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300 Articles and Counting
You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—you have published 300 Hubs!
Fun fact: In bowling, 300 is a perfect score - 300 published Hubs are pretty perfect too! ...
I had in fact forgotten that I was approaching the 300 article mark here at HubPages until I received this email after publishing my latest hub It Shows in Your Face: A Tribute to Russ Tyson.
It was my original goal early last year to reach 300 articles by the end of 2016, but due to a number of different circumstances that didn't happen. Anyway, here we are, better late than never... The TRIPLE CENTURY!
Infinity and Beyond!
So, with 300 hubs now behind me the sky is the limit I suppose. As good old Buzz Lightyear would say "It's onto Infinity and beyond!"
Welcome to my 301st article. It probably isn't right to refer to them all as "hubs" because some are on niche sites where they are referred to as "articles" and they prefer reference to "hubs" to be kept to a minimum. Who knows, this may even get selected for one of those .. LetterPile for instance (wishful thinking.)
It's Not So Long Ago ...
It's not so long ago that I wrote my 200th article here, or so it seems. I just checked the date and it was actually published on 5th August 2015. How time flies.
More checking, and I found my 100th article was written on 23rd March 2014, and my very first hub on 10th September 2009 (so long ago).
Now to do a little math, which is not my strongest subject:
- between my first article and 100th: approx. 4 years 6 months.
- between my 100th and 200th articles: approx. 1 year 4 months
- between my 200th and 300th articles: approx. 1 year 10 months
So, that shows I was a slow starter here at HubPages, but had a writing spurt during 2014/15. I know I started 2016 strongly and was writing two or three hubs per week, but things changed in the latter half of the year. It was in my 200th hub I said my aim was to make 300 by the end of 2016.
Dreams and Goals
With still almost seven months until the end of the year, and estimating I can write one article per week, I should be able to churn out 28 to 30 more before 2017 finishes. However, life and personal circumstances often intervene and disrupt any plans, so I won't set a goal ... just sit back and let it happen. What will be will be.
Admittedly, I have written more articles than the majority of the 518 people I follow, but there are a number of writers here at HubPages that I can't even get close to as far as their article production. I just dream about this type of dedication to writing. Every writer's circumstances are different so you can't really compare output but these are a few who I admire:
- Dream On: 1940 hubs in 7 years
- Tony DeLorger: 1425 hubs in 6 years
- Kenneth Avery: 1389 hubs in 6 years
- Bill Holland: 1226 hubs in 5 years
- Whonunuwho: 1130 in 5 years
- Eric Dierker: 782 in 5 years
- Valkaras: 206 hubs in 22 months
There are others who have written more than me but these are the ones who stand out.
How to Judge Your Best and Most Successful Articles
I'm interested to know how others determine what is their best or most popular articles and whether these are different or the same.
For instance, my article that has received the most views "ever" is: More Amazing Coincidences or Synchronicity.
The article with the most views in the last 30 days is: Companion Planting in the Garden. (probably due to seasonal traffic)
Whereas, the one with the most comments is: How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs.
My thinking is that the article with the most views ever would be the most popular topic/subject overall with Internet searchers, but not necessarily my best piece of writing.
The one with the most views in the last 30 days could be the same, but as I said above maybe because it is on a seasonal topic that is currently relevant.
Oh, and even though a lot of people say that you shouldn't write poetry on HubPages and expect it to be successful, I do have a poetry hub that is in my top four of all-time views: My Friend the Oak.
I personally think the article with the most comments, therefore, should be an indication that it is the "best." I value the opinions of my fellow hubbers more than I do the general Google public who tend to search on a need to know information basis rather than the quality of writing.
I know most people rate the article that makes them the most money as their best.
*Please tell me your opinion in the comments.
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