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The 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge: The Good, Bad and the Ugly


I Took The Challenge!

Well, I am close to finishing the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge here at the Hubpages Writing Platform. In case you haven't heard of it, this is a challenge where hubbers, as they are called, make a commitment to write 30 hubs in 30 days.

I am going to share some of the advantages and disadvantages that I have found in the challenge so far. Presently, I am on Day #28, and this is my 27th hub. I have two and a half days left to complete three more hubs (after this one.)

Writing 30 Hubs in 30 Days might not sound that difficult but it is a challenge. You see, hubs are often more involved in just a plain article: with pictures, sometimes videos and other multimedia elements. Of course, to the more experienced writer, it might be a cinch, but it sure has been a real challenge to me!


My Journey

I have tried to take the challenge two times before but have never finished. This is the closest I have ever come to finishing, and I intend to finish no matter what. Other times, it seemed that life just went crazy the months that I had planned to do the challenge and I did not have the heart to continue on with it.

What is different this time? Well, life has still had its very crazy moments this month, but I am very determined to finish this challenge for my own sake. It is a personal accomplishment for me, and I am not willing to give it up. My family knows I am doing it, too, and I am very focused on this challenge right now.

For this hub, I will focus on the good things, the bad things and the "ugly" things about my challenge journey. For my last hub of the 30/30 writing challenge, I will sum up all of the hubs I have written for the journey and what my final conclusions are.


Confidence As A Writer

I am becoming more confident as a writer.

I am becoming more confident as a writer.

Traffic is going up.

Traffic is going up.

Income is going up.

Income is going up.

The Good Parts About the 30/30 Challenge

First of all, the good. Here is a list of the good things that have come out of doing this hubchallenge. I am pleasantly surprised by these outcomes and will write even more about some of them in my final summation hub. Here they are:

  • I have learned to write faster. I am a notoriously slow writer but necessity has forced me to find ways to get faster and more efficient in what I do. I also did research and was able to find some good resources to help me out in this regard.
  • I am discovering my niches. By forcing myself to write more regularly, I am starting to see what subjects I find easier to write about, and which ones give me more trouble.
  • I have gained confidence as a writer. Having a concrete goal has helped me to build confidence as a writer. I know that I can write, even when I don't feel like it or when am tired or bored. Writing regularly has helped me overcome some of the mental barriers I have had to writing.
  • My followers have increased. My prolific input has accelerated my fan base and my acquaintance with some great hubbers, and this has been fantastic!
  • My traffic has increased. Producing so many hubs in one month has definitely boosted my traffic significantly.
  • My income has increased. I have definitely seen an increase in my income. With an increase in traffic comes an increase in income. Doing 30 hubs in such a short time gives a very big boost to income and the income possibility in the future!
  • I am gaining confidence in myself overall. This challenge is giving me more confidence overall to keep pursuing my personal goals.
  • I have gained a commitment to writing as a career. Doing this challenge has helped me to gain a commitment to writing as a career right now. I am presently involved in part-time tutoring and part-time writing. I plan to continue in this path and make it work. I am not looking at other jobs and wondering if it is the right thing. Since making the commitment, have been pursuing several opportunities and feel much more confident in my choice.
  • I cleaned out many of my drafts. I had over 30 ideas sitting in my drafts folder and I got rid of many of them by either writing the hub already, or by getting rid of it. I started to get more realistic about which hubs I would actually do and which ones were good ideas at the time but better left to someone else. One hub that I just recently finished was one about planning my wedding. It was the second hub I ever started!
Less time to read other people's hubs and comment.

Less time to read other people's hubs and comment.

Less time to promote my hubs.

Less time to promote my hubs.

