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

Updated on September 19, 2016

The Roller Coaster Ride Continues

There are weeks when the floodgates open and questions pour in, and then there are weeks when it’s like pulling teeth to get just one question. This was a floodgate week, thank goodness.

So the roller coaster ride continues and the Mailbag soars for one more week!

Let’s get started!

BUT BEFORE WE BEGIN, THE CONTEST WINNER

A couple weeks ago I offered up a challenge with four picture prompts….tons of responses poured in (a bit of an exaggeration, but still quite a few) and today I announce the winner….it is….drum roll….

Mike Friedman, and you can find his winning entry by following this link. Great writing, Mike! And thanks to all who took part in the challenge. Mike, get in touch with me, give me an address, and I’ll send you your prize.

Now, the Mailbag!

Welcome to the Mail Room!
Welcome to the Mail Room! | Source

LIMITATIONS

From Flourish: “Bill - Is there any topic that you will not write about? Why I ask is this -- and I need to put it in code speak so your ads won't be disabled: I wrote a song list about "doing away with oneself" in order to raise awareness and help prevent this sort of sad thing. I found that the stigma runs very deep indeed. I'm still glad I wrote about it, but it's more of a piece from the heart.”

Interesting question, Flourish. I guess I’m going to take a roundabout route to the answer, if you don’t mind.

Is there any topic I wouldn’t write about? I don’t think so, but the only stipulation I would make on that statement is I need to know something about the subject matter. There’s already enough misinformed articles out there and I don’t want to add to the total.

Having said that, I decided about a year ago to stay away from political-opinion pieces. I’m so tired of the political atmosphere in this country and I have no desire to add to that dysfunction. I usually stay away from religion as well simply because it is a lightning rod for the crazies out there and it’s a no-win situation for anyone writing about it.

So, for the most part, I write my fiction and toss in my opinions from time to time, but I let my characters voice those opinions. That way I’m never to blame. LOL

HUB WRITER NAMES

From Joy: “Here's a question for next time. How do I get a pseudonym to show up in my Hubs instead of my legal name? I know I need to use my legal name to be paid, if that ever happens; but I am not thrilled at having it prominently displayed on everything I post.”

Joy, I honestly don’t know if you can change your Hub name, but I know someone who can tell you: write to Christy Kirwan at HP and ask her that question. I went to my profile and hit the “edit” key, and I see where my real name goes, but I don’t know what happens if I try to change that, or if I’m even allowed to do it, and I didn’t want to experiment with my own name…..if I have time before I post this, I’ll ask Christy myself and save you time.

I did ask Christy and got no reply. So there you have the official answer from HP.

My biggest mistake at HP happened the first day, naming myself Billybuc
My biggest mistake at HP happened the first day, naming myself Billybuc | Source

Hub Networks

Again from Joy: “Here's another Hub question. I understand what Hub Networks are and I can see I might get more hits on a network. But what's the real advantage? And who do these networks belong to?”

Joy, normally I would ask HP a question like yours, just for confirmation, but there is no doubt, in my mind, who owns the rights to those Hub Networks, and that’s HP!

Listen, here’s a quick summary of where HP has been and where it’s trying to go.

When HP first started out they were kind of the big kid on the block. Their membership was huge, their readership was huge, and they, and their writers, were making decent money, and I’m talking about some writers making a thousand bucks or more PER MONTH! HP held contests and gave cash prizes and the money was flowing.

And then the big kid on the block stubbed his toe, and the toe got infected, and suddenly there were more big kids on the block, and the biggest kid on the block, Google, changed the rules and oh my goodness, did HP ever suffer.

It was like rats deserting the Titanic, and writers scurried off in many directions, and revenues dropped faster than a soufflé in an earthquake, and the braintrust at HP suddenly didn’t look quite so brainy.

So here we are today, and the HP management team is scrambling to find a winning formula, and praying that the Google gods will once again allow them at the big kids’ table to eat.

The new networks show signs of life, and that is the real advantage. My views have increased, noticeably, as have others, and that means more revenue for everyone. Will we ever return to the HP glory days?

Not a chance!

And do you know why I say that?

Because the HP management team isn’t terribly bright!

You can quote me on that.

Plagiarism on Niume

From Kailey: “Thank you for sharing your experience on Niume so far. I will check it out. Perhaps, it will inspire me to get back into writing. Plus, any site with your company is preferred. I am curious if you think there will still be concerns about plagiarism as I'm sure would be for anything online?”

