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Reflection on Six Years of Writing Online

Updated on July 26, 2017
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MsDora, six-year online writer, shares poetry, creative writing and reflections on how writing and writers influence our lives.

What better time than an anniversary to reflect on a performance that has become a habit? Six years is a long time to pursue a passion that affects every other area of life.

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There are two of me right now. One looks at my list of published articles (several have been deleted over the years) and asks some soul-searching questions. The other answers as best as I honestly can. Here are five of the many questions.


1. Quotes

My top two articles (25% of my total reads) are compilations of quotes. Does that prove that readers like other people’s opinions better than mine?

Another Quote. My Thoughts Exactly.

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My wish is that my writers would want to hear from me, more than from the people I quote. The quoted have already had their day in the spotlight. Not that I do not want others to read them, but why don’t they read me more, since I am the one actively vying for an audience?

Maybe, just maybe, the quotes impact my followers with the same urgency and power as they impact me. Maybe instead of complaining, I should be grateful for the good sense to choose quotes that my readers find useful. So, long live the wisdom of the quoted! Long live their literary gems that still feed our souls!


2. Poetry

The poem I wrote to my daughter-in-law has more reads than any of my prose articles. Should I write more poetry or more sentiments to my loved ones?

Poetry has never been a serious consideration for me. I read the poetry of contemporaries like Manatita, Whonunuwho and John Hansen (aka Jodah) and enjoy poetic heights that I dare not try to reach. I admire and embrace the thrill and beauty of their art, but I will never try to imitate them. I am no poet.

Imagine then, how surprised I am to find that the poem I wrote to my daughter-in-law in 2011 has held its position on top all the prose articles I have written before and after. Daughter-in-law happens to be one of the most popular search phrases among my articles. The stats lowered somewhat, but they have risen a little since I refreshed the poem and sent it to her again on her sixth wedding anniversary. So after all, it may be my love and devotion to her, and not any poetic skill, that has gained this article its top position.

Therefore, I will continue reading poets like Manatita, Whonunuwho and John Hansen and I will keep on loving my daughter-in-law.

3. Plagiarism

Three major Caribbean news sources copied my 2013 article on a local event. Should I demand that they make me a news reporter for the region?

The story was copied word for word on all three sites, and only one mentioned my name and provided a link to the original article. I still wonder how many more reads I would have gotten if all three agencies had done the right thing. I wrote to the one geographically closest to me requesting credit, but did not receive a reply. But do I really care? I recognize my responsibility to help stamp out copyright fraud on behalf of all writers, and my lack of effort in fighting for our rights. That bothers me—a little.

There is no passion in me to become a news reporter. My interest in that event concerned the fact that an exceptional mother was about to receive the honor she deserved, and I love to underscore the strength of women. Honestly, I felt a little pride in writing an article that was worthy of publication by major news sources, but at the end of the day my pride in showcasing excellent womanhood was as much as my pride in being a writer.


4. Comments

Comments average one per every eighty readers. Why do so many readers not give some feedback? Should I imitate the majority?

To begin with, eighty clicks do not mean that eighty people read the article. Some scanned it through. Some left it sitting on the desktop while they had conversations on the phone. That’s what many of them would not want me to know—that they really didn’t read enough to form an opinion. I am grateful that they cared enough to take a look, but I am doubly grateful to those who read it through and wrote a comment. It feels great to receive feedback on an article.

My biggest surprise about comments concerns the writers who, article after article, get only one comment—mine. Yet they do not return the favor. They probably do not even read my article, but if they keep writing something that I want to read, I will read and post a comment. It is my way of saying thanks for sharing their wisdom. It's also the best way I know how to show my support.

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But I intend to keep writing whether or not the answers to these questions satisfy me, so should I just throw a damper on future questions?

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Often, there is not enough time to answer the silly questions that fuel my frustrations about online writing. For two weeks, I have stared at my list of articles, looking and listening for direction to begin my seventh year; and the more I stared, the more questions surfaced. Finally, I decided to answer these five in writing.

There will be many more questions, but it is doubtful that they will be serious enough to distract me from doing what I love to do. In fact, some of them may initiate content for other articles, so let them come.

I want to be a star--a writing star as constant as the stars in the heavens. Just like they shine no matter what, so I intend to write no matter what. Therein lies the answer to all my past, present and future questions.

