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Positive Results Of HubPages Challenges

Updated on June 7, 2015; user:jamsession; user:jamsession

Success In the First Round of the 60DC

In the links below for the special programs at HP, you will find the HubPages features called 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge. It is a successful ongoing challenge for the community that beings for better writing, new ideas, and a change to prosper though a more concentrated Hub submission rate that drives increased traffic top you Hubs.

Related to this is the sunforged-inspired 60 Day Challenge. What is it? -- 30 days are spent researching and writing fresh, traffick-attracting content (with group advise and instruction), followed by a second 30 days of group-aided promotion activities. It works!

For you newer writers at HubPages, you'll also have a chance to be selected by the HubNuggets Team as a HubNugget Wannabes [now called "Rising Star": see HubPages Learning Center] and possible winner in our weekly project that showcases 18 Hubs by new writers and brings them more traffick as well. There's nothing to enter; new eligible Hubs are entered automatically. Read about it in the Special Programs link below, and help other new writers by voting for their Hubs in the weekly HubNugget showcase Hub.


The First 60DC - April - May 2010

Sunforged tells us that in the first 60DC, 90% of the participants succeeded in writing at least 30 Hubs in in 30 Days.

Even those that did not quite complete the 30 mark benefitted from increased traffic and revenues from any of AdSense, Kontera, Amazon, and eBay. for my own Hubs, traffic and AdSense reveues increased 30%; Kontera a bit less; and Amazon/eBay began to increase during the summer. Writing within a group was the key to the success.

This round, we have the group format. specialized writing and promotional tools, and the experience of the first 60DC. We also have a Private Forum and Chat not located on HubPages; a specialized toolbar; and other benefits.

Please join us! (See the link below.)

Increasing Traffic Is Great!


My HubLog Topics

During this 60 Day Challenge Event, I will be writing Hubs about the following Topics:

  • City Reviews for Employment, Retirement, Education, and Travel - These have been successful not only for me, but in helping readers find oportunities for their lives.
  • HubMob Topics
  • HubPages Questions about Employment, Education, and Health

 60 Day Challenge Goals

  • Download the 60DC Tool Bar to a laptop computer and use it.
  • Learn more about effectively using Amazon and eBay capsules.
  • Participate actively in related forums. 
  • Increase Hub traffic another 30%

Difficulty Writing?

"Death finds an author writing about his life..."
"Death finds an author writing about his life..." | Source

Writing In Purgatory

Memos from Purgatory
Memos from Purgatory

Based on Ellison;'s actual gang experiences, this book became a TV episode (see below). It is classic Ellison.


Motivation For Writing

Participation in a Writing Group helps most writers. Some of these groups can meet online.

Many successful book authors speak about taking their chapters to a weekly or monthly meeting of a writing group for critique and new ideas. The best of writers can become stuck, so the 60DC private forum can help with that as well. Consider it your writing group.

Many writers tell us to write what you know and that's good advise, but one famous author took it a bit far:

Harlan Ellison® was ejected from college in the mid-1950s. He went to New York City to write. There, he took an assumed name, moved into Brooklyn's Red Hook area, and joined a gang known as a bopping club. His book accounts his experiences in that gang with its zip gins and switchblades, incuding jail time, was used as foundation of the first Alfred Hitchcock hour-long TV drama.

Perhaps we will not need to go to that outlying an extreme for a successful 60 Day Challenge!

I did, however, just purchase a copy of the book. It is gritty and unnerving, but incredibly important as the authobiography of someone that was driven to write. (I don't think he had a writing group in the gang!)

Memo from Purgatory: Walter Koenig and James Caan, 1964


There are always possibilities when you write on HubPages and projects like the 60DC concentrates them. Hubbers have been noticed by professionals in the entertainment field and been offered work as writers in books, magazines, online projects, TV productions, and even movie scripts. 

Professional writers in the 1950s did it the hard way, but perhaps 60DC can make it a little easier for you.

If you want a more successful writing experience and could benefit from some group support and motivation for exchanging rainclouds for rainbows, then join us and give 60DC a chance.; user:tnimalan; user:tnimalan

Week 1 Hubs

During a week packed with changes, activities, and writing, I finally updated my 60DC2 log. In future, I will do so daily.

This week included an interesting variety:

City Reviews and Employment

  • 2 Hubs about exciting expansion the the Ohio Space Corridor. A full 1/4 of Ohio is receiving private and public finding for biomedical technologies and space programs that provide their discovery.  
  • 1 Hub about Money Magazine's Best City to Live In America for 2010, Eden Prairie. You may not know that it is a great center for publishing and writing!
  • 1 Hub about cashier's jobs in Canada, their major locations and outlook, and a related worker shortage in that occupation.

