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HubPages Birthday: One Year and Still Going Strong!

Updated on January 4, 2013

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

Oh my goodness, how self-serving! Don’t you just hate those people who demand recognition on their anniversaries? Well, now you can include me on your hate list! LOL

Yes, it’s been one year. What started off as a grand experiment, and quite frankly, an attempt to get Bev off of my back, has now morphed into a daily ritual that I cherish. This is just another example of me not knowing what is good for me, because quite frankly, I did not want to join HubPages.

No, I wanted nothing to do with HubPages. I wanted nothing to do with any writer’s site. Why would I want to put my writing out there for the public to see? Why would I want to open myself up to criticism? I just wanted to be a suffering recluse of a writer, alone in his writing studio, satisfying himself and never having the guts to go public.

Dammit, Bev, now look what you have gone and done!

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A YEAR OF SATISFACTION

It turns out, of course, that Bev was absolutely correct in pushing me into HubPages. Come to think of it, she has an annoying habit of being correct.

It turns out, of course, that HubPages was exactly what I needed to grow as a writer. I needed to find the courage to share my writing with other writers; who better to judge whether I had “game” than others who are in the same field?

HubPages was exactly the forum I needed to practice my craft, and it provided me with enough of a challenge so that I could improve and flourish.

There are things I do not like about HubPages; I would be a liar if I said differently. However, I knew the rules going in, and HP has been consistent in their platform and in upholding those rules. If I don’t like the rules I don’t have to be here. HubPages survived without me before January, 2012, and they will survive and flourish long after I am gone. So to complain about HP is foolish; nobody is forcing me to be here, and if I am going to be a member of this site then I need to follow the rules and enjoy the journey.

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MY BIGGEST SURPRISE

I have no idea why the rest of you are on HubPages. Many are here for the passive income; many are here to perfect their craft, and some are here just to write for the sheer love of writing.

I have no idea why you are here or why you remain. I have no idea what gifts you receive from being here, but I can tell you with all certainty that the biggest gift I have received is the meeting of so many quality human beings.

I never saw it coming. Two weeks into my stay here I had very little to show for it, and I seriously questioned whether I would remain after that first month. Then something magical happened. I wrote a Hub…. A Letter To My Birth Mother Who I Never Knew….and I was overwhelmed with heartfelt messages from complete strangers who welcomed me and have continued to welcome me one year later.

The rest of this ride has been magical. I have friends….and yes, I said friends…from around the globe. There are people I have never met who know all about me, and genuinely care about me, and they are, incredibly, close friends.

I have had people ask me how do I do it; how do I get so many to follow me, and how do I get so many comments? There is no secret. I have made an effort to get to know Hubbers on a personal level. I have reached into the internet and I have found a way to touch them on a human level.

After all, that is all we are….human beings! Strip away the b.s. and toss aside the differences, and we are all just humans trying to make human connections.

So that is my one year message to you. If you are here just to make money…LOL…good luck!

However, if you are here to become part of a magnificent writing community, then open yourself up and actually become part of that community.

My biggest fan....Bev!
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THANK YOU

I am not going to attempt to reach the suggested 1,500 word level with this Hub. I am simply here to say thank you! Thank you to the over 1,200 followers, and thank you for the 30,000 comments.

Most importantly, though, thank you for your friendship. The numbers are just so much math; over time we all accumulate numbers. What really warms my heart are the connections I have made with so many of you. In a world that seems, at times, to be insulated and uncaring, I have found people in this community who genuinely care. I hope you all know how much you mean to me.

I will not name names today. I simply say “thank you” to you all. One year later and I am a very satisfied member of the HubPages Community. I hope you feel that I have given to you as much as you have given to me.

I have mentioned before that I need to change my priorities a bit this coming year. I will not be writing as many Hubs in 2013. I met my own personal challenge of 365 Hubs in 365 days, so now I need to turn my attention to other fish that need to be fried. That in no way means I am leaving HubPages; it simply means I won’t be writing quite so many Hubs as before.

Blessings and love to each and every one of you, and now let’s make 2013 the best year yet!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      Congratulations, Bill! Your courage to open up, and your perseverance to keep at it, is admirable and inspiring. I hope to be half as successful on HubPages as you. You're my favorite hubber :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I just want to congratulate you and say how happy I am that you took this journey and we met. You are true friend and just blessed to have you in my life!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ienjoythis, thank you my dear! I haven't seen a hub from you in awhile. Did I miss one? I'll go check shortly! I appreciate you; have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, celebrations like this one are for all of us. We all work hard; we support each other; it's a wonderful community and I am honored to be your friend.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Congratulations, Bill! It's quite a milestone, and one that you met with gusto. You have written many fabulous hubs, and even though you'll be taking a break this year, I'm sure there will be many more to come!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Bill, Congratulations, You are a true friend, God bless you and give you all the happiness and blessings.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mommy, not much of a break, but certainly not a hub each day. :) Thank you my friend; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      girishpuri, thank you so much! Isn't HubPages a great site? I have friends such as you in India....I find that remarkable, and I am very grateful.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Yes of course, Hubpages is the best site, It becomes special because of special friends like you. You are most welcome.

