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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 143

Updated on March 27, 2017

Welcome Back

Can you believe it’s almost April? I’ve been praying for its arrival for some time now, but I’m still a bit shocked it finally is upon us.

And not one daffodil yet!

“Where have all the flowers gone?” Tell me who sang that song, way back when, for bonus points today.

We should probably get started before I start singing.

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Hub Score

From Lizette: “You talked last week about Hub scores and Hubber scores, and it was pretty funny, thank you very much. Seriously, though, is there any value to those scores? Should I be concerned about them at all.

Lizette, first of all, I love your name. It’s melodious and I have to tell you, I’m going to steal your name for a character in an upcoming novel.

As for your questions, the answers are no and no!

There are Hubbers who will argue with me on this, but I see no value whatsoever to Hub scores and Hubber scores, which underscores my amazement that so many writers are concerned with them. Does a good score mean you are a good writer? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeze!!!!!!! Does a good score mean you will make more money at HP? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!!!!

A good Hub score is kind of like those participation certificates they hand out like candy at schools these days. You come home with the certificate, your mother kisses you on the forehead and tells you how wonderful you are, and then she puts it on the fridge where it will turn yellow with time.

Or like those huge corporations that have “Employee of the Month” plaques….your name goes on it, no raise arrives, you still can’t pay your bills, but by God you have your name on that plague for all to see.

Congratulations!

A world without the Arts is like . . .
A world without the Arts is like . . . | Source

Society Needing Us

From Tom: “Don’t take this the wrong way, because I really enjoy the Mailbag, but do you really think society needs the Arts? Do you really think we make any difference to a poor kid in Detroit, or a homeless veteran? You’ve mentioned how important we writers are, but I look at the news each day and it doesn’t appear, to me, that the Arts have changed anything for the better.”

Well thank you Debbie Downer! LOL

Here’s my answer for you, Tom: imagine how bad things would be if the Arts didn’t exist!

I’m not being facetious with that answer.

Listen, I was once a teacher, back in the Stone Age, when teachers were allowed the freedom to actually teach, and every year I would make sure to take my class on an Arts fieldtrip, either to the museum or an Art Gallery, or to a live play at the theater. There would always be some kids, the really cool kids, or the really negative kids who thought nothing was cool, who would bellyache about the trip, and tell their friends how stupid the fieldtrip was going to be.

And then we would go on that trip and every damned kid was spellbound, and not a discouraging word was said afterwards.

The Arts feed the souls of the savage beasts. I will believe that until the day I die.

My buddy Mike mentioned in a comment last week that even the Taliban destroy ancient artifacts and artworks when they go through a city they have conquered. Why would they do that if the Arts weren’t important? Kill the Arts and you kill a part of the soul of a society.

Good Length for Articles

From Phoebe: “What’s a good length for articles so that the Google algorithms are pleased?”

Phoebe, I’ve never had a Phoebe ask a question before. What a great day for names…except for you, Tom!

Great question, Phoebe! Here’s the thing: I’m not sure! HubPages suggests over 1,250 words. When I’m freelancing, my employers ask for at least 500 words. Perhaps the lower number is because most freelancing work I do is for company blogs. I honestly don’t know and I’ve never looked it up. Let me go do that now and I’ll be back shortly.

Sorry about the wait. I’m back now.

The answer to your question, Phoebe, and this answer is from SEO experts who should know, is that there is no magical word count for Google. Google does consider 200 words to be “thin quality,”and Google tends to reward longer articles more than shorter ones, but a magical number does not exist.

It is true that Google has moved slightly away from SEO for SEO sake, and begun rewarding quality over quantity, but again, the length is iffy at best when it comes to guidelines.

My only word of advice to you on this topic is to write the best article you can. Say what you need to say and be done with it.

I love being able to use this pic....blogging too often looks like this to your readers/followers
I love being able to use this pic....blogging too often looks like this to your readers/followers | Source

Blog Posting Frequency

From Frank: “I’m new to blogging, and I’m wondering how often I should blog. I don’t want to bury my followers in too many postings, but I also have a lot to say. What do you think?”

I think, Frank, that your name, and Tom’s, fall way short of Phoebe and Lizette.

Okay, fine, a serious answer . . .