Health and Medicine

  • 1 Hub about disease prevention reflected in sustainable housekeeping methods. These methods have spread from the hospitals and clinics that vitally need them to other private and public businesses of all sizes and to the home.
  • 1 Hub about the background, endemic status, and increasing vaccination for filaria in Africa and India. This phenomenon includes the Elephantiasis that puts 1 billion people on Easrth at risk. It is the Second Top Cause of disability around the world. The World Health Organization, military units, Big Pharma, Bill Gates, and others are supplying the vaccines to help innoculate the world against this much feared public health problem. 


  • 1 Hub about American kid culture and education. Things have changed on a grand scale and out youth beginning college in 2010 have always known a digital universe. So much more so for the kids starting school from Pre-K - 12.  

Week 2 Hubs

Anothyer busy week for all sorts of activities and writing.

The Hubpages Marks the Spot Contest began 9/1/2010 and I was surprised to win the Double Doubloon Drawing for the hub Best Family Restaurants in Bay City, Michigan (see below). It's about a chain of Texas themed restaurants where I stop several times a year. I always find good food, moderate prices, and friendly staff and managers. It's like going home!

Other interesting variety this week:


  • Don't miss Feast of the HubNugget Moon, because it's a party Hub to send off retired HubNuggets Team Members Shirley Anderson and B.T. Evilpants. One of B.T.'s winners last week told him that he'd just resigned his employment to write full-time and won as a HubNugget. How great is that!? B.T. is writing full-time as well now, so HubPages is a winner and a good place to start writing. Please visit the party this week and vote for your favorite in each category. Thanks!

City Reviews and Employment

  • 2 Hubs about exciting cities Chicago, Illinois and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Chicago has four suburbs in particular that are growing faster than expected and have their own supply of culture and travel attractions along two major business corridors. Winnipeg is a supermegacity and offers so many attractions that we need a book to list them all.

Health and Medicine

  • 1 Hub about High Blood Pressure, how related definitions have changed and how they are going to change in the future. CHANGE can be useful and frustrating all at once. However, if we want to push toward a Lunar or Mars Colony, blood pressure information is very important.

HubPages Questions

  • I was intrigued about a question concerning Coach Lee Evans and the Black Power Movement and its iconic gesture given at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. As a kid, I did not see any of the Games that year and have been attempting to catch up with the sports, social issues, and the politics of the era for many years. Coach Evans is in Nigeria now to coach the Olympians there and I am waiting for news reports from Nigerian friends. It's exciting!


  • HubMob this weeks follows the HubPages Marks the Spot Contest and we're having a lot of fun with it. Participants are seeing an increase in Hub traffic and winning prizes too. I contributed 2 Hubs: one on Family Restaurants in Bay City, Michigan ( a contest daily drawing winner) and one about fantastic cheese shops along M-13 in Bay County, Michigan and the attractions around them. 

  • Feast Of the HubNugget Moon at HubNugget Roundup Hub archived.

Week 3 Hubs

This week, I have been having a good time with the HubPages Marks the Spot Contest that is mirrored by HubMob.

HubMob and HubPages Marks the Spot Contest

  • Two Hubs on Restaurants: The Kahiki Supper Club built in 1961, and Salisbury House diner on the Esplanade Riel bridge in the Historic Downtown Winnipeg.
  • Two Hubs on Book and Record Stores: Sound Garden in Downtown Historic Baltimore. and Half Price Books, Records, Magazines, Inc. Columbus, Ohio.
  • One Hub on Starbase Dental practice one-stop shop in Florida.

City Reviews and Employment

  • 2 Hubs on the US States with the lowest Unemployment Rates in America for 2010.

Week 4 Hubs

This week, I enjoyed doing Hubs on some great cities and an intriguing Murder Case from 1964. Interestingly, I watched an old rerun afterward of Lloyd Bridges in A Hero for Our Times (1963), about "not wanting to get involved" after witnessing a murder. Quite a coincidence.

HubPages Questions

  • 1 Hub describing old and new evidence, opinions, and coincidences in the 1964 Kitty Genovese slaying.