© 2017 Dora Isaac Weithers

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Anita, thanks for your concern. Yes, terrifying it is. Still wondering how and what to write about it.

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      Anita Hasch 6 weeks ago from Port Elizabeth

      So pleased that you are safe from the hurricane. A hurricane must be a terrifying experience.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for thinking of me, Sally. Just been informed that Hurricane Jose has changed his mind about visiting us tonight, so we feel blessed and grateful. We do not take our safety for granted. I appreciate your concern.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 6 weeks ago from Norfolk

      So happy to hear that you are safe. You have been on my mind over the past few days:)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Glenis, and thank God for keeping us safe on this island. Our damages were minimal--trees and fences falling, loss of electricity. We dare not complain in view of the suffering on other islands.

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      GlenR 6 weeks ago from UK

      Dora, I hope you and those you love are safe and well. What a terrible experience to have endured. My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this horrendous demonstration of the power of nature.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Besarien, your is the first comment I read after two days of blackout caused by Hurricane Irma. I'm glad you chose to give me some feedback. You have lifted my spirits with your very kind words. I hope that you continue writing and commenting. We all grow wiser in the process.

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      Besarien 6 weeks ago

      First of all congratulations Ms. Dora on six years- all the hubs you have written, all the friends you have made, all the wisdom you have gained and shared. You have made me contemplate things that I have never before given a thought. I thank you so much for that!

      Do you know that before now I have never given any thought as to why I comment? It just seems to me to be a very natural thing for me to do. According to my family, I starting talking freakishly early and was never quiet again. The only time I don't comment purposefully is when I have nothing positive to say. That happens so rarely around here, though! I'd guess that the majority of my non-comments on HubPages that I read are due to suddenly having to work or answer the phone or drive someone somewhere. If I could pick a superpower I'd become immune to all distractions, or okay without sleeping, or have super-speed. Somehow, I'd be getting more done.

      Lastly, I'm so sorry to hear that you have been plagiarized. I understand that it isn't at all uncommon amongst the writers here. For what it is worth, you seem to have attracted a better class of plagiarizers than most being actual news outlets or maybe I should say "news outlets" since their journalistic integrity seems questionable. I think you are very smart to not let it bother you overly much. I understand why other people would try to pursue these things on general principle too, but have never heard of anyone being particularly successful. I think you are better off spending your valuable time doing something enjoyable like more writing. The ultimate revenge is a life well-lived, right?

      You are a star to me, Ms. Dora. You remind me most of Polaris, the North Star that sailors lost in a storm can find at night and use to steer home.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 7 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Glenis. I guess I should have been more annoyed. However, that was a few years ago so I let it go--this time. Let's just keep writing.

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      GlenR 7 weeks ago from UK

      Congratulations on staying on course for six years. I feel the same way as you about writing and , yes, it is gratifying to receive feedback. I would have been very annoyed if my work had been copied without acknowledgment. Name and shame the culprits, Dora.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Peggy, thanks for sharing. It's that time and energy which discourages me from following through with the complaint, although I care.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Robert, one was a television station that simply included the article under "National News." The other added "Courtesy of . . ." so they eventually gave me some credit. I just checked. I'm ready to leave it alone, now.

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      Peggy Woods 8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so maddening when ones work is copied. That has happened often to me. I have submitted so many DMCA reports which takes time and effort. Sometimes they are removed and sometimes not. Some people do not care and say just to ignore them unless they outrank your original.

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      Robert Sacchi 8 weeks ago

      The 2 that didn't mention your name, whose byline did they use?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your interest, Robert. My byline but I'm over it now. There are lots more to write about.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      The question is who had the byline for the story?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Robert, thanks for your observation. On the one hand, I'm mad that I did not receive credit; yet I'm glad they liked it enough to use it. Seems that there's satisfactory middle ground if they care enough to do the right thing.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 months ago

      Congratulations on your 6 years of online writing. Oddly when your writing gets plagiarized that means it's good. I think it's double infuriating since it seems news organizations look down at writing farms yet they plagiarize you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Anita, for your encouragement. Hoping to continue and to keep on going for as long as I can.

