Lessons Learned During The 30--Day Hub Challenge : Number Thirty
This is my final hub in the thirty day challenge. I was able to finish 30 hubs in 28 days. With a little sigh of relief, I completed my goal. There is so much that was learned and through all of the madness, I also landed a freelance writing project and an editing contract. That was enough to make me appreciate writing even more.
Not that I am not freelancing now, or working on other projects for wonderful writers', but all of our hard-work can place us in the limelight. Achieving the 30/30 was because there was so much motivation during the challenge. Our group on Facebook is made up of all kinds of writers'. Quite a few from HubPages, but there are others who write on multiple sites.
Along with the March contest on Hubpages, Homesteadbound along with MissOlive suggested we create a 30/30 challenge. Holding on-line virtual meetings the organization began and low and behold another 36 hubbers stepped up to the challenge and began to create hubs. With a lot of organization, docs and other writers' who would back link the work of others, the challenge began.
The first seven days appeared to be easy sailing. Many of us chose topics from the Q&A answering the questions with a hub. By the 15th day we were pushing the envelope. With all of the other commitments I had along with work, my brain felt like jell-o.
Taking a deep breath, I read instead of wrote .And by the 17th day I began to catch up by publishing two hubs in one day. I noticed that some of my work was getting a little edgy. In a couple of hubs I had duplicated my words and had to go back and correct my errors. Thank God for another pair of eyes, from all of the wonderful writers' who sent me an e-mail.
Day 25 came and I felt quite overloaded. I was writing 5 articles a day and at least one or two belonged on the challenge. My days went into the wee hours of the morning, and I was still working on reading, commenting, greeting and posting. There were times when my head hurt and my vision was blurred, because I was writing so much.
When I wrote hub 29 last night for a mother who is heartbroken because her young son is wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit. I researched all of the information for over a month before deciding to write about this young soldier. I believe wholeheartedly that Alfred Joseph Sanchez is innocent and now I am on a mission with his mother. With that hub it was 2am before I went to slip and I was up at the crack of dawn.
What I have learned from the 30/30 challenge is never to give up. If it is your first time with the challenge, pace yourself. If you can't complete it the first time, go back and try again. Begin with 10/10 or 15/15 until you work your way-up to 30. Nobody is going to be disappointed with you.
Organize yourself prior to your challenge. Choose titles, research your topic, add your picture, video, Amazon or Ebay capsules prior to writing your article. Create your summary about what your hub is about. The nice thing is you can leave multiple hubs unpublished for a long time. Amazingly the hub score tends to move up or down, depending on how long they have been there.
Make sure all of your hubs are quality. Sloppy writing will only bring your hub score down and Google doesn't mind putting you in the sandbox.
If you have a comment on your hub or receive an e-mail with someone critiquing your work. Be appreciative because they are only being supportive.
Take a break. All of us need a break and if you don't feel like writing another word, don't! Because many of us have completed the challenge now , doesn't mean we have not given up before.
Motivate others to complete the challenge, just like they have motivated you. If someone can't be there for you, be supportive of them.
At the end of the challenge, you will feel accomplished, rewarded and relieved that you achieved your own personal goal.
Now I can get back to reading, writing and some well needed rest and relaxation.
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