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The PO's Last Gasp? Or Is There Hope After All?

Updated on July 18, 2017
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Randy Godwin is a true southern male who enjoys writing about the past in his part of the world. I hope you enjoy my Tales of the South.

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Seven Years A Grave?

I've been writing on HubPages for almost 7 years now, and it has been quite an experience for me. Some good, some bad, but mostly confusing for an old dirt farmer/ freelance writer. It isn't the same place I first joined, not by a long shot

You should have seen some of the crap HP allowed on here at the time. Indian Auntie hubs—mostly unattractive women in diaphanous garb one wouldn't want to see anyway—and pure spam, some of which received millions of views pretending to be actual complaint departments of well known companies. Yes, we honest authors complained.

Anyhow, I've gone from making dollars a day to now earning pennies. I feel like a ball because I've been bounced from the main HP domain to sub-domains and back to the main domain again. Figure for yourself if they know what they're doing.....I sure as hell don't know and doubt they do either.

HP staff have never been too good at dealing with their writers. I suppose they'll never change until it's too late... like the other now extinct writing sites. Cut me some slack will ya, I'm prohibited from posting in the forums you know. I ask too many hard questions and upset their tea service, I suppose.

At any rate, I felt like a good spring story would possibly raise the hopes of the faithful—and the others of us of a more cynical bent—for the coming year. Yeah right! So, the tale.....

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My True Garden Story

I've come to a conclusion concerning gardening. It is an inherited genetic trait. Not that you can't be a good gardener without the gene, it's just harder to not garden if you do have it. I practically grew up in a garden, a vegetable garden for the most part, but my mom made sure there were also some flowers to grace the table with.

Everyone I knew had a vegetable plot of some size or another, even the town folk. Here in southern Georgia not growing your own produce was as unthinkable as not attending church on Sundays. Besides, you had to have something to give the preacher when he came calling, which he did frequently during the two garden seasons we enjoy down here.

Like almost everyone else around here, my parents were farming people, as were their parents, and so on back down the line. Mom and Dad were both born and raised during the Great Depression and knew how times could be tough. They didn't have much money during most of their younger years, but they always had plenty to eat. Perhaps you've heard the song "A Country Boy Will Survive," well everyone ate good out in the country, even in those terrible times

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Shortly after my parents married the U.S. became involved in World War II. Despite the fact of my father being in the middle of growing his first tobacco and corn crops, he and two of his brothers were drafted into the army. The younger of my uncles never saw action during his service, the older went to the South Pacific with all of it's many Japanese held islands.

My father , a simple country boy who had never been far from home, was suddenly sent to Fort Benning and from there to Texas for his basic training. "They weren't nothin' to basic training" he would say, "us farm boys was used to following a mule's rear end from dawn to dark and a twenty mile hike weren't anythang." Then he would tell how he and another Georgia farm boy carried this yankee friend of theirs, a city boy, almost half way back to keep him from having to repeat the hike.

Dad, and thousands of other equally disoriented young Americans, were then placed on transport ships to England. He would tell about the nightly bombing raids in London and the people seeking shelter in the subways. He was witness to a V-1 buzz bomb dropping through the clouds and causing devastation to the ancient city. As a young man used to hot sunshine and blue skies, he would say this of England, "I was in England for six weeks and never did see the sun shine.

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D-Day was on and my father's company were among a group heading to Normandy for a section designated by the name Omaha beach. I never wanted my father to see "Saving Private Ryan" and he wouldn't anyway. He just wasn't the movie watching type. He went on from Normandy with Patton's army to Paris for the liberation of France. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, entered into Germany, and helped free some of the remaining Jewish prison camps.

What kept my father going through all of this terrible ordeal? This was one of the few questions he would respond to concerning the war. Like many of his fellow warriors, he chose not to talk about some aspects of being a soldier during this war. But when he did respond to the question you knew how serious he was about the ordeal.

His answer was always the same. "Wherever I was at night, foxhole, tent shelter, or curled up beside a stone wall, whether it was raining, snowing, or sleeting I would think about the garden I would have when I got home. I would imagine how warm it would be and how green everything would look, the taste of familiar foods grown by my own hands, and this would help me relax and drift off to sleep."

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He told about having to eat green apples and horse meat when their supplies were cut off and about the struggles of the native population trying to cope themselves. He had to think about something fresh and growing instead of the death and destruction reality offered. I guess you could call it country boy therapy. Whatever, it seemed to work for him.

