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My First 6 Months on HubPages

It’s been just about six months now since I took that plunge into the world of HubPages. I must say it’s been a great ride so far. Not only have I learned so much about this whole on-line writing world, but it has brought back some great memories of events and trips from days gone by as I compose Hubs and search for old photos.

I’ve also met some amazingly talented writers here who have been kind enough and patient enough to share their knowledge so that others can learn and prosper. One of the most amazing parts of this whole experience for me so far has been the fact that I can share and communicate with writers from all over the world. One day I’m taking a tour of a park in Ireland and the next day I’m discussing a marathon taking place in South Africa. How great is that?

Going Back to School

It’s amazing the amount of knowledge that you slowly gain by being a member of this community. Every day I learn something new and the sum total of all this knowledge is easily the equivalent of taking a course in on-line publishing. And the beauty of this is that it just goes on and on, there really is no end to the learning process. Every time I think I’m ahead of the game and know enough to be dangerous I read a new hub and learn something new.

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What's the Rush? Write Quality Over Quantity

When I first signed on to HubPages, and pretty much during my first month or so, I was definitely in a rush to get as many Hubs published as possible. Today, I look back at some of those Hubs and I think to myself, “What was I doing?” The difference in the quality of my Hubs from those first few weeks to now is amazing to me. So now I have started the task of going back and bringing these older Hubs up to par.

I have definitely settled into a “look” for my Hubs that I am comfortable with and seems to be working for me. I have gotten away from the mega picture slide show look to my hubs with dozens of photos. While I love incorporating pictures into my Hubs I started thinking of that saying, "too much of a good thing". Now I try to pick the best photos and place them appropriately within the Hub.

Learn to Share

I’ve learned quite a few things over the past six months about sharing and promoting our work. I am now able to insert backlinks into my Hubs with ease and can certainly see the benefit to this. I am now posting my Hubs to Pinterest, FB, Twitter, Google+, Stumbleupon, and just recently to Delicious. While some of these seem to generate traffic, others don’t, so I think I need to re-evaluate the benefit of this and maybe pick and choose where I am posting to. I have tried to become more active on these sites so that I'm not considered spam and I continue to make some progress with this.

I am also now very conscious of sharing other Hubs that I find interesting and useful. I would want others to do this for me so I have made it a point to comment and share other Hubs that I find interesting as often as I can.

Stats

Now on to the statistics. After my second month here on HubPages I set some goals. I thought I would be making good progress if after six months I managed to get fifty Hubs published to go along with 12,000 views. I also thought that I could possibly reach the $50 payout threshold by the end of my sixth month. I am pleased to report that I managed to meet each of these goals. At the time that I set these I thought they would be a challenge but I seem to have failed to realize the addiction that HubPages has over me.

6 Months to my First Payout

Followers: 220

2012Hubs PublishedEarningsImpressionsViews

Feb

12

$1.84

259

 

March

17

$6.05

880

 

April

14

$11.51

1591

 

May

10

$11.20

1808

 

June

9

$13.38

1862

 

July

8

$19.31

2814

 

TOTAL

70

$63.29

9214

15,168

I must say that I shared the same excitement over reaching the payout threshold as I did back on February 14th when I earned my first two cents. It’s certainly not because $50 is a large sum of money, it’s more to do with the fact that I can see the progress here and I know the ultimate potential of HubPages.

The thing that strikes me from the table above is that even though the number of Hubs that I'm publishing has gone down for the last five months my earnings have slowly increased. How great is that? I knew when I started this that it would be tough to publish a lot of Hubs over the summer months due to travel, family events, yard work, etc. I hope to reverse the trend over the winter when things calm down a little. I have a long list of Hubs that I want to write and publish so I will have plenty of material when my schedule permits.

From Humble Beginnings!

From humble beginnings.

From humble beginnings.

What does the Future Hold?