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      Bill, have not made another hub yet. Hectic holidays. Had a family member pass so I spent a lot of time with family. I want to get something written soon...just need an idea and inspiration!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi Billy, congrats on your one year birthday! you asked why we were on here too? well with me it was because I got fed up of ranting and raving at the tv, or wanting to say my piece! lol! no seriously I love to write, simple as that, but the money or lack of does help a tiny tiny bit! lol!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      So glad you decided to join Bill. Always enjoy reading your hubs and listening to your videos. Congrats on one whole year! Great job you are doing with H.O.W. I haven't made a cent. Don't know if I ever will but I enjoy being here and so happy with all the friends I've made. Let's keep on hubbin' and lovin'. Hugs. Passing this on.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy one year Anniversary Bill. Time sure does fly on HubPages. Hard to believe I'm coming up on two years. Wow. Wishing you luck on your continued journey!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again Girishpuri!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ienjoythis, I'm sorry for your loss....I hope you are doing alright....school starts again soon, right? Well my dear, best of luck and I'm glad you are back.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I know there are people who make very good money on HP; I'm not one of them, but I still love it because of all of you. Thank you for the well-wishes and the friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, you and I are in the same boat...our writing does not translate into good money on HP....I'm sorry you haven't made a pay day yet; it in no way reflects on your writing. I barely make pay days, and in fact, since the latest Panda, my earnings have decreased. Now that's depressing, to be moving in reverse. LOL

      Thank you so much for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, you were one of the Hubbers I was in awe of when I first started, and it meant a great deal to me when you finally commented on a hub of mine. Thank you for your support.

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

      Congrats on completing 1 year on Hubpages Bill! It's been a pleasure not only reading your awesome hubs but knowing you too. I wish you the best for the coming year here on Hubpages and in all your writing endeavors.

      God bless you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, I agree, it has been a pleasure knowing you this past year and having you as a friend. Thank you Rajan; have a wonderful weekend and God bless you as well!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Congratulations Billy! You're one of the best writers here on hubpages. I'm glad that Bev pushed you out of your comfort zone. You're one of the best writers in the community and I hope you never stop writing. Has Bev read this? She must be very proud of you. I have met some wonderful people on cyberspace like yourself. I write on hubpages because I'm very passionate about writing. I also enjoy reading other people's work. However, I haven't made one single cent because unfortunately my Google Adsense account was closed for invalid clicks that weren't made by me, but by my cyberbully on another site that I blogged for. I heard that I can use someone else's account and make money, but I don't want to jinx it just in case they ban me from writing on here. There's really no other way for me to earn because through the adsense program, amazon and e-bay, you are still asked for your adsense. If not, I would take advantage of this site as a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Have a great weekend Billy and thanks for your friendship.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats on completing one year on HubPages! I have learnt so much from your wise hubs. I voted in your poll (No.3) - I enjoyed my writing journey on HubPages, met amazing people and money is the last thing in my mind. May 2013 brings more success, peace and happiness to you! Cheers!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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

      Congrats!!!! You are wonderful and so are your hubs. I am so glad to have met you.

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      Georgianna Lowery 4 years ago from Slaton, Texas USA

      We should all be buying Bev gifts for your HP anniversary. If it weren't for her, we may never have met you! I always look forward to reading what you have written and you never disappoint. Here's to many more fabulous years! :D

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Congratulations upon reaching the one-year milestone, Bill. What you've done in only one year on HP--366 hubs and more than 1,000 followers--is nothing short of phenomenal (and puts me to shame)! Your writing is valuable, and I (for only one) am very glad you decided to "put it out there" on HubPages for all the world to see and read.

      Happy New Year!

      Jaye

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Congrats on meeting your challenge. It's been an incredible journey, no? :)

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      365 in 365, that is a great accomplishment alright. And you accomplished so much more in this year too, the way you relate to people. Jaye is right in her great comment about you.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations, Billy! How fortunate we all are that Bev pushed you beyond your comfort zone. (Thank you, Bev.) I always look forward to reading your thoughtful and perceptive hubs. They have substance, parable, and wisdom. Thank you, my friend.

