Lessons on Hubbing Learned in the HubChallenge

This is what the hubchallenge was all about for me....getting more content written and published!

And I have to thank Darkside for encouraging me to do just that!

I signed up for 30 hubs in 30 days. But my personal goal was 35. Thirty-five new hubs would bring me to a nice round 100 total published hubs.

I made it to thirty - I had no doubt I would. I'm a classic procrastinator, but I love a deadline. Give me a deadline, and I'll get 'er done. (oops...probably ought to mention I have a redneck streak in there with that writer-wannabe-gene. Don't shoot me - those redneck hubs are doing purty good for me so far!)

I asked on the forums if I should just be done with the challenge after 30, and darkside encouraged me to just keep tagging my hubs with "hubchallenge" until the end.

At that point, I only needed 3 more to meet my personal goal.

You are now reading my 100th Hub on Hubpages.


Not that darskide needs my recommendation, but I think he's a great hubber, and a fellow-conspirator in the challenge, so knocking out a hub starting with a "thank you" to him makes the writing easier to me.

It is definitely one of the things I like most about hubpages - the encouraging community.

But let's face it folks, "friends" on hubpages are not what makes the money!

Believe it or not, I do have some technical ability. I've programmed telephone systems for a bunch of years now. Back in the day, I was the "computer coordinator" for a small department at the University of North Carolina. It happened by default, really. I had to learn what to do after I formatted the hard drive on the only computer in the the department that had a hard drive, on, like, my second day on the job.

I think I do have a bit of a knack for combining the technical and the creative, and it has served me well in my careers.

But my dream has always been to be a "writer", a "job" that means different things to different people, and a job that has indeed meant different things to me at different times in my life. Participating in the HubChallenge has helped me define what being a writer, and a hubber, means to me now.

Am I here to make money? Well, sort of. Yes. I guess I am. I took the challenge, didn't I?

But I'm here to make money doing what I love to do. I love to write. I especially love to write when it comes easy - like it has in spurts over the last 30 days.

Do I love to tweak my hubs and do keyword research? Well, lucky for me, I don't mind it. I like it enough to do it now and then when I can't find my "muse." But I don't love it enough to call myself as an internet marketer rather than a writer.

At hubpages, I love being able to write and publish whatever I want, depending on the mood that strikes me.

Some of my hubs will never get much traffic. They are just silly poems I've written along the way - but poems I kinda like, poems I'm glad I wrote and glad someone reads now and then.

Then there are a articles I wrote a lifetime ago, when I thought I might actually make a living at this. I was paid pretty well for them when they were first published, but that's money long gone. How cool to be able to recyle - even if just for a few pennies - those words that already earned me some money, once upon a time.

And there's the stuff I like to write now. Not everyone will want to read it. But it seems a few do, here and there. And when folks read what I write, I experience a validation that I seldom have in my "real job."

I love the comments at hubpages. I love the stats. I loved hitting the 100 profile score during the challenge for the first time (that I noticed anyway). I love seeing red arrows on my account page. And I love hubbers as successful as darkside offering their encouragement and their expertise to others.

And I gotta tell you, I love the prospect of that first google adsense check, and the next, and the thought of monthly checks that increase exponentially. And someday, I'm gonna learn all this keywork/SEO stuff and retire to a country home in eastern North Carolina where I can have a garden, and maybe some chickens, and sustain my household by writing what I want to write.

Yep. That's my dream. That's why I hub. That's why I'm glad I participated in the HubChallenge.


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Tiptopcat 7 years ago from London, UK

congratulations on completing the 30 day challenge and getting to your target of 100 hubs. I am a newbie here and am going at my own speed to get to my target of 50 hubs.

Well done and happy writing

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Congrats on the challenge and on reaching 100 hubs!! Way to go!

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks, tiptop! 50 was fun, but I'm finally seeing the traffic & pennies increase with 100! The hubchallenge was definitely worth the effort for me.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, TM - I admit, it feels good!

Kindred Spirit 7 years ago

You were one of the first hubber to get my attention when joining hubpages. I am so glad that you've accomplished your goal! Now you've given me hope! Best wishes on your dreams of owning a country home in N.C....

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thank you, Kindred Spirit - and best wishes to you at hubpages, too!

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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Congrats on your 100th hub! That is an accomplishment! May you continue to write many more. :)

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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

I like hubpages for all those reasons, too. Maybe it is in the genes;o) But, you gardening and raising chickens? How you gonna do that indoors?

ralwus 7 years ago

And we're so fortunate that you are here. Congrats dear on your blooming success! Good luck with adsense too dear.

\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

Well done, lucky you I wish i could find my way round the computer like you can, and work to deadlines, but I am learning on here, and people like you do tend to rub off a bit on us lazy ones, and encourage so thanks for that...... look forward to reading more of your hubs

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for all of the comments! Brenda - learning is part of the process! And a fun part! By comparison to the really good hubbers around here, I've moved pretty slowly - I needed the hubchallenge to get a little more serious about it!

And mom, I know it's hard to picture...I think I want the OPTION of the garden & chickens more than the reality :-)

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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Well done Dineane!

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babedoll50 7 years ago from Alberta

First of all I would like to say congrats. There are a few people I watch closely to silently mentor me here and Im happy to tell you that you are one of them. I know I still have to get a better understanding of hub pages but it will come in time. I try and write quality stuff but not getting a lot of followers. Will continue watching people such as yourself to help my dreams become reality. Once again congrats.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Wow - thanks for the compliment babedoll, but I'm definitely not the "best" at this! I've been here a long time without earning a check, and while I've picked up lots of tips from other more successful hubbers, I'm not always great at implementing them - I try to just get things published with the intention of tweaking later...I'll let you know when "later" comes around and how it works :-)

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Congrats. I didn't make my goal but I got off my rear and got to writing which really was what I needed.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

RGraf, I think my replies to comments are disappearing lately! I'm sure I answered and agreed - it's all about the writing, and anything that gets us off our rears is a good thing!

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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

It is a big encouragement to people like me to know that even experienced writers like yourself are still waiting for your first check.

I have started out real slow and as yet I haven’t made any money at all apart from about 30cents that I think you accrue for page views. I enjoy writing on hubpages so I will keep on but sometimes it is discouraging when you don’t get any page views on some of your hubs. Thanks for sharing

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tdarby 7 years ago

Yeah 100!

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

thanks, tdarby! The sad part is that I've only published another 5 hubs this summer! I've been so busy, and distracted by silly stuff....hoping to get back to writing soon!

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