I most likely won’t publish another status until I get to my one year anniversary. I have no idea where I’ll be with this come next February so I’m not going to set any targets or goals other than to say that I hope to still be as active and excited over HubPages as I am now. I am still looking at this as a possible retirement supplement down the road and if it all works out hopefully in five to ten years I can be earning enough to consider this a steady income stream. Maybe HubPages can be my vacation fund in retirement? To say that this could change my entire outlook on retirement is an understatement. I really think that this has the potential to be another leg to retirement to go along with the other more mainstream income sources such as social security, pension, 401K, etc. I'll give it my best effort but I guess only time will tell. Either way, I hope to continue to be an active member of this community as it's great fun and I look forward to reading and hearing from all of the great people that make this enjoyable.

As far as any advice I can give to anyone just starting out here I really think there are other Hubbers much more qualified for that than myself. The best advice and the only advice that I can give anyone considering taking the plunge into HubPages is that is takes patience, persistence, and of course hard work. If you can manage these three things then I think you have the recipe to be successful on HubPages.

Other HubPages Hubs.

  • HubPages ~ 2 Month Update
    It been two months now since I made that leap of faith into the world of HubPages. Its been great fun and actually quite addicting. Here's my take on my first two months.
  • My First Month on HubPages by bdegiulio
    My first month has come and gone and I have to say that this Hubpages thing is very addicting. It is also a lot of fun and even though I've only been here one month I can see the potential of HubPages.

© 2012 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Fasan sola Joseph from Lake view estate on October 19, 2020:

Thanks for the interesting hub, I really enjoy it as a JJC but with your experience as an hubber please does impression vary for the views I see on my article.

Darin Waugh on December 17, 2019:

Great info! Thanks!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 29, 2017:

Hi KS, welcome to Hubpages. I’m coming up on my six year anniversary soon here at HubPages. My, how the time has flown by.

K S Lane from Melbourne, Australia on December 28, 2017:

As a new rubber, it was interesting to see how much you've progressed in only six months! Thanks for sharing.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on June 10, 2017:

Okay, Bill, thanks. I just found Billybuc's Mailbag Hubs and will check them out. One of the best things about HubPages is the help that Hubbers give to others! Love it! (Of course, I DO need to stop READING so much and start WRITING more! LOL)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 10, 2017:

It's in HubPages. Just search for Billybuc in HubPages and from his profile page you will see all of his Mailbag Hubs. He publishes a new edition every Monday. He has been doing this for almost three years now. It's very helpful and he gives honest answers to questions he receives every week.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on June 09, 2017:

Wow, Bill, I don't even know about Mailbag by Billybuc. How do I find it? I have enjoyed many of his posts, but is Mailbag in HubPages or somewhere else? I'd like to check that out.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on June 07, 2017:

Hi Janda. Check the weekly Mailbag published by Billybuc. He addressed your questions in this weeks edition. Very interesting.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on June 07, 2017:

Bill, do keep us posted as to what you discover about blogging and linking to HubPages. Some of this is a bit complicated. Hopefully someone on this thread will have experience and be able to help with first-hand info.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 31, 2017:

I wish I had answers for you. I am not proficient in the world of blogging so I have some homework to do before I jump in. I do know that they can be monitized but exactly how one does that I'm not sure. I can propose the question to Billybuc (Bill Holland) who I'm pretty sure will have the answers. Ideally I envisioned having a travel blog but not duplicating my HP's content there. I would write short articles that would lead into my HP articles with a link to take readers to say Wanderwisdom where they could read the entire article. To be honest I'm not sure if this concept would work so I will do my homework before blindly jumping in.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on May 31, 2017:

Thanks for your input. That's probably a good move, to start a travel blog. Though I'm not totally sure how a blog differs from what we're doing on HubPages. Can you shed light on that? Also how would you monetize that? Would you be competing with yourself?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 31, 2017:

Absolutely it's do-able. I am toying with the idea of starting a travel blog to use as a launching point. I probably should have done it years ago. If you have the time to do it all why not?

