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Writing On HubPages: 6 Years of Hubbing; Advantages, Progress, Community & a Writing Challenge

Updated on July 27, 2017
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Ann loves to write & experiment with words & to encourage others to do so by occasionally issuing challenges of her own.

Hello!

This kid started publishing on HubPages with trepidation; now she can't stop, won't stop, writing
This kid started publishing on HubPages with trepidation; now she can't stop, won't stop, writing

Is it really 6 years?

It's early February 2016; have I really been on HubPages since 2010? Wow! It seems no more than a year. 100 + hubs under my belt, what have I achieved in that time of regular writing? Have I improved? Am I enjoying it? Have I found fame and fortune?

Here are just a few bees that have been buzzing in my little bonnet.


Fame, Fortune & Friends

How many years does it take to improve?

How many hubs must I write in the groove?

What does it take to achieve breadth of fame?

When will this world recognise my name?


I write about subjects that span a wide field;

those my passions, my life and experience yield.

But what does it take to achieve breadth of fame?

When will this world recognise my name?


My readers are kind, they leave great feedback

but I know I must write with more skill, get the knack

to have what it takes to achieve breadth of fame.

When will this world recognise my name?


One hundred plus hubs I’ve written to date,

I know there’s improvement, I’m learning, but wait!

What does it take to achieve breadth of fame?

When will this world recognise my name?


Know what? I’m not really bothered that much

if fame doesn’t come, if the world isn’t touched

by my interests, my worries, my ignorance of trends.

‘Cos what really matters is you’re all my friends!


Inspiration

Mystery in History: Glastonbury Tor
Mystery in History: Glastonbury Tor | Source
Wide open Landscape
Wide open Landscape | Source
Wondrous Nature
Wondrous Nature | Source
Books, books, books......
Books, books, books...... | Source
Art: a 4 year-old's collage
Art: a 4 year-old's collage | Source

Writing is...

  • imagination, passion, the need to express, to share what we feel, to make a difference.
  • breaking boundaries, pushing the fence, using persuasion, taking a chance.
  • delight in the language, its imagery, its dance, turning a phrase to inspire, to enhance.
  • courage to change, to reveal, tip the balance, words casting spells to enthral, to entrance.
  • power to spread love and peace with emotion; power to send love to all ‘cross the oceans.

How do you view your own writing? Do you struggle to produce something of which you feel proud? Do you push yourself to explore new areas, new genres of prose, poetry, fact or fiction? Do you make yourself try writing out of your comfort zone? Do you want to succeed in the realms of reporting or documentary? Do you write for yourself just to see what you can do? Do you write in order to improve, to hone your skills, to explore your own abilities, to see how far you can go? Do you aim for fame and prosperity? Do you aim for many of those things in the hope that you can better your writing, using fresh, unusual vocabulary to its best?

I ask these questions in order to make you think carefully about your approach, your attitude to the art of writing. Is it just a game or is it a passion? Do you want to reach a goal that you alone have set yourself? Do you want your work to improve consistently?


What is our 'best' writing?

Consider what you think ‘best’ means for you. Is it the quality of your writing? Is it the quantity and therefore the money that’s the most important? Do you insist on quality irrespective of other factors? Do you try to use a variety of phraseology, pace, style and subject and expect all to reach a certain standard?

Some might write purely to earn a living. Even then, can you write without passion? I suppose if you are directed by another as to your subject matter, then the passion might be lacking but if you choose your own themes, surely you’re going to gather around you those which attract, inspire and motivate you.

Do you write best about an all-consuming interest? Perhaps it’s a subject about which you feel so strongly that you must share your thoughts, persuade your readers to your own way of thinking - but don’t forget to offer a balanced view or the danger is to become fanatical or pedantic.

Do you share your knowledge and experience gained from your work, from skills honed over years or maybe from your family or from nature? Each of us has a unique view of our surroundings, unique thoughts in our head, unique ways of reaction and expression. All this can be communicated, shared, distributed to an audience.

That audience has to be gained. How? By writing well enough, sympathetically enough, that you gain a few readers, then a few more. Maybe the kind ones will tell their friends about your writing and your range of readers grows. You throw a stone into the pond; it causes ever widening ripples. The outgoing edge of those ripples depends on the impact of that first stone. Write with impact, cause a stir and your ripples might encompass the world.


Things I've done, Places I've been

France - the Storks of Alsace
France - the Storks of Alsace | Source
Letter patterns for dyslexics
Letter patterns for dyslexics | Source
Family heritage - reading, writing, art and books, books, books
Family heritage - reading, writing, art and books, books, books | Source
Making waves, creating the ripples.  Swans on the Serpentine, London
Making waves, creating the ripples. Swans on the Serpentine, London | Source

Why have these writers endured?

Whether your favourite is Jane Austen, Lord Byron, TS Elliott, William Shakespeare, Dante, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Dean Koontz, Jacqueline Wilson or another, all of them have inspired, delighted and entertained millions of people for tens if not hundreds of years. There are of course thousands more but those came instantly to mind because I’ve enjoyed reading or studying them.

