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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment 241

Updated on January 28, 2019

Time Flies

January is just about in the books, which doesn’t seem possible but there you go.

Does time fly?

I remember, as a freshman in college, ruminating about that statement . . . time flies . . . with my dorm roommate one night when we had far too much time on our hands. We decided to try an experiment, so we unscrewed the hall clock from the wall, took it up to the top floor of the dorm, and tossed it out the window.

It did not fly!

And no, we were not drunk! Lol

I used to do all manner of ridiculous things in a sober state. Years later I did all manner of ridiculous things in a drunken state.

I’m sure there’s a lesson about life in there somewhere.

Shall we get started? This is a very small Mailbag this week, so I won’t keep you long.

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room!

Different Writing Approach

From MizB: “Bill, thanks for attempting to answer my question. I’m wondering if new technologies, products and media call for a different approach. To a certain extent, copy is copy, but I doubt that the copy I wrote forty years ago for Yellow Cab would fly in today Uber market. Several times I was called on the carpet for getting too “out there” or “just a little too creative” with my copy, which would seem very bland in today’s market. (In my defense, in two of those instances, the advertisers liked the ads so well that they each ordered an extra run.) Anyway, I’m specifically talking about the writing techniques. I figure it would be kind of like getting back on a bicycle, but it would be going from a balloon tire to a sleek multi-speed racer.”

See, MIzB, here’s the thing according to Bill: clever, good, quality writing will never go out of style. A
Ad copy which makes us laugh, cry, think, cringe, react in some way emotionally, that is timeless, or so it seems to me. I remember an old ad, and this must be forty or fifty years ago, of two kids, maybe seven or eight, sitting at a table wondering if they should try a food their mother put down in front of them. The one kid says: “Let’s let Mikey try it; he’ll eat anything!” I laughed when that commercial came out, and today I still laugh at clever commercials using little kids. Crisp, clean, clever copy we can relate to will never go out of style in my humble opinion.

Three different writing approaches.
Three different writing approaches.

Blogging Value

From Val: “Bill, do you think there is a value in having a blog and if so, what is that value? I’m trying to decide if it is worth it for me to do.”

Well, Val, consider this: people blog for a variety of reasons, including to express themselves, to make money, to express opinions, to promote something, to help people, to establish themselves as experts in a field, or to just have fun connecting with others. Do any of those reasons relate to you? If so then yes, you should blog and yes, there is value in it.

Of course, value means different things to different people. If you want to blog to make money, it is not that easy, especially if you need to make a good supplemental income. If you want to blog to express yourself, and in so doing you find value, then by all means get started.

I have two blogs and I enjoy writing in them. I don’t sell a thing in them. I don’t have them monetized with ads. I just write about writing and about urban farming, and I meet others who are interested in those things. The chance to communicate with people around the world is all the value I need.

Friending on Hp

From Louise: “Bill, I’m fairly new to HP, but I don’t understand why people “follow” me but never comment or reach out in any tangible way. What is their point in following me if they do not want to really connect?”

Louise, I have no clue! This is one of those things that has bugged the hell out of me for seven years on HP. I had it happen three times last week, three new followers and then nothing.

I have no clue! Does HP give out little Award buttons to people for following other people? If so I missed that memo. Is there a way to make some money by being impersonal? Sign me up! LOL

Let’s just leave it at that, Louise. I have no clue and I think it is a waste of their time and mine.

I like friends I can hang out with and spend time with.
I like friends I can hang out with and spend time with.

Forums and Politics

From Richard: “Bill, I’ve noticed that you stay away from forums and you never really engage in political debates or discourse. Why is that?”

Richard, I signed up with HP seven years ago to be a part of a writing community. I did not sign up to become a soapbox political ranter. I will not become a better writer by debating politics with someone.

Besides, seriously, what is the point of debating politics on HP? It solves nothing. People with strong opinions are not going to change those opinions because of arguments stated in an HP forum. Our leaders in Washington D.C. are not going to change policy because someone on HP disagrees with them.

Bottom line is this: I’m seventy years old and my days are numbered. I don’t want to waste my remaining time on earth arguing with someone about matters we cannot directly affect. I work for change in my community. I foster change in the way I treat people. I do not believe calling people names on a forum promotes positive change, but maybe I’m wrong.

