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HubPages: A Month off from Writing

Updated on July 18, 2013

Reasons for Taking a Month Off

When I first decided to take a month off writing for HubPages I was pretty clear about my reasons. Not to be redundant, but I was feeling frustrated with my progress and felt I was going nowhere. I know all you supportive writers think I need to give this some time. I wanted to see just a small amount of progress and it wasn't happening. I wrote over a 100 hubs and felt my entire life was being devoted to HubPages---I am exaggerating of course!!! It is not just about the time spent at the computer but all the outside time thinking about what to write about. I knew I would continue to read and comment on hubs during my hiatus, but free myself from the writing aspect.

I love surfing the internet

I enjoy learning new health discoveries and reading about natural solutions for health issues.
I enjoy learning new health discoveries and reading about natural solutions for health issues.

Things I Love to Do

I love to paint, though this is an old painting.
I love to paint, though this is an old painting.

What I Did While Away

I planned to take a month off from writing any new hubs, and also spend less time commenting on other writer's hubs. This part was difficult as I wanted to keep supporting those who have been so generous with their support. I went from spending an hour on reading and commenting hubs everyday to about half an hour, However, I often checked later in the day to make sure I didn't miss anyone. The usual fifty comments I made went down to about twenty or twenty-five.

  • I got my paints out and started painting again which I really enjoy as well as doing some drawing which I had not done in months. Going through my art books is one of my greatest pleasures, so I gathered up the books and started looking at my favorite paintings.
  • I even spent some time on the piano working on some old songs.
  • I spent more time in the kitchen, even though I never stopped cooking. I researched out new and healthful recipes. My kitchen is now well organized and spotless (for a while).
  • I am taking time out everyday to read which I dearly love.
  • I also spent more free time on the computer looking up things of interest and possible writing sites.

The rest of my time pretty much the same. I exercise, get together with friends and very occasionally play poker. Not to mention the usual tasks of the day which include cleaning the house, taking care of my pets and spending time with my husband (that is not a task).

The bottom line is that it doesn't matter how much time you write, but if you are always thinking about what you want to write it diverts you from doing other things. I discovered this during the month of not writing and searching for topics. Along with free time I had more free mental time without guilt.

Having lots of time to do what I love

Cook more and look up new recipes
Cook more and look up new recipes
Spend more time painting
Spend more time painting
I love to read
I love to read
Though I am not very good I enjoy playing the piano and organ.
Though I am not very good I enjoy playing the piano and organ. | Source
Play a Little Poker
Play a Little Poker

Why I am Back

One of the main reasons I am back to writing is the HubPage community. All the wonderful support I received when I was down on writing here made me evaluate many things. Here is a big thank you to all!! I still am reeling on the wonderful hub by CloudExplorer. I was so touched by that and also the many of the wonderful and caring comments by all of you.

I am back to writing for many other reasons, but mostly because I don't like giving up. I am going to stick with my writing journey here at Hubpages for at least one year and do some evaluating at that time. I do love writing and I want to meet this personal challenge for my own sake.

What Happened on my Stat Page

Things do change around here when you are not contributing hubs. My score currently wavers between 88 and 91. Before I left for the month it was between 92 and 96. My views have gone down. I have less hub people reading my hubs and lost a few followers. Scores on some of my hubs have taken a serious nosedive.

My Near Future Here at HubPages

I am going to continue writing and searching out the best titles. I also want to do the best job possible.

I am still going to support my fellow writers, but keep my comments down to about 25 a day. I will probably read and comment on loyal followers and always a few new hubbers. I will visit and join in on forum and questions.

I am going to work at learning more about social networking and promoting my hubs.

I am ready to go back to work and do my best and always support all the wonderful community.

Things I did not do

Get a Massage
Get a Massage
Go shopping for Clothes
Go shopping for Clothes
Go Dancing
Go Dancing

Have You Take Time off From Writing at HubPages

Have any of you taken time off from writing?