Dad said sometimes when they were tired and hungry with the snow falling heavily outside the shelter, one of the men would say "hey Georgia boy, tell us some more about your garden." Dad would go into great detail about how good the tomatoes would taste and how mom would fry a chicken better than they had ever tasted. "They didn't seem to understand about turnip greens and boiled peanuts" he said.

"I made my self hungry by describing the food and they were too, but it seemed to make us content for a while and this was the best we could hope for" Dad said. Having grown up in the deep south, he had heard about the "damn yankees" most of his life but he found out they were just people too. He would remain friends with many of his war buddies until he died.

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Every year they would have a reunion at one or the other's home town and I had the privilige to meet them and become friends with their children. He was, in many ways, closer to these men than his own brothers. Many would stop on the way to or from Florida and had the chance to eat some of the food Dad had described. Mom couldn't fry the chicken fast enough. I will always cherish those memories.

Well, he finally made it back home and indeed grew fabulous gardens. Some of my very first memories are of being there and helping plant the many vegetables we grew. It was work to me then and I really didn't care for it. My father however, always whistled and hummed as he worked in the garden. But sometimes he would get a faraway look in his eyes for a moment and I knew he was remembering something which happened during the war.

But he wasn't just good at growing garden food, he excelled at any crop he tried to produce. Although he, nor my mother, ever used tobacco in any form, he was famous for his beautiful golden harvest. Whatever you may think of tobacco, it was king then. He and my mom bought a farm and paid for it in two years growing tobacco. This was hard labor people. Tobacco takes most of a year to produce and the process is intricate

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Growing up and working on the farm with Dad I learned a lot from him. The older I got the more I appreciated gardening and growing things. In my case it was more exotic plants such as orchids and bonsai trees. I grew vegetables also as you can't buy a decent tomato anymore. But before long it was the whole shebang or nothing. Like my Dad, I needed a little country boy therapy myself and so do most of us.

My dad died while out working in the field one spring evening. He was almost 85 years old and as happy a person as I have ever known. When my mother and I found him lying on the ground beside the tractor, I thought he was asleep. He had been in much pain lately but would never stay inside the house. We knew we would find him dead on the farm someday but this was what he wanted. As he lay there he looked so peaceful and contented.

My father was not a rich man, nor was he famous, but he was loved by everyone. It seemed like he knew everyone in this area. He had given most of the local kids jobs in the summer and they never forgot this when they grew up. They would ask if their own children could learn how to work on Dad's farm like they did. For such a simple man my father had the largest attendance at the wake and funeral than any well-to-do person ever had around here.

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Although my father had fine clothes, he wished to be buried in his overalls. I slipped a pair of pliers in the side pocket and a small writing tablet and a two inch long pencil into the bib. A new John Deer cap was placed at his side, (one he had been saving) and he was ready to go. He was a truly religious man and had no doubts as to what lay ahead after death. I think for him heaven would be a garden.

After the funeral and the out of town visitors had left,(many were sons and daughters of former war buddies from all over the U.S.) I hung up my suit and headed out to the garden, only to discover my Mom and brother already there planting potatoes. It was spring and the garden needed planting and certainly dad would approve.

Planting the potatoes and making sure the eyes were pointed up made me think of dad when he would say "don't bend over in the garden granny, you know them tater's got eyes." This line was, of course, purloined by another Georgian, Louis Grizzard, for the title of one of his very funny books. For the most part though, we worked in silence because we were busy thinking about Dad.

Once I thought I heard him humming a tune, like he always did when working in the garden. But then I realized it was just me. I was also thinking about the pleasant look on his face when we found him. I wondered if he was dreaming about gardens. I think I now understand his contentment. It's in the genes I tell you.


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  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    47 minutes ago from USA

    This soul-sucking life just isn't worth it anymore. Fortunately, if heredity holds true, I'm supposed to get cancer next year anyway; if the timing is right, it'll happen at the same time as the vision loss finally disables me. So, am re-thinking my priorities for the rest of this year; a mini bucket list if you will.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    70 minutes ago from USA

    Bureaucracy wars continue. Basically they claim I haven't given them documents, meanwhile I have receipts in-hand proving I did. In fact, even their own website shows them I did. Yet they canceled my benefits anyway. It's beginning to look like this is going to escalate to the county, state, and then federal level.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    My CPC kicked up as it usually does this time of year along with the Amazon sales.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    My traffic is good, but my AdSense just doesn't seem to want to get into the spirit of things. Crossing the payout finish line this month is looking iffy. Meanwhile, the Medi-Cal bureaucracy war is at a pause; I'll find out Wednesday whether they are continuing the attack.

