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My 100th Hub in 72 Days

As many of you know from reading my material, I have recently lost my Mother to cancer. For two years I cared for my her and I was sequestered from speaking about her condition. Her care was quite consuming. I came to write on Hub Pages as probably as everyone does looking for a supplemental income. And because we all have unique perspectives to share with our audiences all of us are in a unique position to contribute

And while I didn't find a pot of gold in this venture, I have found my voice and myself again which I almost lost when my Mother died. Writing has helped me through my grief and while I have tried not to let my grief show in my writing, I am certain some of my readers have noticed it.

So I will share what I have learned from writing a 100 hubs in 72 days.


Topics

How do I select my topics? I write about anything and everything. I write about politics, entertainment, for educational purposes and I have recently spread out into tourism. My tourism pieces are to give you specific logistical information on how to travel and get around certain cities. I want to expand this area of writing as I have traveled extensively and love to write about this topic with the logistical information including airlines, hotels, restaurants and tours. It might seem rather solicitous but the purpose is to enable you with the ability to maximize your vacation experiences.

I have also written about certain educational institutions. I have made many references back to the educational institutions homepage as I feel they provide more specific information then I can. They are schools which I would attend or I would feel comfortable recommending to a friend or friend's child. But again if you find them to refer back to the educational homepage it is because I defer to the institution when providing specific information and its expertise in defining itself.

So the general rule of writing a hub is write what you know and defer to the experts by providing citations and links. And try to conceal really personal information about yourself.

Time It Takes ot Write a Hub

I found this varies based on subject but for the most part I don't think I have written a hub that took under 30 minutes. And that is not counting going back and reading the comments and responding to the comment section of my hubs. The worst part for me is that I am a terrible editor. I have actually waited three days and still not seen my own typos. A friend suggested I type all my pieces into microsoft word and then cut and pasting them back into hubpages. This has worked for me for the most part except when it hasn't.

I also read my articles backwards to catch typos and for subject verb agreement. I am German so I consider a sentence a noun and a verb. So the writing bar is not set high in my hubs but that is also so I can reach a wider audience.

So it is a good general rule that you will spend atleast 30 minutes constructing a hub.

The Techincal Aspects of Hubbing

I don't think I have a hubtivity score anymore. I am hubtivity unaware. It took me perhaps a month to get signed up with adsense and amazom. It took me quite a while to figure out how to put tracking codes on my hubs and the to put adsense codes on them as well. I still haven't figured out google analytics.

But perhaps after a month I had codes on my hubs. It was really a pain though because I didn't figure out how to put the codes on until I had published about 50 hubs. So I had to go back through all my hubs and add the codes back in. More than likely I will not be paid for the traffic from my first 50 hubs because I didn't have the codes on. But I will not know for certain until I am paid.

As for Amazon, I haven't sold anything yet or atleast I haven't been notified I have sold anything yet.

Placing images on my articles was difficult for me unless they came from my camera. I have several hubs with original images but for the most part I use google images and I credit Google Images.

I also use youtube vidoe frequently. Youtube has most everything I am looking for but some things are not available. For instance in my Hub about Senator "Bill Nelson Truths" I was unable to attain the video from C-Span in which he claimed that torture was not occurring in GITMO. I really wanted that video but it wasn't available on Youtube. But then I find really happy things that make me LOL like the picture of Palin in a Bikini and the picture of Bachmann in a Bikini. See "Tea Party Conservatives". For Youtube I was able to master a great hub on "Bushes Emergency Management" which I recommend everyone read before this election cycle is complete. I also like the work I did on "Breaking Boundaries".

I have used RSS feeds and I have utilized the links as you will see in related hubs in my "Writing Appropriate Condolences" hub.

In the past few weeks I have managed to get on Facebook. I haven't seen a bounce in my traffic from Facebook participation. But I am open to having my traffic scores increase from Facebook.

With great humility, I acknowledge I have to learn more about the technical aspects of the Hub Pages. I have juts begun on twitter and thank goodness I have one kind follower.

So while I have learned a great deal in short amount of time. I have much more to learn. For instances I would like to learn Search Engine Optimizing or SEO.

