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The Importance of Following Hubbers...For the Newbies

Updated on August 07, 2011
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Late to the Party...

Damn. I was already arriving late to the (maybe) biggest party of my life but that wasn’t my primary worry. My biggest concern was that I didn’t have an invitation to the event or any idea about what the dress code might entail. After driving for, what seemed years, I succeeded in finding the address. The driveway was filled to capacity with the street clogged by every form of conveyance imaginable. I puttered my red, washed-out, beat-up, 1968 MGB roadster down the street looking in vain for a likely parking spot.

More time lost. Thinking that it was perhaps a sign, I resolved to follow my one working headlight out of the neighborhood and go home. Due to tire issues (four left turns were often necessary over…say…one right turn), I made the first left I could find which turned out to be an alley.

To the right side, about 30 feet up, was the perfect parking spot for my vintage British automobile, which, along with an old PC represented the bulk of my estate. Noting my hesitation, resolve began looking about in panic for an escape route (preferably towards the left) as my car began coughing in contempt at my cowardice. My car always coughs in contempt at my cowardice when that one exhaust hose comes loose. Damn. Cranking the steering wheel to the right, the left front tire shrieking in agony, I pulled alongside a dumpster as the hose finished popping and the engine cut out. I briefly worried about the car’s safety in the alley before noticing how much nicer the paint on the dumpster was than my car.

“Well, I’m here and I found a parking spot so I might as well check out the party.” I bravely announced to the dumpster. The plan was to kind of hang back…see what’s up…scope out the scene...

Walking up to the house, I rechecked the address in my hand…Hubpages.com.

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Enormous Party...

Once through the door, my shoulders relaxed as my credentials went unchallenged and the expected cover charge failed to materialize. I wandered about the rooms: poked my head into enchanting stories, peered at perfect prose, marveled at the people’s consistent use of ALL the comma rules…EVERY time! Fancy, that?.

Occasionally, hubs bearing such imposing titles as SEO, SERPS, Links, Hyperlinks, and other technical monikers would lumber, importantly, out of rooms towards me and I would quickly beat a hasty retreat into the nearest bathroom. In my mind’s ear I could hear my car mocking me.

No! If I want to do this right…if I want to make an impact, well...being a wall flower (crouched in a metaphoric bathroom stall, no less), is probably not the best way to do it. I flushed, washed my hands, and proudly walked out of the bathroom, trailing, unbeknownst to me, thirteen-inches of damp toilet paper from my shoe. Would this prove to be the extent of MY following?

The Advantages of Following...

After 12-days of haunting the halls of Hub-Ville, I feel a burning desire to return something back to the community. Therefore; here are some, hopefully, helpful thoughts for the newbies---those who have just found their own parking spaces.

The four advantages of following other Hubbers, according to ThoughtSandwiches...in no particular order except (perhaps) numerical:

1) People who follow...typically don't get lost... Unless they are following me...

2) Pressing the “Follow Button” is the equivalent of making eye contact across a crowded room. A smile is shared, the distance is closed and soon you are having a conversation with a new friend who wants the same things as you…success on Hub pages.

3) Hubbers who interest you are, invariably, following others and serve as an introduction to talent and resources you might otherwise miss in your meanderings about this incredibly diverse site;

4) After following some, and being followed by others, after commenting to your new friends, and having your queries addressed, you will notice that you are not only a part of the party but, also, a contributing member to it!


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Final Questions...

So I have two questions for those new Hubbers who have yet to follow the concept of following:

1) What are you waiting for?

And...

2) You didn’t block in a red MGB when you parked did you?

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    • tarrka1089 profile image

      tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very witty and well done! Too bad they don't have a "witty" category! Voted "interesting"

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks tarrka! I'm trying to play around with "voice" ...My actual voice used on somewhat serious topics without, you know, sounding too serious. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This was a very clever way of talking about following. Following is a necessity to hubpages. It is what every writer desires. They need this for exposure, yet to follow and to comment are to different things. I know you can have 100 followers, but if 10 are the only ones that comment, those mean so much more.

      BTW - this hub was tweeted by Hottest Hubs on Twitter. Congratulations!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Barbergirl...Thank you for your kind words! I had no idea being tweeted by Hottest Hubs on Twitter was even an option!?!? I also thank who ever did that!