HubPages Marks the Spot Contest - Travel

  • 1 Hub on walking -- I never thought about writing about "just taking a walk", but our free walking program at the Whetstone Park of Roses and the Franklin Park Conservatory full of plants, flowers, and fine arts give writing and sharing new perspective.
  • 1 Hub on the expanding Columbus Museum of Art, its family activities, seminars, tours, fairs, and the Complaints Choir of Columbus.
  • 1 Hub on the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium - We have the Largest Fruit Bat (very cute) and the Longest Snake in Captivity - her name is Fluffy. See the Hub for some videos that are pretty funny.
  • 1 Hub about the Young's Jersey Dairy Farm. Since the last time I visited, they've added a large full service restaurant in addition to their causing dining place, a driving range, and two mini-golf courses and several other outdoor activities. They still have a great cheese market, homemade ice cream, and a petting zoo. Supporting their community, they also help sponsor a charity walk and several other events. It's a lot of fun in a pleasant rural area with a lot of historic sites.

City Reviews and Employment

  • Several Hubs on US cities that appear on the Best 100 Places to Live in America.

I was intrigued by the cities on the list of 100, selected for a number of reasons. For example, Missouri City TX is a growing and interesting place with some attractions that people enjoy, but only 9 miles away is the amazing suburb of Sugar Land with even more attractions and amenities. This is a good way to learn geography for kids, too, in reading about fun cities and learning about employment at the same time.


Results of the 60DC2

Group Promotion

I've been learning more about group promotions making wider use of rss feed sites and social networking sites, as well as pinging engines.

Individual Results

I was more amazed with positive results during this second challenge so far than for the first 60 Day Challenge, because I needed to fight to keep up with the 30-Hub goal and did not have enough time to promote as I usually do monthly or to participate much in the related forums.The Second 30 Days of current group promotion will make an even bigger difference.

During the First 30 Days, my page views surpassed my goal already and use of Amazon capsules is saw some results. eBay, not so much.

Time to Start Again

Best of success to you for your writing!
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© 2010 Patty Inglish MS

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    • jesusmyjoy profile image

      Betty Bolden 

      7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      very interesting

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Participating in the program and writing every day is a way to success.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi, glendoncaba, glad to hear from you!

    • glendoncaba profile image


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Hi Patty.

      I'm a horrible procrastinator by nature so please accept my late greeting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi pakpub!

      Hello, hello - Yes, any topic you like. Many Hubbers are choosing 3 or 5 topics for concentration. But write what you like.

      kazeemjames01 - Hope you join us!

    • kazeemjames01 profile image


      8 years ago

      You are an inspiration. thanks for sharing this

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Hello, Patty, oh that challenge is hassling me every since I started on Hub. Can I write about any subject? I would like to take up the challenge this time.

    • pakpub profile image


      8 years ago from Ohio

      Great hub log. Welcome to the 60 dc team!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Let's have the best of success together in the new 60DC. thanks for all the comments and I think I have "followed" all of you.

      kaltopsyd - goals of child psychiatry are admirable, and I look forward to your journey in 60DC.

      Faybe Bay! - The more I read of him the more I understand the origins of his work. It's mind boggling. Glad you're back! Maybe we'll write more about Ellison on HubPages and have some great threads of dicussion.

      kingkahn78 - Do join us for this round of 60DC.

      Wendy! - Good success to you in 60DC. I'll be reading your Hubs and am glad you like the images. Sunny days!

    • Faybe Bay profile image

      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Hi Patty! First off I can't believe you've brought up Harlan Ellison, he is one of my favorite writers! I am back, and this time I won't get lost in my own life and stop writing. You are awesome Patty, not just your hub, but how you keep going, participating and encouraging others. It's an honor to be working in the challenge with hubbers of your caliber.

    • kingkhan78 profile image


      8 years ago

      change in weather very interesting hub page about weather conditions thanks for sharing

    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Hello Ms. Patty, I really, really love your Hublog. It's so much more than JUST a Hublog. hehe. I've come - shamefully late - to wish you the best of luck and 'introduce' myself as a new member of the team.

      -K. Alto

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      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      Your Hublog is awesome. I love the pictures. I'm looking forward to doing this challenge with you and everyone else!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      That could be a good idea, KFlippin. Thanks!

      Dobson - I think it will be fun, since we have some experience at it now. See you on HubPages!

    • Dobson profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia

      patty - I look forward to drawing from your experience as I sharpen my writing and promotion skills!

