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The Writers' Workshop: One Writer's Thank You! 100,000 Views

Updated on October 30, 2012

A MOMENT OF REFLECTION

I began this journey exactly two years ago when I walked out of an unacceptable employment situation and declared myself to be a writer.

For the first year I set about establishing my little writing business, feeling my way through the dark, stumbling around in confusion, certain of a direction but clueless with regards to implementation of my plan. I quickly discovered that SEO content writing was an easy buck, so I latched onto that and found a steady income. All well and good, because a writer needs to eat and pay bills, and SEO provided for those needs.

However, it wasn’t until ten months ago that my passion for writing was fed the nourishment it so desperately needed. At that time, I joined a site called HubPages, a community of writers who support each other in a most positive way. It was there that I found freedom; it was there that I found my voice; and it was there that I found encouragement.

A grateful writer
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NUMBERS DO ADD UP

Ten months ago! Tomorrow, when I post my article, it will be my 298th! During that ten month span I have had over 100,000 views, and to me, most importantly, I have received over 23,000 comments from those who read my work.

I am floored by those numbers. I do not tell them to you so that you will be impressed by my writing prowess, but rather so that I can voice how grateful I am, for writing to me is a personal, and interpersonal, exercise.

23,000 comments! I’m sorry if I’m repeating myself, but that number blows me away. I expected, at best, to make a few contacts in the writing community when I joined HubPages. I never guessed that I would gain friends in South Africa, Kenya, Wales, Latvia, and so many other nations. I never guessed that I would be in daily contact with people from all 50 states, and that I would form friendships that will last a lifetime.

QUICK REFLECTIONS

Bev, the love of my life, is constantly amazed by the depth and length of the comments I receive. It is rare indeed when I hear a simple “great job” on one of my articles. Instead, the norm is a lengthy comment that shows depth of thought and genuine compassion and understanding. In other words, through my words I have formed a connection with people, and they respond in kind, and isn’t that an incredible thing to behold! Complete strangers who don’t know me, never met me, and most likely never will meet me, form a bond with me because of my words. I am truly humbled and grateful for this experience.

Do you want the same? Let me, then, give you the secret to receiving the types of gifts that this writer has received. Are you ready?

Show your readers that you care! That’s it….show them that their view of your material, and their comment, means something more to you than just a score on your personal tally sheet.

23,000 views and I have responded to all 23,000, and I have responded with the same amount of effort as they have given me. Yes it is time-consuming, but oh well!!!! If a reader takes the time to read my work, and then takes the time to leave a meaningful comment, then should I not do the same for them?

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ONE LAST THOUGHT

This is not a long article; it was not intended to be, and I don’t care if it meets the expected 1500 words that HubPages is so fond of. This article is a simple thank you to all of you who have taken the time to view my work over 100,000 times and to leave over 23,000 comments.

This is a simple thank you to those who have made the effort to befriend me, and who have shown genuine concern for me as a human being.

This is a simple thank you to those who gave me confidence and support early on when I desperately needed it.

I love HubPages! Yes, there are some things I don’t like about it, but overall I love this site.

I love the Hubbers! May you all prosper, as I have, and may we continue to find support and friendship from each other.

I love being a writer! My name is Bill Holland, and I am a writer and proud member of HubPages!

Thank you all!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      Hi Billy, Congrats on all of your success my friend.:)

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      And this hub is a small part of why we love you. You speak from your heart and you're not encumbered by rules and regulations. You're not driven by the dollar and you really do care. I've always been in awe of the time it must take for you to comment on all the comments you've received but, I have never gotten anything from you that I thought was hurried or superficial. You have earned your place here Bill. No one gave it to you and you are genuinely respected and loved. You were the first to make me feel a part of this community and now, I consider you a real friend. No, we may never meet face-to-face but I know who you are and I am damn proud to be your friend. Congratulations on your 100,000 views and your 23,000 comments. You deserve a day off now. Thanks for great writing, great mentoring, and great tips for living. Blessings to you pal!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Bill, 100,000 is s huge number of views, and your writing from the heart justifies the number. Your followers head straight to your Hubs to be entertained, uplifted, and educated about new ideas.

      Congratulations! Keep on writing for sure.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Bill, well done on 100,000 views, I am still some way behind you on that score. And 23,000 comments is going some too! Your many comments are left because your writing engages people and that is a wonderful thing to be able to do. Enjoy this! I may be going in the opposite direction to you and looking for some SEO work somewhere or other - bills to pay, mouths to feed...I need to do some research forst though :o(

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      awordlover 4 years ago

      Hi new friend, Mucho congrats on your success, may you have many years of continued success.

      And I love hubpages too! I have found 'home'

      Don't you just love saying "My name is... and I am a writer?" If more writers -- those starting out and those well embedded in the field -- were to say that mantra just once a day, I find it kicks start the thought process required to face that blank white page (or screen).

      It is an empowering statement and one every writer should use because not only saying it, but meaning it, thoroughly builds up confidence to keep on keeping on (my motto regarding Multiple Sclerosis).

      Again, congrats and I'm so glad we met through hubpages!

      Anne DiGeorge (awordlover)

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Billybuc

      Congratulations Sir you are definitely a writer and a damn good one.

      You truly deserve all your success and comments. 100k and 23k comments is some record and serious achievement in 10 months.

      Further congratulations on repling to all comments in the same vane they were left. Yet another record I'm sure and one many hubbers would do well to take note of.

      I like to reply to all my comments which I think I do but then 1 or 2 a week doesn't take up to much time. 23,000 comments, I'll say it for you Bill, staggering not even to mention 298 quality hubs in such a short period.

      You are truly a leader, an inspiration and a jolly nice fellow. A pleasure to follow and of course steal tips and tricks from.

      I truly wish you the best of everything and expect to see you on the success story list soon.

      Congratulations Billybuc and it is great to see that hard work pays off.

      HP should make a special once only accolade just for you Sir Bill.

