Thirty Hubs in Thirty Days
Whew! Thirty hubs in thirty days. I can't believe I did it! I'm not saying I wrote the best thirty hubs ever written, but I did write thirty hubs. A website writer? Me? No, but a hub writer yes. Convolutedly I guess you could say a website writer since HubPages is a website. I can finally breathe without having to worry about tomorrow's hub. Now that it's over though I must say it's been a great experience.
I waited a year to take the 30/30 challenge. I kept reading about it and thinking about it but couldn't get up the nerve. Finally, I just decided to jump in and do it. My first hub was about the thirty day challenge so I thought my last hub should be about the thirty day challenge bringing me full circle.
I think I have become an online writer. I'm writing online at a regular rate and the 30/30 has increased my writing and my thinking. My followers have grown to 218 from 147 in thirty days, my hubs to 143, and my hub score fluctuates between 94 and 97. What an improvement over just a month ago!
There are numerous hubs to help you along the way, here's another one that may help give you a jump start.
Everyone says your readership will improve with the challenge. I was a little leary of this thinking you really need quality hubs to make people want to read them and let's face it, churning out thirty in thirty days isn't easy, but surprisingly it was easier than I thought. I would start thinking about the next topic before I finished writing the one I was working on. I did use a little help and write three hubs based on questions posted on hubpages but surprisingly one of them was really good! As I pointed out earlier my readership did improve. Lots of new people read my hubs and left lots of new and interesting comments.
The other thing I learned is there are a lot of hub writers taking the thirty day challenge every day! The Thirty Day Challenge hosted by Hub Pages is no longer offered, however, there is no reason why you can't start your own thirty day challenge and write thirty hubs in thirty days!
There are hub ideas everywhere, you just have to be more aware. I thought I might find my niche but I really haven't. I still write about everything and anything that comes to mind. I did find hubs about animals and music are always popular and a few I wrote that I thought wouldn't make it turned out to be popular and vice versa, ones I thought would be popular are just sitting there.
I know you've heard about keywords ad infinitum but believe me, use them. Even if you only use two or three like I've been doing they do help. I can't explain the logistics or the exact reason but they do make a difference.
Pictures! Use lots of pictures you took yourself, they make a big difference in the promotion of your hub. You don't have to be a professional photographer but subject appropriate pictures add a certain pizzazz to your hub. Let's face it if you're writing about your pet pooch and he's a Lab and you have pictures of a Doberman, it's just not the same. Videos, yes, home videos are a plus as well. It lets people know you care about what you're writing and you're really into your subject matter. Short video taken on your camera or cell phone are all you need. Of course, it helps if they are halfway decent so they make the transition to hubpages and still allow people to see the beauty of it. If you don't have your own videos, YouTube will certainly help you out. You can find videos on just about any subject there is.
There are those who use various other sites to promote their hubs and I have used Reddit, Redgage, Digg, and Bibsonomy as well as Twitter but during the 30 day challenge I didn't really use any of them very much as I was concentrating on my writing. As a follow up here, Reddit doesn't seem worth the bother.
Unfortunately, during the 30 day challenge I didn't read as many hubs as I normally would, there just wasn't enough time in the day. It's time now to get back to my followers and read their wonderful hubs and the hubs of newbies as well! Reading other hubs and leaving comments will turn out to be a mutual admiration society for both of you.
I'm aware this isn't the most rousing or entertaining hub you've ever read (I hope it gets a few readers) but my main message is TRY THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE! If I can do it, anyone can do it. Not only does it help your writing but it helps your readership. If I can help you in any way, email me or leave me a comment and I will get back to you with the best answer I can give you. Visit the Challenge page and read the comments and hubs there to give you inspiration. Look at the questions people ask and use them for inspiration, I know you can do it!!
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