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Live Simple: Finding a New Direction

Updated on September 12, 2012

I struggle with my writing! I am quite certain there are many out there who can say the same thing. Is my writing good enough? Should I be writing more “evergreen” articles? Have I found the right niche? Am I saying what I mean to say? Is there any value to what I write? What can I do to make my articles visible to more people? Am I wasting my time?

The life of a writer is lonely at times, frustrating at times, and downright humbling all of the time. I have written articles that I was incredibly proud of and they were received with a collective yawn by the reading public. I have also written articles that held no value to me personally and they were well-received, leaving me shaking my head in confusion and frustration.

The love of my life, Bev, continually asks me if I am happy writing. At first that question bothered me because I love to write and I could not figure out why she was asking me about it. Upon reflection, it dawned on me it was because I always seem to be frustrated and yes, unhappy. She was simply reading the signals I gave and her conclusion was logical.

The fact is that I most definitely love writing. I love writing about things that matter to me, the human connection, the human experience, and matters of love, compassion and empathy. However, the subjects that matter to me most are not likely to go viral with online readers and therein we find the source of my frustration.

Like any writer I want to make enough money to at least survive, and my efforts to date are not allowing that to happen. I of course can make money writing content for companies but there is no joy in SEO and never will be. So how do I make money writing about matters that interest me? How do I find the best of both worlds?

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WHAT IS SUCCESS? HOW DO YOU MEASURE IT?

Well, that’s a bugger of a question, isn’t it? I just won two Hubbie Awards, voted on by my peers, so one could say I attained a certain measure of success from that standpoint. I am incredibly appreciative and my heart truly does swell from the love and acceptance I have received on the writing site HubPages.

However, success can also be measured in dollars earned, and if that is the criteria then I am failing miserably. LOL The fact is, to date, that matters of the heart do not sell well and rarely go viral, leaving me to once again question if I am on the right track.

SO WHAT DO I DO?

After studying the articles written by the writers who have found financial success, it has become obvious that they have carved out a niche for their writing. They write about macramé or babysitting, farming or gardening, and then they keep pounding that subject with good information. Eventually their writing established a firm toehold on the internet and earnings follow.

They also have their own website related to that niche as well as a blog. The combination of the three, with appropriate linking, seems to push them over the top and the money follows.

That is all well and good! So what is my niche? As I look at my writings to date, I seem to be all over the place and no single niche is apparent. If I can’t find a niche in my own writing, how can anyone else? How do I write about what interests me and still find a financial reward for my efforts? There is my dilemma, and as I mentioned earlier, I don’t think I’m alone in this dilemma.

THE SOLUTION FOR NOW

I do not quit! I don’t have a quitting bone in my body, so I move forward and give it my best shot. After checking Google Adwords Keyword Tool I determined that I could write about Living Simple. That niche encompasses much of what I want to write about and it also has fairly heavy online traffic.

Whew! Task number one completed! The blog will follow but for now I need to explain the topic matter to my loyal readers.

LIVING SIMPLE

I have written about my thoughts concerning the economy and life in general to some length in the past. I do not believe economic conditions are going to improve for the average working man (or woman) anytime soon. I think the deck is stacked against anyone who is beneath the top 1% wage earners in the United States, and I suspect the same is true for much of the rest of the world.

The only solution, then, is to learn to live a simpler lifestyle. As a civilization, we need to get back to basics. We need to re-establish some time-tested principles to live by, principles that do not revolve around money. We have lost our way and we need to find our way back.

How many reading this article are one or two paychecks removed from serious financial trouble? If statistics can be believed then the answer is quite a few. If the main wage-earner in your family lost their job, how long could you, as a family, last before financial hardship overwhelmed you?

The fact is that we have spent decades over-spending on a bigger home, more possessions and more luxuries, and the economy is providing a much-needed wake-up call. We need a simpler lifestyle

Pushing aside economics for a second, though, we need to look at another related subject. Somewhere along the line we have lost touch with what is important in life. We are so busy chasing our tails that we can’t stop to suck in a deep breath of life-affirmation. Our humanity is shrinking as we try to keep our head above water. Fear and insecurity have replaced compassion and empathy. It is every man for himself and the first one to the life boat wins.

That is not living; that is merely existing and I, for one, refuse to play that game any longer.

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THE SOLUTION FOR THIS WRITER

Six years ago I sold everything. Six years ago I said “ENOUGH” to the insanity and stopped to smell the proverbial roses. It was a decision that had to be made. After forty-five years of chasing the Almighty dollar I finally chose to quit the chase and begin the business of living once again.

Bottom line: I have never been happier. Although it is practically impossible to leave the “system,” it is entirely possible to become much less dependent on it. Bev and I are on a three-year plan and at the end of those three years we will be as free financially as it is possible for us to be.

Imagine living so that no matter what the Democrats or Republicans devise in the Halls of Congress, it can’t derail your lifestyle. Imagine living so that no matter what happens with the economy, it can’t derail your lifestyle. If you can envision it, you can do it, but the problem for many people is that the kind of freedom I am talking about is so foreign to them that they think it is impossible.

It is not impossible but it does require a complete overhaul of the way you think!

It is that overhaul that I will write about during the next few months. I will write about ways to cut expenses. I will write about ways to become less dependent on the system. I will write about ways to say goodbye to a life that isn’t working and forge a new life of freedom. I will write about returning to values that mean something.

I will write about living simple!

LIFE IS ABOUT CHANGE

Yes, I will still write about other things that interest me. I will still write comedic articles, and the occasional article about adoption and alcoholism will find their way into my portfolio. I’m sure I’ll find myself writing about the environment from time to time, and lessons learned while teaching need a voice as well.

