Roundup Of A 30 Hubs In 30 Days Challenge On Hubpages
Hubpages 30 Day Challenge
Well, I made it! Since April 1st, I have been involved in something called the Thirty Hubs in Thirty Days challenge here at Hubpages. Those of you who have been around the site have heard lots about the challenge. Those who are new, or visiting may have not heard the term.
This hub is last in the series of my 30 days -- 30 hubs challenge. This month, I have learned a lot. I did not know it would be as difficult as it is, and I am glad it is done. This article will outline the pieces I have created this month and a bit about the experience. And perhaps as you read, you will decide whether or not you would like to take part in the Hubpages 30 Day Challenge.
Answering Questions On Hubpages
The first article I wrote came from a question in the Questions and Answers section. The question was about the games we played in our childhoods: Board Games From My Childhood in the 70's.
This hub got me thinking and reflecting about the 1970's decade and had decided to write another related article, also based on a conversation I had had with my sister about this strange decade: Dumb Things We Did In the 70's.
Another article based on a question was about lessons we can learn from our cats and I ended up writing called Lessons We Learned From Our Cats. I was so thrilled when this hub made an appearance in the top 10 hubs of Hubpages for a day, too!
During the challenge, I began to realize the importance of the Questions and Answers section at Hubpages. One more article based on questions was Favourite Design Tips Learned From HGTV.
The next article I wrote, Pretty Journals for Writing, Reflecting and Expressing, Recording, Praying, came about when I had been looking at Amazon and was surprised at how many journals there were. I did some keyword research and thought it would be nice to share some of my my find with others. I am firm believer in journalling and I was able to share some of my thoughts in the article, too.
During this challenge, I started to see more income come from Amazon and this motivated me to try more product hubs. I read an article about a hubber, Supermom in NY, who had made a significant Amazon sale and was amazed by what had happened to her. I began to believe in the possibility myself and decided to try another product-based article, this one based on E-Bay. I had never tried an E-Bay hub but saw other hubs around the site and wanted to give it a try. This hub was called Buy Your Mothers Day Gift From E-Bay.
While searching for cool Mother's Day Gifts, I ran across across my products that were absolutely gorgeous. I had seen the same product line while researching my journals hub and decided to go for it and make a hub on these gorgeous products, after a quick check on Hubpages search to see if anyone else was covering these products: Punch Studio Mothers Day Card and Gifts.
My first online experience was with a blog devoted to weight loss, healthy living and beauty for all women, no matter what size. It was a blog I am still using in an effort to lose weight and become healthier. For the next hub, called How To Lose Weight: A-Z, I admitted my weight loss efforts and shared them in this venue. I had been nervous about doing this but did so, with the interest of bringing my online venues together. I was very touched by the supportive comments and even gained a couple of readers for my weight loss blog, whom I also consider Hubber friends.
National Poetry Month
April was also National Poetry Month and a number of hubbers took a challenge to do a poem a month in honour of this event. Although I did not wish to focus exclusively on poems for the month, I did do a few poems during the challenge. Here they are:
About halfway through the month, I came across a very helpful hub by Alocsin on creating indexes for your hubs. I had read about it before but this reminded me that I would like to do that. I then created this index hub about my teaching hubs: Teaching Articles By Prairieprincess. Placing all hubs with a similar theme in one index allows searchers interested in that topic to find a particular hub more easily.
Write What You Know
One of the earliest mantras of writing anyone hears is "write what you know." So, I was often frantically searching for topics that would be pretty easy to write about, requiring little research: topics that I knew about. Finding these "sweet spots" is the key to sustaining yourself in your writing efforts. I decided to write on a recipe I had sitting in my notes in my kitchen, and a few about T.V. shows that I watched on a regular basis:
T.V. Show Review: Best Friends Forever
One of the best things about doing the 30 Hub Challenge is that it really motivated me to clean up my drafts folder: all those half-finished ideas sitting there, taunting me. I had to decide are they half-baked or worth pursuing? I got rid of quite a few, decluttered, up my list, and then proceeded to add a few more half-done ones. But what the challenge taught me was that I have to really decide if I want to write something, instead of just idly thinking, "seems like a good idea." Am I willing to spend the time that it will take? Can I handle the actual writing?
The following hubs were ones that have been sitting in my drafts for a while and are finally done! Here they are:
My Mom Taught Me To See Beauty (in draft since last May!)
How I Planned My Wedding In A Month -- Quick Simple Wedding Ideas (that was the second hub I ever started on Hubpages. It's been in draft for eighteen months!)
Writing About The Hubpages Experience Itself
The last category of hubs that I did during the challenge is what I am doing right now. I am writing about writing, about hubmaking, and in this case, about the challenge. This is a form of introspection that writers tend to practice. After all, it's normal to talk (in our case, write) about what we are doing.
There is a term for this in the education field: it is called meta-cognition. It the act of reflecting on your own learning, and it's the stuff of "self-evaluation" and reflective journalling about a student's own assignments.
Here are the hubs that fall into the category of hubs about hubs and hubmaking.
and finally, this one! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go exercise, play with my cats and pay close attention to my husband. I am so glad to be done. I have appreciated the community so much during this challenge. Happy Hubbing!