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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment One-Hundred and Eighteen

Updated on October 3, 2016

Welcome Back

We have, in the words of Bernie Sanders, a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE Mailbag today, so let’s get started.

ALTERNATIVE SITE

From Brian: “I've been reading high quality articles on a site called Medium. As best I can determine, it does not pay writers anything. Is the exposure worth the no pay? Or have Medium writers just not heard of HubPages? Or what do you speculate does motivate them to submit articles to Medium.”

Brian, I did make my way over to Medium and you are correct, they do not pay for posts and yes, their appear to have high quality articles.

Having said all that, is the exposure worth the no pay? I believe it is, but I’m only one man and that’s only one opinion. I think any old time you can get your name out there, at no cost, it is a good thing. I look at it as free advertising for my writing company, nothing more, nothing less. As long as one links to one’s website or author site on Amazon (or any other similar site where you are located) then it appears to me to be a win-win situation….and if you’re posting an article that has languished in the literary graveyard on other sites, all the better.

Using myself as an example, I’ve written, on HubPages, something like 1,300 articles. About 800 of them do nothing on any given week. Why wouldn’t I want to spread them around the internet in hopes of attracting either readership or the eye of a publisher or agent?

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More on Niume

From Rasma: “Thank you for the answer however disappointing Bill. I am content with what I do and I really enjoy writing so I will just keep on doing what makes me happy. Thank you so much for reminding me of HitRecords. Joined that site too and it got lost in the shuffle. I will now return to it also. BTW I just love how things are going for me on NIUMI and speaking of which I do the smart thing now. I subscribe to the people who subscribe to me and of course check out their posts before hand. My question here is - are they going to send me an email when my any one of my subscribers posts something new? I attempt to post on there every week in various spheres but I haven't had any notice of anything new from those I subscribe to.”

Rasma, it took me two weeks to realize that Niume does not send out notifications of posts by other writers I follow….but….if you log in using Facebook, you will receive notice of new posts in your Facebook feed….I stumbled on that solution by accident one day when I was logging in using my tablet instead of laptop. I only had one option, to log in using Facebook, and low and behold, on my Facebook notifications, I saw new Niumes being posted…..so as far as I know, that’s the only way to beat that fault in their system.

TOTAL VIEWS

From Bill: “A great week for the mailbag Bill. This Niume site seems to be generating a lot of interest here, I will have to check it out. Audrey's view count is very impressive. Do you know if HP has a list of total views by Hubber? I have always wondered how other writers do also?”

Bill, I do not know if they do. That’s something I haven’t seen in five years here, and you would think I would have stumbled across it at some point. I’d ask the staff, but it takes them forever to respond, so my best guess is no, they don’t have such a list….but maybe one of my readers will have a more definitive answer to your question.

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Niume Length

From Mary: “I was wondering what to do with the hubs that have fallen in the black hole and are rarely viewed. Perhaps Niume can breathe life into some of them. Is there a 'magic' word count over on Niume? When I was browsing, I saw some articles that seemed like mainly photographs.”

Mary, rather than me relying on my memory, I went to Niume for the answer to your question about length. Here are the two main requirements for posting on Niume”

  • A post must have five lines of text
  • A post should have at least one video or photo on it.

There are a few others but those are the two to really be concerned with, and really, those aren’t worth being concerned about one bit.

WHY NIUME?

From Frank: “What’s all this talk about Niume? Why should we switch to it?”

I hope I didn’t give the impression that I thought you should switch to Niume and say goodbye to HP, because I didn’t mean to do that. I simply said I was giving it a try and transferring some of my slower hubs over to that site. To me it just makes sense to do so. If one of my hubs has died on HubPages and shows no signs of revival, why wouldn’t I take a chance over on another site? It costs me nothing but the fifteen minutes it takes to make the transfer.

To me it’s a no-brainer!

Personal Websites or Business Websites?

From Margaret: “Can you tell me what the advantages are to having a website for our writing? If all of our articles are on HubPages, it seems to me it’s redundant to post them again on our own website. What’s the advantage to maintaining that separate website?”

This is a really good question, Margaret, and it’s one I was recently asked by another writer.

The first question that needs to be asked is: what is your goal in writing? If your goal is to simply hangout on HubPages and make a few bucks each month, then chances are you really don’t need your own website.

If, however, your goal is to be recognized as a professional freelance writer or as an author, then the answer is this: your website is one more way to present a professional appearance to present and future readers, and to future agents and publishers. It is part of your professional platform and you really do need it.

