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HubPages The 365/365 Hub Challenge: I Did It How About You?

Updated on January 2, 2013

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK

I began on HubPages on January 6, 2012. I actually signed up on the 3rd and wrote my first Hub on the 6th, for those of you who are into exact details. I believe I wrote ten Hubs before a rare snowstorm hit the Pacific Northwest and we lost our power for seven days, at which time my Hub production went down the toilet.

Shortly after the restoration of our power, I saw a Hub that talked about the 30/30 Challenge; in other words, write thirty Hubs in thirty days. Well that seemed doable, since writing was my full-time job, so I decided to give it a go.

I finished that task and then looked around for more challenges. Finding none I decided to make my own challenge; thus was born the 365/365 Challenge. I decided in late January of last year that I would write 365 Hubs before my one year anniversary, and I am quite pleased to report that I have done exactly that.

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THE FACTS AND FIGURES

Here are the cold, hard numbers that I accumulated over the span of one year on HP:

· 365 Hubs

· 133,737 Views

· 1,231 Followers

· 29,646 Comments

· 1 Poem

· 364 Prose

· 1,300 Average Words Per Hub

WHY DID I DO IT?

Well, the easy answer is because I am a writer, and writers write! I love to write. I have a passion for writing. I also believe that the more you write the more you improve your craft, and since I had the time there was no possible excuse for me not writing.

Having read several Hubs about HubPages, I also knew that in order to make passive income, one had to have a body of work, and that work had to hang around the internet for a number of months, in order for one to make any money on HP. Since I had the time and desire, I decided to make my body of work as large as possible in one year.

It should also be noted that I love to challenge myself. I enjoy focusing on a goal, and I really enjoy meeting that goal. I get a feeling of accomplishment when I meet goals, so this particular goal was not as far out as one might think.

The only real difficulty that I had was in making sure that each and every Hub was of high quality; that it was worthy of publishing. My Hubs are a reflection of who I am, as a writer and as a human being, and as such I wanted them to meet my own high standards.

There are only two Hubs that I really am not proud of, and those were the first two that I wrote. Of course, I could go back and re-write those, but I prefer to keep them around as a reminder of sloppy work that is unacceptable.

THE QUESTION EVERYONE ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW

Did I make any money? Well yes, as a matter of fact, I did make money. I received my first payout after four months, and have received a steady passive income since, but nowhere near the kind of money some people on HP are making. Truthfully, the kind of money I make on HubPages in no way justifies the amount of time I spend on HP, and that can be best understood by looking at the types of Hubs that I write.

While it is suggested that writers on HP write “evergreen” Hubs, I have chosen, for the most part, to write social commentaries, or homespun ramblings about life. Believe me when I tell you that this is not a recipe for instant riches and fame.

On the other hand, this is the type of writing I prefer, and it is my voice at its best, and I choose not to change at this time. With each piece that I write I add to my portfolio, and hopefully, some day, someone out there will care enough about what I write that they will pay me decent money for it.

In the meantime, I am raising social awareness about topics that are important to me, and I refuse to compromise those standards just to make an extra $50 per month.

Do you think you would want to do the challenge?

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SO WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?

Well, I’m not leaving HubPages so you can set that concern aside. I do, however, need to spend more time promoting my work. For one year I have built my portfolio; now it is time to see if I can get someone interested in that portfolio. In other words, it is time for self-marketing.

I will keep writing on HubPages, and I will keep supporting my many friends, but I cannot spend as much time on that site as I did in 2012. It is time to shift my priorities a bit. In 2012 I spent 90% of my time writing and supporting others, and 10% of my time promoting my writing. Now I need to see if I can make that closer to a 50/50 split. Maybe instead of seven Hubs per week I’ll do three or four per week, and the rest of my time will be spent getting my work out there for more to see.

HubPages and writing are my comfort zones; promoting is not! Since I enjoy a challenge, I need to step out of my comfort zones and push myself to do that which I do not enjoy.

I also need to devote more time to promoting H.O.W., an organization/movement we began to promote making a difference in this world. It is important to me and I want to give it the time it deserves.

IS IT FOR YOU?

Can you do it? Do you want to do it? 365 articles in one calendar year requires a bit of doggedness, and also a bit of tunnel-vision. It is not for everyone! I know of one writer who I am quite certain has done this and that is Austinstar on HubPages. There is one other writer, Karen Hellier on HP, who is about to finish the challenge. I’m sure there are others but I am not aware of them.

How about you? Do you think you can meet the challenge?

