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My Thirty Hubs In Thirty Days
An Intimidating Challenge
When I first learned about the Hub Challenge of publishing thirty hubs in thirty days, I took quite a bit of time to read the main forum thread. I was amazed at what some Hubbers had successfully done, publishing a slew of hubs. I noticed that some people did a great job cranking out meaningful, detailed, high-quality hubs throughout the challenge while others published thirty hubs of declining quality as time went on. I also noticed, from reading the thread, that some people didn't meet the challenge after thirty days. This was very intimidating to me, so I disregarded the challenge and just continued to write hubs when I had time and when I was inspired by some random topic.
After writing hubs for a few weeks, I came to realize that the rate I was writing hubs at, I may as well try the challenge. If I remember correctly, I wrote 24 hubs in 30 days when I first joined HubPages. When I came to this realization, I began to feel more confident about being able to face the challenge and, perhaps, even conquer it.
What really boosted my self esteem and ended up being the push I needed to say "YES" to this challenge was the fact that two of my hubs ended up being nominated for HubNuggets...two weeks in a row! Those nominations, and eventually wins, were moments I used to prove to myself that my hubs were, in fact, interesting and of high quality, allowing me to build up enough confidence to jump right in to the 30/30 Hub Challenge.
I jumped right in and started to think of a bunch of possible topics to write about. My mind started spinning as I tried to come up with enough topics.
I don't know what your writing style is but I like to start on several hubs at once. While I let the information percolate, I play around with format, pictures, videos, feeds, etc. Then, I start to either research a topic further or begin writing if my topic is coming from the heart. I must be suffering from ADD because I have never sat down to write one hub from beginning to end. I write a little bit about one topic and then move onto another before finishing the first. I then add to each topic a little at a time.
At the beginning of this challenge, I had four hubs going at once. The topics were not even close to relating to each other...
The First Four
- Pest Control Around the House
Throughout the year, no matter where we live, we are constantly dealing with house pests. They are not only annoying, they have the potential to ruin your belongings as well. Find out different ways to rid your house of these pesky insects.
- Classic Childhood Board Games That Transcend Time
As a form of entertainment, playing games has been around in existence for many centuries. The very first record of gaming dates back to 3000BC with evidence found for the Royal Game of Ur. Also in that same...
- Top 5 NBA Teams Of All Time
In 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian educator, physician, and sports enthusiast, invented the game of basketball with 13 original rules. These rules have evolved over time and more have been added to the...
- Pawn Shops, Thrift Shops, and Consignment Stores
"One man's junk is another man's treasure." -idiomatic expression by unknown author. Some people in the world want their possessions to be brand new. Others make it a hobby to find old items they can buy...
While I was writing the third hub about the NBA's best teams, I started to think about what else I could write about the game I love to follow. As I sat, finalizing my first four, it dawned on me that the game of Basketball had evolved since it all began many years ago. This led me to write another hub about the sport I enjoyed watching.
I started writing the new basketball hub while on a mid-winter vacation. I was actually on the Amtrak, taking a scenic trip from Glenwood Springs, CO to Denver, CO. It dawned on me that the trip, itself, could be hub number six. And so it was...
- The Evolution of James Naismith's Thirteen Original Basketball Rules
Born in Almonte, Ontario, Dr. James Naismith was a Canadian physical education teacher who taught at McGill University from 1887 to 1890. In 1890, he moved to Springfield, MA, USA to teach at Springfield...
- The California Zephyr: A Train Ride From Glenwood Springs, CO to Denver, CO
Traveling across the continental United States is quickest by plane and more economical by car. Making the trek by train, however, is the most magnificent way to see beautiful country from a totally different...
My Attention Deficit Disorder Moment
After I completed my fifth and sixth hubs for this challenge, I started to exhibit some Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms as I thought of additional topics to write about for the remainder of my hubs. Like I mentioned before, I often have a couple of hubs going at the same time, writing a little about everything at once. Well, that number never exceeded two or three at a time. With hubs eight through twelve in this challenge, there were five going at the same time.
The only thing these five hubs had in common was the way I came up with the topics. I actually thought of all five while watching an evening of television.
- Dog Breeds ~ Animal Planet ~ Program about dog shows.
- Grammy Awards ~ Academy Awards ads inspired me.
- Addictions ~ A & E's Interventions was on.
- Prison Security ~ Reading about Madoff's son's tragedy and thinking about how Madoff himself was sitting pretty in a low or medium security jail. Then thought of Martha Stewart and Lindsay Lohan and how celebrities don't have to tough it out too badly in jail.
- Osteoarthritis ~ Commercial for arthritis medication.
