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Hub Pages One Hundred Report Card

Updated on August 7, 2016

100 Dollar Bill

Ben Franklin was the first Postmaster General.  Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, postal topics have been slightly profitable for me, but not enough 100s in my pocket yet.
Ben Franklin was the first Postmaster General. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, postal topics have been slightly profitable for me, but not enough 100s in my pocket yet. | Source

It's my party and I'll yawn if I want to

On July 31st, 2016, I celebrated the publication of my 100th article on Hub Pages. I got a neat little medal on my feed that looked like a Purple Heart /Iron Cross hybrid, but other than that the event quickly vanished into obscurity. One gracious person commented upon the achievement, probably out of politeness. Then the deed vanished like a popped balloon at the yawnfest party it spawned, attended by me and that one well wisher, where we sat making awkward small talk in an echoing, empty party hall until we could find a polite excuse to leave.

Truth is, by Hub Pages standards 100 is not much of a feat. For three and a half years of service, 100 hubs is a meager output. My Urban Farmer friend Bill in Olympia has 1,151 hubs to his credit in four years and counting, and he'll probably write four more before I launch this. My Preacher friend Eric, living across the lake from me in the lovely, verdant, blooming garden spot of Spring Valley, so close I could hit him with a rock if the wind was blowing right, has produced 714 articles. The writing output of these two gentlemen is breathtaking, stupendous. In comparison, my own efforts are downright embarrassing, and I offer no excuses or explanations. Yes, I have a full time job, but Farmer Bill has five or six things going on at once in addition to writing, and Preacher Eric has a dynamo of a young son bouncing off the walls. Anyone who has fathered children knows what kind of work that is.

Therefore, I am not writing this article in celebration of 100 hubs, but to give an update on my Hub Pages experience to date. What have I learned? How is Hub Pages changing? What does the future hold? Should I cut losses and bail from this crazy train before it derails?

100 Hubs Accolade, but Where is My Missing Medal?

I wanted to include my hundred hub medal here, but it fizzled out into the void of Cyberspace.
I wanted to include my hundred hub medal here, but it fizzled out into the void of Cyberspace. | Source

Fish For Your Niche

The most important thing I have learned here at Hub Pages is to find a niche, crawl inside, then defend it like a snarling, hissing wildcat backed into a corner.

Truth is, I invented my Mel Carriere alter ego here three years ago with such a Postal niche in mind. Although it was slow to gather steam, the idea is now bearing some scrawny but tasty fruit.

To analyze the performance of my niche vs. non niche hubs, I made an Excel spreadsheet. This might not fit into your conception of what a dude who humps the mail in the hot sun does after hours, but I pretty much spreadsheet everything in life, from what I had for dinner to the makes and models of birds I spy. Perhaps my spreadsheet obsession is why I can't get any writing done.

I copied and pasted my Hub Pages stats into Excel, then collated some pretty interesting data from it. It turns out I have published 55 niche (postal-related) hubs. That's exactly 55% of the 100, for the mathematically challenged.

22 out of my AP top 25 hubs come from this postal niche. It is not until the 11th spot that one of my non-niche hubs cracks the top 25 in traffic. What really astounds me, however, because I never realized the extent of the niche domination, is that niche hubs account for 91.1% of total traffic to date. My top 10 alone bring in 71.8%.

If my hub followers scratch their heads and wonder why I continue to write these postal yawners no one can relate to, there's your answer. I love you all and I value our interaction, but the truth is that my non-niche hubs, like the one you're reading, are mostly going to fall on deaf ears. You're checking in tit for tat, just like I'll read yours quid pro quo, but outside Hub Pages this will die a slow and lonely death in cyberspace.

On the other hand, lots of people read my Postal hubs. I have cultivated a large cadre of Postal Employee followers on Facebook, and they are the folks who keep the lights on and the 40 weight motor oil coffee hot in my dilapidated, low rent writing closet.