I know for a fact that it has made me a better writer. Meeting this challenge has forced me to take my craft seriously, and for that I am grateful.

Now it is time for a new challenge, and I’m looking forward to that as well.

Thank you, all of you, for a great year on HubPages. I may not have made much money over my first year, but I more than made up for it in the friendships I gained, and those friendships will last a lifetime. What is the value of those friendships? Priceless!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome and a total congrats on taking part and accomplishing the 365/365 challenge for writing Hubs. I do understand your need for backing off a bit and trying to promote your work a bit now. Good for you and just only wish you only the best!! Have of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      You know, Bill, I really wanted to vote 'awesome' on this one, and in retrospect perhaps I should have. It's just that the old-school journalist in me cannot abide how atrociously miss-used, overused and abused the word 'awesome' has become in recent years. While this hub, like all your hubs that I've read to date, is extremely well crafted...well, that's about as high as I can rate it. Now, completing your own 365/365 challenge and launching the H.O.W. movement, THAT, my friend is AWESOME!

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      innerspin 4 years ago from uk

      Many congratulations on your achievement! Your hubs are always interesting and well written, very readable. Looking forward to hearing how you promote your work, and the results.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine, and for six months you have been right there, every single day, providing support. That is true loyalty and I greatly appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jim, thank you, and I completely understand and agree. The best thing I have done this year is start H.O.W.....that accomplishment I can see from a distance and smile at. :)

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      Congratulations Bill! You did it. Writing 365 hubs in a year is not for me. Life is getting in the way of my writing right now. I'm glad you're going to spend time on HubPages this year too, but you really need to start thinking more about yourself, Bill. Promoting H.O.W. sounds like a very good idea. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Innerspin, thank you very much. I'm looking forward to a bit of a change; my mind is stale and the ideas are floundering right now, and I think I need a bit of a break. :)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Good golly, I applaud you. 365 in 365 days is a rather lofty goal but you did it. You should feel very accomplished because you not only made the numbers but the quality was never compromised. Honestly, I don't know how you did it because I'm honest enough to tell you straight up that I couldn't do it. Maybe I'm just slow but I can't keep up with that kind of volume and associated comments.

      So, since I won't be setting a similar goal, I'll leave this comment to a congratulatory one. I have enjoyed all but one of your hubs and even that one was well written. The subject matter just did not interest me in spite of having banged up bumpers and a flat tire. :-)

      Congrats my friend. I wish you the best success this year with your new goals.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I agree, H.O.W. is much more important than any writing goals I may have. We will just see where things end up as I am not quite sure what direction I am heading in. My brain needs a rest and that is the first thing I will do. Thank you so much for your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, come on! Bumpers and tires??? What's not to love about that subject matter? LMAO....thank you my dear. I am now feeling the effects of writing so much. My brain has shut down and I need a break. I also need to get my priorities set and make some decisions. I have so much I want to do and accomplish that I find myself spinning my wheels. Sigh!

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      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Ok -- I'm in. I'm going to take the challenge. Since I just started today, I'll be sure to do 2 -- one for yesterday and one for today. I need some passive income! Thanks for the inspiration!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      365 in a year is impressive! I think I would be brain dead.The 30/30 killed me! Your goals sound great. Here's to a productive and successful 2013!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Bill congratulations on your year on HP. All the best, and here's to another great year of writing ahead for us all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ronna, hooray for you! Good luck with your goal; I look forward to watching your progress. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I am brain dead. LOL It hit me yesterday, when I finished the challenge...I am just tired. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michelle! I wish you the very best no matter what your goals are.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm blown away by your stats! No way could I do this. Good luck with promoting your writing. I imagine you'll have absolutely no problems especially with the vast range of things you written about here.

      Just keep writing here too. It's an inspiration to us all.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! I have been quite blessed by the number of people who were willing to help me, and the number of people like yourself who have stood by me. No worries, I'll still be around. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      you have challenged yourself to the limit and outsmarted it. This is something I will never able to do. Starting January, I have challenged myself to publish 12 hubs in a month,I hope I can do this.

      By the way, how could you write and publish everyday, and continue to read and comment on other hubber works?

