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Be a Proactive Writer Rather Than a Reactive Writer

Updated on May 29, 2014

It Happened Again Today

I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it.

Michael J. Fox

Yes, it did. Memorial Day arrived, and with it a flurry of articles written about remembering our fallen soldiers. All were beautifully written, all heartfelt, and all about three months late for online success.

True, some were written simply in the spirit of the holiday, and that is all well and good; but for those freelance writers who write for a living, and who actually want to make money doing this writing gig, reactionary writing will not pay for the groceries.

We see it with every holiday. A flurry of articles arrive three days before Halloween, three days before Christmas, and three days before the 4th of July. How to have a great 4th of July picnic….how to save money buying Christmas presents….how to cook a memorable Thanksgiving dinner….all well-meaning, most well-written, and all…..you got it….late for the party.

I call this “knee-jerk” writing. Writers are comfortably seated at their computer, pouring out copy, and then they glance at the calendar and realize that a holiday is mere days away. So they quickly write an article about that holiday and then sit back and sigh with relief that they made it under the deadline.

Wrong!

Write those Christmas articles now, in May or June
Write those Christmas articles now, in May or June | Source

Well What’s Wrong with That, You Ask?

What is wrong is a basic misunderstanding about how online writing works.

Attracting the Google gods, and working one’s way up the Google search engine, takes, at a minimum, three months….not three days.

In other words, to gain maximum advantage and to see maximum results, an article about Christmas should be written no later than the first of October.

This concept of advanced planning becomes more important if you are a writer hoping to score big with magazines. Most magazine editors plan their yearly schedules at least six months in advance, so if you are a writer, and you want to pitch a Christmas article, you should be sending query letters by July at the latest, and in many cases by January for the following Christmas.

So How Do You Avoid This Pitfall?

It’s really rather simple. Sit down with a calendar and plan ahead. Count backwards at least three months from major holidays and schedule to write articles for those holidays at that time. Count backwards at least six months from the holiday if you plan on pitching an idea to a magazine.

If you do not have a calendar, then get one. I cannot imagine a freelance writer without a calendar and a schedule, but if you are one, then it is time to change your approach.

Write gardening articles in the winter
Write gardening articles in the winter | Source

Another Aspect of This Proactive Approach

The “next big thing” in novel-writing is the Young Adult Fiction genre. That’s where it’s happening, baby, and you are either with the “in crowd” or you are outside looking in.

Baloney, of course, but thousands of writers think so.

It’s called “jumping on the bandwagon,” and it can be effective in the short run….but…..

The problem with being a reactionary is that it automatically labels you as a follower. You are simply one of a crowd, all moving in the same direction. That may be all right for you, but it isn’t for me.

The great writers of the past and present were not and are not reactionary. They go their own way. They carve their own niche and let others follow them.

If you are a novel writer, or a non-fiction writer, wouldn’t you rather have others follow you, rather than you eating the dust of those who are leading the stampede? Of course you would.

And yet Another Aspect

Another practice I see often is when magazine or online article writers jump on the latest trend. Maybe it is a new clothing style, or maybe it is some new technological wonder. They will sit patiently until they notice an abundance of articles being written about a topic, and then they will saddle their horses and ride along for as long as the trend continues. Then back to the easy chair they go and wait for the next hot trend.

The problem with trends, my friends, is that they are short-lived. They are always changing. Writers who follow trends are like chickens with their heads cut off. They flap around wildly with no definite direction, and quite frankly, that seems exhausting and rather futile.

Rather than chasing trends, why not establish your own niche and built upon it slowly and steadily?

Or…..

Do some market research and predict the next big trend before it gets here. That makes infinitely more sense than being a follower.

You can get trampled by the herd or lead the herd....your choice
You can get trampled by the herd or lead the herd....your choice | Source

I Can Hear the Naysayers from Here

There are always those who disagree, so let’s face them head-on and deal with their objections.

“What’s the big deal, they say? I’m doing all right, so why should I change?”

Well, I would say, if “all right” is what you seek, then you have my blessings. However, if you want a bigger piece of the literary pie, then “all right” is not going to deliver for you.

If I say name an innovator in the history of automobiles, who would you say? Henry Ford? Most likely, right? If I say name an innovator in the history of computers, who would you say? Bill Gates? He would likely be among your top five, right?