On my personal/business blog, I don’t publish my HP articles. On that site, “Artistry With Words,” I provide helpful tips to writers, and showcase other writers….it’s a place for discussion and an exchange of ideas about writing. It’s also a place where I can promote my books, something HP won’t let me do in any depth.

Add to that the fact that publishers and agents are looking for a professional face. If you were to be so lucky as to get an offer from a publisher, you will end up doing the majority of the marketing, even though you have a publishing contract, and your website is the perfect place to do some of that marketing.

So, ask that question of yourself and, depending on the answer, decide what you need to do.

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What Is Hitrecord?

From Sha: “Bill, what is HitRecord? It sounds like something related to the music industry. Can you expound on that? Hey, I think I just asked a question for the Mailbag! LOL.”

Sha, HitRecord is the brainchild of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt….I’ll let him tell you what it is all about:

“HITRECORD is less about isolated individuals showcasing their work, and more about a community working together. So if you wanna dive in, this Collaborate Page is the place to get started. Challenges are bite-sized creative things to do. Projects are how we organize a set of related challenges towards the completion of a final piece. And our Productions are projects being distributed, published, or otherwise monetized, like tv shows, books, live events, etc.”

In other words, people work together on projects. If you have a short story and you want to have others add to it, or tweak it, or maybe someone else write a screenplay for it, you post your story and issue a challenge…then others pick up on it. Meanwhile, some projects are actually picked up by recording studios, or production companies, and made into movies or documentaries or whatever. It’s kind of a cool idea and I think it’s worth checking out.

The video by Gordon-Levitt above should help you.

Hubpages Accolades

From Joyce: “Here's a question for next time. Are those badges and awards meaningful in any way? I was happy to get a spotlight on my last post, although I think I only gained one or two readers. Now I have some kind of participation badge. I do try to make useful comments, but this isn't the boy scouts. So all these recognitions add up to something?”

Joyce, I know quite a few writers who take those accolades very seriously, so I’m going to be careful what I say so I don’t offend them. As far as I can tell, those accolades have zero importance. It’s like when we were all in grade school and the teacher gave us stars on our papers. Now, in a perfect world, agents and publishers would roam over to HubPages, and they would look at profiles of writers and be very, very impressed with those accolades….but….agents and publishers couldn’t care less about HubPages, so all I can assume is the accolades are like a placebo to make all of us feel better.

How’s that for a cynical answer?

And That’s It for This Week

As my dad used to say, another day, another dollar! It’s been fun, so let’s do it again next week.

For those of you who asked, my next novel, “Shadows Over A Hangman’s Noose,” should be out sometime in November, good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, so thanks for asking and you can be sure I’ll be letting the world know when it is published.

Best wishes on your writing this week. If you have a question for the Mailbag, add it to the comments below or shoot me an email at holland1145@yahoo.com.

And before I forget…..thank you, to all of you who voted me as the Best All-Around Hubber for the 4th year in a row. It truly is an honor to have you as peers. This community of fine writers and human beings is the reason why I have accomplished as much as I have. I would have quit five years ago without the support of all of you, so thank you!

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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    • billybuc profile imageAUTHOR

      Bill Holland 

      23 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Great information, Lawrence, and hopefully the person who asked the question will catch this. I'll try to find that and pass it on to them.

      Thanks a bunch, my friend, and Happy Sunday!

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      23 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Just a quick note here on a question asked by another hubber (sorry I'm so late getting to it, but maybe you can pass the info on to him.

      HP do have a sort of thing that he's asking for. If you go onto your profile page and look under 'traffic sources' it will give you information on where the traffic for your hubs is coming from!

      The information lists all the sites that are the 'origin' of where people are coming from you visit your site, but one thing I noticed is that quite a few of the 'sites' are actually the addresses of other Hubbers which to me can only mean that either it's those hubbers visiting constantly or someone has found a link to my site from another hubber's site

      Example I just looked up my own profile page and from HP I've had nearly 5,000 hits direct to the hubs, but when I look at 'lawrence01' (my own address it shows 500 hits (500 who visited one hub and went on to another) then I look down the list and there are other names on the list with the '@hubpages.com which indicates some visiting one hub and finding a connection to my hubs either through comments or links, does this help?