      I wish you happy,prosperous, and peaceful 2013.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vinaya, and Happy New Year to you as well. To answer your question, I have a lot more time to devote to this than you do. This is what I do for ten hours each day. :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      365 in 365 is an insane amount of hubs. I know daily bloggers who would post a different outfit everyday for a year but this takes minutes to snap and photo, write a quick blurb on the items and publish - what you have done has taken hours everyday. You should try work out how many hours you have spent here, based on a daily average maybe. That would be a scary statistic! lol! Well done and best of luck for the next year.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow....I knew you were my hero! That is awesome. I am afraid that this is one challenge of yours I am going to decline :( I think it would be too stressful for me to write a hub a day but I truly admire you for tyou wherewithal and totally quality hubs and ideas! You are amazing! Happy New Year and heres to 365 days of acts of kindness, not necessarilly random!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Randi, and in truth it has taken its toll on me. My brain is fried and I'm not enjoying writing right now. I think I need a break. LOL I appreciate your support and I am with you every step of the way on the acts of kindness.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, thank you! I'm not sure I could tell you how many hours...I know I'm at the computer ten hours a day, and right now my brain feels every one of those hours. I'm glad this challenge is over; now I can concentrate on quality and actually finding some readers out there who would like to pay me. :)

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      Bill!

      YAY! Congratulations! I cannot imagine the dedication t took to put out that many quality Hubs! I'm struggling to get out two a week right now, so I'm afraid I can't take the challenge, but I might try a 30 in 30. Or a 10 Top Tens in 10. Or something.

      Happy New Year! :D

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, you do crack me up! Go for the 10/10 and work from there.

      Thank you for your support while I tackled this personal mountain. Greatly appreciated my funny friend.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, that is a great accomplishment!!!! Congratulations!!!

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      catmalone 4 years ago

      Congratulations on meeting your target. I know that took a lot of dedication and focus.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Stephanie; quite frankly I'm glad it is over with. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cat! I did take some dedication but I don't think I would do it again.

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      Kim Diaz 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Well, Bill...not sure if I could follow in your footsteps and go 365/365 but I will commit to writing quality hubs that attempt to create a betterment of life for all of us...especially our children. You are an inspiration,and I look up to your stick-to-it-tiveness! I will gladly be a part of the H.O.W. cause...Good Luck, and thank you for all of your shared wisdom.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Billy, great admiration as usual! I hadn't heard of your challenge, somehow it was never clear to me, and I am astonished! It just goes to show how SLOW I am at this! I can't even complete 8 hubs in a month! I would be very interested to learn how you intend to promote your work, there is always so much to learn! Happy New Year and all the best for 2013. I hope to continue to be in contact!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, there is no way I would suggest this for everyone. Quite frankly I'm a little burned out right now. I need a few days rest from writing and then I'll decide what to do next.....and I am so happy and appreciative that you are part of the H.O.W. movement...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joan, thank you as always! When I figure out how to promote my work I'll let you know. I'm moving into unknown territory now, so we'll see what happens. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I congratulate you and am very proud of you for all you have accomplished so far on HubPages. I don't mean just the articles, which are top-notch by the way; but the support you so freely give to the rest of us, and of course your H.O.W. project. You're an amazingly talented person! I look forward to reading about your next challenge--self promotion. Voted Way Up, of course!

      Pearl

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am so glad this was promoted on facebook because my hubpages email account is gone...I have another email address besides the main one but I am not sure of it yet. Also my new computer went kaput..so after more money outlay my husband is configuring. I know I am usually first in line with your hubs unless not home. Anyway..I know where you are coming from and there are many ways to write online for set payment I am sure you know all of the sites that offer positions. Anyway you are a really great writer with so much self expression. I do write for a site where I get paid but love HubPages also. We will all keep track of your writing and know whatever direction you will be successful. I hope others see this and know I cannot be my usual vigorous commenting mode.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      You are amazing! You can write from am to pm and not get tired and all of your writing is, well, wonderful.

      Thank you so much for everything you have done. You and Mark have done so much for other people.

      Thank you both for all you have done!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, that kind of praise embarrasses me.....so I will simply say thank you! I am torn which direction to head; I will still be here at HP, but I have a need to do more, and I'm not sure what that will be. :) I guess we'll all find out when it happens.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele my friend, that's what life is supposed to be all about, right? Helping each other...supporting each other....that's what floats my boat for sure. :) Thank you so much for your support and your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Carol, you are never late....thank you for your continued support. Tell you the truth I'm not sure which direction to go in next. I love HP and will stick around, but just not be as active as this past year. I need to see a little money coming in for my efforts and that certainly is not HP....and I doubt seriously if any other writing site pays that much better. No, I need to find the solution; I'm just clueless right now what that solution looks like.