      Thanks so much for writing, sharing and being an inspirational HUBBER.

      Voted up up and away, ticked and shared. I would tweet but as I'm a twit I leave that to others.

      MJ.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      WOW, WOW, WOW, CONGRATULATIONS...YOU SO DESERVE THIS!

      Yes I DO notice an almost immediate response from you to comments! You are just incredible. The law of cause and effect...you receive because you are so sincere, genuine, loving and giving, and it shines throughout all your hubs.

      You have taken the negatives in your life, and you have turned them into positives...by ministering to readers through the hubs.

      You are such an inspiration to other hub writers. You motivate me to want to drop everything going on in my life and just write, write, write.

      Writing and reading continue to be my passion.

      You never push people in your hubs, you simply tell your story, and motivate others when we read how far you have come. EVERYONE has a story to tell. Yours are some of the best I have read.

      Keep those hubs coming, and God bless you real good. Blessings, Sparklea :) PS: I am facing major surgery very soon, so I will not be on HubPages for several days. However, I WILL be sure to respond when I return. I will explain when I send you my review of your book.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well, Well . . . . my dear friend Bill!

      Sincerest CONGRATS Bill, on your relentless work here, you ARE what hubpages embodies in a nutshell. Your support to the community is unwavering, your articles varied and passionate, your honesty and integrity ooze through your writing, your love of writing has helped so many here,myself included .

      The respect you have within the writing community is not surprising and you deserve every single view, comment, follower and more . . . .oh tons more!!

      A chair will always be waiting for you and Bev in Ireland and Italy.

      You have been the most ardent supporter of my work here and I am blown away by that, truly.

      Enjoy your day for I know it will be a busy one here !!

      Always your most loyal Irish fan!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hazelwood, thank you my friend! You were one of the first followers, and I still remember how good it felt that you chose to follow me. I appreciate that gesture greatly!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, I'm just an old tortoise that keeps moving forward, picking up seaweed on the way. Plodding along each day, doing my thing, often under the radar....moving forward. :)

      I love this site, and I love my friends, and I am so grateful that you and I connected and found each other. It's more fun writing when you find someone who gets it and thinks like you do.

      Thank you Linda! I am grateful for you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xstatic, thank you Sir! I will, indeed, keep on writing. That's what writers do! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Julie; if I can be of any help on the SEO let me know. I'll be glad to help any way I can.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      You're an amazing writer and truly making a difference. As with any one thing we do, there's always the good with the not so good - so it is with HubPages. But, I love this site, too. The people I've met and the things that I've learned...HP will always have a special place in my heart - it is because I started writing here that I got my start as a writer. It's an incredible feeling. Congrats on your 100,000 views!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am impressed but not surprised at all. You carefully write each hub on topics that are from your heart and we all feel that. I always enjoy reading your hubs even when the topic is different from what I usually seek...which is a rare occasion. I am also pleased about this because you show it can be done..and had the courage to find out. You know I struggle with the small stuff sometimes and you have really helped me get back in the saddle. I really love the 23,000 comments. A coup for sure. Just keep on writing and being who you are and what you believe and stand for. your friend..carol77777 One more thought SEO ..I am amazed and still struggle with the concept.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, new friend indeed! I was not following you but I just took care of that little problem. :) It is nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words.

      I wrote a hub about that subject, of announcing that you are a writer. There are quite a few out there that need to embrace that and believe it.

      I look forward to reading your hubs on MS....it is a topic I have some experience with. :)

      Thank you Anne!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MJ my friend, thank you so much! I firmly believe in giving back to any community, and HP has been so good to me; how could I not give back. I love this site and the people I have met. Look at you, a friend in Kilkenny; how cool is that? I get to learn about new people and new customs, and if I ever travel I will always have a place to stay. :)

      Thank you so much MJ!

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      Sommer Dalton 4 years ago

      Wow congrats! That is ton of comments, how neat!:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, thank you my dear friend! First, my prayers are with you during your major surgery; come back safe and healthy please.

      Next, your kindness and support of me means the world to me; you just might be the nicest Hubber on this site; always so comforting and supportive.....you are special, Lea, and I am so appreciative of you.

      Please be well, and please let me know after the surgery how you are doing.

      Peace and happiness to you today, and always,

      bill

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      Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States

      What a milestone! You are so very welcome, billybuc. You are a great supporter of my work and others' as well. We appreciate you back! :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      DITTO...in terms of "I LOVE HP also...even though there are things I allow to upset me now and then..." Of course, I can't say I know what it's like to have written 298 hubs!!! Whew.....I'm worn out just thinking about that number.

      The only other thing I'll add here is.....I believe HP and any other site, for that matter, would do well to encourage "excellent writers," as yourself....and DIS courage those who have absolutely NO right to refer to them selves as a "writer." As in the hubs that are truly sub standard.....poorly written, unacceptable grammar, void of sentence structure, a jumble of improper term usage...etc etc....It may not be a pleasant fact, but it is reality. I have read some hubs that make my eyes bleed. I read a hub the other day....that, when I came upon what I thought was an entire PARAGRAPH, was actually a one hundred and five word SENTENCE!! Can we say, "run-on?" Thanks for bringing literacy to life, bill!!...UP+++

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, be careful when you offer me a chair; we just might show up and take it. :)

      I follow you because you are real people, Suzie! You are honest, funny, supportive.....I will follow you until we are both so old we can't type any longer.....I'll get to that point way before you. LOL

      Thank you dear friend; you are greatly appreciated, Irish!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, you hit it on the head....this is the site where I started, and this is the site where I was supported and welcomed....how could I not love it here.

      Thank you lil' Sis; you are special to me and always will be.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you so much. I'm just a persistent old fart who has a lot of time on his hands. :)

      I am like a dog with a bone; I make up my mind to do something and then I just keep moving in that direction; all I can do it try; I may make mistakes but oh well.

