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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #314

Updated on June 22, 2020

Blessed Summer Has Arrived

Man alive, it was a long wait. I was beginning to wonder if I was destined to walk my dogs in rain and chill forever, a modern-day Greek god, sentenced to a miserable task forever for some transgression I didn’t even recall.

But summer finally arrived in our little corner of the United States, temps in the 70’s and low-80’s, decent humidity, all the good stuff we love during summertime in the Evergreen State.

How ya doing during our strange new reality? Okay? Adjusting? All is well in my world. Bev is back to work full-time. I’m still cranking out articles for businesses, making their marketing managers happy. The dogs are healthy and demanding. And our kids seems to be functioning like adults on most days.

Anyway, I hope you are well. Let’s see what we have in the way of mail this week.

The Mail Room
The Mail Room

Technical Stuff and Heartstrings

From Eric: “Do you get to write any technical stuff with an aim toward tugging at heartstrings?”

Eric, what a strange question. LOL I had to stop and think about this one for a moment. No, not that I recall. I write a lot of technical stuff, but the stuff I write for customers I never do any heartstring tugging with it. They don’t pay for that and I leave that “at home.”

It is interesting, though, that my writing voice is apparent even in articles about salvage yards and event centers. I’ve had friends read some of my freelance stuff I do for customers, and they can see me in every article. It’s something I’m not even aware of, but they’ve noticed it right away.

Evidently, I just can’t turn off my voice.

Blogging Value

From Denise: “As for blogs, I have one because I read somewhere that I should for building my audience. However, I haven't built an audience there. I have a much more substantial one here on HP. Would you suggest I give that blog up as being a waste of my precious time? Just wondering.”

Denise, this is such a common problem/dilemma with writers. Most of us are simply not good at marketing ourselves. We can start up a blog with the best intentions, but then it comes time to doing the actual work of building an audience, and most of us fall by the wayside.

Here’s what I think about blogs: if you enjoy doing them, then do them! Don’t worry about building audiences. If you enjoy it then do it. If it seems like a chore then don’t.

Pretty simple, right?

I have two blogs. My audience is not huge for those blogs. I might get twenty people reading them on any given day. I don’t even have them monetized. I just write them because I enjoy sharing information about those two topics, and I also enjoy connecting with people. I just keep on keeping on because it makes me feel good doing it.

So, all you have to do is answer this question: do you enjoy that blog of yours that doesn’t have much of an audience? If you do then keep doing it; if you don’t then say goodbye to it.

If you like simple living, follow my blog.
If you like simple living, follow my blog.

Another Excerpt Please

From Karisa: “How about another excerpt from your new Shadows book? I am waiting patiently for you to publish it, but my patience might be wearing a bit thin.”

Well God, Karisa, we don’t want that happening. Here you go, from “Shadows Over the Pond:”

Twenty minutes later he was knocking on the flat once lived in by Penelope Harris. Craven Hill Gardens was directly across the street from the stately brownstone. He heard footsteps approaching from within as he scanned the streets. No threats were detected, but his hand remained on the Glock tucked into his waistband.

The door opened and a woman, late-twenties, early-thirties smiled at him. Perfect teeth, perfect bone structure, perfect complexion, five-five, maybe five-six, cascading black hair, undertaker black, solidly built, an athlete’s body, wearing workout clothes. Sweat was on her forehead and her upper lip, for some reason reminding him of a young woman in Kabul, twelve years prior, stopping in the middle of an intersection, pulling off her coat, revealing dynamite strapped to her thin frame, and disappearing into a red mist as the explosion shattered nearby windows and birds erupted from scraggly trees.

“May I help you?” and the smile gained wattage.

“I’m sorry to bother you. I’m looking for Marie Staten.”

The smile remained as she held out her hand.

“I hate to contradict you, but you don’t look like you’re sorry at all. I’m Marie Staten, born and raised in the Midwest, married at one time in Rainer, Washington, in the good old United States of America. And you are?”

Striker took the hand that was offered to him, wondered what the odds were that this woman grew up ten miles from Olympia. He figured close to zero.