The Bad Parts About the Challenge

The 30/30 Hub Challenge has been a very positive experience overall but there are a couple of things that have not been that good. Here is the list of the disadvantages of the 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge:

  • I have less time to keep up on comment replies. I always respond to every person's comment on my hubs and I have less time to do that, because I am so focused on getting the challenge done.
  • I have had less time to read other people's hubs. I usually try to read a hub from every person that makes a comment on my hub but during this challenge, I am not always able to do this.
  • I have less time to promote my hubs. I have a pattern that I usually spend about 2/3 of my time writing and about 1/3 of my time promoting my writing. With the writing of more hubs in a shorter time, I find I have less time to do bookmarking and other promoting. I have done some, but not nearly as much.
  • I have less time to tweak my hubs. I like to tweak hubs, and add a lot of extra components that will benefit the reader, such as related links, and other capsules. I have less time to do these kinds of things and I have to be sometimes satisfied with less in the hubs. Next month, I plan on catching up on the tweaking and the promoting.
  • People find it harder to read my work when I produce so much at once. I think this is the biggest disadvantage of the challenge. If you are publishing two or three hubs a week, it is easier for your followers to keep up with many of your hubs. However, with me doing 2-3 hubs a day to catch up, I know that my normal followers cannot keep up with my hubs. That is something that I don't think can be helped.
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My cats got mad at me!

My cats got mad at me!

The Ugly Parts About The Challenge

The hardest part about doing the thirty hubs in thirty days challenge is fitting it into your life. I do feel that other parts of my life suffered. Here's how:

Well, that is a quick sum up of the good, the bad and the ugly regarding the Hubpages Challenge. If you plan to do the challenge sometime, I hope it has helped to give you some idea of what you might expect. Of course, your experience will vary according to your skill level and lifestyle but some of these may apply. Happy Hubbing!


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on January 17, 2015:

@Suzanne Day, writing every day is a great way to build your writing muscles. I hope you have more time to write, someday, too! Thanks for the comment, and have a wonderful day!

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 28, 2014:

Thanks for the great information about doing 30 hubs in 30 days. I think it would be hard to fit it into my life too! But one day, I'm gonna go for it. Voted useful!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 20, 2013:

Stephanie, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. but I hope your challenge is going well! It really is quite the rigorous process, but you learn a lot. Thanks for coming by, and commenting!

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on May 28, 2013:

This is useful information as I begin to contemplate the 30/30 challenge that myself and at least two other hubbers are going to do in June.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 17, 2013:

Marie, good for you! It truly is a challenge, and ups your writing capacity in a way that nothing else can do. I wish you all the best and appreciate your comment. I am glad that the hub was something you can relate. Take care and have a good week!

Marie Alana from Ohio on March 15, 2013:

This is a great hub that truly depicts the 30 day challenge. I am on my hub challenge right now. I started on March 1st and am on Day 15 of the challenge and I'm about ready to write hub # 15. So, I'm half way done. I have seen much of what is discussed in ths challenge.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on September 03, 2012:

@Healthylife, I know what you mean! I am very slow at it, too, and that was why I found it very difficult to do. It is a good experience, though, too, to force yourself to write faster. Thanks for the comment!

@Introduce, thanks for the comment. Take care!

Ante Rajic from Croatia on August 30, 2012:

I love the motivational hubs, thanks :)

healthylife2 on August 29, 2012:

I have considered doing it but am very slow producing hubs. Thanks for providing a comprehensive explanation of the pros and cons. I may attempt this in the future.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 15, 2012:

@Tillsontitan, sorry for the long delay in answering. I have just got behind on my comments. Yes, I agree that the good does ouweigh the bad on the challenge, and I would definitely recommend it to someone else who wants to stretch themselves as writers. Thank you so much for your kind words!

@Faith Love Hope, I appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for the comment and sorry for the delay in responding. Take care.

@DDE that is exciting that you have committed to writing full time and that you are getting books out. Good for you! It takes courage but you are doing what you love. Kudos!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 12, 2012:

@Chris, I am glad the information about the challenge was helpful. Thanks for the kind comment. I did manage to finish it this time around. Take care!

@MT, yes, you are so right. It does take time and that must be considered going into it. Thanks so much your kind words. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 12, 2012:

@Lindacee, thank you so much for the kind comment. I am glad you felt inspired and I look forward to reading more of your hubs. I did finish this particular challenge a couple of months ago and it was definitely a challenge. Take care!