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      Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

      Happy Birthday Billy! Keep the hubs coming!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, meeting people like you is what HP is all about. I love the friends I have made around the world; what a great thing for this old writer. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, the pleasure has been all mine. Thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Georgie, I'll tell Bev there are gifts heading her way. :) Thank you my friend; you are pure joy for me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jaye, you are such a good person. Thank you so much; numbers are just numbers, but the friendships...those make it all worthwhile.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, it really has, and people like you have made is so special. You followed me early on when I was still finding my writing legs...so thank you so much for your loyalty and friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, thank you Sir! From one northwest native to another, thank you for your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Genna, I will pass this along to Bev; she is my inspiration and my better half for sure. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, thank you for stopping by on my birthday. You are greatly appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Doc! Thank you for the visit on my birthday! It's been a great year and I love the friendships I have made. I have felt a connection with you since early on, and I am so grateful for your friendship. Your story of adsense and earnings is a common one I'm afraid, and it is a real shame that it has happened. Luckily for the rest of us, you have continued to write. Thank you for your friendship and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Happy Anniversary, billybuc. May you have many more.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Sandra! It's' been a great year!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hey bill.....there is nothing wrong with announcing your own special occasions...or reminding people that it's a special day for you!! We're SUPPOSE to be happy and celebrate to commemorate important dates!

      I threw my own 60th. BD party...and went all out! It was the best party ever!......doing it again THIS year (65)....and trust me, it's will be a HUGE bash! It's my way of entertaining my good friends and thanking them for not ever putting a burlap sack over my head and taking me for a long long ride, to abandon me, deep into the woods.

      It is hard to believe you've been here for ONLY a year......how can that be? I mean...LOOK AT ALL YOU'VE DONE!! Amazing you haven't been arrested yet!!!! ROFLMAO!!!

      Sincerely wish you a Happy one year Anniversary!! So glad to have met you and become buddies....honest, really, I swear, SERIOUSLY....no kidding.....Scout's honor! WHEW!!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh my, Billy! Your attitude about joining Hubpages sounds so much like mine was nearly 3 years ago! I was never much of a 'joiner', especially not 'SIGs" - special interest groups, - where I thought members spend their time just trying to outdo each other at whatever it is. I was in an honorary poetry club in college; that was how it seemed to be. I'd avoided further exposure.

      Now I'm here to say that I'm very glad Bev pushed you into Hubpages & that Merlin pushed me into it (because it would help him was the suggestion)! We're both surely better off being here & it's improved by our being part of it, even though we'd all survive without the connection. What matters is what IS actively good about it & it's all you say it is.

      I don't know how your writing was when you were a reclusive writer, but you're certainly good as a Hub writer & ideal member! You've blossomed into a major star. Your example of good citizenship here & how you've grown your firm personal interactions with other writers is excellent. You're right that the main benefit here really is the knowing of other quality caring human beings who become friends, confidantes & helpers to our writing by their honesty & encouragement.

      Congratulations on entering your second HP year with new priorities for it. I, for one, look forward to your valuable work, however much it is!

      Hugs!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I start laughing five words into most of your comments....and how come I didn't get an invitation to your birthday bash??? If we're buddies, where the hell is my invitation?

      God that would be fun; next October is my 65th....who would have thought it possible. I should have burned out long ago, but there must be a reason.

      All I know is I'm so very happy to be on HubPages, and I am....seriously...very grateful for your friendship and support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nellie, as soon as you popped up I was reminded that you had a hub I meant to read and then didn't.....I am feeling my 64 years right now. I promise to get over there as soon as I write this.

      Well, thank you...sincerely...I love it here on HP...I just wish more writers would take the time to get to know others on a personal level. It makes this experience that much richer in my opinion.

      Looking forward to many more years of friendship with you.

      bill

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Congratulations, Bill. May you look back on your 2nd anniversary to this day with great satisfaction in your heart, as you do now when you look back at your first year.

      I wish you the best of luck ahead and many brilliant ideas for excellent hubs.

      Feels like yesterday when I was (all of a sudden, it seemed) at the 1-year mark. Looking back, I must say I have changed/grown a helluva lot. But stumbling all the way, like a baby learning how to walk. Personally I see every single hub as a new beginning - a new opportunity to reach my goal. Writing is very much like a ball game. Tennis. We don't score all the time. Some balls just hit the gate, or they are completely out.

      Writing is hard work! Or rather hard play :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy Birthday! Or would it be-- Happy Anniversary! Well, how about both? Congrats on getting the 1 year accolade!

      Love that head shot. Is that your photo from the inside of your book jacket?

      I know you won't be writing quite as often, but I wish you the best of luck in your other endeavors and I as I said before....you have over 1,000 friends who want to get some updates on how you are doing!