“Striker! Paul Striker, private investigator from Olympia, Washington, and I’m investigating the death of Penelope Harris.”

The smile disappeared. She stepped back.

“I suppose you better come in then, Mister Paul Striker, private investigator. Penelope was my roommate and I would love to know what happened to her. I suspect you know much more than I do at this point. You can take your hand off that gun, Mister Striker. I am not a threat to you, unless you fear a workout machine.”

“I fear nothing, Marie, but suspect everyone.”

“What a terribly sad way to live, Mr. Striker.”

The Future of Hubpages

From Petra: “You’ve been here a long time, Bill. You’ve seen ups and downs on HP. Currently it seems like earnings are down considerably. Do you think HP can last? Or will it go the way of Squidoo?”

Petra, honestly, I’m a bit surprised HP has lasted this long. What’s it been, twelve years? More?

For many writers yes, earnings are down. However, I have several friends who are telling me that income is up for them, so obviously it depends on what you write and how you write it. I’m not sure we can use the current earnings to answer your question.

I think a better question is this: can a format like this be successful financially? I think the move to Maven was all about this question. They are tinkering constantly trying to find a way to increase earnings because, truthfully, this is a tough format.

About the only way I can answer your question is this way: HubPages will last as long as it lasts. I think we will continue to see earnings slowly drop, unless the HP management finds a new way to increase income.

Stay tuned!

The future of HP? Follow the flow and we'll all find out.
The future of HP? Follow the flow and we'll all find out.

All Done for This Week

That was a short one, but that’s okay because the weather is fantastic and I’ve got yardwork to do.

I wish, for all of you, a fantastic week ahead. Thanks so much for the visit. If you want to get in touch with me, you can email me at holland1145@yahoo.com, or drop me a note in the comment section below.

And for all of my friends who are fathers, allow me to wish you all a belated Happy Father’s Day!

Be good to others and be good to yourself. Life is way too short to do otherwise.

2020 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      5 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I appreciate it!

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      John Brown 

      5 days ago

      Bill, I believe it is a good thing to have a unique voice.

      I have really enjoyed your informative pieces.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Liz. I'll have an answer for you Monday. Until then, thank you and I hope you have a brilliantly happy weekend.

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rajan! I feel the same way about my HP friends. Stay safe and be happy, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Zulma! I love how invested you get in a book. As for lemonade, I haven't had any in a very long time. Thanks for the suggestion, and Happy Wednesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly, Shannon! I wish everyone was as diligent and vigilant as you are. There is so much mis-information out there. It's no wonder none of us can get along with the "other side."

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you always Chitrangada Sharan! I'm late too, so Happy Wednesday. lol

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, it's funny, but I've never liked calling articles hubs and writers Hubbers. It seemed so silly for me, so I just didn't do it. :) Mr. Rebel!

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      Bill Holland 

      12 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Venkatachari M. It's always good to read your thoughts. I wonder why you don't do the blog any longer?

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      Liz Westwood 

      12 days ago from UK

      I'm pleased to hear that your weather has picked up. After an unsettled period that disrupted socially distanced meetings with friends and family, the weather has warmed up a lot in the UK.

      I was amused to hear that, even in technical stuff, your voice can be heard behind the words.

      I haven't ventured into blogging. Just trying to get my head around Pinterest is enough for me at the moment.

      Thanks for the book excerpt. It's always good to get a sample of what's to come.

      I read your comments on Hub Pages with interest. How much do you think that the job in earnings is linked to the general downturn post COVID? It will be a shame if it goes.

      Enjoy the good weather, Bill and stay well.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      12 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      The excerpt from your forthcoming book has left me wanting more. I hope I can grab a copy of your book when it's published. I earnestly hope HP keeps going as it is my only link with some good hubber friends here and I enjoy being here. Have a great coming weekend, my friend!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      13 days ago from United Kingdom

      Hi again, Bill.

      Her odd introduction coupled with the fact she was aware Striker had a gun raised some red flags. It seems she would have to have seen the gun in order to know for definite there was one. That would suggest that Striker was sloppy about hiding it. Which I don't believe for one moment going by his past history. Has evil taken on a new form? I don't expect confirmation on this as that would give too much away but how cool would that be?

