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Our Fellow Hubbers: Ships That Pass in the Night.

Updated on April 21, 2012

That may be his year's earnings!

Hub pages won't make you rich, but it has other rewards just as important
Hub pages won't make you rich, but it has other rewards just as important

Hubpages: a Web of Respect and Information

Most of us who have been around on Hub pages for a while - say, over two years - find we have a circle of fellow writers who we enjoy reading regularly, and appear to feel the same about us. This, plus all the satellites zinging around: hubbers who find us by accident, or while looking for a particular subject, or Internet browsers who find their way to our webpage via an article on this or that.

Then we have those who rapidly become “ships in the night,” who ask to follow us or have us follow them; who write and article or two and surely disappear for a multitude of reasons, Some would have found writing wasn’t for them, or that HP wasn’t the vehicle in which they would pin their rising star. Others may have been disillusioned when they read all the comments about how little money people made. Even more never intended to become regular contributors, (like my friend, Susan L., who wrote one hub 2 years ago about Cyprus and how people were being defrauded over there. (The TRNC). She needs to be spoken to about an update, because there have been many interesting developments since then).

The reason for this this article today is because diogenes decided to visit the list of hubbers who are - or once were - following him, and the ones he follows.

This proved a revelation and you might enjoy doing the same with your coterie.

So many names I would have thought were with us last week haven’t contributed for a year or more, and many more for several months! Their avatars jumped from the page. What has happened in their lives: some who were contributing regularly; others who had only published a few articles? So many of them were attractive females, which says something about Diogenes, (solitary old crab).

Time, indeed, flies by, especially, perhaps, for writers and all artists who become absorbed in other’s works as well as resourcing and creating their own. I know that time is malleable and there is “one time” when I am waiting for the anesthetic to take hold before my root-canal work, and “entirely another” when I am in full-flood putting words to paper. Or, indeed, when I am reading the latest Robert Crais or Lee Burke novel, savoring each word and trying to read slower and make it last. Rarely does television command the same concentration, the type that accelerates time.

There are a few - a very few - hubbers who no longer contribute but still comment on my hubs. They are surely the true lovers of words, not because my work has anything magisterial about it, but because their interest in these humble yet well-meant efforts didn’t flag when the ego-salve of publishing their own work ceased for a time.

It would be nice to contemplate that this contributor, too, would return to the well-spring of effort and creativity by others, even after his own contribution fades…

So very many new hubbers have proven to be a disappointment, a flash in the pan. I will not follow anyone with less than 20 hubs now. My hotmail/HP set up to notify me of every comment on hubs I have commented on, and on every new hub from my followers, or followed. It means that up to 150 emails greet me in the morning and many more during the day, especially in the evening and night in the UK when the US contributors come on line. (They are 5 to 7 hours behind depending on the time zone in that huge continent).

It’s a lot of messing around for something that pays nothing but rewards in some personal satisfaction and I am sure many do the same.

You hubbers own me! You can reduce me to happy tears (Yes, Sunnie!), or awe in the case of some hubbers who put so much work into their articles. (Too many to name). I truly marvel at the knowledge contributors bring to this site. I can see HP being as big as Wikipedia one day, there is just so much information free for the surfer.

We have so many really good poets! Mainly free verse, but with excellent imagery that really gets me thinking. In fact, as a published poet, I am gratified to seeing the muse make such a comeback as individuals try to make sense of their universe and tell us in complex ways. We do live in a very confusing time as science tries to understand a universe where time has little meaning and where all appears to be a mere manifestation of energy, which we might even create ourselves!

If any hairy male doubts the intelligence of women he should join hub pages and read the screeds of useful information and inspiring entertainment provided by the distaff set. Not to mention philosophy, family values and really great verse.

We are a special group on this site. We avoid the inanity of Facebook and the gossipy chit-chat of Twitter. Although I do notice a certain leaning towards attractive profile pictures, we are not a dating site (damn it!). Nearly all are strangers and will remain so, separated by the several gulfs of distance, age, lifestyle and culture.