And if I say name me a successful writer of western novels, who would you name? Louis Lamour? How about fright authors? Stephen King?

Now name ten western novel writers. Now name ten fright authors. Take your time….I’ll wait!

I would be amazed if you can do it, and yet there are thousands of writers who write in the western genre, and thousands more who write in the horror genre.

Who would you rather be?

Let’s Wrap It Up

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Warren G. Bennis


Hey, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m just tossing ideas out there and hoping some of them stick to you and eventually help you. If you are a reactionary and happy, then by all means keep waiting for the next big wave to sweep you up and take you for a ride.

If, however, you search for something more, you really do need to get out in front of the crowd so you don’t get trampled, and the only way to do that is to be proactive.

Go back to the original discussion. If you want to see a multitude of views on one of your Christmas articles, then inundate the market with Christmas articles in July.

If you want to dazzle magazine editors, give them a new twist to an old topic, or give them a completely new topic.

If you want to blow away the reading public, then develop your own style of writing novels, a style never seen before.

Choose a path, stick with it, work hard at it, and if you do, you will never have to eat the dust of the leaders again.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Always love and appreciate your thoughts and ideas, Bill and will definitely try this soon. Thanks so much and wishing you an amazing Thursday now, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Janine, I always love how you are always first to comment, and always supportive. Thank you my dear.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I agree with you on this 100%. I never write about trending subjects. It may get you some readers, but not for long. I am convinced evergreen subjects will pay off in the long run (at least for me).

      I have a few Christmas hubs. I unpublish them, then wait till around end of Oct. and put them back out there.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Fantastic advice, Bill and as always, enjoyed the writing too. Thank you for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, that's the way to go...evergreen is a hub for all seasons....and nice thinking on unpublishing until the time comes. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Good morning, Bill. I relate to your article as when I walk into the mall and they have their swim wear out in January, with nary a coat to be found. The suppliers stay around six months ahead of the season.

      The pictures of the buffalo are great. I noticed there was no fence between the road pavement and the field of bison. It could be rather

      dangerous during rutting season.

      I do relish the wise words by Warren G. Bennis. "..Study the exemplary." Fine words to live by!

      Sure is good to be back among my HP friends.

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Liz, and thank you for always being here.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good advice once again Bill. I admit I have been guilty of being 'reactive' in my writing at times, maybe writing a Christmas hub in early December etc. I can understand where you are coming from and you are totally right if you want to make money from an article or story based on a holiday etc you need to get it out there early. Sometimes though an unexpected event like 9/11 happens and you have no choice but to be reactionary. Have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, DJ, welcome back, and yes, the example of retail stores is a good one. By the way, the bison are in Yellowstone...no fences anywhere. Just very careful drivers. LOL

      Thank you dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, the key to all that is if you want to make money. If you are just writing for the love of writing then it makes no difference at all. I appreciate your thoughts my friend.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      Good advice as always Bill, I am still trying to find something that the whole world is not doing. Loved my counseling days, and still love to write health articles as does 3/4 of the world! One thing I try not to do is jump on the popular bandwagon as you say the big names will shout you down. Thank you for sharing.

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      Donna Kay Bryan 3 years ago

      Very useful information, as always, Bill. Now if only I can get my backside in gear to do it. Thanks for the nudge!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shelley, that might be a bit difficult, but how about a different slant or perspective to a popular subject? Maybe that's all it would take.

      Good luck to you and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I think we all need a nudge. I had one of those days last week where I just didn't want to write a darned thing. Carry on as best you can my friend, and thank you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This is so nice from you, giving out your treasures. I will affirm "slowly and steady" I believe it. Thanks for this Bill, words with kindness and wisdom.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, it is always nice having you visit. I hope you are well and happy my friend. Blessings always.

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds like great ideas to me and much I did not know. Tell me all you know about Mr. Google since he is running the show!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, I know I don't like Mr. Google one bit. LOL I haven't figured him out yet, but I do know he likes us to write early and often. :) Have a great Thursday, Jackie.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I never thought about myself as a person who could forge a path as a writer. Creating my own style is something I'm working on. I'm trying to come by it naturally. Through your tutelage I know I'll get there.

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      Alan Robert Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I don't believe it. Didn't have to scroll down to cellar level to get in my 'four-pennorth'!