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 days ago from Southern Georgia

    My AdSense and Amazon earnings have shot up the last 3 days, so perhaps things are looking up for a change.

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    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    I'm just curious whether CPM has improved or remained relatively the same or has dropped on average within the last 30 days.

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    Lela 

    4 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Heck if I know. Probably both. I use the HP ad program as the other one never worked for me, and Amazon dried up ages ago.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    4 days ago from USA

    Lela, is it the traffic or the CPM that is the cause?

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    Lela 

    4 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Sheesh, earnings on this site have tanked. This is ridiculous. How to pay my coffee habit bill now?

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    5 days ago from USA

    Yeah, weather warming up here, too. You've reminded me I have a weed invasion problem to deal with; maybe I'll make my move today.

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    Randy Godwin 

    5 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Been enjoying the outdoors the last few days. Getting my garden plants started and planting trees. Scroo writing...

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    Person of Interest 

    6 days ago from USA

    Well, I had good visitor traffic this last week; earnings, not so much.

    Been engaged in another war with the Medi-Cal bureaucracy this last week. Still going on as a matter of fact. Was not a fun week.

    Forums here get less and less inspiring/interesting every week.

    Meanwhile, WWNN has been the one saving grace. All is going well there.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    8 days ago from USA

    Randy, I'm sure they'll get around to it sooner or latter.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    8 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Just noticed I've been on HP 10 years. I suppose they stopped notifying us when we reach a new milestone. Or perhaps it's just me...

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    Randy Godwin 

    8 days ago from Southern Georgia

    I know. I've deleted hundreds of thousands of views...

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    8 days ago from USA

    I keep knocking down my total every time I move a hub, such is life.

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    Randy Godwin 

    9 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Passed 4 million views sometime yesterday...

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    Person of Interest 

    9 days ago from USA

    Well, I published that grim WWNN article I mentioned earlier. Nothing in it you guys don't already know. I also came up with an extremely grim,non-funny meme relating to it. Giving HP a break and not posting it in the forums.

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    Lela 

    10 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Wah???

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    Randy Godwin 

    10 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Lela, :P

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    Liz Elias 

    11 days ago from Oakley, CA

    I submitted one poem and one flash-fiction story. ;)

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    Lela 

    11 days ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I submitted my Lost Mountain short story. I wonder if they even read these. And Randy, may the best girl win!

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    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from USA

    I didn't want you to get into trouble re: my earlier suggestion that you submit everything. :D

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    11 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Not into poetry, so a tale it will be...

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    Person of Interest 

    11 days ago from USA

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    Randy Godwin 

    12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    It's always about youyou….. :P

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    Uh-oh, I seem to be going back into meme mode again.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    Close call... Close call... I forgot to pay my ISP bill. Fortunately, I discovered the transgression before the due date. Chaos is avoided and our lives will not end as we know it.

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    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    Sam says from elsewhere is a no-no, but from HP is ok.

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    Liz Elias 

    12 days ago from Oakley, CA

    I thought the new contest rules were unclear. It stated "published" poetry. Does that mean ones we already have published here? Or published elsewhere?

    Confusing.

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    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    That decision is easy. If you enjoy doing the writing, do it. If it's just work, don't.

    And while you're at it, why not submit each and every one of your existing tales as well? :D :D :D

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    Randy Godwin 

    12 days ago from Southern Georgia

    Trying to decide whether writing a tale for the new contest is worth it.

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    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    Well, I see from Sam's forum post that HP has no interest in my awesome page from WWNN. On a totally separate note, I do believe I figured out why letterpile traffic crashed and burned; even worse, it was something that could have been averted. Meanwhile and amazingly, the new article I started yesterday is 95% done; just got to do the usual final polishing and maybe find a pic or two.

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    Person of Interest 

    12 days ago from USA

    Liz, same here with the boredom thing. In fact, it's what triggered my forum post and my new article endeavor. It even got me to do a load of laundry. Just one of those days.

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    Liz Elias 

    13 days ago from Oakley, CA

    Exactly right, Para--professional courtesy! LOL

    Meanwhile--I'm bored. So many things that need to be done that I'm overwhelmed, and suffering "analysis paralysis;" and can't think of anything else to do that I'd rather be doing either. Such a conundrum! LOL

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    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    If HP is smart, they'll find and check out what I am offering.