    • KFlippin profile image


      8 years ago from Amazon

      !! Here's a topic someone could right on every day for 30 days, the current weather, and what's expected to 'change in the weather' in the next 30 to 60 days. Somewhere I picked up that the El Nino' is changing to El something else, saw this topic and thought it might be about that. And it would be a good running contest topic for a hubber with a nack for understanding the ins and outs of the weather patterns. Just a thought I'd toss in here......

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Dim - That's a happy decision. you can do it! I'll read every one of them.

      Pro-Design - Success to you and great writing.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks for your encouragement, Patty. I´m going to give it a chance xxx

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      Pro Design Source 

      8 years ago

      Patty - I am thankful that such an experienced Hubbers like you are participating in this 60dc. It just goes to show what how great the sense of community is here on Hubpages.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hey Cagsil, you'll do great! You make so many useful and entertaining comments in the HubNuggets threads, you're a winner. We'll get to know one another better in 60DC.

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      8 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Patty, it's an awesome hub log. This is my first challenge, such as in 30 hubs in 30 days challenge, which I've never taken part of so far during my time here. However, I was approached about entering the 60 Day Challenge by Wavegirl22(Shari) about getting involved in this one and have done so. So with that said, I look forward to working with and learning from you. Good luck on obtaining your goals. :)

    • shazwellyn profile image


      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Welcome back! Looking forward to fun, frolics and greater revenue!!! *United we stand, divided we fall!* Lets give the search engines a run for their money!!! hehehe

    • johnyater profile image


      8 years ago from Hamilton, Ohio

      Patty, I am truly honored to be able to participate in this challenge with you and the other challengers. Your hubs that I have read thus far are well written and put together nicely. Keep up the good work!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for all the comments!

      Really, I keep a dozen or more articles that are about half finished and pull them out as needed. I cooment as much as I can an dpost a little to the forums, but not nearly as mucha as others.

      Reading a lot helps me the most, espeiclaly with ideas and more vocabualry; and being able to type quickly helps. HubPages experiences have taught me the most about the Internet and using its resources. I'm learnikng every day. The 60DC helps me with learn about keywords and promotions.

      So jump in and join! There is nothing to lose. :)

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      Lori J Latimer 

      8 years ago from Central Oregon

      I am glad Dim Faxenwick expressed my same trepidition. I read everything my Followers Publish, and if apt comment and give them feedback. I am spending about 12 hours per day on reading, commenting, forums. I constantly retweek my already published Hubs, and am working on new stuff in my brain...How do you more seasoned Hubbers find time to do it all? Can I get a cabana boy please?

    • LeanMan profile image


      8 years ago from At the Gemba

      Welcome aboard.. I am sure that we will all learn much from each other over the next 60 days, good to see a "veteran" hubber on the team..

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Your expereince and professionalism shows....

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      8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Patty - I'm in need of a change in the weather! I must confess that I am a little bit in awe of you! I'm honored to be on the same team and I'm looking forward to learning as much as possible.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Only a new hub every day for 30 days! We promote them the second 30 days. Gather some ideas about topics and try to work ahead a bit. Give it a chance!

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      I´ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but I´m too scared. I dont think I have a new hub in me every day for 60 days?!

    • englightenedsoul profile image


      8 years ago

      I am really glad that you are taking this challenge again. The team would be greatly benefited. Looking forward to working with you on the challenge. Wish you all the success!!!

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      Charles Fox 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very seasoned hubber starts the second round of the 60DC. Not content with a rousing display in the first round, she is back to accomplish greater feats of dexterous manipulation. Welcome aboard the 60DC2 capsule from a newby just boarded and shaking the hands of the established deckhands. Trip two begins. If I can assist, let me know.

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      8 years ago

      Welcome aboard Patty! Hope you find this challenge as exciting as the rest of us original 60 day challengers. If you would add "online writing goals" as a tag to your hub-log the rest of the team will be able to find you.

      Good-Luck and have some fun!

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      Deborah Demander 

      8 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Patty, I am honored to be on a team of which you are a part. Every hub of your I have read is fantastic, detail oriented and helpful. You are not only an outstanding writer, but a great leader in the community.

      I look forward to learning from you.


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      8 years ago

      Great Hub as always.

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Patty - so glad to see we will be challengers together again! I just love the rainbow you opened this Hub up with. Great log as if you could do any Hub that wasn't great:) Bright and sunny days ahead!

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      I look forward to participating in the 60 day challenge for the first time. I still have a lot to learn about promoting my hubs and this is the best place to be.

      I enjoyed reading your hub and I never realised that writers on HubPages could have their work seen and offered other writing work. That would be an exciting! prospect.


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