- 911 Calls ~ Came up on the news.
I researched all the information and took notes for these hubs and started to write them all at the same time. I'd spend about half an hour on one, then move onto another, going back and forth between the five. In the end, I was amazed that I was able to get five coherent hubs out. I love good surprises!
Hubs Five Through Twelve: The Television Influence
- Dog Breed Groups: Which Is Right For You?
Dogs are the most common family pet, with cats coming in a very close second. "Man's Best Friend," when trained well, can be very loyal and loving. Also known as pooches, dogs have been bred for many years...
- History of the Grammy Awards
Each year, recording and sound artists from all over the world are recognized for their talents and achievements. The stars gather to perform their best work and to be celebrated by an international audience....
- Strange Addictions
Many people in the world suffer from some kind of addiction. Some addictions are healthier than others, although one can argue that excess in anything you do or consume is likely not good. Overdoing...
- US Prison Security Levels: From Minimum to Maximum
In the United States, almost 2,300,000 people are in jails or prisons today. Incarceration is one of the most common forms of punishment in the country for those who choose to commit crimes. This number...
- Osteoarthritis: Our Aging Joints
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, is the most common form of arthritis. OA only affects the joints and the symptoms are localized to the joint areas. There are many things that can be done to ease the pain and symptoms felt by OA patients.
- Funny Emergency 911 Calls
I have high respect for people to work as 911 dispatchers. Having worked with them on my job, thankfully not regularly, I know that they have high-stress jobs. Usually, a 911 caller is placing the call to...
When the five television-influenced, random hubs were done, I decided to go back through the many hubs I'd written and try to get ideas from them...perhaps expanding on a previous topic or adding a different component to the same topic. I managed to scare up three more topics by sitting and reflecting again on my written material.
I wrote the Smithsonian hub after reading through all my travel hubs and trying to think of a place that I had visited before and was amazed by while exploring. The Smithsonian Institute came to mind because after my trip to Washington DC, I regretted not spending more days going through the museums. There is so much to learn from them.
My Brain Nutrients hub was an offshoot of my other two brain-y hubs. Brain research absolutely fascinates me so writing about how to feed the brain was pretty easy.
The Caffeine hub came about because of my addictions hub. At my day job, people around me are highly addicted to caffeine. There are some teachers who cannot function in the morning, before children arrive, without their cups of coffee. In fact, they are pretty worthless without caffeine. I decided I'd try to find out what the benefits were of caffeine and was actually surprised to find that there were some out there.
Phew! Three more hubs and I didn't even struggle, this time, with finding topics.
More "Connection" Hubs
- Visiting the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
Visiting Washington DC can be overwhelming to some. To others, it is truly fascinating. There are many sights to take in covering a range of topics from history and politics to art and culture. As the...
- Healthy Nutrients For The Brain
Your daily diet, believe it or not, has a direct effect on the functioning of your brain. There are foods out there that improve your concentration. Other foods aid memory. Yet others improve your ability...
- Caffeine: Helpful, Not Harmful
I am sitting here in my home with a big mug of coffee, getting ready to write this hub. I am satisfied knowing that this caffeine-rich beverage is actually good for me in some ways. Not only has caffeine...
My sixteenth hub had been sitting in my list since the beginning of my time on HubPages. It was one I started a while back but didn't have the inspiration or motivation to write after I came up with the topic. I pushed myself to write it because I thought it would be informative for people as they explored American pop culture and movies over the years. It took me a while to get my brain into the topic again but perseverance paid off and I got it done.
After reading the completed hub, I was glad I pushed myself to write it. The two films that the Brat Pack group came from are truly two classics. The coming-of-age movies from the mid-1980s really were great for tweens and teens at the time.
Young Actors and Actresses in the 1980s
- The Brat Pack of the 1980's: Decades Later
Ah, the 1980's. A decade filled with big-hair bands and coming-of-age movies. A decade when teen idolization became a huge fad and posters from teen magazines plastered bedrooms across the world. During...
Friends Are Good For Something
My next two hubs, numbers 17 and 18 were influenced by conversations I had with friends. One of my dear friends has two dogs. She was considering training one for dock diving. Until I talked to her, I had no idea the sport even existed, let alone the competitions and techniques involved. I decided it would make a good hub topic since there wasn't much about the topic floating out there on the internet.
The Mongolian Barbeque hub was written out of jealousy. My friends are well aware of the fact that I live in the mountains of Colorado and the closest Mongolian Barbeque restaurant to my house was a two-hour drive away. My buddy was teasing me about the fact that he was heading out to eat some Mongolian Barbeque just down the street from his house and that he would eat a bowl for me. Not nice, I know, but hey...he gave me the idea to write my 18th hub, so I forgave him for the teasing.