The one great common denominator is the great English language, now used by about 50% of the world’s population - on their laptops if nowhere else. With this huge communication tool we can laugh at a joke posted by an African or Indian, be driven to tears by the pathos of a granny down in Georgia, or inspired by the poetry of a young housewife in Edinburgh. We understand how political thought and economical problems are often the same everywhere. We have hubbers from dozens of disparate nations and I am sure Hubpages does its bit to ease racial tensions - if only we could do more.

Well. Diogenes is 73 today! Yes, what an awful thought. But nice to know I’m not the only graybeard on this site.

May the sun smile on all my friends today!

 


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      diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi darlin' No, still only 74! I am sad you are hovering around the breadline still. I thought all Texans were richey riches (joke of course). But at least they won't let us starve in the "First World." I'd offer my humble barrel to ya, but wouldn't wish this climate on a dog.

      I do wish we might meet one day though....

      xoox

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Well, Happy 73rd Bobby! Or is it 75th by now? Anyone who can manage so long in this world should certainly receive accolades for his/her trouble.

      Even more writers have left HP now, if only temporarily, and they ignore all that they have built up. Some come back for the occasional visit, but many are simply not here.

      No, finances have never improved since I last commented here nearly 2 years ago.

      Interesting read. xox

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Randy. Thanks for that, but I wish all the woes were just cosmetic!

      Bob

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yo Bob! Just because there's snow on the mountaintop..........!

      SSSSS

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Coincidence!, Paradise 7, I was looking at comments on this hub and you popped up!

      Thanks for visit and good wishes

      Bob

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      Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hapy Birthday! I'm afraid I'm one of those who have periods of "fade" from HubPages. I come back, though, I'm on my way back. I've had and still have some very scary health issues.

      I like your writing so much! You've just expressed in this article what I've often thought. Where have some of those people gone? Also, there are some times when I could use a little more reciprocity! I'm sure we've all felt that way.

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      diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi my dear friend, Vocal Coach. I can't recall the "ho-hum" incident. I was probably depressed at the time and trying to make another miserable, too! This hub got so many comments. (Mine)

      Please forgive the snide remark, words can hurt, as I said in an article...You of all writers didn't deserve it, and i wouldn't be qualified to admonish you anyway.

      Kiss kiss?

      Bob xx

      PS How far under the gray beard? hee hee naughty!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well, I happen to love gray beards (and what's under them.) And I'm about 6 months late in wishing you "Happy Birthday."

      You have an impressive following and I would have been back sooner to read your magnificent words but I've been "pouting" ever since you started a comment to me with "ho-hum."

      So I have a question and if you give me an answer that puts a smile on my face, I can move on. It's high time I "get over it."

      Did I interpret your "ho-hum" incorrectly? (which is, " bored with yet one more self-help hub.") Still you were kind enough to leave a comment and I love you for that :)

      Ah, gee...the pisces in me is showing its pathetic sensitive face. Sorry.

      You are my idea of the perfect writer. (back-pedaling.) Just consider the source - I am woman, here me roar! Are we still friends?

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Trish...we seem to be spending the morning in each other's laptops. Thanks for nice comment, much breezier than my rather churlish comments at times.

      You were up late last night!

      Bob

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Bob :)

      Great thoughts!

      I think that the Internet is amazing. As you say, we can communicate with all sorts of people, all across the globe, in the twinkling of an eye.

      No more 6 weeks there and 6 weeks back, in order to have a conversation with an Australian.

      No more 'press button B', just to have a conversation within England.

      It's brilliant ~ and Hub Pages is part of it. It gives us many opportunities, not just to write and to read ~ but to really communicate.

      I hope that you had a great birthday! :)

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks Bobbi. You know, for me, I don't know why so many stay on this site when they could be doing much more worth while things to make a buck. Christ, you'd make more selling your blood!

      I do it because it is all I have done for 20 years...but I got 10 cents per word back then!

      Now, I'm lucky to see ten cents per article.

