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Updated on November 6, 2014
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The inspiration for this article is my love of writing. I am not the best writer and the things I love to write about aren't on Google's list of top 100 searches. I write because I believe that words, when thoughtfully crafted, can make a difference in the world.

Writers experience the feeling of success in varying ways. Our diversity and unique perspective defines how we view success. It is not the same for all writers. And that, is as it should be.

My journey here on Hubpages,com has reached another milestone. I now have over 50,000 views and have over 4400 followers. For other writers here, that is a mere drop in the proverbial pond. For me, it is something to celebrate.

“They”, whoever they are, say it’s not the destination that’s important. They say isn’t more about the journey and that is certainly true about my experience as a writer in this community.

The Beginning

All good stories begin with a little background.

I began my journey as a writer here in May of 2012. I had just been laid off again and had a lot of time on my hands. I also needed an income. Writing had always brought me a great deal of pleasure but my experience was quite limited. I had written an occasional op-Ed piece in a local newspaper and for several years I was the editor of a newsletter for a non-profit organization that I founded in the early 90’s. The primary focus of my writing had been limited to issues of social justice, Native America, and my love of the natural world. Every now and then I had to satisfy my need to vent about the political climate but that was rare.

The pieces I had written out of passion for social injustice or, through an emotional connection with the nature were creative expressions of thought. The articles were full of emotion but it was obvious that I knew nothing about writing for money, SEO, keywords, or monetizing an article. I wrote simply because I wanted to say something about something I felt was important.

The Middle

While searching the Internet, I stumbled across several sites that claimed to pay money for writing. I tried a few and found them so monotonous and boring that I almost gave up. Then, I discovered Hubpages. After reading about the site, it was clear that I would have complete control over the content I published as long as it was not vulgar or abusive. I could compliment my writing with videos, polls, andimages, and, I would have some control, although limited, over the layout of my work. Hubpages would also allow me to monetize my work as an Amazon.com associate or through Google Ads and Ebay. It was more than I hoped to find.

After creating my account, I applied for all the affiliate privileges and was accepted by all. I read a plethora of articles by other writers, trying to get ideas for where to start. Eventually, I realized that the only way to get started was to just jump in and write. So I did. I chose a subject that I knew a little about that was innocuous. Surely, I would not start a firestorm if I wrote about genealogy. So, I did.

My first few articles received some positive feedback so I was encouraged. But, I wasn’t satisfied. As a very emotionally charged woman, I needed more. Well, maybe that’s a bit strong. Let’s just say, I wanted more. I wanted my writing to matter; to make a difference in the world, even if it only made life better for one person at a time. Looking back, I realize now that even my family history articles contain an element of emotion. Why wouldn’t they? The history of our families, whether positive or negative, help to mold us and make us who we are.

I realized pretty quickly that I was not going to get rich here on Hubpages, at least not very quickly. If I wasn’t going to get rich, then I could at least write about things that mattered to me. Still a bit timid, I wrote an article comparing trees in nature to family trees and waited for a reaction from the readers.

The response was quite moderate. I had a few visits to the article but nothing to make me jump up and down with excitement. What happened though was more important. I felt good about writing the article. I had exposed myself as a person who loved nature and as one who could equate things in the natural world to the species of human beings. I could share the lessons I was learning from nature and not get run out of Hubpages for being a total nut. So now, I had to give politics a try. I wrote my first article on politics and waited for the boom to fall. It didn’t but then, I didn’t get a lot of readers on this one either. That was okay though. I just wanted to test the waters and the result was much like my experiment of writing about nature. Whew! I felt free to go for it; to write about things I cared about without being bullied or criticized. I was free.

The Present

Since those early days, I have written about whatever erupted within my soul and not once have I worried about the consequences. I revised my profile statement to prepare visitors for what they might find in my writing. The only thing I could promise is that I would write about whatever inspires me and, that I would attempt to make a difference in this world.

I’ve had some success here on Hubpages. It has not been a financial success, nor has it been successful for having earned the title of an esteemed writer. My success here can best be defined for these things:

  • I have widened and enriched my circle of friends.
  • I have become more aware of the power of words.
  • I have become more committed to produce content that inspires others.
  • I have lowered my expectations of financial gain and elevated my commitment to make a difference.
  • I have released myself from the pressure of Hub statistics.

My Current Status on Hubpages - November 2014

These things do not matter to me anymore but may be of interest to others who are considering Hubpages as a platform for their writing. If I was writing for money, I would certainly have to change my writing style and subject matter. I will do neither for the sake of a dollar. I want more visitors though because that is how I can have the most impact on creating a better world, one person at a time.