Kailey, I noticed that compliment in your remark, and I thank you for it. I feel the same way about you.

Will there still be concerns about plagiarism at NIUME? I don’t think it’s avoidable. The Russians seem to be capable of hacking just about any secured site online. The Chinese are pretty darned good at it as well, and I have no doubt our own nation is swarming with internet hackers and thieves who can and will find a way to steal from the unprotected.

So yes, Kailey, I fully expect some of my articles will be stolen no matter where I post them online.

NIUME EDITING

From Mel: “How do you edit a post on NIUME?”

Even though I’m new to NIUME I actually know the answer to this question, and I found out by being inquisitive and just punching buttons until something happened.

When you go to your article, just to the right of the title there are four symbols. The symbol on the far right, which looks like a starburst, is the button you want for editing. Hit that and the edit screen will pop up.

And there is the first weakness of NIUME that I have found so far, the lack of really good explanations and tutoring about how to use the site. It seems to be a “hit and miss” site with regards to getting things done….I think they think that writers are smarter than they actually are. LOL

The murky world of content writing
The murky world of content writing | Source

REDGAGE

From Mike: “I read elsewhere that an ex-Hubber, has passed the $5,000 mark writing on RedGage. Heck, I'll turn it into the form of a question. Have you heard of RedGage? Since I have not passed the $100.00 mark on HP, I am naturally curious.”

Okay, Mike, so, I went to the RedGage site, and here’s what they tell us:

“What is RedGage?
RedGage is a first-of-its-kind web site that pays people for their online content and monetizes their social activity. It's a centralized hub where you can earn money for all the things you're already doing online at places like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Blogger. RedGage pays based on the value of your content, measured by page views/popularity. It aggregates from other sites so you don't even have to regularly visit RedGage.
RedGage has redefined socializing and creating projects on the web by paying you for all of your blogs, pictures, videos, documents, and links. You will not only be able to create a stronger web identity, but will also have the opportunity to host, navigate, and review a wide variety of projects.”

Blah, Blah, and more Blah……

So here’s the thing, Mike: If I go to the HP site where they sell their magic potion, it’s going to promise just about the same thing, and to a certain extent, they all pay on their promise. Heck, I still have some current friends on HP who make a couple hundred each month. True, that’s down from the $700-$1000 they once made each month, but at least it hasn’t totally dried up.

So yes, there is money to be made on these sites. I’m currently playing around on NIUME, and I like certain aspects of that site, and there are certain aspects I don’t like.

It’s six of one half dozen of the other, in my opinion.

The other thing I think must be mentioned is this: I have yet to find a site like this that pays well for the type of fiction you and I write. These sites are content-driven and by that I mean information content. They gain revenues from views and clicks, and there are not nearly as many views and clicks for fiction…..and I’d be amazed if I saw that trend change in my lifetime.

Another writer friend, Joyce, did some research on RedGage, and found some not-too-flattering comments about it, basically saying they didn’t pay enough for writers to waste time on that site.

Having said that, I love your work and always will!

The End

Tuck this one to bed, and I’ll see you all next week for another installment of the Mailbag. Thanks so much for dropping by the Mail Room for a chat.

2016 William D. Holland (aka billybuc) #greatestunknownauthor

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 8 months ago from New York, New York

      Aw, always love Mondays for your mailbag as you know. Seriously, what can I say, but thank you and yay for a week that was overflowing with questions to be answered. Happy Monday now!! :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 8 months ago from United Kingdom

      Hi, Bill. I mentioned in the last mailbag I'm on Redgage. It's not a place for writers looking to make a living wage, but it's a good way to get more eyes reading your writing and more views mean more money. It's an extra income stream.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you very much, Janine! I'll see you tomorrow with my blog, featuring you, of course. Happy Monday my friend.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Zulma, so thanks for adding that. I always like hearing from friends who have tried something.

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      Linda Lum 8 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, about 75 percent of your mailbag this week was about writing somewhere other than HP. I wonder if they are listening?

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      Maria Jordan 8 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Wonderful choice, dear Bill - Mike's story is my favorite as well.

      Happy Monday - Love, Maria

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      DDE 8 months ago

      You have been busy writing! I am busy with my summer job so not much time to write. Informative and always useful to all writers.

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      John Hansen 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Another good mailbag with a good selection of questions, Bill. I particularly liked Flourish's question as to if there was any subject you wouldn't write about. I am currently working on a very dark poem but I am trying to make it as subtle as I can and not too graphic. I also need it to be shocking enough to get my point across effectively. An interesting balancing act. Mike's story was a very worthy winner of your contest.

