. This site was my first online experience of writing and the it has certainly been an education. Your statistic breakdown is very enlightening giving a good and real view of what you have achieved but you my friend have certainly excelled more than statistics.

      You are a wonderful community member full of encouragement, enthusiasm and support for others, myself included and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done promoting my work.

      You have a gift that you have carried with you through the years and I so look forward to your future works!

      Up, useful, awesome, interesting, shared and pinned!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Kathryn, I really like hubs of this nature because it moves me to assess my own experiences here on HubPages, and that in turn leads to further engagement and identification with each respective source hub and its writer. Readers who are not yet members of HP can definitely also draw valuable insights from these articles.

      It was very interesting to discover your roots as a writer. Your grandfather's early challenge to you has indeed borne an incredible harvest of good fruit.

      I learn how to hone my writing skills by reading the work of good writers like you. Aloha and mahalo for your gift, Kathryn!

      ~Joe

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      It looks like you have found HP to benefit you in ways that help to heal and proceed with positive attitude. I have enjoyed this experience as well. Here's to both of us looking at the glass as half full!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bless your grandfather for the gift he provided you -- the encouragement and guidance to write. I find it useful and interesting to know a little bit more about you, as I have enjoyed reading your hubs as long as I've been one of your 226 followers (audience growing)! I wish you continued success in your journey.

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      Kai Morris 3 years ago from London

      Hubpages is a great site and I'm glad you decided to write here. I think it's clever to turn personal challenges into something constructive (such as a hub).

      Great hub by the way..

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I have found good topics to write about based on my own life. Like you, I have been faced with many obstacles and I think of you often.

      You have done very well here on HubPages: keep it up.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      PS,

      It is so nice to see you here! I hope life is going well for you.

      Thanks for gracing my page with your presence, and for leaving such a sweet comment.

      I'm glad my grandpa got me started writing, too. It's interesting to think about all of the people that influence us in both small and large ways throughout our lives.

      I enjoy writing here. Usually I have a general idea of what I want to write, and as I start typing, words flow. I rearrange things, add something here and there, and edit it a few times. But most times everything just falls into place, and I don't publish it until I'm satisfied.

      Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Kathhryn I am glad your grandfather got you started in writing. You have a talent for sharing thoughts and ideas in a way that is engaging and holds my interest.

      That to me is essential...it needs to be engaging and interesting...the rest of it will take care of itself...It seems, at least for me, that when I begin a hub the words take over and fall onto the page. It is up to me to go back and spruce it up a bit.

      Keep writing and sharing...

      Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      Thanks. I'm very glad I'm here. This place has been so helpful for me over the months, and has been more fulfilling than anything else I have discovered in my adult life. Meeting people like you has made this more than just a place to "try out" and leave.

      I try to be supportive, and I hope this gives some people some insight into what is realistic on this site.

      You're welcome. Your fiction contest was something that really got me back into writing fiction, and now that this part of my being has been unleashed, I feel like a kid in a candy store! Between that, your blogs, and your helpful writing posts and advice, you have been invaluable, and I expect that when I do finally get my story ready to publish, it will be in big part thanks to you.

      Thanks, I'm excited about the move. Haha, I have a lot more to do. But I love planning, and now that I got this article out of my head, I won't be distracted by the desire to write it... Although I do have many other projects sitting there, waiting for my attention. But pretty soon I can tend to those "babies", and give them the attention they need to grow and thrive.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a fantastic weekend ~ it is pretty much here! I hope you and Bev have something fun planned, or else just a relaxing, cozy unplanned weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I for one am happy that you are here. You are a very supportive member of this community, Kathryn. I wish all Hubbers were like you.

      I think hubs like this one are important for new Hubbers to read; they give an accurate look at this system and that spawns accurate expectations. Well done and I look forward to many more from you...and thank you for the mention. :) Good luck on your move!