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The Writer's Mailbag: Installment #386

About the Mailbag

From Mel: “I hope you decide to keep going with the mailbag. There are a few of us old timers here who have taken to emailing as a way of showing our continued faithfulness to each others' articles. How long before HP takes this capability away too, who knows?

“The mailbag is like a big forum where we all get together. Maybe you could cut it down to every two weeks, or even monthly.”

The Mail Room

The Mail Room

My Thoughts

Listen, I love the Mailbag as much as anyone else. It was always a comfortable way for me to begin my Mondays, and I loved hearing from all of you each week. It’s not that I don’t have the time to do the Mailbag; it’s just that HP is making it quite difficult to comment, and I refuse to play the “forum” game.

But Mel pointed out an option I am willing to support. If you have questions for the Mailbag, email them to me at If I receive questions, I’ll post a Mailbag the next week. If I don’t receive questions, we’ll skip the Mailbag for that week.

How’s that sound?

I suppose I could do a variation of the Mailbag each week, even if there are no questions. I’m sure I’m full of enough b.s. that I could wing it for 1250 words, with or without questions. So, I guess we shall see what happens as we all try to adjust to the new HP world.

Deep in thought about nothing in particular

Deep in thought about nothing in particular

What the Hell, Hp?????

In response to many of you who have reached out to ask me the same question, I have no idea why HP wants to eliminate comments on the articles. I pride myself on a very organized and logical mind, and I can’t find the logic in this move of theirs. It seems to me that a direct effect of this foolish management decision is to drive writers away from HP, and I don’t know why they would want to do that.

And the second question I have been asked a lot lately no, I am not leaving HP. I’m sorry if I gave that impression. I will slowly transition away from HP in a year or so. When my wife finally retires in December 2022, she and I will be doing some traveling, and I anticipate starting a new website and doing YouTube videos, and I figure that new undertaking will spread me too thin. If that happens, I will quietly slink into the night, a footnote in HP’s history.

One other thing I want to mention about all of this upheaval: we are friends. I love having you all as friends. I would love it if you found me on Facebook. I would love it if you emailed me at and we caught up on the events of our lives, as friends do. I do not want to lose any of you as friends. You are my extended family. You are my window to the world.

You are important to me!

My thoughts about the latest HP decision

My thoughts about the latest HP decision

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Is It Worth It to Stay on Hp?

From Patrick: “Lots of grumbling about HP and the no comments decree. What do you think? You’ve been here for a long time. Is it worth it for writers to stay with HP, or would it make sense to start a blog or create our own website?”

Patrick, this is one of those questions which could give birth to a series of articles. There is no easy way to answer it, and it depends, in part, upon your reason for posting articles on HP.

If your purpose is to make some secondary income from writing, HP will provide that. You won’t get rich on HP, but you can make a couple hundred per month if you stick with it and write high-quality content articles.

Again, if your purpose is to make money, in my opinion you can make more by going freelance, and writing content articles for one of the various content mills you can find online, or peddle yourself online and find your own content gigs. You can also make money by submitting articles to magazines and online newspapers. These things take time, but once you are established, it is quite possible you will make more doing that than writing for HP.

Making money on a blog or your own website? That is labor-intensive and time-consuming. It takes a long time to build up your online audience so you qualify for ads . . . a long time! I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it does require a lot of work on your part.

I have said for a long time now that the only reason I have stayed with HP is because this is where my friends are. I don’t make enough money to justify being here, but there is a comfort level here, being amongst so many friends, which is invaluable for me.

I wish you had been here ten years ago. You would have understood why I’m still here.

Hip Update

For those who asked, my new hip is outstanding. As I write this, it has been exactly three weeks since I had a new hip installed. Yesterday I walked two miles with my dogs, with no cane, with no pain. Unbelievable! I really can’t wrap my brain around how that is possible. Modern medicine, and new procedures and techniques, well, they just blow me away with what they are now capable of doing.

Anyway, thank you for asking about it. I am great!

Get out There and Live

Live the hell out of today and remember, please do all things with love.

2021 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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