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How To Write 500 Articles In 17 Months

Updated on September 3, 2012


As happens so many times in my life, time flies when you're having fun.

Here I stand on the brink of 500 hubs and in all truth, it seems like just yesterday when I started.

I did some calculations and if I joined hubpages 17 months ago and am completing my 500th hub today, that means that I have produced roughly 1 hub per day for 17 months.

Of course that isn't true because some days I produced 5 and some days 0 but you get the drift and the concept that I'm averaging.

I was going to use my 500th hub to write one of my funny stories and let it just slide by unnoticed but then I rethought it and just couldn't do it. I needed you all to be with me when I congratulated myself for the effort!



So what have I learned in all these 17 months? What wisdom could I possibly share with you all to give a flavor of my feelings about my first venture into writing somewhere other than emails and letters?

It's been a ride. Much like so many things in my life - I've had the time of my life. I had friends tell me for years that I should write a book (they still do and I'm working on finding the time there). I've also had friends over the years who loved hearing from me whether by letter or email just because they loved my writing. But that was as far as it ever went. That and writing the occasional poem or little "ditty" for my family.

At the urging of an old high school friend who came to visit me 18 months ago, I decided to give it a try. He is a writer for Huffington Post so I figured he probably wouldn't be saying that I should write unless he meant it. Besides, I'm much too old for him to try and flatter me with a lie! So I sat down and decided to just take the plunge.



I've never been sorry for one moment of the ride....well, there were a few rough patches when some people said some very insulting things to me on the forums at the beginning of my journey, but I got past it thanks to the other caring folks I met along the way.  Most especially thanks to the fantastic encouragement I received then and have continued to receive. 

Even on my darkest and down days, I have only to sign into my account and read something someone has said or something someone else has written and my spirits are restored. There is a powerful magic in that.  Writing on hubpages and having such good friends has made me feel that I could write anything and that is truly a gift!

I've gone from frightened or unsure of my writing to feeling like I have a voice....not because I'm so good at it but just because I'm valued.  It is a niche in my life that makes me smile from ear to ear because it's ALL good.  There is nothing bad about it or anything that I would change. 

As I've been on hubpages these past 17 months, I've gone from "okay" to wonderfully pleased in terms of my earnings, too.  Now that was something I didn't expect! It's just one more plus in a long line of things that I add up all the time in my life and I can say "Aren't I the lucky one?"  To be doing something I love, albeit not full time as I wish I could, to have friends and make's all just a beautiful gift I unwittingly gave myself!

The HP sled
The HP sled | Source


I do worry sometimes that one day I'll not be able to think of anything to write although I doubt that will happen....only because in my real life, I have so many interests and love so many things it's hard to keep up with all the "me's" in my life.  

I also worry sometimes that I write across too "many" venues but then again, that is what keeps me coming back.  The variety of writing about anything and everything is just too good to pass up.  I have so many passions that it's hard not to expound on all of them in some form.  I am most thankful for the arena in which to do this...and the fact that I still have followers! 

I am finally down to about 15 hubs left that I wrote during my "vacation" week in December for the Personal Finance Contest.  In my insanity, I figured that I could do the allowed 5 hubs per day and increase the odds of my winnings.  Little did I realize how difficult writing 140 hubs would be as by the end of it, my arms were absolutely killing me....more than usual. 

Then I began the ardent task of posting up 5 per day.....that did not last long.  I ended up doing maybe 2, sometimes 3 per day though gave it a good run the last few days with 5 per day.  All this said, I was happy that I could write so many hubs on a subject I felt I knew nothing about! 

I mention this to illustrate that if you expand your mind and think outside yourself, you can learn a heck of a lot and on top of that, you can even teach a heck of a lot in your own way.  If someone like me, who knows relatively zip about finance can come up with 140 hubs, I think anyone can do it on any subject!

Over my time on hubpages, I've been lucky enough to make enough money and win enough money to buy things I never would have gotten probably....or may have had to wait down the road to purchase.  