Still, this is going to be my main focus for the next few months, and after a time I will re-evaluate my plan and see what tweaking needs to be done. I don’t think the subject matter will change much; it will just be more focused on a niche I can call my own.

I still struggle with this concept as I write this article. I have been told that what I have to say is important, and judging from the interactions I have had with my readers I believe that to be so. I believe there is a place for writings such as mine, and I don’t believe that is hubris to say so. Still, it would be nice if Bev and I could go on a vacation sometime in the next few years. It would be nice to just take a week off and relax. It would be nice to catch a movie now and again, or for that matter just buy some new underwear without scrimping and saving for it.

Perhaps I would be better off writing about gardening tips. The chances of going viral are much better if I follow that avenue. Unfortunately, my heart and soul would be starved and I fear my passion for writing would slowly fade away. That leaves me with only one choice and that is to find a way to get my message out there to a larger number of people.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Bev asked me yesterday what my goals were; in other words, she wanted to know why I was writing. She has this uncanny ability to bring focus back to a situation, and her question certainly helped me to focus in this case. I told her I wanted to reach out to as many people as possible with my message of finding a better life. My secondary goal is to see some income from my writing.

She told me that she believes in my message and that a great many other people believe in my message, and that I now needed to find a way to reach more people. Her final words were perhaps the most important. She told me I was not alone and that she would be beside me every step of the way.

Now that, my friends, is a powerful message. I am not alone, and someone believes in me.

For those of you struggling with similar doubts or problems, you are not alone! As writers we all struggle from time to time, and we all face self-doubt. It all comes down to belief in ourselves and a determination to find a way!

I wish for all of you success, no matter how you define success, and may your writing always feed your passion and make your heart and soul soar!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I always gain something for your hub sir Bill.. sometimes writing can be so frustrating and tempt me to quit. but as i've read your line 'i dont have a quitting bone in my body', maybe i should try a little more harder.

      life is a constant change. some days were up and other days we;re down. but the thing is, we just have to keep moving!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I know what your niche is!!! It is the Billybuc Niche. Really, your niche is your name, people come to Bill because you have something important to say about life, living simply, living with integrity, and living with purpose.

      I have already put those attributes to your name. I know when I read something of yours it would be strong in these attributes of who you are and what you write.

      The name Deepak Chopra comes to mind. When we read his name we think of holistic health.

      When I read Bill Holland, I think of how to live with integrity, valor, and compassion for your fellow man and woman.

      Keep at what you do so well. The gain will come in due time.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      You are very lucky billybuc to have such a beautiful and loving wife.

      This is another Great hub! I admire your goal in writing to reach out to people and send the message to find a better life.

      Voted up and more for Living Simple!

      Thanks.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is you.......your sharing on life. This is your niche, and what you write well....so keep at it!! And it never disappoints. Keep going, believing...and gaining.

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      Christiyan 4 years ago

      Great hub.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Bill, I can't wait for this new series! I'm sure it will do well! :) I am excited for you!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Just keep being yourself, and not change because finances get in the way. There is a reason for you to be here and you have your legion of followers included myself... can you give it a price tag to this friendship? The rewards come from heart to heart, making the fulfilling connection, everytime we answer back. We don't rely on scores or what people say about us. We believe in our own potentials and push the goals until we feel we did enough for a 24 hrs day. You need to read this hub to yourself and your mind will clear up. There is no one like Billy!

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      Pete Fanning 4 years ago from Virginia

      I look forward to these hubs Bill, and while you may not go viral, I still hope that someone in the position to make things happen reads your work and hires you for a website/magazine/newspaper. Good luck, I'll be reading!

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      Justsilvie 4 years ago

      I have enjoyed your Hubs, but I am guilty of, voting up and going away quietly or just sharing them . It makes me realize I have forgotten how important a few words of appreciation can be to a writer. This is your niche, you are one of those writers who makes you feel like you are sitting across from them in a chair, in a warm comfortable room discussing life and the simple pleasures in it.

      I am also like the simple life, and am working hard to get there, which consists of dragging my new husband kicking and screaming along with me. But he is beginning to see the sheer relaxing pleasure of it.

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      Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Bill, I can definitely understand your questions and reflections on the subject of writing and the direction you have chosen to take. It sounds like you and I have a lot in common as far as our outlook on life and what really matters and I look forward to your future Hubs on living simply.

      Success should not be measure in terms of income. Obviously we all need to eat and have our basic needs met, but we can't take any of that with us in the end. No one goes to the cemetery with a moving truck full of "stuff". Success is about touching the people around you in a positive way, leaving a legacy that will live on in the hearts of others, and being a optimistic voice in the midst of so much negativity.

      You have done that and will continue to do so!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill I can totally relate to your article and message on more levels than one. Just yesterday, I was trying to figure out what I would like to write about more and as a writer I know those frustrations about if I am good enough and if indeed I am getting my point across. I feel this daily too.

      As for the living simpler, I have every faith that you will do this series justice and just can't wait to read more. You are very lucky indeed to have Bev by your side. You are right about this economy and even today my husband and I are talking about the future with our two kids. We want to buy our first house and can afford the down payment, but the monthly payments cannot be met right now no matter how you slice and dice it, because I am unemployed at the moment and with our student loans that we have each month to pay together each month it is just is not doable. So believe me I deal with this issue everyday all the time.

      Seriously, I so enjoy reading your articles daily and truly am looking forward to this new niche series that you will be penning and will be there every step of the way so to speak :)

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      Jessee R 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      I completely agree with you Sir Bill! Finding is niche is a tough Job...

      I believe that when we decide to devote a major amount of our time to do what we love to do... we must prepare for the hard ships.. Writing is one such profession where struggle becomes a major part of daily life and frustration its regular result.

