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30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge: My Personal Reflections

Updated on March 5, 2012
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It is finished! Well, technically, it will be finished when I finish this hub, but you get the point. I am officially done with the “30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge” and I must say I am relieved. When I started out I figured it was no big deal. If others could do it then that was all the motivation I needed to give it a shot.

Now it is time for the inevitable reflections about the whole process. You have read them before, written beautifully by other writers more talented than I, but it just seems to be a tradition to write the summary so here I am, Mr. Believer In Traditions, more than willing to jump into the fire without a fire-retardant of any kind.

I am going to post this without the usual links or pictures or video or polls or other tools for self-promotion. This is just between you and me; we do not need Facebook to become involved and I won’t be inviting reddit or twitter or any other social media. I do not write this for possible earnings and I don’t care if it is recognized outside of our select group.

What follows is a random collection of impressions that are just coming to me out of the blue, like air-borne germs or letters from bill collectors. I have no power over these impressions, no defense against their sappiness or emotional nature. I am just the medium upon which they travel, from my computer to yours. So sit back, enter the mind of billybuc for awhile and enjoy Hub #30.

YEP, IT WAS A CHALLENGE ALRIGHT!

I honestly did not think it would be. I would just whip out a hub a day. I’m full of it, right, so laying down a thousand words or so a day is like breathing for me. Whether I am a prolific writer or not is open for discussion and debate, but nobody has ever doubted my b.s. abilities so I would just let it fly and whip these babies out with no problem.

Well, there was just one, small problem: I felt I owed my fellow hubbers the best I had each time I wrote a hub. You see, there are some amazing people who follow me and what does it say about me if I’m willing to just toss out crap in order to meet my daily requirements? Dad always told me that if I’m going to do a job then I damn well better do a good job, so that’s what I have tried to do. I write from my heart, guided by passions and emotions which sometimes run uncontrolled but they are there all the same. With that in mind, doing a quality hub each day was in fact a challenge. I am now quite willing to take a day off and rest my weary mind.

WERE THERE ADVANTAGES TO DOING IT?

Now, in hindsight, I can say for sure that there were advantages. When I first started out, however, I looked upon it as a chore, one that might not be necessary (like changing the sheets) but nonetheless probably had some benefits. What I have found is that pushing yourself to find interesting subjects to write about and then pushing yourself to write a quality piece about each of those subjects helps you to grow as a writer. It is not unlike, I suppose, working for a newspaper and having a deadline each and every day. You may not feel like writing on some days but that damn deadline has to be met and so you dig down inside of yourself and find whatever you need to accomplish the goal.

I have definitely grown as a writer since I started the challenge but in a more subtle way I have grown as a person because of the people I have met and their beautiful comments.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE FOLLOWERS, BILLYBUC?

When I began this challenge thirty days ago I had 52 followers; today, now finished, I have 216. Why do I tell you that? If you know me you know that numbers mean very little to me. I am shy and self-effacing and I would much rather the spotlight be on anyone else rather than me, so to point out this sudden rise in followers is done for only one reason….because I am honored and humbled by it all.

To say I have met some incredible people over the past month would be the understatement of my lifetime. I have been brought to tears by the comments left on my hubs, and I mean that literally. Late at night I have sat down in the quiet of my studio and I have cried over the beautiful words of encouragement that have been left by complete strangers. In a very real sense, though, none of you are strangers.

We are all human beings, all experiencing the same challenges in life, feeling the same emotions, at times tossed and turned by the waves of daily existence. Is it any wonder then that some of my more personal hubs would touch so many people? I have written in depth about my alcoholism; I have written in depth about my adoption and the adoption of my son. I have talked about the frustrations and unhappiness that led me to make a major change in my lifestyle so that I could thrive and survive.

Through it all I have written about the feelings associated with each of those subjects and the daily struggles each of us face just living our lives, and you have responded to my words in a remarkable way. You understood! You showed empathy and compassion! You told me that you have felt the same things, that you laugh and cry and doubt and fear, just like I do. You have talked about inspiration and challenge and hope and loneliness and above all, you have talked about love.