      As for SEO, it was confusing to me at first, but now I could do it in my sleep. :)

      Thank you Carol!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sommer, it took me a little while to realize it, but that means an average of around 70 per day for ten months....that blows me away, that people think enough of my work to write that many comments. I am very grateful, Sommer, and I wish you as much success.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sinea, I wish I could be a better supporter, but there are only so many hours in a day, as I'm sure you understand. I appreciate it every single time you stop by. :) Thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations, Bill! What a huge milestone to have reached in such a short time. Glad you found HubPages. You have inspired many, me included. I'm glad to be your follower and friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paula, you make me laugh even when the subject is serious.....yes my dear, you are right about some hubs and hubbers. I have even tried to send them private messages giving tips for good grammar, and they have been ignored. What else is there to do? Some people are convinced that they are beyond help....LOL....and they are correct in that assessment.

      Thank you Paula; you are as loyal as they come and I consider you a wonderful friend....I hope the damage from the storm wasn't too bad for you in the country.

      bill

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I am thrilled for you! No one deserves this more--you are so constant and such a support here--Bravo Bill!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow! Congratulations. Really awesome stuff.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I am proud to be a part of this community. People like you welcomed me early on when I had no confidence, and I will always be appreciative of those kind gestures. Thank you my Iowa friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Natasha! I love the friends I have made on HP, and that certainly includes you. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, thank you so much! I truly do appreciate your support and kind words.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Bill,

      It feels nice to learn that you have reached a milestone with 100,000 views and a most likely first with 23000 comments on 1oo,ooo views. Congrats on achieving both, my friend. I've always been impressed with not only your writing but the way you respond to every day situations as well. I'm honored to be amongst your many readers and proud to be called a friend.

      I wish you many more milestones and hubs so that you continue to inspire and motivate us readers.

      Thank you .

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Congratulations, Bill! 100,000 pageviews and 23,000 comments are awesome accomplishments, particularly in such a short time. If I do half as well in the next 5 years, I'll consider myself a success.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      CONGRATULATIONS bill! Yes, in big bold letters because you sincerely deserve it!

      I'm also happy to let you know that although I didn't have that much followers as you do, my articles as well have been viewed 100,000 times and that was when I reached my 5th month with HP. And why, didn't I write something about it? Not because I didn't appreciate my followers and fans outside HP (I love them) but maybe, because I wasn't confident of myself as a writer or simply just couldn't believe I have reached that figure or perhaps too occupied up in the sky and the thought was put aside until after reading this. And, here you go again, confirming it to me--that I am a writer just like what you once said in one of your hubs and giving me another inspiration. And, yes like you, I am indeed grateful for that.

      I am so pleased to have met you. Thank you for all the encouragements, words of wisdom and continued support. May you continue to inspire us with your writings. That is your calling. (:

      I also hope you and Bev are keeping well and not affected by Sandy.

      Love from the sky~

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      One more thing ----why not write an article on SEO..and know a lot of us would really appreciate having more information on this. I still have issues with it.

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      Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you so much, billybuc! I hope God is good that He allows us to meet in person some day, as well as, the love of your life...Trying to eventually arrange that with other hubbers ...just wonderful people!

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Bill, thank you for writing this hub. It gives me the opportunity to tell you that your writing, attitude and graciousness have been an encouragement and an example to me. I have learned a great deal from you and other hubbers in my six months on HubPages, and I am constantly making adjustments to my approach to this business based on what I see in the writing, attitude and behavior of you and others. Congratulations my friend. You are an inspiration and you deserve all the success that you are receiving.

      Chris

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Bill, Im honored to be 23,018! I absolutely love your down to earth, humbleness regarding your accomplishment. You're truly an inspiration to me. Congratulations and many more blessings to you. Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Not just the hub, YOU!

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      TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

      Bill, Congrats. You are not only an amazing writer, but an amazing friend. You take the time to encourage, recognize, thank, and appreciate others which is rare in a world of "me oriented" thought. Your hubs reflect it. I am so thankful to have you as a friend on Hubpages. Even though I have been quiet lately, I've been reading.

      Keep up the amazing work, and I look forward to many, many more hubs from you.

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      nina64 4 years ago from chicago, Illinois

      Congratulations Billybuc on your writing achievements. It's great to know that you appreciate those of us that read and comment on your hubs. Your writing shows that you care about what is going on around you. Also your hubs are funny as well as informative. I look forward to reading more of your work. I hope to reach that same milestone someday, but I know that I have to keep at it. Much continued success in all you do.

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      Shampa Sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up and beautiful!

      Hearty Congratulations! You are actually an inspiration for me as well as I am sure to many hubbers. Loved the style in which you expressed your gratitude. This hub once again inspires what the writers should do after receiving comments. Thanks for being a very outspoken writer and for being an inspiration. Congrats once again!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, thank you Sir! I'm not sure what I measure success by to tell you the truth; I am my worst critic, so it's hard sometimes. :) i do know I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the support and acceptance of people like you, so thank you so very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I'm not sure if I know enough about it for a hub; if you have questions, fire away in an email and I'll see if I can answer them. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, that would be wonderful my friend, and I will make every effort to be there if such a meeting of Hubbers takes place. God bless you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janshares, I am honored to have you as #23,018. :) This is a thrill for me, and I love every minute on HubPages. i especially enjoy meeting new people, and helping them as much as I can. Thank you for your kindness and nice words.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wendy, it is a thrill for me to have friends like you. What an amazing thing, to have so many friends around the world, all at the touch of a computer key. HP has been very good to me, and I am grateful to call you a friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nina, I would have never guessed it possible ten months ago. I just kept writing and kept being involved in the community and now ten months later I am a very happy and grateful man. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shampa, if I am an inspiration to you then I am a very grateful writer. That is what I try to do with my writing, so to read what you wrote makes me very happy. Thank you so much for your kindness and following.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      You are so deserved of each and every comment,view and all else.

      You have such a natural way of telling your story;you have written powerfully and with total honesty which has inspired so many others to follow you in your quest!!