      P.S. I haven't read your book yet, but once it goes viral and you sell the movie rights...maybe you could work out a deal and let some of your hubber friends be extras in the movie. I've got that item on my bucket list too!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Well my new computer had some problems..Me and computers..I am glad you are staying on and really understand your need to fry up some fish for a meal or two..There are many writing opportunities online and I am sure you will join up with the best..or whatever you plan to do. I am going to have to work on better content that is a major goal...I know enough about different subjects to do so....Yes you have many friends here who are real friends..hopefully included in the list. So here is to you my friend..a wonderful 2013...and prosperity is a good thing.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you crack me up. Yes my dear, when the book goes viral and they make a movie of it, you can have a leading role. LOL...although when you read the characters you may not want a role as one of them. :)

      Thank you young lady; you are very much appreciated and now let's turn our attention to the second year and more friendships.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I literally live in fear of my computer breaking down.....I hate getting a new one and having to suffer through the learning curve once again.

      As for friendships, you are definitely one and I look forward to many more years of us interacting. Thank you so much for your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, you stated it beautifully. I look back at some of my earlier hubs and I almost can't recognize the writing...but they were necessary to get me to this place and time. If I'm not growing as a writer then there is no reason to write....I have a need to improve.

      Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and your friendship.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Congratulations Bill. You have had an incredible year here on HubPages and have touched so many of us with your messages. I can only hope that 2013 is just as rewarding for you. I must say that I also love this thing called HubPages. I too came into this with trepidation and uncertainty, and 11 months later I can say that I am here to stay. I may not always have a lot of time to commit to HP's but I am going to stick with it. It really is great therapy for life!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      So glad you are on HubPages, Bill. I know that whenever I come to your pages I will find humor or food for thought or both.

      I agree that this is a warm , welcoming, and supportive community. And congratulations on your one year...and I will be back to visit just to see what it new with you. Good luck frying your other fish too.

      Angels will always be on the way even on the days when I do not comment on a hub, Bill. :) ps

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You probably expect me to say congratulations but I must say instead, thank you Bev! What a wonderful thing Bev did for us...pushing you on to HP...I can't image what HP would be like without you (the least self serving person around btw).

      The friendship and community on this site are something you can't explain, I know, I've tried. You have to experience the camaraderie and it is people like yourself that keep Hubville the best "ville" in the world! Ok, I give, congratulations...I hope one year turns into many!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Congratulations !

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      Congratulations on an immense accomplishment Bill. It's impressive!

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      Chris Merritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Why it just seems like yesterday you was writting "Hubbers Who Have Been My Support System: Installment One"

      Congrats.....you made a tremendous achievment in one year!

      Look forward to year 2.

      Chris

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, that is a great description of HubPages...therapy for life! Thank you my friend; if it were not for my friends here on HP I would not remain. I certainly don't get rich writing here, but I love the people.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, you are one of the kindest people on this site and I'm proud to be your friend. Thank you as always for the angels, and for your friendship, which means the world to me.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, for sure Bev deserves the credit for getting me here, but then all of you deserve the credit for me remaining. I was floundering when I got here; the acceptance I received...the friendship I received....and the love I received...have kept me here a very happy man. Thank you Mary!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr-veg, thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Julie; I appreciate it very much!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Chris and it does seem like yesterday. Time has a habit of moving quickly, doesn't it?

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      You write a about a lot of things that touch our hearts and cause us to think and that's a good thing. You're one of my favorite hubbers. Looking forward to seeing what you're going to write about next!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Au fait, thank you so much. That means a great deal to me, and your words touch me. I hope to never let you down.

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Bill, my friend, few can claim the accomplishment and success you have from your first year of writing in a community of writers. Congratulations! Your hard work has paid off in so many ways, not the least of which is the number of friends you have made. You did that by being a friend, by encouraging the newbies, and, by supporting the work of the already established writers. You have opened your heart and the hearts of others to kindness and compassion. These are endeavors that ensure the world is a better place for your having been here. You have made all of us, your friends and followers, better for having shared the journey with you. Personally, I am looking forward to even more and brighter days ahead. You have only just begun. Hugs!

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Bill, you are one-of-a-kind. I love your candid writings and your sense of humor. It's been a blessing to know you, and I hope you won't be so scarce on HP.

      Congrats on hitting the one year mark. So, this is for you...

      "For he's a jolly good fellow,

      for he's a jolly good fellow,

      For he's a jolly good fellooooow,

      which nobody can deny!"

      Stay blessed :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I've said it before and I'll say it again: I am in awe of you. I really don't know how you do it all! Seems like every Hub I leave a comment on, you have been there with your gracious comment. Yet you have the time to write wonderful pieces and do your "outside" work.

      I admire you very much, and that's the truth!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Comfort, that is gracious of you and I truly do thank you! I can't imagine a better experience than I have had on HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, it just comes back to reaching out to people. We reap what we sow, and you know that as much as I do. Thank you for your admiration and friendship.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Billy

      Here is my quandary...How the hell have you managed to keep breaking the rules and I have flown under the radar?!?! I will NEVER figure that one out!

      Just taking the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you for taking me under your busy wing and providing me the much needed guidance. It is priceless and so is your friendship.....and so are the countless pairs of pants I have ruined because of you!!!!! Let them figure THAT one out!