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All Writers Need A Break

Sometimes just taking a few days off can help the writer revive passion. You can still be thinking about writing, and coming up with new ideas, but not sitting down at the computer making the ideas a reality. Sometimes a break can just be an afternoon just for you. Take a walk, have lunch with a friend, clean your house and don't go back to the computer until the next day no matter how tempted you are. If you have a deadline take care of it and allow yourself a break. Working at home does have its distractions so best to leave home for your break.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Welcome home, Carol. I took the last 2 weeks off and today is my first day back. My scores have suffered as well, but that's not why I write so I don't care. See you at breakfast!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for dropping in breakfastpop and I hope you enjoyed your time off and doing some fun things. Miss the great hubs and also our happy hour at the Inn.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Hey there Carol glad to have you back, yeah its always good to take a hubpages vacation, and I believe yours was well deserved.

      The stats thing will always jump up and down, and you will regain your stats back for sure with diligent well balanced efforts.

      I would like to commend you on taking the time to reflect and all, because not everyone has that kind of hindsight to thinking and recollecting their thoughts about it all. We all do indeed need to regain our mental rejuvenation, and inner strength for sure as online writers who network a great deal.

      As for me, I take networking breaks as well as HP breaks or vacations frequently, but for the most part its my day and night job as well (2 or 3 day vacations from time to time). I balance myself out with my wife's schedule, and so when she returns from work is when I must stop all my hubbing activities.

      Its funny how we all have to somewhat re-balance things in our lives and play the self evaluation game from time to time. In the end we turn out to become much more polished in all that we have endeavored to achieve as long as we remain focused, and you my dear are on your way to such a mastery of self here on hubpages, I can sense it.

      Oh thanks for the mention here, I do my very best to help others, because I was helped myself along the way here, and its the best I can do with what I'm working with for now.

      Good luck Carol, and please don't forget to have fun here, it is how I remain consistent and super motivated to keep on trucking.

      Nice honest and genuine hub here, which is surely useful to all those who need good sound advice on how to reset themselves and all.

      Thumbs up and getting shared with everyone.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      After the much needed vacation we shall find our favourite writer refreshed and invigorated.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      Hi Carol. I am glad you are back. I took a vacation too from HubPages and it lasted between 2 to 3 years. I was glad that I came back here though and I am more than glad you did too. The readership of one's hubs and your overall hubscore are never fixed and when they go down, you feel kinda bad but remember you are a part of the community and we try to support our own. At least that's what I tell myself when the same happens to me :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Carol, welcome back. It seems you had a productive vacation. Hubpages will consume you if you aren't careful. I am contemplating how to balance tings as well. If it were not for the people, I would have left a month ago. For the investment of time, the financial payoff just stinks. I think you set a good example for all of us. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      CloudExplorer...What would Ido without your support and uplifting words. thank you so much for all you do and supporting other writers...You are a kind and have a deep soul. I am going to work hard and do my best for sure. It is always good to reflect on our lives and try to work on things that don't feel right. It is about health, relationships and spiritual needs. Thanks again for being a great hubber friend...Also thanks for votes and sharing..WOW

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so kind...I am going to try and thanks for being part of the support system.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for joining in here and sharing. I am glad you are back. So lets write our hearts out.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you so much..So we write because we love it and if it were not for the community support many of us would have just disappeared. You are a sound voice here with your writing and comments. I am happy to call you a friend.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Welcome Back Carol! I will look forward to more fun and informative hubs from you in the near future. I'm very glad you're back and that you were able to rest and reset. Vacations, even mini ones, can certainly give you time to evaluate priorities balanced against want-to-do's. You are very smart to do just. If what we do isn't enjoyable, what's the point?! Voted Way Up, and thanks for sharing all your personal insights.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Hey, girl - welcome back and thank you - for not quitting! I took a 2 week break as well when i went to florida - and had no problem whatsoever! It's healthy!