I enhanced my life with my little netbook for typing which is a fantastic tool.  I bought accessories for my camera work such as photo boxes....and I bought my first sled.  I christened it HP for hubpages.  I look forward to running it this next season with my two pups. 

gabby is on the left
gabby is on the left | Source


That brings me to the best part of my writing income on hubpages....I earned enough to buy my Griffin's niece, another malamute. Meet Gabby, my next new project and I'm sure love of my life.

I've also earned enough to buy some of the equipment I needed for her. I'm looking forward to yet another chapter in the life and times of me and my dogs but thanks to hubpages, it was all that much easier to afford.

I can't explain how lucky I feel to have been so blessed to write freely and express myself but to also be able to afford extra things is just to coin a word...priceless.

Looking forward to more hubs coming down the pike on Gabby and Griffin (and Denaya too), and wondering where the next 500 hubs will take me. Now that I've rounded the bend on 500, it seems like a long, long way to say 750 or 1000 but think I'll get there.

Thanks to all of you who have always supported me and been such great friends and inspirational writers. I could never have done it without ya'll and I look forward to the next 250 or the next 500...or whatever!

There are so many of you to thank that I'd feel I was disregarding someone if I named names but I hope you all know how much you mean to me individually and as my special group of friends that I simply could not do without!

Sometimes my Bob reads my comments and is just amazed at how wonderful everyone is to me....not that he doesn't think I'm brilliant of course! He has said though on more than one occasion that to have folks in your life like that is truly remarkable and to know that you have praise like that must make me feel really great...and ya know what? It totally does!

Here's to the next hill for all of us! Cheers from the little old lady musher in Central Oregon.

Most fondly,



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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Glenn--I know what you mean...I've had to kind of turn a blind eye to my older hubs but try and revamp them when I get tagged on them with a comment for instance. It just becomes overwhelming sometimes to try and redo everything~ Good luck to you in the future...and keep on writing!

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Not only have you written more then 500 hubs (I see you are up to 665), but I see you have an Accolade for having over 500 featured. That's impressive!

      In the last few months I've been more busy updating hubs that weren't attracting traffic, than writing new ones. I've also deleted many hubs that I felt were not working. But in the back of my mind I've been wanting to get back to writing new hubs. Your well-written explanation of your experience has been very enlightening, and definitely a motivating factor.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Nif--I get a little panicked at times thinking OMG--what if I can't write something? But it never happens--knocking on wood right now!!!!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 

      8 years ago from Germany

      Such a prolific and fantastic achievement, and you are well over 600 hubs now! I hope you enjoy the apprenticeship program!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Gail--I definitely did it a little at a time and thanks so much (as always) for your kind comments---I just have a lot to say apparently!!

      I'm enjoying doing the apprenticeship simply because it's helped me see things differently - though taking some time off did too. I kind of like the short and sweeter method I'm trying to adopt - hope it works out for me~ This was one of my older "snooze" hubs - so hopefully changing it a bit (the title, etc) helped!!! Life is just a learning curve all the way around so trying to just do what I can a little at a time and not get overwhelmed~ So good to see you again!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! I can't even conceive of writing so many hubs in 17 months, especially ones that are as well written, illustrated and researched as yours are.

      From what you've written here, it seems like the most important key to your success is writing on a steady basis and finding topics that interest and motivate you.

      I would imagine you've had quite a lot of additional passive income from those original 500 hubs by now.

      You are truly awesome and a great inspiration!

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      Hub Hugs,


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      Danson Wachira 

      9 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Your Hub just motivated me, 500 Hubs? And i've just checked now up to 555 Hubs ... Wow! Thats great!

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      9 years ago from Australia

      Started my first hub this week. Of course the primary aim was to help attract visitors to my website... then when I signed up found I could actually also earn money. I then came across your page and wow am impressed. Time of course is my problem with my other online work, but your hub has started the glimmer of a story for my next hub... still to do with travel.

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      Fayme Zelena Harper 

      9 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA

      I was just writing a Hub on wanting to write 500 Hubs and your link came up! So glad you did it but I can't imagine posting 5 hubs in one day. My hands would fall off and my brain would melt.