I doubt it, though!

Time Flies

Maybe if that wall clock had been made of paper, and the wind was blowing, it would have flown. We’ll never know, will we?

I will leave you with the words of Jim Croce in “Time in a Bottle.” Have a great week!

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
'Til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

2019 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for your thoughts, Brian! I see you have a new hub...see you there in a second.

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      Brian Leekley 

      7 months ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      About why HubPages followers don't comment on and reach out to the writers they follow, in my own case, the main reason that I follow an HP writer is that I admire their writing. I can savor a writer's hubs without reaching out or commenting. I comment when I can think of something to say. When I can't, I don't. HubPages doesn't have a Like or a Clap button.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rodric, I hope you feel better soon. As for the forums,it takes a braver man than me to navigate those shark-infested waters.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, regarding old commercials, the ones we still remember after decades have passed, those were brilliant ads...I hope the creators made lots of money for their creativity.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, it's so nice to hear from you. My goodness you are busy....three blogs, two novels, a certificate...I hope you're finding time to eat and sleep. :) Stay in touch and let us know how you are progressing with so many projects.

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm happy to hear that, Eman! Thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      And I'm glad you are here sharing, Devika. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I'm afraid we had too much spare time on our hands. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love that anecdote, DW...thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Sha! Thanks for sharing that link. It was good to see Mikey again. lol

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      7 months ago from Egypt

      A very interesting article. I agree with you in this expression "Of course, value means different things to different people" and I enjoyed reading the first part of the article so much.

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      Rodric Anthony 

      7 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Great Hub. I forgot to comment when I read. I have been under the weather a bit. Pardon me for letting it slip my mind. Being a no commenting follower is not my aim on HP.

      The political forums are a nightmare to me. After all the arguments, no one remembers. Write an article, people! I urge people who comment there to write articles to support their arguments, at least.

      Also, the week is almost over! It just started yesterday! Time is relative psychologically.

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      Venkatachari M 

      7 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Another interesting mailbag, Bill, and very much entertaining one.

      I also remember some very old advertisings in my childhood on Radio and I can laugh and enjoy those ones even now at the age of 67. The makers of those ads must have had some superb crafting and appealing skills.

      Regarding discussions on political forums, I also would say it is simply a waste of time. Better discuss some worthy things at forums for the welfare and good of the general public.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      7 months ago from New England

      Hi Bill ~ and happy New Year for your Writer's Mailbag series, among other things. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years. I decided to read this post because it's been way too long since I've read your writing and thought it was about time I stopped by.

      I don't hang out in forums, either. I have limited time to read these days and lots of lit I'm in the middle of...so I need to prioritize, which means when I do have an extra moment or two I read the work of the people I follow. I have 3 blogs I maintain monthly ~ 2 via WordPress and 1 through SheWrites. The way some platforms such as WordPress works is that you need to pay a membership to not have ads, so they put whatever ads please them in our posts if we are there using the free plan. I suppose that's okay for me. They don't seem to take over my posts. I think we're connected on WordPress.

      I'm also working on finishing the 2 novels I made progress on during NaNoWriMo back in November and finishing a life coaching certificate (which I plan to make a living from while I continue to write and walk labyrinths).

      Just want to add that I see you as such a positive presence on Hub Pages, Bill. Thanks for sticking around with us!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Bill I don't rant about much just here to share my experiences with the friendly community. You story is encouraging and worthwhile reading.

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I liked the Mikey commercial, too. Thanks for reminding me about it, Bill. I love your story about the non-flying clock!