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      Anita Hasch 2 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Congratulations. Six years is an achievement. Keep up the good work.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Aaah, Mona. I like hearing from people like you who write really helpful comments. I have also enjoyed reading your published (in magazines) articles. You're an inspiration. Looking forward to future interactions with you.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 months ago from Philippines

      Congratulations on your sixth year anniversary of writing. I never realized how mindfully you approach things - writing, comments, and plagiarists:(. It is also very impressive how you've made an analysis of your articles, determining what is most popular, what is less popular. I also read the poem you wrote for your daughter in law. She is beautiful inside and out. Thank you for including the link. Here's to many more years of mindful and meaningful writing from our dearest Ms. Dora:)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Shauna. It seems that some people have no bad feeling about taking credit for other people's work; but on the other hand, as you suggest, it feels great when another writer likes your work enough to show it. I guess, we live and let live!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 months ago from Central Florida

      Dora, I certainly hope you keep writing. Your articles are always well-written and provide food for thought.

      I find it interesting that you've been plagiarized by major news sources. I suppose it's a compliment to you, but shows utter laziness on the part of the reporters. I wonder if their bosses know they're stealing, not working.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Dream, thank you very much for sharing your heart. You made me smile, and sometimes I sobered up. You made some very encouraging comments about my work, and please know that I appreciate you very much for your kind thoughts and ongoing support. I am so happy that at least some of my messages reached you and touched you in a positive way. I can see that your HubPages experience means much to you. You also write from your heart and share insights and inspiration from your everyday life and activities. There's much creativity in your work and I am impressed by the joy you share with your spouse. My wish is that we continue to read other, learn from and appreciate each other as we both forge ahead. Thanks again, and God bless you!

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      DREAM ON 3 months ago

      Hi MsDora Another thing I do different than most hubbers is I force myself to read all the comments on the hub I read. One so I can see all sides of the hub. Think more about my answer before I just respond. All the hubbers who are real people with so many thoughts and experience far more than me give some of the greatest comments I have ever heard. I on the other hand tell more about the emotional me that is moved than the hubs details and specifics. I know society grades people on views, skill level and how many pictures and videos you add to it. I like to think the words stand alone naked bare for the world to discover.Thank you for sharing and caring.

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      DREAM ON 3 months ago

      There are grammar mistakes I tried to correct but I didn't get to change in time. I didn't get to a few more points that I will write to you again if you don't mind. For me life is about kindness and wearing your heart on your sleeve. Telling people who you are deep down under the layers of skin. Nothing to hide but bones. I came back to wish you a wonderful and happy day. One that tickles your insides like the funniest joke you ever heard. Pleases you like the best food you have ever eaten.Gives you a feeling of peace from the most beautiful book ever written the Bible. May one day all the people of our world with all the different religions come together and stop all the nonsense and live a prosperous and humble life. Thank you for being a friend and a mentor. Did I mention your hubs are cool. Even though that word probably went out of style in the 80's.

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      DREAM ON 3 months ago

      MsDora First I want to thank you for not the number of writings or the years of writing which are both beautiful accomplishments by themselves. I want to go straight for the juggler vein. You handle tough questions in your hubs that don't give an easy answer and the answers stir up all kinds of new questions .I think a lot of people are afraid to thin day and it is easy just to live life on auto pilot and continue they way they always have. I for one am not good at change but I know it is only to make me better. I have a simple day to day routine that many people would find boring. I love life and the greatest part of my life if I could break it down are all the people like you who always try to help not hurt. To instruct and provide honest and truthful advice. Even if it is not what we want to hear. I have many imaginary problems that surface when I write. I start to read a hub and it is so relevant to things in my life I get torn into pieces and down right emotional. Luckily people can't see me through the screen or they would be saying who does that. I have read a few of your hubs that will leave a lasting good effect on my decisions that I make in the future. Then there are other hubs of yours that changed the way I viewed my past. I have mentioned how I don't like change and how my mind resists it. Well my heart seeks and desires it. So you have changed my life for the better even without ever knowing it. I try to express my words in a comment and I come up with another issue I want to always say how I feel at that moment. Because there are so many good writers who read many hubs I notice my followers have decreased do to the fact that they might not truly understand what or who I am. Maybe I don't meet the quality in my hubs that so many set high standards. What they don't know is if I don't publish my hub when I get all my gusto up I will never publish it because of the threat of failure. We all face insecurities and some might say demons in our life. I look at my life differently and face God day to day and forget all the other things that really don't matter because I am sitting with God. God will lead me and guide me in any direction I need to be. Your hubs explain by detail all what I feel. I have never been a great reader matter of fact I was probably one of the slowest and porest readers in my class. That never stopped me from reading and craving for more. I have another issue with people that have the greatest talents in the world everyone from athletes, doctors, lawyers and so many professional people that forget who they are and lose themselves in the process. Writers, artists, inventors all know what it is to sacrifice everything to do what they love and feel passionate about. They put themselves out their every day. Exposing their insecurities and all their fears. I can go on and on but then people think I am rambling. So I have learned to cut my comments shorter than I really want to. What I am trying to say with lack of better words Please continue to love, motivate, inspire and bless all those people who try but never become who they strive to be. They love and care for you with so much passion and desire. Most religions want to accomplish one goal to Love each other like you would yourself. I try that every day. It is not easy and I struggle with that one goal. When you think of all the other things that are mentioned my head begins to spin. So I find it so much easier to sit with God and through my writing he instructs me to live my life no matter how imperfect. Remembering there is only one perfect person that is God. So as I sit here behind my computer screen and type with tears of joy covering my eyes for you being such a nice and kind person. Thanking God for all the hubbers who constantly take the time to leave comments on my hubs even through all my imperfections. I believe God has led them to me and maybe gave them instant ex-ray vision so they may see write through my writings to my heart. I want to post this comment before I change my mind. Thank you for your incredible hubs and the endless hours of spiritual knowledge and wisdom that took the hubs to become possible.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Devika. I will keep trying. I appreciate your continual support and encouragement.