      Ps..one day we'll have to have a little game of poker, my friend? You (all) in? lol...

      pss...that dinner looks yummmmmmy....

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to have you back, Carol, although as loyally as you follow my hubs, it hardly seemed like you were gone. Breaks can be good for the mind and soul; I hope yours turns out to be that way. Good to see you writing again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Grandma Pearl. ....thank you for stopping by and such nice comments. I have to work at this as I do want success here. Thanks again.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am all in...I love the game. I also play Omaha..however it has been an expensive year and I am backing off for a while. I am glad to be writing again and hearing from you always adds a special treat to my day. Thank you so much.

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      NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      I took some time off the beginning of 2012. I started writing again when I felt like it....and had access to my computer. (our lap top doesn't have the photo program and I am a visual person, so I did not write then)

      Thing is, I want to write when I want to write. I like doing it that way.

      BTW, welcome back!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Good for you for taking a "hub-holiday"! Sometimes you need a break to find new resources in yourself.

      I took a more or less forced holiday myself when I went to Argentina with my husband for his work. But I worked on other projects for my website. I had my laptop to write and draw! And I took 3 weekends to visit the differents places over there...a mini holiday for me:-)

      Merry Christmas to you and a wonderful 2013!

      Joelle

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      NMLady: Thanks for the welcome and real comments. I want success here as most do. Sure we like to write but most of us like getting paid for our efforts. I feel that writing here means being part of the community and I plan to continue that.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Poker with friends, baking, pets and husband, hobbies of painting - what a great break! I am glad you are back but equally as happy you took the wonderful time you deserved.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thanks for stopping in. How lovely to go to Argentina. would love that. Here is to a wonderful 2013 for you also.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I know I did keep that reading and comments. Kept me in touch with the gang. I am back at trying to think up some brilliance to write about. Thanks for always supporting and being there.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      shiningirisheyes. Always good to see you and thank you for your meaningful comments. It is good to be back but I have set groundrules for myself...

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Taking some time away from writing is a great because when you do come back, you're feeling more refreshed and your creativity is at an all time high.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Carol, thanks for writing this hub and sharing your heartfelt wisdom with us. What you share resonates with me at only 3 months here on hubpages. I just answered a question yesterday about plans for 2013 and my need to prioritize and manage my time. This wonderful piece has solidified for me the importance of what I and other hubbers need to do before becoming too consumed, risking burnout. You are a wise woman. Voted way up and useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Lovedoctor 926: You are right a break is always good. thanks for stopping by and it is always good to see you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      How kind of you to say such nice things. Wise, I am not so sure just trying to keep plugging along happily as possible. It is always good to reflect and evaluate what do everyday. Thanks for voting up ...and it is so nice to see you.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Carol - You and I were gone together, but for obvious different reasons. Anyway, good to see you back! I had a tough time staying away (as I had my wife check in and see if anyone had commented on my hubs since I couldn't), but returned for many of the same reasons as you. Good to see you back!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to see you back, Carol. You may not have known this before, but I warn you now .... Hubpages IS addictive. Trust me.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      rcrumple: Glad you are back also. I know we just love this hubpages. Thanks for dropping in and good to see you too.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I do know that...Thanks for stopping by to welcome me. Much appreciated.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Great to see you back Carol - the break has rejuvenated you and got your creative juices flowing again. Your piano and painting and cooking are all great ways of getting your mojo back, you'll slip straight back into it. I was ready to pack in a few weeks ago as well but I did the opposite to you, I went hell for leather to make sure I wrote a hub a day and so far, it seems to have given me my enthusiasm back. People still don't read 'em but I live in hope :o)

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I think that we all need a little time off. For myself, when it starts to feel like a job, it is time to cut back.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I am so happy to see you back Carol! You are so smart to take a needed break. We all need them whether or not we think we do! You're rested, your mind is refreshed.. now get to work! lol ♥♥♥

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Welcome back Carol! Thanks for giving us an update on what you did with your "time off" even though you were still here pretty much every day! I'm glad you're back and I look forward to reading your new hubs. Just curious, I know your score and views take a hit when you are away (I was away for 2 days without commenting and my own views drop significantly), but were you impacted by the idle hubs while you were gone? It was only a month and you were still active here, so I was just curious if you noticed an increase in idled hubs or not?

