The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #398

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  1. Pamela99 profile image89
    Pamela99posted 19 months ago

    Take the time to read one Bill's Mailbag. They are coming to an end, nd they will be missed by so many of us. … llment-398

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Pamela. I appreciate your kindness.

    2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Great mailbag, Bill. I have read it on Facebook. Reminded me of my earlier days of HubPages—Such beautiful memories.
      Thank you for Pamela,  sharing this in the forum.

      1. billybuc profile image88
        billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you once again Chitrangada Sharan!

  2. Pamela99 profile image89
    Pamela99posted 19 months ago

    I feel the same way you do about the loss od our comments. I have been on Hubpages foe about 12 years, but I have thought about leaving due to the loss of comments. I did find you Mailbag interesting, as always Bill.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you again, Pamela. You are a constant on HP who people can rely upon week in and week out. I hope everyone appreciates you as much as I do.

  3. Carb Diva profile image94
    Carb Divaposted 19 months ago

    Pamela, you beat me to it this time. Thank you for sharing Bill's post with all of us. Only two more. Bill speaks from the heart, he speaks of HP and the importance not only of writing, but of our support of each other as writers.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Linda, thank you as always. I hope HP changes for the better for those of you who are staying with them.  You all deserve the best that this community can give to you, and I believe that means the freedom to comment at all times.

  4. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 19 months ago

    I enjoyed this mailbag and the bit of nostalgia looking back. It is sad about the removal of comments because that was what brought most of us together like an online family, but life goes on and we still find ways to connect. Anxious to check out your new website and follow your adventures, Bill.
    Thank you for sharing, Pamela.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thanks a lot, John! I feel the same way. It is still possible to connect with one another, if that is indeed important to people. I guess we will find out how important it is very soon, eh?  Have a great week!

  5. vidsagster profile image87
    vidsagsterposted 19 months ago

    Hi Bill, very enlightening Mailbag this Monday too. Interesting questions and answers like always. Lack of comments on Hubpages is quite demotivating and we all miss it. Congratulations on the literary output. Hubpages must be proud to have you. We look forward to reading Holland Unchained. I appreciate your passion for writing. You are a truly a great source of inspiration.for us. Have a great day and week ahead, stay blessed.

    1. Misbah786 profile image87
      Misbah786posted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Dear Mr. Bill. A very Happy Monday to you. I am so sad that we’ll be putting this series to bed. I sometimes feel so unlucky that I wonder why I didn't join HP a few years ago; I would have learned so much more from you then. Sir, you've always been a great friend and supporter, and I've learned a lot from reading your mailbags.

      By the way loved that HOLLAND UNCHAINED it sounds so cool cool

      I especially enjoyed the question about 'Negative Comments' and your answers to all the questions are as always superb and full of wisdom. Thank you so much for sharing knowledge, Sir. God bless you and your family.

      Thanks Pamela for creating this forum discussion. smile

      Blessings to both of you!!!

      1. surovi99 profile image84
        surovi99posted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Bill, for another interesting mailbag. The series is fast coming to an end with only 2 more to go. It was nice reading your mailbags so far but now you have other adventures in mind. I wish you every luck and success in them. Happy Monday and a great start to the week.

        1. billybuc profile image88
          billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

          Thank you very much, my friend.  I have greatly enjoyed my time at HP, but I am also looking forward to new challenges ahead. Blessings to you always.

      2. billybuc profile image88
        billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

        Thank you Misbah!  No matter when you joined HP, recently or many years ago, you are and would be and always will be an outstanding member of our community.  HP is lucky to have people like you in this community. I hope they realize that.

        Blessings to you always, my friend!

    2. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you Vidya! I really don't know if the HP team is happy to have me or anyone. It is a business to them, pure and simple, and I do not believe our happiness is a concern for them.  It hurts to say that, because many of us have given a lot of time and effort to make this site succeed.

  6. MsDora profile image95
    MsDoraposted 19 months ago

    I can't helping reading without the thought that Bill is leaving. Whatever he says now seem like parting words but even then, he is teaching by his approach to the HP problem. We're going to miss him tremendously.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you Dora!  It's been a wonderful voyage with all of you, and I will always have great memories of our time together on this site.

  7. bdegiulio profile image97
    bdegiulioposted 19 months ago

    Going to miss the mailbag but looking forward to your new website and traveling adventures.  The commenting feature not only allowed us as HP members to connect with one another but it allowed non-members who read our articles to interact with us.  To me that’s a big loss.  Have a great week, Bill.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      It is a huge loss, Bill, but management doesn't see it that way, and it's their site.  Those are the facts, my friend. I don't have to like them, but I also don't have to play by those rules.  Have a great week, buddy, and thank you.

  8. Venkatachari M profile image80
    Venkatachari Mposted 19 months ago

    Bill, my elder brother, I couldn't believe that you are going to stop the mailbag. But, when I went through your 398 mailbag post, and all these above comments, I have to digest this bitter fact. I hope I can keep meeting you at your new site from March onwards. Please let me know the URL link for that new site.

    I do feel frustrated about this inability to comment whenever I find some time to read the articles here.

    Wishing you Good Luck in your new errands.

    1. billybuc profile image88
      billybucposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Venkatachari M, thank you Sir!  It is a bitter fact. I always thought I would be with HP until the end of my writing days. I love this community of writers, but HP has taken away the one thing which made HP a wonderful place, and I can't abide by that.  No worries, my friend. I will see you down the road on Facebook and on our new website.

  9. RozlinMohsin profile image60
    RozlinMohsinposted 19 months ago

    Enjoyed reading your mailbag, Mr. Bill. Sorry to hear that they will be ending soon.

  10. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 19 months ago

    Thanks Pamela for sharing one of the last HP posts by Bill.  It is like the end of an era!  At least we will have his new website to follow and learn about his new adventures.  Wishing Bill and Bev some great adventures ahead!
    Yes, the loss of comments is huge for many of us.  Because of comments from outside the HP community, some historic WWI letters are now in a Texas museum because of that request. 

    Photos from WWI are now in England due to a request after reading about my grandfather's part in that war. 

    I learned from a Canadian journalist who read my article about a boat ride and return trip by a steam engine train from Squamish that the boats can no longer dock there due to the bay being obstructed by silt.  She interviewed me by telephone and wrote an article about it in their local paper.

    Those are just some examples of many.  I still wish that comments would be reinstalled, but I fear that will not be the case.  It is a shame!


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