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      Devika Primić 3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations! You have shared useful hubs and always with a great message.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Swalia, I agree with your observations about the disrespect of writers who seem to ignore our comments. However, other writers have encouraged us to keep doing what we know is right and feel good about it. Thanks for your input.

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      Shaloo Walia 4 months ago

      Congrats on completing six years of online writing! Regarding comments, it's really surprising that some people don't even acknowledge the comments left on their posts. I feel that it's utter disrespect to the readers. Interaction is as important as writing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Ann, thanks for your beautiful, encouraging comment. I've been forced to do likewise: when my reading stacks up, I do not comment as generously as I used to. However, I try to be loyal to my regulars. Have a great week!

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      Ann Carr 4 months ago from SW England

      Congratulations on those six years here, Dora. I would say you already are a writing star; you write well, about interesting subjects and with good insight.

      I too get annoyed about the lack of comments from some when I take the time to say something about their articles. I now have less time so I'm starting to cut out those who don't respond.

      Great article, great quotes. I look forward to reading many, many more of your hubs, Dora. You have compassion and enthusiasm and you always have a balanced view.

      Ann

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Don, good to hear from you. Thanks for your encouragement. I do intend to write some more. Hope all is well with you.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I'm glad to see you are still writing. Most people seem to ignore the worth of writers or not understand it. They don't realize that writers have a hand in shaping ideas and thinking. I hope you keep on.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, thanks for your affirmation. You've always been kind and supportive and I look forward to future interaction with you.

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      William Kovacic 4 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Congratulations, Dora. What a wonderful achievement! Regardless of what you write, it's you we're reading, and we've enjoyed six years of wonderful thoughts, wisdom, and teaching along the way. Thank you for being you and writing you. Looking forward to year number seven!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Missy, I totally agree with you. We cannot help ourselves; we just must keep writing. Hopefully, the audience and the other perks will come. Thanks so much for your understanding.

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      Missy Smith 4 months ago from Florida

      This is very interesting Ms. Dora. I think I can relate to it a lot right now. I get in this state of questioning - if you will. I have been questioning my drive continuing here. I'm not sure I reach a wide audience, and I have been writing for about two or three years now. However, like you, it's something I have a passion for. I love to write.

      I love to write poetry the most, but I am also unaware if I am good at it. I do think you get a lot of views on your poem you have written, because it is an art form that has such a hard time hanging around, and I do believe that there are a lot of people who crave to read this type of dying expression. I am one of those people.

      Maybe we all have these times of doubt, but somehow we keep writing. I think that is because - we wouldn't be who we are regardless of any other explanation if we didn't, If that makes any sense?? :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, I am positively surprised that you saw me in your dream. I know that I would enjoy meeting you in real life. Thanks for your very kind sentiments. You have always been encouraging in your comments and in your well-written stories. Glad to know you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Dr. Bill, your wife deserves the time you spend with her. Perhaps when the Muse returns, the content of your writing will be about love and marriage. (Smiling?) My regards to both of you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, thanks for your affirmation. Just today, I spoke to an audience of recognizing and appreciate their spiritual gifts. Glad that you see that in my writing. You encourage me, as always.