      Sending thought of cool breezes and ice-cold lemonade your way.

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      Shannon Henry 

      13 days ago from Texas

      Yes, I have a friend who lives in Seattle. She was sharing posts from her personal visits down by the autonomous zone, which is near where she works and attends church. She went to see for herself what was happening in that area. She also shared photos and posts from others who visited. Although she said she doesn't know everything going on there, it's safe to say she'd know if her city streets were on fire. She's also had to reassure family and friends that there is not any more citywide violence than usual.

      The social media videos don't do justice for real news. They spread things out of context to present a partial picture. I have to cross-reference just about everything these days before I believe it.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a mystery sometimes, Devika. Thankfully we all write because we love doing it, so at least we have that in payment.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      What a devious mind you have, Zulma, and how terribly accurate of you. :) Marie is not to be trusted, and with that I just gave away a bit of the plot.

      Happy Tuesday to you! 90 degrees here today. HELP!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! I hope the same for you. If you ever travel south, let me know so we can meet for coffee.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      That's wonderful, Dora. I'm very happy to hear you are earning well. May good fortune follow you always.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Of course it has, Meg! Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, the answer to your question is good genes. lol I'll have more of an answer next week. Until then, be safe and be happy.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Peggy! My God, if HP died I wouldn't have any online friends to write to. lol I would go back to being a silent hermit. How sad that would be. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, how I'm going to start complaining about the heat. There is no pleasing old white men. lol 90 degrees today and I'm about to go into hiding, thank you very much.

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend, and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you all the way, Ruby! If HP can just last ten more years I figure I'll be done writing then and it can fade away. Until then, I love my HP family, as you do. Thank you for being my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      All is well, Shannon! I'm as healthy as a horse, although I've never understood that saying. Horses get sick too, right? lol

      MIsinformation is amazing these days. Social media is the Land of the 10-second Sound Bite, and everyone is an expert. I got an email from someone in New York who wanted to know about Seattle burning down in the riots. lol I had to assure her that Seattle is functioning quite well and there is no burning down happening.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      I really appreciate that, Denise. Thank you very much. It's the only voice I have, so it's a good thing it resonates with people, right? :)

      Blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Melissa! I wish this novel was moving along faster, but time just will not allow it right now. Hopefully by summer's end.

      Enjoy your week, Melissa, and don't work too hard.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      That's a tough one, Bill. I would think a travel blog today would have to have a new slant to it, something most travel writers do not do. If you can think of that slant you have a chance.

      Have a brilliant week ahead, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Alyssa! Do you do videos? I think you would be a Youtube star if you did. Just my two cents worth.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Linda! Much too hot today for this boy. I'll get my work done by noon and then find some shade to read in.

      I went from a high of $150 per month on HP to today and a payout every two months. lol Evidently Google doesn't like my writing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 days ago from New Delhi, India

      Since I am late by a day, Happy Tuesday Bill!

      It’s so good to see the greens, and I read your article about simple living. It’s wonderful—same thoughts here.

      Good questions and helpful answers.

      Yes, the HubPages has survived, unlike many other content sites. It’s better not to talk about the earnings. I like to spend my time here, because of the amazing community.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Peg Cole 

      13 days ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Temps in the 70s and 80s for you? Well, that would be lovely. We've had 90s plus here in Texas. Finally got our first rainfall of June and some relief into the high 80s this week.

      About the HubPages run, it's sad to know that the views have been steadily dropping for others as well as on my articles. I was wondering about the recent advice to stop calling writers "Hubbers" and to say article rather than "hub." Seems like change might be coming.

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      Venkatachari M 

      13 days ago from Hyderabad, India

      The excerpt is very interesting. It induces me to read the whole story.

      Regarding Blogging value, it depends on the context or subject of the blogs that pull audience towards you. If the stuff is of some value in our day-to-day activities of life, then it can bring value. I maintain my Lifestyle Tips blog and another TV serial story blog that attracted many audiences for some ample periods. But, nowadays, the audience fell down as I am not posting new ones of any use.

