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300 Articles and Counting

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

This image is relevant for as well as being of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL, it is also a 1957 model. So am I.

This image is relevant for as well as being of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL, it is also a 1957 model. So am I.

The Email

"Hi Jodah,

You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—you have published 300 Hubs!

Fun fact: In bowling, 300 is a perfect score - 300 published Hubs are pretty perfect too! ...

Thanks,

HubPages"

I had in fact forgotten that I was approaching the 300 article mark here at HubPages until I received this email after publishing my latest hub It Shows in Your Face: A Tribute to Russ Tyson.

It was my original goal early last year to reach 300 articles by the end of 2016, but due to a number of different circumstances that didn't happen. Anyway, here we are, better late than never... The TRIPLE CENTURY!

"Infinity and beyond!" .. Buzz Lightyear

"Infinity and beyond!" .. Buzz Lightyear

Infinity and Beyond!

So, with 300 hubs now behind me the sky is the limit I suppose. As good old Buzz Lightyear would say "It's onto Infinity and beyond!"

Welcome to my 301st article. It probably isn't right to refer to them all as "hubs" because some are on niche sites where they are referred to as "articles" and they prefer reference to "hubs" to be kept to a minimum. Who knows, this may even get selected for one of those .. LetterPile for instance (wishful thinking.)

300-articles-and-counting

It's Not So Long Ago ...

It's not so long ago that I wrote my 200th article here, or so it seems. I just checked the date and it was actually published on 5th August 2015. How time flies.

More checking, and I found my 100th article was written on 23rd March 2014, and my very first hub on 10th September 2009 (so long ago).

Now to do a little math, which is not my strongest subject:

  • between my first article and 100th: approx. 4 years 6 months.
  • between my 100th and 200th articles: approx. 1 year 4 months
  • between my 200th and 300th articles: approx. 1 year 10 months

So, that shows I was a slow starter here at HubPages, but had a writing spurt during 2014/15. I know I started 2016 strongly and was writing two or three hubs per week, but things changed in the latter half of the year. It was in my 200th hub I said my aim was to make 300 by the end of 2016.

A Spartan Warrior. One of the 300.The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days

A Spartan Warrior. One of the 300.The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days

Dreams and Goals

With still almost seven months until the end of the year, and estimating I can write one article per week, I should be able to churn out 28 to 30 more before 2017 finishes. However, life and personal circumstances often intervene and disrupt any plans, so I won't set a goal ... just sit back and let it happen. What will be will be.

Admittedly, I have written more articles than the majority of the 518 people I follow, but there are a number of writers here at HubPages that I can't even get close to as far as their article production. I just dream about this type of dedication to writing. Every writer's circumstances are different so you can't really compare output but these are a few who I admire:

  • Dream On: 1940 hubs in 7 years
  • Tony DeLorger: 1425 hubs in 6 years
  • Kenneth Avery: 1389 hubs in 6 years
  • Bill Holland: 1226 hubs in 5 years
  • Whonunuwho: 1130 in 5 years
  • Eric Dierker: 782 in 5 years
  • Valkaras: 206 hubs in 22 months

There are others who have written more than me but these are the ones who stand out.

more-amazing-coincidences
Companion Planting in Your Gasrden

Companion Planting in Your Gasrden

How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs

How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs

My Friend the Oak

My Friend the Oak

How to Judge Your Best and Most Successful Articles

I'm interested to know how others determine what is their best or most popular articles and whether these are different or the same.

For instance, my article that has received the most views "ever" is: More Amazing Coincidences or Synchronicity.

The article with the most views in the last 30 days is: Companion Planting in the Garden. (probably due to seasonal traffic)

Whereas, the one with the most comments is: How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs.

My thinking is that the article with the most views ever would be the most popular topic/subject overall with Internet searchers, but not necessarily my best piece of writing.

The one with the most views in the last 30 days could be the same, but as I said above maybe because it is on a seasonal topic that is currently relevant.

Oh, and even though a lot of people say that you shouldn't write poetry on HubPages and expect it to be successful, I do have a poetry hub that is in my top four of all-time views: My Friend the Oak.