      Here's to a long time to come of so many more hubs for us both to share on here.

      From A fellow writer and more importantly a friend.

      Eddy.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      bill, first....CONGRATULATIONS! This is exciting. I know I don't have to tell you that you reap what you sow but it in your case, consider that twofold! You are a positive force here on hubpages and I for one am testament to the way your support can help others! Now for the funny part (ccause it is all about me, you know!) I just started a hub about my hub accolades and how important they are to me. I also asked to questions on fans and comments. Great minds think alike???

      Anyway, Bill, you deserve any and all accolades. You are an amazing writer and mentor! So glad you walked out of that job!! Take care my friend and here's to another 100,000 views and 23,000 comments!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Congratulations on hitting the impressive number of 298 hubs. I have had the pleasure to immerse myself in many of them and I have yet to finish without having my mind and thoughts provoked in one way or another. You get back in this world what you give out and your overwhelming amount of comments to and from hubbers is a true testament to that.

      I wish you nothing but prosperity and stellar accomplishments, most of all I wish you well my friend.

      Love, hugs and warm fuzzies to Bev and yourself.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I am so much in awe of your well-deserved success here on HubPages. To accomplish so much in only nine months is simply amazing. I wish you much continued success.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, thank you Sir! This is a level I set my sights on early on, although ten months ago I didn't think it was possible. I have a couple more goals I want to reach, and then I will settle down and write a bit less. I am honored to have you as a follower, and to follow you, but more importantly, to be able to call you a friend of mine.

      Thank you my friend!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am quite impressed with your efforts, you have shared good thoughts here, be supportive on HP and return the favor always. Awesome Work!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, to have done that in five months is unbelievable! I have no idea what I had after five months but it was nowhere near this figure. That is awesome! Thank you for your kindness and for following me. I love this site and I love my followers, many of whom have become good friends, and I find that remarkable.

      Yes my dear, you are a writer, and a very good one at that, so here is to many more hubs by both of us, and continued friendship.

      Bev and I are fine; Sandy will never reach us over here on the west coast. Thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Congratulations , a reward for great effort! You've done much in 10 months. Here's to the next 100,000 views!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, to have you write that to me means a great deal; I have looked up to you and respected your writing since I began. Thank you so much; I greatly appreciate your support.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I am just excited to see a remark from you this morning after the night you had. I will assume you are well since you are writing, and you even have your power, which is wonderful. As for your comment, I think you know what you mean to me; we connect on some level and I cherish your friendship, so thank you so much my friend.

      hugs, love and peace to you always,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, you are too funny! Anyone who knows you knows you don't think it is all about you. LOL

      Thank you so much; I'm just giving back to those who gave freely to me. I guess once a teacher always a teacher.

      You are appreciated, and I look forward to watching us both grow into great writers in the future.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      You deserve it! You are a wonderful writer. One of my favorites, and I am very happy for you=)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Bill - You have no idea how tempted I was just to leave this short comment....Great hub. Just more of my twisted humor.

      We fared far better than most. We had some rain and wind damage and lost power for many hours but drive down the road and the true damage of the community is apparent. People were still attempting to recover from the last storm (Irene) when Sandy hit, making their burden greater. My brother lost much of his construction equipment during Irene and was better prepared this time. He just called stating his Firehouse had a previously planned benefit dinner for Irene's victims and they are now including Sandy. Later today I will be retrieving items some local businesses are donating for the auction being held at the dinner. It's times like this when you know how great the people in your community are.

      Mom and I are blessed to have fared very well. Thanks so much for inquiring.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Congratulations, that is awesome!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, that is a gracious remark and I thank you for it. This is a community, and as such, we should all be helping each other. If I have done that for you then I am a very happy writer. Take care my friend, and best wishes to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, you are my dearest friend on HP, and have been as loyal as anyone....my gratitude for you knows no limits, and the words "thank you" do not seem adequate. I appreciate you greatly and I am so happy that we are friends.

      Peace and happiness to you, today and always.

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, thank you my new friend, and thank you for the following. I love to write; I guess it shows. :) May you find as much happiness as I have found on HubPages!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I remember first starting, and someone wrote a hub about reaching 100,000 views, and I thought they were making it up. It didn't seem possible. Turns out it is. :)

      Thank you my loyal follower.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michele, you are incredibly kind and I greatly appreciate you. Thank you, as always, for being who you are.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beckie, I am always in awe of how a community comes together after a tragedy. All we ever hear about are the horrors of mankind, but rarely do we hear of the little people banding together to help each other.

      I am grateful that you and your mother are alright; that is a blessing for sure, and I am one happy friend to hear it.

      Thank you for letting me know my dear!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stephanie, I'm not much for numbers and accolades, but in writing this I hope some will see what is possible if you just keep working at your craft. Thank you!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Congratulations Billy... You deserve the recognition. On top of that you show a lot of support to all the writers here on hubpages. Your articles are useful and you always have something to teach us about life through your wisdom and experience. Your videos are awesome! Doc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you are so kind, and I really mean that. You are supportive and positive and I love having you as a virtual friend. :) Thank you so much for your kindness!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... what an awesome Hub you have put together and shared with us. Well done and well deserved stats.

      Proud of the accomplishments you have had...

      Hugs fro Canada

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, thank you so much! I try to steer away from pride whenever possible, but I am very grateful for the following I have and the wonderful people I have met.....

      including you!

      Thank you my friend!

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      Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

      I sit and smile while reading this wonderful hub you have written. I smile at your abilities, which are vast; I smile at your humble nature, for you haven't an arrogant, self-centered bone in your body; and I smile at the love, the oh so obvious love shown you by these comments. Would you ever have thought this could happen? But you should have known, for you are an exceptional person, one who many of us look forward to visiting with and reading about. I commend you for walking this road, for in doing so you have made it an enjoyable path for those of use who follow in your footsteps. You encourage, you welcome, you offer insight, and most of all: you offer acceptance. That may be the one thing that a great deal of us lack, and from you, it is effortless, and it is heartfelt. And for this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Well done, my friend. Well done.

