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The pros and cons of undertaking a 30-day-hub-challenge

Updated on October 27, 2010

Hub... er, caps

Should I put a cap on my hubs?
Should I put a cap on my hubs?

It's only Day 8

I am on Day 8 of my hub challenge, and already I am two hubs behind. This is fine really, because I did not absolutely challenge myself to write a hub each day, I challenged myself to write thirty hubs in a month. Fine. No problem.

But I am beginning to think that there are more negatives to making such a commitment with oneself, than there are positives. Let me just have a think about them (and get an extra hub done at the same time!). I'll start with the cons, to get them out of the way, and so that I can hopefully end on a positive note.

Cons

  • Every spare minute is used up on thinking about hubs. I suppose that doesn't sound like much of a problem, because we all love hubbing, don't we? Hubbing is great, truly. Ordinarily though, it doesn't take up so much time and brain space.
  • If you're constantly thinking about hubbing then you can't be thinking about your other writing. Aha, fatal flaw. I was writing a novel before I joined Hubpages - I've barely thought about my poor neglected story since, unless in relation to possible hub topics.
  • Hubs keep me up past midnight. Although this is not really the fault of the hubs. I watch TV whilst writing them, which is no doubt why it takes me four hours to create a shoddy piece of work that could be done in half an hour. (Note to self: turn off TV.)
  • Hubs make me spend even more time on the computer, thus using more electricity and impacting on the environment. Always bad.
  • Committing to write a large number of hubs takes some of the fun out of the whole thing. This is due to the pressure I have put myself under to write many intelligent and witty things.
  • Hubs cease to be intelligent and witty when I am forcing them out.
  • Ideas dry up, because I am in a constant state of ever so slight nervousness.
  • A hub challenge makes me neglect my children, just a little bit.


Pros

  • Watching my hub rating go up a couple of points is rather thrilling.
  • Hubbing every day keeps me writing when I might otherwise spend the evening only pretending to. I often have a blank sheet of paper in front of me at night, that stays blank until I sit down with it the following evening. Writing hubs is infinitely better than writing nothing at all.
  • Hubs are fun.
  • Feedback from hubs is very inspiring and useful. And using Hubpages a lot is a great way to find lots of other writers through the feedback they give.
  • Hubbing daily encourages me to read more of the work of other hubbers, and to offer my own support and encouragement to them.
  • Stretching oneself in any way that encourages improvement can only be a good thing. After all, there is no point in doing a thing if you are only going to do it half-heartedly.

Well, pretty evenly matched pros and cons there really. I think that what I deduce from that little exercise is that this 30-day-hub-challenge is useful. But perhaps like all things in life, moderation is the key to happiness and good health. Maybe two or three hubs a week would be plenty. Hubbing for the pure sake of hubbing is not the real point of Hubpages at all. Hubbing when I actually have something I want to say makes more sense.
I'll finish the challenge though - it would be shameful to give up when I've only just started!

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      IvoryMelodies 6 years ago

      Good thought processes. I've considered challenging myself, but think I might fail miserably. I agree about writing when I have something to say, plus I like to take a little extra time to be sure my thoughts are in order. Seems like even now I always think of something else and do lots of editing after I publish.

      Rooting for you in your challenge. I'll be checking back in to see how you're doing. Set aside some time to work on that novel, too! I have one in progress as well, and I've neglected too. HubPages is quite addictive, for all the reasons you mentioned!

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Hi there. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)

      Yes, I know what you mean about taking time to be sure of your thoughts. This challenge doesn't allow me time to do that, and I'm conscious of my hubs being up there with lots of flaws and imperfections that I would have preferred to iron out. But it's a good experiment to try out nonetheless.

      Yes, I really must get on with that novel - I'm so close to the end of my first draft! (I'll just read your hubs this evening though...)

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      Elefanza 6 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

      Love your sense of humor. I almost did the deep laugh thing, but lazy me realized that would burn too many calories and I have to maintain my status quo in that regard.

    • Lady Wordsmith profile image
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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Ha ha, that's funny. I think I do that sometimes - I'm laughing inside, hysterically, but you wouldn't know it to look at me.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      I'm very impressed that you can still churn out interesting stuff under such self imposed pressure. I'm not going to follow your example as i'm not as dotty as you are and i could work out the pit falls in advance. I'm lazier than you and have only just decided to own up. When the thirty days is up you are not to fall into an exhausted heap, but you can then concentrate on the desired three hubs per week whilst being a bit lazy and not neglecting the kids as much so it's going to be a big win win. cheers

    • Lady Wordsmith profile image
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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Yes, you're right. I could have spotted these pitfalls without actually undertaking the challenge. But then I suppose that I had to undertake the challenge to be able to have the pitfalls to write about, since you would have thought 'why's she writing about these pitfalls when she hasn't even undertaken the challenge?'! (For my next challenge I will attempt to write the most convoluted sentence ever whilst still making perfect (non)sense.)

      Cheers for you encouragement, once again :)

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      Hi Linda, I agree with your sentiments here. I have failed a couple of challenges because it is hard to do writing to a deadline. Too hard for me.

      And I don't want to lose the fun or create something that isn't really what I want to say.

      Useful hub... thanks.

    • Lady Wordsmith profile image
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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      Inspiration just doesn't arrive on demand does it? That's what I find really difficult about deadlines. Too hard for me too Mark.

      That's exactly my problem with it: not wanting to 'create something that isn't really what I want to say'. I find myself going over old hubs from that challenge and remembering that I'd had much more to say on the subject but hadn't had the spare time to think it all out properly - glaring gaps in the content, to me anyway.

      Linda.

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      Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

      I revisit old hubs, especially non performing ones, that's all of them btw, on a regular basis. Yes, I shudder sometimes but I tweak titles, improve summaries, group better and revise, correct and add content.

      It doesn't make a lot of difference but as a personal thing I would like any visitor I get to not be too disappointed.

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      Linda Rawlinson 6 years ago from Lancaster, UK

      I've just enrolled on a proofreading course, correcting is my 'thang'!

      No, it doesn't make much difference, not to mine either, but if you know something's not right you can't help but tweak.

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      Esther Strong 4 years ago from UK

      It's good to hear how you are coping with the challenge - and great that you are motivated to see it through

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