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on May 30, 2017:

Thanks, Bill, that's just what I wanted to know. Like you, I'd like to supplement my retirement income with what I can earn on Hubpages. Besides writing these travel articles on Hubpages, I'm writing some travel essays and submitting them to contests and anthologies. I'd like to continue to do both, using my website for a "landing space" for my "fans." Do you think all that's do-able?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 30, 2017:

Hi Janda. After over five years here I still check in daily and yes, I am still enthusiastic. I don't write as often as I once did but with a couple of trips planned for later this year I will certainly pick it up again. As far as an HP being a good investment of my time probably not as much as I had hoped. Things have progressed to the point where I make the payout every month but if I figured out how much I have made and how many hours I have spent writing then it's not so good. But, I have learned a lot in my five years here and there is no way to quantify that. I do love having a venue to chronicle my travels and I do look forward to continuing with this. If my views/earnings continue to improve over the next five years then I may indeed reach the point where HP will be a nice, little supplement to retirement income, and that is what I hoped for when I started. My advice, keep writing, you never know when one of your hubs will catch on and take off.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on May 30, 2017:

Bill, I had not realized how long you had been a hubber until I ran across this Hub, posted when you'd been on for 6 months. So now I'm curious--how has your progress been? Are you still enthusiastic or even addicted to Hubpages? Has writing for this site been a good investment in your time? Has it accomplished what you were hoping for? I'm working on a couple of hubs right now, but life keeps interfering. So I'd love some encouragement from you and your followers, if it's available!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 09, 2014:

Thank you Dwight. This hub sure seems like a long time ago. I am coming up on 3 years here soon and still Hubbing away. I really think I'll be doing this for the foreseeable future. I won't get rich but it's great fun and a great community.

Dwight Phoenix from Jamaica on December 09, 2014:

Wow it's interesting.........but i think in my first month here, this is the best hub I've ever read.

Maybe it's because it's just what i wanted to hear.

Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on November 10, 2014:

Hi! bdeguilio, you are an inspiration to other hubbers. You have lots of useful, awesome and interesting articles especially the travel ones. I love reading your hubs because I learn a lot from you and thanks.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 10, 2014:

Hi Thish. Welcome to HubPages. It can be addicting :). I am still here after over 2 and a half years and still enjoy posting hubs and interacting with members. You will find this to be a great community. Good luck, keep posting, and be patient as this takes time.

Ohla on October 07, 2014:

Hi,

I joined hubpages after being a stay home mom as to find some income. But i could not write a single article till 2 weeks back. for during this 2 week i wrote 5 hubs and i am also sort of addicted and i was feeling bad about over doing it. After reading your hub i felt I am normal and this is the life cycle of hubbers. This article is 2 years old.. So i hope you are doing great now. Thanks for inspiration. Looking forward to succeed in hub pages.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 12, 2013:

Hi Bonnie. I have not joined triberr yet. I usually post my hubs to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, Digg and Reddit. Will have to check out Triberr. Thanks for stopping by, HubPages really is a wonderful community.

Bonnie Sayers from Los Angeles on May 11, 2013:

I am considering starting to write but not yet sure so reading this area. Have you joined triberr to promote your articles?

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

Hi Mekenzie. Thank you for the visit, nice to meet you here also. It's been 15 months now since I discovered HP's and it's still a wonderful community. I really do enjoy writing here and the interaction with other members.

Thanks so much. Have a wonderful weekend.

Bill

Susan Ream from Michigan on May 10, 2013:

bde, Congrats on all you have learned here on the hubs. I have also found hubpages to be a great community and a growing experience as a writer and a student. :)

Nice to meet you .. keep going!

Blessings to you!

Mekenzie

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

Hi Tirralan. Thanks for stopping by. Just a heads up, they just did away with the RSS feed a few months ago. It's too bad as I was just getting the hang of it. Now you have to use the link capsule and place the links manually. Oh well. Thank you for the read, have a great weekend.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

Hi Kas. Thank You and welcome to HubPages. I'm still plugging away and optimistic that I'll be here for years to come. It's a great community and the financial rewards will come in time. You're off to a great start, keep it going. Many thanks for the visit, comment, vote, share, etc...