I try not to be a pest to my followers. They are busy people. They have families and careers and chores, and life is hectic and the last thing they need is five blog posts from me each week. My goal, in blogging, is to be informative and certainly not be a pest. So on my blog, “Artistry With Words,” I only blog once per week and always on Tuesdays. I mention Tuesdays because I think it is equally important that you are consistent with your postings. If you are only posting once per week then make it the same day each week…twice a week, make it the same two days each week.

And this is just my opinion, but I wouldn’t post more than twice each week on a personal blog.

Now, if you have a business, I think the rules change a bit. I have one customer who wants blog postings daily. I have one who wants a posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I think it’s different for businesses, so keep that in mind.

Bottom line: I personally think consistency is more important than frequency in blogging. One more example: this series, The Mailbag, comes out every Monday, and has come out every Monday for almost three years. My followers look for it on Mondays and I think it’s important that they do.

Just my opinion!

HAVE A WICKEDLY WONDERFUL WEEK

What you do counts! I will always believe that, and I hope you do as well. You may not sell a lot of books, and your royalties from articles may not make you rich, but the Arts are important so please, don’t get discouraged and give up a moment before the miracle happens.

One interesting fact to leave you with: my recently published coloring book, The Urban Farming Coloring Book, has already outsold my previous two novels, and it did it in two weeks. I’m laughing as I write this. I’m not sure how to feel about that news. What does that say about today’s civilization…or about my writing abilities? LOL

2017 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Ah yes, it was, Sha! Thanks for that, and thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Arts. By the way, you're never late to the Mailbag. The calendar means nothing in the Mail Room. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I had to double check my calendar when I read you were amazed it was almost April. Here I am, arriving late as usual, on May 3rd! Lordy Goshen, I'm so far behind in my reading!

      I agree with you that the Arts are a necessary part of life. You put it so eloquently; your passion really comes through. I wouldn't be able to live without the arts. Right now I've got Pandora streaming music through my computer while at work. Can't work without music. To me, the silence is deafening. My office and home are adorned with beautiful prints, sculptures, plants in decorative pots, interesting knick-knacks, etc. My library is overflowing with novels and every day I spend my lunch hour catching up with my HP writer friends.

      Yes, the arts are a must. At least for me.

      BTW, it was Peter, Paul and Mary. :-)

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, I believe that to be true, my friend. Why is it that so many people consider the Arts to be vitally important, but so few actually want to pay for them? A mystery, my friend.

      Blessings always

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 5 months ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill:

      "My buddy Mike mentioned in a comment last week that even the Taliban destroy ancient artifacts and artworks when they go through a city they have conquered. Why would they do that if the Arts weren’t important? Kill the Arts and you kill a part of the soul of a society."

      That was a priceless piece!

      The scientists have also reported that if an extraterrestrial intelligent life form visits us, they won't find any interest in our scientific and mathematical work. They are going to be too smart for that. They will only find interest in our art for that can be the only development that may departure from their own artwork.

      Regards,

      Suhail and my dog K2

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, Long Live the Arts in every household, or we all suffer, my friend. Thank you for that!

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      Lawrence Hebb 5 months ago

      Bill

      It says society wants to learn about 'urban farming' and good on them for it!

      Speaking of the arts, I'm sure you're aware the direct link between playing musical instruments and achievements in sciences right?

      I'm saying that as this week I was helping my daughter with some stuff for a music video she's putting together for a school music and science project! LONG LIVE THE ARTS IN OUR HOUSEHOLD!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Mona! I do love teaching. I really need to teach some workshops and classes, but until then, this will be my online classroom.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 months ago from Philippines

      Dear Mr. Bill,

      Congratulations on the success of your Urban Farming Coloring Book:). I love the fact that you made a coloring book about the story of your life as urban farmers. It is interactive and informative, too. Also, I love the lightness and tone of your mailbag articles. It seems like once a teacher, always a teacher. Only now, you are teaching a huge population of people from different parts of the world.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LInda! Great appreciated, as always.