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      DW Davis 

      7 months ago from Eastern NC

      Shauna, thank you for sharing the link to the "Hey, Mikey" commercial. I remember it well. "Hey, Mikey" became a catchphrase whenever something unexpected happened among our group of friends.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      7 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I remember that commercial, too. It was for Life cereal. Here's a link to the original for those whipper snappers who are too young to have seen it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYEXzx-TINc

      As you know, I completely agree with your stance on followers who don't comment and political forums.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Dora, I would love to see Mikey as an adult. I would get great enjoyment out of that. :) Thanks so much, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan, and you do the same.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Ann! I'm jealous of course.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey, and love always to you, dear friend. Maybe many of them actually read but don't comment? I suppose I shouldn't be so impatient with them all.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, I always look forward to your comments. Didn't know that about boilerplate, but I know very well about Larry Dierker. Go figure!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mike! I wanted the Mail Room to be a HP meeting place; looks like it is. As for Croce, he died much too soon!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I appreciate that, Chitrangada Sharan..thank you so much, and may your week be all you want it to be.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, John! I really need to go eliminate many of my "followers." There just doesn't seem to be a point of keeping them on as listed friends. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No problems here with the cold,MizB. We are having record warmth this winter. This is so unlike the area I grew up in..I don't recognize the Pacific Northwest any longer.

      Stay warm and safe!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      I remember seeing that Mikey, as an adult, being interviewed on television. I saw the commercial, and I understand your explanation.

      I have also learned to overlook the followers who don't read. We have to use our time wisely. Thanks for your continual supply of helpful answers

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      Peg Cole 

      7 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      I like what you said about blogging and I'm with you on that. So many blogs, so little time. I also find comfort in your words "I did not sign up to become a soapbox political ranter. I will not become a better writer by debating politics with someone." It's a profound truth that we will not convince others to accept our point of view with a rant or hateful remarks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Political debate in forums, I agree, serves no purpose rather it is best to make the most of the time we have at hand. Have a wonderful day, Bill.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 months ago from SW England

      Thank you bill!

      Ann

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi, Bill,

      I agree with you as far as "wasting time" in the forums go. Years ago, I tried to stay active but soon learned that the time I spent in forums was better put to writing hubs.

      As for "followers", I see no point in having people follow you if they have no intention of reading and commenting on your articles. Dumb, dumb, dumber!

      Thanks for another valuable mailbag. A delight as always!

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Now Bill don't tell anyone. I was working on some "boilerplate"* and not feeling the groove. Thankfully I opened the window. I grabbed my 1978(?) Larry Dierker Astro's home run baseball and threw it so hard my shoulder feels like it was run over by a Mack Semi truck.

      You inspire me to say "the hell with this crap, no more ordinary for me!"

      * "Boilerplate" really comes from the brass warnings on old massive water heaters. they were called "boilers" They were all the same. Go figure life.

      Thanks friend for making me be more than I was.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Shannon! I don't know where that quote is from, but I like it. As for juggling too many balls, at least it's not eggs. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MIchael my friend, you can keep those temperatures and snow, but I'll gladly accept your continued friendship. Thank you and peace always!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank God, Bill, I'm not alone remembering Mikey! It was actually a brilliant commercial. Definitely something I remembered.

      Stay warm my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tim! That is very kind of you to say. I, too follow positive people. I've seen far too much negativity in my life; today is all about good vibes.

      Peace be with you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      DW, thanks for stopping by and commenting. It's always nice hearing from a new friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do know, Flourish! I do the same thing, but I'm not too fond of one-way friendships. :) As always, I'm glad you are here.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You are never late here, Janine. We do crazy very well here.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday, Melissa. Sorry I'm so late. No freeze here; record warm temps. Sorry about that. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Becky! I'm just glad there are people like you who have been here as long as I have.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You had me confused for a moment there, Rochelle! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Rochelle. Voting is a responsibility I take very seriously. Thanks as always.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Mary, and as always, thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      God, Chris, no wonder I lost track of you. I'm going to concentrate on Youget1shot and see if I can remember that one. This old man can't take on too much, you know.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela...it's nice to know someone else remembers Mikey! lol

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Alyssa, if you ever visit Olympia, I'll teach you the handshake. How's that for an incentive to come out west to mild Olympia?

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Speed up it does, Liz! I'm having a hard time keeping pace with it. :) You are right about computers and the digital age. It's still amazing to me that I have been read so often by so many.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You and your traveling, Ann! I have to tell you, you do retirement proud! I hope I can grow up to be just like you. :) Have a great trip, my friend.

      bill

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Bill - Interesting mailbag. In the 'olden days' a reader, it was hoped would have a feeling, provoke a thought, or garner a reaction from reading an article. Now, a comment will suffice.

