The 100 Hubs Challenge in 30 Days
Completing the Challenge
So I have completed the 100 hubs in 30 days challenge which makes this my 300 hub. As previously stated I have work under the premise that 156 hubs are equal to one year of work on HubPages. At 300 hubs I am just 12 hubs shy of my two year mark in just under 5 months. I have written hubs along the way citing my journey through the first five months on hubpages including but not limited to meeting the challenges.
I did this for several reasons. First I thought it was an important process to record. This is a new type of writing for me. It has taken a lot to adjust to writing on Hubpages since I am use to having an editor. So recording the process helps me evaluate my progress.
Second for any of you wishing to pursue this endeavor I thought it was important to know what it was like. I highly recommend it. You meet really generous interesting intelligent people along the way with a variety of backgrounds.
Third, when you write 100 hubs in 30 days they all aren't going to be all gold. In fact you are churning out material so quickly that just by the sheer volume the quality is not going to be your best work. But you will break through some of your own barriers within yourself. You will find yourself writing from a deeper place from within you. Actually each challenge will reveal something you didn't know about yourself before. Challenges are rather revealing.
Fourth, your writer's block will be cured forever if you successful take the 100 hubs in the 30 days challenge. You will learn to write right through your writer's block.
Fifth, unlike the 30 hubs in 30 days, which is pretty easy for me to do without pushing myself, the 100 hubs in 30 days is quite challenging. You really have to push yourself, be very organized and write every single day for many hours. Some days I have literally written for 12 hours at a time. My back, shoulders and neck have just been killing me but that is all a part of the challenge.
I should note I had a tactical advantage as I was sick. As part of being sick I was up all night which gave me more time to write. Now you maybe a person who when you get sick you go to bed. I am a person that works harder. I hate to waste any time. So any down time, I write. I actually finished this challenge in 22 days which is averaging about 4.5 hubs a day. And while that is a demanding pace it is feasible if you work hard at it. With the completion of this my 100 hub in 30 days and 300 hundred hubs collectively I am going to take some time off. I tried to finish strong for you saving some of my best article for last and trying to show you what is in between the lines in the media.
Thank all of you who took this journey with me. All of you were my inspiration each and every day.
I wish I had made outlines and completed my research before taking the challenge as I believe it would have made the challenge easier however I felt that was cheating.
Learning Content Writing
How to Complete this Challenge
- Get up every morning and write for a minimum of three hours in a row. I have read that hubs only take some people 30 minutes to create. Not me. I do research. So it probably takes me thirty minutes of research on each hub. Then 30 minutes to write it and another 30 minutes to put it together. So I at least spend an hour and a half on each hub. So that means those 3 hours I work only produce two hubs at most.
- Then I spend the rest of the day doing more research trying to find the stories beneath the stories in the news. Then I try to write things of interest or useful things. I write a lot about politics. And I make an outline during the rest of the day and finish the outline. I also download any pictures or video I might need. This increases my writing to an hour each hub the next day. So I manage to get three hubs written in a day. Sometimes I get on a roll and I manage to write five hubs in a day. The most I think I have ever written is ten in a day. And you can see how following this regimen gets will help you meet the 100 hubs in 30 day challenge.
- You could ignore your commenters but I never do because they are a source of inspiration for me. I absolutely adore my commenters and I value their opinions. They share this journey with me so I make certain I take time out to respond to their comments. But I could understand the impulse to ignore your commenters as you are trying to meet the 100 hubs in 30 days challenge.
- Remember to take a break. I have every intention of taking a break from Hubpages. I just haven't yet. Usually when I stop writing articles I am reading my followers and commenters work. My wish is to be as generous with them as they have been with me. Quite literally through this challenge there were days I forgot to eat. Those are usually the days I published recipe hubs. I think I have laid out Thanksgiving in hubs. This is because I have forgotten to eat and I am hungry but too focused on my writing goals. I also forgot to pay some bills which I just caught in time before anything too bad happened. So if you take the challenge try not to get too consumed.