I guess more than any other time in my life I came to realize during these past thirty days that we are all alike and that the good in people far outweighs the bad. I was a total stranger to you all and yet in a matter of days you have reached out, shared some very private thoughts, emailed me and generally given your trust in this stranger whom you have never met. To say that I am grateful would be an injustice. For once this writer of words has no words to adequately describe how he feels.

A FINAL THOUGHT

Would I do this again? Knowing what I know now the answer would be most definitely. What I have gained has been a gift beyond measure. It has no monetary value to it nor does it translate into a writing job that pays big dividends. I will not be appearing on national television anytime soon because of meeting this challenge nor will I be recognized on the streets as “that writer.”

My payment for meeting this challenge has been the personal connections I have made in a wonderful community of writers and like souls. I have found friends where once there were strangers and compassion where once there was indifference.

The only thing left for me to say is thank you! You all know who you are; you have been with me almost daily for a month and you have reached out and given acceptance to a man who hoped for it but never really expected it.

Thank you!

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      Really nice hub that was well written and funny too. I enjoyed your challenges and learning about your experience. Congratulations...on your 100th hub and your new followers ( me included!)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Karen; I enjoyed it more than I expected I would and met some amazing people along the way. I appreciate your following and your comments.

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your success in both hubs and followers. You're obviously very talented and I really enjoy reading your hubs.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ah, yes, we are graced with a great person writing great things. I'll be keeping an eye on you, friend. Your hubs have inspired me, too. :)

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Bravo!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Way to go, Billy! You've produced some wonderful hubs in these 30 days. We are the ones who've benefited from your hard work. Voted up and awesome.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Congratulations, Bill!

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      Ann Carr 5 years ago from SW England

      Congratulations billybuc! What a feat! I must admit that I keep thinking about doing it and then crying off, the main reason being that I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time on my hubs already and there are other things to do around the house and in my life in general. I really must get into a routine like writing two hours a day at a specific time but it's like a magnet. I completely understand your wish to write every hub to your best - but then every hub you write is so good! This is such an easy read yet has so much content; a talent within you, I guess, rather than a skill acquired. Well done. Voted up and everything!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      This is lovely, and I love your humility and honesty. Congratulations on a very difficult task. I have tried twice but twice life and emotions got in the way. Well done, and congrats on all your new followers. I am glad to be one of them.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well done Bill,weather you know it or not, you personal trials and the sharing of them here have indeed helped others. I for one was inspired to start writing seriously again when I saw your Hub on Life Changes. For that I thank you my friend.

      Curiad (Mark)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Yay! I'm happy for you! It is definitely a challenge, and I should know because I'm on day 28 of mine. Here I sit at 5 p.m. and I have nothing to write about. My mind is blank. Ugh! Although, having just said that, after I finish my first 30/30 challenge, I will probably start it all over again! Am I crazy or what?!?

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      savannah, that means a great deal to me and I thank you so much. Your kind words and others like them keep me going daily.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      CC, from day one your support has meant so much to me. Great? Great describes the people like you who have accepted me, encouraged me and allowed me to stumble early while I got my feet under me. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deborah, thank you! Sincerely...thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, such kind words. If you have benefitted then my efforts are all worth it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flora...now maybe I can go read some of yours and give you the time you deserve.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      annart, you are another one who has been so supportive since my first day here. I had no idea what to expect and it was the first time I had entered a writers' room, so to have someone like you support me early was a major reason for me to continue. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Princess, you are very kind and I am happy that you are following me. Humility has taken a long time to attain at least partially but thank you. I understand all too well about life getting in the way, so best of luck to you the next time you attempt the challenge. I'll be right alongside of you reading your hubs.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, you are a good man and I appreciate your support more than you realize. I am so happy that you have decided to start writing seriously again; we will all be richer because of it.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Eclectic, you had me in your corner as soon as I read your profile; everything since then has just been a bonus. Thank you for your continued support and no, you are not crazy. I look forward to every piece of work from you because I know it will be honest and from the heart.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      billy....Congrats on the completion of your successful 30/30 challenge. You have earned my admiration, that's for sure. Sounds too much like "work," to me...lol..

      So, now that you're done, take a break. Go on a relaxing cruise through the HP community...check in with your friends, make some new friends and just hang out. You deserve a vacation!