      But somewhere, amidst the financial difficulties and the household strains on finds strands of cent percent happiness and that is because he loves what he does... in the end that is all that matters... for struggle makes the mind ready to completely reap its rewards...

      Struggle pays Sir, in time but it does pay.... If it does not pay to me directly it will pay to the ones I love...

      About living simple... it is certainly not impossible, and as you say... a perfect level of planning is to made..... even for living a simple life... uninterrupted by the global and national developments .,..

      Great hub Sir... great hub

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spy, always forward my dear! We don't quit....we just keep moving forward....sometimes stumbling...sometime jumping and laughing...but always forward.

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

      Everything you have said here Bill, is exactly how I feel in my heart. You and I seem to be spiritual twins. I don't have the personal support of a loving and wise lady like you do, but the ideals and the goals are the same.

      I look forward to these new articles and send you and Bev all my "support."

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carly, you just make me feel good. Thank you my dear! I try to be those things....as we spoke about earlier, we are all flawed.....I just try to make the good outweigh the bad. Your kind words warm my heart!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ignugent, thank you; I agree with you, I am very lucky!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I know of no other way to write....thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mystorys, thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TT, time will tell, eh? It will still have my own stamp on it....just trying to focus a bit more to reach more people. Thank you Sis!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, you made me smile quite broadly.....I love my friends on HubPages.....but I want to reach more....I want to make life simpler and better for thousands....my goal is to change this world one person at a time. I won't change what I am writing...I'm just trying to find a way to reach more people. Thank you my friend.

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Another great hub! I can relate to so much of what you wrote. I haven't then faintest idea what my niche is. I thought it would be education since I worked in that field for many years, but then I discovered that I'm totally burned out and don't really enjoy writing about it. For me the search for a niche will go on. It sounds like living simply is something you are passionate about so I think it will be a fabulous topic for you. I look forward to reading your future hubs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Pete, and now I see I owe you a read on your new hub! I really do appreciate you and your words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Justsilvie, keep dragging him....what you are doing is for his own good.

      Thank you! I will keep doing what I do and hope that I can reach more and more...the message is a good one...it just needs to be heard by more. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Debbie, thank you! I have no desire to change my subject matter....I just have to find a way to reach more people with my subject matter.....so I'll keep tinkering and see what happens.

      I love the line about the cemetery....I'll cancel my reservation with UHaul. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, how can I fail with followers and friends like you? I just want to find a way to reach more people....sure the money would be nice, but I want to spread my message. I want people to be more friendly, more loving, and on and on.....I don't like society the way it is right now and I want to change it one person at a time.

      Anyway, thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rahul, your words are so pure and wise....thank you.....struggle pays.....that is a lovely thought. Thank you for being who you are; with friends like you, how can I fail?

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      jenubouka 4 years ago

      Even though I do not appear on your wonderfully and inspiring pages; you are always in my thoughts...As you are so open on the journey of writing and other valuable topics. Congrats on your awards...may other significant ones follow..Billy, you are a daily inspiration to me in many ways..Recovery, writing, and the passion for life; this is how I know you. Take care.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark my friend, I sensed that very early on in our friendship....kindred spirits? spiritual twins? Whatever we call it, I am proud to know you and look forward to the day when we can sit as friends and enjoy each other's company.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenn...exactly....I could write about education, but I am done with education. I spent too many years doing it, and now that I'm done with it I'm done with it. :) This is my passion now, writing about life....so I need to find a way to make it all work. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenubouka, that was very kind of you to say. Your comment brightened my day considerably.....thank you so much my fellow Northwesterner....if you are ever in Olympia please let me know....we will have coffee, or lunch, and chat as friends.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      Your passion is so obvious and while finding a niche topic to focus upon can sometimes be hard, I think that perhaps you have found your voice with this topic. It is so timely with the economic woes shared by many people around the world. Most of our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to live more simply. Plastic credit cards did not exist back then. Home gardens were more plentiful. Families worked, played and prayed together. Best of luck! Up votes including beautiful!

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      jenubouka 4 years ago

      That time for coffee shall arise very soon. (I hope) Taking on a new venture with hopes of greater earnings.....Only because of your inspirational work. How I miss the "west side" oh the fresh fish and the scenery. Even the crazy traffic, I miss is all.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Billybuc: I think we all have to find our own way in our own time. And as you continue you on a lightbulb will hit. There is always a way to succeed in areas you need. I think simple living is an important message today. Ways to live okay with few funds. Stretching a chicken for ten meals. Seriously we all rise to the occasion when we have to. I have been learning how to do all this computer stuff because I felt it necessary to get my work out...And I struggle. Maybe a book on true simple living. Never enough of that...

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Well, discovered niche or not, you know us here at HP always enjoy your pages!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! I am just looking for a way to reach as many people as possible...the extra money would be nice but I want my message out there....we have lost our way as a society and I want to reach as many people as I can with a message of simplicity and getting back to the old ways.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenubouka....because of my work? I am honored...I wish you the best with your new venture....I would love to hear about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, we will keep looking for the answer; in time it will come. Hit and miss is my best approach. :) I"m like a bull in a china shop...keep knocking things down but eventually I find my way. LOL Thank you kind lady.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Natasha...that is kind. I keep losing track of you; time to check out your site.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Boy! I have said the same words you have said here. What is my niche?

      Pets? Gardening? Grandparenting? I just don't know. I read about the successful Hubbers here, and I feel so inadequate.

      You are such a wise person and very well respected here. You will continue to get readers, but the question is: Will you make money? Who knows?