      But, hey, Bobbsie, it;s crap or get off the pot like so much else.

      Always nice to see ya

      Bob

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      BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

      OK I'm one who is still waiting for that big paycheck from HP articles I've written. Guess it looks like a long wait. 'Ships in the night' so true. Then there are those of us (that would be me) who go off to write other things and then come crashing back like a bad penny. Great article. I enjoyed this hub.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi SW: Likewise, I think I am still following as I get notified and comment regularly on your articles.

      Bob

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Bob and thank you for continuing to be loyal to your writing. I can always count on you for your frank and but fair appraisals and your ability to to always bring a smile to my face.

      I apologise for not visiting more often but will rectify that now. I also notice that I haven't been receiving notifications of your publications and on investigation found that I no longer am following you. I have rectified that too and don't know how that happened. You have a great day and here's to your good health and happiness.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Prarieprincess. So kind of you to write such a warm comment. Not much money to be made on here, but a wealth of genuine interest which has its own reward.

      Bob

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Diogenes, what a lovely tribute to the Hubpages community. Yes, there are people that I remember that suddenly I don't see anymore and I miss them. I myself left for three months because it seemed I had been sandboxed, but I am happy to be back. What a great group of people and I completely agree that this site has an absolute wealth of knowledge and wisdom.

      I loved this hub for your writing style and the truth you bring out. Well done! And a belated Happy Birthday to you!

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      diogenes Well well Happy B Lated birthday kind sir. I really enjoyed your hub. Ships in the night so true. Make new friends keep the old one is silver and the other one gold. Seasons come and go! We can truly plan one thing and another comes to pass. No guarantees in life except Gods word.

      I have met some awesome friends and after pro active for months, poof gone. I have emailed a few to check in and say hello. Hubs is an awesome community for many reasons. It is by my little Ole vote the best writing community around. God Bless you brother. I joined your rank of fans. Voted linked out too. Hugs Galore

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

      Very nice hub! Happy birthday! :) I will read more of your work soon. I found this to be so true when it comes to why we as writers have to fill the need to write! Wishing you much good health and happiness~ :) voted up and shared on twitter! :)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Happy belated birthday! Even in my short time here, I have seen people come and go on this site. Some packed their bags and left, taking their hubs with them, while others just walked away and left the hubs for us to continue to enjoy. I've written more than your minimum number of hubs and plan to stay a while.

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      Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Sorry I missed your birthday a week ago! A wonderful hub this - as you say, ships that pass in the night - but the bright porthole lights of diogenes/Bob have always been here there and everywhere, and difficult to miss. You're a good and great ship, Bob!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Belated Happy Birthday Bob. I check through the people I follow ever so often and unfollow those that have not done anything for awhile. There do seem to be new comers come on here and they write good hubs better than I can do and than suddenly their gone.

      Voted Up ....

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      The main reason writers go, Kathleen, is the workman is not reimbursed for his hire in nearly every case.

      There's no free lunch, and my experience with management is they get what they can at the lowest buck.

      HP, if taken for what it is, is a fun way to publish your thoughts and meet a bunch of great people...but It'll never pay the rent

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      OK Jama, now I get it. I mean, a good writer making a good salary could turn out 3 decent articles per day. I regularly did two for two newspapers a few years back that were acceptable. But for a couple of thousand "hobbyists" beginning writers to try and do that...well, it's just madness to encourage it and sheer greed on HP's part.

      I'm glad the mania passed me by.

      Bob

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've only been here for the last year, but I'm not so amazed by how many writers are gone, as how many I haven't found yet! Great writers, like you said, I just stumble upon out of dumb luck! That may be HP's charm and what keeps me coming back. Hope not to pass you in the night!

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bob, the 100/30 was the idea of (now-ex) HP staffer Ryan Hupfer in conjunction with that year's "30 hubs in 30 days" challenge. Instead of 30, he decided to write 100 hubs in that 30 days, and challenged the rest of Hubland to do so, too. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to do the math and know that meant cranking out 3+ "quality" hubs a day.