In a 100 hubs in 72 days, I have been so touched by my readers who have taken the time to read, comment and provide feedback. One kind soul enough took the time out to explain how to link hubs. Thank goodness for the kind souls on Hubpages.


The Challenge of 100 Hubs in 72 Days.

The Challenge of 100 hubs in 72 days was well worth pursing but I would not have continued without the support of the readers and to them I am entirely grateful. What is next? Will I write a 100 more in the next 72 days? Who knows? All I can report is that I have enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to write for all of you. So to all my readers, commenters and raters, thank you.

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Jessica741 5 years ago from Huntington Beach

That's amazing how you made 100 hubs in 72 days keep it up.


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Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

So sorry to hear about your Mom....your memories will get u through the difficult times.

Hub Pages is indeed a learning experience for many of us. the great thing is how you feel when you get it right, when u try something new and it works. It really is a wonderful place to write. Best of luck always.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Jessica741: Thank you. I don't know if I will keep up the same pace but I will definetly keep writing. It has been very healing for me through my grief.

Cathy I: Thank you it was a surprise since we were told she was in remission as of Decemeber and died January 6th. I have been lucky to find a good core group of people in my first couple of months to help me out and you are right it does feel good to get past the technical challenges although I may never concur google analytics. I have been blessed with many wonderful fellow writers who have been kind enough to share their words of compassion, help me with a little revision and then give me techincal advice. I am really grateful to all those who take the time to read, comment and to provide feedback. Writing has really helped me through my grief. And it is a wonderful community of people.

Best to All,

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, amazing that you've kept it up. And I'm sorry to hear about your mom; I can't imagine that pain.

I have so much to learn. I've written only one hub. I've researched this sight for months, though, but in reading your hub I realize that I have so much to learn? I don't know how to put a code (what kind of code?) on hubs. I don't know how to do links or even what they are or how they benefit a hub (but I bet there is a hub written about that!). So much to learn. But I think it will be an exciting adventure. I spent a lot of time on my first hub--revising, proofing.... Do you really ever just take 30 minutes? I'm so used to revising several times in my writing until I feel it's perfect. I don't think it's very efficent to do it that way on here, though. Plus, I have a full and part time job, and I just don't have a lot of time. But I want to eventually get into freelance writing full time. How, oh, how!!?

Anyway, I feel I'm rambling. You did inspire me, though. I enjoyed your hub. I'm going to follow your journey....


klevifusha 5 years ago

This is really motivating for young writers. Great read. Thanks.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Victoria Lynn: It only hurts when I laugh!! I have kept it bottled up and just write my way out of grief. When I started writing I was os traumatized I would have to make lists of simple things. ie: Take trash out, go to store but I have literally written my way out of grief. I mean I am still sad and I will always miss my Mom but I am moving on now from grief and transforming into a healthier person.

Have you ste up your adsense account yet. It is under earnings on your hub account page. Once you have set up your adsense and pay pal account go back to adsense and follow the tutorial. It is a video that explans exactly how to put the codes onto your page but remember on your webpage hit edit and then the HTML and insert the code that way.

As for my 30 minute hubs not many. I usually work out an outline and I too have taught college and has a diverse background so I have a lot to draw upon. I always do my research first. I pull up a microsoft word page and write my text. I let Microsoft spell check and edit althugh I am told you canuse google chrome and it will edit as you type. Then I cut and paste the article back into hubpages.

I respell check and then I finish editing. Before I publish I hit the suggested link button at the top and highlight certain words and link back into other hub articles ot increase my hubitivity. A very generous writer on hubpages explained how to do this to me. And I am eternally grateful.

I do one last read through and then I hit publish.

In the beginning when mygreif was so great I made a lot of typos and didn't catch them but now I have improved because I go through Microsoft word first and cut and paste.

The links to Facebook and Twitter are on top of the page so you can always post your article three times everytime you post. I have been very lucky to meet a lot of generous people and Congress have given me a lot of material to write about lately.

Some days I could just sit down and pull out six articles and then other days I was hard pressed to write one.