I personally think the article with the most comments, therefore, should be an indication that it is the "best." I value the opinions of my fellow hubbers more than I do the general Google public who tend to search on a need to know information basis rather than the quality of writing.

I know most people rate the article that makes them the most money as their best.

*Please tell me your opinion in the comments.

Goodbye from my 300th article

Goodbye from my 300th article

© 2017 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2019:

Thank you Gupi. HubPages is a great place to start writing and perfect your craft. I am glad this article inspired you. I look forward to reading your work.

Gupi on June 11, 2019:

Great article, thanks for sharing those inspiring figures. Writing is a real passion of mine and something I am looking to improve as I write. I am fairly new to the HubPages community. This is very motivational for me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 12, 2017:

Thank you for always reading what I write, Shauna. 1957 was a very good year, done real classics came out of it, like you and I :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 12, 2017:

You've been pumping them out, John! I enjoy everything you write. And guess what? I'm a 1957 model, too!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 05, 2017:

Yes, Tamara, al of that real life stuff has to be done around our writing. I have been here eight years but really only took my writing seriously for the last five, so most of these 300 have taken me five years. I have moved a handful to another sight I write at, but usually I only revamp my lesser performing ones to move.

I am sure that when you have been here as long as me (HP still being around) then you will have written just as many. Good luck.

Tamara Moore on July 05, 2017:

John, how long did it take for you to create these 300 amazing Hubs? I only have around 60, or so.. I have been on Hubpages for 3 months. It's just that sometimes I have to do chores, and things, (feed pets, grocery shopping, eat, brush my teeth, pay bills, ETC.. errr). It's difficult for me to step away from my writing, though :-(

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 05, 2017:

Thank you, Shaloo.

Thank you, Anita.

When I first started here I never imagined writing 300 hubs, so if I an do it anyone can. Good luck with your writing.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on July 05, 2017:

Congratulations, Wish I had 300 hubs.

Shaloo Walia from India on July 05, 2017:

300 hubs...wow! Congrats!!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2017:

Hey, Bob. Thankful for reading and for the congratulations. I have signed up for various sites and then forgotten about them as well, but glad you rediscovered HubPages. I think your interesting and diverse topics will do well here

Bob Craypoe from New Jersey on June 17, 2017:

Congratulations! 300 is a very impressive milestone. I had actually signed up on HubPages three years ago and left my account dormant. I had forgotten that I even had an account. Then about a few weeks ago I decided to write my first article. I have written over twenty more since then. I plan on sticking around for a while and writing a lot more. It's nice to see how prolific some people, like the ones you listed, are on HubPages.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 15, 2017:

Thank you for your advice John. I use a old computer with windows 2003/2007 XP. I find ebooks formatting easy with the help of Smashwords free Ebook with instructions. I normally type my document in word and forward it in word to Smashwords as well. I also make a copy of my work, just in case. In fact I also use Smashwords formatting book to format my ebooks for Amazon. But the soft cover books at createrspace is not so easy. I know I have to study the ebook they send me. It is just so time consuming if you do not get it right the first time.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 13, 2017:

Thank you for reading Kallini, and for sharing your views on success and experiences with writing. I agree your articles certainly can be described as artistic. I agree totally that the best writing is what pleases you personally and makes you smile in satisfaction when you read it. If something makes you laugh it is bound to make others do the same (well most). I don't write for the money either, but do to some extent try to write what others may enjoy. I hope most of my 300 articles are of satisfactory quality even if many have not received a lot of views, and I find it hard to delete any. That is like letting a child leave home. Thanks again, have a great day.

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on June 13, 2017:

John, first of all, congratulations are in order!

Happy Hubbiversary! (+ Articliversary)

Success or rather the way you feel about your success depends on what and who you compare yourself with. To me, 300 articles is not a goal, it isn't even a dream.

Yes, I've been "around" for six and a half years and wrote most of my stuff back in 2011 (75%) - 2012 with the last hub/article in 2013. I published or almost published 100 articles, but then I deleted a quarter of my work. If I did not delete, but simply unpublished it, I would have hit my 100... Having said all that - what does it change? Statistics, I mean.