      And therein was the rub. Not only was HP flooded with TONS of sub-standard, low-quality hubs, but with so many hubbers in the 30/30 or 100/30 (and promoting ONLY one another's hubs), hubbers who didn't participate saw a HUGE drop in views, comments AND earnings for that month. The result was a mass exodus of most of what were at the time HP's best hubbers and their hubs to other venues. "Ever green" hubs that had been steady money-makers for HP. In HP's mind, no big deal, they had thousands of new hubs to replace the lost revenue.

      Except, of course, most of those those new hubs were crap and weren't generating much revenue, plus HP's standing with Google dropped significantly. So HP basically shot itself in the foot and, despite hype to the contrary, is only now recovering.

      Are you happy now? lol! ;D

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi JamaGenee. I had big ideas about doing a quick 300 hubs or so, headibng back to Mexico and living on the income! That dream soon died. I don't know what the 100/30 fiasco is. I won't be happy until I find out now.

      We really "know" so few contributors compared to the total of people on HP. I'll take a look at you, too.

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks am30

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Bob, what a lovely, though-provoking hub!

      I'm one of those who's been around for awhile (4 years yesterday) but took a semi-vacation from HP and concentrated on my blog for 6 or 7 months after the 100/30 fiasco 2 years ago. (You must've come on board just before that. ???) So many long-timers jumped ship for good because of the 100/30 that I hardly knew anybody when I became active again.

      Thanks for the suggestion to check my own list of followers and followees to see how many "old timers" are still here. I'm guessing not many. The good news is I found many new hubbers who wrote just as well (or better) and were just as interesting and fun to hang out with. For some reason, I thought you were one of them. Can't believe I've overlooked you all this time.

      I hope you won't be offended that I've been here twice as long as you but have only written a fraction of the hubs you have. I get so involved reading and commenting on the hubs of others that I rarely get around to writing new ones of my own. ;D

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      am301986 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Interesting article. Thanks for sharing!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi RH: It almost gets overwhelming. I will be glad to get a break when i go to Mexico later this year.

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hola Randy. Thanks for the visit and kind words

      Hasta luego

      Bob

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey Bob -

      I loved the way you wrote this. I agree too. I have seen people I interact with regularly kind of stop writing for periods - I have seen a couple come back eventually too. I am always amazed at how far behind I can get in reading everything. I find myself following the same people too though - I wish I had so much more time!

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      Randy McLaughlin 5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      I love your observations paragraph about malleable time. Writing Hubs is frequently in that later category for me and I suppose those that fall off in their contributions may find themselves in the the former state. ¡Feliz cumpleaños from Costa Rica!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Tahnks so much

      Shyron

      WOL

      and Stars

      Bob

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Happy birthday Bob. Thank you for sharing certain truths , and thoughts in your writing. We can always find something to talk about, or write about. Self expression can be a good thing for many. God Bless You .

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      Happy birthday Bob. May there be many more; and many more Hubs as well. You are a gifted and talented writer whose work continues to inspire me, (and I'm certain, many other Hubbers), to aim high.

      Write on.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 years ago from Texas

      Happy Birthday Bob, Well written hub, enjoyed reading it. With so many great hubbers, I find myself reading more than writting.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Strictly, my little Aussie cuddlebun. I lived over there for some years (twice) and Aussie women are world beaters!

      Bob

      (Look at Kylie and ONJ...'Neutron Bomb!)

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Tilly. They say men think about sex every ten minutes and women, three times an hour. Diogenes stops thinking about it three times a year!

      Bob

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      Bob I just have to say, Haha. Too Moonfroth, Maybe he does make some female writers here at Hubpages all a-flutter... But that's the cool thing about him :)

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You've made Freud very happy as you chose to write this hub on your birthday of all days. What no party? No parade? I would think at least your town would honor you! While sex may not trump all in your mind, we all know it ranks among the top ten for sure. Hope you had a wonderful day and it follows you everywhere!