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      Donna Kay Bryan 4 years ago

      Other people have said it; I have said it; I'll say it again. You are absolutely amazing, Bill. I admire you and everything that you stand for -- oops there goes one of those dog-gone dangling prepositions again! No matter how much or how little you are able to devote to writing on HP, I shall always look forward to reading your hubs for they delight and inspire. You are definitely a bright spot in my day.

      I wish you much luck and success in your endeavors!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Congratulations on a job well done! You are such an inspiration showing that anyone who puts their mind to it can do it. Goals are extremely important. As writers, we forget about promotion. Writers with agents don't have to worry about promotion - their agents do that for them. But, the majority of us don't have agents, so we have to do our own promotion. You have an extensive portfolio - one to be very proud of. Now, go out there and sell, sell, sell! I am confident you will find a buyer. Thank you for sharing your life with us. It's so good to know you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, thank you so much, and I even thank you for the dangling prepositions. LOL I'll be around; I just have to figure out how to write and sell at the same time. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I absolutely love HP and I'll still be around. I just have to find some balance and actually make a little money doing what I love to do. When I find out the secret to that goal I'll be a very satisfied and contented writer.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I so admire you for this Billy and think you are amazing to give it a go...there is no possible way that I could do it...well done!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Carter! I'm glad I did it but I won't be doing it again. :)

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, way to go Bill. That's a lotta hubs! There is no way I could do 365 Hubs in a year. I still work a full time job so my time here is limited. But, my goal was to get to 100 hubs in my first year and I am happy to report that I am at 101, with my one year anniversary date not until Feb 10th or so.

      Your numbers are impressive, but what is much more impressive is the message in your words. Keep them coming.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I wish I could write every day, but my reality is that I cannot. I will always do Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, which will celebrate one year in March. You have had a good year, with wonderful articles, and I commend you for that hard work. Rock on, Billy!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Congrats Bill! Sorry I haven't been around for several days (had the flu and I was down for the count). I would never consider the 365 day challenge, simply because I have a full-time job that pays my bills and I can't jeopardize that. So, although I love to write, I won't be able to be quite that prolific.

      Your stats are impressive, though. And I'm really happy to hear that are making a steady pay-out! I'm wishing you the best of luck with your self-marketing. We will expect some updates on this front! Happy 2013!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, I hope you are feeling better. What kind of job do you have?

      Well, I'm glad I did the challenge but I'm not doing it again. LOL Once is more than enough.

      Thank you my friend and I hope you are all over that flu.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, those damn jobs get in the way of writing, don't they? I wish you could write daily too because I enjoy your work.

      Rock on I shall; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, congratulations on your first 100. About 90% of what I know about Europe I learned from you, so you keep them coming as well.

      Thank you buddy!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...bill.

      This is a true writer and I applaud you for this remarkable achievement.

      I can't even dream of doing such a thing.

      Your hubs were not just for the sake of writing, but they were making a significant change to the readers and the society.

      You ought to be proud of yourself :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, I think you have accomplished so much in the short time you've been writing on HP. You should be paid well. We all can go out and buy a recipe book, but we can't buy your commitment to humanity. I wish you well in future endeavor's and look forward to more hubs from you..Cheers..

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Ditto with all the applause you are receiving. I don't think I could take your full challenge, but I will try to reach a tenth of that in my first year. My problem is that I like to "do" more than I like to "write" and thus I get distracted. Congrats again++

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Congrats Bill! You achieved Q + Q (quality AND quantity), not to mention all the supporting, helping and coaching you offered many others, not least me. My path still feels a bit unclear. I'm satisfied with the quality but not my quantity of my hubs. But you're a great model. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! It feels good to have done this. Now what do I do? LOL

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I love HP....but I also need to find a way to make a little bit more money from writing....I'll figure out a compromise sooner or later.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      farmloft, I hope you keep at it. You have the talent to be a very good writer if you keep working at your craft. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Louisa! It is a pleasure helping others on HP, and it has been a pleasure getting to know you these past couple months.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Sorry I cannot be more help.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Fantastic achievement, Bill, and big congrats to you. So Bill, now that you've conquered the 365/365 Challenge, what are you going to do now? (Please don't say you're going to Disneyland.) :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations and keep on writing. Your writings are valuable and offers insights into life and great advice. Wishing you all success in whatever you do. Great work!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, no reason for apologies; thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I'm going to relax a little and cut back on my schedule....my brain is fried. Thank you and believe it or not, I have never been to Disneyland. :) No reason to change that now!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur; I'll keep writing. That is what writers do, is it not? :)