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on May 10, 2013:

Hey rajan. Absolutely! Patience, perseverance and hard work is the key to success here on HubPages. Thanks so much. Have a great weekend.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on May 09, 2013:

Great hub. These personal stories are always encouraging to me. You've done quite well so far. I will next read the hub on RSS feeds. Thank you.

Kas from Bartlett, Tennessee on May 09, 2013:

Very well done and an encouraging hub Bdegiulio! I'm thankful to see how hard it was for you and how you've overcome to do very well for yourself. It's encouraging to say the least. I completely understand the quality over quantity thing as well. I've tried my best to make sure I publish with as much quality as possible. I must say that you're a very good writer and I was enjoying the hub from start to finish. Great job and I'm voting you up and sharing!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 09, 2013:

Hi Bill, it is wonderful reading your first six months' experience here on hubpages. This hub would be useful to new hubbers in that it spells out the 3 most important things needed, to be kept in mind, to succeed in all online writing and these are - patience, perseverance and hard work.

Voted up, useful and shared.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 29, 2013:

Thanks Linda and welcome to HubPages.

Linda0011 on April 28, 2013:

thanx guys , for sharing ur experience. its really helpful specially for beginners.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on February 27, 2013:

Hi there My Moments. We all start from humble beginnings here on Hubpages. Give it time and you will see the potential. Good luck, you are off to a great start.

My Moments on February 27, 2013:

Nicely done! And congrats! I need to take a screen shot of my humble beginnings of $0.06 today and see where I end up in six months.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on February 25, 2013:

Hi Jools99. Over the last 6 months my traffic has been up, and then very down, but heading back up now. Hang in there, it seems that we are at the mercy of Google. You are correct, we can find pretty much anything right here on HP's, why Google?

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on February 25, 2013:

Very interesting read Bill. My traffic is in the crapper at the moment so I am feeling like not bothering lately to be honest but I just love writing and I've discovered that if I want to find something out, I don't bother Googling it any more; I just look of HP, it's usually here :o)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on January 27, 2013:

Hi Zsuzsi. Thanks for stopping by. You are off to a great start here so keep it going. It does take time but it really is a great community. I believe that they are doing away with the RSS feed feature soon so don't stress about that. Have a great day.

Zsuzsi from London on January 27, 2013:

I've only been on Hubpages for a short time and can already see that persistence and patience will be key to success. But if you want to achieve something it will take planning and time, right? RSS feed is still sort of blurry for me but hoping to get there soon. I enjoyed reading your hub and the insights you shared about your experience.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on December 18, 2012:

Thanks Torri. It certainly can be addicting. I've been at this for 10 months now and still have that addiction. Just remember that it takes time and patience for this to pay off. Best of luck.

torrilynn on December 17, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading your hub. I just recently joined a couple of months ago and have found very interesting hubs as well. I love reading and writing so hubpages has become very addictive to me. Voted up.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 03, 2012:

Hi Chantele. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck and here's hoping that you reach the payout this month. You're doing well, keep up the great work.

Chantele Cross-Jones from Cardiff on November 03, 2012:

Well fingers crossed I will be making the $50 target at the end of this month. I need to make $14 this month to hit it. Will have to put in a few seriously good posts I think, as my halloween ones are obviously seasonal and will dropped off now. But I think if I work hard I can make it. Hope your still doing well adn good luck!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 24, 2012:

Thanks Eddie, it is a great community and I thoroughly enjoy interacting with folks from all over the world. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. Bill

Eddie Carrara from New Hampshire on October 24, 2012:

I first started using Hubpages as a back linking tool for a website, then one day I wrote an automotive hub, I knew a problem people were having with their cars, and it was a global automotive problem. I found the same experience as you, I was communicating with people all over the world, and I found that more rewarding then making money or driving traffic to my site, not to mention the community here on Hubpages is awesome and very supportive. Now I make more money here on Hubpages than on my website :)

Happy Hubbing Bill, and keep up the great work.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on October 17, 2012:

Thanks Linda, I'm in it for the long haul. Appreciate your support very much.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 17, 2012:

WTG Bill with six months which is now about 8 months. Better late than never in saying kudos to you! Wishing you many, many more months of hubbing!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 19, 2012:

Hi Nick, thanks for stopping by to read and comment. And welcome to HubPages. Looks like you are off to a great start, keep it going.