- I also tried to show you how I analyze my stats and interpret the results to produce hubs which are more appreciated by my audiences. But the statistical analysis isn't always reflective of what resonates with readers. I do review the data even while I am in the middle of the challenge of 100 hubs in 30 days.
- When you take the challenge if you have to let yourself out of it. I have been in court this month and my son was sick for over a week as I was as well. I literally stopped hubbing the days he was really ill and just spent time with him comforting and assuring him. As much as I wanted to complete the challenge it wasn't going to interfere with my parenting. So I am a very focused person but I also know if I had to abandon the challenge I would have readily done it for my son.. I also lost a few days in preparation for court and in court.
In summary to complete the challenge plan, organize, do as much research as you can in advance and then write, write and continue to write. Be focused but not over consumed by the challenge. And recognize that the 100 hubs in 30 days is a very difficult challenge to conquer but in doing so you will find out more about yourself and your abilities as a writer than you ever imagined.
Editing: Admittedly My Greatest Weakness
Barriers to Meeting Your 100 Hubs In 30 Days Challenge
I had two hubs flagged during this process which put me behind. So I had to go back and re-edit but I eventually got those hubs published.
Writers by nature are sensitive people and we love praise and we aren't wild about criticism. I try and take it in stride. There were legitimate reasons my hubs were flagged but when taking the 100 hubs challenge in 30 days you are bound to get something flagged. I did and I readily admit that. Had I outlined and prepped before actually taking the challenge I could have focused more on the writing. But I felt that would have been cheating so I played it straight.
Try not to take criticism personally since you are working under a dead line and taking an extreme challenge.
So if you take this challenge be prepared to have a few hubs flagged for revision. So make certain you are prepared to write over a 100 hubs in 30 days just in case your hubs needs revisions..
Topics I Write On
This is hard to admit but I write what the data says is relevant. I noticed my political hubs get far more traffic so I have turned to writing more political pieces lately. Personally the views and opinions in my hubs are not my own but a side of an argument. I am a person who sees many sides of anyone issue. I argue one side and let my reader argue the other. But I am also well researched on my hubs and what seems like personal opinion is usually not. So I reserve the right to be wrong in what I write but I also don't write without alot of research.
Alot of what I write makes reasders believe I favor one political party. It is not true. I actually don't favor any political party. I don't know the Democratic Party nor understand its policies and practices but the Tepublican Party doesn't resemble the Republican Party I know which is the old guard. So since I find both parties unrecognizable in these times it is hard to be on anyone's side. Both political parties have abandoned their chore beliefs in the biggest power grab in the history of this country. So there is an arugment we don't have a party system in the USA any longer.
Many of my hubs are designed to offer you keys to social economic mobility.
Here are some of the topics I wrte on:
- Travel and Places
- Kids Health
- Books, Literature, and Writing
- Disease, Disorders and Conditions
- Media and Entertainment
- Colleges and Universities
- Personal Finance
- Hiistory and Archaeology
- Death and Loss fo Life
- History of Business
- USA Politics
- Employment and Jobs
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Aeronautics and Stronautics
- Hubs About Hubs
- European Union Political and Social Issues
- US Republican Party
- Politics and Economics
Completing the 100 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge
Is it worth it? I think so. I have learned a lot about myself and the generosity of my readers through this process. I have had writing breakthroughs that I never would have had without this challenge. And I am oh so grateful to my readers for following me on this journey. So yes it was worth it but it was really challenging and it took a tremendous amount of discipline.
I don't think I will take this challenge twice. And I know that a 100 hubs in 30 days is not my natural pace for writing. I can more readily work at 50 hubs per month without breaking a sweat. So I discovered my pace in this challenge as well.
I think everyone should take the 100 hubs in 30 days challenge if for nothing more than for your own edification and I will happy join you on your journey as well.
Thank All Of You
This journey was made incredibly special by the people who shared it with me. They are my inspiration, my audience and my valued colleagues. Without such great commenters I doubt I would have made it a week. So to all of you thank you so very much. I look forward to following all of you one your journey's over the next several months while I take a break from HubPages. Although I might complete 12 more hubs before I quit entirely as that will represent 2 years of work.
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