      Love you my end of the rainbow friend!

      Beckie A.K.A. PMP

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LMAO Beckie! I don't have anything that I can add to that priceless comment.

      Seriously, no need to thank you...it is pretty easy to help people like you, Beckie! I only hang with the winners, and you are a winner from the word go. Thank you my dear; now go shopping for some new pants. :)

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda....I don't know, buddy! I am truly blessed. Who would have ever thought that being a nice guy could pay off this well? I should have tried it long ago. LOL

      You are special; I don't call people Kindred just for friendship. You are my sister from another mother, and I'm proud to walk alongside of you.

      Now let's stir things up and see what kind of trouble we can cause. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Wow - 365 hubs in a year is really impressive, and even more so because I know that all of the ones I've read have been real quality. You're a gifted writer, and you're one of the ones I try to learn from here at HubPages. I wish you all the best with any new endeavors, and look forward to continue following your HubPages writings.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have the feeling if I was talking to you, Bill, you'd sound exactly the same as you write. Your articles have a conversational quality that endears you to your readers. You are the genuine article! I am fortunate to have met you here. I am thankful for Bev's encouragement for your most excellent endeavors as a writer at hubpages. I want to take this moment to thank you for what kept me reading, Bill. Many times I have hesitated to leave a comment, as the twists and turns in my life the last 2-1/2 years have left me discouraged, despairing and bereft. Though your spirit is one that is always hopeful, there have been times mine were not. You never berated me for being honest. That, my friend, is exactly what kept hope, though sometimes on the back burner, alive in me. Had you dismissed me with "Pollyanna no matter what", the pragmatic part of me would have stopped reading, no matter how well you wrote. But, you didn't. You were always honest in your responses to me. Your sincerity kept me coming back again and again. Hope springs eternal and it's a beautiful thing, just like you, Bill.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy my dear, a couple things.

      I'm laughing about your first comment, about me sounding exactly like I write. I used to tell my students that they couldn't do that, because few of them spoke proper English. Now it turns out I do exactly the thing I told them not to do. This is me my dear and you are correct; if you were sitting here right now you would hear my writing voice in real conversation. Sure, there are times I go "gutter" or times I just grunt like most men, but for the most part what you read is what you get with me.

      As for the comments....part of my recovery from alcoholism has required me to be more accepting of others. I do not get to choose happy, happy all the time, no matter how I feel. I have to allow others to express their true feelings; otherwise, I am dishonoring them in my opinion.

      I respect real people...I don't want phony...I don't want Pollyanna...I want real, the good and the bad. I spent too many years hiding behind a mask, and I have spent far too much time in the company of others who had their masks firmly in place. No longer for this boy...hit me right between the eyes with the truth as you know, or feel it, and I will respect you for life.

      Thank you my dear. Sending hugs and love from Olympia

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mperrottet, I always have such trouble with praise like that. I will simply say thank you! I cherish the friendships I have made on HP, and I look forward to many more great shared moments.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I joined HP in October of 2010. I was working full time and had little time to devote to my passion, but I signed on completely oblivious to today's world of writing. I don't know how it came to be, but you are one of my first I followed, you reciprocated and now I love the HP family.

      Living all over the US all of my life and never having a consistent home, I gave up on making friends after a while because there was too much pain in leaving - or trying, depending on where I was and where I was in my life. HubPages has blessed my heart with true friends; friends that I will cherish for life.

      I came to HP because Monster.com showed an opportunity to make money at the craft I was wanting to regain. It is so, so much more! I have gained friends more dear to me than people whose flesh and blood I've touched. HP gives me the avenue to write from the heart and not be concerned with SEO. If I wanted to make money here, that's where I would address my concerns, but I've gotten something much more valuable: FRIENDS! Friends who laugh and cry with me. Friends who make me feel as if I have something special to offer. FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD! How amazing is that???!!!!

      I think I may have gotten off track (I tend to do that), but the bottom line is, coming to HP has opened up my world in more ways than one. That's a helluva lot better than going to confession! ha ha.

      I love you all and I love you, Bill. You know what you mean to me and I thank God for bringing you into my life!

      Hugs and kisses,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it is remarkable, isn't it? I have mentioned it in hubs before....complete strangers....all over the world....and forming friendships that are stronger than a family bond. How the hell does that happen?

      I don't have any answers but I am one grateful Hubber for sure. Bev is calling me so I need to run...but thank you my dear friend. I love you too, and that is remarkable, unless one takes a look at the real Sha, and then it is easy to understand.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Knowing how deep into my being I've allowed you, your last sentence means the world to me! Thank you for seeing me and not judging me. I love you, Bill!