    Meanwhile and on a separate note, I've thought of and have begun writing a new article. I'd guess that all online writers and webmasters will truly hate that article with a passion when they come across it; and with the keywords being used, it's a pretty good bet they are going to see it. The reason they'll all hate it is because they will instantly recognize it as being true. Nobody likes being told with no uncertainty of their grim future that lies ahead. Needless to say, that article is never going to see the light of day at HP. As for its eventual appearance elsewhere, who knows what will happen. It could ignite a virtual firestorm or just lay there and collect dust like most articles do these days. No way of knowing.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    13 days ago from Southern Georgia

    "Burp"

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    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    That's "latest", not "last".

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Meanwhile, I wonder how HP is digesting my last forum comment.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    13 days ago from USA

    Liz. "Professional courtesy"?

    Randy. I made it obviously boilerplate, so hopefully it won't disconcert visitors.

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    You know why sharks don't attack lawyers, don't you, Para??? :-D

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Bet you're good at it. :P

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Had to post a bunch of legalese crap on my website. Apparently needed these days.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Well, I've already set my clocks for DST. No reason not to, no appointments or other obligations for the remainder of the week.

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Interesting how 1.5 drops to less than .3. No wonder I have yet to buy a ticket this year, not even any of the better odds games. Meanwhile, still no joy on the ad earnings front.

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — The mystery surrounding the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot from last October is partly over as lottery officials announced Monday that a South Carolina resident had stepped forward to claim the prize but elected to remain anonymous.

    A lottery commission statement said the person submitting the claim for what was the second-largest lottery in U.S. history has chosen the cash option, a one-time payment of nearly $878,000,000. That’s the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in United States history, it said.

    “We are delighted that the winner is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize,” said Hogan Brown, the Commission’s Executive Director.

    The winning ticket was sold between Oct. 20 and Oct. 23 of last year at a convenience store in Simpsonville, a suburb of the South Carolina city of Greenville.

    $622,000 went east to your uncle.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I wonder if he/she quit their job? :P

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    It took a $2 ticket for one person to win $1.5 Billion dollars in the lottery in Oct of last year, and he didn't even try to collect until now.

    Just thought it was interesting:)

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I just received my Analytics reports. Yep, HP continues falling, WWNN continues rising. And I see that CPM is not duplicating last year, back to straight AdSense I went.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I haven't sold anything on Amazon this month, Liz. Unusual for me. Hope this isn't a sign of things to come...

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    Liz Elias 

    2 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Apparently, someone returned an Amazon product, and my earnings were dinged for what I had made from that sale (a whopping 41 cents!) bringing Saturday's take down to a single dollar! That's less than the daily $1.50 needed to make payout at the end of the month.

    I'm continuing to see this downard trend, and I'm not pleased.

    I have neither the energy, nor the skillset to build my own website, or the time to wait for traffic to build, and do self-promotion either, so I guess I'm just hanging out here until the bitter end...whenever that may be, and whatever form it may take.

    :-(

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Ken, I use AdSense, not HPads. They update every 24 hours and I see my earnings for the last 3 days.

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    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Oh, you had a |Brief Smell Identification test! :P

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    Paula 

    2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Ken....My account has remained frozen on Feb 27th. They usually post a note with some explanation for such a stand still, but at this point, there's nothing. Who knows??

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    Ken Burgess 

    2 weeks ago from Florida

    I've noticed no earnings reported at all the last 3 days and counting... anyone else?

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Randy

    NO

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Brad, is it a secret?

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Lela

    Is it important to you?

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    Lela 

    2 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Brad, I have no idea what BSIT BSL JD means and I tried to look it up. Just spell it out, please.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Randy, I've picked the foreground and background colors. I just haven't decided on a suitably esoteric symbol. :D

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I was just joking about the "And don't make me look up "BSIT BSL JD" thing. I should have tacked a ":D" on the end. Sorry about that. :D

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Not "sec", but "S.E.C.".

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Person of Interest

    Do I sense you have some sort of problem here?

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    And don't make me look up "BSIT BSL JD"

  • paradigmsearch profile image

    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    You guys crack me up. Ok, just one, sec.

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    Brad Masters 

    2 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Me too

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    You look......invisible.

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    Person of Interest 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    I understand.

  • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

    Randy Godwin 

    2 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Still earning at the same rate as last year, but that's just me...

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    Brad Masters 

    3 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    You don't have to look any further than the falling Mven stock price, and the decline in the number of hubs being written. I was just curious, I never got a penny from hp.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    For those who care, expand your options.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I just know this; my earnings are down significantly, and I am seeing cascades of "blue arrows" more often (and in greater quantity) than I am seeing red arrows...today is another such day: not a single red arrow.

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    You guys certainly are persistent. :D

    I have no problem my posting negative opinions/predictions as to HP's actions/future. Lots of people do that and opinions and predictions are recognized as such and thus carry little weight.