100 Years Of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez scored big with One Hundred Years of Solitude.  Hubber friend Larry Rankin reminded me of this.  Thanks, Larry.  Pictured here is Mr. Marquez, not Mr. Rankin.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez scored big with One Hundred Years of Solitude. Hubber friend Larry Rankin reminded me of this. Thanks, Larry. Pictured here is Mr. Marquez, not Mr. Rankin. | Source

Get Your Niche on a Niche

When I use the word "niche" among Hub Pagers these days, I have to qualify it. When I spoke of "niche" in the preceding section, I was referring to my personal writing niche, a specific specialized territory I have delineated for myself, staking a claim along a small stretch of a potentially ore bearing stream. On the other hand, a few months ago Hub Pages introduced the fabulous new "niche," or "vertical" websites (or is that horizontal?). Whatever dimension they properly belong to, each site caters to a specific range of topics.

In the grander Hub Pages Universe, where I am but one obscure, uncharted rocky planet in a vast cosmos filled with supernovas, "niche" has multiple connotations, the concept producing different reactions from different people. Here is what the "Niche Site" term means to me.

When I heard of their impending creation, I scratched my head and ignored the announcement as unrelated to me. The news then became immediately relevant when I received an email saying that one of my hubs was being moved to a niche site, but would be clipped first!

This immediately set off a knee-jerk firestorm of protest in the vestigial reptilian portion of my brain that governs the staking out and maintenance of territory. I am extremely possessive of my meager body of work here, and don't want any holier or smarter than thou do-gooder with a dictionary editing my stuff without permission. I was indignant, because my hubs are my babies. I immediately fired off an angry email to Hub Pages staff asking how they could have the audacity to meddle with the way I raise my children.

When I saw what "clipping" actually entailed, I calmed down. For the most part, Amazon capsules had been cut out. That's okay, they are not good for much besides decoration. A word or two had also been chopped off a title here and there, but my hub titles are lengthy, verbose behemoths that probably profited from streamlining. In one case, the clippers corrected a misspelled word that had escaped me, even after three edits. Mr. or Mrs. Clipper brought to my attention that there is no such thing as a Flag-Riaser. The correct term is Flag-Raiser. Thank you Mr. or Mrs. Hub-Pruner, you veritable beautician of the writing world, you mower of literary lawns, you. Thank you for using your hub disinfectant sparingly, so as to not sterilize the vibrant, wriggling, beneficial bacteria along with the bad germs.

The thing that really sold me on the niche preparation process was that my hub traffic, and consequent earnings, increased significantly afterward. In May my earnings doubled. In June they quadrupled, thanks also in part to a hub was a big hit among my postal friends. July was not as lucrative as June, but was still about treble my pre-niche earnings. The early returns for August also look promising.

I don't know why the Vertical Sites make a difference. Could my improved traffic be coincidental? My Postal articles that were doing well before are doing much better on the niche sites. On the other hand, my non-postal articles moved to the niche sites continue to be ignored by the alleged larger audience over there. For some hubs it has worked well, for others not. Perhaps Google indexes the niche hubs higher, meaning that articles that were already getting traffic are now going to get more. Who understands the necessary spells and dark magic that go into these things? Altogether, I can't complain about the result.

100 Years War

Joan of Arc was one of the star players in the Hundred Years War, which lasted 116 years.  116 hubs would be slightly more impressive than 100.  Joan was burnt at the stake as a reward for her service, I might add.  She never got her badge.
Joan of Arc was one of the star players in the Hundred Years War, which lasted 116 years. 116 hubs would be slightly more impressive than 100. Joan was burnt at the stake as a reward for her service, I might add. She never got her badge. | Source

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Pennies from Niche Heaven, or Grab the Dough and Go?

So what are my future plans for Hub Pages? Will I simply accept the status quo and dive for passive income pennies that fall my way, or should I start picking pockets for better bucks?

I believe in the adage that if you don't go forward, you go backward. For this reason, I would like my non-niche hubs to do better. I take a great deal of pleasure writing them, but it would be real spiffy if they could pull their weight.

What I refuse to do is sacrifice creativity for Search Engine Optimalization. It would be more fun writing obituaries than painstakingly piecing together stale, SEO-friendly sleep aids. About three years ago, that same sage Urban Farmer friend said writers need to breathe without the SEO oxygen tank. I take these words as my mantra. It's good sometimes to take a long hit off that tank, though.