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      tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

      I'm not sure how it is tweeted by Hottest Hubs either (Teddy's article on Aging Pets) made it the other day. It is nice for sure, and congrats to you as well for your tweet by HH!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks tarrka! I guess I'll just keep writing other stuff and see what happens? No...really...It's just an honor to me nominated... :)

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      It just goes to show... good writing will get recognized. I don't read everything but this one definately caught my eye... and I am glad it did. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

      Oh yeah, and I don't know who is the mastermind behind the Hottest Hubs Twitter account. But congratulations on being selected.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      There is a lot to read on here, huh? I'm glad it was able to catch your eye and then kept in on the page. 8 )

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      SammySammo 5 years ago from Boston, MA

      Not guilty!!! Good hub--gonna follow you now. That's what you want right? If not, too bad. You have a new friend whether you like it or not =).

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow this was great! I like your writing style.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Sammy: I think FDR said it best...the worst part of leading is looking back to see that nobody is following you." I like new friends and am glad you are one of them!

      Susan: Thank you very much!

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Fabulous hub. Thank you for sharing and welcome to Hubpages, glad to have you here!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks Apple...It is great being here! Very nice to meet you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Funny, useful, and voted up! Your metaphor is great. I enjoyed reading it. And it's so true!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I don't Tweet, but I am following you. I am still learning how to text. I'm glad you've joined the party and plan to stay because my dirty white Ranger is blocking your MG.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Victoria: Thanks!

      Arlene: I successfully text'd my first message about six months ago. I still feel the pride from my success although my friends are/were underwhelmed. I'll come find you when I have to move my car.

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      Kimberly D King 5 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Great hub!! Nice analogy!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks Kimberly! I had the party idea first...then I had try and figure out how to make it relevant. Nothing pretty about my though processes (usually) so I am glad you liked it!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      *thought

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Voted it up. Marvelous wit--the best form of humor yet! :) Cheers for that car that refused to turn away. LOL

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      And the car is still there in the alley...I took a cab home after my last hub!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I am following all these people, but most of them, I don't know why I am following them. Sure, I'm following you because I want to. You have a style of writing that can't be duplicated. Plus you didn't throw your wedding band into the Truckee River like me. The problem with following these other people is that I don't keep track of what they wrote. Like the nice guy who wrote making fresh marinara sauce using nothing but fresh tomatoes. Who was that guy? Or the woman with the crochet instructions for beginning crochet morons like me. And that's only the beginning! Auuuuuuugh!!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      The image of the guy with the tomatoes...and oh yes...I had one...has me laughing my ass off. Congrats on answering 50 questions dear-ums!

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      Mark Sparks 5 years ago from Charlottesville, Virginia

      very witty, and as a new hubber I appreciate the insight. voted up and following now!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks Mark...I thought I heard footsteps behind me! I'm going to crawl through your hubs in detail...but I liked what I saw so far and I am now also following you!

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      sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

      Funny is the only substitute for witty. They just added "interesting" recently. They should start an "other" category and let us be creative! Great write and am a new "follower". I guess HOT would be a good category too.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Sligobay...thanks for stopping and reading my ramblings! Many folks keep saying that...I appear to fall more readily into the wit rather than fun category. I'm glad you liked it!

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Outstanding. Great hub.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks American. I'm glad you were able to stop in and find some enjoyment.!

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      Camille Olivia Strate 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      BRAVO! Yes, you are GIFTED! Love the way you painted the picture...toilet paper and all. Well done!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Camsolivia...Thanks you! I think the only reason I'm "gifted" tho is because no one is willing to pay any money for me...lol. I'm glad you liked it!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      So I follow.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Awesome...I am headed to the pub...

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      wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

      Like your style, your metaphors and will follow you!WBA

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Thanks wba! You are very kind...let's go ramble all through this building!

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      Gosh, you're FUNNY! Yet behind the humor one finds some pretty "heavy" stuff.

      This is something I wish I'd read when H.R.H. introduced me to Hub - not that he didn't try to warn me - I jumped in too fast and probably look the idiot.

      I am now following your advice and, instead of being frustrated by my inability to put two coherent sentences together, I'm finding like minded folks who actually entertain me!

      Soon I hope to show my true colors and throw out a Hub that can be read and, hopefully, understood!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      34th~I'm glad you enjoyed my stylistic ramblings. Remember...there appears to be a lot of reasons to be on HubPages...I think having fun should be at the top of that list. Are you implying that our sentences need to be coherent? uh-oh...

