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30 in 30 Challenge: Finding My Niche

Updated on April 9, 2012

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I found a blog that mentioned paying for money saving ideas. I had a few thoughts and submitted an essay. A few days later I found out it was purchased. Holy Cow! That was easy! I had a few more ideas. Then I was rejected about 4 more times. Then another hit. They purchased a second article!

I was shocked. I have never written outside of assignments in school. Actually, English, which mostly involved reading and writing essays, was always my lowest grades. Ok. They weren’t really that low, but they were the lowest. As a result, I have never considered myself good at writing. I consider myself good at math and science.

Now I had 2 articles purchased and 4 duds. They really weren’t duds. They were either not original or did not have enough take aways. In each rejection email, they gave me a list of sites that were accepting articles.

The first was Hubpages.com and I decided to check it out. I enjoyed that it was free to sign up. I further enjoyed that I could write about anything that I wanted. I figured this might be a good place to put the articles that I had written. I really didn’t have much of a plan other than that.

Flashback

At the beginning of the year, one of my sisters gave me the challenge of writing a book. The idea of me writing a book was more due to the amount of material I might have rather than ability to write. I have 5 young children. 4 of them are twins. I am a stay at home. At times, I would share humorous stories or conversations I have with my kids. I told her I would try.

What was I thinking? I don’t write. I sat on this until early March. After my 2 purchased articles, I thought, maybe I will use blogging as a way of collecting my ideas. Perhaps it will give me a discipline to write my anecdotal stories.

Writing a book to a non-writer would be like running a marathon to a non-runner. Overwhelming and impossible! I emailed my sister and said, “I will compromise on the book. I will start writing a blog.”

Birth of A Blog

My first couple blogs probably stunk. I was learning the formatting. I was learning how to add pictures, links, and trying to get my arms around writing. I decided to ask some questions. Better to ask questions when you don’t know what you are doing.

I sent an email to J.S. Matthews, a Hub Elite. He had written a question and I got all nervous. For some reason I thought it was directed to me. I thought I had to answer it. I was afraid that my ability to write was being evaluated. I thought I was getting kicked out of Hubpages on Day 1.

I answered the question and then I emailed J.S. directly. He was a Hub Greeter. Well, how friendly is that! I was a newbie and he was stopping by to say, “Hello!” He told me about the March Contest. He went onto explain that Hubbers were asking questions and the Know-It-All Challenge was about creating Hubs answering these questions. He mentioned that many Hubbers were combining this month’s challenge with the 30 in 30 challenge.

30 in 30 Challenge?

This appears to have been an official challenge at one point, but was now unofficial. Handfuls of Hubbers were taking the personal challenge to write 30 hubs in 30 days. He said this was a tough challenge, but a great way to get a lot of hubs out there and increase your hub’s traffic.

I Might Take the Challenge

I submitted by first Hub on 3/5. I had unofficially started the challenge. In the back of my mind, I thought I might try to do this. But, I am not a writer. I was unsure that I could even come up with 30 ideas and definitely not in 30 days. A few days into my time with Hubpages, I was getting positive feedback from those who knew me and even people that I did not. I was being told I was a good writer. I was encouraged to write more. I was shocked!

Read to Write

I was starting to feel more confident about my writing. I was starting to think that I could do the challenge. But 30 ideas seemed daunting. I began reading about other people’s successes on Hubpages. I found that the most successful Hubbers had a niche. They wrote about what they knew. They wrote about what they enjoyed. They wrote about what they liked. I decided in order to be successful, I would do the same.

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What is My Niche?

I figured family would be my niche. I am a stay at home mom with 5 kids. That is what I do. That is what I know best. I am a former college athlete. I knew I could write about fitness. I am also a moderate couponer. This is a hot topic now and I knew I could add to this category.

Categories of my first 29 hubs:

15, Family/Parenting

5, Entertainment

5, Fitness

2, Coupons/Frugal Living

2, Religion

Hold On! Am I Religious?

This does summarize what I know best. What surprised me is the 2 Religion Hubs. I was surprised at how many of my family hubs made religious references. I was surprised that I might be religious. I am a cradle Catholic and I attended 13 years of parochial schools. I told my husband when we were dating either he converted, helped me raise my kids Catholic or hit the road. It was that important to me. By the way, he converted. My kids were baptized as infants. My children attend parochial schools. Why would I not consider myself Religious?

I view religious people as always talking about God. I was raised with God intertwined into my daily living. We prayed before all meals. I attended Catholic schools. All my friends were Catholic. You planned your weekend activities around mass. While I didn't talk about religion, it was innately who I was.

I Guess I Am An Expert in Growing Up Catholic

I guess I realized, growing up Catholic is one of my niches, too. I am an expert in some regards. I took tests about our religion and religion in general for all 12 years. No Religion tests in Kindergarten! I learned about our faith and it is part of who I am.

Going Forward

So today is actually day 28 and I am publishing my 30th Hub. I have been encouraged to continue writing. I might not be a natural writer, but I am enjoying sharing my thoughts. I am enjoying the Hubpages community. There are experts I can learn from. There are novices like me and there are a million in between.

Hubpages is friendly and I am glad I chose it to challenge myself.

I plan to keep my mind open to stories. I plan to keep my writing open to growth. I plan to keep my niche as the 30 days defined it: my family, my hobbies and my religion. That is where my expertise lies. This is what I know best.

Someone just posted a Hub about a 100 in 100 challenge. I think I will take the time to enjoy my accomplishment and work on my growth. I will leave that challenge for a later day.

Until then...Happy Hubbing!

© 2012 Karen Lackey

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      You are funny, tillsontitan! Thanks for the vote up! I guess I was motivated to finish, but at times the 30/30 challenge was a bit daunting! Thanks for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      You should definitely enjoy your accomplishment! I cannot fathom how on earth you managed to complete the 30/30, especially early!! I know it was a struggle for me and my children are grown up and out of the house...though they all come back with children on weekends. You should reach around and pat yourself on the back as I've been reading your hubs and know what a good job you've done. Voted this hub up. P.S. Welcome to HP you're future's so bright you may have to wear shades!!!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Shawna. The Other day, I had someone comment to me to keep writing. I was low on ideas. It gave me the push to finish. Hubpages is friendly! Thanks for reading!

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      Shawna Van Trease 5 years ago

      Inspiring hub just when I am in need of hubbing inspiration. Thanks.

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, mljdgulley354. What is the point of finishing a challenge if you don't allow for a little celebration! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks, Karen. I have read some of your hubs as well. I am enjoying learning from them! Sounds like we have more in common than just the name! Thanks again for the congrats and the welcome!

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      amithak50 5 years ago from India

      That is nice..you got points

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      This was really great. I liked the way you have shared yourself with the readers. And a HUGE congratulationss on reaching the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge, EARLY, no less! That's fantastic. Keep on hubbing...you're doing great! I have 1 set of twins (only 1!) and I love to coupon and have written a couple hubs about that. I will head to your hubs to read those topics as soon as I can. Welcome to Hub Pages!

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Great idea about enjoying what you have accomplished.