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well there you go then, Sha! youtube it is!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I don't have satellite, I have cable. I had dish for a while but went back to cable. The satellites are too sensitive to the winds and weather in Florida.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Sha, for weighing in on the website. As for HitRecord, it's a satellite television show, so you'd only find it if you had DISH or some other satellite provider, but you can find old episodes on YouTube under, appropriately, HitRecord. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is my pleasure, MizB! I lead a quiet, boring life, and this is what I do for entertainment. LOL Thanks for always being here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for your response to my question, Bill. The video helped a lot, although I'm not familiar with the "show" Jimmy Kimmel mentioned. It sounds like a cool idea. What's the name of the show and where is it aired? (If HBO or Showtime, I'm SOL).

      In response to Margaret's question about personal websites, I'd like to remind her that what's posted on HP should never be posted anywhere else, especially your own website. That's considered duplicate content and Google doesn't like that. Neither does HP. When I had my website I posted blogs that were completely independent and different from what I post on HP. I would provide links to a few HP hubs on my Samples page, but you never want to duplicate content, even if it's your own.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Again, better late than never because too many things were going on last week in our household. I enjoy reading about the other writing websites and hopefully will have time to check out Niume and others. Before I discovered HubPages, I tried Wordpress, but it was just too problematic then (7 years ago). Thanks for keeping us updated, friend Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mary! I'm sorting it out as I go. Still a lot of questions, but at least the posting process is easy for this old man.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great point, Mel, and a wise one. I can see no downside to putting old hubs on Niume! Thanks for pointing that out.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for answering my question about Niume.

      I am finally sorted out over there and trying to figure it all out.

      Hope you had a nice weekend.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      I think the idea with Hubbers using sites like Niume is illustrated by the old adage not to put all our eggs in one basket. Bubblews was very popular and then one day crashed. I lost 400 posts. The same thing could happen to Hub Pages, perish the thought, so I try to hedge my bets by gaining a foothold elsewhere.

      Another fantastic mailbag.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rasma! The colors are changing for sure. We had our first major rain and wind storm of the winter....fall....and it was a beauty, with all the majesty of nature on display.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Buildreps, I enjoy the Mailbag as much as everyone else. Thanks for being a part of it.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Blossom. I'm just giving back to a community that welcomed me with open arms.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      WOW another week just flew. Thanks for the info on NIUME I will log in on Facebook. Always thought provoking and inspirational. Hope you have a great weekend and the autumn colors are bright.

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      Buildreps 

      2 years ago from Europe

      Very informative and it was a full mailbag indeed. Thanks for the great Q&A supply as always, Bill.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This is such a useful and informative article - thank you so much for spending the time to write it to help others. Blessings to you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Manatita. Blessings to you on this rainy Wednesday morning.

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      Susan Ream 

      2 years ago from Michigan

      Bill, I just found this series. Oh my goodness, this is so helpful! Thank you for your heart that helps others to be the best they can be. I'm really excited!

      Mekenzie

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      manatita44 

      2 years ago from london

      A nice mix of very interesting questions and answers. More about these new sites. Great! Flowed very well and kept me busy for a while. Great feedback!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Audrey, and thank you for joining us here. We shall see on Niume. We have nothing to lose by trying.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the question, Bill, and for being here 118 weeks. You're the best, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Joined NIUME and so far, so good. We will see how my hub page 'sleepers' do. Love the Writer's Mailbag and the excitement of reading questions from fellow hubbers along with your answers.

      Love,

      Audrey

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      Bill De Giulio 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. One hundred eighteen weeks and still going strong. How great is that? Thank you for addressing my question. I would love to see some all-time stats for HP but perhaps the staff does not want to share that data? Have a great week.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I respect that reason, Kailey. Thanks for sharing your reasons, which make perfect sense.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's an excellent question, Venkatachari M...stay tuned for the answer on Monday, and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. Let me know what you think of Niume!

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      social thoughts 

      2 years ago from New Jersey

      An interesting Mailbag, Bill!

      I did consider joining NIUME, but it seems to require my legal name. I'm not into that. If I could still be under a username, I'd be signed up by now. So, I'm sorry I can't join you all! It sounds like an interesting and interactive place.

      Enjoy!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Tuesday, Heidi! Yes to the Google Analytics, but I think Bill wants to know if there is a general list that has all Hubbers on it with their total views....and I don't think Google Analytics has that. Thanks and have a great week!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Bill, and Happy Tuesday to you as well. It's always nice having you visit, my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Bill, I am here again. Now with a question (a doubt).

