Searching my boundaries – The 30 hubs in 30 days challenge

Challenging myself
Challenging myself | Source

The great decision

Soooooo, I decided to take this challenge this month finally :). Well, it is not exactly true that I am taking it ’this’ month, as I consider 07/30 as the start and planning to write the 30 hubs by 08/26… aaand one additional one of course, as the 30th will be my 49th hub overall, so I would like to celebrate the end and the (hopefully) successful end of my challenge by writing the 50th hub as well.

I know that this is a very hard job, but now I feel the power in myself and I have loads (at least 15) new article ideas in my head and some of these already have a word document on my desktop containing the most important thoughts that came into my mind.

Usually I am working on about 3-5 hubs at the same time, so sometimes I am able to publish more on a single day, meanwhile I post none – usually on the weekends, when I prefer to spend some precious time with my ‘new’ husband… Yep, I should not neglect him on the 3rd week after our marriage, right? :)

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My beloved grandma - I miss her a lot!
My beloved grandma - I miss her a lot! | Source

The challenge and me before – a sad story

I have to admit, this is not the first time I am trying to take and successfully finish this challenge. 2 years ago, when I found this fantastic site I was very eager to write and help my fellow hubbers to get to know more things that interest me and is possibly useful for them, too.

Sadly, I was unable to write more than 9 hubs in the challenge, as we went for a short family-visit to Germany and by the time we got home with Daniel, I had to found out that my grandma is very ill. It turned out she had bone cancer and I was unable to leave her alone and just sit in front on the computer, writing.

After a month she became much more sick, so we had to call the paramedics, who brought her to a hospital. It turned out if it weren’t for us, she would have died, so we did a good job when we called them at once.

But the worst thing came after this. The doctor told us she probably has only a month left. Most of my family and even Daniel and my sister’s boyfriend spent most of our time at her bed… And I am happy we did. Although she really passed on on the 5th of September in 2010, now I know we did good that we supported her in her last weeks. It was terrible and there’s not a single day when I would not think about her ever since. I guess it is not a surprise I was unable to continue/get back to writing after these…

And I have to admit, I completely forgot that there’s even a site HubPages…

A new beginning

2 years have passed since then and loads of fantastic and completely new things happened to me. Maybe you already know that I moved to a completely new country (UK), got engaged, had the wedding planned, etc.

That’s when I got an e-mail from HubPages. I have got loads through the months, but I have to admit I’ve deleted them immediately, even without reading them. But not this time.

In the end of June finally I decided to check back to this page. Suddenly everything came back… I have written 10 hubs in less than 2 weeks and I enjoyed it a lot. That’s why I’ve decided that when we will get back to the UK after our wedding in Hungary, I will continue writing. That’s what I am basically doing now.

My progress so far

So all in all, I consider 07/30 as the start and since then I have written several hubs already. You can take a look at my progress in the following table, which I will try to update daily, in case I publish a new hub.

So here we go:

Date
Number of hubs published that day
07/30
1
07/31
2
08/01
1
08/02
3
08/04
1
08/05
1
08/06
1
08/07
2
08/08
2 - One of these hubs became HOTD :)
08/09
2
08/10
1
08/12
1
08/13
3
08/14
1 - This one
08/15
2
08/16
3
08/17
1
08/18
2
Hubs written altogether during the challenge:
30

So far so good I guess :). As I have already said, I have several new hub ideas in my head and some of them are already halfway to be published. Hopefully this time I will be able to successfully finish this challenge. I know I will get no accolades or anything in return; I just want to test myself and do what I like.

Of course I have to admit, that I wouldn’t be able to do this without my loving husband who is very happy that after all these hard years and unsuccessful applications for jobs I am happy and I do the 2 things that I like and know the most: I am helping people with my knowledge and also using my creativity. Ohh, and I am doing my newest favourite: writing :).

I already consider this challenge a successful one, as one of my hubs became the Hub of The Day on 08/10, so I am incredibly happy and this also motivates me a lot to keep on working and hopefully I can be ‘somebody’ here on the end.

The best day of my life
The best day of my life | Source

What have I learned during the Challenge?