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      WAW billy that's amazing ,what a task you had ,excellent feed back for your hubs so the 365 was worth it. I am happy you met your goal. Keep up the good work ;)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LadyFiddler, thank you and I will keep trying to entertain the troops as best I can. :)

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      Dr.Vangeepuram Navaneetham Satakopan 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Amazing feat. Congratulations on this achievement!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vnsatakopan, thank you Sir! I appreciate it greatly.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations Bill! 365 hubs in 365 days would be challenging enough, but you wrote 365 high quality, interesting hubs, which is simply amazing. Not only that, but you were somehow able to leave insightful and encouraging comments on so many other people's hubs and keep up with responding to all the comments left on your hubs. Most impressive!

      I wish you the best of luck in 2013 in reaching your new goals. I have no doubt that you will succeed in whatever you set your mind to!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much Kathy! I haven't quite figured out which direction to go in yet, but I have slowed up my writing for the time being. My mind needs a rest. :) I truly do appreciate you and your loyalty.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I commend you for your accomplishment! When I first joined HP I tried to post at least two hubs a week (I was unaware of quantity at the time). Now that I write for a living, I may post 2-5 hubs per month. That saddens me, but I at least try to keep up on supporting my HubFriends. I cannot meet this challenge of yours because, I too need to market myself. I'm starting to make a little more money freelancing, but am no where near what I need to make to justify having quit my well paying job in corporate America. 2013 is going to make me or break me. I choose the former.

      I'm still here and will post as I can. My HP family has become very dear to me; I'm not going anywhere for long! Know I'm here and that I'm here for all of the wonderful true friends I've made on this remarkable site!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, we do what we have to do! That's true for all of us, and I hope 2013 is your breakout year. I love HP and my friends; I may change my priorities a bit, but I'll never leave HP.

      Thank you dear lady,

      love,

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I'll never leave either; it's home!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congratulations. What a great inspiring story to start of my New Year here at Hubpages. Dare I ask how much money you've made? Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aurelio! I really don't make much at all; my writing does not translate well at HP!

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      agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

      Congratulations on your awesome achievements Bill and I must take that as a lesson for me to improve my productivity as well as the quality of my writings.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Congratulations Billybuc. I wish you every success - you richly deserve it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agusfanani, thank you very much. I feel good about it, but I'm glad it is finished so I can write at a more leisurely pace.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, thank you very much! Have a great weekend.

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      Casimiro 4 years ago

      I am truly in awe of such an undertaking and your success at it! Congratulations!! I think I speak for most hubbers here when I say we all look forward to your next self-challenge billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Casimiro, thank you! I'm not sure what that challenge will be; I'm kind of taking a mental break for a few days and trying to find a direction. :) I appreciate the following and the kind words. Happy New Year to you!

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for writing this self report, Bill. I had no idea that you hit the 'one a day' formula. I tried, and succeeded twice, with the 30/30, but it was difficult. Writing is not what I do full time, but if it were, as it will be when I finally reach retirement, I can easily see myself doing this.

      Your hubs are lengthy and of quality, as well, so this is an even bigger accomplishment. It's nice to read what your 2013 focus will be. Good for you in sharing this with the community. It helps bring a circle of support for anyone who does share their goals with another.

      Happy New Year, and may the force be with you!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I am impressed with your accomplishments but not surprised! Although I would consider joining you and taking up this challenge, I barely got through the 30/30 challenge. I was far too busy washing out my pants!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, I am a blessed man! I get to do what I love all day long with no boss setting rules to live by....pure freedom. I appreciate you stopping by twice this morning. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, we have to get you a good deal at some laundromat....bulk rates! :) Thanks dear one; I'll be sending the book this weekend hopefully.

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      Break of Dawn 4 years ago

      WOW! What a fantastic achievement. Congratulations, Bill! You should feel very proud over this accomplishment. I wish you the best of luck in reaching your new goals. You are truly an inspiration to us all, and I admire you so.

      Sannel

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sannel, coming from someone I admire so much, that is a wonderful compliment. Thank you my friend! You have honored me.

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      sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      What an accomplishment - take great pride in meeting your goal. The best part is seen not the quantity but the quality of your achievement. AAA

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sweethearts, thank you so much! Quality was very important to me and it's nice to have that appreciated.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      That is quite an accomplishment. I have done 30 in 30, and 60 in 60, but really don't have the desire to write as often as I once did, partially because I am also doing some other freelance writing that pays better. I also have too many responsibilities to write daily but I think it is terrific that you were able to keep the pace and even more importantly, you write interesting and informative hubs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela. I won't do it again, but I'm glad I did it. Now I have to concentrate on making money and getting published. :)

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub Billy and I know exactly where you are coming from.