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My dad wrote me the most beautiful thank you for a haircut I gave him when I was fresh out of barber college. My ex read it and said "Wow, your dad writes exactly how he sounds in conversation. I wish I could write like that." I hadn't thought about that, but I re-read his note with that thought in mind and my ex was right! My dad, being one of the most sincere human beings I have ever met. naturally, wrote with the same degree of openness. I believe it is what draws so many to you, too, Bill.

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      moonfairy 4 years ago

      Congratulations!!! I truly can't believe that you've only been here for a year....you've done so much and touched so many! I'm glad that Bev pushed you into this because we've all benefited from your hubs and your comments, so thank you! You were one of the first hubbers to welcome me here! I joined for the love of writing and to face the fear of not being "good enough" and ended up with so many "friends" and for that I'm so grateful...

      You are such an important part of this community and I'm honored to know you through your writing....and I thank you for all the wonderful support you've given me through your comments!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love you too, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Amy, for accepting me, warts and all. I would have liked to have met your dad. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      moonfairy, it is my pleasure. There was a small group of experienced Hubbers who did the same thing for me when I was starting out. To know that I have done that for you means a lot to me. Thank you!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Happy Birthday billybuc,

      You've touched myself and so many others. You truly are a great personality and "profile" here on Hubpages were lucky to have you!!

      Happy birthday again!

      Thanks Bev for sharing him with us.

      ~Becky

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Becky, that was sweet, and I am appreciative. It's been a great year and I'm looking forward to more and more and more. :) Thank you!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Hi Billy, Happy Birthday! Best wishes...Is Bev throwing a party for you? Lol. I'm going to write a letter and see if they can reinstate my account somehow. Hopefully, they will respond. Have a nice weekend:)

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      Robin Grosswirth 4 years ago from New York

      HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, my friend!! We enjoy your presence and value your pieces, for they have taught us so very much.

      Hugs,

      RG

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bro....I didn't KNOW you when I had my 60th....and the 65th isn't for 3 months............Invitation? Hell, for you & Bev, I'll be sending a limo!

      We could have only had the same Father.......being 6 months apart, even a super Mom can't do!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Robin! I receive much more than I give on HP, and I value your friendship.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, I don't see us making it, so we'll shoot for the 70th! Have that limo standing by my friend. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I feel the same as you. I can't imagine what i did before HP. I love to write and what better place to do it. I have made so many wonderful friends, some i hope to meet in person some day. Congratulations on one year. Cheers my friend..

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      HLPhoenix 4 years ago

      What a great Hub for us newcomers... 1200+ in one year! Well done. I don't think I could ever make a goal like yours, but I hope to put out a few more than I have been so far... you deserve to 'fry some fish.'

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hooray for Bev . . . behind every great man is a great woman kicking his behind in the right direction!!! lol Congratuations! Wow, you have had an amazing one year to say the least. It is exciting to see what this new year holds for all. I am glad you are sticking around. HP wouldn't be the same without you.

      Voted up +++ and sharing of course

      Lots of hugs, love and blessings to you, Faith Reaper

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      Jonathan McCloskey 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      Congratulations on the past year, and a happy well wishing as we step foot into the new one.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. By the way Ryan, of 366 random acts of kindness, was on Am 910 radio's Alan Colm Show. You asked for promotion ideas.

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Congratulations my friend! What a ride this year has been, hey? I've been here a year at the end of Jan - can't believe it! So glad to see how far your journey has taken you. Here's to the next year! :)

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      Philip Cooper 4 years ago from Olney

      Thank you Billy I have enjoyed following your journey this past year. May there be many more to come....:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! People like you make this experience oh so special for me. You are very appreciated my friend. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      HLPhoenix, thank you! I'm lucky enough to do this full time, so this accomplishment was a little easier for me than for many.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, kicking my behind in the right direction for sure! I don't know where I would be without Bev, my number one supporter each and every day. Thank you dear lady, and have a great weekend.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jon! It's been a great year my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Martin! I'll look into it. Have a great weekend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, let me be the first to say congratulations on your year; thank you for your friendship and support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no....good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, there will be many more. Thank you Sir!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You mean a lot to me, too. Thanks for being there and being supportive, especially to Boomer Lake!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Deb! I only actively follow quality people.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Happy Hub Birthday, Bill. I'm glad you're here!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Happy Anniversary, Billy! So glad to know you here! What would life on HP be without our Billybuc?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Deb! It's been a pleasure meeting you and so many others. I love HP!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, that is sweet of you to say, and I could, and would, say the same thing about you.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Bill...You are a real inspiration to a lot of people here on hubpages, and for that you deserve a big congratulations...365 quality hubs in as many days is an awesome achievement. Thank you, and long may you continue to write in our community:-))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valleypoet, those are very kind words. I love this community and can't imagine leaving it. This is my home. Thank you Sir!