      If I am to publish a book online, say on Amazon platform, does keywords play any role for the content? Do people search with keywords for books?

      I don't know whether I am the only person to have such doubts or there might be many others.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Another great The Writer's Mailbag: Installment, a lot of information here. I never visited NUME, planning to do so.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Tuesday! Late again. This time due to Internet router issues. Boo...

      Re: Hubber Views. While the HP stats may not show how many views are from hubbers vs. "real" Internet people, if you set up your Google Analytics account to track traffic from HP (see HP help and support for details), you can get an idea. In my GA account, I'm able to see which hubbers actually visited.

      Well, that's all. Have a great 1st week of October!

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Happy Monday on Tuesday, Bill. Thanks for all the new information, especially on NIUME. I joined the site, but as of yet haven't posted. Will have to check out some of the other sites as well. Thanks again for another week of great information.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning Faith and Happy Tuesday, my friend!

      Thanks for your input. The problem, as I see it, is we are limited by the number of hours in a day. That's the only think keeping any of us from stardom. LOL

      peace and blessings, my friend

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Larry! Greatly appreciated!

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Happy Monday Mailbag, Bill!

      I do think that the exposure on various sites helps to get one out there and who knows maybe get noticed. That happened to me on one of the niche sites here LOL. Niume is getting a lot of attention here. Now I know where Frank's been off too!

      I think it is a grand idea to take the hubs that are dying here and moving them ...one never knows.

      That is interesting about HitRecord too.

      Have a peaceful rest of the week.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great insight!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nope, you don't, Flourish. Agents and publishers care about quality writing but in truth, none of them have the time or desire to follow along on HP....now they may get references from others about a particular writer on HP...that's a possibility. But one highly respected publisher I spoke with had never even heard of HP and said she gets all of her writers through referral....so there you go, for what it's worth.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fascinating, Brian! There are so many of these sites out there that it's impossible for me to keep up on all of them. In truth I only have time for, at most, three....two is more realistic.

      Anyway, thanks for the question, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eva, thank you for the congratulations! I hang with a great circle of HP friends. :) As for your question, I'll include it in the Mailbag next week, but the two word answer is "anal organization." LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      Agents and publishers may not care about HP content but I've been contacted multiple times by product advertisers and even The Huffington Post Live on one hub. I'm sure I'm not the only one. You never know who's reading!

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      Brian Leekley 

      2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Thanks, Bill, for your good answer to my question about Medium. I found a Wikipedia article about Medium. It says in part, "Medium is an online publishing platform developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and launched in August 2012. ... Williams developed Medium as a way to publish writings and documents longer than Twitter's 140-character maximum. It eventually grew into a separate platform independent of Twitter's brand...." I also found an 8 23 2013 THE ATLANTIC article "What Is Medium?" It says that some writers get paid for their articles—I gather known professional writers and journalists—and most don't, without who is which being disclosed. And I found a 6 23 2016 article by Laura Hazard Own "How 5 Publishers Trasitioned Their Sites to Medkum" that describes Medium as a platform to which some online publishers have moved entirely. Examples include Pacific Standard, The Ringer, The Awl, The Bold Italic, and Femsplain.

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      PE Hardwicke 

      2 years ago

      Congratulations Bill for for being voted the Best All-Around Hubber for the 4th year!

      This is an interesting mailbag. I read the Mailbag questions and answers quite often and think about writing a comment myself - and I just don't seem to get to it. Lack of time, lack of energy?

      So here is the question: how do you have the time and energy to write books and all these posts? What is the secret? A talent for writing, or good organization, or both?

      Best wishes

      Eva

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, I think there are a lot of dissatisfied people here at HP, so it doesn't surprise me that many of the questions are about Niume. Like you, I am stretched pretty thin right now. I need to address that problem for my own peace of mind.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I've tried, in the past, to deal with the HP staff and management on an adult level. It was a waste of my time, and I find that sad. :) Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Glenis! I appreciate you stopping by.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      There sure as lots of questions this week. The mailbag does seem like it is becoming an advertising board for Niume though :) it sounds easier to post an article there than HP, but I may or may not check it out. I seem to be stretching myself to the max between here and The Creative Exiles (and most of my time there behind the scenes and not much writing). At least our TCE poetry book has been published. I am also a member of Medium but have never had time to write anything there. Anyway, good work once again and keep them coming.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, you actually have me looking forward to Mondays. Another great list of questions and answers--and the only mention of HP is that the accolades have about as much value as a Darwin award.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Venkatachari M, great point about the personal websites. Thank you for sharing that, my friend, and may you have a blessed week ahead.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aw, thank you Denise. I'm just trying to give back to a community that has supported me for the past five years. Blessings to you always!