This April 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Wouldn’t we like to be remembered for our writing 400 years on? How fantastic is that? I’d be content to be remembered even 20 years on!

You might dislike some of the genres or styles of those mentioned but you cannot deny they are great writers.

I would like to know which established writers you enjoy. What do you think makes them great? What is it about their writing that inspires you? Do you try to emulate their style? Why do you think some writers endure so much longer than others? What sets them apart from the rest?

You could always answer those questions with an article!


A Personal View

Writing is deeply personal, infinitely subjective. For me, word-smithing is an art; painting pictures, choosing just the precise brush strokes which I want my reader to see, attempting to delight, to shock, to encourage deep thought and exploration of feelings.

I’ve enjoyed writing since I learnt how to form letters. Encouraged by intelligent, supportive parents, I saw no boundaries or reasons not to keep scribing, covering whatever my knowledge or imagination focused upon at the time. I delighted in the feel of a soft pencil brushing the lines of a blank page, of the kinetic energy flowing from my fingers into those letters joined up to represent the images in my head, be they imaginary, observed or remembered.

I recently dipped into one of my old ‘English Writing’ books from lower secondary school; I was surprised at the standard, not only of the cursive, inked letters but also of the expression and variety of ideas. That’s not blowing my own trumpet; it was like reading someone else’s work - the me of over 50 years ago!

Hopefully my writing has matured since then, though the freshness and the uninhibited style of my younger self might have been suppressed. Is that lack of courage or has experience made me shy of experimenting? I’m telling myself I should reach back and grab those qualities, take a fresh outlook and not be afraid to travel my own path.

Then, as now, family and friends were uppermost in my writing. They are the cradle that nourishes as it protects; character, inspiration, passions, abilities, all being nurtured as we learn. No child should be without that. I have a duty to pass that on to my children, grandchildren and, maybe one day, great-grandchildren.


My Childhood Writing

What about you? A Challenge!

If you write, tell me why you do so. Explain to me what it means to you to be a part of this community. In addition, I'm inviting you to take part in a challenge.

For a change, I'm issuing a non-fiction challenge: it is to put forward an argument.

Use your powers of persuasion to convince me that something I don't like is, in fact, worthwhile. Give me good reasons to change my mind. Support your case with clever, convincing, maybe humorous, examples. There is no word limit. Here is a list of my dislikes:

  • professional European football (soccer)
  • tea (the drink)
  • rice pudding
  • being underground (caves, London Underground train network....)
  • FaceBook
  • ironing
  • tv talent shows
  • board games (e.g. Monopoly, Risk), except Chess, Scrabble, Ludo & Snakes and Ladders
  • reality tv (e.g. 'I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here', 'Big Brother')

I'm looking forward to reading whatever responses I might get. I'll let you know if your argument works!

Good luck!


I don't like..........

Football - Le Stade de France.  I think professional footballers are overrated and overpaid with overinflated egos!
Football - Le Stade de France. I think professional footballers are overrated and overpaid with overinflated egos!
Tea!  I'll have the cake, thanks, but not the tea, whether with or without milk!  Could I have coffee instead please?
Tea! I'll have the cake, thanks, but not the tea, whether with or without milk! Could I have coffee instead please?
That dark hole fills me with horror!  What if it caves in?  What if.........
That dark hole fills me with horror! What if it caves in? What if......... | Source

The Writer

Why do you write?

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What do you enjoy writing?

Which genre of writing is yours?

See results

© 2016 Ann Carr

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      Ann Carr 11 days ago from SW England

      Thank you for such a lovely comment, Verlie. You've made my day!

      I understand what you mean about ironing but it never inspires me, sadly, though the end product is quite satisfying.

      Yes, the quality of writing did tend to 'drop off' by the end of the exercise book!

      I'm so happy to have inspired and thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      Ann

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      Verlie Burroughs 11 days ago from Canada

      Ann, I am intrigued with the depth and detail of your writer's portrait. What an engaging read! And so up beat. I'm happy you've provided a list of things you don't like. I've always loved ironing, especially linens dried outside on a clothesline. Pillowcases and tea towels. Oops I said the tea word. I think it's the clean fresh air scent, and the purposeless smoothing of the fabric. And how nice it all looks folded. Hmm. Haven't ironed for awhile. This was years ago. I enjoyed your photos, the landscapes and the family archive pics. Your cursive writing is very nice. I have saved a few pieces of early writing too, but mine is pretty messy. I remember always starting new school exercise books in a neat, tidy, legible scrip that would be a total mess by the last page. Thanks for your enthusiasm about writing, it's inspiring!

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      Ann Carr 4 weeks ago from SW England

      Thanks, Anusha, for your great input. I know what you mean about the 'strange queasy feeling'; you're back in your childhood, maybe at school, and for me it was a feeling of freedom to write about all sorts of things.

      Shame I can't alter the poll now but you're right, I should've added 'all of the above' to the options!

      Ann

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      Anusha Jain 4 weeks ago from Delhi, India

      Great post here about HubPages.

      I loved your poem and loved reading about your opinions too.

      I'm glad you've stayed here and that you enjoy what you contribute here.