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      Donna Brown 8 months ago from Alton, Missouri

      Hi Bill, another great mailbag! I hadn't been on the internet for several weeks thanks to a new job where I work over 48 hours a week and not having in-home access to wifi for that time. There are certain topics that I won't write either. I was asked to write a 50 Shades type book a while back and discovered that I just couldn't bring myself to read 50 Shades in order to write in that style. It just did not fit well with what I considered integrity.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      I noted the same thing that Linda did. It's odd when you go to HP for tips on editing at another site. Hmm.

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      Graham Lee 8 months ago

      Another tiptop hub Bill. Always interesting but as you say things seem to be changing as more platforms enter the arena.

      Graham.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 8 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the way you have your characters take the blame for any political comments. I get so wrapped up in politics that I go overboard sometimes. Your choice of the winner of your challenge is spot-on. Mike has a way of writing that touches me and many others. I must add that you do to with your stories of the homeless and the depression days of the 20's. I'm like John, when I grow up I ' wanna ' be a writer like you and Mike. Thanks again for all you do to help us be better writers..

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      Mary Wickison 8 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      Wonderful mailbag questions and answers this week. I agree, stay away from politics and religion . I would also add sports to that list.

      I've been meaning to head over to Niume for a look, what is your referral number again so you will get a credit?

      Have a peaceful week up north.

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      Denise McGill 8 months ago from Fresno CA

      Hey Bill, thanks for the news. Like you I just hate the current climate of political dysfunction (well said, by the way) and refuse to join my voice in that mess. After all, I get a vote and it will soon be counted. No need to bang and drum and add the cacophony of an already mob minded situation. Oh and, by the way, I tried changing my name on HP once and it just can't happen. It is written in stone; once you choose that handle you are stuck with it. Thanks for another fun Monday of writing news.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Shauna L Bowling 8 months ago from Central Florida

      Bill, when I first joined HP five years ago, only our pen names showed in our articles and on the profile page. We were able to be paid because of the information we give regarding our PayPal accounts. I still see some writers here who only display their pen name, so obviously, it doesn't interfere with payout.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I have come to realize that the HP management really doesn't listen or care. That may seem harsh but so be it.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Maria.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Always busy, DDE, and that';s the way I like it. Thanks for finding the time to stop by.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! There were some great entrees, and I think all of them won.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Welcome back, Donna, and thanks for sharing your thoughts...and I understand them completely.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, right, Flourish? Strange indeed and yet understandable.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning, Graham, and Happy Monday to you. As always, thanks for finding the time to visit me. I hope you are well.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Very kind words, Ruby, and I'm here to tell you that you've already grown up in my eyes.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for thinking of me, Mary....here it is.....https://niume.com/?ambassadorID=48484 and Happy Monday to you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for that, Denise....I was pretty sure about the name thing but not100%....and great line...cacophony of an already mob minded situation....loved it!

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      social thoughts 8 months ago from New Jersey

      Bill,

      Joy's question is one I can relate to. I know you aren't a fan of pen names, but I'm with her on this one. No offense, my friend. Speaking of which, since I am considering publishing on Amazon, and you know how opinionated I am, do you think it may be best to divide my work between my legal name and a pen name?

      Thank you for answering my question. I was worried about that. :(

      I have been wondering about another matter. How does each author of historical nonfiction attain the photographs for their books? With all of the copyrights, I'm lost as to how it's possible, beyond paying enough money before the book has even been released.

      Thank you! I hope you have a lovely week.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      No offense taken, Kailey. You know I respect your opinions. And wow, two questions, and good ones at that. I'll have answers for you next week...until then, good luck this week in Jersey.

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      Melissa Propp 8 months ago from Minnesota

      Happy Monday Bill! I wanted to congratulate you on your BEST ALL-AROUND HUBBER AWARD! Well deserved, well deserved. I'm sure you'll be getting a huge cash bonus or some nifty looking award in the mail, right?

      Hope you have a great week!

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      Buildreps 8 months ago from Europe

      Bill, you just took over HP's helpdesk task to answer these always repeating similar questions of newbies. You did it much better, my friend.

      I'm going to ask you a question about Niume if you allow me. :) When you subscribe on Niume you must choose some spheres, which I did. Then I wrote a small article, and had to choose for a sphere. I realized I didn't choose the right sphere for this specific article. I could not figure out how to add a new sphere to the already existing spheres. Have you any idea?

      Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Evidently not, Sha....Christy finally got back to me with the HP answer, which I'll post next week.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, you are too funny. We get a mug for winning....but your congratulations means much more to me. :) Happy Monday to you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I do know, Buildreps, because it happened to me....click on the sphere you want to add...there you will see a section where it says add your email to join that sphere...just type in your email and you then are part of that sphere. Easy peasy!

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      Buildreps 8 months ago from Europe

      Thank you very much, Bill. Wish you a great week!

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      MizBejabbers 8 months ago

      Very enjoyable questions this week, Bill. I still use only my pen name and I will until I retire from the job that earns my living. It doesn’t affect my payouts. You know, those micro-payouts that we spasmodic writers earn.

      Mike’s answer to your challenge was the best of those I read, and I congratulate him.

      Social Thoughts has a great question in her comment. I also would like an answer, too. Now I have a question. When you write for more than one website, can you do different versions of the same subject? I notice that HP’s computers pick up language duplication, so it seems to me that a person might have a difficult time getting around that.

      Happy rest of the week, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Buildreps!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, shabang! you ask and I shall answer....next Monday for sure. :) Thanks for always finding the time to read my Monday musings, and I hope the rest of your week exceeds expectations.

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      Marion Drury 8 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      Another great and informative mailbag.

      Thanks again.

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      Heidi Thorne 8 months ago from Chicago Area

      Happy Mailbag Monday Evening!

      Seems to be a lot of Mailbag chatter this week on online writing, including on HP.

      Re: Cut (to) the Chase. First of all, I love HP. I've met many incredible writers on this site (you included, of course). In my three to four years on the site, I have never had an issue with HP's staff or policies. And I am continually amazed at HP's framework.

      I'm not sure what people are expecting. Any site dependent on revenues from pay per click or CPM advertising are vulnerable to swings, sometimes wide swings, in results due to traffic changes. The Google "animal" updates (Penguin, Panda, Hummingbird, etc.) have, sometimes almost overnight, reduced any website's traffic to rubble... and advertising revenues along with it. Doesn't matter what site it is, whether you own it or it's a site like HP.

      Here's where most online writers mess up. Because they don't understand the rigors of search engines or building an audience online, they hop from content site to content site, hoping that this "next big thing" will bring the payday they seek. They may even try (struggle?) to keep all these content sites fed and eventually burn out. This will not help to build an online audience. It takes months and years of consistent, focused effort. Sorry, folks.

      So in summary, I'll cut to the chase and say that writers need to quit chasing. Pick and stick with one or a couple of sites and continually monitor results... and be realistic with your expectations.

      As a side note, I have been seeing some positive results as the HP network sites have come online. Hope that continues, but I'm aware it might be good only until the next Google update.

      Re: Don't Touch. I'm so with you there! No politics, religion or hot button topics for me. I also don't discuss sports or news topics because of their short lifespan. Plus, none of these align with my brand. Best reason to stay away even if I have something to say.

      Congrats on your Best All Around Hubber Award! Well deserved, of course. Have a great week!

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      Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

      Another wonderful Monday mailbag, Bill!

      I am amazed that anyone could earn so much here on HP just for the fact there sure would have to be an incredible amount of clicking on ads to add up to that much revenue generated! I just don't see people clicking on ads that much, but apparently so.

      I still love HP for the wonderful community of writers, and many who have become close friends over the years, plus being I take up a lot of space with my hubs and commenting, and they allow me to publish what's on my heart so far. Hahaha. I'm surprised HP hasn't charged me! LOL

      I'm surprised that my hub that was moved to one of the niche sites resulted in me being offered a writing job on a legitimate site, which seems so strange to me because that hub is not my "usual" type of hub I publish here. I have a full-time job already though. Maybe because it won a Hubbie and so it drew the attention of those out in Google world? Whatever the reason, it is good to know that what we publish here on HP could very well lead to other writing jobs.

      I don't think I'll ever leave HubPages, as I am mindful to continue to make new friends as I go along. However, that RedGage site sounds promising for those who need more revenue from writing.

      Mike's hub is a deserving winner of your challenge. Congrats Mike! I love reading his stellar writing. He has a gift no doubt.

      Hope the rest of your week is lovely.

      Peace and blessings always

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      EmeseRéka 8 months ago from The Desert

      Hi, Bill,

      First of all, great choice on the winning entry, I loved that piece and it stayed with me long after I read it.