      Love ya, Mary

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, who knows indeed? I'll just keep doing my thing and see what happens. Thank you so much; you are great appreciated.

      love and peace to you

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill -

      You and I joke quite a bit with each other! It's fun and it lightens the load! But, ask yourself, "What makes it easy for us to do that?" First, personality goes a long way. You don't joke with a person about receipes or gardening. You joke about life! Lake Wobegone (sp.) was about life, not household tasks. A person that can relate life can acquire an audience that will follow him to the world of a literary giant book tours and such. Receipe books are here and gone, but Mark Twain will always be read. Second, the audience will follow you because they like you. They won't follow one they don't. Your likablility is through the roof. Whatever path you choose, keep it close to home. But, who am I to say these things to you? Hopefully, just a friend. That's what friends are for.

      -Rich

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, you are a friend, and I respect what you are saying. I just have to find a way to stay true to myself and reach as many people as possible. I think you for your kind words, and I'm damn proud to call you a friend.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I was a maniac when I first came here, for one thing because I had never written before and I did a hub a day for maybe a year or more, it was fun but it was so consuming. Now I just do as I please and write what I want to. (Believe me when I say I have no writer's block!) Exciting love was good for awhile but just relaxed love is much better. You have the following and it will keep growing, so relax and write what comes naturally. Even take a day off...stop and smell the roses. We will still be here.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Living simple! I think it's a great niche topic and I look forward to your insights. We have also simplified our life and are the happiest this way. Wealth isn't only about your income. It's about being satisfied with what you already have. If you love your job, your partner and enjoy day-to-day life, that's true wealth on so many levels. And you're definitely loved by the HP community. Keep it up!

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      wendi_w 4 years ago from Midwest

      I look forward to future articles, I find myself going through much the same thing. I have always lived pretty simply, but recently given the state of economy and recent life style changes I too have found the freedom of letting go of the "American dream" Even more recently the universe stepped in and obliterated everything I owned, giving me the opportunity to truly start over from scratch and fashion my new life to my new ideals. I encourage you to keep writing about this topic I look forward to more articles.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. A lovely hub, clearing the air, clearing your throat and clearing your mind. So now we are to take a more focused direction. I look forward to it. Lead on Bill.

      Graham.

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      Ann-Christin 4 years ago from UK

      It is difficult deciding what to write about especially if you want to make money out of it. As I am quite new to this I write poems just for my pleasure if other people like it that's good. I also write about other things that I hope I can make money out of but it's early days yet. I've recently discovered photography which I love so it will be interesting to see if I can make any money out of my new hobby. Good luck with finding your niche :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are so right; it is a process that I am learning. I'll get there after I stumble around a bit. Thank you for a very timely and much-needed comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vespa, I have receives so much acceptance in this community. I am so happy here and I thank you for your kind words. I'm glad you understand the living simple idea.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wendi, thank you! It's nice to have you as a follower and I look forward to hearing more about your story.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, I just needed to step back and focus on a direction. I felt I was all over the place without a direction. I think I'm at least heading in some direction now without sacrificing what is important to me. Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Christin! I am trying to hold onto my core and still make a little money at it. I am battling myself which I find myself doing quite often.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Bill as always you cut to the heart of the matter. Writing is a solitary business. Like you I am passionate about writing and it runs in my veins and torments by neurons, I come to the same cross roads as you have done: do i write for pleasure, for recognition or for profit? what is my niche? I think Bev hit the nail on the head when she asked what is your goal? it is in defining that goal we help to build satisfaction, all too often i find people 'vaguely' unhappy and have no clear goal as to what will make them happy. That is a certain recipe for persistent discontent! your wisdom in your reflections are of great use to the reader as you stimulate reflection. That's a rare ability my friend. And that, Sir Bill, is your niche!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, that was not only profound but greatly needed by this writer. Thank you Sir! I struggle constantly with this....but I will keep moving forward....always forward....and be grateful that my words mean so much to so many. Thank you so much; you really helped me with this comment.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Bill,

      A very interesting article here. I think we cam all relate to the struggle of what to write about and if we are making any impact on our readers. Thanks for sharing your questions and your concerns about writing. Thought provoking read Uncle Bill!

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      Billy,

      Do what you feel you need to do. Try out your idea, give it some time to start earning; you have a large following! You could do a website/blog in conjunction which will help and where you can also try adding in some affiliate marketing. I've built a few wordpress sites and it was fairly easy. If a few of us have websites/blogs, we can link to each other's site and HP which I think is still recognized in a positive way by google. Unless we can find a way to become totally self sufficient and off grid, we will need money. It's just a fact of life. A huge adjustment was unavoidable based on capitalism the was based soley on debt. The country has "debted" (I know it's not a word but I like it) itself into a box that has razor edges and will be very painful to get out of. The fact is also that we, as a nation, will survive if history really does repeat itself. I know you will do well whichever direction you take and I'll be looking forwarding to reading whatever it is you write :)

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      You are inspirational as well as motivational!!! Your Hubs help so many whether you realize it or not!!! You have a very large following that will continue to grow regardless of what your write.

      I think I can speak for many on here, regardless of what you decide to do, we will always support you as you have supported us!!!!

      I think many of us are in the same boat...trying to do what we love while trying to find our niche (in life as well as writing) and at the same time trying to earn money....Do what you love and what makes you Happy....money is nothing without happiness!!

      Don't worry, all good things happen in time!!!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This is a beautiful and a wonderful message you are sending out. I believe most of us want to live a simple life, and with your message, even if it is not accomplished immediately my us, it will be there for us to work on! You have chosen an Excellent niche! And we all stand behind you with Bev :)

      Great article!