One can skillfully employ SEO and have fun writing. Trying to be witty and entertaining might not grab you the top spot on Google, but it can get you on the bottom of page one or the middle of page two and still bring decent traffic, using the right title and keywords. Of course, SEO doesn't do any good if 5000 writers are using the same worn out search phrases. I think the key is to find a phrase that is almost exclusively ones own, but still popular enough to draw traffic. I have found one or two such words, but the trick of expanding this beyond my postal niche evades me. The answer is jammed in the back of my brain, where the practicality pipes are clogged from disuse. Someday I'll get a plunger in there to get the water flowing, but for the time being proper SEO remains a mystery.

I think the message I want to shout to the Hub Pages Universe can be conveyed in two words - "DON'T QUIT!." I almost abandoned the site for Bubblews once because of abysmally low earnings, and what a disaster that turned out to be. Hub Pages is not a place where you are going to make money overnight, unless you are some SEO Messiah who can turn water into wine, or toilet paper into hundred dollar bills. But the laws of probability dictate that one day you will stumble upon your winning formula either by trial and error, or by complete accident. In the meantime, stick around. Fumbling about here in the dark you are liable to stub your literary toe, but there are scads of lovable, cuddly people to help get you through the night.

100 Aker Wood

Pooh lives in a Hundred Aker Wood.  I live on a lot so compact my neighbors could watch me dress if they wanted, but they don't.  The only thing Pooh and I have in common is the size of our bellies.
Pooh lives in a Hundred Aker Wood. I live on a lot so compact my neighbors could watch me dress if they wanted, but they don't. The only thing Pooh and I have in common is the size of our bellies. | Source

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      Old Poolman 11 months ago

      Mel - When I learned of your 100th hub award, I gathered up 20 of my closest friends and headed for the local bar/steak house.

      Unfortunately, I was the only one there who even knew what "hub pages" was, but that did not dampen the party spirit at all. You just need to know that your award was celebrated in fine style.

      I for one would hope you stick with it as I always enjoy reading your work. If you were not aware, you really are a gifted writer able to hold the readers interest from top to bottom.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Mike. I am delighted to hear it was a splendid party, even if I wasn't there.

      It makes me extremely happy you like to read my hubs. I have no plans of leaving Hub Pages, I am just hoping that Hub Pages can stand the test of time. The Internet Jungle is a brutal place, and sometimes these sites can't survive for long. Hopefully this will be the exception.

      I hope you have no plans of leaving either, my friend, because I enjoy your comments. Thanks again for the great party!

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      Ronald E. Franklin 11 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Congrats, Mel, on your hub milestone. I would guess that there are probably very few others writing consistently in your particular niche, yet it's one that naturally has a large potential audience. It's great that you stuck with it until it began to gather momentum. Here's to your next 100.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Ron I really appreciate that. I just kind of stepped into an unoccupied niche, and we will see where it goes. Thank you for dropping by.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Mel, congratulations on hitting the Century (a cricket term) that I used to celebrate my 100th hub. I love reading about my fellow hubbers milestones and their musings about getting there. I'll dust the cobwebs off a bottle of fine white wine I have had languishing in the cellar (what cellar?) and toast you with my wife..she doesn't know you but will appreciate you are a hubber friend. It it's great that you have a successful niche and some have even made it to the elite sites (I have three moved but all to different sites..that's what happens when you don't really have a niche). The reason your hubs do well is because of your easy to read, informative and humorous writing style. Stay tuned for my next milestone..300 hubs in around 2018... Or maybe my 7 year Hubiversary which should be earlier. I look forward to your 200 milestone. Cheers.

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      Pat Mills 11 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      I still fumble around because I like to write. Age, I think, has made me less prolific. Maybe I'll do something to get my pieces to the niche site of ReelRundown. I do believe, though, that I will never again see the pay that I amassed on Epinions, which, at its peak, was hundreds of dollars per year. If I ever get more than the modest notice I get here, I will be lucky. I'm just grateful that I pass the quality assessment process with each piece here.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Don't hold your breath waiting for my 200th hub, Jodah. You know I'm rather slothful in my approach to this place. I appreciate the nice things you said about my writing. I hope you stick around for a long time, and we continue this friendship regardless of where the revenue streams carry us.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      I never got to try Epinions, Mills. Maybe the sites that are the most lucrative are also the ones that cannot sustain the model - for instance Bubblews, where we both dabbled for a time. Perhaps Hub Pages is wise not to promise the moon and the stars to its writers. Compared to me, my friend, you are very prolific, and I hope you continue to crank out your great reviews.