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      Lori Colbo 4 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Congrats Dora. I must say you are one of the top three or four writers I consistently enjoy. I personally much prefer your own work rather than quotes, although I am a fan of quotes. I have always loved most personal work. My favorite being your letter to death after your sweet mother passed away. It was raw, real, and powerful.

      I love your sound wisdom to other writers and your feedback, and I love that you are so affirming to us. I don't think I know of anyone on HP that is more revered than you. I had a dream about two weeks ago on which I attended a meet and greet of hubbers. You were there and I can remember how thrilled I was to meet you. You were the same as you are in your work an sharing. God bless you sweet sister.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Dora, yes, spending more quality time with my wife, very little outside writing, at this time. Perhaps the muse will return, perhaps not... only time will tell. Still do a lot of reading, as she does, ... ;-)

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      Michael-Milec 4 months ago

      MsDora congratulations, on your 6th Hubanniversary. Your heart has spoken again as any other time in your articles. Summarized your experience carries your established message love, compassion and forgiveness. What I find out fascinating following your writing, you are faithfully operating within the scriptural saying "every one to whom much has been given, much shall be required from him"... You are diligently distributing useful gifts from which I always leave more blessed at the conclusion of reading. Plus, as time and resources permit I leave a comment as the spirit leads. Thank you. May the Lord bless you continually doing good work.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Ro, Welcome to my HubCircle. Please know that I am willing to read you; you might have more to offer than you know. Not responding earlier was an oversight. I appreciate your following, and look forward to future interactions with you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, thanks for your friendly affirmation. You are one of the writers who always bring an article with amazing information. It's also been my pleasure to know you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Galaxy Rat. I appreciate you sharing this one. I've got to explore your name.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Dr. Bill. Your comment means much to me. Haven't seen you around lately; hope all is well.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Tamara, thanks for your kindness. I am also happy for our mutual support here on HubPages. Look forward to continued interaction between us.

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      Nell Rose 4 months ago from England

      Six years! Wow! doesn't time fly? I have loved reading your articles, you ping my conscious sometimes with them, LOL! and that can't be wrong! Happy to be your friend on here MsDora!

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      Ro Carter-Wilson 4 months ago

      keep writing. I enjoyed finding you and will follow you going forward. I find that writing is the one thing I cannot do. Do we write for readers? Perhaps. I write primarily to understand my life. If my lessons help readers to understand theirs as well, therein lies the blessing.

      Peace and good to you.

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      GalaxyRat 4 months ago from The Crazy Rat Lady's House

      Congrats! :) Great Hub.

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      William Leverne Smith 4 months ago from Hollister, MO

      Congratulations! Thank you, so much, for sharing these useful thoughts as you move forward in your writing life! ;-)

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      Tamara Moore 4 months ago

      Six years! Wow! This is something to be proud of. I enjoy reading what you write, Ms Dora, because your writings are down-to-earth, and understandable.

      I enjoy poetry, but when it's overly flowery, or "over-the-top", (though I can appreciate it), it's just a bit too "much" for me to keep my sustained interest. I really appreciate more "earthly", and absorbable writings that I can actually get into, as opposed to more celestial poetry writings that I view from afar. And, this is why I like your writings! They are Real.

      Hugs,

      Tamara

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I always feel honored by your expressions of love, respect and support. You've been a rock in so areas of this writer's forum. Thanks for your presence and all that comes with it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Laura. Your advice is very encouraging. I don't think that I can help myself now, when it comes to the habit of writing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Mona. I guess I am obligated to report the theft, but I have done so before for other articles and nothing changed. Life is not always fair, but we have to keep following our passion, no matter what.

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well congratulations on the anniversary, and I can speak for myself that I am so happy you are a part of this community. I respect you as a writer, but more importantly I respect you as a human being, and that is my highest praise.

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      Laura Smith 4 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      This is a great reflection of your pieces. I think that this is something that we all do when we scroll through our profile stats, and it's always surprising what works and what doesn't from week to week. Keep doing what you're doing as long as you enjoy it, and I know I'll always be reading.