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

      I love your writing, it is full of wonderful things. You have sent hope to people. I believe your writing can be published. I also stand behind you.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      My husband and I were forced to "stop the insanity" when we were terminated from our corporate jobs. We ended up getting rid of everything. We now live in a little ol' place out in the country. We grow our own vegetables. We don't have a lot of "stuff". In fact, all we have is each other and we have never been happier. You have shared some truly good advice her, Billybuc. I know that what you say is true. I'm living it. By the way, I think you are on to something with your niche, "Living Simple." I think that is the new program for a good life. Beautiful, useful, and very worthwile lessons to be learned from your hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Josh, you will never have to wonder what I'm thinking about; my thoughts are out there for everyone to see. Thank you nephew; have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travel, your words are true and thank you! Those edges are sharp but oh so worth climbing over to get out of the box. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Patty my dear, you are a joy to know! I will always write about things that are important to me....I just need to find a way to make money while doing it. Thank you and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, what a nice person you are! I have found such gifts here at HP, and people like you make my heart soar....have a wonderful weekend and I will do the same, and next week we will see what progress we have made on this journey.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, that was always my goal, to send out hope to people. Thank you for seeing that and your kind words. Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I am so happy for you and your husband. There are lessons to be learned from your experience, as well as mine. I wish us both continued happiness my friend; have a great weekend and embrace the simple things.

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      Madeleine Salin 4 years ago from Finland

      I'm sure your new series will be amazing and your followers are going to continue following you and sharing your hubs. I have no doubt that you are going to succeed. I think you are doing all the right things and you have Bev by your side. You are a winner - you are billybuc! :)

      I know I have to spend less time on HubPages now. I'll soon start working after four weeks off and my studies are going to take much time. I really want to write, but I'm not sure what my niche is. I hope I can figure that out and I hope I'll have more time for HubPages in about ten months. As a HubPages addict, I'm sure I'll be spending too much time here even if should do other "more important things". Lol!

      Good luck with your new series! I'm looking forward to reading it. Say hello to Bev from me! :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      You have been incredibly successful in terms of touching lives and even changing them.

      As for the "evergreen content" - well, I'm still finding my own niche. I like writing about different things. However, I do know that it can take years for hubs to mature and really make money.

      That being said, I'm happier than I have been in a long time - all my friends started back to school today. I was on a bike ride and went right by the school and it was a really liberating feeling knowing that I unlocked the shackles - I'm free! It's a tight living at the moment, but I'm free! I'm free at last!

      I've started a photo blog that correlates with my writing and started a Zazzle store. Those things plus HP keep my head spinning. I yearn to make more homemade bread and spend more time in the garden, but I know those days will come. At least I have a supportive hubby who does those things for me while I'm attached at the hip to a computer. LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I'm not sure how different my new series will be....it just gives my writings a name to categorize them by...most of what I write, except for the humor, fits under this category. We'll see how it works, and if it doesn't I'll try something new. As for you, I love your hubs about your country...I doubt there are many writers in your country who tell about the culture and the places to see...I think it is fascinating reading about different cultures. I will miss you while you are busy and look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care dear lady!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am so proud of you Cyndi and so happy for you! Listen to you! I can hear the happiness in your words and there is no price tag on that happiness. You will make it work; I just know you will. Bravo lil' Sis and keep up the good work.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      I have a serious niche problem. I could relate so well to this hub Billy. I think your living simple idea is fantastic and I am sure you will carve it out beautifully.

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      Kathy 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Mr. BB! you are definitely not alone! Look at all the comments in such a short time...we admire and respect you and, also (I can say, even as a newer follower)...look to you for insight, empathy and honesty. These are what I find in your writing...along with a beautiful talent, ease in communicating, so much and varied subject matter...and more. I actually "met" you through Mar's series..and I am so glad I have.

      Your questions regarding writing do resonate with me and, I'm certain; with your loyal followers..You've got a very excellent group of regular followers...they reflect you, BB..and it's a very complete reflection...well rounded and balanced.

      I am not signed up for income producing here on HP (or anywhere)...I began writing to share my feelings and find kindred souls....as a catharsis, too. I have considered setting up Adsense or Google or whatever...just have not yet done so. I, like you, have noticed that here, on this site; the instructive hubs seem to garner larger audiences, in general...but, writers who actually SHARE themselves, who talk to us (readers), who are forthright in convictions, sentiment, and beliefs also enjoy many followers...again, look at your "fan club."

      It's hard for me to produce factual studies; I tend, more, to write from a position of opinion and intuition...my feelings rather than information based articles.

      Either way...I so enjoy your writing and look forward to this series...personal freedom, financial freedom, "lightening one's load," and more...I know it's going to be great! UP Awesome, Useful Interesting Beautiful and Right On Point!!!

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I think you are on to something as far as concentrating on this theme. I absolutely agree with your sentiments in your excellent video about the economy, and that we will all have to live with less. This is a message close to my heart. My husband and I camp for 6 months a year in a 30 foot travel trailer, and I am happier during those months than I am at home. Why? The simplicity. Less is so often more. I think that your message will be heard when as a nation we will probably have to learn to live with less than we have had previously, and that your voice can help people do that with joy rather than resentment. Good luck with your new focus. I think it will work for you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie! I respect you as a person and I guess we will find out together how it goes. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mperrottet, I'm not a negative person at all, and I hope others don't see me that way...but I am convinced that this country is heading in the wrong direction. I'm not political and I have few affiliations, and that's the way I like it. But I do believe that changes need to be made, and soon.

      Your idea of six months of camping sounds fabulous! Thank you for your comment and have a great weekend.

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      farmloft 4 years ago from Michigan

      Congrats on your Hubpages awards. Congrats on all the hubs you've been cranking out and this one is great, too. Congrats on declaring a niche! You can target it to different age groups / stages of life. A blog will be a great addition. Looking forward to it. More books and/or speaking engagements?