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      tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

      Coherent? How about I'm lucky if I make sure the first time through I've spelled everything correctly? Coherent? You mean you can't read my mind and know what I meant to say? : )

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tarrka...Right?? I'm not sure of your stuff the first time through...but by the time your stuff hits the Hub and I see it...you gotta it going on!

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      tarrka1089 5 years ago from Ohio

      Believe me if you could "see/read" it before it hits the Hub stands, it would make your trusty canine scratch his furry head. I take that as a true compliment....and back at ya!

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      Princess Pitt 5 years ago

      Your so cool ...

      That was a smart way to keep readers going ..

      Voted up and awesome..xo..

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Princess...you are entirely too kind. I have to admit...I had fun writing it. Also, I thank you for the up and awesome...I mean...who don't like up and awesome, right?

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      You are a true creative writer my friend, with a sharp mind. Peaches and cream to we fellow hubbers. Must away. (to work)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Kind of like a literary Conga-line I'm thinking...enjoy work good sir and thank you for the kind words!

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      Injured lamb 5 years ago

      I am following for the reason of the first advantage...won't get lost...especially following you...

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Lamb...well you will need to carry/read the map...but OK...let's walk around this party.

      I am certainly glad you found me here here and thank you for the kind fan mail!!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I just ended my newbie status yesterday. Following people and commenting on their hubs let people know I existed who might not be hub hopping.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Flora...I think I still have two weeks of newbie-ness left. I hope that doesn't mean I will have to grow up! Thanks for peeking in on my efforts, it's always good to see your comments popping up!

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago

      "Witty" is a winner!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi 34th Bomb Group...It is always good to see you my friend! I am glad you like this offering!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well obviously my friend you have the writing panache and charm and wit to write for 'any' magazine whether it's on the newstand or online - you write with the authority of a seasoned journalist and there is an effortless flow to your work which makes it both entertaining and enlightening ........

      lake erie time ontario canada 12:56pm and thank you for your endorsement of my humble little hubspace - coming from a great writer like you - that really means a lot!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @ epigramman...Your's are very kind words, good sir! I am very glad I was able to entertain and enlighten...effortless flow is always the goal...it is not always the result...lol. I look forward to looking at more of your stuff!

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago

      ...As it is to see YOU, my friend.

      I agree, the foremost reason to be here. for ME, is FUN!!

      Then you run into a gentleman like Ghost32 and you're reminded that there are a plethora of wonderful writers here as well. Not to say that Ghost can't be funny - heoften falls into the "Witty" category with you!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @34th Bomb Group...I could not agree with you more! Ghost is in a different category than I , however, He can be witty as hell AND as serious as hell...I don't do serious ALL that well...but I like being silly! Great seeing you good sir!

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      34sh Bomb Group 5 years ago

      P.S. I'm a girl - NO offence taken!r

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @ 34th...Absolutely NO offense intended!! My bad...

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      34th 5 years ago

      I know - if I was gonna be offended I shd change my "name!" its my Dad's outfit.

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      "...hubs bearing such imposing titles as SEO, SERPS, Links, Hyperlinks, and other technical monikers would lumber, importantly, out of rooms towards me..."

      Never thought of HP as a "house", but of course it is...a mansion with enough rooms and nooks and crannies to accommodate all who enter to attend the party! Wonderful analogy! ;D

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @ JamaGenee...(First off...Thanks for the great fan mail!) Secondly...lol...sadly...my house analogy is the only way I can actually envision the place. This is due to my complete lack of technical abilities...

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Great hub! Love this!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi missolive! First off...thanks for the get ThoughtSandwiches to 100 followers drive!! I am currently at 99...inching my way... I'm glad you liked my following Hubbers for the newbie hub and congrats on your 104 followers!

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      Nemanja Boškov 5 years ago from Serbia

      The fifth one - man, I really feel dizzy :)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      neman...

      Remember to take deep breaths and to stay hydrated... I will leave caches of food along the way...look for the Sherpa guide that looks Sherp-ish...he may be carrying a ladder...he may not...you almost never really know with Sherpas...

      Thomas

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Hub with good reminders for us newbies. And quite cleverly done. :)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      hi phd...

      Thank you very much for your stop by, read, and comment!

      I must say that I have learned a lot from the following of Hubbers that have a clue as to what is going on!

      Mind...I don't make the claim that people who follow me will have a clue...it's a matter of who you follow and my sense of direction kind of sucks.