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      Grand Old Lady 4 months ago

      Hello Ms. Dora, it is nice to read about your experiences as a writer. I must admit I was upset to know that your story was copied word for word on three sites, with only one mentioning your name and a link to the original article. It is so sad when this happens, it really is theft of personal property. I hope that this will be monitored on the internet so that people won't have to steal the works of others.

      Congratulations on your sixth year with hub pages:)

      Mona

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Kristina, one day at a time, six years will creep up on you. Hope you enjoy the journey. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Kristina Hearn 4 months ago

      Congratulations on six years of writing! I've only just begun my journey on hubpages, and I look forward to reading more of your work. Six years is a wonderful accomplishment and something I aspire to!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Venkatachari M, thanks for your comment and good wishes. The poem was written during my first year here, but I have included a link to it in this article. I appreciate all your kind sentiments.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Rev, thanks for your encouragement. I will keep trying to deserve all the accolades that readers like you give me today. I look forward to more of your very practical articles.

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      Venkatachari M 4 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Congratulations, Dora, on your 6th Hubbiversary.

      The questions raised by you are mostly raised by any writer, in my opinion. I also think in those similar terms. I mostly try to comment on articles read by me and always post my replies to anybody commenting on my articles.

      You are a great writer as far as I read your articles or poems. But, this poem to your daughter-in-law, I don't remember reading. It must be an old poem and I would like to read it now and enjoy the poetry.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      AliciaC, you are also one of those writers from whom I expect to learn something new every time. Your fascination with nature is admirable, and you do a great job sharing the information. Thanks for your kind comment here. I also look forward to more mutual interaction with you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Mary. I can honestly say that you are on of the writers I have learned from. Thanks for sharing your life on the Brazillian farm. Your comment is very encouraging.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Sallybea, you're so kind and sweet. I would certainly love to share a visit with you. I look forward to continuing mutual support between us. You know how much I adore your writing and your wet felt craft!

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 4 months ago from Richmond, VA

      CONGRATULATIONS on writing 6 years online including HubPages. Your articles are inspiring and well written. Keep up the good work!

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      Linda Crampton 4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your anniversary, Dora! I enjoy reading your excellent articles. I love this one. It's one of the best "anniversary" hubs that I've read because you've done some serious analysis of your articles instead of simply promoting them as some writers do. I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing.

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Dora,

      Six years of writing here on Hubpages is a wonderful achievement.

      Regarding quotes, I love reading them, especially themed ones, for example inspirational, or those relating to goals.

      I think the reason people will readily click on those is the same reason why lists (top 5 hairstyles, for example) are popular, easily scannable. I think many people are suffering from information overload.

      Although not a fan of poetry, I am so pleased that your poem about your daughter-in-law does well for you. You have a beautiful way of expressing true and sincere love in your writing.

      I love to read articles about the successes of women as I feel they are often overlooked in the general media.

      For six years you have been writing from the heart, and we, your readers, are richer for you doing so. Once again, congratulations.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 4 months ago from Norfolk

      Congratulations on reaching 6 years on HubPages MsDora.

      It has been a privilege for me to get to know you through your writing here. You are definitely one of those writers whose work I want to read from start to finish. Your wisdom and kindness have definitely found a way into my heart. Had I lived in the Caribean I have a sneaky feeling that even my feet would have worn a path to your front door. I suspect that many before me would have done the same:)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I always appreciate your kind encouragement. I shall always strive to deserve the honor you have given me. I also value your work, and leave my comments to prove it. Looking forward to our continuing mutual support.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      As usual a wonderfully written article. I always wonder about folks taking the time to read and not at least leaving a note to let you know they were there.

      I follow people not their articles. I must admit I love your quotes, but as I think about it, I mainly like either why you put them there or what you have to say on the subject of the quote.

      You are the best Bible quoter on the Internet.

      My life is better with you in it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, ThreeKeys. I have resigned myself to the cultural habits and idiosyncrasies of the HubPages community. They're my people and I love them.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, I couldn't ask for anything more in regards to love and support from you. I intend to make my own little collection of favorite poems from you, which will include your tributes to me. You're a keeper!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Stella, you're right about all these issues. I'm not losing sleep over any of the, but they do surface during a time of reflection. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, thanks for your encouraging comment today and always. Thanks also to your suggestions concerning sharing. I know nothing about hashtags, but that can be something new to learn. I appreciate you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Jodah. Looking forward to many more years of excellent poetry and mutual support.

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      Threekeys 4 months ago from Australia

      Ms Dora, this is a frank article of describing your wants and needs.