      I'd sooner have been M R James than Stephen King. No mention of blood or gore anywhere in M R James' work, but you get a creepy feeling down your back reading his stories. Now that's a trendsetter.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I love it, Bill! Personally, I steer clear of writing seasonal pieces, especially those geared towards holidays. Those articles will only be read once a year and you miss out on all the months in between. I prefer to go evergreen. However, I love the advice you give regarding magazines. Having an article published in a seasonal special edition can put a nice chunk of holiday change in your pocket.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I always learn something new from reading your hubs. Thank's for all you do...

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no doubt about it, Marlene, you'll make it....and why? Because you are willing to work for it.

      Thank you and have a stupendous Thursday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, I am reminded of a movie made in the 1950s called "The Haunting." No special effects at all, but one of the scariest horror movies ever made. A good writer does not need bells and whistles...all he/she has to do is write well.

      Thanks for reminding me of that, and I'm glad you didn't have to work hard to get here. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it can, Sha. I'm not much on seasonal articles. I have written a few, and they do well when the season rolls around, but it's nothing I count on.

      Now get back to work young lady. You have a customer to keep happy. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, it's the teacher in me. I can't help it. :)

      Have a great day and thank you.

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well, there you go. More practical stuff we need to know. You're going to make writers out of yet. Shanks for the sincere effort you put into helping us grow!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lifegate, it really is my pleasure. With your niche, this really doesn't apply. Stick with what you are doing and it will pay dividends in time.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      Great advice, billy, I never was a fan of eating dust! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Brilliant! I think my writing initiative has changed for the better already. Thanks for sharing billy, you've got some great tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, I don't care what you eat with it...dust is still dust. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amy, I'm glad to be of assistance. I think you British are the only ones who say "brilliant" in that way. I love it!

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      Marcy J. Miller 3 years ago from Arizona

      Excellent information, Bill. I think having a background in writing for print media for so many years has helped me be proactive -- those "submit seasonal articles eight months prior" guidelines are still ingrained in my memory. I tend to write a lot of blogposts well in advance and then leave them unpublished until I hit the "go" button. Sometimes, writing that Christmas article the day after Christmas and then hitting publish several months later is the way to go -- you write it while still in the spirit, the trappings of the event are still lingering (oh boy, do they linger) and available to be photographed, and you can fine tune it in September just in time for the ubiquitous heat-of-summer Christmas displays to prompt you to hit publish.

      Great and useful material, as usual!

      Best -- Mj

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      Donna Brown 3 years ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill,

      This is some sage advice that back when we had to put out at least six month lead time (often 1-2 years before printed material made it into print magazines. During the frenzy to get into onto the internet, it didn't seem quite as true. I think, now, though as the internet has matured, we are getting back to this more. We have to work to get our articles noticed and that requires lead time. I like what Mj says in the previous post. I think I'm going to take that advice!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I am working. Just taking a couple of minutes to check in!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ, that is a great suggestion, writing while still in the spirit and then publishing later. Thank you for a great tip.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, I like MJs advice as well. I love this HP community. You meet the smartest people here. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and I'm glad you did, Sha!

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Great advice as usual. I actually wrote a hub some time ago about year round writing including when to write for certain holidays I suggested the 3 months lead time as well.

      Your hub is very encouraging for those of us who want to try something different and are a bit nervous to take the plunge into the unknown.

      Thanks again for reminding us that the best road to follow is our own path.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! What a concept! In other areas of life, I do just that, but in my writing, I don't, and that needs to change! I have found my niche and my passion, now I need to find the people who are looking for this information and what format to best distribute to them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you blond! Great minds think alike, right? I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, if you manage to do that, you will be successful in this game. Best wishes to you, and thank you!

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Really? For as long as I've been on the internet I've never noticed that... Brilliant! ;-)

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      This is true not only for nonfiction articles, Bill, but for short stories aimed at magazines. Much short fiction has a built-in 'season', perhaps in the time of year (heat wave, snow, etc.) holidays (Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day) or even events that normally happen during certain times of the year (weddings, high school proms). Submissions to magazine editors can be expected to take anywhere from six months to a year to even be read, and if a story is bought, it won't be printed until the appropriate month. The author's timing can mean the difference between print publishing...or not.

