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My first 30 day Hub Challenge

Updated on September 21, 2012

Crazy enough to succeed? Crazy enough to try anyhow

Okay. Here goes. Vacation is over, it's the 1st of September (oops, 2nd, I already missed the starting block!), and as if getting back to work at home while having all of the electricity in my apartment rewired and the kitchen countertop replaced is not enough for the back to school days, now I'm attempting my first 30 Hub Challenge.

Am I an adrenaline junkie? I don't think so, but I do need a kickstart on hubbing. After the June Cookbook Contest I fell into a lull. I started reading more hubs about writing hubs than I did publishing hubs (could that be grammatically correct?). Now it's time to stop beating around the bush and select photos, edit videos, finish some of those drafts I started, get them out there, and develop some of the fresh ideas swirling around in my head.

Why now?

One of the reasons for doing the 30 day Hub Challenge at this particular point is that I've just launched a second HubPages account devoted to cooking and decorating, called Letitialicious. The challenge is a way for me to force myself to add content to it quickly, and at the same time promote it. But I also want to add content to my existing account, LetitiaFT. So what I'll be doing here is dividing up the 30 hubs between my original account and my second, niche account. Below I'll publish the hubs As I do them, including the number, the date, the account and a link.

So what is the "challenge?"

For me the biggest challenge involved is not just to get over 500 and preferably 700 words out there in cyberspace everyday, but to ensure they're meaningful to someone. Will I succeed? I sure as heck hope so. The biggest risk I see with the challenge is that of quality suffering in favor of quantity. If I see that happening, I'll stop. If for some reason I don't, I'm counting on you to stop me!

Keeping track

I'll use this first hub to keep track of progress. Though the ultimate goal is to up our google hits, I've included the number of followers at each installment because it still provides an indication of how visibility is improving.

Yikes! Just got my 6-week old laptop back from a week in the shop. It conked out after my last posts taking with it all my lists, photos and drafts for the hub challenge! Don't know how I'll catch up at this point, but I'm going to give it a try...


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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Hi Casimiro, thanks for checking. Between my new laptop going to the shop for a week with all my drafts in it, my grandma passing away in Florida and my mother in the hospital in California, I'm afraid my first 30 hub challenge was a flop. Maybe I'll try again sometime.

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      Casimiro 5 years ago

      Letitia, Is hub #18 as far as you got? Is there a follow-up hub I'm not seeing?

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Hi Kerry, I'm glad to hear you've attempted and succeeded the challenge in the past. My laptop conked out two nights ago with all of my photos and drafts for the list of hubs I'd prepared for the challenge, so I'm not sure now I'll make it since I have to start from scratch. Very bummed. I wasn't off to such a bad. I'll be checking in on you now. Best of luck for another round.

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      Kerry43 5 years ago

      Hi! Well, I'm a fellow hub challenger, so thought I'd stop by and share the love. I have done this before and it is fun to catch up with folks in the forum and see who is up to where, and for how long lol. I wish you the best...see you at the post ;)


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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      I'm counting on the fact I took tons of recipe pictures over the summer!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've always wanted to try it, but I know I wouldn't be able to keep up. Sometimes I don't even manage two a week!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Thanks so much, Vespawoolf. I've just started and already I'm already finding it hard to keep up. I don't know how people do it!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Thanks for your support, Aviannovice. Still wavering over whether to go full blow with the new subdomain, but I'd better decide fast because the 30 challenge is just rushing by!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congratulations for taking up the 30 day Hub challenge! I've missed reading your hubs, so I plan to keep up as well as I can. I look forward to all the interesting topics you're bound to write on!

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hope that things are going well in the new venue. Best of luck and sock it to 'em!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Thanks Deborah. I can use the luck, given that I often spend a day per hub and still have the rest going on! But I'm hoping it will force me to speed up. I just don't want to lose quality in the process...

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I commend you for taking this challenge. I keep wanting to do it, but every month seem to come up with a new excuse. Best of luck! I look forward to reading your new hubs.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Thanks aa lite. I can relate. While I have ideas for hubs coming out my ears, I get bogged down and discouraged on keyword research. I think I don't totally understand it, despite I'll the reading I've done. For the 30 challenge I decided to do what you're debating, just charge ahead. I figure I can come back and refine the hubs in terms of search traffic later. So get to writing! I'm looking forward to your next hub!

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      aa lite 5 years ago from London

      Good luck with your challenge! It is so easy to fall out of the regular writing habit, come to the site to just socialise.

      My main problem is thinking up of new hub topics. Keyword research is so bad for that! I end up doing more keyword research than actual writing, because all my ideas don't sound like they will do well. Maybe I should just give up and write some 'stuff' and let it fight it out in Google with all the other stuff out there.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Well I'm glad YOU know I'll male it! Thanks for the encouragement. I can sure use it.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Hey thanks Jake thanks for the encouragement. I hope we make it at the same time too!

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      Thanks WorkAtHomeMums. I can't even imagine doing 100 in a row! I thought about doing a seven day challenge just to psyche up, then decided to jump right in. I've got a list of ideas that should get me through, however some of them are research and labor intensive. Wondering how I'm going to make it but I won't it I don't try. Thanks for the encouragement!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good luck, but I know you will be successful.

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      Jake Frost 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Definitely good luck to you!

      I started the 30/30 Challenge right at the start of my life on HubPages, although I had some internet troubles half way through and had to pause. I was still able to complete it.

      I completed a daily diary of my work in my 30/30 hub. Everyday I updated it with how that day had gone and how well the ideas were flowing etc.

      Also, congratulation on applying for the Apprentice Program! I wish you luck getting in, I too applied yesterday (or was it the day before) who knows. If we both get in we might be team mates!

      Again, good luck!

      ~ Jake

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      WorkAtHomeMums 5 years ago from Australia

      Good luck - I did a 100 hub in 100 day challenge to try to motivate myself. Just realise that there will be some days when you have lots of ideas and others when you will be struggling but it will even itself out.


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