      In response to a comment of mine once, you said we should meet sometime. I would be honored to meet you and Bev sometime, should we ever have that opportunity. Tina and I look forward to making this a reality at some point.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am impressed even if that wasn't the intent. I have been inspired and learned so much from you and look forward to your article thanking people for a million views.Thanks to our generator I can read more of your articles that I might have missed and forget all about the hurrucane. You have so much wisdom to offer and I'm grateful that you take the time to share it. Congrats!!

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. The comments that you receive are the comments that you deserve. You do indeed wear your heart on your sleeve. Your readers know that you try your best to help others in every way. Especially those who are going through the hell from which you were able to break free. Carry on leading from the front Bill.

      Graham.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congrats for on your 100,000 Views. You deserve it.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Congratulations! You have progressed along very quickly and have obviously worked hard. There aren't many days you haven't published a good hub and it has paid off for you. The decision you made was a good one for you quite obviously!

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      great job

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      Leni Sands 4 years ago from UK

      Well done Billy, you deserve such roaring success. Voted up awesome and interesting - there really should be an 'inspiring' button as well. Keep up the good work.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr. Archer...what the heck is you first name? You may have told me once but I'll be darned if I remember it.

      I'm going to hire you as my publicist after this beautiful comment. Thank you my friend; I am a different person than I once was, and I am grateful for your kind words. It means my hard work has paid off.

      Bev and I will be very happy when that day arrives and we can all sit down as friends.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Healthylife, thank you, and I am happy that you made it through the storm unharmed. If I have inspired you then I am one grateful writer, for that was my intent. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, this seems to be my calling. After years of teaching I have found a new way to teach and inform, and I am so grateful that I have been received so warmly. Thank you my friend and blessings to you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you moonlake; I am most grateful for the 23,000 comments; that's where the human connection happens.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Congratulations on your achievements Bill. You have worked hard my goodness 285 hubs in ten months. Wow you must have lived on your computer. I enjoy your humor and your stories of frugal living as it matches my frugal living ways. Thanks for your wit and helpful comments that you always took the time to write.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I love it here....can you tell? LOL Thank you kind lady; it is always a pleasure having you stop by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris....no...thank you! If I ever make it to Hawaii I hope you and I can sit down as friends and enjoy each other's company.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leni, thank you so much! I would be nowhere if it were not for people like you who have given me support and encouragement through your comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Suzzy! I hope you are receiving the same gifts I have received from HubPages! This has been a great ride so far. :)

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Absolutely, Bill! In fact, I will make it a point to kick back on the beach this week in your honor. =)

      Congratulations on passing yet another accolade milestone here on HP. You work hard at this, and I have no doubt that your success is assured if you simply stay the course.

      Keep writing. Keep publishing. Keep building relationships. Keep branching out.

      Aloha buddy!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Hi Bill, your numbers are huge! But, for some reason I am not surprised that so many people have read and commented. You write so well and about things we want to read. I kind of feel like you are a part of my life. Through your writing it "feels" like I have met you. I can affirm that you do answer each and every comment and so it feels like a real conversation. Congratulations on 100,000 views. It is quite an accomplishment for a writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene! That's what is so cool about it...it feels like I have met many of my followers. I just find that remarkable. I met a Hubber about a month ago...in person...and it was like we had known each other forever. There was no awkwardness, just two friends casually meeting for coffee. Isn't that amazing?

      Anyway, maybe one day you and I can enjoy that cup of coffee and speak as old friends in person. In the meantime, thank you so much for your kindness and support.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Chris, that is so kind of you, to kick back on the beach in my honor! LOL What a guy you are!

      Thanks for the advice and I will follow it for sure!

      Aloha my friend!

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      krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

      Dear billybuc, I was going to post "great job" but....didn't want to disappoint :) Congratulations! How fantastic for you to be receiving this accolade as it is much deserved. You are a great part of Hub Pages and an inspiration to the entire community. Keep up the good work and may your keyboard never lose the "B" key! -K

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      krsharp, that was a great closing line! LOL Thank you my friend; I'm just doing what a writer does....write...and making a ton of friends along the way. :)

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, congratulations! Over 100,000 views in less than a year is extremely impressive and the 23,000 comments is immeasurable. I have to admit, I'm a little intimidated that my response won't be in-depth enough! But I really did just want to say that you are a very supportive hubber, great writer, and an inspiration to all of us here on HP. And you you really do get what you give, so that is your key to success and why you are experiencing such a phenomenal response from others. Again, congrats and well-deserved!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      mpropp, I greatly appreciate any comment I get, so thank you so much! I have worked hard, and the reward has been meeting such talented writers and good people like you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love Hubpages too. I often wonder what I did before joining this community of writers. Congratulations on your success. I love reading your articles, they inspire me in many ways. Thank you again..

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, thank you, and if I inspire then I am one happy writer. You are a pleasure to know.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Bill - you are amazingly impressive! When i grow up i want to be just like YOU! lol..

      (i kinda mean it...haha)

      When i started on hub - i had 13 friends on facebook! Private does not begin to describe me - loner is closer to the truth..

      i've been here 9 months now and feel as if i grow every single day, but, my 'views' are well under the 50,000 mark still..

      they improve everyday tho - and that's all that counts for me - that people enjoy enough to come back - and maybe bring someone else along..lol..

      my respect and heartfelt congratulations my friend - and here's to the next 100,000!

      It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      You are truly a superstar among stars, Bill. There are so many good writers here at Hubpages, but your numbers are incredible, as is the passion that does show through every hub you write. I agree that it couldn't happen to a nicer guy, but I also see that your superstar status is the result of some very hard work. You are a real asset to this community.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great hub, Billy. I love those numbers! Congratulations and the photo is sweet. Rated up/Awesome!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome Bill, and so happy for your accomplishments! You are right that number of comments is so important. You have been a writer (officially) longer than I and I look up to you on so many levels. Your compassion alone makes you a wonderful person. Take care xx

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      These numbers serve to show that you are respected, well liked and a huge influence on so many people Bill. The care you have for humanity, for bev, for yourself is evident in every piece you write and people will always be attracted to your style.