      The old writing samples you've shared take me down the memory lane too. I've also preserved a few of my answers, essays etc. And some were preserved were my father with great pride.

      Reading what we've written long back -- the feeling is actually indescribable. It's not just joy, can't be only pride -- there is a mix of these, but there is also this strange queezy feeling in the stomach.

      "Oh my, did I write this?"

      "What was I thinking then?"

      "What was the exact incidence that inspired this?"

      Apart from the first one (which anyway is already answered ;) ), I do not get answers often. And that's part of what brings the strange feeling.

      PS - I voted "others" in the poll, you should've added "All of the above" :D

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Louise! I love writing, always have and I just love this community. The money is negligible but the practice and feedback makes it worth more.

      I hope you continue to enjoy being part of this community; I enjoy reading your hubs. Don't know where in Norfolk you are but I also love Norwich; what a vibrant city!

      Ann

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      Louise Powles 3 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It's good to see you are still on Hubpages after all these years, and writing. I am still very new to the site, but enjoying it so far. I like to write about films I watch. I hope I am still here in 6 years time! But I do really enjoy it here and like the community here, people are so friendly and helpful.

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      No need to apologise, Jackie!

      There are so many reasons why people write, each one valid of course. It helps to get things down onto paper; it clears the head, it helps the soul and practice makes perfect!

      Great that you're revitalising old work; your writing is good so I'm looking forward to reading it all.

      Like you, I'm just interested in the writing, an outlet for expression and feedback. I don't make much money but it pays for a few little presents via PayPal!

      Keep writing, Jackie! There are many here who love to read your hubs.

      Ann

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I somehow missed this, so very sorry!

      I have been here 7 years too and had no writing abilities. My mom was dying and I was mad at those killing her while I could do so little to help her as hard as I tried.

      Well anyway someone suggested I put my rantings in poetry and so I did and it felt so good and then love came through for my mother and all she meant to me and well I was poetry born. It has been a therapy here for me too and so much I have deleted I regret and so I am bringing some back, edited and improved hopefully.

      I have thought I may one day like to make money here or elsewhere online but right now I am just interested in publishing some memories.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Hello John! Thank you for popping back. I'd love to read your response to this challenge. I prefer to leave challenges open for that very reason; you never know who's going to have a go when time allows! Thanks.

      Yes, Dream On's comments were amazing; it's great to feel that I've inspired all those thoughts!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ann, I just received notification that this hub had new activity, and read Dream On's wonderful comments here. This made me realise I hadn't yet taken up your challenge to convince you of the benefits of something you don't like. I have been very busy recently, as I know you have, but I will try to make a response a priority as soon as I can. Take care.

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      DREAM ON: Well, thank you for all those amazing thoughts and such beautiful comments about my work, which makes me feel great though it's humbling at the same time. I'm honoured to have inspired so many thoughts and depths of feeling in you, so many great ideas.

      Tell you what I think you should do; put all the salient points into together to create your own hub about what goes on in our minds - if you form a shape with what you've said to me here, then it'll be a great hub!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to this hub - I don't care how long it took, days, months, or years - I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

      Have a great day too!

      Ann

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      DREAM ON 4 months ago

      Some days my words escape from my mind as if they have been held captive all these years. Then as they see the light of day they are like a cat basking in the sun. They lay down and wait. No rush to do anything. Taking in each breath of fresh air. Enjoying the new found freedom only to go back where they came from after a day or two. Finding great comfort in my mind as a summer retreat. Some things I can try to explain and other things I just leave a mystery. Have a good afternoon.

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      DREAM ON 4 months ago

      After we live our life the best way possible the time comes when we pass away. If you notice people leave words on the gravestone the persons birth and death. Their name and even a nickname they were given while they were alive. The people they married and their children so even in our minds we will always be together. People don't leave a box of their favorite things in life for other people to have at their grave site. A favorite saying or the most beautiful words to remember that person by. We go to funeral and we listen to any final words about that person. So we can remember that person in years to come. Words connected with other words form our language so that we can communicate to everyone else in the world. Words are our world. I have tried to go without talking. It is if we are meant to talk. Silence is beautiful but not all the time. Exploring and enjoying is what we are meant to do. I am amazed how people attitudes and thoughts change so quickly. If someone calls someone else a name or says harsh words towards that person. The affects are on going. People have gone years without speaking because of words. On the other hand think of the beauty that is created from the words love, kindness, good, friendship, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband and wife. Another thought from your hub that was created by you. You took the time and energy from everything else you could be doing to reach people on a level that can't be seen by the naked eyes. That can be felt as more powerful and strong. It is with great gratitude I share my mind tingling sensations. I believe our thoughts and ideas sit in an invisible pool for everyone to dip into. If we think and dream we can connect to every thought ever thought. An ability never expressed or talked about. I think artists, inventors and writers are in tune with the concept. They do it subconsciously or consciously. That is how they create our future and our life. Thank you again for sharing.