      All 30 of your hubs were top notch!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my dear and I'm going to follow your instructions to the tee; no writing on hubs tomorrow for me. I'll be cruising the hub scene, lurking in the shadows, watching the activities as an interested bystander. Thank you...seriously...your support has meant so much to me.

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      Congratulations! You have produced some really quality work and we are all better for having read it. ;)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Roxanne, that was a very nice thing to say. Thank you very much and as long as there is someone out there who enjoys my writing I'll keep on doing it.

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Good sentiments well expressed. And congratulations.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you B; I appreciate your words and taking the time to read my hub.

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      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Congrads! Very inspiring. I am glad you did it because it was one of those posts that helped me discover you- now I have at least 30 posts to read that I know are well written :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Jennifer, that was a sweet thing to say. I don't guarantee all thirty are top of the line but I will guarantee I made an effort on all of them. Thank you so much for being you!

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      Angela Martinez 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      this is beautiful! was about to sleep as my day ends again in awe of another inspiring hub of urs. yes now u may enjoy a much deserved break. let loose...enj0y life as it is and not as always we think it should be. goodnight bill.*huGs*

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good night Angela and thank you for your kindness. I appreciate your comments and your following along on my journey.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on succeeding in the 30/30 billybuc. This is such a well written summary of the benefits of doing the challenge. It is so much more than just having 30 hubs completed. You grow as a person, and connect with others. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Millionaire, I appreciate those words and your following. Now maybe I'll have more time to read more hubs by writers far more talented than myself....you included.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      A refreshing article expressing a humble attitude is always welcome. You have worked hard through the past 30 days and have earned great rewards such as friends. Enjoyed reading your hub and look forward to many more.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, you are absolutely correct about the rewards; I never would have believed that bonds could be formed so quickly. It is nice to be among friends. Thank you again for following along and the lovely comment.

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      Jasmine 5 years ago

      You're the third person I've met online who proved me that I'm not a writer. Currently, I'm doing a 30 Days Challenge on another site, and after reading your hubs, I'm thinking about how my writing is cold-blooded, purely informative, with no personal voice added to it, not to mention humour. I'm also thinking that writing too much academical stuff and translating legal and similar dry documents turned me into a boring writer. I really have to start writing a novel and let go of myself. I enjoyed reading this hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vox, it is an interesting point you bring up. I do a lot of SEO content writing for extra cash and most of that writing is of the type you describe. I find it very difficult switching back and forth between "voices." I wish you the best of luck and thank you so much for reading and following along.

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      Martins Fraulein 5 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL.

      JUST.

      BEAUTIFUL!.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Well done! Congratulations on completing 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Belen, you are too kind to me. Thank you so much for being so faithful!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      urmilashukla, thank you so much! Now that I don't have to do one per day I'm still doing one per day...go figure! I appreciate you dropping by and reading and commenting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      B. Leekley, thank you very much. I appreciate you dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Dawn Conklin 5 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Congrats on the accomplishment! I have thought about doing it myself but was always worried I would not be able to think of things to write each day.

      That is great that you did it and produced quality hubs worth reading during the challenge :)

      Keep up the great writing!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dawn, you are very kind and thank you for your compliment. I actually did not find it that difficult. Some would say that is because I am full of b.s. but I think it's just because I find life so fascinating. I hope you give it a try and best of luck to you.

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      Martins Fraulein 5 years ago

      :)))) i love this sooo much!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      billybuc, I know you know, but I wanted to write in here that this hub was on my favorites list for Feb 26, so your readers know, and so I don't accidentally use it again.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Belen, thank you, and I love sooo much that you follow me. Have a fantastic Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do know Sir and I appreciate it; just read your new one as I always do on Sundays. Great job and thank you for following along.

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      supermom_in_ny 5 years ago from NY

      Love this hub. It's hard to not get caught up in the numbers, especially since I am a stats type of person. (My hubs are evidence to that. LOL!) The simplicity is refreshing. Voted this up. ;)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Super, just got done reading one of your hubs! You are a super star in blogging!!!! I'll need to start paying attention to you...like immediately! Whatever you are doing you are doing it well. Thanks for stopping by my little old site that earns practically nothing. :)

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