    However, for me to compile a list of the negative facts that resulted in my storm cloud prediction could be destructive to HP and I will not do that. Just my opinion.

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    Brad Masters 

    3 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Person of Interest

    What I have seen in the last year is a noticeable drop in hubs, and in the forums. Is that your symptom. Or is it the steady decline in Mven stock prices in the last year from $2 a share to fifty cents.

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    Robert Sacchi 

    3 weeks ago

    Can you specify a symptom or two?

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    There's no particular whence I know of, it's just all the symptoms I'm seeing.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    From whence is the storm brewing?

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    I've been doing research and I am beginning to believe there are indeed storm clouds brewing on the horizon for HP. In fact, I'm finding red flags all over the place. I'm giving HP a break and not posting this in the forums.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Brad, I get tax documents from both Amazon and Google since I don't use the HP programs.

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    Brad Masters 

    3 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Randy

    Does hp send you a 1099 at the end of the year$$

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    It's "sort of" a lark for me as well; but I do enjoy writing, and it gets me enough pocket change over the course of a year to help pay my car registration....

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    We'll all look forward to your article, Lela. :)

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Brad, the writing game isn't something I rely on for my sustenance, than goodness! LOL!

    It's only a lark for me, but sometimes a lucrative lark in the hand is worth two in the bush. :P

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Lela, I wish you the best.

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    Paula 

    3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    OK, Lela....will watch for that too, :)

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Yep, things have definitely slowed down here at HP. It's practically a ghost town. I used to make payout every month, but so far this year, nada.

    However, I have made my second 10 bucks at Quora in less than a month. It kind of snowballs. And payout happens daily any time you are over 10 bucks.

    My best question so far: "What would tRump have to do to lose your support?"

    And Paula, I am currently writing a hub on my experiences with Parkinson's.

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    Paula 

    3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Lela....Just what I've been hoping for....someone I know who could give honest feedback on the effects of CBD oil. I do wish you luck and will watch for your comments here! How wonderful for you and all who suffer chronic pain, should CBD be the answer! P

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    Brad Masters 

    3 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Randy

    I understand what you are saying here. I don't own Mven stock either. My point of bringing it up is that it shows the Hubpages is not helping Maven. It seems like Maven and not Hubpages may be bringing down the business.

    Although, I do notice that so few hubs are being written these days, and even the forum activity is not that robust. It tends to show that hubpages doesn't have a large membership of active people.

    Well, tomorrow is Woodstock Georgia and there abouts for my cousin. She is enthusiastic and energetic today, so we will see if the Georgia sunshine is better than the California Dreaming.

    Have a great day.

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    Lela 

    3 weeks ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I have been assured by my pain doctor that CBD oil is now legal in all 50 states. So, I'm giving it a try, ya'll. Wish me luck.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    I barely made the AdSense payment this month, Liz. However, it's a bit better than this time last year. So there's that to consider.

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Brad, fortunately I do not depend on my income from HP as my sole income producer. I live on my farm--which produces income from farmers leasing the land--and write simply for the fun of it.

    As for the poll, no one notices it any longer. :) And also fortunately, I don't own any Maven stock. :o

    I hope you don't either, Brad! :P

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Yes, Randy; the in-house affilate. On my own, I'd live to live be 110 before I'd ever reach payment directly with Amazon! LOL

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    Brad Masters 

    3 weeks ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

    Randy

    In the last month Maven (Mven) stock went a high of 73 cents to 50 cents today. They have dropped a from $1.50 to 50 cents in the last year.

    Do the math, I wonder how your poll about Maven surviving will do today?

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    Randy Godwin 

    3 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    Are you speaking of the in-house Amazon program, Liz? I don't know what the threshold for the affiliates program is. I always get paid though, whatever I earn.

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Woo-Hoo! .38 from Amazon yesterday!

    Looks like I'm barely going to squeak past the payout threshhold this month...

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    Liz Elias 

    3 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    I'm not sure what you'd link; it's probably about getting folks to pester their legislators...

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    Person of Interest 

    3 weeks ago from USA

    Liz, I'll post a link to that.

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    Liz Elias 

    4 weeks ago from Oakley, CA

    Indeed! I keep threatening to take said action; however, at the large chain/franchise stations, it's unlikely the poor slobs who work there, for probably minimum wage, would have a clue what that was about--up to and including the store manager!

    This needs to be escalated to the federal level!

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    Randy Godwin 

    4 weeks ago from Southern Georgia

    It's always been stupid to me about the 9/10 of a cent, Liz!

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