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      @stricklydating--See! See! I told you: watch this guy!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      'Stricktly.

      Lovely comment, thanks.

      You're 25? My absolute favorite age!

      Bob xox

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks for all the comments guys. I wish I hadn't written this, apparently, my Freudian slip(s) are showing' Who says sex trumps all in my mind!? How very dare you! I am watching the London marathon at present...a purely athletic pastime! (don't you just love these sweaty short-shorts on the ladies!)

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Moonfroth...Isn't that behind what any of us do?

      Unless the gonads are withered.

      Bob

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      @stricklydating. You are of course aware that Diogenes of ancient story quests through the Ages, lamp held bravely before him, searching for an honest man. Legend has it that he's still out there. Now Bob clothes himself in this pure and caring symbol of sincerity, and writes all these moving, thoughtful, intelligent Hubs for the sole purpose of making readers like you all a-flutter, because Bob's sole purpose in all of this is to pick up girls. Oh, it took me a while to get onto him, but now that I've got him figured out I'm only too pleased to pass this WARNING on to you.

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      StricktlyDating 5 years ago from Australia

      Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Bob! This Hub gave me the warm fuzzies! So lovely of you to write this, because you're someone whose comments on my Hubs have always been appreciated over the past two years. And, despite the age gap between us I would never have guessed your age to be much older than my 25 years, because, even though you are a wealth of knowledge you seem so young at heart! I always enjoy how you take the time to comment and share your opinion and I love reading your work. Hope you will continue writing here so your loyal followers can keep in touch with you! Best wishes for the happiest Birthday xo

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Now Bob--picking up Christopher's mild complaint--what about some brilliant newcomer that joins Hub TODAY--will you deny him/her your attention until they've written 19 more Hubs? Come, come--how about newcomers that write BRILLIANT Hubs? Surely they should get your immediate attention. Christopher and I will be the completely balanced and unbiased judges of "Brilliance". For a modest fee, of course. Payable in advance. Our contract will arrive soon for your signature.

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      Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Happy Birthday Bob, from one of those lovers of words who continues to read and comment although my contributions have temporarily waned. It saddens me some that I must expect no views or comments from you until I publish at least two more hubs...until then to be beneath your notice. Such a curmudgeonly arbitrary quota, but, at 73 you've earned the right!

      Be well. Write On!

      CP

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      Randy Godwin 5 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Glad to talk to someone on HP older than myself, Bob! You've got a decade on me and I congratulate you on making it! I always appreciate your comments on my hubs and welcome your input on my fiction tales. I'm sorta burned out on the business aspect of this place as it seems to have taken a turn I do not look forward to.

      But happy Birthday to you, Bob! The old dudes and dudettes here are my favorites among both Hubbers, and writers. Unfortunately, the two aren't necessarily one and the same!LOL!

      Randy SSSSS

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      HI scribenet. I just wonder what they are up to...nosy!

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi au fait Thanks for birthday wishes, I didn't do much, but the Queen was kind enough to invite me for tea...

      I hope finances imporove, remember, you have friends

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Steph. It's so hard to cover all the bases on here, I just do the best I can

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Moon and Cathylynne.

      Thanks for visit and kind words.

      Cathylyne, you're a medico and can't think of stuff to write?

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Thanks LA Thing: I rarely use my title Ha!

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi Angie. It sure sneaks up on a bloke I'll tell you that! Thanks for kind words

      Bob

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy Birthday!

      Great Hub on thinking about those that have gone on to greener pastures from HubPages. I have quite a few that haven't been around for awhile on my "follow" list as well. I should clean it up, but I keep hoping they come back! :)

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Welcome phdast: Yes, it's nearly three now...

      Bob

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      You're the number one yarn spinner, Will. I think we all know that.

      Bob

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Happy 73rd Birthday, Bob (I'm right behind you!), and I hope that I'm included in your circle of friends!

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Happy Birthday Diogenes! Seventy-three, sound of mind, sharp with words...that is an accomplishment. Not quite sure how I have missed your workup until now. But I want to read the work of anyone who has lasted two years.