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      DREAM ON 4 months ago

      I feel if I am going to leave an impression I want it to be a good one. One that people can laugh and enjoy the feelings they are capable of feeling but do to society and problems they forget or have forgot how to. My wish in writing is to make people think about themselves in a new way. As an extension of everyone we meet. That means we can be that persons right arm. Their crutch when they were ready to fall. We can share with them every laugh and special moment. We are here not just for ourselves but a greater good to make other people happy. If we can do that through writing how great is that. A comedian goes on stage and entertains for a night. Through the power of written words we can entertain for ever. We can lift up when people are down. We can bond and connect when people are lonely. We can do anything we want. There are no boundaries. It is like a world inside a world. Loving people is what life is all about. Why should we pretend to do anything else. Our lives our short and each day that is one less that we have to share. How do we as people share all our love, passion, dreams and never ending honesty. Through writing we can travel the world. Where our physical bodies could never keep up. Writing is the foundation of all life. Everything we see that has been invented had to be built. To build something you need plans. You have to write it down. When things don't work you have to scrap those plans and make new ones. People think life is in the mind. I think life is in words. The mind forgets where the written word doesn't. It is there for everyone to see and take part. We communicate with spoken words. Through our physical actions we express the words we think. Words come to us in our sleep as dreams. Words people we love who have passed play over and over in our heads forever. Try watching any movie without the spoken word and it is so hard and almost impossible to understand. Where would we be without the news or the weather. I know I am going deep into words but nobody else wants to admit or discuss it. Because of all the words people have told me over the years I am who I am today. They have either influenced me in a positive or negative way. I will stop there for the time being. I just stubbed my toe. The words that came out were not nice. What would of happened if I said things like wonderful and amazing instead of ahhh or darn, to put it mildly. Would that change my feelings and my outcome. Thank you for reading and sharing words.

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      DREAM ON 4 months ago

      I am always bringing up the rear. Somebody has to follow other people. If we didn't we wouldn't have a leader. Congratulations on six years now it might be seven. There are so many reasons why people write. I write because it takes time to not just think of ideas but then you have to process them and then physically act on writing them on paper. My ideas change right before my eyes and what I started to write grows faster and healthier than a plant on miracle grow. I uncover parts of my mind that I never knew existed. My words are foreign to me. I am only beginning to understand there is a writer deep inside of me begging to come out. When I read so many hubs like yours and from so many other terrific hubbers I am amazed how you make it look so easy. Your words flow so beautifully. Where my words are more like plucking feathers from a chicken. I have learned to appreciate the value of imagination and thought. The beauty of meeting so many people from so many different parts of the world still and always boggles my mind. I still think how can it be possible. Even though I know it is. I am so glad I live in this time and get so much joy out of people who have become my on line friends and close knit family. Hubbers have helped and guided me through all my writings. The good and the bad. To see the years drift bye without me acknowledging all the wonderful hubs you have written seems unfair. My biggest challenge on HubPages is to read or write. I keep thinking should I be here or there. When I was younger and there were only a few choices available it was easier. Now there are too many options. To read or write on line. What site to be on. To write better hubs to get more traffic. To meet more hubbers and read more stories. To write more and get more responses. How can anyone ever keep up. The world is too fast for me. So I do what I can and if it is thanking someone a day or a year late it is the best I can mentally and physically do. I beat myself up because I want to do more so much more. When I read one of your hubs my focus is about only that hub. Only the thoughts you are thinking. I get to close out the outside world for an instant. So reading your hub about your successes and challenges over the past six years. It triggered a whole mega cluster of choices we make when we pick up a pen to write. Now I outdated myself. Now sit on a laptop and type. I hope you can see your thoughts connect on many areas of my life. Someone who loves the art of words because they are just that. The meaning of a bunch of letters and vowels that affects so many people, They can be harsh and mean. I prefer it when words our empowering and exciting. I am a dreamer who thinks words are more than just words. They are all our emotions hidden behind letters and vowels that interact at a deeper level to change our lives for ever. I feel and touch them even though they are not physical. I create them even though they never do exist. I hope I didn't lose you but what I am trying to say thank you for being you. Have a relaxing and enjoyable day.

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      Ann Carr 12 months ago from SW England

      Hi Audrey! Thanks for the comments and thanks for following me!

      It's interesting how many people have found HP a life-saver.

      I too find writing therapeutic and love the challenges it poses.

      All the best!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 12 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Martie. I agree with you that FaceBook can be great for communication with family and friends, especially if they are far away.

      It's not for me though as I'm quite content to use email, phone and text. Apart from that I haven't the time for any more online work! I'm lucky that I see most of the family frequently.

      Thanks for the comments and your valuable input.

      Ann

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Ann. I'm going on 7 years which have flown by. I joined up after I lost my son to cancer. I found writing therapeutic and amazing support and friendship. In a manner of speaking HP saved my life.

      Your Poem spoke volumes. I certainly related. A late but hearty congratulations on 6 years here at hubland.

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      Martie Coetser 13 months ago from South Africa

      Hi Annart, we have started in the same year. My writing has most certainly improved, and is still improving, as every time I read one of my published hubs I see room for improvement.

