60 Day Hub Challenge Log: Putting It All Together and Increasing my HubPages Income

Participating in the 60 Day Challenge is something entirely new for me and I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by all the dedication to this project. The last challenge I participated in was the very first HubMob a couple of years ago. I'm really excited to learn from the rest of the group here, especially sunforged and Mark Knowles. Now, if only I had a clue about how to choose keywords. Yes, I know there are so many tutorials out there. That's the problem. A person could go mad with overwhelm trying to figure out where to start. So- I will not attempt to start at the beginning or at the end; I will jump right into the middle here and see what happens.

Won't you join me?

Click here to get started on HubPages.


Question:

How do I insert a link so that people who sign up for HubPages are somehow linked to me for the whole referral/Adsense commission thing? This is easy, right? But it is one of my mental blocks I'd love to overcome. Whoever can help me with it will be my first new BFF of this process. Go ahead, compete for my affection.

ANSWER:

Thank you to sunforged (and congrats on your new status as my new BFF!). It's so easy: Simply get your tracker from here:

http://hubpages.com/my/trackers

and insert here:

http://hubpages.com/_yourtrackernumber/user/new/

Thank you, sunforged!

My 60 Day Challenge Goals & Strategy

A little history about my life on HubPages:

I started with HubPages in July of 2007. At that time I started writing about 15 Hubs a month. Today I have over 500 Hubs. My intention was to write on parenting topics, and most of my Hubs continue to be on topics of interest to parents. I approached my Hubs at first as "articles". However, over time I have come to appreciate the power of Hubs to generate revenue. In fact, my Hubs bring in several hundred dollars a month. This has been accomplished pretty much by writing on similar topics, but without much thought to SEO or promotion.

Once my income from Hubs topped a hundred dollars a month I started thinking about approaching them more systematically, but just haven't gotten motivated to do it yet. It has seemed so overwhelming. Now is the time to change all that, right?

60 Challenge Goals:

Here are the goals I hope to achieve in during April and May with my Hub Pages:

1. Increase my understanding of SEO and promotion. Apply this new knowledge to 30 new Hubs created during April.

2. Network with other new and experienced Hubbers.

3. Learn how to leverage and improve existing Hubs.

4. Increase page views and earnings.


Strategy for the 60 Day Challenge

My strategy will be to use the topic areas from my existing pool of Hubs that I have identified to be topics I want to expand on and leverage. These are topics that have the following in common:

  • High score ranking from HubPages
  • High traffic relative to my other Hubs
  • High revenue potential as defined in Hub Stats

I have no idea is these are good criteria, but this is where I'm starting. Did I mention I'm open to suggestions? Oh yeah, I'm open.


That said, here are the topics I'll be writing on for this challenge:

  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
  • Parenting: Communication
  • Travel: Midwest Region, with Children
  • Children's Science Topics **
  • Gifted Children (especially those with perfectionist tendencies)


Now, according to Mark Knowles, looks like I need a monetization strategy for each of these, so I'm going to go with the following:

  • Pregnancy & Breastfeeding - Amazon and Ebay (breast pumps)
  • Parenting: Communication - Amazon
  • Travel: Midwest Region, with Children - Adsense
  • Children's Science Topics ** - Adsense and Amazon
  • Gifted Children (especially those with perfectionist tendencies) - Amazon
**Ended up changing this topic to articles related to birth plans and natural childbirth. Made the change based on keyword research found when working on the other topics.


Again, I have no clue here. These strategies are based on my limited observation of where my current income is coming from. For example, I know that I earn commission on a lot of books about communicating with your children and managing life with a gifted child.

I'm hoping to employ some decent SEO techniques along the way, but I'm also intent on NOT getting stuck and therefore leaving the challenge incomplete. Which is why I've published this Hub - to track my efforts, yes, but also to keep me accountable to the group.

So here goes. I'm looking forward to learning from the wonderful Hubbers here.

Luck to us all!

Hey, want to join me? It's not rocket science, I promise!

AndNo, there is no charge. Awesome, right?

Click here to get started on HubPages.


30 Hubs in 30 Days - Seriously?

Dang, this is going to be a challenge. I've done 30 in 30 before, but I've never focused on really doing a bang-up job of SEO. Learning it takes longer than I thought. No wonder I get so overwhelmed! But here's to hoping the first one was the hardest.