      Regarding HubPages, I hope and believe it will last for a longer duration than we fear even though earning may not be that much.

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      Devika Primic 

      13 days ago

      Hi Bill you are correct about what you inform us of here. My earnings have been down well, I do not write as much and have tried many times to improve on my hubs, I am not sure what works for me anymore.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      2 weeks ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bill.

      Nice little excerpt but I have to wonder about Marie Staten, born and raised in the Midwest. I realise this is out of context but how many people use backstory to introduce themselves? And why does that make me suspicious?

      As for turning off your voice? That doesn't surprise me at all. We all want to be heard one way or another. I think it's nice that yours is distinctive enough that others recognize it.

      Enjoy the weather and have a great day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It's nice to have some good weather. I hope you have an enjoyable summer despite the problems that we're facing, Bill.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, you answered the question on earnings correctly when you said that it depends on what we write about. My monthly earnings for May and June are the highest so far this because of my Mother's Day and Father's Day articles.

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      DreamerMeg 

      2 weeks ago from Northern Ireland

      Enjoy the good weather. It has gone back to cold and rainy here in Northern Ireland, just as summer officially arrives via the calendar!

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      manatita44 

      2 weeks ago from london

      A 'sweet' piece!

      Now how do you put in so much in one day? I'll wait for No. 315. Stay safe and keep well. Enjoy the sun.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      I am glad you can finally enjoy some warmer temperatures where you live. It is just the opposite down here. It is getting too warm, which, of course, happens this time of year.

      As you know, I gave up my website. If I were 20 years younger, I would have kept it up. I have many more followers here than I ever got on my website. It does take a lot of work and patience to gather followers unless one is a celebrity or someone better known from the start.

      As to HP lasting, I hope that they do. It would seem that they are making informed decisions with the bottom line in mind. Many of us would miss the community of writers that we have gotten to know if they did not succeed.

      Your book previews are attention grabbers!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Short and sweet this week, Bill. About people recognizing your freelance writing. You definitely have a voice, and I'm not surprised that people recognize it. I think your voice is probably why your clients hire you in the first place. They like it. So run with it, my friend.

      I'm so glad you are finally getting good weather. We are having a rainy spell here that is giving us some welcome relief from the heat. Have a good rest of the week!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Well, for me, I hope HP lasts as long as I do. I love writing on HP I've tried other sites but always came back here. My friends here are like family, and when they quit writing I really miss them. See you next time.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 weeks ago from Texas

      How are things going? Well, I just scrolled past a post on FB from a writers group that stopped me in my tracks. It was just some silly meme from someone who isn't in the U.S. The meme showed Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick celebrating in the forefront while buildings were on fire behind them with what one might assume was an arsonist. The caption read: We did it, Patrick! We saved the country!"

      So someone said that's exactly what is happening in the U.S.A right now. And then someone from Australia, according to his profile, asked why the white supremacists and conservatives couldn't just go home and let peple peacefully protest? And the comments went from there from people not in the U.S It made me wonder how much people around the world really know about who is rioting and why.

      But anyway....I'm great. My way of life hasn't changed all that much, except I wonder sometimes if I should become a sudden germophobe.

      I don't have anything to add to the questions this week or any thoughts about them. Except maybe to say that the blog thing is probably worth it - but I never have the time to do the networking required to build an audience.

      You know, I didn't see a notification that you'd published this morning and wondered if I had my days mixed up or if you didn't' publish for some reason. Glad you're doing well. See ya next week, if not sooner!

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      Denise McGill 

      2 weeks ago from Fresno CA

      Thanks for answering my question about blogs. I have it connected to YouTube so each time I upload a new art video (once a week) it also loads on the blog, but other than that I don't think I'll continue the blog. I appreciate the help figuring it out. And whether you think you do or not, you usually tug on the heartstrings. You have a way with words that connect on a deep level with most people. Keep it up.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Melissa Propp 

      2 weeks ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Thanks for the excerpt , it helps me to keep waiting patiently alsol. :)

      I hope HP doesn't go under, that would be a real shame. But, they have outlasted a lot of other ones that came and went in the last 8 years I've been around...

