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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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      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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      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 5 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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      Jasmine 5 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 5 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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      David Warren 5 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 5 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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      Shauna L Bowling 5 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 5 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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      Sharon Smith 5 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 5 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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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 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 5 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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      Jamie Brock 5 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 5 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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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 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 5 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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      alocsin 5 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 5 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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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      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 5 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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      Suzette Walker 5 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 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

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

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      Devika Primić 5 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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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Tammy 5 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 5 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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      picklesandrufus 5 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 5 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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      Lisa McKnight 5 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 5 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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      Connie Smith 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

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

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      Dianna Mendez 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Rich 5 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 5 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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      Gail Sobotkin 5 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 5 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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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 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 5 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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      Joseph De Cross 5 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 5 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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      Faith Reaper 5 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 5 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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      Deb Hirt 5 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 5 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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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 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 5 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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      Karen Silverman 5 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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 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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      Mary Craig 5 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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      Patricia Scott 5 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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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

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

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      Liz Davis 5 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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      LupitaRonquillo 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruby! I consider myself pretty darn lucky!

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      mckbirdbks 5 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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      Maree Michael Martin 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Mary 5 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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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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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      Maria Jordan 5 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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      Mark G Weller 5 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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      Christy Birmingham 5 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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      Denise Handlon 5 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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      Connie Smith 5 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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      Karen Silverman 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 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 5 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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      Melissa Propp 5 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 5 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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      Kristi Sharp 5 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

      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 5 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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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Marlene Bertrand 5 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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      chrisinhawaii 5 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!