      Facebook in my view is the best thing since the telephone started to give us the opportunity to make contact, and stay in contact, with our relatives and friends. Thanks to Facebook I have all of them as 'neighbors', but still enjoy my privacy and personal space. Thanks to Facebook I have expanded my general knowledge tremendously, as I have become a member of various groups specializing in my interest. I also take note of the interests of my FB friends, and acquired along the way even more interests and knowledge. Depending on who your friends are, and the groups you choose, Facebook could be the most interesting magazine you can get.

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      Ann Carr 15 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Jo! So great to hear from you. Hope you're well.

      Looking forward to your response to the challenge. I'm sure you'll come up with something astounding.

      Ann

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 15 months ago

      What a wonderful read. Cheers on your dedication over these six years!! I remember that I enjoyed creative writing class in the 8th grade. I was lucky to take this class again in my freshman year in high school.

      It's interesting and what a neat experience to see how far our writing progressed. A writers growth over the course of 6 years let alone 50! That is pretty impressive in itself. Thanks for the idea of another great writing challenge.

      I will see what I can come up with that would be worthy to read six days from now! (laughing) I give this four stars and you are amazing! :-)

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, teaches! I appreciate your visits. I love to write too and it does give us that power. Your writing is powerful and spreads a message of love and inspiration.

      Good to see you today.

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 17 months ago

      I am a bit late but still want to say "Happy HP Anniversary!" I write because it is something I enjoy and I hope to inspire others to live well and successfully. Your phrase "power to spread love and peace with emotion; power to send love to all ‘cross the oceans." expresses my soul.

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      Hi Nadine! Thanks for your visit. Yes, it's a great site for flexing one's muscles and for honing skills. Your writing and artwork are always outstanding and your imagination seems boundless.

      It doesn't seem 6 years since I've been here but I've certainly enjoyed it and will continue as long as it remains so friendly.

      Ann

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      Nadine May 18 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Loved your poetry. Congrats on being on HubPages for 6 years! Foremost I love to share my perspectives on alternative topics and also to share the experiences gained from my novel writing, the publisher’s world, and I love to interact with other writers on hubpages. If it would be to earn money, then I would have to find other ways because the earnings are very very slim, but...at least as a regular writer on hubpages there is some credibility attached to it. I love to share my art and graphics, and use the Hubpage platform as a marketing tool.

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      Ann Carr 18 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Audrey! I know it's good for me and I will have some when the nurses in hospital shove it at you because I don't dare argue! It always goes down with a grimace though!

      Thanks for the comment; yes, time certainly flies when you're enjoying yourself.

      Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 18 months ago from California

      Has it really been 6 years!!? Time flies! I am terrible at challenges--so I am not sure that I should even try--but TEA is good for you on all kinds of levels--drink some even if you don't like it--you will live a longer and healthier life!

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      Ann Carr 19 months ago from SW England

      Alun: Thank you for your kind comments regarding my hubs and for your great input. I agree with you about taking care to write good material; that's the most important of all.

      You almost persuaded me about rice pudding as you've come up with some good reasons and it made me smile! Good to see you.

      I'm way behind with my hub reading as I'm in France at the moment, enjoying a holiday but sadly most of the time without wifi and therefore internet. I haven't forgotten you!

      Ann

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      Greensleeves Hubs 19 months ago from Essex, UK

      Hi Ann. Congrats on perseverence on HubPages for 6 years! I've done 5 and a bit so far, and intend to do at least 5 and a bit more. It is a struggle sometimes. Just recently I've been undergoing a slump in views which is disheartening - hopefully it's just down to Google algorithms, but I guess I'll have to try to market better. In response to your questions, my wish above all is to inform and influence, but I write about anything which grabs my attention or about which I think I can contribute something interesting. I aim for quality first and foremost, and just hope that in time and with perseverence, that will win through and attract ever increasing traffic. I hope that your articles, which are well written, well constructed and varied in content, achieve for you all you wish for.

      As far as your challenge is concerned, I actually agree with pretty much all of your dislikes. Maybe I can make a case for rice pudding? Easy and quick to prepare even for a cooking idiot like myself, easy to swallow for anyone with swallowing problems or an absence of teeth (not myself I hasten to add) and probably healthier than most other treats such as chocolates, biscuits, cakes or chocolate biscuits or chocolate cakes! :) Alun

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Good Chris! Take your time and whenever it's ready I'm looking forward to reading it. I appreciate your making the effort to respond to the challenge.

      Hope you had a happy Easter.

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 20 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ann, I've got half an article written to respond to your challenge, and I'm not going to give up on finishing it. The company that was visiting is gone and the competitions for now are over. I can do this. :)

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ann, all is well with me. Best wishes to you!

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Nell. Seven years is a long time but if you're like me, then you like the community here. It's worth it despite the 'pay'!

      Ann

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      Nell Rose 20 months ago from England

      Hi Ann, I have been here nearly seven now! Oh my! I started out with poetry, then short stories then off to the articles, I tend to write about health or supernatural, maybe there's a connection! lol! well done, and congrats!

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Hi Lawrence! Thanks for reading.

      The 'comfort zone' is exactly what you're going out of by venturing into unfamiliar territory - a great way to stretch your abilities by trying something new. I wish you good luck with that. Go for it!