Being completely and utterly unknown and unsuccessful not-even-a writer I judge my work by the degree of how much I love it. I never even start writing anything pedestrian (what's the point?), but if I start (it would have been better if I didn't) I'm going all the way to creating Art (in my view) which nobody needs and nobody reads (understandably).

I know what to write to get some traffic, but I invariably fall flat on my artistic face. I cannot help it. That was partially the reason when I just stopped writing. I had no intention...

And then I slipped again. If you ask me, my "best" hubs are my latest because I love them like "A Wedding Dress..." and "Cha Cha Cha" (great success, right!) My best is what makes me laugh (especially years after) or what makes me feel good. I cannot write for others - it's only - hit or miss - they like it, they don't.

As it any wonder I'm so successful?

So, I'd say "300" is impressive, especially given that production is unevenly distributed.

Or as my son's teacher used to say "Celebrate your successes".

So, celebrate!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2017:

Anita, sorry you have had problems with the numbering of pages at Create Space. Actually, the book I was involved in creating there was a joint effort at a website I helped start called The Creative Exiles. I had twelve poems in that book, but another member did the formatting of everyone's work and I submitted it to Create Space. So, unfortunately I can't advise you on the page numbering. The only problem we had was trying to create the eBook through them...the contents came out blank, and it said our version of Word was not compatible.

I suggest you ask Bill Holland (Billybuc) who has written all his books through Create Space.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:

Thank you for the encouragement Jodah, you never know when your luck will change. As a matter of interest, how did you manage to format your book at Createrspace? I have downloaded their ebook on formatting, I am stuck with the instructions on getting the pg numbers on the right page. It is so frustrating, I have tried for about 2 months now. When I do my file the numbers are on the right side. As soon as I load it to Createrspace they go on the wrong page. This is for a soft cover book. I must admit I have not studied the instructions, but will have to do it soon. Did you find this difficult?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2017:

Anita' thank you for the congratulations. I hope your aloe Vera eBook continues to sell. It is an amazing plant which we grow in our garden for it's many medicinal uses. Best of luck with your other books too. I have published a couple of books of poems, but will never become rich off them. I may have to try Smashwords. I have published on Create Space and Lulu. Just keep writing and pursue your dreams to have a best seller.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:

Hi Jodah, Congratulations. To write 300 hubs is an amazing accomplishment. I hope to eventually publish 100 hubs. My hub that got the most views in the shortest period was the one on 'Aloe Vera,' I am passionate about aloe vera. I tried everything to get this hub passed, and eventually removed it and placed it on my blog. I have now included it in a short eBook called 'Beauty and Health Benefits of Aloe Vera,' which I sell on Smashwords. It is only 7000 words long, but I think the info is worth it. It also includes 'Folk Remedies. I love Smashwords because they are so easy to publish at. I downloaded their free ebook on formatting, and while in the beginning I was terrified at having to do the formatting by myself, now it is a breeze. If you do something wrong, they return it and tell you what to fix. That is how I learned. When I have completed 100 hubs, I will take time off to write my 'best seller,' high hopes, but if not a best seller, at least one that sells well. My first novel was obvious not my best and yet has so far sold the most copies. My second novel, which I sell only on kindle, has been a big disappointment. I really thought this was a good novel, 'A Bride for Jake,' and yet it has not sold well. I think I have learned a lot by writing the first two, so hope for the best with no 3. They say that if you write 10 novels, one will sell well. Hope it is no 3 and not no 10. After no 3, I will carry on and hopefully get to publish 200 hubs. Not sure if I can ever reach that goal, but will try. I love your poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 10, 2017:

You are never too late, Genna. Good to see yo back at HP and I look forward to reading some new hubs from you soon. I am glad you find my writing inspiring, that is all I aim for. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 10, 2017:

Thank you for the congratulations, Devika. I appreciate it greatly.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 10, 2017:

Sorry I'm late, Jodah. I'm only now catching up with so many hubs after having to take a quasi-leave from HP for a bit. Congratulations, John! You have always been one of my favorite writers, and it's such a pleasure to see you here. You are an inspiration to us -- more than you know. :-) Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2017:

Congratulations! You shared hubs with great value and keep that up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 09, 2017:

Thank you so much, Cyndi.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on June 09, 2017:

Congratulations on your accomplishment!

