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Writing with an added purpose: 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge.

Updated on March 19, 2013

Sometimes the greatest source of strength comes from unity.

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Strength through unity, and the "30 Hub in 30 Days challenge".

"Strength in unity". This is one of my favorite quotes. It's one of the most honest and profound quotes that I've heard. One of the things that I enjoy about life is how people come together as a unit when it's deemed necessary. There's something about having someone or a group of other people there to push us when we need it. You may ask; "What does this have to do with anything"? I'm currently doing the "30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge" here on Hubpages. I never imagined that I would be able to turn out 30 articles in a 30 day time span. The idea alone was hard to fathom, and I'm still not out of the woods yet. I still have a few more weeks to go until the challenge officially ends. One of the things that makes this particular challenge special to me is that I'm not doing it alone. Remember the "strength in unity" quote that I mentioned earlier? It's definitely being applied to my approach on this challenge. It's also given me an added sense of purpose to write and create. Please read on.

Brief history of my time on Hubpages.

I've officially been a member on Hubpages for 10 months now. One of my good writing buddies from another content writing site(Triond), was the one who originally told me about Hubpages. After giving it a little bit of thought, I decided to give Hubpages a shot. I produced several hubs in my first few months on the site, but found myself receiving little to no views. I also saw absolutely no earnings coming in whatsoever. Discouraged by all of this, I decided to take a step back from Hubpages. Looking back at this decision now, I feel that it was the right choice at the right time. Hindsight is 20/20 right? After giving Hubpages a rest, I decided to do a bit of research of my own on how Hubpages operates. I wanted to learn how the earnings worked on the site, and the best ways to bring traffic to my writings. I spent several nights on both Google and Hubpages. This time was spent doing a lot of reading and research. I must say now that the time spent doing research on the Hubpages has paid off. With the added knowledge and some newly acquired friends from Hubpages, I got myself back into the game writing on Hubpages. This time I was equipped with more knowledge, and more ideas to contribute to my hubs.

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How the challenge came about.

Upon getting back active on Hubpages and writing out articles from time to time, I was looking for a way to get my earnings up even more. I had seen previous posts, hubs, articles, and topics related to the "30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge". Initially I felt like this was a feat that I couldn't pull off. I knew it required a certain amount of dedication to complete something like this. So what happened next? I decided to do my own personal challenge that I titled "10 Hubs in 10 Days". I committed myself to writing out ten hubs over a 10 day time span. As hard as this sounded to me initially, it's nothing compared to the 30 day challenge. Before tackling the challenge alone, I decided to ask if anyone wanted to join me on my personal mission. I received several responses with most of them saying no. However, there was one person who responded back with a yes. Her username on Hubpages is Karen Hellier. Karen joined the challenge a few days later than I did, but she did her best to write out 10 hubs in the limited amount of time she had. I was personally able to accomplish my personal goal, but Karen fell a couple of hubs shorts due to the time constraints. After completing the challenge, Karen asked me if I was interested in doing the 30 in 30 challenge during the summer. I happily agreed and said yes. We officially got the ball rolling.

Getting the ball rolling, and other members joining.

After communicating via e-mail and changing the date to start the challenge on several occasions, we finally agreed on a date to start on. The start date would be June 15, 2012. Since I had a couple of months to prepare for the challenge, I started brainstorming in my head ideas that I could write about for this challenge. I was looking to prepare my mentally and spiritually for this rigorous journey. I wrote about this topic several times in my personal blog, and even told friends and family about the mission we were trying to accomplish. About a week before the challenge was set to start, Karen asked on the forums if anyone wanted to join us. Thinking that hardly anyone would be willing to join, I continued to prepare myself. However, to my great delight, several members on Hubpages were eager to join us. See, "strength in unity" comes into play once again. As of the right now, the members of Hubpages doing the challenge include: Myself, Karen Hellier, Redberry Sky, Mr. Williams, Ellebee, SusieQ42, Cherylvanhoorn, Chris Hugh, Melchi, and Angel198625. I hope that I didn't miss anyone. Days before the challenge began, I was able to recruit one of my friends from Facebook who goes by the name, beingwell here on Hubpages. She runs several blogs, so I figured she wouldn't have the time to do it. However, she readily joined the challenge when I brought it to her attention. The team of writers had officially been formed.