The numbers:

  • Joined HP on May 2, 2012
  • Total earnings: $150.00 (try to suppress your giggle please)
  • Hubs written to date: 209
  • Total Views of All Hubs:54,678
  • Hubber Score: consistently ranges from 94 and 97.
  • Total Followers: 477
  • Total friendships made: Innumerable


The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Hiding the bad and the ugly serves no purpose and I believe that we should represent the reality of our success truthfully. If we did not have the experience of an occasional failure, we would not fully appreciate our success. So, let's look at my highs and...my lows.


My highest score on a hub: 97

My Father, His Ties, And A Quilt

My lowest score on a hub: 57

President Obama - It's About the Vocabulary

My most viewed hub: 2955 views

Is an Italian Greyhound the Right Dog For You?"

My least viewed hub: 33 views

A Magical Christmas Moment

My hub that received the most comments: 73 comments

Social Issues: The Children Are Our Future

My hub that received the fewest comments: 0 comments

The Monacan Indian Nation in Central Virginia : Building Bridges Between Cultures

The Value of Writing on HubPages

The values of writing for HubPages is not financial. Perhaps it is for those whose writing style is different and geared more for reviews, marketing products, recipes, etc. I cannot compete with those writers. That is not my niche and never will be. I envy their financial success but I am content with the success I have experienced as a writer here on Hubpages.

HubPages connected me to a community of writers who share my passion for nature and to those who want to make a difference to the under-served, under-appreciated, and under-estimated in our society. Hubpages has given the issues I care about a voice and that is why I will remain here.

Where else on earth can you find humor ($$), love and friendship, and an opportunity to speak your mind without discrimination? Sure, on a rare occasion someone will challenge your views but those are opportunities, not something to fear.

Until I report on another milestone here on HubPages, I wish for all of us the continued freedom to express ourselves.




© 2013 Linda Crist

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    Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    In my book Linda, you are a supremely successful HubPages writer. Because you write about what matters to you, what intrigues you, and what also speaks to others. Personally, I think your 65$ check (no giggle at all) is impressive, because you earned it when your goal wasn't to earn money at all. Good for you! And good for us! Theresa

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    junko 4 years ago

    I feel as you do about hubpages, but didn't really know it until you wrote it. Cheers and handclaps for your milestone. Be careful not to stumble over those ahead for you on hubpages.

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Well, my friend, you're doing a lot better than I. I joined in October 2011 and have only made $22.66 to date. I haven't even earned my keep yet!

    However, I agree with you: the friendships made are invaluable. Congratulations to you, Linda!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Theresa! Thank you so much for the compliment. I do giggle over the $65 since the reason I came to hubpages initially was to make a living after getting laid off. Little did I know what I would really find here. It has been amazing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Junko, you were one of the first writers I read when I came here and look at us now. Haven't we learned a lot about ourselves and our reasons for writing here on HP? No worries about me stumbling. All those head of me are holding their hands out to help me climb. And those who aren't, don't matter anyway.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, obviously the money isn't why either of us is still here. We're not SEO writers at heart. Both of us are capable of writing articles on product reviews, etc. but we would both rather starve, I think. lol

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    Bill Blackburn 4 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

    Linda you took every word right out of my mouth... so to speak! I couldn't agree with you more on the real benefits of being here at HP. I think so far I've made .65cents but I am having the time of my life and learning so much. Thanks for sharing your insight!

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    I'm doing the SEO crap Linda in order to make a living, just not here. HP is my personal release as a creative writer. The money doesn't matter. I, too came here to make money, but this site is about so much more!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, thank you so much for the visit today. I appreciate your comment and am happy to make your acquaintance. I will look forward to getting to know you better.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Shauna, I still do a bit of SEO on textbroker but it drives me insane. I have to take a break from it and have for about six weeks. I need to get back to it but it's like pulling a mule to the plow.

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Very informative and complete coverage. Everyone new here so read you...maybe the rest of us too, lol. Voting up and sharing.

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    GoldenThreadPress 4 years ago

    You just prove how important HP is to us writers. It is a little of education, camaraderie and a lot of trial and error. In the end, we all benefit, if even a little. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs.--Deb

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is beautiful and really does tell what HP is about and what a great place it is to write. I have not been successful in getting an adsense account up and running in the (almost) year I have been around, but HP is still a part of my daily routine.

    Congrats on the 20,000 views!