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      Pat Mills 11 months ago from East Chicago, Indiana

      Thank you Mel. Epinions stated exactly what Bubblews did about lack of sustainability, but you can still can find some of my Epinions by either Googling or by using the Wayback Machine app. I'm happy HubPages doesn't make the lofty promises as well. I hope that's the right approach to viability - and a shot for all of us to keep writing here.

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      Patrick 11 months ago from Nairobi

      The love of writing keeps us going.

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      Eric Dierker 11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, I hope I don't burst your niche bubble, but I don't read every single one of your articles because your subjects tickle my fancy. I don't read them because you are my neighbor. I do not savor every word because you support me in my endeavors.

      Reading every word of your 100 articles is 100% selfish. I just love the way you write. It is just a plain old pleasure/pain thing. I get a lot of pleasure absorbing your every well placed word. To be so insightful with a great twist of phrase and flash of humor is a true gift. Will Rogers would be proud.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Eric you humble me, and I hope you don't really think I'm aiming for your house when I'm throwing stones out my back window. That was just a metaphor, or something like that. I'm actually aiming for my neighbor's daycare, trying to scare the little brats into shutting up.

      Believe me, the feeling is mutual. Your sermons are fire extinguishers for my blazing soul. That really was a metaphor, I think. Let's ask Bill in the mailbag.

      Thanks for dropping in, buddy.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Exactly, Patrick, the love of writing is the only thing that keeps us going. Thanks for reading!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thanks again Mills. I hope we are all writing here for a long time. I now have this extended global family. I'll have to check out that Wayback app.

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      Patrick 11 months ago from Nairobi

      Glad to be part of this family :) Thank you

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      Carolyn Fields 11 months ago from the USA

      Congrats! I have only produced 59 and counting. I had 42 at the start of the year, and my goal is to double that to 84 by year end. I also have two hubs that were "clipped," and same as you, felt annoyed at first, but then relaxed. I did have to change one thing back in a hub, because the clippers didn't understand what I was trying to say.

      I also love your writing style. I know nothing about mail carriers, but read your stuff anyway for entertainment value. I'm in this for the long haul. I'll check back in with you when I reach 100 hubs, which will probably be mid-2017.

      Cheers! Sorry I didn't attend your party. The invitation must have been lost in the mail. (Sorry, couldn't resist).

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      That darn Mailman must have delivered the invitation to your next door neighbor, Carolyn.

      What I try to convey here, Carolyn, is that being a letter carrier is just a microcosm of life in general. I try to make my postal hubs readable for people from all walks of life, and I hope I have succeeded.

      Good luck on reaching your hub goals. I look forward to reading them. Thanks for the nice words.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 11 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Congrats Mel! I agree with Eric, we return to your writings because of your wit. One hundred hubs is quite an achievement. Some of us are more prolific than others, sure, but as long as the content is quality across the board, quantity remains a secondary consideration. For me, that is. As far as making money off of Hubpages... I dunno. Never have, never intend(ed) to. But 'kudos to those that does'.

      p.s. literary lawns was a great line.

      Keep cranking compositions out, niche or non-niche,

      -E.G.A.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thanks Eldon, I appreciate it when you point out what I think are clever lines, because sometimes I think people aren't really reading and my clever lines are falling on deaf ears.

      Hub Pages isn't all about money, though a few extra bucks is nice. I think this is primarily a good venue for a writer to develop his or her craft, because writing for others and taking feedback for it is definitely more helpful than scribbling in notebooks and leaving them locked in a closet for posterity. It worked for Franz Kafka, but not for too many others I know of.

      It is my sincere hope that you will stick around, money or no money, because I love reading your work. Your clever lines beat mine by at least two to one, and that's not false humility.

      Thanks for dropping in, amigo!