      Thanks!

      Thomas

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thomas, you are so creative. You he4ld my attention from beginning to end. Thanks for the laugh. Rated up, funny, awesome and shared.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      koffeeklatch...

      Your kind words upon first waking are better then the liquid succor that your name implies! Thank you for taking the time to ramble through my readings and being nice enough to leave a comment!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning! I'm glad I read this early in the AM when I am waking up and need a laugh to start my day! Voted UP etc.etc. You are so witty. I loved it. My friend gave me a bumper sticker that says: "Don't follow me, I'm lost, too!"

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hi Mary...

      Well Good Morning! It very good to become acquainted and I am very glad you happened upon my little efforts here and enjoyed it. Please come back whenever you want!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Great hub. Being new to hub pages it really helped me to know following hubbers can be very informative and helpful

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      mljdgulley...

      I see that you are the mother of, noted,

      Hubber,TLPoague, as such...you are in good stead following her!

      I'm very glad you found this enjoyable and helpful!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      Thomas

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      dodsy 5 years ago

      Entertaining and insightful :)Thankyou from a newbie!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      dodsy...

      I am very pleased that you found this entertaining and a little surprised that it was insightful! I'm glad you liked it and welcome to Hubpages!

      Thomas

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      moonstruck4ever 5 years ago from somewhere in upstate New York

      Interesting, entertaining and helpful!

      Thanks from a newbie. :-)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      moonstruck-fever...

      I am always excited when something I write turns helpful! This is a great community of supportive folks...I believe you will like it here. Welcome to Hubsville!

      Thomas

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I wish this hub was available when I was first starting out here. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      alocsin...

      Thank you for the drop in and comment my friend! It's always good to be reminded of the basics!

      Thanks again!

      Thomas

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sometimes the way to get one's point across is by employing humor...not always an easy thing to do. You, Thomas, have succeeded. Well done!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Daisy...

      Humor can be an unwieldy instrument at times...on good days it's a clarinet...on bad days it's a tuba. Thank you for stopping in and leaving an awesome comment!

      Thomas

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ..hot damn man - I'm revisiting a classic and I just have to post it this time to my Facebook groupies and all of their groupies and people who have good taste and will appreciate what you are doing here - so it will be highlighted on the marquee of my page - and I left you an appreciative comment back at the ranch - or as they say on TV - the scene of the crime!

      lake erie time 11:27pm with full moon and the late great Warren Zevon singing Werewolves of London

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      Evankovach 5 years ago from Northern New Jersey

      Very clever, definitely one of the most witty written hubs I have seen. Still very informative for a relatively new hubber!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub Thomas. I am still learning right along with you. I try not to follow more people than I can actually read in a fair amount of time. Well done!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Epi...

      This would be a bit of a classic, huh? Certainly the first one of mine that ever gained any kind of traction. Thank you for bringing it out of mothballs my friend!

      Thomas

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Evankovach...

      Thank you my friend for stopping by and giving me a read. I'm glad I was able to impart some information and provide a giggle!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tammy...

      Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting. You make a great point of following in moderation...it is a fact I should add into this Hub if not for how lazy I am. Perhaps tomorrow....

      Thomas

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      No..i didn't block you in...i followed you in. lol. I'm a rebuilt model that was forced to look for a new garage - even though i was so comfortable there that i could find my way around with my headlights off! Unfortunately, the old garage's infrastructure needed restructuring, but the owners were too cheap to do it. When the sludge and gunk started to suck at my tires, and the acid rain ate through the garage's protective cover and started to damage my shiny paint job - I knew it was time to burn rubber and I was gone in 60 seconds! Now, I am backfiring with doubts, and worried that I might need gas and not be able to find the station! LOL Thanks for this! Loved it and, clearly - I had a fun ride!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Imkarn23...

      (Laughing) ...You DID have a fun ride, huh? I'm certainly glad you found a better garage scenario than you were working with! I will come find you when It's time to move my car. And by move, of course, I mean tow!

      Tanks for the great comment!

      Thomas

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi thoughtsandwiches - consider this eye contact! I'm following and eager to read more :)

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome. Loved the revealing humor getting a chuckle shared with the garden. The car pic at the end reminds me of a old Nissan I use to tune-up years back. Always had carb problems. I think he did it on purpose to see if I could figure it out. Teachers are amazing, eh?

