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30 in 30 Challenge: Finding My Niche
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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.
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.
Some of Twinstimes2's Niche Topics
- 2 Sets of Twins!
We had back to back twins, 17 months apart. Find out how we got ready for set 1 and set 2...and survived!
- Stack the States!
Do your kids collect? Mine do. What started with state quarters ended up with memorizing presidents and countries. See how this journey occurred.
- A Group Fitness Convert
I had tried group fitness classes one time in my life without success. After years of searching, I came back to this fitness forum. See how I went from a skeptic to a group fitness convert.
- Coupon Blogs
Have you ever thought about couponing? This hub gives you a brief overview and then hightlights one of my favorite coupon blogs!
- How to Pray and Prayers Unanswered
Have you ever had an unanswered prayer? Have you ever thanked God for not answering it? See why I thank God for unanswered prayers.
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:
2, Coupons/Frugal Living
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.
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