      I have been on HP for six months, I publish Hubs slowly and steadily (can't slight the day job which pays the bills) and currently have 38 hubs (over your minimum limit of 20). If you should manage to find a few moments to peruse my work I would be deeply appreciative. And if not, I will be reading some of yours anyway.

      By the way I am looking forward to 73. It is not so very far off. :) Blessings. Theresa

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      Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Hippo Bathday, Bob! Gordon Bennett, who would have thought you were 73!

      This is a lovely, thoughtful and thought-provoking hub for your birthday and it did what it was meant to do ... set me thinking.

      Thanks, m'dear ...

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Dear SIR Bob Challen de Marcer, WHAT A MIRACLE .... You have awaken your sleepy followers!! lol

      I am back because I wanted to share it with everyone that I know.... Great day, Sir Bob! :)

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      cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

      happy b-day,

      i'm one of those whose writing has trailed off. i just don't have any new ideas to write about. i occasionally update an old hub.

      thank goodness for writers like you who just keep putting out good stuff.

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      Clark Cook 5 years ago from Rural BC (Canada) & N of Puerto Vallarta (Mexico)

      Happy Birthday you old fart! Loved this Hub. Rushed right now. MUCH more to say a little later!

      Luv 'n Cusses

      C.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Happy Birthday, Bob!

      I have so little time because I work during the week and only just barely manage to pay the bills even then -- and I don't have many bills. I try to always comment on a hub by people who comment on mine. Most of my traffic seems to come from Google.

      Hope today is going to be your best birthday ever! xx

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Happy Birthday, Bob!

      Followers and following others has been on my mind lately, and I enjoyed reading your take on it. Each day I try to read at least a few hubs of those I follow, but it is so easy to become distracted! I always enjoy seeing familiar names in the comments on my hubs, but I know that people don't always have time to read everything they'd like.

      Unlike you, I don't seem to be organized at all in who or when I read. (my bad!) Thanks for a thought provoking hub! And, also, thanks for all of your witty and thought provoking comments on my hubs!

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hello All: I have read every one of your golden words: I thank you so much for your birthday wishes.

      Robert Challen de Mercer xoxoxo

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      Hubert Williams 5 years ago

      A very Happy Birthday. Hopefuly you will have as many more birthdays as you have daily emails. I was one who started and stopped for awhile. I had a fair following, you among them. I started about the same time as Cardisa. I had accumulated several accolades. I threw it all away over a disagreement. My loss ot HP's. I have been back only a few weeks now and have no intentions of leaving again of my own volition.

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      Jeremy Wade 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Happy birth day. I came across your article on accident and I really enjoyed it. While I'm not much of a writer and I doubt I'll ever reach your twenty hub limit I've enjoyed the community. I'm very much against the facebook and twiter both. I think they cause more problems than almost anything out there. Thank you for the hub and I'll have to check out your poems sometime I'm sure their great.

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      Sonya L Morley 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      You may be 73 today, but I don't see your contribution here fading any time soon! Great article, makes me wonder about my own dedication to writing. You know how to use words, so that it is a pleasure to read them.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Happy Birthday young man! I enjoyed this hub but like you, I am inundated with emails and I do try to look in on those I follow as often as I can but I probably not as much as I would like.

      I didn't come to HP for money (just as well!) but I have really enjoyed being here these last 7 months - will I keep it up? Time will tell, depends what other bits of life crop up to take me off to do other things. Voted up and eating a piece of imaginary, virtual, shared birthday cake :o)

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      Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Happy birthday, Sir. Wish you a very beautiful birthday. I love HubPages. So even it is rare for me to be able to hang out here, I surely always come back and read or write. So I hope I am not one of the flash.

      I am agree with LaThing, this one is interesting. Vote up.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      May the sun shine on you too, today! Well, I hope that English weather is holding up.... :)

      Very interesting article. I hope I will not be one of those passing ships, I am trying to put my anchor down!. Having too much fun here ;)

      Voting up....