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    Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Linda, I could not agree more, I have not made much money here at Hubpages, but that is because like you, I will not change my writing style to accommodate Google, Amazon or HP.

    Thank you for sharing this, Mark

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    WOO HOO Linda!!!

    20,000 + and counting - Congrats dear friend!!! I feel the same way as you do about writing on HubPages. I don't write for money, at the moment, but I am enjoying the freedom to write about what is in my heart that is important to me, and plus it is a lot of fun. The best is getting to meet wonderful people such as yourself and make new friendships, who will support you and give you that encouragement you need to keep going.

    Thanks for such a refreshingly honest hub here, and I would expect no less from you ever! You're the best.

    Never stop letting your light so shine . . .

    Lots of hugs and love your way, Faith Reaper

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Well, Kindred, congratulations on the views, but I know it's not important to you. I should say congratulations on staying true to your heart because that is the greatest achievement. My earnings are a joke here at HP, so obviously that's not why I write here. I write here because of people like you. You can't measure that reward in dollars and cents.

    I'm beside you all the way.

    bill

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you so much for this. One of the major things Hubpages has going for it is its supportive and strong community, which its management fosters. Best wishes to you as you continue to grow.

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    Jim Miles 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Thanks for this. This is the kind of hub that motivates me to write for the right reasons. Bravo.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jackie, thank you so much. I'm glad you found this a worthy read.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Deb. Thank you for the visit. I appreciate you spending your time here and your comment too.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jim (xstatic). I don't understand this problem that so many have in getting an Adsense account. It is a real mystery to me. All I have to offer is - keep trying. Don't give up. I sometimes wonder if it's not "code logic" rather than human logic that turns really good writers down. Maybe you just have to land in the right sequence of applicants to get a "yes". Who knows. That said, I always appreciate your visits and it means a lot that you would celebrate my achievement.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mark, I hope neither of us ever changes to effect the numbers. Thanks for being here today.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Dear Faith, the only way to do this is to be honest. lol It's like life - it's not always pretty but there is always something to learn. I love my HP friends and you are always there cheering me on. That, is a gift. Thank you!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Bill, my pal, the nmbers are nothing more than a good excuse to write about the good, the bad, and the ugly. The real value here is as you have said - friendship and developing your skill to a higher level. In that aspect, I am growing rich. Thanks for cheering me on. Love ya!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MH. Thanks for your support through this journey. I agree totallywith your assessment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jim, thanks so much. My favorite philosopher, Joseph Campbell once said - "Follow your bliss." I took it to heart and hope that you and I both will continue to write for the right reasons. :-)

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    As you can tell by the comments how much we all appreciate you. You are a loyal friend on Hub and I always enjoy reading what you write. And you have come to grips with the reality of the writing site and write what matters to you. So cudos to you..And keep writing my friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Carol. I enjoy this group so much. Writing from the heart seems to be the only way I know how to write so I'll keep going and hope that it helps someone along the way. You're a great friend and supporter and I always enjoy your comments.

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    alwaysamber 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story! I feel the same way about just pouring out how I feel a lot of times. I believe that if you truly enjoying doing this, then everything else will come along with it. Being someone who has always loved to write, since I was a kid, this is a way for me to continue my creativity and to have a fun hobby.

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    Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Wonderful hub and comments. I think the truth in what you say is evident by your comments here.

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    Linda, this is a very interesting hub full of insight and encouragement. For new hubbers, it is very encouraging -- for seasoned hubbers, it is a reminder of just how important it is to express our creative side. Your hub is motivational and inspiring. You are so spot on about the community here and meeting such wonderful people who support each other. Well done, Linda!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Alwaysamber - thank you so much for stopping by and I am glad you enjoyed this hub. Keep writing!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Eric. Thanks for the complment. I agree that the comments on this one speak for themselves. It's a wonderful community of supportive writers and friends who encourage you to write your best stuff.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Phyllis. I appreciate your visit and comment. Finding HP was one of the best things I've done since deciding to explore my love of writing. I wouldn't leave for all the money in the world.

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    I am with you, Linda. HP is a place where I am comfortable and able to explore all sides of myself with my writing. I find so much here to bring good things into my life. Even though I do not write a hub very often lately, there is so much in this community to enhance my creative side.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Linda, I congratulate you on your awesome milestone; but there's a larger number to be considered, and that is the number of people you have touched, and whose lives have been made the better for it. Your writing style is impressive, and I know that is because it comes from your heart and your passion.

    I'm so glad we both found this amazing community of very special people!