      I also like Frederick Forsyth; his experience has leant validity and credibility to his stories. I haven't read Wilbur Smith for a while but I remember enjoying his writing.

      Ann

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      Lawrence Hebb 20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Ann

      What's a 'comfort zone'?

      I'm serious, I think the only form of writing I find really hard to do is poetry! Not that I don't like it, I do, I just don't get the time to write it very often!

      As for favorite authors it would be between Wilbur Smith and Frederick Forsyth and their attention to detail!

      I'm working on a series at the moment (fiction) that I'm hoping to publish as a novella that if I was to use one word to describe it's message it would be 'LOYALTY'

      As for me, no matter what I write passion has to be there!

      The present project I've only ever got half way through before but not completed, from this point on its unfamiliar territory which I'm both looking forward to and a little apprehensive about, but nothing ventured nothing gained.

      Lawrence

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Mel, for your kind words. A celebrity! Well I never!

      I can tell writing is in your soul; there are a few here who write with that certain passion and style and it's easy to tell who writes from the heart, you being one of them.

      Thanks for your valuable input and telling me why you write. I enjoy the humour in your work and of course you are internationally famous too!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Jo. Thomas Hardy wrote some lovely tales, most centred around the beautiful Devon countryside not far from where I live.

      This is a great site to write and practise our craft.

      Thanks again for the visit and comments.

      Ann

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      There are many reasons I write. Delight in the Language, as you mentioned, is probably the first and foremost. I love recreating ear pleasing sentences that roll and bounce and play. Of course I would like to transfer this love into dollars and cents, so there are really multiple reasons I write. It's in my soul, I can't help it.

      As for a particular kind of writing, I really don't have one. I suppose I fancy myself a writer of fiction, but long form journalism is also a very creative field where one's wordsmithing skills can be put to good use.

      I love your writing, I love your your love for English, and I will remind you that you are internationally famous, because there is a mailman here in California, thousands of miles away, that thinks you are a celebrity. Congratulations on six!

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      Jo Miller 20 months ago from Tennessee

      Congratulations on your anniversary here. I've been here a while also, but not nearly as productive as you are on this site. Like you, however, I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. And I've been a voracious reader for about as long. If I had to pick one writer as a favorite it would probably be Thomas Hardy, one of your compatriots. I think he's about as good as they get. I also have a great love for the Southern Literature of the US.

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Mike, for reading and for your comments.

      Jacqueline Wilson is a prolific writer of children's and young adults' books, well known here and I would've thought fairly well-known in most English-speaking places.

      You might not have the writing 'bug' but you certainly know how to write extremely well. I'm proud to be one of the 'secret society'!

      Will catch up on your latest when I get back home - grandchildren demanding attention!

      Ann

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      mckbirdbks 20 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann. Congratulations of 6 years here at the Hub. You covered so much territory that I would not know where to start trying to answer all of your questions. I have one? Who is Jacqueline Wilson? I bought and sold books for 25 years and do not recognize the name. And Dean Koontz is flattered beyond belief to be added to the list you produced off-the-top-of-your-head.

      Why do I write? - Why to form a secret society of select readers of course. Little joke there. I don't have 'the writing bug' as you and Bill Holland and so many others have. I have the reading/book bug. "Thank goodness for the secret society."

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      Ann Carr 20 months ago from SW England

      Chris: yes I do remember you writing about Dunkirk. Shame you can't compare the two but I expect you'd have a similar experience to mine. It's those times that I'm glad I'm a bit of a hoarder - so was my father and I'm so glad I have many of his things.

      Ok, we'll see if you manage to persuade me!

      Ann :)

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      Chris Mills 21 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ann, you mentioned writing when you were young. I've told you before about the time in seventh grade when I wrote about the evacuation of Dunkirk. I don't know why I wrote about that. Maybe it was assigned. But the story got the attention of my teacher. I remember some of it. I wish I had that story. And you also know that I wrote about Dunkirk again, and put it here on HP. I'd like to be able to compare the two writings. Have I grown? Am I more or less creative? What have I lost or gained?

      I'll take your challenge. I'll convince you to do something you don't want to do. Yes, I will. Stay tuned. :)

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Denis Lubojanski: Thank you for reading and for your kind words.

      Writing is a passion for me too so I understand what you mean.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      manatita: Thank you for your kind words and compliment. It's interesting to hear everyone's various reasons for writing. Your writing always reaches the heart.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Peggy W. Seven years is great! Time I had a look at your hubs then; will pop over in a moment. Good luck with your website - I wouldn't even know where to start!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Duane Townsend: Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for following me.

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      Denis Lubojanski 21 months ago from 7 Station Street, London

      Writing is something like passion. Every time I finish writing an article, the thought pokes me that this writing should have been better. After that I promise myself that, my next writing is going to be better.

      Your writing is always pleasing to read Ann. Want more from you. :)

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      manatita44 21 months ago from london

      Hi Ann.

      Your Hub is excellent, well-balanced, pleasing ... the very things that you seem to wish to promote. It's tidy, all right, and more then worthy of a sixth year Hub. Congratulations!