  • You should not think about giving it up. Or if you do, just give yourself a break and relax, the next day you will see everything completely different :).
  • Tell your better half what you are doing. I’m sure they will support you with all their best – and with this, everything seems brighter already.
  • Always write down your new ideas on the spot. Since I do this I have the above mentioned amount of hubs under progress – either in my head or in a word document on my desktop. My phone is always with me, so I have the opportunity to take notes no matter where I am. And this only takes a minute, but worth a lot later - otherwise at home you would suddenly realise you had a great idea, but you forgot it! (Just like I did a few times before.)
  • If you are out of great ideas for new hubs don’t worry – there are plenty of great ideas on HubPages itself, like the Weekly Topic Inspiration, Contests or questions asked by other hubbers: I’ve already answered some of these in my hubs. So basically if you see an interesting question and you can give a great answer to it take your time and do some research on the topic to be able to answer the question with a quality hub.

My promise

That’s all so far. As I promised, I will update this hub regularly until I am finished with the challenge. Cross your fingers guys and wish me luck! :)

Update: I did it! :)

Only 19 days passed since I've started my Challenge - and I have already finished it! :)

I am sooooo happy right now that I could even sing and dance - the only reason I won't do it is because it's already past midnight here :).

Doing this challenge was not hard at all now, I guess I already had many experiences on how to and what to write into my hubs. And also, as I have already said I had many great ideas in my head to make them into hubs, and in fact many of these are still waiting to be published.

During the past 3 weeks I got loads of inspiration from questions asked by other hubbers, did Weekly Topic Inspirations and still tried to develop myself by reading about other hubbers' experiences, challenges and successes.

I hope with my successful challenge I will also be able to motivate others to be able to finish their 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. If I was able to do it, then anyone else is able :).

Yes, I know I'm crazy :)
Yes, I know I'm crazy :) | Source

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tehgyb 2 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

Awesome, good job!

I was thinking of doing the challenge myself, but I keep hitting roadblocks in my personal life that prevent me from spending as much time writing as I really want, when I do find the time I can't find the subject.

Thanks for the hub!


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Aikonia: Thank You, for your comment, I wish you loads of success for this challenge - and for your whole writing carreer overall :).

Hitting the 10th hub is already a big achievement, keep up the good work - believe me, the more you write, the more ideas pop into your mind :).


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Aikonia 4 years ago from New York

Congratulations!! I didn't even think along the lines of 30 hubs in 30 days when I just decided to "write a hub a day" and see how long I can keep it going. I started in September 9th and just finished my 10th Hubpage (and my 12th in total - yes, even though I've joined over a year ago, I haven't been back until 8 days ago and with a vengeance :-)) so I'm a little ahead of of "a hubpage a day" but you're right, the more you think and write hubpages the more ideas seems to just pop up and I've already got a list of ideas to write up! Thanks for sharing and congratulations again!


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Congratulations on finishing the challenge! I've always been tempted to give it a try but just haven't committed to it - maybe some day!


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Believe me it is not as hard as it seems. If I can do it - anyone can do it :). You just need good ideas and persistency.

I wish you loads of luck and success if you start it.

Thank you for your comment !


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

So sorry to hear about your grandmother.

Best of luck doing the 30/30. I think of doing it and it scares me a bit. I think I should just do it instead of thinking of it.

Much happiness in your marriage.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Mama Kim, I am sorry for your loss too. For me it is the best to think about her and what would she say is certain situations - I think this makes me a better person overall.

I wish you luck and happiness!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

This is a very personal hub, thank you for sharing. I'm very sorry to hear about your grandmother. I lost my aunt in a similar way a little over a year ago. It makes it hard to want to do anything. I'm so happy your back and I enjoy your hubs very much! Congratulations on HOTD as well!


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Yes, I already thought about a hub honoring her, and probably I will do it once. I'm just afraid it would be to sad on the end... as the circumstances of her last months were really shocking indeed.

To the challenge: I wish you loads of luck, I'm sure you will be able to do it, too. You have great articles, so if you can keep up this good work, I know you will get even more successful :).

Ohh, and thanks for your comment :)


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

Not much further to go, I have no doubt you will make it. I hope you find a topic that honors your grandmother, that would be a nice addition to your hubs. My grandmother passed of the same thing in the early 90's.

I am working on the same challenge but only 3 days into it. It really pushes you and nothing but more followers, increased income and lots more experience.


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zsobig 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thanks a lot billybuc, I hope I will be to finish it and write some hubs that are at least half as good as yours :).

Thank you for your kind words!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, I am sorry about your grandmother, but congratulations on all the other wonderful things that have happened to you. I have taken the challenge and it was very beneficial for me, so best of luck to you and I look forward to reading more of your work.

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