      I, too, am a collector of quotes and sayings. I was inspired to do that by a friend who collected quotes and sayings himself. I believe you did a good thing for your audience. You brought ideas through the quotes you chose that were either healing, inspiring or aspirational to those that gravitiate to your writings. And that to me, is a sign of good writing.

      As for people commenting or not commenting? I cannot speak for other people, but for myself, all may be said and all I can say is a warm "thank you". But I understand here at hubpages, it is not a desired outcome just to say, thankyou. Lengthiness is wanted. I wouldn't take that to heart. Each commenter/reader has their reasons for doing X.Y.Z.

      Congratulations! on six years of writing Ms Dora.

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      manatita44 4 months ago from london

      I like how you ended, otherwise it is a big ask to take on some of the questions you posed. Who knows the complexity of the human mind?

      You address those issues well, though. I like your own conclusion about the one with quotes. Writing appeals to the varying moods of the Soul and that's why aphorisms can be so powerful.

      Many of Guruji's poems are actually very short, like the Psalms or beatitudes. We remember them well and you know of course that you have used many biblical quotes. You tend to single out ones in my poems that you like also and that's great!

      Quotes and the writer are related, interdependent. They come to read your work --the fans. But seeing and liking one of your quotes happens, because you yourself identifies with them. Why else would you put them there?

      Still, I know what you mean though. When someone visits me I like to hear their views on the Hub itself, even if a critical appraisal. This is not always the case. But I know that some are fond of me and mean well. Still, we - loosely speaking - like to hear what others think about us through reading and writing about our work.

      Many do not comment on my work but do read. Some people's I read but not comment. My response is generally an honest one and if I feel that it may offend, I can refrain from commenting; other times I may just not feel it's right to respond or just say I feel that I have nothing to offer. I can also start reading some Hubs which do not gel with me.

      I commend you on your six years at Hub Pages. You have done a marvelous job; in fact a super-excellent job, and while you may think that your quotes seem more important, so many I know say excellent things about you! Figure this one out. Much Love, Dee.

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      Stella Kaye 4 months ago

      An interesting read and congratulations on your writing anniversary.

      I think as a writer it's important to be able to write about what you want to write about and if that includes using quotations to illustrate a point then why not? No one tells a painter which landscapes they should paint or a musician which notes to use so it can stifle creativity somewhat when editors crush your style and dictate to you what to do.

      I have also had online articles plagiarised and although annoying I do gain some gleeful satisfaction from the fact that someone somewhere was lazy enough to do that rather than come up with their own original work.

      Comments are always useful feedback for online writers but I wouldn't place too much importance on it. I've read many entertaining and informative online articles that have been on this site for a long time that don't have any comments at all.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 months ago from USA

      Congratulations on six wonderful and creative years. I have noticed your loyalty to fellow writers as you leave them rich and thoughtful comments. I have the same angst about how many of them are remiss about commenting in return. Eventually I often unfollow these one-siders unless I know that here is a special circumstance. I don't know whether it's best not to comment or for someone to leave a shallow comment that shows they haven't read the article. I get that from people whose articles I read closely and it frustrates me.

      Your self-analysis with numbers has inspired me to look at some of those numerics for my own articles. I know there is a lot of disjuncture for me in regard to traffic, comment, and my perception of quality. Have you tried sharing your best articles over Twitter, G+, and other social media using appropriate hashtags? I would think that your religious articles would get a lot of traction. Regular updates of old articles help. Some well-written articles unfortunately just don't get read no matter what. I have had that happen as well.

      If poems strike your fancy, then write poems. Don't worry about the quotes issue and other people's words. It's your article they clicked on and you can provide your reflections on the quotes.

      Again, happy 6 year hub-iversary and here's to another six.

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      John Hansen 4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Firstly, MsDora, congratulations on six years writing online.You have written some true gems and shared much wisdom with us lucky readers.

      You have asked some questions that I and many other writers can relate to. "Why don't more people comment?" for instance.I admit my number of comments per view is probably higher than most but even that isn't as good as the figures appear because half the comments are my replies. I cannot understand those who fail to reply to the comments you leave on their hubs. It just seems the right thing to do to acknowledge your readers. Thank you for mentioning me as one of the two poets you read regularly, and I am pleased to hear your "daughter in law" poem is still doing well. As a writer, you are a shining star.