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is so much better when you know you don't "have" to do it and I have been there and the vacations. I take more of them and am much happier. Welcome back!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      jools..sounds like we all have different ways of dealing with things..We are all so different..Keep up the good work and write your heart out..Thanks for dropping in.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so right. I am feeling enthused by limiting myself to maximum of two per week and not spending all day online..I hope.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Welcome back Carol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Okay rusticliving I will do what you say. I appreciate your coming in for a visit and kind words...yes I will get to work.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      No increase in idle hubs...But the reason for that was that I had updated almost all of the hubs ...Leaving here does cause reduction of everything. Pretty smart management. Yes I commented daily..I really felt I wanted to do that..but I spent only 1 hour on hubpages that was my deal to myself. Keep writing and thanks so much.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You hit the nail on the head...I do have the option..However I love to write and hopefully will see some earnings some day....Thanks for the welcome!!!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Welcome Back! Breaks are wonderful way to rejuvenate and reevaluate and it sounds like you did just that. I go through stages where I am less active on here as well and have found signing up to be a Hub Greeter has helped me grow my audience and boost my stats. You are such a fixture on here, perhaps you should give it a try too and see if it helps you reach your goals.

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Sometimes we need to stand back and have a long hard look at how we spend our valuable time.

      Well done for taking the initiative and a breather.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      elle64 4 years ago from Scandinavia

      It sounds like you needed it, welcome back -and thanks for your support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Audrey.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Where do you sign up? I would love to. thanks for dropping by I always enjoy a visit.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for votes ..so appreciated. You are so right!!!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you...for stopping by and commenting.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Welcome back Carol and I too have been thinking about the new year and re-evaluating the time I spend on here. I love Hubpages for all the supportive people, but I also write on other venues and am neglecting some other things in my life, too. So, I am going to try and sit down to think about all of this. Thanks for sharing this though and again happy to see you back here!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      It is always good to evaluate and re-evaluate all that we do. Sometimes we get so caught up we forget. I know whatever you decide it will work for you. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for being a good hub friend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Glad to have you back, carol.

      I had taken the month of November off and am glad to be back :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just made a big deal about taking a month off..but I really was questioning whether to stay or not. I am glad you are here and thanks for dropping in.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Welcome back Carol and we did truly miss you but we certainly understand. I find myself ducking in and out as well for various reasons. Sometimes it is a writing project and sometimes travel and others times just a time to freshen up and get a new look at life again.

      Can we change the world around us. I think we can in many ways. Like your writing for example. What you have shared is refreshing and I see it as giving a license to step back and look after us as well. The gift is we have a great writer back with us again.

      Glad you found your time away to get back to some of your old loves...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad to hear that all is well and that you were able to go back to some of te things that you were missing. You can't spend your entire day on HubPages, that's for sure. Glad to hear from you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Rolly: thanks so much for the compliments and kind words. I always enjoy reading your philosophies of life and what you have to say. I want to be a better writer but also feel my time is well spent in whatever I do. Thank you for been such a wonderful support...