      Voted Up+++

      Jaye

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Yes, you did it again, Bill. You hit the nail squarely on the head. Thanks for giving me the confidence to write what is important to me, when it is important. And, yes, I do keep a calendar for properly timed seasonal articles. Thanks, again!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Really, Amy! I don't know about brilliant, but interesting for sure. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Jaye. I have one awaiting publication that has sat with the editor for nine months now. Planning ahead saves a whole lot of waiting. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrBill, if you keep a calendar, then you are in a small percentage of writers, so well done! Thank you, Sir!

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      Brian Leekley 3 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I heard that the latest craze is fiction full of tears of sadness and of joy about overcoming a lifetime of bad luck, difficult obstacles, and self-sabotage and finding wisdom and romance in the autumn of life.

      Good advice re planning ahead and being proactive.

      Shared with followers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Brian, maybe only you and I understand your comment, but it brought a smile to my face. Let's hope. Thank you!

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      Tobusiness 3 years ago

      Bill, this makes a lot of sense!! Nice work as always.

      My best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      and my best to you, Jo! Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Saw this early this morning, but didn't have time to comment. Oh my goodness, I love it! And you're correct. I CAN'T WAIT to get back into writing more. Yeah, school-school has finished, but work-school is wrapping up: grades, report cards, parent calls, portfolios, projects. O.o

      And, I started my job anew this week working and doing copy for the school - but in the school's office. So, yes, I get to write - and I LOVE that - but I am so itching to do my own writing. Alas, all in good time, no? :) I can't wait to get into a routine.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the good advice, Bill, as I often say when I read your hubs for writers! It's always an applicable statement, though. Your hubs really are helpful!

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      Sherry Hewins 3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Great advice. It's kind of like the stock market, it's best to try to predict the market rather than react to it.

      The nice thing about holidays though, is they always come back around.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      Thanks gain, Bill, for your insightful words!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Have to endorse all you say here Bill. When I write travel for a paper/magazine I'll be told the publishing date and also the dead line date which is usually a few months before. Same with a Christmas column I wrote for a few years, copy by October. All makes sense, Confession - I'm not so smart online and fiction writing I probably jump on the band wagon. Thanks for the kick...

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You always give some very useful advice!

      This again is very helpful and very true. Evergreen topics always do well.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great advice for all writers and I look forward o more interesting and helpful hubs from you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lil Sis, you are a go-getter for sure. Enjoy your summer vacation. You, like all teachers, deserve it. Thanks for stopping by young lady.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate you greatly, Alicia. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nice point, Sherry. I like that simile.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mari, you are very welcome. Thank you for taking the time to visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      travmaj, thanks for speaking from the voice of experience. It's nice to know I am right on this. LOL There's always a doubt. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ChitrangadaSharan. Greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I will try not to let you down. Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      When was Memorial Day?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....write it now and you'll be all set in twelve months, Eric!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Oh, that's funny, as I have been thinking Halloween recently.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Flourish. Keep thinking that way.

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      Thanks for the information! This is new knowledge for me, but makes sense.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

      Wonderful, helpful hub. Common sense isn't always so common......you're right on so many levels.

      l have to admit l also found humour in this excellent article. So have pressed all the buttons except beautiful. (that didn't seem to fit.)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad it helped, Donna. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dim, I can live with no beautiful. :) Thank you for your kindness and you are right...common sense isn't always so common. :) Enjoy your weekend.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      As someone whose business lives and dies by deadlines like these, I would love to have all my customers read--make that heed--this article, too. :)

      I have a number of hubs that are holiday related for gifts, promos, etc. I realized that they may not get a lot of traffic when I wrote them during the first year. But I'm glad they're already posted to attract the almighty Google gods when that time of year arrives next time. And because they are evergreen content, it should work to my advantage.

      Voted up and definitely sharing!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It will, Heidi. About a month before a major holiday, I can count on my holiday hubs to take off. And the evergreen ones just keep on giving.

      Thanks for sharing. Enjoy that sunshine???

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great advice Bill. I long ago gave up chasing anything with my writing. Now it's pretty much all my personal travel experiences and I am very content with that.

      You continue to pave the way to success for us here and it's up to us to follow. Thank you for continuing to educate us. Have a great weekend.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great advice on how to be successful on here and other writing platforms. Last minute, rushed jobs usually don't last the duration. It is always funny to me how people post all those holiday hubs on the actual day of the holiday, because it seems to me that holidays are often the low traffic days.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I'm just giving back that which was freely given to me. It's the least I can do.