I think you have to allow yourslef to make mistakes. I own mine. I have made them but they have made me a better write.

It is odd as well because the articles I thought would be very popular weren't and then other articles that I thought were just nothing people really responded to. I also have a certain niche' on hubpages. I write on topics only I write on. There is some cross over but I kind of craved out a niche for myself without really trying.

If I many be so bold just write what is on your mind but not personal to you. Chances are others are thinking exactly what you are thinking or the exact opposite.

See I ramble as well. It is all very good hub material. I am following you as well and I look forward to reading your next article soon.

klevifusha: Thank you and my family was from Brooklyn as well. I am following you as well. Go luck in SC.

All My Best to You Both!!

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

thanks, JT! such great information! I printed off your message and will look at it more later and respond more. I wish I had more time. I do want to be successful in HubPages, but I have a full-time job, as well as a part-time online teaching job. Finding time to deal with everyday life tasks plus the efforts I would like to put into writing is a challenge. I will respond to you more in a few days, and I will be publishing my next hub probably by the weekend. I don't know if I can post more than one hub a week at this point. Thanks for saying you'll follow me, too. I'm looking forward to spending more time looking at your work, as well! Thank you!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Victoria Lynn,

Absolutely no problem. We are here to help each other. I appreciate you have a full time and a part time job but you must be able to gleen many experiences from them for which to write about. Keep a note pad with you and write down topics which you think would make good hub articles. You are a nurse right? You must have a thousand experiences to write about from that profession alone. Write what you know but not what is personal to you and you will be fine.

I can appreciate trying to find the time. It is a challenge for all of us but even if you published one article a week you would have 52 in a year. Some of the most popular hubbers don't even have that many articles.

I didn't mention google images to you. You can go directly to www.google.com and then on the upper left hand corner click images and type in what you would like to find. There is an image for just about everything which you can use in your hubs. Youtube is great for videos. I even have rss feeds in one of my hubs. These first two months have been about learning the system and getting things set up.

Each author is different and each perosn works at their own pace. So don't rush yourself. I made it a goal to write a 100 hubs in under a 100 days. I made it in 72 days but I am also doing many other things while I am writing these hubs so time is hard to find for all of us. My goal was set inorder to help process my grief. You will set your own goals and your own pace. And it will be right for you.

I look forward to reading our next post but make certain you are set up on paypal and googleadsense as well as amazon affiliate program. I have yet to be paid by amazon but the economy is weak and people aren't buying right now. But cover all your bases. I would hate for you to end up like I did with 50 articles without the codes on them so you don't get any credit.

Take your time and when you are ready to publish, know I will be eagerly waitng to read.

You are welcome but I would have shared this information with anyone who asked. It is what we do as writers, we help each other. And thank you for readinga nd sharing this milestone with me.

All My Best,

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

JT, I was reading over your instuctions regarding adding codes. I have applied for an adsense account but I had better get more hubs on there, as I hear a person needs to have 2 or 3 for them to accept. Anyway, so the code is in the tutorial video? I went to my hub just to see where you said to enter it. I clicked on edit and then HTML, and what came up was a box with my text in it (and some gibberish-type characters). Do I clear the HTML and add it, or will that delete my text? Or do I just add it in? Thanks for trying to help. It really does help. when I get better at the technical aspects of all of this, then I can help others, too!

And no, I'm not a nurse, but close! A social worker and nusing home administrator. I have lots of experiences there. Plus the teaching....

More later! I've got to get my next hub finished! Thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

JT, Tell me if I'm asking too many questions. It's amazing how long I've been research hubpages and still have so much to learn. I clicked on "suggest links" and then highlighed a phrase to see how that works. That's cool! It took me to several hubs that related. I clicked on one, but then what. Hit "link to this hub" at the bottom of the page? Do I paste my hubpage address in the box that comes up. Is there a hub out there on this? If not, you should write one since someone taught you how! I guess there really are so many things to hub about. Do I have to link my hubs for them to show up as "related hubs" on other hubs. I thought maybe that did that automatically. Thanks for helping me out. :-)


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Wow a social worker, you must be busy. I could use one of those myself after the death of my mother with absoluetly no hospice caring for her in end stage cancer fo rtwo years and her lilfe insurance policy was not honored because hospice was only called a in three days after she forgte to pay her last premuim.