      Lots of News in the comment stream. Your Mailbag is the place to come to to keep a finger on the pulse of HP.

      And Time in a Bottle is an old favorite.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for sharing another interesting installment.

      Time flies indeed and your poem expressed that beautifully. Good questions and your answers are always helpful.

      Thank you and wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another good mailbag, Bill. I read this when I first woke this morning but must have fallen back to sleep without commenting. I agree political debating here is a total waste of valuable time and effort. I visit the forum now and then just to see if there are any relevant topics being discussed, but I very rarely comment unless I can help answer a question no one else has already. In regard to Louise's question about followers, I just checked and I have 538 followers. I am sure that no more than 20 or 30 of those ever comment on my work.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      7 months ago from Beautiful South

      Thanks for your answer, Bill. I actually enjoy watching a good commercial, and I think that I was a copywriter 25 years too soon. We had a lot of anal retentive managers in the market. As I said some of the copy they challenged me on would be considered very tame today.

      On followers: I think some of them are spam. I got fan mail today from someone with a weird sounding name. I went to read it, and the page had been removed. But it was some company that dealt in migraine meds.

      We are getting hit by a polar vortex tomorrow (as an article called it) The cold weather is already coming in tonight. One of my friends sent me an ad for sweaters for chickens. LOL Stay warm, my friend.

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      Shannon Henry 

      7 months ago from Texas

      Your lesson on life....I saw a sign today that read "Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind." Who said that? Anyway, it seems appropriate here.

      Here on HP, I'm guilty of following people and then nothing. I follow fully intending to read more from the author because I obviously liked something I already read. Well, I follow because I like the work anyway. Others may randomly follow. And then I'm just not here as often as I used to be no matter how many times I tell myself I'll be more active this week. Juggling too many balls, I guess. Should I feel guilty? LOL And then I do believe there are some readers who follow to read and do read but choose not to comment.

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      Michael-Milec 

      7 months ago

      Exuberant Mailbag. If I could wish, my wish would be that "that wall clock had been made of paper" , my friend. That's classic!

      Wonderful. Today I found the "Gospel" message in the language of modern man "I work for change in my community. I support a change in the way people deal with people.’’

      (“Treat others just as you want to be treated” - sounds familiar?!).

      Blessings always.

      PS . Sending you eight inches of new snow and approaching temperature -1 F for high/ - 13 for low.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      7 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I remember the Mikey commercial. Funny how something like that sticks in the brain for so long. I also avoid the forums here, I have no patience or time for that sort of debate. Have a great week.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Bill,

      The Republic was not built on name calling and verbal beat-downs, it was built on action, the type of action you mentioned, community and helping others. That's why I avoid the political forums, too. I do visit the "Help" forums on occasion because I'm always learning. But I may or may not post.

      I tend to follow positive writers, like you Bill. The world has enough negativity in it. You always have interesting information and you are positive and uplifting in any comment I've ever read. That's true of your regular posters as well.

      You have yet to disappoint in your articles. There's always something new here.

      Great mailbag, Bill.

      Keep up the fine work and keep us thinking about our craft.

      sincerely,

      Tim

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      DW Davis 

      7 months ago from Eastern NC

      Regarding Louise's comment on following on HP: I follow those whose new posts I am interested in reading. I do not always comment unless I feel I have something of value to add. Obviously, I made an exception in this case.

      P.S. There were three things Grammarly didn't like about the short bit I wrote above. He can be such a pest. (Yes, I've personified Grammarly and argue with it often.)

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      Laughing at Rochelle's burping comment below. I don't know why people would want their life and inbox clogged up with content if they aren't actually interested. There are some very active new users whom I've tried to encourage by reading and commenting on every article but they don't return the favor. Like ever. I give them some space during the learning process, but I don't engage in one-way relationships for long. Someone needs to write an article about what it means to be a good follower on social media. I'm sure someone has, but well, you know.