      Mark

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I am so impressed with your genuine kindness. I am both proud and in awe of the balance with which you live and write, as the two are interwoven. You show such support and appreciation to others, as you work to inspire us with your life philosophy.

      Congratulations on this beautiful achievement. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, you would have those numbers too if you didn't keep getting banned. LMAO! I'm just a little bit more politically correct than you! :) Seriously, I respect you....I hope you know that....and your respect means a great deal to me. Thank you my friend....my friend!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Connie, thank you sincerely! I'm not sure how comfortable I am with the superstar label. :) I'm just trying to do my part to encourage others and inspire when I can. I greatly appreciate your comment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, thank you so much! I love the friendships I have gained because of my writing. I am a blessed man!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, thank you dear lady! What a smile! If I ever get the kinds of numbers you get on your hubs I'll know I have arrived at HP. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark my friend, thank you so much! You know, when I started, I was told that I would have a hard time on HP because of my writing style. LOL If this is a hard time I'll take more of it. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, talk about kindness! You personify kindness my friend, and I know I am in a crowd when I say I appreciate who you are. Thank you!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats on the 1,00,000 views & 23,000 comments! You have an unique gift of engaging readers in your genuinely-written hubs. I considered myself fortunate to be the part of your massive fan-following. Believe it or not, right from the beginning when I commented on one of your hubs and later your letter to your mother hub, I knew that you would scale great heights and here you are at the height of success! Wishing you more accolades on HubPages! Way to go

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Well done Billy...Good on ya mate!! You are an inspiration to those of us who are passionate about writing and aspire to be considered writers, to keep going and press on...enjoy your day and the recognition that this milestone deserves...cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carter, thank you my friend from Down Under! It feels good to hit one of my goals; now I'll have to set another. As for the comments, I would have never dared set that as a goal. I am very lucky and grateful!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ishwaryaa, that is very kind of you my friend, and I thank you! The letter to my mother was the first hub written in my true writer's voice. I am happy that you saw something special in that one because it felt special to me as well. :)

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      That is super exciting Billy! Wow, and congratulations! What a wonderful goal to achieve. Call me impressed!

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello you certainly know who to get a comment stream hopping. I know one thing, everywhere I go on hubpages you have all ready been there. That surely adds to your popularity. I see so many names that I know singing your praise here. Congratulation on the numbers and you successful transition, to writer.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I consider myself pretty darn lucky!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mckbirdbks, thanks a lot! I find HubPages a fascinating place to be; so many good writers with such great stories....I'm looking forward to the next ten months for sure.

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      LupitaRonquillo 4 years ago

      Congrats to something well deserved! Becoming a writer isn't as easy as it sounds to most! It really is work and can only be made easier when the passion is there. :)

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      You're awesome. Don't ever change.

      (I know, you won't)

      Love,

      What's-her-name

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations, you are a well liked person who writes about things people like to read.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Billy,

      I cannot say that I am surprised by the numbers that you share. You tap into that which is significant and heartfelt. That is why I keep reading for the most part. But as you said, you comment insightfully on other's work. With as many comments as you receive it is hard to imagine how you have time to comment on all of them. Just goes to show you why you have achieved success I can only wish more for you, my Friend, ps

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      It is very difficult when one comes late to one of your hubs....there is a myriad of comments and they've said ALMOST all there is to say....WE are fortunate that you walked out on that principal and decided to write. You are our conscience, our Jiminy Cricket and at the same time you entertain us (your Google hubs are hilarious), you provide us with useful information on living simply....YOU are the reason you have over 100,000 views! Your followers have formed a group that has a life of its own and you know they'll follow you anywhere! Job very well done dear Bill and we all look forward to many more hubs, with many more comments, and many more reads! Love to Bev.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Billy, it is guys like you, (not forgetting the girls) who make HP the wonderful experience it is. You encourage, you explore, you support and above all you are an incredible good writer.

      Those 23000 comments to which you have responded to in kind, shows how generous you are and how much you are held in high esteem. However, you do not need me to tell you this. Billybuc, you know you rock. My best to you and Bev :))

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lupita no, it is not easy work; I am often amused by people who think it's just a matter of sitting down for a couple hours and writing the next great novel. Like anything of value, it takes time and effort.....and a certain amount of talent. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, Liz, Liz.....maybe there are things I need to change???? You are a kick; thank you my dear.....I truly do appreciate you.

      your faithful friend,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, it turns out you are right....people do like to read my stuff....who would have ever guessed it? :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, there were times early on when I wondered if I had anything anyone would want to read; I am so grateful that I found my voice before I bored everyone to tears. :) Thank you so much; I cherish your friendship.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awwww, Mary, thank you so very much! I hope you know that I will follow you anywhere as well. I just try to be as real as I can be, and talk about everyday life. Turns out others want the same. :) Good guess on my part.

      I like being Jiminy Cricket! How cool!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, believe it or not, I have self-doubt just like everyone else. I think writers are at times insecure, and I need reinforcement and affirmation like anyone else. I am so lucky to be here on HP and find the friends that I have found....you included. Thank you!

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      LOL..you're right, Bill - my 'following' increases AND decreases - depending on what i write! Politics and sex can be a bitch, eh? And - so can I!!

      love yaxx

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Leslie, it does, indeed, make a difference what you write about; the only hub I have had banned mentioned moaning during sex....go figure! It's okay, it was worth it to write it and have it out and about for two days. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Bill,

      Two years and 100k views that's fantastic. Thanks for always making me see the bright part of the world through your writings.