      Second: about Niume. Thank you for mentioning it a few weeks ago, I went over and checked it out, it was easy enough to sign up so I did and and then even published two pieces on it, (just moving stuff from my old personal blog, I am deleting the blog so I figured, why not move the stuff somewhere). I signed up before I saw something about using a referral, I would've loved to use yours... also I can't figure out how to search on that site though, I've been trying to look you up but no luck, so if you'll kindly direct me I'll appreciate it. Other than that, it seems like a nice enough site and easy to use as well. I still prefer HubPages for ease of use, but that might be just because I got somewhat used to it. As always, thank you for a great mailbox.

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      Shannon 8 months ago from Texas

      I'm surprised you don't already have more fame. LOL. Between good books and this little "column". . .you could easily be a nationally well-known newspaper columnist or take it to television too like Andy Rooney.

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      Venkatachari M 8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Some nice questions here about NIUME, RedGage, HubPages networks, etc. I gained some information. Your answers are always quite good at everything. Thanks, Bill, and hugs.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      You explained elsewhere why you regret naming yourself Billybuc, but it may not be a far stretch to suggest that by now most of the Internet knows that Billybuc is Bill Holland.

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      breakfastpop 8 months ago

      How do you find the time to do all that you do?

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      Peg Cole 8 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Absolutely loved the writing prompt and the contest. You've chosen well among the great entries that your contest received. Well done, Mike and thanks to Bill for an exciting challenge. BTW, congratulations to Bill for the Hub award, too.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marion! You are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm totally with you on your opinions about online pay-for-view writing. You are correct. Building our brand is the single most important thing we, as writers, can do...and then practice patience.

      Thank you for the kind words. I'm not sure how much longer my run will last, but I'm having a blast.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I'm approaching my fifth year at HP, and I've won seven Hubbies, and I've never been offered a writing gig, so congratulations. You're doing something correctly that I haven't figured out yet. LOL

      I love the community of writers here at HP....it's the only reason I stay here.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Emese! Thanks for trying to look me up on NIUME....follow this link https://niume.com/pages/profile/?userID=48484 and you'll find me easy enough...and you aren't the first person to say that.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Shannon, thanks, but I have zero fame. LOL My awards here at HP have netted me next to nothing, but I still love it here...and that's because of you and so many others.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to be of service, Venkatachari M. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, I always work from the basic belief that I'm not really well-known at all. You may be correct, but it's not how I feel daily. :)

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Pop, I used to watch Superman as a kid. LOL

      Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, thanks on all fronts. I do love this community of writers. So very supportive and just plain nice people. Thank you!

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      Bill De Giulio 8 months ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Another excellent week for the mailbag. With all of the questions lately about other sites I gather that many Hubbers are looking for greener pastures. I will have to check out Niume and Redgage, neither of which I am familiar with. Have a great week.

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      manatita44 8 months ago from london

      Excellently written one, Bill, maintaining the super high standard. I'll only say I missed Mike Friedman's efforts and I read most of the challenges. I rather liked, Cam, Austin Starr and a woman with an unfamiliar but interesting name (escapes me). nevertheless, there were some truly great ones and you've done well to return a verdict so soon.

      Oh! He must be the one with the love of pets and the picture of the wife. He was excellent!

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      Glenis Rix 8 months ago from UK

      A mine of information. I'll be back soon for more :)

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Bill, and thank you. I need to go see your latest article....I'll be there as soon as possible, and Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, thank you....I'm not sure about the love of pets but he's a mainstay on HP.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Glenis and I'll come visit you shortly.

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      Chris Mills 8 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      William, the Master of Story Challenges and the Master of choosing winners of those challenges. My hat is off (seriously) to you for reading all the stories and choosing the winner so quickly. It was a fun challenge that produced some very solid stories. Thank you and congrats to Mike for a very fine story.

      The new niche sites, aka, vertical sites. From one standpoint, I am a fan. I have four hubs that are information and "how to" articles. These four hubs keep all of my fiction afloat. Since the niche sites went live, the combined page views for my four anchor hubs has quadrupled on bad days and octupled on good days. My income is on the verge of tripling. If I stepped away from fiction and wrote info and how to articles, and if those made it to the vertical sites, I might do quite well here on HP.

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      Faith Reaper 8 months ago from southern USA

      LOL Bill,

      I don't know about that, as I am coming up on five years too and won a Hubble every year except my first year on HP, and this is the first time I've been offered a writing job because of a hub. Having said all of that, however, I credit it to my hub being moved to a niche site where people are searching for a specific topic, and where my hub must have a lot more exposure.