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      Linda Crampton 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the good advice about blogging frequency, Bill. Congratulations on the sales of your coloring book, too.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, you can certainly add points to your imaginary hubber score. LOL I know the song you speak of...great song. I must go listen to it now. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Larry! Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Vellur, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the link, Rasma. I'll check it out and no, it's never as good as we think it should be. You speak for all writers in saying that.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Always solid advice. April is almost here and it is my toughest months. It is the month of the April Poetry Challenge. I have participated for a number of years now I don't know if I have the stamina this year but I have a feeling it is now expected of me. BTW here is another link to my posts of dad on NIUME but I can tell you now not as good as I would like but I have more to share so I will https://niume.com/post/290170

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      Nithya Venkat 5 months ago from Dubai

      Another great installment of question and answers. Blogging on the same day is a good idea to get more followers.

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      Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

      Always a great read.

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      Mel Carriere 5 months ago from San Diego California

      Peter Paul and Mary did a rendition of your song, in an album my sister and I played the grooves out of when we were kids, and is now in my possession. Some day I'm going to throw it on the turntable and drive my family nuts.

      Although hubber scores may not mean anything, they certainly can get under the skin when they start to fall. The approximate 25% dip in my traffic corresponds to the dip in my hubber score. Is this coincidence, like the Clinton assassinations, or is there an actual conspiracy afoot? Who knows, but I'll keep the conspiracy flame burning.

      I didn't even know the mailbag came out on Monday. I see it when I browse around to your hub profile. It's always fun to read.

      Since I knew the answer to your trivia question, can I add my bonus points to my hubber score?

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill! You are appreciated, my friend. Have a great upcoming weekend!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. A really good week for the Mailbag. I'll second your opinion of the Hub and Hubber scores. I never look at mine and they certainly have no impact on ability or earnings here. Are the Arts really needed? Absolutely! Article Length? I think it depends on what you are writing about and I agree with your answer to say what you have to say and move on. Great job Bill as always. Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      For sure, Pop! I have never understood the obsession some people have with scores at HP.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It sure is, Pop, and it would be an empty existence if we were missing it. Thanks a bunch for being here.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Ruby! When in a pinch, be happy with weeds. LOL Thank you and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree, Mary, and I thank you! Have a great week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, right about now, as the rain falls and it is 43 degrees, I would take your weather in a heartbeat. Thank you for making me jealous! LOL

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Manatita, my brother. Humor and the Arts...toss in a pinch of love...and you have the perfect recipe for life.

      blessings always

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      breakfastpop 5 months ago

      Forget the scores and just enjoy the writing!

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      What a brilliant answer to Tom. That is why we are so alike, Bro. One would hope that the average Joe Blog, would see the necessity for the Arts, no?

      I like your answer to Lizette and your charming tease. I really don't care too much about Hub Scores, but so many get caught up in them!

      "I think, Frank, that your name, and Tom’s, fall way short of Phoebe and Lizette." -Billybuc.

      You did it again. I have just returned from a spiritual retreat in Germany. Inspirational, but you added the humour. Great for the Soul. Continue ... continue ...

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      William Kovacic 5 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Well Bill, April surely is on the way. 67 degrees in Central PA at 10:00 p.m. You can't beat that - nor the mailbag. Unlike me, it's always on time. Glad to take in your writing wisdom!

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      Mary Wickison 6 months ago from Brazil

      I'm pleased to hear your coloring book is going well, congratulations.

      With regards to blogging on the same day, people like routine in their lives and it is a good way to people to come back time and time again.

      As always, an interesting mailbag.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I have lavender blooming all over my yard, front and back. I don't care if it's weeds. I love it. I feel the same as you, April is almost here! Yea....Congratulations on your color book.....

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      breakfastpop 6 months ago

      I can't imagine a world without the arts. We might not feel its impact on a daily basis but it is in our hearts and souls.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Clive. Very true indeed. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, well-done my friend. One mini step leads to bigger steps and then leaps and bounds. Bravo!

      Still no daffodils...sigh! Enjoy yours!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I don't want to live in a world without the Arts. Perhaps that's why I love coloring books so much..they allow me to think of myself as an artist. :) Happy Monday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Multiple melodious Monday, Ann? What fun! Well fine, then. I wish, for you, maple-syrupy Monday, extra sweet!

      bil

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      Ann Carr 6 months ago from SW England

      Congratulations on the success of your colouring book - I think that's great and it's also rather funny!

      'Wickedly wonderful week'?! Well, well, what would we want when waking, wishes of wondrous wickedness? Sorry, couldn't resist; I know I'm getting a bit silly now!