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      Glenis Rix 

      2 years ago

      Some interesting points here, Bill. About to check out your website now and then on to Niume. Thanks :)

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      This is one more interesting mailbag with all those great questions and nice answers. Every Monday I wait for this mail to arrive with great zeal.

      Now, coming to personal websites, I feel very free there to write whatever I like with no standards or requisitions that are required at HubPages. Further, I share my worship practices and hymns uttered during worship at that site. I can share my opinion or criticize about a news item also. All these things are not possible at HubPages.

      Regarding accolades, I value them as a kind of asset and as a recognition of my participation.

      I am growing enthusiastic about Niume site and would take a look at it seeing all the above questions and your replies.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Having a blessed Monday, Bill. Love reading my morning mailbag. Can't start the week without it! Thanks for being the encouraging soul that you are.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, that means a lot to me...truly...thank you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Dora! Thanks for always being here.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Pop! They may not be for you but then again, maybe they are. Check them out and see...and thank you!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lot of people have left, Ruby, and I find that sad. Even if people do leave, I wish they would stay in touch. This is my extended family here and I don't want to lose anymore family.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't know but I'll check, Sally. Thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill my Grandpa was a carpenter. He taught me that the mark of a good man was what he left behind. I thought he meant something like a building. But what he really was talking about was our effect on people.

      You help build us up. And that has a lasting effect. You are a fine carpenter.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very informative today about the other writing sites. I appreciate knowing about them, since I wouldn't otherwise. Very helpful mailbag!

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      breakfastpop 

      2 years ago

      If it wasn't for your mailbag, I would never have heard of any of these other sites. Thank's billy.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I'm glad hubbers are still asking questions. I only had two hubs published today from the people I follow, over 200 people. What has happened? I know writers are going to other sites to write. I joined Niume but haven't written anything yet. I hate to see my hubber friends leave HP. This is where it all began for me, and I will never leave, but HP may not survive? It will soon be 7 years for me, and I have learned so much by HP demanding I write better. Thanks again for all you do..

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      2 years ago from Norfolk

      It is the button that looks like a world map next to the envelope at the top of the page. Wonder if you switched off notifications.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It won't happen, Eric. You all are stuck with me for life. Yippee!!!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, Melissa, it's a bit confusing. Why have us follow someone if there's no way of knowing they are doing anything? Didn't make sense to me...but overall I like that site as an alternative to HP....just as long as I can still keep track of people like you. :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for the tip, Sally! I was with Rasma. I've never received notice of others who I follow on that site. I'll check out where you told us to look.

      Happy Monday my friend!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back Donna, and you are right...it has taken on a life of its own and I love it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great information. I guess I better get with the program and take a look at other places. And like you, that does not mean leaving my pals and palettes here on HP

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      Melissa Propp 

      2 years ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! Wow, you had lots of mail this week to answer..I'm still trying to figure out Niume, so thanks for all the info on that. I will admit, I was waiting to get notification of a posting from you, so now I know why I didn't get anything!

      Have a great rest of the week!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 

      2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Billy

      Not sure why Rasma said that it took two weeks to realize that Niume does not send out notifications from people she follows. I appear to be receiving them! You can also see any new content at the top of the Niume page which is usually marked in red at the top of the page under notifications.

      I am enjoying Niume, a lot easier and a lot less time consuming to write something there but I am concerned that people there are using other people's material which they find on the net and post it as their own, images too, so I would like that cleared up by Niume.

      As for our Accolades, I never look at those anymore. They don't seem as relevant as they once did.

      You have a great week Billy.

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      Cygnet Brown 

      2 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Wow! This column is becoming a website in itself! Good job, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Schools close for Jewish holiday? I've never heard of that happening, Janine! Fascinating! Well, have fun with the girls and thanks for finding the time to visit on this cloudy Monday.

      You're the best!

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      Janine Huldie 

      2 years ago from New York, New York

      I am a bit on the delayed side having both girls home for two days as the public schools here are closed for this week's Jewish holiday. But just had to stop in and read my weekly dose of your mailbag. Thanks always and wishing you a lovely week ahead now!! :)

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