The Beginning of my "30 Hubs in 30 Days" Challenge!
I'm Starting the Challenge!
For anyone that doesn't know, a Hub Challenge consists of trying your hardest to write a certain amount of hubs in a certain amount of time. The "30 Hubs in 30 Days" challenge is one of the most common. Another common challenge is the "100 Hubs in 30 Days". But you can make the challenge whatever you like.....some people do "10 Hubs in 10 Days", etc. You can start the challenge at whatever time and go at your own pace. I am starting the challenge today (May 14th, 2012) and this is my first hub. I have outlined some important things to keep in mind when doing a Hub Challenge. I hope I follow my own advice and are successful in finishing the challenge!
If you plan on doing a Hub Challenge, prepare yourself. If you're new to writing hubs, go to the Learning Center and read as much information you can. The Learning Center is like your own free training program, so take advantage of it. When I first joined HubPages, I had no idea what I was doing. But the Learning Center, and reading other people's hubs, really helped me out.
If you're an existing member to HubPages, and have a few hubs already published, it's worth it to patch up and edit these older hubs before you start a Hub Challenge. That's what I did. I took a few hours to go over my old hubs. I changed the titles to make them more search-friendly on Google. I re-read them to ensure information accuracy and correct spelling and grammar. Having "newish" hubs gave me the motivation to want to start a Hub Challenge. Do whatever you need to do to gain motivation, be it reading the Learning Center tools or re-writing old hubs.
Writing & Publishing the Hubs
So, what should you write about? Whatever you like. What interests you? What do you know a lot about? For me, I'm interested, and know a lot about, travel, psychology, spirituality, relationships (love/sex), health issues, music, etc. It's important to write about things that you're interested in and passionate about because you will have more fun and keep the motivation high. If you are just writing about stuff that you think people want to read about, or that you think will make you more money, you may get frustrated from boredom or not seeing results as quickly as you would have liked. So, keep it fun!
When you have published a hub for the Hub Challenge, post it in the HubChallengers thread in the Forums section. Announce to everyone on the thread that you are starting a Hub Challenge. Post all of your Hub Challenge hubs in this thread with the title of the hub and the number that you're on (so that you, and other hubbers, can track your status). The HubChallengers thread is a good way for other hubbers to see your work, for you to read other hubs, and to obtain feedback and opinions. Receiving positive encouragement from others also helps.......
Do What Works Best for You!
As I'm writing this hub, it's almost 5pm. This is in no way close to my bed time, but I'm tired. I noticed that I write better, and can focus more, in the morning.....or at least when the sun's out (it's cloudy now, I think it's going to rain). So, do what works best for you. If you're a morning person, write then. If you're a night-owl, write more in the evenings. Whenever you know you have the most energy, write as much as you can in that time. Because you'll notice that writing often doesn't just happen spontaneously. You have to carve time out specifically for meeting your writing goals. It's like homework (which I should know so much about, since I just graduated from a Masters program); sometimes you have to jot it down in a planner to ensure that you do it.