      I totally agree with you regarding the arts. How dull the world would be without them to enrich our lives.

      Wishing you a multiple melodious Monday, bill.

      Ann :)!!

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      mckbirdbks 6 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Bill - I don't think sales of the coloring book have any reflection on the sales of the novels. Two completely different categories. If you become famous for coloring books, perhaps people will discover your novels.

      The arts are important. They are the soul of the people, of the culture. There are no museums of labor. Arts are the celebration of life. No one should be allowed to take away the celebration.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 6 months ago from Norfolk

      Love that your colouring book is selling well. Well done Billy.

      As regards my own writing, I sold my first PDF tutorial this week so am delighted because that is one mini step forward for me.

      The daffodils are 'blooming' lovely here. Funny I never thought much about daffodils doing much elsewhere apart from the UK but hope yours will be blooming soon.

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      Clive Williams 6 months ago from Nibiru

      Billy, people attention span today is not very wide. They need something colorful to grasp their thoughts and lock their attention. A coloring book will do just that.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It's my pleasure, Eric. I get as much out of this series as all of you, so thank you!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your input, Dora, on the length of an article. The professionals can't come to an agreement on that topic, so it's still up in the air, but I think 1,500 is a good figure to shoot for.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate your kind words, Venkatachari M, and I appreciate your online friendship.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, thank you! It's a turd! LOL I totally agree with you about the length of an article. After 2,000 words my brain shuts down. I have no idea how I got through college with my attention span. :)

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! You have been such a consistent follower and friend, and I greatly appreciate you.

      Happy Spring my friend!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for input, Buildreps...I think 1,600 sounds just about perfect. As for ISIS and animalistic souls, I think you hit that nail right on the head.

      Blessings to you always

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Susan, so good to see you again, cousin! LOL I sleep on a regular schedule, just like I do everything else..seven hours per night without fail. I'm a bit boring that way. As for your question, I'll tackle it in next week's Mailbag. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Susan Holland 6 months ago from Southwest Missouri

      Bill, when do you sleep???

      Sorry, my name is pretty ordinary, but I have never had a Susan in any of my classes over the last 25 years.

      Now, you were talking about blogging for businesses. Have you written an article about how you got involved doing that? If so, please share. :-)

      Great article!!

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      Buildreps 6 months ago from Europe

      Good morning, Bill. It's great weather here in Holland, and it seems to keep that way for almost a full week. Yippee! I recently read a pretty scientific article on the best length of an article (yes, that's two times the same word in one sentence). The best length seems to swing somewhere around 1600 words. That's seriously longer than the 1250 of HP. I can't imagine a better reason than ISIS demolishing ancient art. It's the animalistic souls that want to kill the arts. Well spoken. Wish you a great week!

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      Melissa Propp 6 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Always glad to see the mail arriving consistently, same with your blog. I agree that consistency, not necessarily frequency, is really important for your brand when it comes to blogging. I know exactly when to look for your mailbag and blog--and I'm never disappointed!

      Congrats on the success of your coloring book! I hope that after people are done coloring, they look up your novels too!

      Have an awesome week!

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      Martie Coetser 6 months ago from South Africa

      "The Arts feed the souls of the savage beasts." - Well said!

      Re the length of an article - As a reader, I would say that a article should be between 800 and 2000 words. The latter is the maximum my brain can handle on one topic. 2000 words may even be too much for the average reader, so, I try to limit my articles to 1500 words, but, sadly, before I know where I am, I have written 2200 words. And then I cut.

      What exactly is in the first picture? A worm, or turd?

      I prefer to read one block a week by the same author. I love to know that it would be published on a specific day. I look forward to read the blogs/hubs of my friends.

      I still believe that this mailbag series should be published in a series of kindle-books.

      Thanks, billybuc!

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      Venkatachari M 6 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Congrats, Bill, on the success of your coloring book. It shows the importance of fine arts. Arts are the soul of a human beings, whether some of them accept it or not. Your humorous touches here and there in these mailbags also shows your heart of artisanship. I like these mailbags very much and wait every Monday eagerly.

