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Insanity is 30 hubs in 30 days

Updated on October 15, 2012

The 30 Day Hubchallenge

It is New Years Day of 2011 and this is the waking moment when I turn over in bed and ask, “What did I do last night?”

Don’t get too excited. This isn’t a story about sex. I’m not the kiss and tell kind of girl. No, this is the ‘morning after’ realization that I have made a commitment, part of my annual goal setting, to take the hubchallenge of 30 hubs in 30 days.

“What was I thinking?”

I’m sure this initial self doubt, nervousness, and panic will pass…I hope. Looming ahead of me I see my twelve hour shifts and wonder how I’m going to do a hub a day.

Now, I do realize that the Hubchallenge does not require me to write one hub per day. But, I’m curious to discover if I am able to actually hold to that schedule. I compare it a reporter whose assignment it is to get a daily article published. My personal challenge includes that restriction. I want to experience what it feels like to write each day and post something.

Deciding on participating in the Hubchallenge

On the positive side, I have no other expectations than to meet the writing challenge. I’m not looking to make a certain amount of money from ads-that was never my intention when I joined Hubpages seven months ago. My desire was to have a place to write and receive feedback from people who had never read my work before; to broaden my audience from the circle of immediate family and friends. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. If money happens to come my way then that will be an added bonus.

On the down side of this, as I am sure it is for most people who take the challenge, I have a life I am trying to balance outside of Hubpages, and my writing does not support me at this time. In other words, I still have a career, which occupies the majority of my time during the day, along with family obligations, appointments, exercise, cooking, etc. Well…you get the idea.

Although I have had the inclination to take this step, and a rough idea as to when it would take place, primarily after the holidays , I still have to question my decision and wonder if I suffered from temporary insanity.

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Temporary insanity

I mean no disrespect to anyone who may be suffering from a mental illness, or know someone who does; it is my line of work. So, when I use the term ‘insanity’ it is not intended from a clinical sense. By insanity I mean those situations of the ordinary.

I’m sure we have all experienced those moments in our own lives when, through the choices we made our lives took a turn that changed the course of our lives forever. Or, we ended up in a situation in which we asked, “How did I get here?” Because, by all reasonable accounts, not in our wildest imaginations would we thought we would be in that situation.To summarize why I am taking the challenge let me just say, it is my personal goal to increase my writing and through the hubchallenge it forces a discipline to achieve that. I have a great deal of tenacity…although; some people say I’m just darned stubborn. So, when I set a goal, I like to see it through. I’m planning on seeing this one through to the end.

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Hubchallenge topics

I have no particular line of topics that I will write about. I imagine it will be a little like me-a rough idea with a lot of flexibility, but not too loose as to have no direction. Mostly, I imagine it will be filled with topics that I am interested in. That’s the beauty of writing with no agenda for outcome.

Some of the topics, for those who don’t know me or have not visited my profile, include, spirituality, family, nature, cooking, traveling, poetry, and humor. To me, humor is the grace of God to see us through the times we take ourselves too seriously.

Which brings me back to the beginning of this hub: I may be nervous about meeting this challenge, and, on investigation, it may have to do with a fear of failure; however, when I put the whole exercise into a realistic perspective I realize I am taking this commitment far too seriously. I’m here to have fun writing in the next 30 days and invite you along on my journey.

Happy New Year to all of you and may we each experience a year filled with love, contentment, and personal achievement, in whatever way that may be for us.

Hubchallenge #1 is written on 1/1/11. How cool is that!


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Millionaire-thanks! I completely agree with you. Challenging ourselves motivates us to move towards our greatest potential.

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      Denise, good for you for doing the 30 hubs in 30 days - at least twice, it looks like. I think if we don't challenge ourselves, we are not likely to succeed. If we do challenge ourselves, we wind up doing more than we would have otherwise.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Matt-first, let me welcome you to Hubpages. I see you joined three months ago. Good for you for jumping in and taking the challenge early on-it took me several months more to clear my calendar to a place that I knew would allow for more success.

      I am taking the challenge again tomorrow! November 1st. Be sure to read the info on where to post your work. It gives you the added bonus of having it show up on that thread.

      Best of luck to you and thanks for reading and commenting.

      BTW-be sure to read my Hubchallenge tips for success.

    • Matt Stark profile image

      Matt Stark 

      8 years ago from Albany, CA

      Great hub. I'm thinking about taking the challenge and your words are realistic and inspiring.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Joe, thanks for reading and commenting. Welcome to Hubpages-I'm sure you'll enjoy the community. (Thanks for the following).

    • Joe Macho profile image


      8 years ago from Colorado

      I really liked the read. I've just started and have 44 hubs in a little under a month so I definitely know the insanity you were facing. Thanks for the refreshing story.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi viryabo, thanks for sharing your first experience with me. I am hoping to do a repeat in least that is what the goal is. Thanks for the comment.

    • viryabo profile image


      9 years ago


      Exactly my thoughts when i joined my first challenge. I felt i must be insane to ever consider it.

      When i got to 10 hubs, i was lost as to what to write about, but i kept on going, telling myself "you must finish what you started, because you mustn't start what you can't finish".

      When i finished, i didn't know how i made it through, but i was pleased with myself and motivated further.

      Thanks for sharing your experience.


    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Very good tlpoague. I will cheer you on as well. Thanks for reading.

    • tlpoague profile image


      9 years ago from USA

      Good luck! I will try to cheer you on as I have taken on the insanity challenge too.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Gail. Had it in my mind 'last year' that I wanted to take the dive, but also wanted to clear my plate of other obligations. January is as good a month as any, following the holidays, and better than some.