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Cloverleaf...

      Eye contact is noted. Slight incline of the head is made. A new friend is added to my list...

      Thanks!

      Thomas

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      Here's to eye contact! I'm a follower!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      tsmog...

      There is nothing worse than a car with carb problems. As a rule...I am not very car-ish and tend not to look under the hood unless there are legs sticking out...preferably girl's legs. I have been known to let guys legs just dangle as being unimportant.

      I am very glad you like my little Tale here and it inspired a chuckle while (perhaps) informing!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      grinnin1...

      Eye contact is AWESOME! Please note...if you are following: I make wide right turns and frequently back-up.

      Thanks for the read!

      Thomas

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Great work, Thomas, and filled with your patented irreverent humor

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      PDX...

      Thank you very much my friend...me and irreverent...yeah...we got a thing going...

      (Laughing)

      Thanks for the stop and chat!

      Thomas

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Thomas,

      I have no issues following people 'cause definitely I will get to learn something from their style of writing BUT my main concern is to do justice by reading the hubs published by them and show them that they are being appreciated.

      I try to regularly follow the email digest of published followers but, there have been days when I can't...

      your hub is good and thought provoking...voted up as useful...Cheers!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Ruchira...

      I could not agree more. The key is finding the time to read all the wonderful material that our Hubber friends so prolifically write!

      When I wrote this (about a week or so)into my Hub career...I had two followers and was following, perhaps, five...very easy to keep up. Not so much now...But we do keep trying!!

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!

      Thomas

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, i'm the bastard child of irreverent, I just don't embrace it as much

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Justin...

      The bastard child of irreverence, huh? I think I know your mom....

      lol...an example of irreverence...

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I am soooo following you.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Lilleyth...

      Hello and It is very nice to meet you! So that was YOU that has been following me...I thought it was a bill collector. Needless to say...I'm glad it was you!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      Using your advice - I PUBLISHED TWO HUBS this morning!

      I'm sure they're lousy, but I thank you for giving me the gentle nudge that I sorely needed!

      THANK YOU!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      34th!

      Woot! Congrats! I look forward to reading them and the two that follow them! Oftentimes...a gentle nudge is all that is needed!

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      Thanks again Thomas.

      I agree with you re: a little nudge. Please share your opinion of them with me - self-confidence isn't one of my strong suits!

      Patti

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great hub.Thanks for sharing.Shared and voted up.

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      Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This hub is so much fun. I am always happy to follow you and happy that you follow me, even if there was that creepy Walmart incident when you followed me a little much. ;-)

      Voted up and shared!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      Everyone has a different experience. I had a group of townies try to run me off with townie tactics. Luckily, I have moved and traveled a lot. This is not my first rodeo. I didn't get thrown by the bull.

      You forgot to mention that it is a masquerade. The pretty girl in the bikini on that avitar could be a male inmate at Rayford State Prison in Florida. No telling who you will run into on a full moon around here!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @ Patti...I believe you will find...once you start writing...the self confidence will come because, otherwise, you will stop writing! I apologize for my delay in getting to your latest...there has been life stuff to deal with. Hang in there!

      @ Deepak...I'm very glad you liked this and thank you for the Up vote and share! It's a pleasure to meet you!

      @ Jeannie...ahhh...our special moment at Wal-mart. Damn security people. I mean if you can't touch yourself inappropriately while watching people in "cereal" while standing in "Breads" that should be a posted policy.

      @ WD Curry...I LOVE those phrases...townies and townie tactics. You will need to explain them to me! LOL..yeah..I forgot about the masquerade aspect. Imagine that...subterfuge on the internet? (I like your setting at Rayford State Prison!)

      Thank you all for your wonderful comments!

      Thomas

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree that following has its advantages. I just ask that if someone follows me not to expect the same. If I'm interested, I'll make myself known. But you're right when you follow someone it becomes an open window to finding great talent and new friends. Great hub!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      What a great introduction! I am blown away by your writing. I hadn't given much thought to the benefits of following others other than interest or perhaps increasing your presence on HubPages, but I like your ideas. ~voted up and awesome~

      Best, Tracy

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      Following is important but people can get picky. You're right following is one way to get noticed. The end bit was funny too, good this is wasn't me. Thank you Alecia.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      @ Alecia...Thank you for your kind words and your accurate assessment of the following game. I wrote this a week or two into my Hub career and I would certainly make mention of the "perils" of following. I guess I COULD edited it...I'm kind of lazy tho...