      You ask about the 'whys' and 'what's' of writing. I feel that we humans are coloured by our depth of Spirit, Consciousness ...our personality or character is highly influenced, or indeed are at one with this flow. It is in this Light that I write and enjoy writing.

      I write to serve; to elevate; to inspire; to reach the Heart ...and yes, I do not always do this well, but I have no other purpose. I was just saying to another Hubber that I feel there is a Constant, God, and that I am indeed a servant or instrument of that Constant.

      I'm still working on simply offering without expectations, and in the meantime, all Gratitude to the Light (Constant) I see and feel in All.

      A well balanced Hub for your sixth year, and an interesting mix of dislikes. Happy Anniversary! In Love and Light. -Manatita

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      Peggy Woods 21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations Ann on your anniversary. It is hard to believe but I have been writing on HubPages for 7 years now! Like you I have a wide variety of interests and when writing on one subject by digging a bit deeper I often learn things which is fun. Hopefully it is enlightening for readers as well. Not sure I have the time to enter your challenge right now since I am in the process of developing my own website...but good luck! It will be interesting to see what type responses you get.

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      Duane Townsend 21 months ago from Detroit

      I really enjoyed reading this Hub. Thanks Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Chris, for taking the time to write your quick note. It's great that you're coming back to read again and I'm looking forward to your response to the challenge.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Hi Devika! Thanks for visiting today. I suppose 6 years is a long time but I don't tend to notice the time when I'm writing - it goes so quickly!

      Using our own experiences is a great basis for interesting and informative writing.

      Hope all's well with you.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Vellur! I appreciate your kind words and I'm so glad you like my writing. The fact that you like my poem makes me very pleased because you write such beautiful poetry. Wishing you a great week,

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Venkatachari M: Thank you so much for your kind words.

      You have excellent reasons for writing and from what I've read of yours, you succeed in every aspect.

      I'll look forward to reading your attempt at convincing me regarding tea - it won't be easy!

      Best wishes and blessings to you.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      swalia: Thank you. It doesn't seem so long and I've enjoyed every minute of it.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      R Talloni: Thank you. I'm glad you like the challenge idea and I'll look forward to reading your response whenever you manage to get round to it. No time limit!

      Great to see you today and thanks for the visit.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Theresa! Lovely to see you today. It just doesn't seem like 6 years and they've certainly been busy ones.

      You're absolutely right about being remembered through our kind words and deeds - that's better than any claim to fame, whatever it may be.

      I don't know much about American football other than it's nothing like ours and much rougher, so it's just our type of football that I dislike.

      Hope you have a great day and a wonderful week. Hugs.

      Ann :)

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Hi Flourish! Thanks for the input. My sports were tennis (still is), badminton and netball. Even played cricket at school but no-one else understands that (not sure that I do!).

      I forgot X-factor etc; I'm afraid I don't like them either! What a spoil-sport I am! Maybe I should add that to the list as many people seem to have the same dislikes as I do and that would be more contentious.

      Thanks for the visit and input - great to see you today, Flourish!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Ah, I read it wrong, sorry! Great writer all the same!

      Ann :)

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Hi, Alan! I'm glad you think I'm a youngster -I wish!

      I know what you mean about getting into the 'spirit of the age'; it's fun to do that.

      Yes, I'm grateful for the list of followers and hopefully I won't disappoint as I try for another year.

      Thank you for your visit today and for your interesting input.

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 21 months ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Ann, I'm in a hurry to go to work now, but I'll reread your hub later and comment more. I will definitely take part in your challenge.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations! Six years is a long time for writing here. I am glad you enjoy what you do. I do too and informing others of what I know and of my experiences is a pleasure of mine.

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      Congratulations! Your passion for writing shines through, and I enjoy reading your hubs. Loved your poem.

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      Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      My hearty congratulations, Ann. You are a good writer and I enjoy your writings very much. Your views and tips expressed here are of much worth. Your presentation style is very appealing and interesting.

      I write mainly for my own satisfaction and to convey my feelings to others. Then, my objective is to improve myself as well as to bring awareness among people regarding human values. I also like sharing my knowledge with others and know things from others.

      I think I should convince you regarding tea. Journey through caves is a frightful experience for me also. I agree with you that professional players - whether it is soccer, baseball or cricket - are being unduly elevated and paid too much at the expense of other talented people.

      My good wishes and blessings to you.

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      Shaloo Walia 21 months ago

      Congratulations on completing six years at HP!

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      RTalloni 21 months ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your anniversary! Your celebration post has lots of interesting food for though. Giving consideration to your questions is a useful exercise. Love the idea behind your challenge. I would enjoy thinking a convincing argument through and then refining it in writing. Not sure I'll get to it right now, but I'd like to say stay tuned… :)

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      Faith Reaper 21 months ago from southern USA

      Congratulations, Ann! Wow, six years is quite an accomplishment. I can't believe my fourth anniversary is coming up at the end of March. I am close to 100,000 views and hope I make those views by the end of the month, which seems astounding to me. As far as your challenge, well, I believe I hate almost all that you do on your list, or at least prefer something more than the other. The only football we watch is the college rivalry big game. I can't stand Facebook, except to update family photos for family who live far off. I believe I do like rice pudding ...depending though. I don't know about fame but I do keep in mind the quote by Thomas Chalmers, "Live for something ...write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with ...you will never be forgotten." I try my best to do this in my writings and commenting. I don't write for money but to share what's on my heart. Here's to many more years writing in this lovely community.