      Cheers

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, I would be grateful if this happened in two years, but I've only been on HubPages for ten months....that makes me stunned, and very happy. :) Thank you my friend!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You, and other people like you, make this a strong and worthwhile community. I have already met some of your followers, and they are as wonderful as you. Thanks for being a part of my life!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are very welcome! Thank you so much; I have learned much from you in a short time, and I like your style my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      CONGRATULATIONS DEAR BILL!!!

      I am so late to the party. I am sorry dear one, as I have been off lost somewhere out there in HP land the past few days.

      I am not one bit surprised at all. And I know it will not be too long before the next 100,000 views no doubt in my mind.

      Party time!!! I know Bev gave you one big smooch on the lips for this great news.

      I saw that our friend, Joseph, Lord De Cross, also has over 100,000 views as well. You are both such awesome people and hubbers no doubt!

      In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, you never have to apologize to me; you are as loyal a follower as I have, and I will always be grateful for your loyalty and your friendship. I am blown away by the number of people who read my stuff; I would have never guessed it, and I was told that my kind of writing would not do well on HubPages. Well, I guess we proved that person wrong now didn't we? LOL

      Thank you Faith, and may happiness be with you always.

      bill

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Congrats! Billy! Time was no wasted and the proof is out there. Glad to have you with us! I can hardly add more, because so many have said it all. Keep it up Billy!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joseph, I will indeed, and it is good to have you with us healthy and safe. I hope you didn't suffer any damage my friend. Thank you!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 4 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, congrats on the success. Bill, your a great writer and too have that many comments and views, quite amazing my friend. I believe many readers can connect with you and you always reflect great wisdom in each article. I am sure this is only the beginning for you and I am sure that you will reach big things in the near future Bill. From the heart my friend. Voted up, useful, awesome, and shared.

      Lyrics

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ricky, it's been a great ride so far, and I am the most grateful Hubber on the site. Thank you so much; here's to many more successful hubs for both of us!

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      Gail Sobotkin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Billy,

      Congrats on those amazing statistics, the most awesome one being the fact that you have responded to each and every comment that readers have left you.

      I can attest to the fact that your responses are always thoughtful and I believe that most of your followers enjoy reading the comments sections of your hubs as much as the hub itself! I know I certainly do.

      May your future be filled with even more success in your writing career and a best selling book.

      Hub Hugs,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail, to say I appreciate you would be a huge understatement. Thank you so much for believing me, for buying the book, and for being a constant supporter. Most of all, though, thank you for being my friend.

      bill

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill, I guess I'm late to the party. I see all the cake and ice cream is long gone. Oh well, at least I can wish you a hearty "Congratulations" on hitting the 100K mark! Great achievement, my friend! Here's to the next 100K! Oh, you're out of punch, too? Damn, I am late! Great Job!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I tried to save you some, but Midget came in and ate everything that I was saving for you. You know how those girls from Singapore can eat! :)

      Thanks buddy; without my followers I'm just a lonely kid typing in the closet of life.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Another round of applause in appreciation of how much you have made this community a great place. Congratulations, Bill. Looking forward to the next milestone with you. God bless you and sweet Bev.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Congratulations and much deserved. Your writing is an inspiration as well as your comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Dianna, thank you! I am very grateful for this community and I can't imagine not writing for HubPages.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I'm just trying to keep up with so many gifted writers. You are greatly appreciated my friend, and I hope you are having a great day.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Congratulations Billy! I am a huge fan of your thought provoking and skillful hubs. Even though you have reached an awesome milestone, I can't say that I am surprised. In fact, I expect you have so much more to share with us. You summed it up perfectly: write with passion from your heart and you will be successful! Enjoy your day my friend. Pearl

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, thank you so much! In truth, I never expected this kind of acceptance. I had serious doubts about my writing ability when I started out. Glad I stuck with it. :)

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      Lisa McKnight 4 years ago from London

      Billy I'm so glad you are on Hubpages. I went quiet for a bit as I had some offline work, but as soon as I started publishing again you commented on something and I thought - wow! You are the kind of person who makes this such a great place to write. THANK YOU!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eliza, I'm just trying to give back to a community that accepted me with open arms. Welcome back and thank you for the kind words.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      And thank you for continuing to write! Congrats on such an incredible readership!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pickles, I'm having a blast writing. For sure I will keep on keeping it on. :) Thank you!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations!! You stormed on to the scene and have been kicking butt ever sense. You have had some major successes here and every one of them is deserved. I will cheer you on to a million. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tammy, it did't feel like I was storming on anything those first few weeks; it's been a fun ride and I appreciate you more than you know. Thank you for being such a good friend and supporter.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is really wonderful. Over 23,000 comments! I have half that maybe. It attests to your attention and dedication to other writers. You're an inspiration to many. And don't worry about the 1500 words. I may have one that meets that. LOL. You say what you say in the number of words you need to say it. And you do it wonderfully. :-)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi William,

      I feel humble to read this hub, you did it and i know many success days are on their way towards you. You are hardworking and you surely deserve it . Congrats!! Voted up and useful.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hard work pays off and with determination you can do anything you want to thanks for sharing your experience

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      Christabel Evans 4 years ago from England, UK

      Great experience. Nice having someone like you on HubPages. Congratulations billybuc!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, I have always felt a good bond with you; something just clicked early on, and I've been rooting for you ever since. Thank you for your support all these months. You are appreciated!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      dwachira, thank you my friend! I have worked hard, and I have been followed by some very good and loyal people. I greatly appreciate you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DDE, I do believe that hard work pays off; not always, but most of the time for sure. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you Bizwin, and it is nice having you on HubPages as well.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Congratulations, Bill, on well earned and well deserved numbers like that! Your writings touch our hearts and souls. That is why so many long comments are left. Your writing resonates with us and we can relate to your struggles, your growth, your happiness, and yes, your serenity. I think many here on HP envy you as you have found the true answer to life and what it is all about. You and Bev have found your corner of the world and are thriving and flourishing, not in material things, but in nature and the earth, family, each other -- it is truly beautiful to see. Thank you for joining the HP community and taking such a pro-active, positive, and caring attitude here and in your writings. Most enjoyable!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, keep that up and I'll be swelling with pride and crying tears of appreciation. :) I am truly grateful for HP and the wonderful people I have met. I love the friendships and the sharing....it is a great place and I am honored to be a member.

