30 Hubs in 30 Days - How to Successfully Complete the Challenge

Although this hub was created to respond to the forum question, What advice would you offer to people who want to complete the 30/30 challenge?, it is also excellent advice on writing a successful hub quickly and easily.

Challenge yourself to create 30 hubs in 30 days.
Challenge yourself to create 30 hubs in 30 days. | Source

Why Am I Qualified to Give this Advice? Been there, done that!

In this hub, I intend to share with you the knowledge I have gleaned from completing the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge twice in my first 5 months at HubPages. Additionally, I am currently in the middle of my third Challenge as of this writing (during my 7th month). This is hub number 21 out of 30 on day 18.




My First 30/30 Challenge

The first time I attempted the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, I had only been at HubPages for 12 days. Coincidentally, those 12 days also encompassed my entire writing career, if it could be called that after only 12 days.

In that time period, however, I had managed to complete 14 hubs; therefore, although I may not have been sure what I intended to write about, I was fairly certain that I would be able to write at least 1 hub a day. It was definitely a time of self-discovery. I learned a lot about myself, HubPages, and writing, all in a very brief period of time!

Oh no, not another 30/30 Challenge! (A picture can express things so much better than words.)
Oh no, not another 30/30 Challenge! (A picture can express things so much better than words.) | Source

My Second 30/30 Challenge

The second time I attempted the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge was between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I used this Challenge to keep myself from being distracted by the holidays and all that goes with them. I wanted to make my writing a priority.

Although this challenge was difficult to accomplish during this time of the year, I found the challenge more difficult because I now expected more from my writing and from myself. Many times I found myself wanting to drop out but I fought the urge to quit.

I finished both of these challenges with a few days to spare. I started my third Challenge in conjunction with the Q and A contest that HubPages is sponsoring. I should be able to create several hubs to answer questions and maybe … just maybe …. (fingers crossed) win a little money. A girl can dream …


So . . . What is my Advice on Completing the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge?

There are several things that I have learned in this process that I will share with you now to make your journey through the 30/30 Challenge easier.

First things first! Read this thread about the 30/30 Challenge.

The things that you can do to prepare for the Challenge can be quite comprehensive. I must admit here and now, although the following recommendations will make the challenge easier to complete, I myself have never completed every item listed below. But the more you are able to get done in advance the better your 30/30 Challenge will be and the better your end product will be.


Set a Date and Plan to Start!
Set a Date and Plan to Start! | Source

Set a Time to Start

Set a date, several weeks in advance, to start the Challenge. This will allow you to accomplish some of the tasks that I will share with you in a moment. It will also give you time to mentally prepare yourself (and your friends and family) for what lies ahead. It is crucial to be mentally prepared, because it will not always be easy to accomplish what you need to, day in and day out, during that 30 day time period.



Enlist Friends and Family

Enlist friends, and even other hubbers, to join you in taking the Challenge. It is easier to do it with others. You can be there for each other cheering each other on when the going gets rough when you feel like you just can’t do it.

You could also enlist family members to help with some of the things that normally take time out of your day. Maybe one of your children would be willing to take over cooking a couple times a week during that month. There may be other chores that they may also be willing to help with. I know that I have let a few dust bunnies run wild in my house during this time, and I have heard others state the same.


Create a list of topics to write about.
Create a list of topics to write about. | Source

Prepare List of 30 Hubs in 30 Days

Prepare for the challenge by having a list of at least 30 things that you want to write about. Although you do not have to, in every Challenge that I have done, I have always intended for my 30th hub to be the hub that documents the Challenge I just completed. I also write that hub as I go through the challenge, documenting each hub as I complete it and any special difficulties that I have encountered or any new things that I learned.


SEO Research

When preparing for the Challenge, you may choose to do some SEO research on some or all of the topics you have chosen to write about. This preparation can help you in several different ways as you prepare to complete the 30/30 Challenge.