      Have a wonderful New Year to you and your 'goals'.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! What a way to start the New Year. This is great. I love your hubs and look forward to reading each and every one of the next 30. I'm sure I'll be one of many cheering you on.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Travel-thanks for dropping by and your well wishes! I'll keep you posted. Just waiting to post #3 tomorrow morning and move on to more writing. :)

    • travelespresso profile image


      9 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      You go girl! All the best with this Denise.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Eighteen, nice to see you here. LOL I'm glad you found your answer. Let me know if I can be of assistance to you as you navigate your way around the hubpages community. Email me if you have any questions and I will be happy to help out.

    • Eighteen profile image


      9 years ago from England, UK

      Ooo.. found my answer from my other comment - to an extent! I'll definitely be trying this.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Erin-thank you for your support. I will take every cheerleader I can to keep me going. LOL. BTW-read my second hub of this challenge, posted today, about goal setting. It may get you fired up to move toward the ones you've been wanting to achieve. Thanks again for taking the time to read and comment.

    • Erin LeFey profile image

      Erin LeFey 

      9 years ago from Maryland

      Happy New Year and you have my well wishes and backing - you can do anything you set your mind to! Looking forward to reading your hubs! When you finish this, I may think of doing this myself, as soon as I finish the other writing goals I have set. And if I can't get started on my writing goals soon - I may join you on this hubchallenge just to start disciplining myself too! All strength and creative energy in your corner!!! Namaste'

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Pam, thanks for the vote of confidence. It is after midnight on the east coast on day 2 and I already feel 'behind'. But, I know much of this comes with organization. Thanks again. Now I'm off to post the second hub of the challenge. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Denise, I think you can do it, especially if you don't pick topics to write about that require a lot of research time. I'll look forward to seeing all those hubs one at a time and 30 days will probably fly by. You write good articles and I think you will succeed. Best of luck.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Acaetnna-Thank you for your visit and kind comments. I love getting messages from you and seeing your bright smile. Happy New Year to you and I wish you a splendid year with lots of magical happenings. :) Hugs to you.

    • acaetnna profile image


      9 years ago from Guildford

      Just believe and you WILL achieve. You are an inspiration to us all and I want to wish you all the best for 2011. Thank you for your wonderful support to me here on hub pages - thank you so much. Have a truly wonderful 2011.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! Luck is what I may need most of all, LOL

    • bloggering profile image


      9 years ago from Southern California

      Good luck and Happy New Year to you!!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL Yahoo- two on the trail of crazy. Thanks for sharing.

    • annmackiemiller profile image


      9 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      Go Girl Go

      I'm joining you in the challenge

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh Treasures, thanks so much for pointing out the hubmob challenge topic to me...I must have missed it. Thank you for your comment and cheers. I do have to say to you that there is a difference, my friend, between procrastination and delaying getting started with something, and 'plannin' the best time to take on a new project. By all means it is most beneficial to be able to clear your plate of other projects first, before taking on something more. It is just a wise move.

      I definately did this as part of my 'strategy' for success. I wanted to get through the holidays because of other obligations. I also knew that it was a goal I had in mind and therefore I wasn't going to avoid it, but just tweak the time I was more present for it.

      Thanks again and best wishes to your own planning. :)

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      Sima Ballinger 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      You have made a commitment, and I believe you will stick to it. You have done what I have not yet done. I have been trying to plan the best time to take on the 30 day hub challenge. Frankly, I know there is no best time but the present. Much Success to you! I am rooting for you. Oh, make sure you write something about Finances, this month the challenge is on for hubs about Finances - that topic should get about three good hubs out of you. That's 10%. See ya round!

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Happy New Year everyone. Thanks for the awesome support! From Carrie down through Tim-heartfelt thanks and hugs sent out for all the positive thoughts.

      Micky-that's funny. I could do that if I stayed locked up forever and never did anything else, including going to work. Then, I WOULD be insane.

      Muchas Gracias mi Amigos y Amigas.

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      Tim Nichol 

      9 years ago from Me to You

      Go Denise..go! Hey..nothing wrong with being 'insane' for a short while. You'll make it through, with some funny hubs thrown into the mix, as well.

      You have my full support..I'm looking forward to reading the hubs. Good luck, girl!

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      Danette Watt 

      9 years ago

      I know you can do it!

    • cardelean profile image


      9 years ago from Michigan

      Good luck. I have every bit of confidence that you will meet your challenge. I look forward to reading your hubs!

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Good Luck, Denise! Wish I were ready to go for it, too, but I know you can do it. Happy 2011!

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      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello Denise, I took this challange last year and it almsot I wish you all the best luck in the world and go for it...The accomplishment alone brings great pride. I don't remember you ever reading any of my hubs, good luck and peace darski

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      Micky Dee 

      9 years ago

      I believe you can turn out 60 beautiful hubs in 30 days!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I say go for it! You will be able to do this and maybe in less than the 30 days...I wish you good luck not that you will need it.

    • carrie450 profile image


      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      You can do it Denise. THINK POSITIVE! Your hubs are so good that once you begin, the ideas will come to you. I'm sure of it. We'll all support you. Happy New Year to you.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rich for your positive support. I really appreciate it. I love the 6 P's and plan on offering that to my patients for a future group topic. That is great. I have my topic 'list' and it covers a couple of pages so I will have that to refer to if I get stuck.

      Thanks again for the hearty boost. Happy New Year.

    • richtwf profile image


      9 years ago

      Happy New Year Denise!

      You've set yourself a great challenge and YOU can do it! If you believe you can do it then you will. If others before you have done it then you can do it too!

      Plan your work and work your plan!

      6P's- Planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance!

      Fail to prepare, and prepare to fail!

      I believe your success lies in your foundation, plan well and get a good start and get some momentum going. Get a few easy successes under your belt then you'll be picking up speed and then you'll be there in no time. Success breeds success!

      All the best!


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