      Thanks for spreading knowledge and awareness.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 6 months ago from The Caribbean

      More smart answers. I'd like to add that when I started on HubPages, they suggested 1500 words. Seems they're still figuring out the most effective length of an article. Meanwhile, judging from the views on my articles, there is no recognizable system of what length gets the most views.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You spoil me -- one stop shopping here for laughs, learning, socializing and just in general starting a good day off right. thanks

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks LInda! This cutting of the Arts just pisses me off. Can you tell? LOL

      Happy Spring to you!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, SA, thanks for stopping by...cowboys? In Alabama? LOL

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, good to see you again and yessir, let's all agitate and get this done. This is important, too important to leave to the whims of politicians.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, that was beautifully stated and so true. Thank you for sharing that. I couldn't have said it any better, my friend.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Denise McGill 6 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hi Bill,

      I agree about April. So happy for it's arrival. And about the Arts: I know absolutely that art can and does influence society. Take for instance a book written long ago by a woman when women authors were not taken very seriously. The debate about abolishing slavery had continued for more than a century when her little book called Uncle Tom's Cabin came out and it caused such an uproar that the abolishing of slavery was inevitable. And what about Norman Rockwell's painting of the little black first grader being escorted to school by four big security guards. I still see that painting in my mind as a pivotal moment in the change for integration. It seems that some of the most profound movements are influenced by arts. Not to mention the fact that some of our greatest scientific inventions were first conceived of in the mind of a writer, not least of which are cell phones (Star Trek communicators) and automatic doors. The first time I stepped up to a grocery store as a teen ager and the doors opened automatically, I knew I had arrived in the future. And that's what the arts can do! Change the future! We owe that to our children! Keep creating my friends.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Brian Leekley 6 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      About the question if the arts are important, have a look at what is taught in the schools for the students being groomed to be tomorrow's CEOs, top managers, high level politicians, etc. I googled on best private schools USA. One of the answers was Exeter. Its website says, "Choose your fun. This is student life. It's work, play and everything in between. Fine-tuned by you. We've got your interests covered, with even more to explore." The 14 academic departments include Art, Literature/Writing, Music, and Theater/Dance. Classes are discussions around an oval table. In an actual democracy of, by, and for the people, with everyone encouraged to be a creatively active participant in decision-making in all areas of life, the arts would be part of everyone's education. Let's all agitate for including the arts in the public school curriculums.

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      sannwi 6 months ago

      LOL...another fun read :) Thank You Bill :)

      I thought it was "where have all the cowboys gone?" LOL ;)

      Happy Spring!

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      Linda Lum 6 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, how much of what we know of those who lived centuries before us is taken from their words, paintings, and music? No, don't try to come up with an answer--it's a rhetorical question. My point is that without those recorded emotions (and isn't that what art truly is?) our view of the past would be flat and colorless both literally and figuratively. A world devoid of art and emotion (and thought) is the center of every dystopian novel...and we all know how those turn out, don't we?

      Thanks for a great start to the week.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are too funny, Flourish! What a great name..Presphonia....melodic....on the other hand my grandmothers was named Belva. Yuck!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Audrey! I think it's important to do so...it's nice to have you agree. :)

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, John! The coloring books are nice, and it's nice having the sales, buy my first love will always be novels.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Bill. I have to agree that killing the arts would be killing a part of society's soul. Every civilisation has found dance, music, story telling etc essential. Maybe you have found a new niche with the Urban Farming Coloring Book..congrats on the sales.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 months ago from California

      Blogging should be on the same day of the week--you re so right. Another example of your discipline and wisdom my friend!

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Bill, I once knew a girl named Presphonia (Press for short). True. I like nonstandard names. Makes you think they are really nonstandard people. But then sometimes the Phils and Bills and Sallys are wickedly wacky underneath. You just never know.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks so much, Kristen! I really do appreciate your support.

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      Kristen Howe 6 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Congrats Bill on your coloring book sales! Kudos to you! What a great mailbag to enjoy and read your insight every week.

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Weird weather, Janine. I'm sure glad there isn't global warming and it's all a hoax, he said sarcastically. :)

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      Janine Huldie 6 months ago from New York, New York

      As always great writing advice from you, my friend. And as for April, I have also been longing for it and warmer weather for some time, too. But no flowers here just yet either. Happy Monday now, Bill!! :)