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks and you are so right...but Hubpages is pretty wonderful and staying away is difficult.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      We're glad you're back! You are such a supportive Hubber and you participate very actively in the community. I also took a month off a while back and it was good for me. It sounds like you caught up on a lot of housework and also took on some creative endeavors. I hope you feel more contented with your progress in the year to come.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you vespawolf...time will tell. Going to write and stay active in the community as long as it feels right. I do enjoy writing and this community is pretty special as you know. Thanks for dropping in ...always good to see you.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Welcome back! I know what you mean, I do have days off from here to do other things, because I noticed that when I was on here nothing else got done, but like today I have been on here all day, tomorrow the same I expect, but I will take a couple of days off soon, I do miss my cooking too! lol!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So glad you are back but loved all the pictures showing what you were doing! We should all consider taking a little "clear your head" break every now and then, even if just for a day or two! This is great also because it reminds us that there IS life outside of hubpages! Up+ and sharing!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for dropping in, and this writing site lends itself to many hours a day if we let it. So I am back with more discipline of my time...I hope.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Randi: You are so right....Clearing the head is important. I did enjoy doing different things and I am coming back with some time restraints. Thanks for share, votes etc.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Scores fluctuate and I can go months without writing much here. It is good to spend time doing what you want, and even writing on other sites too.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so right. I do write on another site where I get paid per article..Looking for some new ones...any good ideas?

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      Epus Gren 4 years ago from Philippines

      To keep that good balance, we need to taste the sweet vengeance of our hard work.

      Chill out with a cool refreshing drink dripping from a warm beach sea waves rushing smoothly.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Gotcha...Thanks for the good words and dropping ing.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Carol, Glad to see that you're writing again. I keep saying I'm going to take a break and it never seems to happen. One of these days. I think in order for me to take a break I need to go away somewhere warm for about a week.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds like a plan. I find when I am doing something successfully it is difficult to leave. I was at a point where I was feeling frustrated..but decided to come back and go for it. Thanks for dropping in as it is always so good to see you.

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Have you tried examiner.com? I also like my blogs, where I can post things in a more fluid manner than other places.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I wrote for Yahoo VOice for a while. It takes years to make any money ...also I know of a friend who did the Examiner thing for a while. I need to reinstate my blog..thanks for the response.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Nice to see you back and looking forward to some more reading. !

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      thank you Glimmer Twin Fan...Thanks for dropping in for a chat.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Carol, welcome back! I'm jealous of your vacation time *smile* . You, sure sound refreshed and energized. That's wonderful and thank you for allowing us to have a glimpse of what you did during your time away. That's actually inspiring--we all needed a good break.

      "Being creative is not a hobby, it's a way of life."--I read that somewhere and thought I'd share it with you; quite nurturing for our creative souls.

      Happy to see you back!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Nice to see you back Carol and I'm sure this temporary layoff from writhing has not only invigorated you but also given time to reflect on how to approach writing once again.

      Welcome back and sharing this hub!

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      Man from Modesto 4 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      I also took time off a few months ago, a plan to see what would happen to my Adsense revenue. I planned 10 days, but lasted just a week. Lost 40%.

      Recently, I moved to Europe from California. I've been busy here setting up my business. Dropped from 700+ views/day to between 120 and 190.

      Revenue averages 60 cents/day. Was hitting $1.50+ every day.

      And, this is what I learned: My Google views dropped only a little. My HP views dropped to almost nothing. Basically, a writer must contribute constantly to HP in order to be promoted by HP in sidebars. Makes sense for them: they want to encourage active writers. For me, I wanted to build a passive income- set it up and then let the income stream flow.

      Looks like it doesn't work that way. I am really disappointed with HP. I am concentrating on blogs and YouTube, which both have increased in revenue to more than offset the HP income.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      CrisSp: Thanks for supporting words. I did have fun and still will. I am spending a certain amount of time on Hub which will include writing and reading...but less. Thanks for dropping in as it is always good to see you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I did make some changes in how to approach Hub. I will still write and read but a little less time...and sometimes when other things are quiet more time. Thank you !

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for all this and I really appreciate your candor. And in life we have to do what works. Good luck with writing ...