      Love the pups. I miss having dogs. Have fun raising both of your 'fur kids'.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Baygirl - Yes, heaven forbid we become so smug that we forget how to be human~ That was my point and thanks so much for getting that.

      I have always been the gal who speaks out even when it is not fashionable and have to say it is not always the "best" path in some people's eyes but I do believe change only can occur when people speak up against bullying and/or abuse on any level. And in my humble opinion, there is abuse of all sorts out there and we should all have a care about the way we treat each other.

      Stepping off my soapbox....thanks again for the visit~~~~

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      9 years ago from Hamilton On.

      Congrats on your hard work!Maybe I'll never get to 500 but I'm enjoying the ride.Right now my life seems to be on hold. I just read your hub on the forum.Good job! We all need to be kept on the "straight and narrow"lest we get too impressed with ourselves.Many of us quit rather than take others to task.Thanks for being brave.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much for stopping by Randy - it was a journey that's for sure but one I thoroughly enjoyed!

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      Randy Godwin 

      10 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Congrats on the big 500, AK! Just thinking of writing that many hubs makes me tired! LOL!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      MMP - It's been a ride that's for sure but I loved every minute of it - and getting to know great folks like you on here!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on a job well done! I love reading your hubs, they are informative, interesting and have some awesome pics. You are truly an inspiration, so I guess I better get to work, I have a long way to go. Voted up and all the way across...

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Yesitsus - It all starts with one!! Best of luck to you!!

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      10 years ago from Atlanta

      I'm trying to get one hub under my belt! Ghee Whiz 500 is amazing!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Crewman6 - It just kinda sorta happened...everyone says that I get on a tangent of something and just keep going and going...I guess they might be right!

      Sally's Trove - You are TOO KIND - I'm very humbled by your wonderful comment and I feel the same about your writing!

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      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I love your voice and have been following it since you started here. Maybe HP brought it out for you in a public arena, but I think it was there all the time, just needing a larger audience. Not to mention the fact that you are a stellar writer. Wishing you another successful 500!

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      10 years ago

      Audrey, my hat's off to you. 500 in 17 months is just amazing! Congratulations.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Mysterylady - I'm thinking I need to buy pants with a chair in them! Thanks for the kind comment....I so appreciate it.

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      mysterylady 89 

      10 years ago from Florida

      Congratulations, Audrey. I sometimes think you must get butt-sore from spending so many hours at the computer. Not only are you prolific but your hubs are so well written! I especially love your funny hubs.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Marie - Thanks so much and coming from you that is high praise indeed....thanks so much for stopping by for my 'big moment' - onward and upward - visualizing 1000!

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      Maria Giunta 

      10 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      It is a pleasure to know a wonderful writer such as yourself Audrey. You and many others on this site have enriched my writing experience and my confidence. Like you I was wary when I first started and although I have not written as many hubs as you, I have learnt so much. Thanks for sharing all your great stories and the dogs ... they are just toooooo cute. Sassie thinks so too.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      List Lady - So glad you like! Hoping to write many, many more as I go along.

      Siberblogger - Are we nuts or what? I wouldn't have it any other way though...have my little Gabby's pics all over my office reminding me only 1 week to go before I get to squeeze her in person. I can't wait to see what Griff will do as I'm sure he'll welcome the 'distraction'!

      Random theme - Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

      BJ - You are too kind as always....and yes indeed I am unique always! Here's to the next 500!!

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      drbj and sherry 

      10 years ago from south Florida

      Cheers backatcha, Audrey, not just for writing 500 hubs but for writing 500 fantastic, splendiferous, one-of-a-king masterpieces to be read again and again.

      It's all our pleasure, akirchner, dear. :)

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      Mars Scha 

      10 years ago

      Congrats! This was very inspirational and motivating. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      Grats on the 500 hubs and grats on the new Mal. I know what it's like to add another to the pack. I just adopted my 8 month old foster husky bringing me to 4. Best of luck and future hubs!

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      10 years ago from New York City

      Yay!500 is a nice round number. I'm so inspired and will do a bit more writing. I think I've read most of your hubs. They are so well done and lots o' fun! Great recipes too.