      I also have other projects in tow which means I am going to have to compose my time a little better.

      As I stated in a former hub I have to continue my writing course;and who knows maybe I shall find another outlet through this curse which will lead to a little income coming in.

      I am not expecting big bucks but just a little .

      To stick at having more Ebooks published and also to promote the two Ebooks I have already published.

      I have so much writing material all around me and I have begun to edit each one before moulding them into many more Ebooks.

      Thank you Billy for this gem;having read those exact thoughts from you will inspire and push me forward even more.

      Like you also I have no intention of leaving HPs; on no never again; but would like it to balance at a 50/50 rather than the 75/25 at the moment.

      Have a wonderful day and lot of love from my little corner of Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Congrats on doing what few others have done! If I tried doing it, I would likely have to drop doing much else online for the year... I use Hubpages for a toll to enhance my other online business ventures... and if I make a bit of money with my hubs while I'm at it, I consider that a bonus :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy; it's always good to know others have the same thoughts. HP can be consuming, and I have put too many things on the back burner and allowed them to simmer but not cook. :) It is time to change that. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthwealthmusic, thank you, and I think many Hubbers do the same thing you do. I'm moving in that direction now that I have accomplished my goal.

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      Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Thanks! Being fairly new to Hubpages it was quite interesting to see you efforts of the past and future goals. I enjoyed the read!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Web! I'm pretty goal-oriented, and this was a big enough goal to keep me motivated. I'm glad I did it, but I'm fairly certain I won't do it again. :)

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      Saloca 4 years ago from Liverpool, UK

      Congratulations on 365/365! That's an impressive achievement! I'd love to do something like that but 30/30 was hard enough!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Saloca! I appreciate you following me and look forward to reading some of your work.

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      Katerina Kostaki 4 years ago from Athens-Greece

      Well I am a beginner on HubPages ,but feel happy to read your hub .Very interesting and encouraging...love it!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Academylight, and welcome to HubPages.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Congratulations, Bill.

      But I am bit lazy about completing targets, so I do not think that I can do it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jainismus, most people choose not to do this, and I can certainly understand why. :) Thank you!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, got here eventually - I've been AWOL! You inspire us all and I'm delighted you did 365 in 365. As for the money - you can't get rich here but the community spirit makes up for the lack of spondoolicks! Like you, I currently spend far too much time on HP and am currently making a huge $0.18 cents a day so I fear that my time here will be getting shorter unless I get brilliant at SEO and/or hit lucky and write something the universe wants to read :o) Your hubs are always interesting to read....and that is the secret! I'm sorry you'll be here less but I still look forward to reading whatever you write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Julie, you did disappear for awhile. Even I noticed and I'm not the most aware human being sometimes. I hope the break helped you. I have not cut back like I said I was going to in this hub, but the time is coming. There are so many other things I want to do and I just don't have the time to spend on hubs that make me no money. On the other hand, HP forces me to write and that's never a bad thing.

      Anyway, thank you for the visit.

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      Jessica 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Hi billybuc. Great hub! However, I thought you'd like to know I found this Hub copied and published in full here: http://www.financeforpeoples.com/hubpages-the-3653...

      This site has stolen at least 2 of my hubs and I recognized one of yours as well!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Jezebellamina....these people drive me crazy. It is beyond me what kind of loser would do this sort of thing, but it goes on constantly. Thank you for the heads up.

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      Jessica 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      I know...this infuriates me. It's not my first time either but I was hoping that due to the scope of the violation that Hubpages might be able to help us out. Apparently that's not the case. Seems we are on our own!

      If you'd like to jump in on the forum we're chatting about it here: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/111219

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jezebllamina! I'm not big on forums but I'll stop by and take a look.

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      sprickita 3 years ago from Reno

      Holy 365 yikes but awesome ... sure 365 1 a day but here is the catch yours are stellar HIGH 5. u continue to inspire ty

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      sprickita, thank you very much. I try to give quality and it is nice to have that recognized.

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      Becky 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great job! Enjoyed hearing your story. Your an inspiration to others. Thanks . Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Becky! If I am an inspiration then I am a happy writer.

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      This is a beautiful article about being a writer. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments as a writer! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Social thoughts...I appreciate you stopping by.

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