Use Keywords from SEO Research

After completing the SEO research, create a good list of keywords you intend to focus on as you write your hub. Keywords should also be used to create an effective title. The keywords identified should be used as the tags for your hub, and should be interspersed throughout the verbiage of your hub. But it should never be done to the point where your words do not sound natural.


Do Some Bare-Bones Outlines

Knowing what you are going to write about before starting to compose your hub will make the writing process much easier. This can be accomplished by creating an outline. This outline can then be used as the headers for sections of your hub. These headers should contain the keywords you identified during your SEO research.


Locating the perfect picture can take time.
Locating the perfect picture can take time. | Source

Pictures and Videos

If you intend to use pictures and/or videos in your hubs, locating some of them in advance can be beneficial. Searching for the perfect pictures or videos can be quite time consuming, but adds tremendous value to your hub.


Create Text in a Word Processor First

I have found it is easier to create my document in Microsoft Word first, including my headers, and then transfer the text into my hub. There are several advantages to this which I have documented in my hub titled Ten Reasons to Create the Text for Your Hub Outside of HubPages.


Create a Padding of Hubs

Sometimes life just plain gets in the way of our writing. Other times we have writer’s block and the words do not come to us, and that blasted blank page or computer screen stares back at us unmercifully. But there are ways to prepare for these times. In the early days of your Challenge, I encourage you to write more than one hub a day to create a padding for these times.

Planning to do this will relieve the stress of missing a day now and then, and it could even allow you to complete the Challenge ahead of schedule.


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The Day Approaches

A day or so before starting your Challenge, visit the Challenge forum and declare (post) when you will be starting your Challenge. Contact those you are sharing the Challenge with and encourage them to do the same. Take a deep breath and get one or two good nights of sleep. You will probably need them!




The Challenge

During the Challenge, post your hubs as you complete them in the Challenge forum . (This is the only forum within HubPages that you are allowed, and even encouraged, to enter your links.) Read the hubs of others also posted in the forum. Give each other feedback and encouragement. Do this every day for 30 days and before you know it, you will have completed your 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge as well. I challenge you to give it a try.

Happy Hubbing …

This hub was created in response to question, What advice would you offer to people who want to complete the 30/30 challenge?


© 2012 Cindy Murdoch

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Comments: "Advice on Completing the 30/30 (30 Hubs in 30 Days) Challenge" 20 comments

Victoria Lynn profile image

Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Way to go! Many votes! Great advice. I see that you are ahead of pace. That's great. I need to do that! :-)


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Cindy, I really admire you as a writer. 195 hubs in 7 months is a great achievement. And definitely you qualify to give advice. I have only done 1 challenge (100 hubs in 30 days which I completed successfully). After that the 30 hubs in 30 days was introduced and having done 100 earlier, it did not fascinate me. However, this time I have taken up the challenge as I hope to complete 400 hubs by march 2012. I am normally very organized but my real challenge at the moment is pushing myself when I have a hefty workload already and also suffering from health issues. As you have mentioned, Perseverance is the key for success. So, I too do not plan to give up. All the best for all who have dared to take the challenge!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

Given that I’ve fallen a bit behind this was useful to read. I have done several of the things you suggested, and have a few half written hubs, so here’s hoping when I get back to those I’ll quickly catch up. My problem is I write long hubs so they can take over a day to get ready. But I’m definitely speeding up with doing this challenge so even if I don’t make 30 I will feel I’ve succeeded.

I agree doing it with others is a great benefit.

And next time I try the challenge I’ll be even better prepared, thanks to reading this!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

This is a great list of suggestions Cindy! Planning ahead and getting some of the legwork, such as research and photo selection out of the way, will certainly help make the writing process smoother.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

This is spot-on advice that I could have used when I did my 30/30. It was such a stressful undertaking because I didn't plan AT ALL! IF I ever do the challenge again I will use your Hub as an outline of what needs done when.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I'm afraid that I don't get inspirations often enough to do that. I admire anyone who can!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Happy Hubbing to you my friend.. and thank you for helping me get started. I didn't think I could keep up,, but then i got determined I was going to do this.

these are great tips. thanks again

debbie


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow, I don't even remember how many of those I did but I ended up doing many I can tell you. It was something I needed at the time, with my mother dying and nothing I could do, so it was very therapeutic for me.