GalaxyRat on June 08, 2017:

Thanks John :D

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2017:

The way you've started here, Galaxy, you'll do it in two years :)

GalaxyRat on June 08, 2017:

Congrats!! ;) I won't reach 300, I simply don't have enough time, but congrats to you!!

Tamara Moore on June 08, 2017:

YAY!! I'm coming over!! LOL...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2017:

I appreciate your kind words, Nadine. We all write at our own pace and that can be affected by many things. I have periods when I can write three hubs in a week, other times one per month. It may seem like 200 is far away but you will reach it sooner than you realise. Glad this article inspired you.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 08, 2017:

What a great way to write a post on you reaching 300 articles. Thanks for that. It was very informative. I've only reached 120 articles within 3 years, and that includes the chapters of my novel: The Self Employed Housewife.

I do have very limited time in a day and it can take me sometimes a whole day to write one article, that includes the images and looking for videos. After the article has been live, I then have to write a blog post that is leading up and linking a new article.

I love being a writer on Hubpages and who knows one day I will have reached the 200 mark, and then I will maybe write a post like you have done. Very inspiring.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2017:

Thank you, Tamara. I am glad you like my choice of images. Ok, someone told you I love chocolate chip icecream. The cookie dough ice cream, whipped cream and marshmallow sounds good too...

what the heck, you are invited over to celebrate so bring the caramel topping as we'll (even though I don't eat it.)

Tamara Moore on June 07, 2017:

Congratulations! I also love your images that go so well with what you write. 300 Articles! Yes, this is something to celebrate and to be proud of. I would celebrate with a gallon of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, and Cookie Dough Ice Cream, too, then smothered in a glaze of Caramel and lots of thick, whipped cream, and marshmallows!

Hugs,

Tamara

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2017:

Thank you, Mike. I try to be as diverse as possible or I bore myself :) It is always good to hear that readers find what I write "entertaining and enlightening." Much appreciated.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 07, 2017:

Congratulations Jodah!!! And more than that, 300 interesting hubs. Always something new and different, entertaining and enlightening.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2017:

Thank you for your generous comment, Chitrangada. Yes, I consider you a friend too, and thank HubPages for the opportunity to make like-minded friends across the globe. Yes, milestones do help us to keep motivated, and no, number of views and quality of are often not associated.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 06, 2017:

Congratulations John for achieving this wonderful milestone! Milestones give us further motivation and inspiration to write more . I have always admired you for your writings and as a friend.

Wish you all the best and many more milestones to come. Enjoyed going through this one as well.

My most viewed article is a recipe hub but the ones I consider to be the best do not fetch that many page views .

Thank You!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2017:

Thank you, Larr. I appreciate that comment. It would be a boring world if everyone thought the same wouldn't it?

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 06, 2017:

Congrats on 300!

We don't have the same ideas on everything, but you are one of the most talented and likeable people on this site.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2017:

Thank you for that fine comment, Dream On. It is great to be able to write here among like-minded people who can appreciate our work. The positive attitude of your hubs is always an inspiration. Have a great day/night.

DREAM ON on June 05, 2017:

A huge congratulations and an applause. You keep writing interesting hubs that keep people coming back by continuing to inspire other hubbers. I am happy just to write one poem hub and express my thoughts and feelings. I remember years ago before Hub Pages was around I would just write for myself and a few friends. My friends weren't interested so I would just put them in a folder and box them up. Now I am still always learning and writing and I have a chance to find people who have some of the same thoughts I have and share ideas and dreams. Thank you so much for mentioning me in your hub. I hope your day is filled with endless amount of happiness that spreads faster than a wild fire to all your hubbers. Have a great afternoon.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thanks, Flourish. I totally agree, they don't align.. that is what prompted my question. Then there are hub and hubber score to confuse things even more.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations on this milestone and on to 1,000 -- that seems like infinity to me. Traffic, quality, and comments do not align for me personally. It's a strange mix.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you, Demas. With your total at 1,013 I obviously should have included you in the high achieving hubbers I mentioned. I will check out "A Haiku-Leadership" though I generally shy away from political writing (with an odd exception). From the poetry of yours I have read I don't think it is inferior, just the audience is smaller.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you for that kind comment, Linda. I do set goals but often reach them later than anticipated...better late than never though. I appreciate you reading all my hubs whether you comment or not. I hope I never lose my insight and wit..but don't want to incite too many people :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you for your support and encouragement, Paul..and for the laughs.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Mush appreciated, Clive. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you for always supporting my work, Ruby, and for particularly liking my poetry (as I do yours.) I think your muse will take the reigns soon and you will go on a writing bonanza. I am sure your best is still to come also.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Carolyn, it took me almost four years to write my first hundred hubs, so I wish you well in reaching your goal by the end of this year. I write on one other site as well and I try to alternate my writing between the two. Real life occurrences often get in the way of writing which we have no control over, and yes, it is best to set your own realistic goals and compete only with yours of. Good luck.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Hi Venkat I appreciate you taking the time that read any of my articles that appeal to you and thank you for the generous comment. Please feel free to check those I mention and look up those other hubbers you did not know. I wish you all the best with your writing as well.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on June 04, 2017:

With leadership a "hot topic" of the day, my poem "A Haiku - Leadership" has done pretty well lately (c. 1,200 Views) while of my own 1,013 total Hub entries my most viewed (4,332) was also a political article entitled "How Long Do Representatives and Senators Usually Serve Once They Are Elected?"

You are correct that poems seem to consistently get rewarded with lower scores for the same intense efforts, but I would do well to ask myself whether or not I am less talented (if that is possible) writing poetry than writing something else.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations, and what a great way to begin the next 300. I think goal-setting it important. It keeps us focused and helps prioritize. But, also important to remain flexible and not beat oneself up if a goal isn't reached in time.

I'm not sure when I became aware of your writing--probably two years ago. I don't think I've missed a one (although admittedly I don't always comment. My bad).

You are a gifted writer and I hope you'll keep entertaining us with your incite and wit.

Suzie from Carson City on June 04, 2017:

This is great Jodah! Bravo & Congratulations for reaching an impressive milestone! You've earned the praise!

Clive Williams from Jamaica on June 04, 2017:

Good Works John

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 04, 2017:

First let me congratulate you on writing 300 articles. I like to think that my best is yet to arrive. Inspiration has been waning as of late, but I just wait until my muse say's, " let's write Ruby " and of course I'm thrilled to be inspired once again. I think I've read most, if not all, of your hubs- articles. Your poetry is my favorite. Your ability to rhyme is amazing.

Carolyn Fields from South Dakota, USA on June 04, 2017:

I loved reading your chronology of success. I, too, have goals for hub production. They are not as lofty as yours. For example, I hope to hit 100 hubs by the end of the year. I have been writing for HubPages since January of 2014. My production has been disrupted for a wide range of reasons (e.g., surgery, moving, etc.), but I keep coming back. Also, I write for other sites, so that's 100 just for HubPages alone. I think it's important to have goals. I compete only against myself.

Congrats to you, and keep those hubs (articles) coming!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations, John. It's a wonderful, great achievement. I may not be reading all your articles. But, whatever I read, each one is a great article. (I like this 'article' word). Now, I need to look at those 3 articles mentioned by you. The most viewed and others. And, you mentioned some good names here who are adored with that many articles to their credit. I know only Bill Holland and Eric Dierker on that list. I should now look at those great others also. Thanks for sharing it.