But no scoial work for us. I have had to heal myself with the Hubpages and writing.

You have to place the HTMl code in between the header and the body of the HTML text. The video explains this quite clearly and follow the video precisely toherwise your codes don't track and I have managed to make mistakes several times doing this so I am going to refer you back to adsense video.

As for linking you hit the suggest link bottom, highlight whatever text you have that you think can be linked and then a blackbox will appear with text title with little bullets to the left. Hit the bullet you wish to link to and it is done.

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I nalways try to put a related hub section at the bottom of each article I write in case people what to select their links by title. When you highlight the word the reader doesn't necessarily know what they are linking to so I like to always provide a related link section at the bottom of my hub page.

I have no idea of there is a hub on this subject or not am I wouldn't want to take credit from the very generous person who actually took the time out to tell me how to do this. IF there is authorship to be had on this subject matter it would belong to the kind gentleman who taught me.

Now I don't remember how many articles I started out with. I imagine I wrote quite a bit. I am only on my 73rd day and I am at a hundred so I defintely wrote alot. The really difficult part was getting the adsense codes on correctly to start tracking my views. And please remember I didn't actually learn how to do that until I had written my 50th hub which was really a pain. But once you have written several articles you will find yourself in a niche' and your hubs will be related. I taught college as well so I understand the variety in which you will write but even then you will probably only have five or six different subjects and you will ave created a niche for yourself. HUbpages might link hubs thata are related but I am not aware of it. But to be clear I still haven't figured out google analytics which you need to sign up for as well. Not have I figured out Amazon affiliate progran. Either I am not selling anything or I am not doing it properly. I just put the plus one code on my hubs from adsense. So I still have a lot to learn.

And then there is the art of driving traffic to your sight which I have been given pointers but I haven't had the time to figure that out either. But I will. Everyday I just endeavor to be better at hubbing.

Congradulations on your next articles. Are you usng word and cutting a pasting? That helped me cut down on typos and spelling errors so much. Are you downloading imagines from google and video from youtube? Once your adsense account is set up you will ba able to access the video that will walk you through putting the codes on.

I am really glad you are excited about writing on hubpages. There is a lot more to it than writing but people stay with it for years and years. It is a good community.

Good Luck and I am following you so I will see when you publish..take your time. t will be atleast three days until adsense confirms you. That gives you a little time to work on your article.

Best of Luck and looking forward to your next publication:-)

No problem.

JT


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Here is the code to put +1 into your articles but do it within HTML in the body.

(function() {

var po = document.createElement('script'); po.type = 'text/javascript'; po.async = true;

po.src = 'https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js';

var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(po, s);

})();

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks, JT! You're a very patient person. Hey, before I read your instructions on the linking (to get the blue words!), I actually figured it out. I was making it too hard. I was clicking on the hub title instead of just clicking the little "x." haha

Once I get into Adsense, I'll watch the video. Between that and your input, I'm sure I'll be able to put in the code. I had started signing up for Google Analytics but got stuck. I'll get back to that.

So sorry about your mom. Hospice is a wonderful service, and I wish she could have experienced it longer. Our health care system lets many people down, it seems. Perhaps I'll write a hub on the benefits of using Hospice. A lot of folks out there don't realize how helpful they can be.

Anyway, I'm spending quite a bit of time on all this, considering my schedule. I left the flash drive that has my next hub at work, so I'll either finish it tomorrow night, or I might even dream up a hub to publish tonight! Who knows? thanks for all your encouragment. Right now, I'm feeling kind of overwhelmed and thinking: is it all worth it? But I do like to write and think and interact with other writers, so I think this is a good place to start. And I'm not stupid--I'll get the hang of it, eventually! I've heard you and other hubbers say that it takes a while....When I do learn something new, I get excited about it, which gives me a boost and the urge to continue! Talk to you soon!


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Victoria Lynn,

It isn't a matter of intelligence to figure this out actually IQ points work against you in this situation as it has me because I thought it was more complicated than it has been.