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Hello Billy & congratulations! I have been down the rabbit hole for a bit and haven't been here in a while. I'm so glad to see that you're still here and still writing a fantastic Hub. Here's to another year and many more!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Onegreen, welcome back! Happy New Year to you and thank you so much!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      What a wonderful anniversary! Congratulations: on being here for a year, on your accomplishments on HubPages, on new friendships! I hope I will be able to write a similar hub in a year :-)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill, happy one year!! You are an awesome writer and it truly has been a pleasure reading your hubs and getting to know you. Meeting you has been like a God deal for me. Thank you for being my friend :)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Congratulations billy and you are doing great. Your hubs are very interesting and so honest. I finally got to read the adoptive mother letter just now and I just about got all teared up. Keep up the good work! Happy New Year.

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      HA! I don't see me EVER being able to afford a limo from Olympia to NY....now or in 5 years or EVER......You & Bev need to buy yourselves a sturdy pair of Hush Puppies!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Monis, thank you so much! I appreciate each and every one of my followers and I look forward to celebrating your one year anniversary.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, that is a lovely thing to say....and God Shot! I feel the same way my dear. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, thank you! I plan on keeping on as long as I can write an intelligent sentence. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, that may be the only way it works out unless I'm "discovered" soon. :) We can always hope!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary with HubPages. 365 hubs in one year is a record of which to be proud. What dedication and time it must have taken! You have touched many lives with your writings! Am happy to be one of your followers. Give Bev and big hug and kiss! :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, BIll, congratulations on your first year here. Blessings for the year ahead!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your first year anniversary, Bill. You've written some wonderful and very thought-provoking hubs in this time period. Writing a hub every day is a great achievement!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peggy, thank you so much! The pleasure is all mine. I am blessed with some great followers and friends. I will pass along your hug and kiss to Bev.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Michelle! Your sincerity is greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. It's been a wonderful year and I look forward to many more shared moments.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      "Biggest gift I have received is the meeting of so many quality human beings." This is how I feel.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well done to you, Bev. Thanks so much for bringing man into our lives. His writings are a joy to read and enriching. They've given me so much to think about and made me appreciate this life we're given. He's a real sweetheart.

      Oh yeah...Happy Anniversary, Bill. I hope you're getting this wonderful lady a lovely present. :D. (Seriously, though get her something nice.)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed, Vinaya, that is the greatest gift of HubPages. Thank you for your friendship my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Phoenix, I should be offended LOL Yes, Bev deserves a present. I'll see what I can do about that today. Thank you my friend and have a great Sunday in the UK.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks, Bill, you too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Congratulations Bill! One year and look at the inspiration you have been to so many people. Can't wait to comment on your 2 year anniversary!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I look forward to that as well. I love HubPages because of people like you.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      A VERY BIG CONGRATULATIONS! I celebrate this milestone because in the year you have been on HP, you have added more to our writing community than I think you realize. Thank you for your friendship and for the wonderful person you are. I hope you share your other writing adventures too. In the meantime, I raise my virtual glass to you in a toast. To you, Bill, to the words yet unwritten, to the many more friends you have yet to meet, to the new challenges you will conquer, and to the new things you will learn, may all your endeavors be as gratifying and satisfying as you have found here at Hub Pages. But mostly, I hope you keep your passion for writing and have fun in all that you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Toknowinfo, you are a class act! Thank you! I have received far more than I have given so far on HP, but I still have time to make up for that.

      I love this site; I have some serious issues with the HP management, but I have gained so many friends, like yourself, who have given me acceptance and virtual love, and there is no price tag on those things.

      Thank you so much my friend! Sending you a big hug in thanks.

      bill

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. Your work and dedication is an inspiration. Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, these anniversary hubs are fun to write and to read, I think. I enjoy seeing people's journeys, and I think that others do, too. You've had an incredible one with how you've written about issues and touched people's lives.

      Congrats on one year! I don't know if the second year on HP will be any better, but I'm sure it will be another great adventure. Keep it up, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Donnah...it's been a fun year and I'm looking forward to the next one.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I'm always up for an adventure! Loved the first year; now let's rock n roll with Year 2! Thank you my friend.

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Congrats, Bill, you have a lot to be proud of, and I salute you. I just hit my one year mark, also, but have not seen the success you have enjoyed...mostly because I don't work nearly as hard as you do! No matter...you did the work and you deserve the kudos. Continued success, my friend.