An added sense of purpose.

Going through this challenge with others gives me an added sense of purpose to write. Sure I definitely want to complete the challenge for myself, but I also want to do it for the members who decided to do the challenge as well. I don't like letting others down in my everyday life, and I don't plan on doing it with this challenge either. I like the fact that everyone is so eager to help and support one another throughout this month long right of passage if you will. I also like the fact that while I'm creating and coming up with ideas to write about, I know that there are other members scattered all over the world who are doing the same exact thing. We are still early into the process, but things are going well thus far. I'm trying to take all of this in and enjoy it as much as possible. I have a notebook full of topics that I've written down, and plan on writing about. I'm also coming up with ideas daily, which helps even more in having things to write about. Coming up with ideas isn't the hard part, executing and organizing them into a quality hub is the biggest challenge. Doing this challenge isn't just about earning a few more dollars. It's about supporting others, getting my thoughts out there, and hopefully leaving a mark on Hubpages. I want to thank everyone who decided to join the challenge, and I wish you all the best of luck this month and beyond. Lets get it done!

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      chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

      Up and interesting! I'm pushing myself to produce more articles, too. It's kind of motivating to set an "unrealistic" goal for yourself, isn't it? Good luck with your 30/30!

      Aloha and keep on hubbin'

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hello chrisinhawaii. Thanks a lot for taking out the time to check out my hub. Sometimes it's a challenge putting out articles. I try not to set unrealistic goals for myself, but it's a great feeling when you accomplish something that you set out upon. Thanks again for your great feedback. Best wishes.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Voted up, interesting and shared!

      Good luck to us on this challenge, my friend! I'm always busy during the first 2wks of the month; so I need to do my very best on these last 2 weeks of June to be able to make 30. hahahaha!! I'm hopeful! LOL! ...always hopeful!

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      Arren123 4 years ago from UK

      Wishing you all the best with the 30 hubs in 30 days, wished I'd had known about it, would have loved to have joined the challenge, all the best :)

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Rizza! You seem to be doing pretty well so far. I still have a ways to go. I'm confident that we all will be able to get to 30. Best of luck to you my friend, and thanks again.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Kev. I really wish I would have thought to ask you, but like I mentioned to you on RG Renegades 2, I thought that you might have been to busy to do it. If there is a next time, you will be the first person I ask. Thanks again my man. :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Prospectboy. Nice hub and I love the first picture. I have now completed 10 hubs in the challenge and have 20 more to go in 13 days!!! If I try for 2 per day, as I did today, I will be fine. Life seems to get in the way of writing some days. But I am determined to finish this challenge by July 14th and when I do I will have my 100 hubs. That's very good incentive for me! Hope you're keeping up okay.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks a lot Karen. Glad you like the picture. I've done 12 hubs up to this point. We still have plenty of time to get this done, so we should be ok. You are right that life happens to get in the way. I didn't write like I wanted this past weekend due to family visiting. Keep up the great work.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I'm up to 11 ...after I commented on here last night I decided to get busy and write one more. See, you motivated me just by reading your hub! Off to work on my next one now!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Congrats Karen. You're on your way! I'm glad that my hub motivated you. That's what we're here for, to motivate each other. Awesome job! Keep it up!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Accckkk...I have 5 days left to complete 13 hubs!!! Think I can do it? How is everyone else doing???

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm in dire straights also Karen. I have 11 more to go in 5 days. This should be interesting.

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Congratulations Brad on all of your writing accomplishments. I know you have that drive and determination in you so keep the ball rolling until you reach your goal. I might join you too. Voted up.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well prospectboy, you're still 2 ahead of me. Come on, I know we can do it. We have to. I want to see that beautiful phrase 100 hubs when I log onto my profile. I have been writing at textbroker as well over the past month so I think that's slowing me down a bit. Very different types of writing though.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much lovedoctor926. I appreciate all of your support my friend.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      It's going to get done Karen. We just have to pick up the pace a bit. It'll all be over soon :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      I have11 hubs to go, in 39 1/2 hours...oh my gosh, this is crazy but I am going to keep plugging away at it till the time is up. I see you have published 60 hubs now...that is fantastic. I think when we first met here at Hub Pages you were at 27??? Is that possible? Good work prospectboy!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hey there Karen. I have six in total to finish. I have two that are almost done though. 11 is pretty tough in that amount of time. Just keep on plugging away at it ma'am. I know you can do it. Thank you so much for your kind words regarding the number of hubs I've published. I'm sure there are people that have put out more than that, but I appreciate your regards. Good luck and best wishes to you ma'am :)