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 months ago from New York, New York

      Bill, been a bit of a crazy day here. But finally playing catch up and of course, just had to stop in to read your weekly mailbag here. Hoping you Monday has been a good one so far and wishing you a wonderful week ahead, as well now ;)

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      Melissa Propp 

      7 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I don't understand why people follow without ever commenting either. I suppose they just want you to follow them back... So I'm in the deep arctic freeze at the moment, and sending warm thoughts to everyone. We need it!

      Have a great and productive week!

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      Becky Katz 

      7 months ago from Hereford, AZ

      I figured out why people follow you, and then visit any of your hubs. They think you will follow them and give them views. They do not understand that this is not Facebook, where people following you makes a difference. People reading and engaging makes the difference here. Enjoyed your mailbag today.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 months ago from California Gold Country

      (Sorry, I posted a lower comment about adventure to someone else by mistake. I think the page burped.)

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 months ago from California Gold Country

      I agree about not debating politics. It accomplishes little or nothing. What the legislators do isn't going to effect most of us. We are better off focusing on our own "here and now" matters. On the other hand, I do think it is somewhat important to vote, so that they know we are still out here.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      7 months ago from California Gold Country

      Sounds like a great adventure. Looking forward to reading about what you experience.I think it's always good for a writer to take themselves out their normal surroundings ( to not be churlish). Have fun!

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      Mary Norton 

      7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just love this song. In fact, I listened to it again last Saturday as it is my husband's favourite. You are so right. We don't have much time and it is best to spend it on things we really value. Thanks again for the message.

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      Chris Desatoff 

      7 months ago from USA

      Haha I actually created multiple accounts to write about different topics (back before HP switched over to the niche site model).

      Youget1shot is my “main” account which I use to write about more personal topics and yo interact more with other hubbers.

      TheHubFactory is my account where I write about various topics for people coming from Google.

      Carnoobz is the account I made to talk about driving/car tips.

      And I deleted Chrisinhawaii a few years ago when I threw a temper tantrum over content theft and other internet f*ckery =D

      When did writing online become so complicated? lol

      Okay buddy, have a great week!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Hi Bill, I remember the Mikey commercial. It was good!

      I try to comment often on people I follow. I always wonder why some people write hubs every couple of days, yet they never seem to comment on me nor do I see their name elsewhere.

      I had a blog for a couple of years based on doing geneology research, and I had some of my family history posted. I actually met a distant relative that way, but I gave the blog up when life got too complicated.

      Last but not least - I think your family and your friends pictures.

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      Alyssa 

      7 months ago from Ohio

      A terrific mailbag this week! I'd like to know what the secret handshake is. haha! I also love your story about throwing a clock out the window to see if time flies. I agree about the forums and political debate. As I've gotten older, I've come to the same conclusion, it just isn't worth the time. No one changes their opinion or position after engaging in a political argument online and the people in DC certainly aren't going to give any regard to that mess. Anyway, happy Monday and I hope you have a wonderful week! :)

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      It is what I meant, Chris, but thanks for clarifying. Now I want to know why I didn't know this was your HP name now? Or maybe I did know but had forgotten...either way, sorry about that.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Verlie! How's things up north? For sure, I am happy with this weather. As for time, I can't seem to squeeze enough out of my allotment, darn it!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great points, William, and I totally agree with your approach. I really need to go through and eliminate many of my followers and those I'm following. Thanks for the incentive.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, it's an interesting question you have posed. I'm looking forward to answering that one, buddy. Thanks a bunch!

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      Chris Desatoff 

      7 months ago from USA

      I don’t know about the friending part. I read a lot of content every day and rarely leave comments. Most of my subscribers also read my posts or watch my videos without commenting too, but I still appreciate them.

      I think the issue is spammy folks who follow just to get you to follow back, but then they never even read your content. But there’s a big difference between following without commenting and following without reading. One is genuine; the other is not.

      But knowing you, Bill (even just as online HubBuddies), I have a feeling that’s what you meant anyway;)

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      I have a theory that time speeds up as we get older, or so it seems. An interesting mailbag, as ever. It has made me think about my writing approach and question how the use of computers and the digital age has impacted me. I guess for starters, writers now have the ability to reach more readers in a much shorter time than in the old pen and paper/typewriter days. Blogging itself is an example of a new approach that wasn't available many years ago. I agree completely about avoiding politics. It is not a high priority for me. I would rather spend time engaging with others on Hub Pages by reading and commenting.