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Carol, I hope that you can find a way to have the best of both worlds. You are certainly needed around here for the wonderful articles that you contribute and for the support you provide fledgling hubbers like me. But please don't neglect your painting -- it's good stuff.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you...I am happy to back but am budgeting my time a little more wisely..only one or maybe two hubs a week...and always the reading and commenting.. depending on time. Thanks so much for lovely compliments.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Carol, I love your honesty. It's important to know about the doldrums as well as the mountain peaks here on HubPages, and you've done a wonderful job reporting both extremes and all the seasons in between. I'm approaching this like the tortoise who went up against the sprinting rabbit...one slow, sometimes torturous step at a time...and eventually, God-willing, it pays off. In the meantime, I learned new things about you via this hub--for example, that you're a poker player. I'm retired from that social indulgence as I write this, but you know, the more I think about it, I can see us poker-playing hubbers getting together and talking (writer's) shop over a game of hold 'em or 7-card stud. : ) Aloha, and welcome back, Carol!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for all the great comments. Love the poker!!! We lived in Oregon for five years part time..Newport. Too bad we are not still there as there are many writers in the northwest. You need lots of patience writing here and have to set parameters for yourself ....Thanks again for dropping in.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Good to see you again, Carol. I am thinking about what to do after the New Year's. I am cutting back on HP writing, but am pursuing another career option and it may cause me to change my writing pace. Thanks for the advice, we do need to balance our personal life with writing.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Carol, welcome back hon! I have also taken time from HP (for me it was a few months). I have cut down my activities here due to balance, just as you explain. I am glad you wrote down your experiences as I know you will help others. Take care.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I hope whatever you are going to do is best for you. Keep me posted on what is transpiring. Sometimes it is difficult to keep writing and not feeling progress, Thanks as always for stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just announced it I guess..I really wanted support from others as I was not happy with results. I am going to give it my best for as long as I am here. Thanks for stopping in Christy!!1

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

      I am so glad you are back! No matter what we do in life, it is important to occasionally take time off to recharge our batteries and refresh our spirit. Sounds like you did just that. To avoid future burnout, I would suggest easing back into HubPages. Try not to get too consumed by statistics and push yourself too hard. Come up with great titles, write at your own pace and enjoy the experience! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much for your sage words. I know you are right. It is so easy to get caught up in things...especially since that is my personality.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Carol, I think we all need time away at some point. Hopefully you found the time away just what you needed. I have also struggled at times. Watching the views and earnings go up, and then down the toilet can be frustrating. But, I have to remind myself that this is a long term commitment and ti may take years. We are also at the mercy of Google and their changes seem to have a great impact on my personal results here. All I can do is continue to try and produce good quality work and try promote my hubs as best I can.

      Just know that you have a lot of support here and we look forward to reading your work.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Bill...Good friend and fellow hubber. I appreciate your words and advice a lot.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am glad you decided to continue writing on HubPages. I for one, have enjoyed your Hubs, the ones I have found the time to read. I have also enjoyed the interaction with you.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you so much ...how nice. I also...and when things get busy you have to take care of the most important things first... Thanks again.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Welcome back Carol. I too, took a vacation from hubpages. Well, it was only a week and a half, but I have missed our hubbers community. My score dropped from 92 down to 88 but I did not mind because I´m here in HP to enjoy writing. So, here we are again. Enjoying our hobbies.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stopping in. what has helped me..I set lower goals for how many hubs to write each week. Maximum two and always one. Gotta keep the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing and stopping by.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well Welcome Back! Glad you had some nice time off. I'm actually surprised your stats dropped off so bad. I decided to run a little experiment this last few weeks. I did 30 hubs in 30 days in November then decided I wasn't going to write anything else for at least 2 weeks to see how they do. i occassionally pop by and comment or reply to comments but I havent written any new hubs, and have only updated my earnings one, no others. And my hub score has actually stayed between 96 and 99, I've gained followers and my views have risen (so have my earnings) I don't know if it's purely a seasonal thing, but my search engine traffic is doing really well this last few weeks. Hope everything picks back up for you now that you are back with us. You are doing really well on here so I dont understand why you were feeling so frustrated, keep up the good work and we hope you stick around

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks and I am glad you are doing so well....I will stick around and evaluate again when the year is up. Thanks for dropping in...