      Have a great and productive week! Enjoy the beautiful summer weather!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 weeks ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. The blog question is interesting. I have not ventured down that path as I know it is something that will take time that I do not have at the moment. I follow a couple of very good travel bloggers and they have both become full-time jobs for the authors, but only after years of a lot of hard work. Perhaps someday I’ll be able to give it a try. I do think I have enough material for a good travel blog, but from the ones I follow I also know it can’t be done half-ass, and there are a LOT of travel blogs out there.

      Enjoyed the excerpt, have a great week.

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      Alyssa 

      2 weeks ago from Ohio

      Happy Monday, Bill! I'm happy to hear you are enjoying some summertime weather. :) As always, another wonderful mailbag. I've been thinking a lot about my blog and my future, and your advice and perspective really resonate with me. Thank you! I hope you have a brilliant week!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Happy, it's always a pleasure. I guess HP could be considered a blog. Sure, why not? Let's go with it.

      I've heard of Blogger but I don't think I've ever visited it. Way too much to do to be roaming the internet in search of more to do.

      Thanks for the compliment. I've got game on occasion.

      Did you get the memoirs yet?

      Wishing you a brilliant week ahead, my friend.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Good morning Bill, and I'd best make this quick because I need to get my walk in before we hit 80 degrees. A short and sweet one today. I've personally seen an uptick in revenue and clicks since Maven took over. I wonder if views will fall off with the summer or when people go back to work?

      Can you write a technical piece that tugs at the heartstrings? I suppose it all depends on the person who's reading. Random tidbits can bring back memories, can't they?

      Have a great day my friend, and don't forget the sunblock.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you James! I'll be sure to let you know about the next novel when it is published, okay?

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes they do, Flourish! My God, if I was worried about money from writing, I would be in a constant state of angst. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks a bunch, Pamela. The Shadow books are fun for me to write, which means I'll probably keep writing them. :) Have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Seems like a good approach to me, John! I am full of b.s., so two blogs gives me more outlets for that b.s. lol Have a great week, buddy!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, if you were a guy, I would say YOU DA MAN! What you say is right on and we are in total agreement. Writing should come from a place of love for writing. Any other reason is a waste of time, in my opinion.

      Monday morning, Heidi? My God, you are early, and look at me, responding on the same day. Scary precedent if you ask me. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      And I love to hear that, Shaloo! Writing for the love of writing is what it's all about, in my opinion.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! Happy Summer to you! I'm glad you are healthy. Be safe, stay happy, and I'll catch you down the Road of Life.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rosina! Follow your heart in writing. You can never go wrong doing that, me thinks.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love your thoughts on blogging. I think we have a clear understanding on how you feel about it. lol

      A dog-walking question? I love it. Stay tuned!

      I hope your week is a healthy and happy one, my friend. Thank you!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Mary! I appreciate your kind words. Have a fantastic week, my friend.

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      Mr. Happy 

      2 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      "a modern-day Greek god" - Yup, You just need to change a couple of letters on your town name to the proper: "Olympus".

      "Here’s what I think about blogs: if you enjoy doing them, then do them!" - That sounds like very decent advice. Haha!! That's because it's what I do lol Well, actually why do we not consider the stuff we write here (on Hub-pages) blogs? Like this Monday's answering of questions for You - I fully see this as a weekly blog; even the one about walking the dogs. Are they not really blogs? Does it even matter? LOL

      "Do you think HP can last? Or will it go the way of Squidoo?” - Never heard of Squidoo. What about Blogger? Do You know that site? I wrote my first blog there like 12-13 years ago but left and came here and been here ever since. I personally do not like the layout of that Blogger site - that is why I left but it is still there to this day. How do they make it work, with a site which looks like nobody upgraded it since 1995?

      By the way, You're pretty good at writing fiction from that short excerpt. You should be a writer. Haha!!

      Alrighty, You have yourself a great week ahead - all the very best to You and yours!

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      James C Moore 

      2 weeks ago from The Great Midwest

      Good info as always.