      Hopefully, you'll be in new underwear in no time :)

      Keep inspiring all of us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      farmloft, great comment. I'll let you know about the underwear. LOL Thank you for all the congrats....I would be nowhere if it weren''t for my followers. I am just happy that my voice is heard and appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lucky, I can't tell you how much your comments mean to me....now, clear up confusion for me...your profile says back in California, but I could have sworn you said in a hub that you are living in Texas??? I am so easily confused. LOL

      Such kind words. I will tell you truthfully that I had no idea if what I wrote would resonate with anyone. It was just one man shouting to the world that there are things that need to change. The reaction was, and is, amazing. Evidently I am not alone in those thoughts.

      It has been such a gratifying seven months. I have been embraced by the community and that has touched my heart. The comments I receive daily from people I have never met are so touching....and heartfelt....well, it is almost overwhelming at times.

      Thank you dear lady! Wishing you peace and happiness this weekend and beyond.

      bill

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Each of your hubs has some type of message for people and quite often an important aspect of life is explained in a simple fashion by you, as you are a gifted writer. Obviously many people relate to your hubs if one judges by the comments. You also have to get the readers that come from Google, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter or where ever you most your hubs if you want to increase your income.

      I don't have the passion to find a specific niche but I like to write about health issues and healthy lifestyle. Being a nurse for 22 years did make an impact. I have written hubs on some diseases and didn't get a huge response but maybe one of two people were struggling with that disease and I helped them. This gives me great satisfaction if not great riches. I do freelance writing also as it pays well and I choose topics of interest, so I am always learning something new.

      I think you need to relax a bit and just write the same good quality hubs and you will find your audience will continue to grow.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, that may be the best advice I have gotten in a long time....just relax, Bill, and breathe in and out. LOL

      Thank you my friend; I admire and respect you and your message has been received.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      bill

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Talk about getting to the core! Many of your questions, we have all asked ourselves...and spent moments of serious contemplation.

      It is impressive how you have arrived at a decision for Bill......you've thought this out and you have your "vision." "Living Simple,"...Perfect!

      Your incredible talents in tote, you FEEL this, you KNOW this, you understand it and you are "living it!" The next rational move? SHARE it, of course. IMO, readers are more than ready for it!

      While we travel about, it's always fascinating to stop and look around, take a different route and be adventurous......but at some point, we need to focus on a destination.....otherwise, would we not be just WANDERING AIMLESSLY??? That's what I take away here, bill....great message! Thanks! UP+++

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I think you are exactly correct, Bill, in your assertion that the disappearing middle-class will remain between a rock and a hard place. When you mentioned imagining if your spouse lost their job and everything came down to just one wage earner, I thought to myself "how lucky if that was my case." I had just finalized my divorce and signed the lease on my apartment when I was laid off 2 weeks later. Imagine surviving on no income. Unemployment is gone and health insurance is no more (with a pre-existing health condition in an autoimmune disease). I am sure there are single mothers that lost their jobs, too, with children existing on next to nothing. There are no "breaks" within the medical community, dental care or vet care for pets. You pay or you do without. Period. It is no mystery why crime has risen. Desperate people do desperate things to survive and feed their families. This is our new reality. There are elderly people who have lost the home they worked all their lives for; one retired couple are now reduced to living in the storage facility they rent for their belongings, with no running water or plumbing. I just don't know how you do with less than zero.

      With the poverty level high, there will be a need for information on real help, not the bogus b.s. seen at many websites, where all the desperate receive is the runaround. I know I've told you, Bill, that I have been struggling for one-year trying to get the prescription medication I need, with little help from the doctor I pay. And, the pharma company, with the motto "Shire Cares", makes it so difficult for the down and out or people that are ill, it is evident what Shire cares about, being $$$$. I have come to the conclusion that our gov't has the same ideology as Scrooge with "well, then, let them die and decrease the surplus population." Poverty sucks and that's the truth. Another thing to consider, Bill, is the fact that the desperately poor don't have easy access to the internet. They are busy dumpster diving for their dinner. Follow your heart and write about your passion. Write and they will come.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Writing from the heart is what I believe will get one readers sooner or later. Of course finding a good niche is important but since you are writing on matters of life it is a niche area.

      I, for one, have always enjoyed your writings and have learnt many a thing from them. I'm sure there are many like me.

      I'm really looking forward to this new series from you and wish you all the success.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Sharing it too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Judging from the number of followers and the comments, you have found your niche and I have to say you are very good at it. There is always a powerful message in your writing. It's what keeps me coming back to your hubs over and over. I also admire the fact that you decided to live a simpler life. That takes a lot of guts, something I don't know if I could do or not. Thanks for another awesome hub!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, you had me riveted from start to finish. Your message is oh so true, we need to simplify life. I look forward to reading more in the weeks to come.

      There are many people out there who would welcome your message, we just need to reach them. I will share your articles with all of my limited social resources are try to get your message out. Looking forward to the next issue. Bill

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Bill, if you look any further than the heart that beats within you, you are overdoing it! You know enough, you have enough, you are enough! If we can put the finances aside for a second (hard I know) we will see what our mission here really is. Bev is right in asking you, "are you happy?"

      If you are, does anything else matter? If you're happy does it matter how much is in the bank? Will that make you happier? If it does, you may not have been truthful with yourself before. If you were truthful and you are happy, the money or anything else is immaterial.

      Bev is right to ask, "are you happy?"

      Look at all the comments here. These people follow you for a reason. You may never find what you want, but you may find all you need when you listen to your heart. It will tell you all you need to know.