- Dock Diving For Dogs
Dog who participate in the world of dock diving are also known as Big Air dogs. Dock diving dogs, or dock jumping dogs, compete by jumping off docks for distance. Imagine your dog, running full steam ahead,...
- Mongolian Grill or Barbeque: Make Your Own Stir-Fry
In most major metropolitan areas, ranging from New York City and Chicago to Denver and San Diego, you can find a Mongolian Barbeque restaurant that allows you to create your own stir-fry. If you like Chinese...
HubMob Weekly: All About Animals
I was so excited and inspired when the new HubMob weekly about animals was posted. I immediately started to think about the animals I've always loved or the ones I've always wanted to find out more about. The thinking that took place led me my next three hubs. Thank you, Princessa, for the inspiration and for helping me find three more hub topics for this challenge.
I wrote about Equine Facilitated Learning because I am absolutely in love with horses. I rode them growing up, taking formal riding lessons and learning how to take care of them. I had always known that riding a horse was therapeutic. I had a rough time in high school, growing up behind a "perfect" older sister. Riding was my escape. I felt I related better to the horses than I did my mother and sister. I knew that horses were used for therapeutic reasons so I thought I'd find out more.
The other two animal hubs were based on animals I had always wanted to learn more about. The Dodo bird always intrigued me so that was an easy topic. I have always been curious as to why they are extinct. Writing about the sloth was also easy as during times of stress, I have always wanted to be a sloth instead of a human. I have always wondered what it would be like to just lay around all day. I think that's why I also like manatees and hippos. They are also large animals that move slowly.
All About Animals
- Horse Therapy: Equine Facilitated Learning
Some children are dealt a challenging hand the minute they are born. They can hugely be affected by a chemical imbalance in their bodies which they have no control over whatsoever. These imbalances can...
- The Extinct Dodo Bird
The Dodo bird was discovered on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean in 1507 by Portuguese explorers. By 1681, the Dodo was declared extinct. Portuguese sailors were the ones who named this friendly...
- Slow, Sleepy, Sloths
Ahhh...the life of a sloth. The slow, sleepy sloth. There are two species of sloths: The two-toed sloth and the three-toed sloth. Sloths are one of the world's slowest tree-dwellers found in Central and...
Hmmm...I Don't Remember
At this point in time, I have no idea how I came up with hub #22 on pedestrian malls. I know I like them. I know I've visited some. I know they are always fun if shopping and eating are the only things on the agenda for the day. I don't, however, remember how I came up with the idea of writing a hub about them...
- Pedestrian Malls in the United States: Fun Places to Shop and Dine
Most shopping malls in the United States are indoors. Typically, there are a few "anchor" department stores that are connected by smaller, specialty stores. Somewhere along the way, there is a food court...
Just Because I Love To Eat
My hubby and I love to eat Japanese and Indian food. Everywhere we travel, we try to consume ethnic food so we can compare how it is made around the country. Since there were already quite a few hubs on sushi, and I had already written a hub about Indian curry, I decided I would write one about the spices that went into cooking the aromatic dishes. I had also recently ordered a bunch of Indian spices from an online grocery store so the spices were still fresh on my mind. After a little research, this hub was done in a heartbeat.
Yum, Yum, Eat 'Em Up!
- Aromatic Spices: The Basic Ingredients of Indian Cuisine
When you are first exposed to Indian cuisine, the aromatic spices might seem overwhelming. There is a mix of sweet and savory smells. There are a few core spices that are used in Indian food that give it...
When I began to realize that D-Day was fast approaching and I only had two days left, I started to panic, nay, hyperventilate. Holy cow! How was I going to come up with seven hubs in two days? What would I write about? Would the quality of my hubs go down if I rushed through them just to conquer this challenge?
My saving grace...my husband. He came to me on Saturday morning (day 29) and said, "Honey, I have to go up to work for a few hours today. I hope you don't mind."
Don't mind? Don't mind? Wahoo! I didn't have to feel guilty about spending my Saturday ignoring my husband while trying to find seven more topics to write about.
In the quiet of my home, I decided the next hub I would start but not finish until the last minute was this one..the one you are reading now. I thought that if I chronicled my 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, that would count for a good hub #30. So, the birth of this hub occurred.