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on August 19, 2012:

This is a very interesting hub. I have been here for almost two months so far. It's interesting to see how things may develop down the road!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 12, 2012:

Hi Renz. Thank you. It's been great fun so far and I hope it continues. Took a look at your profile and you are doing great so far, keep it going.

Renz Kristofer Cheng from Manila on August 12, 2012:

This hub is pretty much awesome and highly motivational!

And, I agree with you! Hubpages is a source of everyday knowledge from a very diverse range of topics.

I really enjoyed reading this hub! And I loved the way you set your goals and eventually reached them. That's awesome! :)

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 11, 2012:

Hi Melanie. Congrats to you also. You just went pass 6 months also. We do seem to be on a similar path. Who knows where it will take us. Just keep doing what you're doing and imagine where we'll be after 1 year, or 2 years.... Thank you for the continued support.

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on August 11, 2012:

Wow, has it been six months already? I started writing on HubPages at the end of Jan 2012, so I've been here about the same time, with a similar number of hubs and followers. Well done! Don't worry, I remember how excited I was when I earned my first cent, my husband thought I was going mad - jumping around for one little cent. Lol! What a journey it's been for you, congrats - and I look forward to reading many, many more of your travel and other articles :)

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 11, 2012:

Thank you! I look forward to hearing about your experiences in Italy!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 11, 2012:

Hi Debbie. The payout threshold is $50 and it is done through Paypal. If I understand the payout process correctly I should receive my first payout in late August.

Thank you for the congrats. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 11, 2012:

Thanks TT. 6 months has gone by quickly. I'm looking forward to the coming months and picking up the activity. W are going back to Italy in a few weeks so I'll have plenty of new topics. Thank you. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 11, 2012:

Thanks Cassy. It is rewarding to see the progress. Nothing beats that first few cent :)

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 11, 2012:

I'm fairly new here, so I have a question about the payout. How much does one have to have in earnings to receive a payout? Also, is this done through Paypal? I have a paypal account on file so just wondering how this works.

Congratulations on your 6 month mark and I look forward to learning much more from you in the future!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on August 11, 2012:

BD, congrats on your 6 months and continued success! You are doing outstanding both as a writer but as a hubber over all. It's been great reading your interesting trip hubs, I feel like I've seen the world through your writing! Looking forward to much, much more from you. :)

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on August 11, 2012:

Congrats on your 6 months and your first payout!!! I know I was super excited to get my first two cents and my first payout as well :) You are doing incredible! Keep up the great work!!!!!!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 10, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf. Thank you. It's been a great ride so far. Congratulations to you also as I see you recently had a 6 month anniversary also. Keep it going and let's see where we're at after 1 year.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 10, 2012:

Congratulations on reaching your goals and then some! HubPages is a wonderful venue for writers and those who have useful information to share. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 04, 2012:

Hi Johan. It is very addicting. I'm wondering how long it lasts? Hopefully for the foreseeable future. It certainly has been a learning experience. Keep it going and thanks for the visit and comment.

Johan Smulders from East London, South Africa on August 04, 2012:

Interresting article and after 5 months I am hooked. Might also do a review after 6 months! What a learning experience it has been.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 04, 2012:

Thank you Lesley. Likewise. It's been a pleasure meeting you here and I must say you are certainly one of the best at this. Your writing and photography skills are simply amazing. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 04, 2012:

Hi Pramod. Thank you for reading and commenting. You can do this. Write about what interests you and see where it takes you. Sometimes the toughest step is the first one.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 04, 2012:

Hi Bill, congratulations on your first six months!