Hub #1 - How to Increase Breast Milk Supply Using a Breast Pump

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/How-to-Increase-Breast-Milk-Supply-Using-a-Breast-Pump

Increasing breast milk supply is easy with the right breast pump. This article addresses how to increase breast pump milk production. It give suggestions for how to increase breast milk production and how to produce breast milk using everything from a hospital grade breast pump to cheap breast pumps. Idea are given for preventing low breast milk supply when the nursing mother is away from her baby, as when working, or when the breasts are injured.

Hub #2 - Heal Cracked Nipples and Engorged Breasts by Using a Breast Pump

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Heal-Cracked-Nipples-and-Engorged-Breasts-by-Using-a-Breast-Pump

Engorged breasts and cracked nipples can make many women want to stop breastfeeding. If they can learn how to soothe engorged breasts and solve other breastfeeding challenges by using a breast pump, they may continue baby breastfeeding, therefore providing benefits of breastfeeding. In this article breast engorgement is addressed, advice for breastfeeding is given, and breastfeeding questions are answered.

Hub #3 - Breastfeeding and Alcohol: Pump and Dump Breast Milk

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Breastfeeding-and-Alcohol-Pump-and-Dump-Breast-Milk

Breastfeeding and alcohol are not a good combination. Drinking alcohol while breastfeeding can pass alcohol through mother's breast milk to her baby. However, it is okay to drink alcohol while breastfeeding as long as you pump and dump breast milk. This article answers breastfeeding questions about pump and dump nursing, or pump and dump breastfeeding.

Hub #4 - Use a Breast Pump to Stop Baby Breast Feeding

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Use-a-Breast-Pump-to-Stop-Baby-Breast-Feeding

Learn how to stop breastfeeding or feed pumped breast milk to baby. Tips on how to stop breastfeeding no matter what your reasons for wanting to stop breastfeeding. Answer to the question how do I stop breastfeeding and advice on when to stop breastfeeding. Baby breast feeding is a personal decision and so is weaning from breastfeeding.

Hub #5 - How to Store Breast Milk for Bottle Feeding Breast Milk

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/How-to-Store-Breast-Milk-for-Bottle-Feeding-Breast-Milk

Bottle breast feeding breast milk is easy with a good quality electric breast feeding pump. This article offers tips for storing breast milk.Breast milk storage containers are specially designed to store breast milk in the freezer for months. Hospital grade breast pump rental is available in most communities as a temporary option prior to buying a breast pump. Breastmilk storage is easily done in a standard freezer.

Hub #6 - Top 3 iPhone Apps for Breastfeeding

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Top-3-iPhone-Apps-for-Breastfeeding

Baby nursing is easy when you have the right tools. The benefits of breastfeeding are many, but it can be cumbersome for nursing mothers to track everything. New iPhone apps for breastfeeding put breastfeeding trackers and breastfeeding advice at mother's fingertips. Breastfeeding benefits are multiplied when the process of breastfeeding is easier and more enjoyable for mother and baby.

Hub #7 - Top 5 Reasons to Use a Breast Pump

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Top-5-Reasons-to-Use-a-Breast-Pump

Buying a breast pump is a great way to make the most of breastfeeding. If you want to take advantage of breast pump rental or if you want to buy a breast pump, there are many good reasons to use a breast pump. These include increasing breast milk supply, healing breast injuries like cracked nipples and engorged breasts, drinking alcohol while breastfeeding, stocking up on breast milk, and stopping breastfeeding.

Hub #8 - Use Open Ended Questions For Children to Get to Know Your Kids

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Use-Open-Ended-Questions-For-Children-To-Get-To-Know-Your-Kids

Open ended questions are a great way to get to know your children better. Open ended questions to ask children are presented here by category along with different types of common open ended questions for different age groups. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions children will enjoy answering are included. Get to know you questions for kids keep communication open between parent and child.

Hub #9 - Use Open Ended Questions to Start Dinner Conversation

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Use-Open-Ended-Questions-to-Start-Dinner-Conversation

Open ended questions are a great way to get to get kids talking at the dinner table. Open ended questions to ask children are presented here. Different types of common open ended questions are discussed with the purpose of starting dinner table conversation. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions children will enjoy answering are included.

Hub #10 - Use Open Ended Questions to Get Kids Talking After School

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Use-Open-Ended-Questions-to-Get-Your-Kids-Talking-After-School

Open ended questions are a great way to get your children talking after school. Open ended questions to ask children are presented here with different uses for common open ended questions. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions children will enjoy answering are included. Get to know you questions for kids keep communication open between parent and child.