      Rated up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by, CW - good luck in your future endeavors!

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      10 years ago

      You are inspiering!

      I am still new here, reading those words was great!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Besthubs - Thanks so much for stopping in and for the congrats!

      WannaB Writer - Thanks so much too for your kind comment. I'm not sure how I got there!

      Crystolite - Thanks for stopping in!

      Hanna - Ha ha on the hot laptop - that would probably depict me typing as fast as I think - or talk! My Bob always gets a kick out of watching me 'work' or do anything because I'm in overdrive....hoping yes indeed we are friends for the duration!

      Katie - What a sweet, sweet comment. I certainly appreciate your friendship and have enjoyed getting to know you better here, too. I definitely am having some fun but I tend to go through life having as much fun as I possibly can.

      Looking forward to many more hubs and sharing my cute little butterball Gabby with ya'll!

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Audrey, Your a treasure and WOW 500 hubs, I just hit the 290 mark yesterday and was amazed to hit that number. You've got me both impressed and inspired to hit the 500 mark myself.

      I love your dear sweet heart, your funny humorous work and the fact that you take the time to feed us with your great recipes. You cover all the vital bases.

      Thank you for your wonderful contribution. Love, Peace and Much Joy! I'll imagine your earnings increases radically as your hubs mature and you have great moments with your purdy lil Gabby. :) Katie

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Little old lady, my word who are you kidding? Well done and congratulation. I got to catch with you now and I'll slaving over HOT laptop. Good luck for the future and hoping will be friends forever.

    • crystolite profile image


      10 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice work in here and thanks for sharing your experiences here it has really gingered me a lot.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      10 years ago from Templeton, CA

      500 hubs in 17 months! Wow! And I've got 13 in more than that time. Even if I add my writing of rather sites I don't come up to that. It's an accomplishment, for sure. Congratulations.

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      10 years ago

      Congrat on 500 hubs. You archived a great goal. I am on Hubpages more than a year and have 27 hubs. Some hubs, I spent more than one week for writing. Hubpages is fun place to sharing, learning and get rewarding.

      I learn a lot from you. Thanks for sharing


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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Jennysbus for the visit - I didn't understand it at the time either but no worries! I stayed and that is all that matters.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks as always, Laurel - and you are one of mine....thanks for remembering me as I now sail on to 502! I can see 1000 on the horizon....

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      Laurel Rogers 

      10 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Audrey-you know, you're one of my role models here on HP! I love your style, your humor, and your kindness.

      Take good care, dear Audrey!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much toknowinfo - and congrats on YOUR milestone! I'm not sure what I'll get when I get to 1000 but we shall see I imagine.

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations on number 500! That is some accomplishment. And congratulations on your newest malamute. What will you buy when you get to 1000? Well, I just wrote my 100th and you are a wonderful inspiration. Keep on writing and thanks for all the best tips.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Steph - high praise indeed and will have to make sure I tag you on your #300!! It just kinda crept up on me and only a week or so back, I realized how close I was getting.

      Appreciate all the kudos along the way - and yes we must do lunch...only now I'll have a new puppy to go with the Griffin monster. I'm wondering if I can persuade Bob to sit outside THIS year at Jackson's Corner or at Anthony's! Griffin is so social that he generally makes a spectacle out of it but it never helps to keep him under a bushel....and now we simply MUST take the new pup out and socialize her.

      I'm sure I'll be boring everyone for a while with puppy mishaps and Griffin antics....not to mention the queen Denaya's reaction to all this - NOT AGAIN!

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Congratulations!! After 3 years, I am still sneaking up on 300 hubs (2 more to go, and I guess I could write one on how to get to 300 hubs in 3 years.... LOL!)

      But seriously, Audrey - you are what HubPages is about - a great writer, interesting articles, active member of the community and more. Keep up the great work (and let's meet for lunch one of these days....) :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Lela - Thanks for the great comment - and isn't she just the sweetest thing??? Can't wait to meet her next week and give Griff a little oompf to his step. Poor Denaya is too old to keep up with my bouncing baby boy at less than 2 years so I think this'll be a whole new chapter in our crazy dog lives.