      @ Tracy...I am very glad you liked my little intro into the following game. In the end...best call is to follow those you like and those that interest you! Thank you for the Up and awesome votes...they are DEEPLY appreciated!

      @ onlooker...(Laughing) yes...yes...people CAN get picky! I'm glad you liked the end!

      Thomas

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      ThoughtSandwiches, my apologies about the mistake. So stupid of me (arrgghh!)=(

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      onlooker...

      lol...NO worries my friend. I have done the exact same thing more than once!

      Thomas

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      This is very clever and funny ThoughtSandwiches, kind of like yourself. The car is nice. I like how you parked. I generally don't follow, I just blatantly stalk, works for me :)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      snakeslane,

      I used to have a car exactly like that back in the 80s. The mechanical problems illustrated here were the same ones that car had every day. I always thought I would "fix-it" up but I have absolutely no mechanical abilities.

      I suppose that's why I wasn't even able to repair it in my imagination to have a nice ride for this story.

      Blatantly stalking is bold...I appreciate bold.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Thomas

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      I know about cars that need fixing. I have one in the driveway. You are welcome, just stalked by on my walk.

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      snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

      I mean just stopped by on my stalk.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      It IS a beautiful night for a stalk...um...a walk...

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 4 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Great hub. Very nicely written. I regret being late to this 'party!' ;)

      Voted up + Shared!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Hunbbel...

      Early or late...all that matters is that you are here now, my friend! Thank you for the read, votes, and share!!

      Thomas

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      CASE1WORKER 4 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      I missed this first time around- what a lovely hub though I am not sure now that the beat up MGB would not get flagged for something!

      Voted up and funny cos it was

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      CASE1WORKER...

      Not only will the beat-up MG get flagged...it will probably get ticketed and towed as well! Sadly...any towing fees would greatly exceed the value of the car. (sigh).

      I would like to thank you for stopping by, leaving an awesome comment, and a vote! That said...um...could I get a ride home?

      Thanks,

      Thomas

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Another great hub, you are so funny! Love it :)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Jamie,

      I'm very glad you liked this and thank you for the compliment! Thanks also for blowing some of the dust off this one and showing it love.

      Thomas

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I follow people for Reason #2. The Internet is massive, it's nice to give a friendly wave from across the room.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      That Grrl...

      Reason #2 is also my personal favorite! (Waving from across the room!) It is very nice to meet you and thank you for taking the time to meander through my ruminations!

      Thomas

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      ken blair 4 years ago

      I've been looking for a hub that's written similar to this. It has creativity in pointing out facts that are helpful to everyone in hubpage. Great job ThoughtSandwiches

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Ken,

      I'm very glad this article proved helpful and welcome to Hubpages! I think you will find this a very receiving community! Thanks for stopping by!

      Thomas

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well I was looking for a new bed time story but I guess you've been messing around with math again or something orange. I knew if I tiptoed through your library I'd find a chuckle or twelve:)

      How do you do this shit? You make everything funny! And no I didn't block anything or park on the dance floor. Already a fastidious follower though!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Kelly,

      I have not gotten my hands dirty messing around with math, however, I am studying for the marijuana portion of a drug test...and that always slows down my writing (yes...that's the secret sauce).

      Needless to say, I feel bad because the story that is stalled is COMPLETELY dedicated to you. It's my hope to pass a giggle your way because of the rough patch you have been through. My new hope is that you will have another rough patch soon so we can apply the story to that...yeah...I know...That's just wrong. Still, I DO love you!

      Thanks for perusing my mental soup here!

      Thomas

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      First Colony 4 years ago

      I'm voting this Hub up if for no other reason than the MGB reference. My brother bought and restored a 67 MGB convertible and drove it in High-school (in the 80's). He bought it for just 1000, and rebuilt it and had it painted fire-engine red. I was always amazed that when I would drive my little Honda some of my female classmates didn't know who I was. If I happened to drive his car. . . they would crowd around and ask for a ride. I really miss that car, and I know he does too.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      First Colony,

      That's an awesome story. I had mine in High School (also in the 80s); however, it was in pretty much the same condition as I have represented it here in this story.

      Typically the girls would crowd around in much the same way they would have crowded around a train wreck. Still...I miss that car.

      Thanks for stopping by and having a chat. I appreciate it!