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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on your tenure here. As for the dislikes, I share many of them. I hate just about all sports (so pointless), most warm beverages, rice pudding ing is ho hum, FaceBook passé, not so much on board games or reality tv. I do like the Voice and those singing competitions though.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ann, Dean Koonyz doesn't write poetry as far as I know. Only one of hose writers I mentioned is a poet..Banjo Paterson.. :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 21 months ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      That's a big list of 'dislikes' Ann, for such a youngster.

      Like Bill it would take me a while to outline why I write. Maybe I'm a show-off or maybe I'm narcissistic or maybe I just like to put words 'to the test'. There's a world between writing mediaeval Anglo-Scandinavian historical fiction and travelogues, you know that already.

      I like to see how to express myself without falling back on 'loan-words' too often when I write historical fiction - you know, get into the spirit of the age... "1066 And All That".

      By the way Ann, congrats on the anniversary. Nice to know there's a following when you look over your shoulder, eh?

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, Dora, and I'm glad you enjoy reading my work and learn a few things. I think that's a valuable part of reading others' work - that we learn from each other about all sorts of things, the most valuable of which is life. The latter is something you do so well, comment on life and its difficulties and idiosyncrasies.

      Thanks for all your support and remaining a loyal follower; much appreciated.

      Have a great week, Dora!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Hi Ruby! Thank you and congratulations on your 6 six years too. I find it hard to believe I've been writing regularly all that time but it's definitely been a great experience and, like you, I wouldn't have written anywhere near as much if I hadn't been a part of hubpages.

      Just pretend you like one thing on the list and try to convince me anyway! Your poetry is great and your imagination boundless - you seem to be able to write about so much and it's always a joy to read.

      I appreciate your support so much, so thanks for reading and commenting today.

      Have a terrific Tuesday and I hope your week is wonderful, Ruby.

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Yes, bill, we have a lot in common it seems and I'm so glad we're friends.

      Hope work's going well - both lots!

      Hugs to you too.

      Ann

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      Dora Weithers 21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on your sixth anniversary! I wonder how many hubbers stay around that long; that says much about your passion and perseverance as a writer. Anyway, I do admire your work. I learn from you and the last verse of your poem expresses my thought exactly.

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Frank. What a lovely thing to say. You're one of my favourites too!

      It is certainly good to write about our interests and passions, as well as being good to read all the talent that visits here.

      I hope your day is great and that the rest of the week lives up to it!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thank you, Eric, for your visit and for your lovely words. I am sadly late in reading many of yours lately but I will get round to them, I promise.

      You're one of my favourites too, Eric, especially after that comment!

      Have a great day and a great week!

      Ann

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      Ann Carr 21 months ago from SW England

      Thanks, John, for your kind words. So glad you liked this.

      I didn't realise Dean Koontz wrote poetry! Must have a look.

      I hope you do take up the challenge, just as an exercise even if you don't like them either!

      Have a great week, John.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Congratulations on six years at Hub Pages. I just received this week my notification of six years also. I can't imagine not writing, yet before I joined HP I never dreamed I would ever write. I write for the sheer joy of writing. My passion is poetry. I think above all you have listed as your dislikes is one that I dislike the most and that is Facebook. I also hate rice and being underground, in fact most of the items you listed are my dislikes too. So, I must confess your challenge is difficult for me. I loved your poem......

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Happy Anniversary my friend!

      Why do I write? There isn't room here for that answer, but I think you know....you get it. I can't imagine not writing. This is my window to unlimited possibilities. This is how I make contact with people from other cultures. This is how I build a lasting legacy....and on and on and on and on.

      I may not be able to take your challenge due to time constraints, but I was howling at your list of dislikes. Other than Facebook we share a dislike of the entire list. Way too funny, Ann! No wonder we are friends.

      Time to get to work....peace, blessings and the hugs of friendship heading your way.

      bill

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      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      Another really good Hub.. I think we fall into the same catagory.. I write to strengthen vocabs.. release tension.. and see what I can create.. I read because I sometimes like to see what other hubbers think.. so many favs here and you have become one of mine.. thanks for sharing with us Frank

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That was an awesome poem. I am an other on you poll questions because I preach and writing is a passion. I have a strange genre. I will have to give some thought on your challenge.

      This was a great hub to read because it was about one of my favorites here.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I loved this hub Ann. We have a lot in common, how we view writing and even that we have both been at Hub Pages for six years. In the first of your polls I could have chosen "all of the above." The second also more than one, but poetry is my first love.

      Your poetry, incidentally, was very good here. Some writers who influence me or I enjoy are Banjo Paterson, John Grisham, Robin Cook, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dean Koontz, Bryce Courtney.

      As for your challenge. I'll have to think about that, as I also dislike most things on your list. Maybe I can find some facts to write supporting one that I dislike less than others though.. we'll see.