      "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take your breath away." - Hilary Cooper

      I too, look forward to the series, don't you?

      Your East Coast friend,

      Bruce

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you are a Grand Dame in the nicest sense of the phrase. I have no doubt what my message is...I just have to figure out how to reach more people with it. That requires mastery of the internet and I'm just not there yet....but I learn each day, and I'll keep sending the message out, and we'll see what happens. In the meantime, I really am having the time of my life.

      Thank you my friend! In a moment of complete seriousness, I think you are great!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy my dear, I wrote about you in the hub before this one....about heroes....I wondered if you saw yourself in it.

      You are one of my heroes, Amy! Take it to the bank. I have been in practically the same place you are now and yes, I have dumpster dived, and I climbed out of that damn dumpster and I'm here now to speak out for the rest of you. I will continue to follow my heart and I'll find a way to get more people to listen. I owe that to me....and you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I will continue to do that my friend! It is the way I was meant to write; somewhere along the way I developed a writer's voice that people respond to. Now I need to figure out a way to reach more with my voice. Thank you Sir; I respect you and I am grateful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, thank you! I'm not sure how many "guts" I have; part of my move was out of necessity. I simply was not happy and I was deteriorating because of it. Self-preservation is a great motivator. :) I really appreciate your kind words. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that means a lot to me and thank you! I believe strongly in this little crusade of mine and I will continue to speak my voice; hopefully I'll figure out how to get the word out to more and more people. Thank you Sir and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bruce, I do indeed look forward to the series. You speak the truth of course. I am guilty at times of wanting more for Bev, and for me.....and yet I know, after I have "sobered up" so to speak, that what is in my heart is the only thing that matters. I will use this new series to continue speaking from the heart.....the people who follow me keep me on that path, and your words feed my soul. Thank you my friend!

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      Whoa..you have said it all in this hub. I have found writing to be a new found love for me, but I have not found a niche....I see poetry comes easy to me, something I never tried until recently...but truly like you stated...does our peers accolades help us the most or the value of the ole mighty dollar...hmmm something to ponder on....Love this hub...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mismazda, and I love your comment. In the end I have to follow my passion and hope the money follows; if I change my writing for money I will have lost my way!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      I'll look forward to reading your new hubs. I am still into the '70s ideas when all the talk was about homesteading and self-sufficiency. Most of my life, I've practiced many of those ideas, but never fully attained self-sufficiency. Retirement for my husband would arrive a lot quicker.

      Your writing is great and you've proven it with all the followers you've gotten on Hubpages.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It is really difficult for me to completely understand your thinking. I know most people write for an income, but it seems to me that you write from your heart and that's what matters to me. When i read a hub that's written for the sole purpose of income, i can tell the difference. You have such a big following, why would you not be paid well? You should be! Cheers my friend..

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      bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Best of luck Bill. I envy you working toward a simpler life. In 3 years you will be a wealthy man, maybe not in money, but in freedom and peace of mind. Live and write about your passion. My son has just started writing on HubPages. His life is guided by his passion and he writes about it.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, thank you very much! I came from the 60's so I understand completely.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's okay Ruby; many times I don't understand my thinking either. LOL I will write from my heart; my overriding desire is to reach as many people as possible with what I think is an important message. That will never change. We have some minor financial difficulties right now....okay, not so minor....so that may have clouded my thinking for awhile.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bankscottage, I love that your son is following his passion. Hooray for him and thank you so much!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Good share. I face my last challenge. But you, enjoy this moment.

      ...and congratulations

      martin

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      I like the way you write bill, from the heart and to the point. The niche for pounding out 50 hubs about broccoli doesn't appeal to me either, but I love to write. Poetry and stories were my next venture, ultimately realizing that selling your heart pays cheap. It's a love hate relationship, that I hate to love. (p.s. thumbs up for living simpler outside the 'system', "the less we buy the less we supply.")

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Bill, your writings continue to inspire, educate, amuse, entertain and surprise. I enjoy the way you write and invite the reader into your story, keeping them interested and teaching them at the same time. That is a true writing gift - and I think you are blessed with it! I've been wondering the same thing about writing recently - there are so many topics I would like to write on, but at the same time I need to be careful, as I'm now writing full time and can't simply write as a hobby - it really is my bread and butter. I, for one am excited to start reading your series on Living Simple - original and sure to provide some very much needed tips and advice for people in similar situations or who have the same outlook on life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and teachings with us! Much support, as always :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I tend to enjoy most moments.....livin' large and lovin' life in Olympia! Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Goego, how are things in Loserland! You are a poetry talent my friend; I have been lax in my following of you. I remember a poet with edge and attitude.....the kind of thing I gravitate towards....I will try to be more faithful in the future. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, that was a lovely comment to wake up to...thank you so much! Did you change your profile picture? Love it! I am grateful that so many people appreciate my writing....I feed off of comments like yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you soccer! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      It's a pleasure! Thanks, that pic was taken on holiday in April this year....I think I'm getting itchy feet again and wishing for another break away, but it's going to be quite a while before that happens. Oh well, they say a change is as good as a holiday! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, in three years I can begin to be footloose....sure hope I live that long. haha...wouldn't that suck, to die and not make it to the promised land on Earth?

      I jest of course.....I hope you break away soon and the adventure is awesome.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      This is a hub that I could have written though I don't think I would have done nearly as good a job. At 57 years old and recently laid off, I would love to pay my way in the world by writing. I think I will starve to death before making that happen though. lol Don't give up! If you make it, it will inspire the rest of us to keep going. Great writing here sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irc, I never give up! There is still some fight in this old war horse! Thank you and welcome to my world! Funny, then serious....funny, then serious.....a rollercoaster for sure but entertaining to the last drop!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I think Living Simple is a wonderful niche.. Writing about things you know can truly help others is a reward in itself so making money on the side is just a little icing on the cake. I know what you mean about wanting to go on a vacation one day. I take vacations often on Google MAPS...LOL! I fear that it may be the only way I will ever be able to see the places I want to go.