      Amen on the forums....when I decided to not 'go there' I miraculously felt much better! There are some trolls on there who love to make people feel bad I guess but the rest of the ride has been smooth sailing.

      Thanks for the congrats and as always, you are one of my favorite people!

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      10 years ago from Somewhere near the heart of Texas

      Congratulations! {{{Audrey}}}

      You are absolutely my heroine. What a prolific writer. And I can't imagine anyone saying bad things about you on the forums. Maybe that's why I don't go there.

      Gabby is sooooo cute! Puppies are the BEST!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Emilybee - Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Fiddleman - Thanks for the congrats!

      Will - Thanks for the great comment - glad no 'clunkers'!

      Ibidd54 - Welcome and enjoy your ride too!

      Buryshane - God bless you too!

      Misty - Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Iamsam - Thanks for the kudos!

      Eiddwen - As always, thanks for the great comment.

      Carolyn - Thank you, too! Ya'll are very kind and just the kinds of folks I am happy to know!

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      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      500 hubs? Absolutely awesome. Thanks for the inspiring hub this a.m. - yay!


    • Eiddwen profile image


      10 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub to bookmark.

      Thanks for sharing

      Take care


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      10 years ago

      Congrats for your 500!!!


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      My Digest 

      10 years ago

      500! WOW! I have a looong way to go! But you inspired me so much!


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      10 years ago from (Delhi) India

      Congratulations for completing 500 hub in just 17 months. I think it's great achievement. God Bless You!!!

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      10 years ago from The beautiful Jersey Shore

      Congratulations on quite an accomplishment. Your hub is very uplifting and encouraging to a relative "newbie". Thanks

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      10 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Congratulations, and not a clunker in the bunch!

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations, an admirable milestone.

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      10 years ago

      Wow! Congratulations! I'm sure loads of hardwork went into your hubs. Keep up the great hubs.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Leah - Thanks so much and hoping to have many more dog adventures...they are but one of my many passions. If I go lightly for a few months, ya'll will know why! Griff isn't even 2 years yet and we are adding our little Gabby to the mix. Should be very entertaining but I thrive on love and laughter. Will spread it around! Hugs to your beautiful kids!

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      Leah Lefler 

      10 years ago from Western New York

      Congratulations on 500 hubs. My goodness, what a wonderful way to spend your earnings: Gabby is absolutely precious! I can't wait to read more of your hubs - may you have many excellent sledding adventures, and many more excellent hubs!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Simey - You're right behind me so I think congrats already! Thanks so much for taking the time to tag me!

      Suziecat - I love writing about food - and dogs - and life - and...and...and...many more food hubs to come!

      Yilia - If I had any more spirit, I'd probably bust apart. Even at my 'older' age, I still make everyone go 'are you done now' so I'll be writing away! Thanks so much for the visit!

      Pamela - You are a kindred spirit....that's why my arms just give up on me sometimes and I'm thinking about your method of Dragon Speak. My body wants to do so many more hubs but the spirit is willing and the flesh is weak...all that stuff! I love that you get my sense of defines me always!

      Cheri - Thanks so much and wishing you every great success here on hubpages and everywhere! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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      Cheri Schultz 

      10 years ago from Midwest

      Audrey: Congratulations, that is quite an accomplishment and you need to be commended on an outstanding job!! I have a ways to catch up but Ilook forward to reading the next 500!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wow! 500 hubs is time for a celebration and I must say they were good hubs. You have a great sense of humor which is revealed in many of you hubs. How you can write hubs and have time to do medical transcription is beyond me, and you comment on the hubs of others. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      10 years ago

      Really appreciat your constant spirit on hub writing!!! Your experience is really worth learning!!!

      Thanks for sharing.

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Congratulations!! It's quite the accomplishment. Not only do you write many Hubs, you write great Hubs. Looking forward to 500 more and hopefully some will be about FOOD!! Dogs are good too. Cheers.

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      Simon Cook 

      10 years ago from NJ, USA

      Congrats on your 500th Hub! I'm probably going to take a little longer to get to this mark - probably 21 months for me!


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