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Well, we have till tomorrow at midnight...here's to making the best of the time we have left!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      We got a little under 24 hours to go, so like you said Karen lets make the best of it.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      So, how did everyone do? I am sad to say that although I was motivated to make it to 30 hubs in 30 days, I only made it to 25 hubs in 30 days. I am quite disappointed with myself, but about 36 hours before the deadline, I got very sick and couldn't even sit up to write. This totally blew my schedule. But now I am feeling better, have published 2 more hubs today, and am determined to complete 3 more hubs by tomorrow night at midnight which will make 30 hubs in 32 days...nothing to sneeze about. The best part about that will be that I will have completed 100 hubs...yippee...I can't wait to see that number on my profile of how many published hubs I have. Here's to tomorrow night then! How did the rest of you do?

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Karen. I actually made 30 in 30 days just barely. However, Hubpages unpublished my last article, so I guess I got 29 done. I wouldn't be too sad if I were you. You still done great, and you've done the challenge before. I'm also sorry to hear that you had gotten sick, but I'm glad that you are better now. That's pretty cool that you reached your 100 hub mark. My goal was to get to 70, but I didn't make it unfortunately. Overall I'm fairly happy with the outcome of the challenge. I plan on writing about it soon.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Hi prospectboy,

      Actually, because I didn't complete the 30 hubs in 30 days on time, I am not at the 100 hubs mark yet. But I am going to keep writing as much as I can each day until I do make it to 100. I am at 97. One of the things I ran into the slowed me down was that I didn't want to turn out junk just so I could publish another hub, so some of the hubs took longer than expected. I saw somewhere, maybe on Redberry Sky's comments that you wouldn't do this again? I would do it in a heartbeat, but not too close together because I am not sure I could come up with good hub material that quickly. This has forced me to write 27 hubs...as of today, within 32 days. Without a challenge like this, I seem to plod along at a 1 to 2 hub per week pace and this really helps me to concentrate on getting a lot of hubs out in a short amount of time. I think it really helps my traffic. I am looking forward to reading your hub about your experience.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Hey Karen. I'm sorry, I totally misread what you had written earlier. I took it as if you had already made it to 100. You don't have far to go, so keep at it. Yea I did say that on Redberry's article. The only way I could see myself doing this challenge again is if I had several articles already ready beforehand. There were some family related things that happened during the challenge that kinda hindered me from writing, and also I felt rushed with some of my hubs. I didn't feel that they turned out to my liking. Especially coming towards the end. You're right, it did indeed help my traffic, but I should have buckled down more than I did. It was definitely a learning experience though.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Prospectboy,

      No problem. I only wish I had completed 100 hubs but I am almost there. Well, I did like the 10 hubs in 10 days that we did earlier as well. Maybe we can try one of those again in the Fall? Before the holiday season starts might be best. I am interested in learning how the others did. I believe there are some we still not heard from.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Can't help but admire your dedication Karen. Whenever you wanna do another challenge, just let know. I honestly wouldn't have done this challenge if you hadn't brought the idea up. It's always great to do things with a group of people rather than alone, so thanks for giving me that added motivation. I know that beingwell finished the challenge. I think she finished like a week earlier than the rest of us. I think SusieQ42 finished it as well. Besides Redberry Sky, I'm not sure how the other did.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      prospectboy,

      Ha ha...I like that you referred to my dedication. Thanks! Some people I know what call it stubbornness!!! I finished my 98th hub this morning ( 28th for the challenge) and I am not going to rest till I finish those 2 more to meet my goal of 30 hubs. Stubbornness is good when it comes to reaching goals I guess! Ok, I will contact you next time I am ready for a challenge. The 10 hubs in 10 days was good because it's still a boost in the number of hubs we have, but it's a quicker time period so less stressful.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh yea I definitely view it as dedication, which is a very good thing. I'm with you, stubbornness is very good when it comes to goals. Glad that we all had this experience, and I'm looking forward to more challenges in the future. Best wishes.

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