Is it worth it? Well if it is about the money it isn't immediate. For me writing is breathing and I must do it everyday. It seems if you are a creative, self motivated person then it is probably worth it.

I love my readers and my commentors and I look forward to hear from all of them.

Please don't use the code up top. It went in correctly but posted incorrectly. Wait until you get adsense and then you can obtain the +1 code.

Don't get overwhelmed. So many good things will come to you on hubpages. You just have to work the system.

Hospice would have been nice. It isn't a voluntary program and my mother wasn't refer by either oncologist and she had two. It would seem hospice is only for the really wealthy. I could have used the respite and the help. It was all on me to do everything for years and they just kept telling me my Mother was fine. I would call and ask for hospice and they would tell she was fine. This lasted until my Mother lost her gross motor skills and was dimished capacity in December of 2010. Hospice refused me services after my Mother died. No counseling no help nothing. They couldn't even come get the Christmas tree down which I didn't even want to put up because I thought she was dying. I did everything I could but the doctors refused to acknowledge my Mother was dying. They medically cleared her to return to work in writing in October via mail and she died January 6th. If the medical profession doesn't tell someone their dying then it is a terrible miss. Hospice can only help when doctors make the refferal. I can't explain why Hospice decided not to help after my Mother died. believe I was entitled to servies for a year aftre my Mother's death and they haven't done anything to date.

Give it time when it is a labor of love you don't feel drained by writing but up lifted. Atleast that is the way I feel about writing and if you figure out how to make money at something you love then it is the the cherry on top of the Sundae.

All My Best,

JT


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Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

JT--I'm so sorry for what you experienced with your mom. It shouldn't be that way. Did she have Medicare, because that would pay for Hospice services. However, you're right; there has to be a referral from a doctor. So sorry.

To answer a previous question, yes, I do use Word first, and then copy and paste. I don't think I could type right into the capsules. I'll be patient and figure out the code when I get adsense. For now, I just need to focus on writing several hubs and getting them on there, I think. I'll learn as I go.

Thanks, again. I'll be exploring more of your hubs, too! --Victoria Lynn


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you. You are so kind. Mom had both health insurance and Medicaire and still she didn't get the help she needed. The Hospital argued with me that my Mother didn't qualify for Hospice services which I had to cite Florida Law. Everyone qualifies for Hospice regardless of their ability to pay. There is nothing like having the hospital social worker screaming at me while my Mother was on her death bed that she didn't qualify for Hospice services. The medical profesion is such a disaster. I had to cite law. It is what it is. But thank you for your condolences.

You will learn as you and you will make friends that will help you.

I look forward to reading you as well.

All My Best,

JT


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TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

Thank you - this works as a great pep talk. I'm so inspired - and it pays off.

Yay! And rated up!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Bravo to you and your accomplishment. Keep up the wonderful work. I hope that you will see 200 soon. Cheers.


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

Sorry to hear of your lost didn't know but hopefully you will get strength each day, my mom passed over 10 years from cancer it is a cruel killer, but your days will get better. Your writings I truly enjoy thank you for sharing once again a fabulous article, I enjoyed it and have credit it accordingly. Thanks again


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi lyns,

It took me a long time to write about my Mom dying and I haven't really written much about the experience. I was so lost after she died and I still have bouts of grief. I couldn't remember to take out the trash. Writing was how I found my barring again.

Because I have a child with Autism I was denied Grief Counseling as no one would make arrangements for him to be watched and the counselors were not willing to provide grief couseling with him in the room. I had to get through this on my own and writing was my only vehicle so I used it and it helped.

Thanks for reading, commenting and providing feedback. Your comments are valued. And your kind supportive words are su touching and mean a great deal.

JT


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joseph merlin 5 years ago from Jupiter

Congratulation on making the great challenge accomplished. 100 Hubs in 72 days is great.

Good luck and have more and more.


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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Joesph Merlin,

Thank you so much for reading, commenting and providing feedback.

I look forward to reading you in the future. I hope you have written a layman's guide to cricket because I know absolutely nothing about cricket.

JT

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