Hub #11 - Use Open Ended Questions With Teenagers After a Date

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Use-Open-Ended-Questions-With-Teenagers-After-a-Date

Open ended questions are a great way to get to know your teenagers talking after a date. Open ended questions to ask teens are presented here with different types of common open ended questions. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions t get teenagers talking are included. Get to know you questions for kids keep communication open between parent and child.

Hub #12 - How to Use Open Ended Questions With Young Children

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/How-to-Use-Open-Ended-Questions-With-Young-Children

Open ended questions are a great way to get to know young children better. Open ended questions to ask children are presented here by category along with different types of common open ended questions for young children. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions preschoolers will enjoy answering are included. Get to know you questions for kids keep communication open between parent and child.

Hub #13 - Top 5 Ways to Use Open Ended Questions With Children

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Top-5-Ways-to-Use-Open-Ended-Questions-with-Children

Open ended questions are a great way to get to know your children better. Open ended questions to ask children are presented here by category along with different types of common open ended questions for different age groups. Links to more samples of open ended questions are also provided. Examples of open ended questions children will enjoy answering are included. Get to know you questions for kids keep communication open between parent and child.

Hub #14 - Dreams and Wolf: Two of the Best Family Resorts

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Dreams-and-Wolf-Two-of-the-Best-Family-Resorts

The best beach vacations can often be had at the best family resorts. The best family vacation destinations aren't necessarily Caribbean family resorts. Cheap summer vacations can be found with Midwest vacations. For family all inclusive kid friendly vacations, you will pay more for the beach than inland. Kids resorts offer all kinds of activities for children and teenagers. Vacations with kids are easy at the best family resorts.

Hub #15 - Cheap Summer Vacations with Kids

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Cheap-Summer-Vacations-With-Kids

Cheap summer vacations often make the best beach vacations. The best family resorts don’t have to be expensive, and some of the most memorable family times happen close to home, not at Caribbean family resorts. This article offers ideas for the least expensive and best family vacation destinations. You won’t find family all inclusive resorts here, but you will get good advice about kid friendly vacations and tips for frugal vacations with kids.

Hub #16 - Best Beach Vacations with Kids: High and Low End Options

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Beach-Vacations-with-Kids-High-and-Low-End-Options

The best beach vacations are the ones with the kids. Sometimes they are at the best family resorts, sometimes they are cheap summer vacations. The best family vacation destinations always include something for everyone. From Carribean family resorts and family all inclusive clubs to the most low key kid friendly vacations, the beach offers a lot of alternative kids vacations.

Hub #17 - Best Vacations with Kids

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Vacations-with-Kids

Vacations with kids provide some of the best family bonding time. Kids vacations should offer something for everyone in the family, but cater to the kids. Resorts, family all inclusive trips, camping, and going to the beach are all examples of kid friendly vacations presented here. The best beach vacations and best family vacation destinations are all about the children.

Hub #18 - Best Family Vacation Destinations in the US (and Cancun)

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Family-Vacations-in-the-US-and-Cancun

Some of the best family vacation destinations are presented here. The article includes the best beach vacations and places to find the best family resorts and family all inclusive deals. Caribbean family resorts are included here as kid friendly vacations, as are kids resorts like NickHotel. Midwest vacations are also listed as a good option for vacations with kids.

Hub #19 - Best Family All Inclusive Vacations

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Family-All-Inclusive-Vacations

The best beach vacations and the best family resorts often offer family all inclusive packages. Some of the best family vacation destinations are Caribbean family resorts. While these are not cheap summer vacations, these kid friendly vacations can actually provide a lot of value for the price. It depends on what is included, especially in the kids resorts. For kids vacations, all inclusives might be the most convenient option.

Hub #20 - Top 5 Kid Friendly Vacations

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Top-5-Kid-Friendly-Vacations

Kid friendly vacations provide some of the best family bonding time. Kids vacations should offer something for everyone in the family, but cater to the kids. Resorts, family all inclusive trips, camping, and going to the beach are all examples of kid friendly vacations presented here. The best beach vacations and best family vacation destinations are all about the children.