    Voted Up and Awesome my friend,

    Pearl

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    Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

    Irc815- I enjoyed reading about your experience here at HubPages. All in all, HubPages has been wonderful and a fulfilling experience for me. I did originally join because I heard that you can make money writing here but right away I learned there was so much more to this place than just writing to make a few bucks. It's just a wonderful community of caring individuals (for the most part) and nowadays any money made is just icing on the cake. Thanks again for sharing :)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Pearl, what a thoughtful thing to say. If I have helped someone along the way, then I am living out my purpose. I have been helped by so many wonderful people in my lif and all I've ever wanted was to give some of it back. I think we all come to a place in life where we question our value on this earth. I certainly do anyway. And then a friend like you comes along and puts meaning to it all. Thank you so very much. I too am blessed by this community and...your friendship.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jamie. A few bucks is the key word. lol The community is really what matters here, isn't it? And, that we are free to express ourselves. That's as is important to me as the money. There is plenty of icing on this cake and I really appreciate all the support I've been given here on HP. Thanks for the visit and delightul comment.

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    mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

    Well for sure Hubpages has brought us all treasure. This Hub says so much. Your earnings are really good in that most hubbers who admit it took a soild year to year and a half to reach their first payout. You will remember the friends long after the money has been spent.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi mckbirdbks! You are so right about the friends lasting longer than the money. The real value here is in the support and encouragement from writers who really care and share their knowledge too. Thank you for being here!

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    Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

    Congratulations Linda! I can't even fathom 20,000 views for myself....You are a very good writer and you write what you care about, so that's the definition of success in my opinion. You might not be getting rich with cash, but it sure sounds like you've gained a lot from being a hubber. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for the encouragement and the visit. I couldn't agree more about what I've gained in terms of friendship and growth as a writer. You can't put a dollar value on those, can you? Thanks again.

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    Katerina Kostaki 4 years ago from Athens-Greece

    "I have written about whatever erupted within my soul and not once have I worried about the consequences"-That's the most honest quote I 've ever read on Hubpages and I totally agree with you.

    Probably you write from your heart like me and that's the most beautiful thing on writing process.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello academylight! Thanks for your visit today and for your huge compliment. If I can only be remembered for one thing, I would want it to be "honesty". Yes, I write from my heart because it makes writing easy. Anything else is forced and doesn't leave me satisfied. You have no idea how much I appreciate your comment. Thank you!

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    The reality of your succees is just that....you have succeeded. Readers can feel your emotion and follow you wherever you lead them. Your experience before HP is clearly evident. The friends you have made were easy to make...when someone is as sincere as you are, and let's her truths be known, you have to like that person ;) I know I'm happy and blessed to call you friend and I do love reading your hubs. Here's to many more years!!

    Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary, thank you so much. I am deeply touched by your sentiment. I too am happy and blessed to call you my friend.

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Yo yo yo Linda - what has come out of my hubpage experience - well not making at least one penny ......BUT I got to meet pretty girls like you!

    Sending you sincere warm wishes and good energy and most importantly on a day/night like this - A happy VALENTINE's day to you from Colin and his cats, lake erie time canada 7:54pm

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    h-e-l-l-o epi-man! How are you? HP is not for the feint of the pocketbook. lol But I accept your delightful compliment and share the feeling that the benefits of meeting great people (like yourself) cannot be measured. Thank you for the warm wishes, good energy, and the Valentine's Day remembrance too. They are being returned to you, a little late but with genuine emotion. My music choice of the day has been Journey, Michael McDonald, and Bob Seeger . Reliving my youth I suppose. :-)

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    wildove5 4 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

    That was awesome! Just so you know, I never set up a paypal account! I'm tech illiterate and don't have the patients. Besides, writing is my therapy, and there's no co-pay!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    LOL....I hear ya wildoves. But honestly, setting up Paypal is easy and you could make a few pennies for your work. I think most of us see HP as therapeutic though. What a great group of people who just happen to write too. Thanks for the visit.

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    A wonderful hub and thank you for sharing. Voted up and enjoy your day.

    Eddy.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Eddy. I appreciate your visits so much.

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    billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

    lrc7815, Great Hub. You and I seem to have a lot in common. We both started around the same time and have about the same amount of views. I know I'm never going to get rich, but I love it. Good luck

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello billd01603 . Thanks for stopping by and sharing your history with me. I will celebrate my one year anniversary with HP on the 21st of May and although my financial gain is something to laugh at, I have not changed my opinion of the experience or the wonderful people I have befriended. Wishing you the same!

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