You give some great advice. Voted up.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Now that is solid advice to give on a 30/30 challenge. Preparation, support and determination. If you can't do it the first time, try to try again. That is what counts! :)voted and shared!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Victoria Lynn - yes, I am a few hubs ahead - that's that padding I talked about. I like to have that so I don't have to feel so much pressure if I get behind.

Anamika S - I can't help but admire you and anyone else who has completed 100 hubs in 30 days. I do not think I could do that! To me, that is totally amazing. You just would not have time for anything else including sleep. Good luck completing this challenge.

Melovy - I am glad that you have joined us on the challenge this time. It is easier in a crowd. And I agree, even if you do not get all 30 completed, I have a feeling that you have pushed yourself harder than if you had not even attempted the challenge. That alone has made it successful.

Ardie - thanks so much. It really can be a stressful undertaking, especially if you take it very seriously. Although you really are not accountable to anyone other than yourself, it can be stressful if you, like me, expect a lot from yurself.

WillStarr - As a fiction writer, and a wonderful one at that, I can see where the 30/30 would not work for you. That is a lot of short stories to have to come up with in a very short period of time. Its not like you can pick a topic and do research on it - inspiration does have to strike, and your work is truly inspired.

DeborahBrooks - You have been doing great on your challenge, and I have to truly admire you for that. I have only been able to write one poem and it took over a month to do that one. And you have done so well, and your words paint such beautiful pictures.

Jackie Lynnley - Wow - so many you can't remember! But I can imagine that it could be helpful in times like that. It certainly would keep your mind occupied which would have been very helpful at the time.


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biloxi-auditorium 4 years ago

I am on hub #03. I will be working on another one today. It's getting creative! So far I like what I am doing.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent advice, not just for completing the challenge, but also for getting hubs done. Voting this Up and Useful.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

AEvans - Thanks for such votes of confidence. I feel that anyone who has attempted a challenge is more ahead of the game because for that time period you pushed yourself to do more. Thanks so much!


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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

this is helpful because it shows the challenge isn't just about writing--but also preparation. Much of quality writing lies in the preparation. I've been meaning to write a hub on having an editorial calendar. I've used one successfully in the past.

Serious writers should think of themselves as their own magazine and prepare an editorial calendar for content, photos, and videos. Nicely written and good advice.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is great advice. Not only on how to plan and be prepared but also how to make it as stress free as possible.

Voting up


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Don Simkovich - The challenge is about so many things, including commitment and perseverance. I am writing a hub about this 30/30, and I intend to touch on these things as well. thanks

Rosemary50- I am so into stress-free. Stress-free is one of the things that I try to instill in my life.

Thanks so much to both of you for stopping by. I really appreciate it so much!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Indeed, not as Jackie, but I had over 500 hubs in little over a year. I was obsessed. I am over it now...and thankful, lol. Glad it doesn't stress you, wish I could have had that attitude, but at least I do now. I am very relaxed with my hubs. Best of luck.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

As hard as I have worked to get close to 200, I cannot imagine 500 in over a year. Although I guess if I kept it up, I would come close. Some would say (husband) that I too am obsessed. But I just so much want to make this work , that I spend so much time working on it. And I have had so much to learn, and I have been able to keep learning. That is very important. Although I am 53, I recently took a brain age test, and tested at 28. I know it is because of all the ways that I have stretched my brain trying to absorb all that I can. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!


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supermom_in_ny 4 years ago from NY

Awesome strategy! I am about to start my 30 in 30. A little nervous because there is always something going on with 7 kids. However, I am going to try everything possible to complete it this time. Voted up! ;)


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas Author

Good luck with the challenge supermom! I have completed 3 of them and I do not see myself doing another one! I think the 3rd time was it for me. With 7 kids, you do need to go into it with good planning. Best of luck!

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