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      Ann Carr 

      7 months ago from SW England

      My sister invited me to go to Australia with her! Would have been churlish to refuse, don't you think?!! Lots to do and 3 weeks in which to do it. I'm so looking forward to it all.

      Will have plenty to write about when we get back and thousands more photos I'm sure so you'll see what it all looks like!

      As long as I get to the airport on Thursday - they're forecasting snow for Wed/Thurs so fingers crossed that the coach gets there.....

      Ann

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      7 months ago from Canada

      Morning Bill, you must have read my mind with the Jim Croce song and thinking how time has speeded up. Where do the minutes go? Life used to be so slow! I don't know about following, and being followed. Seems a bit manic. Great mail blog, I mean bag today Bill. Nice the weather's settled down.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Just my choice, Bill. I only follow those I intend to follow. I probably have the smallest "follow" list on all of HP with 17, but I do my best to follow them. If I take the time to read an article, I'm going to comment on it. I know it's about writing. I get that, but for me, it's more about relationships through the comments. Who can I help? Who can I encourage? Who can help me? Who can encourage me? I figure it's a two-way street. Thanks for another great mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, you can keep that weather, thank you very much. We are below average in rain and above average in warmth...no complaints here at all.

      Stay warm, and thanks always!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I know all about stupid drinking. lol I think I should write a book about it.

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      breakfastpop 

      7 months ago

      Maybe the moral of your story is that you don't need to drink to be stupid, but it helps! As for why people follow but don't comment, I ually met people who follow me religiously, but just prefer not to comment. To each is own!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 months ago from Chicago Area

      On time this time, in a Mailbag that talks about time. :)

      Re: Blog Slog. Starting a blog today is certainly possible, just not always profitable like it was several years ago. The reason being is that there are so many blogs and bloggers! The SoftwareFindr website estimates that there are currently about 505 million blogs (including WordPress, Tumblr, Drupal, Joomla and misc.). I've even heard stats estimating much higher than that. So competition is fierce.

      Blogging still is a great way to connect with your fans and showcase your work. Just be realistic that your blog will not get the traffic and ad revenue that it may have years ago.

      Re: Friends versus Followers on HP. Let's make a distinction. Your followers on HP are not like your friends on Facebook. Though HP is quite social, it is not a social network. It's a content site and followers are your fans. It's rare that I follow people back unless I've connected with or discovered them on some HP post, or they have an archive of excellent content.

      Well, that's about it. We've got snow today. We're expecting a high (a high!) of -15 and a low of -26 on Wednesday. Happy Monday!

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yahoo! This came right on time in the HP notices. Good for HP, that has been like 2 months with a huge delay. Hopefully someone was just on maternity leave and what could be better.

      Bill that part on "Following" made me sad. For some reason when someone who I have followed leaves I feel like they passed away. (don't worry I set up an appointment with a grief counselor, I have issues)

      Now about this new writing. I confess to working in the legal profession. I don't have real people clients. My clients are their attorneys. I only consult, advise and write for lawyers.

      (sorry about my longwindedness)

      In the olden days in legal writing for sure around that time of Lincoln practicing certain words were all bold face. It has continued to this day, PLAINTIFF for instance. Now I know that most readers of import of these documents are around 30 years old. (clerks really read all this and judges just read condensed versions). Well there is the rub a thirty year old reads all caps as yelling. My advice to lawyers is to knock it off. What do you think? Tradition v. normal?

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Where are you going? I wish you a fantastic time in far off places. I'll be here, in Olympia, wondering what far off places look like. :)

      bill

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      Ann Carr 

      7 months ago from SW England

      It is annoying when people don't comment at all, either on their piece or reciprocating by reading yours, when you've taken the time to read and comment on their work. It doesn't happen often but now, when it does, I just unfollow and give my vote to someone else!

      I'll be quiet for a few weeks as I'll be a long way away (phew! I can hear a crowd saying!) but I'll see you when I get back, bill.

      Have a fantastic, fun-filled February!

      Ann

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