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      Bill Holland 11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I'm glad you are here, my friend. Too many who I began with here are now gone, and I think that's a shame. I think this site has suffered from the defections. It has definitely changed and not necessarily for the better.

      I've often said and will continue to do so...I stay here because of people like you. I make money elsewhere. Here is where my friends are....here is where I find friendliness and support...and here is where I hopefully give the same to others.

      Don't quit! For sure! Congrats on 100 and thanks for mentioning this old urban farmer.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      I didn't say old, Bill. Regardless of what it might say on your birth certificate, you are as nimble as a 20 year old, at least mentally. Thanks for all your support here. It just occurred to me that you have more Writer's Mailbag hubs alone than I have actual hubs. I appreciate you dropping in!

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      Linda Crampton 11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your hundred hubs, Mel. I'm looking forward to reading the next hundred. Your hubs are always interesting, whether or not they are about the postal service.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Linda. I am proud to have you as my friend here, and each one of your articles exposes me to a fascinating branch of the natural world that I was previously unaware of. I think you have hit the winning formula, and I could profit by stealing a page from your book. I appreciate you dropping in.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 11 months ago from Indore, India

      100 Hubs! Great. Very good. Others may have written more, but for me 100 is a big target. And to learn that you've also earned in the process.

      And this gives me hope. Since I have achieved neither so far. But I feel I enjoy writing for HubPages. I have met some nice friends and also received mails that have helped me be motivated.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Don't be discouraged Sulabha. You can earn eventually if you cultivate this patiently and develop a strong Facebook following. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Larry Rankin 11 months ago from Oklahoma

      I had you pegged for more class than writing one of these self glorifying, space filling articles that celebrate some arbitrary number! Truly masterbatory if you ask me!!!

      On a related note, I wanted to go ahead and start promoting my 100th article, which is coming up soon;-)

      All kidding aside, congrats Mel, not just on the number but the quality, and thanks for the mention.

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      Devika Primić 11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Well done on you! You wrote a brilliant hub and moved on with a positive attitude.

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      Sulabha Dhavalikar 11 months ago from Indore, India

      Thank you so much for raising my hopes!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      I see you were smart enough to see through all of the false modesty I included to try to disguise my ego masturbation, Larry. Yeah it was pretty gross, and a messy cleanup too.

      I am happy you reminded me of Marquez because there are pitifully few examples of famous uses of the number 100, I discovered. Congratulations on your impending 100th hub, and thanks for checking in!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Devika, you have been there for me through most of these 100 hubs, and I am really grateful for that. I appreciate you dropping in!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Just keep trying and experimenting Sulabha. You can make it happen!

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      Glenis Rix 11 months ago from UK

      Well, 100 hubs is pretty impressive input! Will attempt to find my niche as advised. I think it might have to target worn out, world weary sixty-somethings. But I'm not convinced that I can develop a fan base.

      Pleased to read that Old Poolman celebrated your achievement. I would have followed suit were it not for the fact that I,m not allowed out after dark.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      I think Mike the Poolman snuck out, Glenis. I believe they have him under a pretty tight curfew.

      World-weary 60 somethings have a lot of stories to tell. The problem is sometimes they tell the same ones four or five times at a single sitting.

      I wish you the best of success. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Audrey Hunt 11 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I still believe in quality over quantity. And you, my friend, are a quality man with 100 quality hubs. So there! I've been here 6 years and still haven't ground out 200 hubs. I'm not here for the hub race (or the pay) - I'm here to grow as a writer, share what I know about music and I love, love, love my hub buddies which includes you!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Ah shucks vocalcoach you've got me blushing now. I think growing as a writer is the most important part, though some pocket change, which is really all it amounts to, is nice as well. I really think that the practice of writing and polishing here has made me better. I look forward to continuing to share what I write with you, and reading what you have to share, for many, many years to come. Thanks for dropping in.

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      Shyron E Shenko 11 months ago from Texas

      Mel, I agree with Old Poolman as we

      Celebrate your 100th article with glee

      You're an accomplished writer anyone can see

      And I am so happy you are friends with me

      Congrats on the niche sites

      As for me I am not sure

      I do not think HP cares about poems, poets

      Or poetry of any kind

      That is why the creative writers have been left behind

      HP wanted to cut a poem from our friend Jodah's recipe

      The one that made his recipe unique

      So I guess I'll just stay on the main site

      Until my writing becomes obscured

      Or HP moderators become oblique

      But, I am really happy for the increase in traffic you have secured.