When I write hubs without anyone else around, I like to keep the television going in the background. I know, it's a waste of electricity, but there is something comforting about the noise going on in the background. While I was constructing the beginning of this hub, a news story came on about Prince William and Kate's union. Kate was being criticized for breaking some of the long-time royal wedding traditions. The first thing that came to mind was, "Ooohhh, she's got kahunas." This short distraction from the current hub led me to come up with two topics, hubs #24 and 29. They are both about weddings. Hah! Two more hubs taken care of...along with this one...that leaves four more to develop.
The last four were a blur in terms of coming up with topics. I think I leaned on things I was familiar with so that the research time could be shortened as I would be able to write more from the heart and from experience and background knowledge.
Hub #25 came about because one of my favorite classes, way back in college, was called History of Ideas. Now, that class had us thinking about how ideas came about. The inspiration behind ideas. This led me to think about ideas that people had that changed history.
The idea from hub #26 came from the times I've researched Montessori and Waldorf schools. I did that research years ago when I first became an Elementary School Principal, which is what I still do during the daytime hours. I lead a public school. When new students came in from the Montessori or Waldorf settings, they always struggled to adapt to the more structured classroom. It occurred to me that there was a third environment that gave students free rein and exploration time...Waldkindergartens or Forest Kindergartens. Ah...a great hub topic.
Oral Allergy Syndrome was an easy topic for me to think up and write about at the time. This is because I had to keep getting up and blowing my nose while trying to cram my last few hubs in. Spring has sprung in Colorado and my seasonal allergies have arrived early this year. While I was blowing my nose, I realized that hub #27 could be all about the experience I had when I had my banana breakout. Another great topic that needed little research because it was already a part of my background knowledge. I've been living with allergies all my life.
When I was left with one more topic to write about, I started to really worry. I got momentary writer's block and didn't know where to go with it all. I started to go through my life chronologically and think about my elementary days, middle and high school days, but to no avail. When I started to dwell on what I did in college, I had an epiphany. My friends and I used to get season passes to Six Flags Magic Mountain and go every single weekend. It was a blast for late teens and early twenty-somethings. So, there it was...hub #28.
- Destination Wedding Locations: Getting Hitched Away From It All
Weddings ~ A time for family and friends to gather and celebrate a couple's decision to unite for the rest of their lives...through thick and thin...better or worse... It used to be that brides would return...
- A Few Ideas That Changed History
Ideas are extremely abstract. Even though they are intangible, they have the power to change the course of history. Victor Hugo, a French author, once said, "One can resist invading armies; one cannot resist...
- Waldkindergartens: Outdoor or Forest Preschools
The German word, waldkinder, literally translates into "forest child." Waldkindergartens, or Forest Kindergartens are prevalent all over Europe and are starting to make a showing in the United States. These...
- Oral Allergy Syndrome: A Bad Mix
I was in my mid-thirties when I discovered, the hard way, that I was suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). I ate a banana, as I often did, in the late afternoon when my stomach is usually starting to...
- Six Flags Theme Parks
Disneyland Theme Parks are known to cater to children, although many adults also enjoy their experiences a "the happiest place on earth." Sea World Theme Parks are known for their water animals. They focus...
- Wedding Etiquette: Guidelines to Follow
"Will you marry me?" asks the male (or female). "Yes!" responds the female (or male). When the above conversation is over and the excitement of telling everyone in the world dies down, the bride and groom...
Hub Challenge Lessons Learned
Through this process of conquering the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, I must say I learned quite a bit...
- Writing quality hubs that inform or entertain is not as easy as it may seem. Trying to keep the quality high, time is a necessary component.
- Life experiences play a huge part in finding hub topics.
- Procrastination should be avoided during such challenges.
- Look back at previously written hubs for inspiration...either add to what has been said or spin-off previous topics.
- The television is not so bad, after all, for hub topic ideas and inspiration. Maybe the energy drain is worth it.
- Encouragement from other hubbers was extremely helpful. Denise Handlon's encouraging words kept me going when I thought I'd never make it. Comments from others, such as BlissfulWriter, cardelean, docmo, and emilybee were also very helpful as they were positive and kept me motivated to keep writing. I'm sure I've left others out...and for that, I apologize.
Now I'm going to slow down a little and go back to letting my topics percolate a little before slamming the hubs out one after the other. I did, however, truly enjoy the challenge. With a full time job on top of this hobby, it was a little difficult to conquer, but in the end, I persevered and made it! Perhaps I'll even attempt the challenge again in the future.
And so it goes...I made it in time...30 hubs in 30 days...and if I can do it, you can do it too!!
WAHOO!! Time to celebrate!
Other Hubs About The 30 Day Challenge
- 10 Things I Learned in the 30 Hubs Challenge
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- My 1st 30-Day Hub Challenge Log - Progress, Traffic & Earnings
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