So, you are 1957 model and 6 years younger than me. That's nice. Wish you more achievements and Congratulations once again.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you so much, Alicia. The number of quality articles you have written is also an inspiration. Thanks for your support too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thanks for the congratulations, Bill, and for your constant inspiration and encouragement. I also appreciate that you take the time to read almost everything I write. Unfortunately, I can't say I always do the same though I try my best and don't think I've ever missed your mailbags. You comment about all my articles being quality (no duds) is very kind too. The letter to your birth mother was touching and a lot of people can relate to the sentiments, but I am sure your best is yet to come. I hope mine is too. Happy Sunday to you, it's now Monday here.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Harish, your comment is much appreciated. Glad you like my work. I wasn't aware my poetry was responsible for attracting you to HubPages. I am humbled by that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you, for the congratulations and well wishes, Vasantha.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Ann, I just love that Mercedes! I also like your indicator for judging your best of favourite article. My favourites are not even among the ones with most views, comments or highest scores. Thank you for the kind words regarding my poems and articles. You are also right that we shouldn't feel pressure to write and keep up numbers, just let life and our muse dictate. Cheers.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations on the milestone, John! 300 articles is a great achievement.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Hey, Eric. I really do appreciate the fact that you take the time to read all my hubs. Your encouragement and support is a real motivator. I actually had found your stats but forgot to add you to those hubbers I aspired to write as many hubs as. I have rectified that. Thanks again.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you for that great in-depth comment, Tim. I find other hubbers give me personally a lot of inspiration and encouragement. I failed to mention hub scores in my question of how to judge the best or most successful hubs. That is because I really don't know how they are calculated (do you?) but I guess they are some indication, as is being selected for a niche site. Thanks for sharing that time spent on an article and the bounce rate is an indicator as far as Google is concerned. I hope I inspired you going forward.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thanks, Ian. I will. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2017:

Thank you very much, Whispering Night.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 04, 2017:

Hey, congratulations, John! Nice milestone for sure. What I like about your 300 is that all of the ones I've read, and I've read quite a few, are quality articles and poems. There hasn't been a dud in the lot, so to speak. So bravo not only for the milestone but also for your dedication to your craft and your refusal to just post any old crap.

How do I determine my best? I don't think I've written it yet. :) HP has determined, and views and comments determined, that my letter to my birth mother was my best. I don't think I agree simply because I know I can do much better.

Anyway, Happy Sunday my friend.

Val Karas from Canada on June 04, 2017:

John---Congratulations! It feels so great to be a part of a writing community, but also to know that so many folks are reading the products of your inspirations. 300 times somebody said: "Of course, that's John!" Keep writing my friend, keep expressing that best in you, and people will not only know your art, but the creative soul behind it.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 04, 2017:

John, cogratulations on attaining such a remarkable feat of writing 300 hubs. I admire your writing, in fact, I was drawn to the hubpages by reading some of the wonderful poems penned by you. I wish you great success and fame in the world of writing.

vasantha T k from Bangalore on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations,Jodah for your achievements. May you accomplish more in the coming years. Wishing you the best.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 04, 2017:

Great Mercedes! Great article, John! Congrats on the getting to 300. I think you deserve to sit back and just let them happen now.

I found that giving myself a goal worked well in my early time at HubPages but now I don't need to egg myself on; I let the muse dictate - and, as you say, life itself. I too have had lots of interruptions lately, all worthy in themselves, so we shouldn't feel pressure to keep up the numbers.

As to one's best or favourite, my favourites are the ones I felt passionate enough to write and therefore seemed to come from the soul and be more powerful - purely a personal view, not meaning to blow my own trumpet.

I like your articles and your poetry alike as you are good at both - many cannot manage the two.

May you continue writing as long as you enjoy it and for our continued delight!

Ann

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 04, 2017:

I really liked your breakdowns. It was kind of cool to look at the dates. I think since 2014 I have not missed a single article of yours. And there is a reason for that ;-)

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on June 04, 2017:

Congratulations Jodah!!! A milestone for any writer here at HP to focus on. Wow! Those are interesting titles for the best of the best from your portfolio. Seems those other Hubbers give us a mark to aim for too. Along with your accomplishment I see new horizons to aim for. I best get going on a goal like ya'll did :-)

I think it would be hard to pick the best of the best for a person of their own portfolio. Traffic would indicate something. I don't think with what I have learned over the past year my highest gernerating traffic hub is my best. People really don't spend much time on it. I think they look at the many pics of the how-to article and bounce. Google analytics will tell you time on an article. Of course, poems will have short read times. And, then comments is an indicator as you shared. And, then there are scores. Maybe a spread sheet giving values to each category and the largest sum is the best of the best?

Again, with admiration Congratulations!!!

Ian McKay on June 04, 2017:

Good work John, keep them coming!

MICKEY MOUSE from our World on June 04, 2017:

Congrats!!