      Blessings

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 8 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      More interesting things I learned here and more things to take into consideration. Personally right now I love NIUMI time will tell how far and well I can go. Here is a question - are there any sites that offer content writers decent pay? I do content writing but at present I am not making too much. I love writing for three paying sites I am part of Elite Writers, NIUMI and myLot but I sure could use a site where I could at least make a quicker turnover and get paid say every week or so.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I totally agree with you, Chris. I have seen a marked improvement on my views and income in the last two months, so hats off to HP...and thank you for the very kind words.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Maybe so, Faith, but I also think you are a very good writer, and I'm happy for you.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rasma, I'll have an answer for you next Monday, but the quick answer is NO! Sorry about that.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hey Bill.

      Question. My current total for page views is 1,913,306. I'm pretty close to 2 million and don't have a clue as to whether this number is 'good or bad' especially after 6 years of hard work. I'm considering jumping on board with another writing website in the hopes of bringing in more income. What's your opinion? (You can answer this in the next mailbag if you like.) Or maybe this question isn't appropriate.

      I'm beginning to get discouraged with the pay-out here on HP.

      Love ya'

      Audrey

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Audrey, I haven't hit one million yet. That's fantastic. Great question. I'll try to squeeze it into the next Mailbag. In the meantime, you must be doing something right. :)

      love,

      bill

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      Mel Carriere 8 months ago from San Diego California

      The mailman made it into the mail bag this week. I figured out how to edit, your advice worked splendidly, but my other big thing with Niume is that their mobile version is very limited. With HP, I can actually write posts on my phone. Awkward and cumbersome, yes, but doable. The Niume mobile version does not have that functionality. It does not have a desktop mode you can go to, as HP does. For people like me who like to write on the fly, this is disappointing. But I am having fun there. Great advice, as usual.

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      Joyce A Fischer 8 months ago from Thailand

      http://www.makealivingwriting.com/earn-money-onlin...

      I've been checking the article I found on sites that pay $50 and up for freelance writing. Just finished editing the first two sections:n Business Career and Finance; Essays. To save time for anyone whose running down this list, here are changes I've found: B Michelle Pippin doesn't seem to be around any more. Daily Worth Koa Beck is not listed on the website.Koa Beck is listed on Linked in as https://www.linkedin.com/in/koabeck

      Toast is closing.

      If anyone else would like to take some of the categories and run through them and report back, it would help everyone.

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      Joyce A Fischer 8 months ago from Thailand

      There's no hub that's just a place to brag. So, I'm going to give myself a little pat on the back here. Bill can delete it if it's inappropriate. I was surprised to see my latest post pop up on Spotlight when I opened HP this evening. It's my third post and I don't actually have any followers. So, I feel pretty good, since I'm just starting to publish. Maybe this will help.

      I still haven't found another site where I feel like I fit in. Some where I think I might occasionally have something to say. But really, I'm all about writing about odd things.

      One of my favorite books is a very old autobiography by Loren Eisley. He called it All the Strange Hours. I've always thought that was a great title for a book. After all, it's the strange things that make a book worth reading.

      BTW: I got slammed for commenting on an anti-protest post recently. The comment said, "If you can't make your point in one sentence, you don't have a point!" Oh, my god, in that case my entire life has been a mistake!

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Good to know, Mel. Thanks for sharing that advice. I don't use mobile apps so I didn't know.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Joyce. Good to know, and hopefully more will join you.

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Joyce, I would never delete you. You are welcome here, my friend. Thanks for the comments, and whoever said that to you on that anti-protest post was a self-righteous idiot....just my opinion.

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      Dianna Mendez 7 months ago

      I thought all the stories were wonderful. Congrats to the Mike for writing such a creative share on the challenge. Also, Congratulations on you Hubby Award. I am proud to admit I voted for you and so glad you won. Thanks for the mail today, very informative.

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Dee, thank you very much. There's something to be said for longevity, isn't there? :)

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      Lawrence Hebb 7 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      Great stuff here. It was interesting to read a bit of where HP came from and some idea of where they're trying to go with the network sites.

      I've got a few hubs taken onto the sites, but not really noticed any increase in traffic, nevertheless I'll keep writing and creating.

      Lawrence

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      Bill Holland 7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Lawrence, I was skeptical, but my traffic has soared since the advent of the new sites, so I guess I'll call it a success for this writer.

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