      Bev sounds so wonderful, you are sooo lucky to have someone in your life who is encouraging and accepting of you. I am envious. You are already a success here.. I say keep on going and the monetary part will follow... but I know you already know that :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, I am a very lucky man! Google maps, huh? I never thought of that! Great suggestion my friend. LOL Thanks for the kind words and have a great weekend.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I found this one while hub hopping and couldn't leave a comment then. I think you found a niche. I can't wait to see how far you take this one! Voted up and across! Kelley

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelley, I can't wait to see how far I take it either! LOL...thank you kind lady!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Yeah, I do "street view" in Google maps...you can look at your childhood home or anywhere else you want to go. It's pretty neat! You probably have already used it but If you haven't, you should check it out sometime. You have a great weekend too :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jamie! I actually have only used it a couple times but I think I'll play around with it tonight.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Your thoughts and words are very inspiring and teaches a lot of aspects in life. Living Simple sure brings more happiness and joy to life than anything else. Great work and Cheers to Living Simple. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur; I know it works beautifully for Bev and I. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations Bill on those much deserved hubbie awards!

      I too love to write but can also relate to 'writing frustration' writing from the heart as you do is both inspirational and enjoyable for the reader - I look forward to much more!

      My best wishes Lesley

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lesley, thank you! The awards were humbling and I am grateful! To get an award for something I love to do is a huge bonus.

      Blessings and happiness to you!

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      goego 4 years ago from Loserland

      No worries bill keep up the good work :)

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      Another great hub Bill that I can really relate to and which I really enjoyed reading.

      I love your writing style so easy to read and follow, and I always come away from one of your hubs feeling good and positive.

      Voting up and hitting buttons on my way out

      regards maggs :D

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have been away for a few days. I come back and this is one of the first hubs I read. Bill you are a leader among hubbers...I know that doesn't put food on the table, but you're following has grown immensely in a very short time. Your warmth, honesty, integrity....need I go on? You are a master and I have no doubt anything you undertake will lead to success. I hope you are able to reach a wider audience to help bring you that success.

      I am 'nicheless' and write as an idea hits. I guess I'm a wanderer and know I will never make a lot of money, but so be it.

      You have a niche....you!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maggs, thank you so much! It warms my heart to know that my writing helps others in some way.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, you are so sweet! Thank you! My main hope is to reach more people; if the money follows that will be bonus.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent thoughts that I too struggle with. Upon joining Hubpages I realized that poetry and "creative writing" don't pay on this site. I have found that a balance between writing what is in heart mixed with writing that which is evergreen is a great way to have the best of both worlds. Luckily my heart is in crafts or I'd be up the proverbial creek without a paddle. You are definately doing something right here!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, I would say you found your paddle! Your craft series is right on and I hope you are getting the views you deserve! Thank you my friend!

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      BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

      billybuc - wow, strong thoughts. In reading about Living Simply I have found that some people choose "living simply" for the right reasons and some for the wrong reasons. Here's to hoping your choice is for the right reasons.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      BuyaBiz, I guess only I can determine that, right?

      Thanks for the visit!

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      BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

      billybuc True enough, I'll be looking forward to your Hubs.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again BuyaBiz!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Well BillyBuc good luck with your change and I hope it goes well and you manage to focus your attentions in the way you want. You seem to have a great partner in Bev so I am sure you will do well in what ever you want to, with her support. I am very happy to say I have an amazing partner who has supported me with my dream to write over the last 3 years as well, for us usually this means him providing the financials to keep us afloat while I aim to write for a living. I couldnt ask any more of him really.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Daisy, things are so much better when we have a partner who cares about us and supports our efforts. Thanks for sharing that and of course for the visit.

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      Bill you summed up in this simple yet elegant article everything I have felt. I love the direction you have chosen to go in and I wait with great anticipation for what is to follow… and to add to what Bev said, “No, you are not alone and I believe in you and your message too!” It would be a very sad day indeed if you did not write anymore. You matter to so many of us… follow your heart and the money will follow (or so I’ve been telling myself… lol). {Hugz} to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Trinity, I can't imagine not writing. No worries there! Thank you my dear friend!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Billy, I am glad you have found a niche for yourself. I think developing that niche for ourselves does help give a sense of direction. It does look like a solid keyword, too, for what it's worth. See on page one of living simply, coming soon!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharilee, we can only hope, right? It feels better with direction, but I have such eclectic tastes, the trick is in sticking to that direction.

      When is your job interview?

      Thank you dear!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Billy, I checked the keyword stats and the numbers look good. The job interview has already happened. I am now a grade six teacher! Would you mind starting to publish more of those science lessons? Just kidding!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will write you a note on Facebook...congratulations my dear!

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Billy that is great news, and this is a great article. Living Simple is a great niche and with you in the driver's seat I think you are well on your way to fulfilling your objectives of being less dependent on the system.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Cyber; this niche feels right to me, so we'll see what happens.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I must say that Bev is truly your angel and does provide you a great support on your writing adventure. It is always great to have the one you love most by your side on quests you undertake (my hubby is a great example of this also). Your passion is one that instills hope in all hub writers, keep them coming, friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I'm like a man obsessed! I love writing; I love reaching people and interacting, and the personal friendships formed because of this forum. It fulfills a need in me, and the fact that others understand my words and relate to the....that's a huge bonus.

      Thank you my friend and have a great weekend.

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