Hub #21 - Gifted Kids Are Special Needs Children

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Gifted-Kids-Are-Special-Needs-Children

This article addresses how to know if your child is gifted as well as the importance of getting gifted kids into gifted education. It helps you know how to tell if your child is gifted based on the federal definition of giftedness. This is the standard for getting gifted and talented students the right education for their special needs. Children who are gifted and talented need assessment testing, usually including a cognitive abilities test to be identified as gifted children.

Hub #22 - Gifted Kids Require Gifted Education

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Gifted-Kids-Require-Gifted-Education

This article addresses the importance of getting gifted kids into gifted education. It helps with how to know if your child is gifted based on the federal definition of giftedness. This is the standard for getting gifted and talented students the right education for their special needs. Children who are gifted and talented need assessment testing, usually including a cognitive abilities test to be identified as gifted children. Gifted kids also benefit from supplemental gifted and talented education outside of school.

Hub #23 - Best Books About Gifted Children

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Books-About-Gifted-Children

This article presents books that will help with how to know if your child is gifted as well as the importance of getting gifted kids into gifted education. Books about gifted kids are included. How to tell if your child is gifted is easy based on the federal definition of giftedness. This is the standard for getting gifted and talented students the right education for their special needs. Children who are gifted and talented need assessment testing, usually including a cognitive abilities test to be identified as gifted children.

Hub #24 - What Are Gifted Children?

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/What-are-Gifted-Children

This article addresses how to know if your child is gifted as well as the importance of getting gifted kids into gifted education. It helps you know how to tell if your child is gifted based on the federal definition of giftedness. Children who are gifted and talented need assessment testing, usually including a cognitive abilities test to be identified as gifted children. The idea of indigo children and whether or not they are gifted children is included.

Hub #25 - Gifted Children: Free Online Survival Guide

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Gifted-Children-Free-Online-Survival-Guide-for-Parents

This article contains resources for how to know if your child is gifted as well as the importance of getting gifted kids into gifted education. It helps you know how to tell if your child is gifted based on the federal definition of giftedness. Children who are gifted and talented need assessment testing, usually including a cognitive abilities test to be identified as gifted children. Information about educational talent searches is included.

Hub #26 - Resources for Writing Birth Plans

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Resources-For-Writing-Birth-Plans

Parents who want to learn how to write a birth plan will find resources here to create simple birth plans. Everything from birth complications to hypnobirth, birthing balls, and natural childbirth can be covered in birth plans. Watching a childbirth DVD, childbirth live, or childbirth movies are all valuable resources for writing birth plans. A childbirth video showing a home birthing could be extremely enlightening.

Hub #27 - Birthing Ball: Add This to Your Birth Plans

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Birthing-Ball-Add-This-to-Your-Birth-Plans

Birthing balls are so versatile that parents will want to include them in prenatal preparations and birth plans. Even simple birth plans can be improved with a birth ball. All kinds of birth situations from home birthing and natural childbirth to a fully medicated hospital birth can include stability balls. A childbirth DVD, prenatal yoga video and a video showing the use of the rebozo technique are all included.

Hub #28 - Best Childbirth Videos

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Best-Childbirth-Videos

Simple birth plans are made better by watching childbirth movies. You can learn about birth complication and improve birth plans by watching a childbirth DVD. Watching childbirth live is the best education, but not always practical, which is why childbirth video is so valuable.

Hub #29 - What is Hypnobirth?

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/What-is-Hypnobirth

Hypnobirth, or hypnobirthing, refers to the use of hypnosis to support a natural childbirth. Many birth complications can be mitigated using relaxation techniques. Hypnobirth is something to consider adding to your birth plans, along with your birthing ball and all the other information you learned watching all those childbirth movies. The hypnosis techniques for childbirth can help most laboring women, whether or not they decide to accept pain medication for childbirth.

Hub #30 - Birth Plans Support Natural Childbirth

http://hubpages.com/_2clzp7k2jht5p/hub/Birth-Plans-Support-Natural-Childbirth

Birth plans can help support natural childbirth. Learning how to write a birth plan can help you plan the best reaction to any birth complication. In addition to birth plans, using a birthing ball, laboring under hypnosis (hypnobirthing), and watching childbirth video are all presented as ways to support natural childbirth.

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Bianu profile image

Bianu 4 years ago from Africa

Thanks for this. It seems to be a more usefull challenge than 30/30.

lela, you are an inspiration


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Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

Hi Lela - why haven't I come across you before? It's nice to meet a Hubber who is quietly making money on HP without getting involved in the whole forum wars/commenting/following business.