      I think I'm just so happy that Bev and I have figured it out, that I want to share it with everyone so they can be happy too. :)

      Anyway, I greatly appreciate you and I wish you a very happy and serene weekend. :)

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      TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

      Billy; I joined HP right around the same time that you did, but you clearly have had much greater success than I have had...and you deserve it. You've written and published three times the articles I've written and published, and I know you spend a lot of time reading the works of your followers, marketing your work, etc. You are living proof that hard work pays off...I don't do anything other than respond to each and every comment, but I'm not writing for a living. I'm just writing! Keep up the great work and thanks for everything you have done for me and all of us here at HP.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Time, that was kind of you and thank you! The funny thing about it is, that I just write to write. My writing voice, and my openness about my life, appeal to people, and I have been blown away by the acceptance and support I have received. I still don't make much money at this, but I'm having a blast doing it. :)

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Congratulations, Billy. It's taken you only ten months to achieve what's taken me over two years. Those are very encouraging numbers to all hubbers. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Aurelio! I have a pretty loyal group of followers and that is very gratifying.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      When I joined Hubpages, I thought, "wow, can I really just publish what I want and make a little extra money online?" What I didn't realize is what you have expressed above. The money isn't great or important, as the community and support for our writing is the real reward. I am so happy I found Hubpages, and I congratulate you on your contined success. Your writing is an inspiration, and I always know that I can go to your hubs and read when I need to be uplifted. Thanks for what you do.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donna, it is my pleasure my friend! I love this site; I love the freedom it gives me to write the way I want, but most of all I love the people. This is a wonderful community! I appreciate you greatly.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Bill.. Glad you are here :) It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have met you here on HubPages and your hubs are always such a treat. A while back when I noticed you had over a thousand followers, it really didn't surprise me. You have a way of writing that inspires people and gives that good feeling right in the gut. It does for me and I'm sure it does for every one of us. So glad you are here.... please never quit writing :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, it's meeting people like you that makes HP such a treat for me. I'll never get rich from writing, not in terms of money, but I consider myself a rich man because of the friends I have met on HP. Thank you for being such a good friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and congrats to you Bill. Yes, with figures like that you can say you've arrived. You have a great way of expressing things and your hubs always have something of interest and of course your videos can't be beat. I often wonder if I could ever reach a level like that. You know what it is I have this gift of poetry from my dad and I think that that will be my niche. Unfortunately it won't gain me too much fame and eventually fortune but I am considering an e-book because I have poetry stored up from postings on other sights. I do know that everyone gathers around your hubs and of course I can understand that because your hubs are 100% genuine. However when I stray off the beaten path and write something other than a poem I hardly get a comment. Must be doing something wrong here so I guess I'll just keep trying and admiring writers like you. Passing this on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gypsy! I don't know what it is about my writing that gathers such a following, but I am grateful for it. As for poetry, I think it's a tough sell on a site like this. I love the poetry that you write, and I always think you should write what you enjoy writing and what moves you. A following will come in time because your content is excellent; I just think it takes longer with poetry for whatever reason.

      Anyway, I greatly appreciate you!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Congratulations Billy on an awesome accomplishment. I knew when you first joined HP and I began to read your hubs that you were going to go far and fast. Your statistics for the time you have been on HP are astonishing and extremely well deserved. The topics that you choose to write about and the finesse in your writing are top notch and very engaging. And I have always appreciated the way you share your experiences and wisdom. Best wishes to you for continued success!

      Sharyn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharyn, if you knew that shortly after I started then you knew more than I did. I was floundering those first few weeks and could not envision have 1000 views, let alone the wonderful outpouring of acceptance that I have received. Thank you so much; I have respected you from afar for quite some time now, and I look forward to many more shared moments with you.

      bill

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      100,000 views?! Holy Mackeral, Bill HP needs to put you on the payroll! Ha ha. Well, not really ha ha - they should!

      You have been an inspiration to me and a friend like I've never had. You always take time for me on a personal level. You write from the heart and you love from the heart. For that, you are ever-endeared in my soul.

      Congratulations, my friend!

      Lots O Love,

      Sha

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, shucks, Sha, I'm going to get teary-eyed if you keep it up. :) I wouldn't have half that many views if it were not for some great Hubbers who took the time to help me early on. Now I help others. With you, however, I hang with the winners, and you, my dear, are a winner! You can take that to the bank!

      love,

      bill

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      David Warren 4 years ago from Nevada

      Congratulations! I am dumbfounded that I hadn't discovered you sooner here on Hub Pages. I have a lot of reading to catch up with now that I will be following you. You seem to be doing everything here that I have only dreamed about. I admire your dedication and determination, write on.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      David, I just seem to have the right voice at the right time. I like to call myself the flavor of the month. :) Thank you so much!

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      I'm glad you're blown away by these numbers, but it seems only natural to me that a writer like you would achieve such success and more is yet to come :) So cool, congratulations!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, look at you, hovering around my site seemingly all afternoon. My friend, I suffer from the same self-doubts that all writers suffer from. I never think my work is good enough; I always think I should have done more. So when I see these numbers, and read the heartfelt comments.....I just shake my head and am so grateful. I may never achieve fame, but I have received so much from my friends on HubPages.

      Thank you dear friend!

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      Highland Terrier 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well what can I say? The first hub impressed me no end, so I became a follower and I was loath to comment , because anything I said would

      simply be a repeat of all the comments already made.

      So I voted up etc, etc, etc,

      This is also well said.

      Your video was awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Highland, I am truly humbled by your words, and oh so grateful for them. Thank you! I have been blessed on HubPages and it is because of people like you. Thank you my friend.

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