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      truthfornow, they are indeed, low traffic days. It is silly to do so, unless they are purposely posting a year in advance, and I kind of doubt that. Thanks for your thoughts. Have a great weekend in the Big Easy.

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      Beth Eaglescliffe 3 years ago from UK

      Lots of great advice here and (for anyone who has not yet looked at it) there's plenty more good stuff on your website. Voted up.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Great tips Bill. I will definitely follow these. I loved reading your articles because it´s written with loads of informations for us writers. Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      I'll use this information and everything else you've thought us when or if I get back to writing again. Thank you Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth, I appreciate those kind words. Thank you so much.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, I'm glad to be of assistance. I hope all is well with you. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I hope you get back to writing soon. You have talent, and it would be a shame to let that go to waste. Thank you my friend.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for always giving us great advice and helpful tips, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, vkwok. Thank you as always.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, so glad to know my evergreen holiday related hubs that are already published will please Mr. Google this year : ) ... I am glad something pleases him! hehe

      Good points as always.

      Hope you had a lovely weekend.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, Mr. Google isn't real happy with me right now, not after the latest Panda update, but oh well. This too shall pass.

      I hope you had a wonderful weekend my friend.

      blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Thank you billybuc for your great tips as usual. The calendar suggestion is great.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are very welcome, Cecile. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Absolutely. As I said before, I never follow the crowd. I am a leader, and that's what it takes to be successful. Drive, determination, and a trend-setter mentality. Believe me, it WORKS. Ask my readers and those that purchase my photos. I also believe in giving back to my birds, too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Deb, and you are a leader who will find much more success in the future. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Chicken without a head...a very dangerous situation to be in as it doesn't last very long. It does however apply to a lot of us a lot of the time.

      As always Bill you lead us to the water, all we have to do is drink!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Mary, good to see you my friend. It seems to me, as I recall, that I have flopped around from time to time without a head. LOL Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are well.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Currently dealing with a pinched nerve in my back but continuing onward as I am able.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No fun at all, Mary. Best wishes my friend and feel better soon.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      So true, bill. You never get anywhere following the crowd because no one notices you. Stand out with a belter of a rainbow haircut and you're laughing, providing your haircut is beautifully created!

      Great message and so important. Why is it that the obvious is missed by so many?

      My output has diminished lately (hardly at home!) so I must get my brain going but I'm certainly going to make it move in some different directions!

      Thanks as always for the inspiration, bill. Almost the start of the weekend. Hope it's a great one for you and yours. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you have been missed. I am taking a short breather now that the book is published. A day of rest and then I'll start a new project, and market the old one.

      Have a great weekend doing your British thing, which I'm sure is brilliant.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Congrats on the publication of your book; a great achievement! I'll make sure I read it asap. I think you deserve more than one day of rest, don't you?

      Love your use of 'brilliant'! Is it really a word used mostly by we Brits?

      My weekend's going to be driving a dodgy car back to my daughter's and the replacement engine for it will be in the car behind!! You can't say I don't have different weekends!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I have never seen "brilliant" used the way the Brits use it, and use it often from what I can see. I love it; it is one reason I love British movies so much. The first time I heard it was in the movie "Notting Hill," and now I listen closely for it. LOL

      Have fun transporting that engine. Nothing like living in the fast lane my friend. :)

      bill

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      This is extremely useful advice Bill. I don't write a lot of seasonal hubs, but I do write some, and you are right on the money about plenty of lead time. I watch the numbers on my seasonal ones and they do start building a few months before a holiday. I use Pinterest as my barometer. You can always tell when people are starting to think of a new season by the pins they start pinning.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's very true, Glimmer, and it is something that article writers need always be aware of. Thank you for sharing this...you are such a loyal follower and good friend.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Thanks Bill. I really do enjoy your articles, I just don't read them right away. But then I have my marathon reading sessions and by the end of the afternoon my vision is blurry.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well you should be blurry-eyed now, Glimmer. You have done yeoman's work today. Thank you again.

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      Rochelle Frank 2 years ago from California Gold Country

      Maybe I should write about dealing with snowy weather, now. At the very least, it might make me feel cooler. Pushing the 100 degree mark today, to continue for at least 10 days.

      Actually, I don't write many seasonal things. The shelf life is too short. Nice suggestions.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rochelle, I couldn't live where you do. That heat would be the literal death of me. :) And I agree, seasonal is not the way to go for constant income. Thanks for the visit.

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