I am also clueless about SEO and I must admit, I'm approaching my Challenge articles no differently to my previous ones - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

Top notch jon on your first group, I havent read them all yet, but breast pumps is one of the products I am researching myself..2 months until we will need one!

we have a new 60dc forum http://60dc.hubsacademy.com/


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traderx 6 years ago from Las Vegas

The thing with keywords which is hard to understand is less traffic is more traffic. What do I mean by this? Go after directly targeted longer tail (3-4 words) keywords that get less searches per month rather than generic terms with massive volumes. You will get 10x the traffic and have a much easier time making headway with "advent breast pump review" or "top breast pump rules" than trying to target "breast pump" because its so generic. Obviously you have to tailor your keywords to the topic, that was just an example. Of course if you could get ranked on page 1 for "breast pump" you would get some good traffic probably - however the amount of effort required to get and maintain it is usually not worth it.


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Sufidreamer 6 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Good job, Lela - you are producing some excellent Hubs. I am really looking forward to the Children's Science Topics - a subject that I am very interested in :)


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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

Good to be here !


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

Hi, the tracker works by sharing a percentage of impression with you. Normally 60% of the time, your ids are shown, the other 40% goes to Hubpages, with the trackers, an additional 10% goes to you (from hubpages 40% share) ..so your not gaining direct earnings - your gaining another opportunity, could be pennies, could be the sale of a 500 phone, you never know!


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Lela Davidson 6 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas Author

Deborah - It's the link that when people click on it, they will be "assigned" to you. When they create Hubs that earn income, you will receive a percentage of that income. Not much I'm sure, but pennies count!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

I like your hubs so far. I'm on the team, and as for your question, it was a good one... now... what does all that mean? So far I have written on hubpages to write. Now I will learn how to earn. I hope.

Namaste.


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Boomer60 6 years ago

Lela, looks like we are both going to learn a lot. I am really excited about the 60 day challenge and even more all the great people I am meeting.

WOW! You sure have a lot of hubs already. Nice job!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Hey there. . .just another team member coming by to say we are in it together!!! Hopefully as we grow and learn our heads wont be spinning so fast (hahaI read that your head was spinning on sunforged hub. and it was my sentiments exactly!!)


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great hub! Good luck on your journey!


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MM Del Rosario 6 years ago from NSW, Australia

I am sure we will learn from each other...and the same enjoy the journey....


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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

Stopped by to say hi and that I am glad to be a member of the 60 day challenge team with you! Cheers!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

good luck on the challenge! I look forward to reading! :)


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JosephArc 6 years ago

Hi Lela, good luck on this challenge!

As far as SEO is concerned you need to focus on keywords. Keywords are ultra important, with hubs, with squids, with wordpress.com and also .org. (and everything else besides). Make no mistake!

Its all very well to come into hubs early on and just write willy nilly, like most folks do. Hubs are easy to learn, easy to set up a website, so its more for family, for friends.

If you wanna get a bit more serious with income. Forget that mentality (at least for now). Keywords are the key thing.

But, its not so easy to just pick them - keywords - at random. There is an art to it, and its somewhat complex - ish.

Just to prove my point to some extent; when you check out the search volume on Google KW tool, then you check out your competition with regards your own KeyWords by doing a search in the "..."

Na, totally misleading.

Anyways, I shall not blether on longer. Sorry to take up your time here. I'm just reading around a few hubs and enjoying my time reading yours...

Best wishes,

Joseph


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sunforged 6 years ago from Sunforged.com

The answer to your question above is:

https://hubpages.com/user/new/

Use this link with your own tracker substituted in the appropriate spot.

You can find your tracker here:

http://hubpages.com/my/trackers

which is a link on your account page

also on the very bottom of each page is a link that says "link to this page" that does the same thing..the link I provided will lead to teh new user sign up screen

Welcome!

If you could to this page only - add the tag "60dc-logS" so we can all find your log easily in the feed


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

good luck will read thanks


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msorensson 6 years ago

I am glad you are participating in this challenge!!

Thank you for sharing your ideas!!


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englightenedsoul 6 years ago

Welcome Aboard Lela. You have put up a nice and thorough hublog. You are an wonderful addition to the 60 day challenge team. My best wishes with you for this challenge. Will closely follow your hubs as I have lot to learn!! See you around.

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