I'm so pleased to have met you and always enjoy reading your wonderful hubs!

Happy writing!

pramodgokhale from Pune( India) on August 03, 2012:

Congrats,

You plunged and got the Gold.I am still unlucky to publish my hub.I will try.You please guide me.

Pramod

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 03, 2012:

Hi Debbie. You are fairly new here also and look to be doing great so far. I must admit it is difficult to maintain that inspiration and desire but we have to remember that it's a long term deal here. That's why I read a lot of other hubbers updates, because it inspires me and drives me to keep writing. There is potential here and hopefully we all get to experience it.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 03, 2012:

Hi Suzie. Thank you so much for the nice comments. Yeah, we've been on this ride together from the start and hopefully it goes on for the foreseeable future. You are doing great here and you should know that there are many of us who anxiously look forward to your Hubs. Just think where we can be 6 months from now if we keep it going. Keep writing and smiling.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 03, 2012:

Thank you Carol. I read others HubPage updates all the time and it does help to keep me going. When I see that others are making progress it makes me want to do the same. The great thing about HubPages is that we can get so much support and encouragement from other members. Stay positive and keep plugging away, you are doing great here so far.

Debbie Pinkston from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas on August 03, 2012:

Congratulations on your 6 month mark, and I have to say that you inspire me to keep going. I too get excited at the economic potential that Hubpages holds, besides the joy of connecting with great people and the constant writing practice!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 03, 2012:

Hi Bill,

Congratulations on your 6 months achievements - knowing you from almost the start I have followed you and seen you rise in the ranks! I am so delighted as you are so deserving.

Your hubs are always full of information translated in your own unique style which makes compelling reading with fab photos mostly your own.

Sincerest well done my friend on another great hub with useful info and tips for all newbie writers , will be voting and sharing for you:)

carol stanley from Arizona on August 03, 2012:

Well as a newbie here of two months I really appreciate this hub. I see there is hope. Love following your progress and it is kind of you to share all this information and it is very heartening ...as it is easy to get discouraged.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 02, 2012:

Hi Chris. How are things in Hawaii? Appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. I'll be looking for your 6 month update. You're getting close. Thanks for the read and comments, have a great day.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 02, 2012:

Thank you tipstoretireearly. Hubplunge....I like that. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 02, 2012:

Thanks aa lite. It does go by quickly. I thought it would be tough over the summer to maintain the level from when I started but I also plan to pick it up when summer ends. You are also doing great so far, 57 hubs! Keep them coming.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 02, 2012:

Thanks Rachel. It is addicting, isn't it. I'm still addicted 6 months into this. You're doing great so far, keep plugging away. Thank you for the visit and the nice comments.

chrisinhawaii on August 02, 2012:

Congratulations! Now you got me thinking about what I would have to share when I reach the 6-month mark...

tipstoretireearly from New York on August 02, 2012:

Congrats on your half-year anniversary! I agree the best thing about taking this hubplunge is reading about so many interesting topics.

aa lite from London on August 02, 2012:

Hey bdegiulio, I thought it was time for your 6 month update. Glad to see that you are still enthusiastic about writing hubs and that you've reached payout. Seeing other people's progress is really reassuring for me. I too have somewhat slowed down the hub production, but am planning to start churning them out faster when the summer is over. Looking forward to more of your hubs in the next 6 months!

Rachel Koski Nielsen from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on August 02, 2012:

Congrats on your first six months on Hubpages! I've been here just three weeks, and love it already (addicted). Thanks for sharing your progress, it's inspiring to newbies like myself.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on August 02, 2012:

Thanks Bill. We started here about the same time and it's been my pleasure to get to know you over the past 6 months. It sure has gone by quickly. I'm looking forward to a long friendship here on HubPages. You are a true gentlemen and a scholar and you have a great sense of humor to boot.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 02, 2012:

Congratulations on your first six months. I have totally enjoyed getting to know you over this time, and I look forward to a continued friendship for many years to come.

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