      How would I go about getting " Shadows Over the Pond" when it comes out?

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Thise have to be two of the all time favorite general topic areas for this column: HP’s survival and will blog for cash. Lots of people ask them repeatedly.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      Happy Monday, Bill. I am glad summer has finally arrived for you. I started a blog a few months ago and I just don't have enough interest in it to write very often. I guess it is each to theit own. I enjoy writing on Hubpages.

      I enjoyed reading those few paragraphs from your Shadow book. This has been another good mailbag, Bill.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I am glad summer has arrived in your part of the world. It is Winter here but still not too cold. As for blogs I have started a couple but just can’t keep my interest up, and have never had an audience. I prefer to write places like here and The Creative Exiles that I do not have to maintain and can write as much or little as I want. Have a great week.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

      It's Monday and I'm in the Mailbag before noon. Wow.

      Re: Tech and Heart Tugs. I've told stories throughout my blogs and books about tech or business issues that impact people emotionally. So I think the two can work together if the purpose demands it.

      Re: Blogging Value. Yes, blog (off of HP) if it gives you value. Blog on HP if it gives you value. Blogging, as I've stressed elsewhere, is so competitive, that to do it for anything but the joy of doing it will be a difficult road. But here's where writers get all mixed up. They say they want to do it to build an audience, love of writing, whatever. But when they start questioning the value of it, they're really talking about money. They don't want to say it though.

      Re: Future of HP. I'm one who has seen an uptick in payments since Maven took over. But then my work is SEO friendly and fits nicely in their network site buckets. If you write material that no one is searching for, you might see a decrease in revenues.

      That being said, there has been a bit of a slump during the pandemic. So some revenue declines can be attributed to people looking at pandemic-related information. That does not mean that HP writers should start writing about the pandemic! There are authority sites that are doing that job (CDC, WHO, etc.). But do write articles on how the pandemic affects your niche market.

      As for the future of HP, I think they're in a much better position than they were pre-Maven. You're right, as I noted earlier, the blogging arena is so competitive it is difficult to make any money in it these days. Joining up with a content network like Maven can help their chances of survival. And, yes, they've survived for a long time!

      But isn't this question about the future of HP the same question as "blogging value?" Writers who think they're not making enough from their writing, or concerned about the future of the site, aren't doing it solely for the love of it. It's no coin, no interest for them. Please, writers, be honest with yourself about why and where you write. If you're not doing it because you love writing and connecting with likeminded people, do something else.

      Now that I've started my Monday off with a rant, I'm good to go. Thanks for always letting me vent. Have a great week!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 weeks ago from India

      I have a blog and I post there 4-5 times a month. Like you, I blog because I love to. Even here at HP, I haven't got a single payment but I still linger around as I love the community here.

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      Janine Huldie 

      2 weeks ago from New York, New York

      Happy belated Father's Day to you, Bill!! And yes summer has finally found us here, too! Another hot one on tap for us with sunny, humid and around 90 here. I, for one, couldn't be happier, as I love the summer and heat, too. So, no complaints. Happy Monday and wishing you a wonderful week ahead now :)

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      Rosina S Khan 

      2 weeks ago

      Thank you for another valuable mailbag. I don't much write for my blogs now because I lost interest. Instead, now I write articles, which seems more interesting for me. I loved your excerpt from your book. Belated Happy Father's Day, Bill.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 weeks ago from SW England

      Interesting. I don't do a blog, never wanted to, never will do one, don't have enough time, can't see the point! I think we share enough, if not too many, personal things with other people but then I'm old school.

      Question, first part: When you take your dogs for a walk, do you make new friends or are they all 'kids on the block' (and the people!)? Second part: Do any of your walk-acquaintances or neighbours know that you write and, if so, what is their reaction? Just wondered if it made them look at you differently!

      Have a great Monday, bill!

      Ann

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      Mary Norton 

      2 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy Father's Day, Bill. I am glad you are experiencing summer there now. We are, too, in Toronto. You do write very engaging dialogues, something I want to learn to do.

      I look forward to reading your next novel.

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