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      LaDena Campbell 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Bill - I remember reading the first hub from you - it was the letter to your birth mom - I don't believe I commented at the time I first read it, I was too new to HubPages and still getting a taste of everything. I loved the heartfelt hub. I don't remember when I started following you, but I read your hubs from the beginning. You inspired me. You are a great writer, with lots of feelings for what you write. Now I'm out the point that I can't wait to see what you have written every day. I applaud you for fulfilling your challenge, and for challenging your readers to do more. You are still an inspiration. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! And give Bev a kiss for all of us!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      TimeTraveler, thank you so much. The secret is that I have a lot more time to devote to this than most people do...that and a tunnel vision commitment to my writing, which is not always healthy. I'm trying to find a balance that I can live with.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teacher, ever since the day I found out that you work with special needs kids, you have been one of my favorite Hubbers. You have my admiration and gratitude for doing a job so many do not want to do. Thank you for the sacrifice and commitment you have made to those kids for so many years, and thank you for your loyalty to me.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations on your amazing milestones! You care about others and that shows in your writing. You're supportive. You are honestly and unapologetically YOU. What's not to love?! And may I add--behind every great man is a great woman!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vespa, thank you so much, and I agree with you, I've got a great woman behind me. :)

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Keep on keeping on, my friend, and well done in your writing skills. whonu

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Yahoo to YOU, Bill. Congratulations on your one year birthday, or anniversary, and many more hubs to come...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you whonu....greatly appreciated my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise; it's been a great year!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      OMG, OMG, OMG ...... How did I miss this!! OK, here it goes: "Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you......"; you are one year old, WOW!! :))

      You have done great here, and I hope you know how much you have inspired us all! Like you said, we know you even though we have never met you, and I can say this that we CARE for you as true friends, because we know that you do! It's a pleasure to be your follower, Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzie, you probably missed it because you have a life to live. :) You are here now and that's all that matters...thank you so much. You have always been a genuine pleasure to know, and I look forward to many more years of friendship....and your kind words mean a great deal to me. Thank you!

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations bb on hitting such a momentous milestone. So many of your hubs have struck a chord with me and your writing continues to inspire. All the best to you in the New Year with your new endeavors.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, thank you so much! You have been so loyal and you are greatly appreciated.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Happy Birthday Billy! I remember when you first started and I read your first hub when I was "hopping." I said to myself, this is an awesome writer. I, for one, appreciate all that you have written and shared from experience too. Congratulations, the last year went fast!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awwww, thanks Sharon! It's been a great year. You obviously didn't read my first hub or you would have never returned. LOL I really appreciate it; I love it here on HubPages, and it is because of people like you.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      First I would love to get all the congratulations out of the way.Fantastic job on 365 hubs in one year.That alone is amazing.Then your one year anniversary at HubPages we are all so lucky to have you.Throw in a Happy Birthday too.Then I like to think of this hub as 365 hubs in one.As I read your hub I got to see the real you.Growing up I was always the one that had the wool pulled over my eyes believing something someone said as true.Why would someone lie?I was wrong time and time again.I always thought wouldn't it be great to have a place where people can be themselves and talk about what they love and not be afraid that other people will judge us for being soft in the middle.Well the day has come when HubPages was made because it is just that and so much more.I make it a point that every hub that I read I have to read every comment they have.This way I get to understand all views and give an honest opinion of what I just read.Well three days later or at least it seemed like that after reading all your wonderful comments to this one hub.I love the hubbers and they know you are the real McCoy and share so many stories I still have to read.I can go on and on but many things I would say would be true but have been mentioned numerous times by many different hubbers.I love your work and your attitude. So to a great future and life long success.Dream On and on and continue make the world a better place.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dream On, what a lovely comment. Speaking for my followers, thank you for reading their comments. The connections and friendships I have made on HP have been the greatest reward for me....those who do not make those connections are missing out I believe. I have been blessed my friend; I was accepted here with open arms and it's been a wonderful experience. Thank you so much!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Billy, sorry; but I seem to have missed this one, I had some family staying over, so I didn't get much done on HP recently, so huge congrats. well done; one year is a great milestone. However, it feels like you've been here for much longer.... in a good way, of course! :). You've been truly amazing!!... I do understand about needing to reduce the volume of work and take some time out, very soon I'll be doing the same, although you are in a different league when it comes to writing. I hope you will be around for many more years, even if not as frequently, I couldn't imagine this place without you.

      My very best as always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Billy, sorry; but I seem to have missed this one, I had some family staying over, so I didn't get much done on HP recently, so huge congrats. well done; one year is a great milestone. However, it feels like you've been here for much longer.... in a good way, of course! :). You've been truly amazing!!... I do understand about needing to reduce the volume of work and take some time out, very soon I'll be doing the same, although you are in a different league when it comes to writing. I hope you will be around for many more years, even if not as frequently, I couldn't imagine this place without you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Jo, that was sweet of you to say. I haven't cut back yet, but I'm getting closer. I won't leave HP because I love the people here. However, I don't think my time here is conducive to making money of any sort, and I do have to feed Bev occasionally or she gets cranky. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and thank you a second time, Jo! :)

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      Jeremy Rawlings 4 years ago

      This is the first post I've read of yours and I enjoyed it. 365 hubs in a year - wow!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      birthdaywishesquo, I'm glad you stopped by, and thank you!

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