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      Unique Hiram 4 years ago from Midwest

      Carol, I am glad that you are back because you such an encouraging person. Having the opportunity to participate in the 10 in 10 Hub Challenge with you was awesome for me because it made me forge forward with sharing more of my works (especially the poetry) publicly. I had been a little apprehensive at first but after getting connected with you on here, it made me want to keep pressing and sharing. At least we have you for another year so I will definitely be keeping in touch. Hugs and More Hugs! Unique

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Yes lets keep putting one foot in front of the other..and we will succeed. Continued good luck..and thank you so much.

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      Mellonyy 4 years ago

      Great hub Carol and please, never give up!

      Take care!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you for those very special words.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Carol, I think that taking a break from anything you spend lots of time on is good to clear the mind. One can become obsessed! The trouble with being a creative person is that even if you have the time, there are so many ideas and never enough time for it all. Glad to see that you are back!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Dolores. It is so true and I always have a gazillion things I want to do...like paint the house, write, paint, play the piano and sew...So that is why I get up very early in the morning. Thank you.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Carol

      Glad you are back. I kept checking back to see if you were really not writing. I know sometimes I say I am gong to take a break from something and then I change my mind.

      However I think that if you felt a need to back off a bit that it has been a good thing for you. Painintg is an area that I have always considered such a gift. To create from within an expression of something you love or something you have imagined is a powerful thing. So you did yourself a favor getting back in touch with something you obviously have a talent for and enjoy.

      I will be back....I can always find thoughts and ideas here that enlarge me in some way...

      Sending you Angels ....:) ps

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you and I always appreciate your support and wonderful comments. I will take those angels as I love their support also. Taking a break is always good..I did stay reading though and commenting.. Thanks for being a gret hubber friend.

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      Joan Whetzel 4 years ago from Katy, Texas

      I've been feeling a little burned out. I need to take some time off. Just to do some other interesting things that interest me and to recuperate from some stressful things that have occured in my family this year. Everyone's okay here, but it's taken a toll on my energy and creative spirit. Thanks for the reminder that it's okay to take a break.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You know Joan life is full of glitches..as I call them. We all have stressful times and I think it is important to be good to yourself and do somethings just for you. Stress is tough and we can do so many things to help that. Thanks for stopping by as It is always a pleasure to have you visit.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      What a stress-free monthlong vacation you have! I really need one, Ms. Carol. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      You are so very welcome.. thank you for dropping in.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Glad to see that you gave yourself a vacation from Hubpages. It gave you an overall better perspective.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      it really does. Thanks for dropping in.

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      Kay Comer 4 years ago from Metropolis, Illinois

      Carol...I don't know anything at all about the money making end of writing hubs...although I WANT to learn about that and not because I need to make money...but because I have been a stay at home wife, mom and homemaker for 46 years and I'd just love to show my family I can do more than bake a good batch of bread :-) But I'll tell you one thing about YOUR writing...it's obvious you write from the heart and I can almost feel your personality come through. I just read about your meeting the other hubber for lunch and I almost felt like I was setting at your table watching and listening to your excitement and your giggles and stories...Come to think of it...I'm so rushed myself today I think I forgot to COMMENT on that hub...but it was wonderful. I hope you don't get discouraged and stop because you have a natural talent and you can just tell...it flows with ease. I wish you lived in MY state (Illinois) so WE could do lunch...I'd love to get to know you personally...You hang in there girl...you have some fabulous hubs and your talent shines......thekatydid

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      well I am backwriting again... ANd how kind of you to stop by and take the time for such lovely comments. I am indeed flattered. I really appreciate this. You keep writing and the only person you have to prove anything to is you.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Carol , I too take off from time to time when i get bored of writing or anything. But it was real wonderful hub you posted. I never thought of anything about not coming here.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Thank you Indian Chief for the comments.

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