      Thomas

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      YOU ARE HOPING I have ANOTHER patch??? Why thank you so much Thomas! lmao

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Kelly,

      hmmm...perhaps I should have phrased that more diplomatically, huh? lol...as friends go...I'm a double edged sword! Perhaps something new for me..."An Ode to an Exploding Rubber Tree"? I'm picturing condoms raining down throughout the neighborhood.

      Hugs!

      Thomas

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Following is so important and fun. I try to follow those who write topics I enjoy... Like you.

      Great advice. Votes and shares!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Susan,

      I couldn't agree more! As for my followers, I should probably warn them that I stop frequently and make wide right turns...It's only fair...

      Thank you for wonderful comment and share the first thing on a Saturday morning!

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      VERY good, Thomas! lol!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      hi 34th!

      It is very good to see you my friend and I hope all is going well! I'm glad you liked this one!

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      Ah, Thomas - check out my "Roswell Park" Hubs. We're having a tough go of it - but at least it gives me something to write about! lol !!

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Diggin' your Advantages of Following again, Thomas! This is a chance to tell the newbies not to get offended if a veteran doesn't follow them back. Makes no sense to follow someone who just followed 20 hubbers in one day obviously fishing for numbers only. Better to bait their hook with genuine interest and a comment. Quality trumps quantity in the long run by far!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      34th...

      I'm so sorry for your troubles! Writing certainly can be cathartic though, huh? Perhaps a story about the hubris of the medical community is in order?

      Stay strong,

      Thomas

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Alastar,

      Hello my good friend! Your words are wise ones and if I had ANY kind of ambition, I would go in and add that critical detail to this story!! As this one was one of my first...I had yet to understand all the finer nuances of the following game and you are absolutely right...I am unlikely to follow someone after going to their profile page and seeing lines and lines of who they just started to follow!

      To my mind the only one who I didn't mind seeing do that was Five One Cows...that was his thing! AND...with a Hubber score of 1...he is no longer with us...lol!

      Take care my friend!

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      I just noticed Alastar's comment - how true! I've been around a while and might be following 30 people. Those who want to follow you only to get you to follow them are trolling for exposure (and hits) which makes me question their writing ability.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      34th...

      You are absolutely right! It does seem to be a phenomenon with some of the newbies. I have to think that they will eventually figure out really what's going on and act accordingly or leave the scene.

      Personally I'd rather have ten followers that like what I write than a hundred that I never see after "So and so is following you" go across the ole feed!

      Take care,

      Thomas

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      Agreed Thomas

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      Umer Farooq 4 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      This hub contains a valuable advice for new hubbers. The scene created around the advice is great. Choosing to follow is the way to do it on hubpages. It indeed is an equivalent of eye contact situation of two people. Voted up and Awesome.

      Keep writing your thoughtful sandwiches.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I loved the party analogy Thomas and the MGB reminded me of an MGA we had in 1967 same colour as yours.

      I had such fun reading this hub, so much so, that I read the entire list of comments just to get an extra helping of your wit and humour.

      You have a very engaging writing style that is so easy to read and I can't wait to have a look at some of your other hubs.

      I have voted this hub up+ and hit all the buttons except beautiful but I suppose the MGB could have warranted that button lol...

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      Well said!!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      GrApEwAtEr,

      I'm very glad you liked this and found the information helpful! It was one of the first thing that I noticed upon stumbling on this awesome site! It's a very giving community (mind...if you hang out o=in the political forums they might give it a little hard...but still...)

      It's very nice to meet you and I thank you for the follow. I look forward to returning the favor and reading your work as well!

      Thomas

      PS...thanks for the Up and awesome!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      maggs...

      I always wanted an MGA!! Considering how many difficulties I had with the MGB...I don't know why...but I did! They were fun little cars!

      I'm so glad you liked this hub and it granted you some giggles! Giggles are very important I have found and I also have to say that Hubpages IS a party, huh?

      Thank you for stopping by and saying hi!

      Thomas

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      bredandagnes 4 years ago from Ireland

      I am still a newbee and enjoyed this very much.I have great intentions for reading and writing here,but that age old time vampire keeps getting me.You have motivated me again.Thanks

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      bredandagnes,

      I'm very glad I was able to motivate! I understand those nefarious time vampires very well! I also have a passing familiarity with those creativity sucking zombie attacks and they too take their toll!

      It's very nice to meet you.

      Thomas

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