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Shyron,

      Our mutual friend Jodah should stand fast and keep his poem come hell or high water. How many times have you read a recipe with a poem in it? Does everything in life have to be dry, unadorned information? Our species goes backwards when we forsake the creativity in words.

      Thank you for checking in with your lovely poetry. Many blessings to you.

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      Lana ZK 11 months ago from California

      Wow, I'm behind on my Mel reading! And congrats on this impressive milestone - 100 hubs is nothing to sneeze at, as most people here would agree. But with you it's not just quantity - you put so much heart and thought into your creations. What others slap together half-heartedly, I feel like you spend days and weeks crafting, and it shows. So don't downplay your achievement, it represents a lot of work and talent!

      Naturally, I've been drawn to this hub because I wrote a similar, albeit a more bitter account, some time ago, when I published 70 hubs. I remember that I was ready to throw in the towel, yet I stuck around mostly out of stubborness. I have to say that since then the situation improved. I don't know if it's the niche sites or the gradual growth of exposure/traffic, but my earnings went from abysmal and non-existent to somewhat existent. This month I've actually come closest to making a monthly payout, so fingers crossed. Like you, I have a few high earners, and the rest is kind of a dead weight. But I'll keep experimenting and keep publishing, because now at least I see progress, and that's all I wanted. Cheers!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      You have an acceptable excuse to be behind on reading. I'll bet even now you are on your way to the refrigerator to satisfy the unrelenting, insatiable cravings of that little alien inside that is eating you from the inside out.

      The Hub Pages experience is one of peaks and valleys. But it is beginning to live up to its promise of "passive income," and is much less labor intensive than that Bubblews debacle.

      Blessings to you as that baby achieves critical mass. Thanks for reading!

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      Deb Hirt 11 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Good work, Mel. I don't even remember that little badge!

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      Mel Carriere 11 months ago from San Diego California

      Thanks Deb, it was gone in a flash, and I had plans to glue it on my lapel. It's been a lot of fun here, and you have helped to make it that way. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Lawrence Hebb 10 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Mel

      Well done on the achievement. I'm probably one of those who 'missed it' the first time round.

      I'm getting pretty close to the first hundred myself but stopped paying attention to the traffic a while back! I'd noticed that some hubs did better than others but as they were to do with religion and science I put it down to people wanting to come onto the hub and argue 'their point' which I got a bit frustrated with so I changed the 'tack' at the time and while the traffic is 'down' I still enjoy writing what I write.

      By the way, I love the 'Postie hubs' you write.

      Lawrence

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      Mel Carriere 10 months ago from San Diego California

      Thanks Lawrence. Strange that even non posties prefer my postie hubs. Some kind of voyeuristic peek into a strange, different world, I suppose. Something Freudian there, but it's beyond my pay grade.

      I really enjoy your religious hubs. Too bad there are so many close minded people who insist on splitting theological hairs in an intolerant way. Dierker gets a lot of that with his sermons too.

      Thanks for dropping in. I anxiously await your next apostles hub.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 7 months ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Firstly, Mel, I would like to thank you for the "follow." I have returned it. I am humbled by that, considering the stature of your writing. Although I have not read many of your articles (only 2 so far, actually), I was completely drawn in by the vivid imagery that you painted. Your choice of words and their placement make even a non-Postie like me want to continue reading and reading. Very creative! I will certainly be checking out more of your work. Congrats on your 100th Hub!

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      Mel Carriere 7 months ago from San Diego California

      Thank you Gina, I am humbled by your very kind words. I hope this is the beginning of a fantastic hub friendship.

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      H C Palting 6 months ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed reading and thank you for the solid advice about finding your niche. It's true. Your poll is quite telling in that most voters cannot say definitively that they are getting more traffic. I think 100 hubs is a great first step and am sure you will go much further here. Belated congratulations on your accomplishment.

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      Mel Carriere 6 months ago from San Diego California

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