@Janine, that is amazing that you finished the 30/30 in your first month at Hubpages. It took me months to have the stamina to finish it. Good for you and here's to lots more good hubbing!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 12, 2012:

I have started writing a over sixteen years ago but only had my work published a few years ago, I have chosen writing as my new job self-employed and devoted to my article writing and kindle publications your hub is a useful one thanks

faith_love_hope32 on July 11, 2012:

Congratulations on your commitment and determination! Kudos to you!

Mary Craig from New York on July 10, 2012:

Great job Prairieprincess.....your goal is not just within sight but you're almost touching it!

This hub is a great guide for anyone thinking of doing the 30/30. It is not always easy and you have pointed out some of the problems faced when doing the 30/30. This hub, covering the "good, the bad, the ugly" sums up the 30/30 BUT the good outweighs the bad and the ugly for sure.

Congratulations, I know you'll finish with flying colors.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Shasta Matova from USA on July 10, 2012:

Congratulations on your 30/30 - you have succeeded already. This is a great list to show people what they are in for when they do the challenge - it does take a lot of time - and it does take work to find places to take that time where it will do the least damage. I wish you the best going forward.

910chris from North Carolina on July 09, 2012:

I really hope you pull it off this time around. Great Hub with very useful information about this Hub challenge.

Good luck!!

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 09, 2012:

That is so awesome that you are just about there. I too have written almost 30 in my first month here and most of what you said I can relate to. Congrats again, voting up and shared too.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on July 09, 2012:

Wow, you're almost there! Maybe some day soon I will embark on the challenge. You have inspired me!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 25, 2012:

@Victoria, it is an excellent opportunity, isn't it? I would recommend it for anyone that can do it. And thank you for such kind words. I really appreciate it. Take care and thanks for the thoughts!

@Chris, there are a couple of FB groups that you can join to talk about your hubs. As well, are you posting all of your links in the Forum posts about it? There is a Forum post specifically for these challenges. I will try contacting you directly about the FB groups later today. Take care!

Chris Hugh on June 23, 2012:

Hi, I'm doing a 30/30 right now. Is there a place we can chat and blog about it? I set one up, but no one seemed interested. Maybe there already is a place? I'd like to keep in touch with other people doing this.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on June 22, 2012:

Everything you say is true. The 30/30 is so good for networking support, increasing traffic and revenue. It gave me a real boost back in March and I am continuing to grow from that. You are an excellent writer with so much to say. I was thinking about you and had to come by to see you. Hope you are doing well. Nice hub. Going to share it!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 14, 2012:

Denise, thanks! I am glad I finally finished this challenge after trying two or three times before. You were always a great inspiration, too. Thanks so much for the encouraging words. Have a wonderful week.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on May 11, 2012:

Congratulations!!! I'm so happy and the rest of the stuff...the housework, the comments, etc...will resume once again! Take care. :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 04, 2012:

Rob, you are right ... I can't forget my cats. That's forgetting the important things! Thank you so much for your encouragement. Have a wonderful weekend.

Rob from Oviedo, FL on May 03, 2012:

Hi; Good work in meeting the challenge. It takes a bit of discipline and its good that you took something away from it.

Don't forget to pay attention to your cats, though.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@JT, you are amazing! You did the challenge! I will have to go over and check yours out. Thanks for the encouragement and I can imagine the "no sleeping" part. Have a wondeful week!

@Kashmir, thanks for your congratulatory words. Blessings!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 29, 2012:

Hi prairieprincess, glad to hear that you learned so much from doing the 30/30 challenge and big congrats to you when you finish .

Vote up and more !!!

JT Walters from Florida on April 29, 2012:

You are welcome and I will tell you a secret. You do not sleep or eat much during 100 hubs in 30 days challenge.

Best of luck to you in all your future endeavors.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@JT, that is such an excellent point. Thank you so much! Yes, finishing really is the best part of the challenge. It truly is satisfying to start a goal and complete it. 100 hubs in 30 Days??? I have seen a handful of people do it but I know not how or why. Ha Ha! That would be an amazing challenge to do but wow, you would have to be ready for that one! Have an excellent day and thanks SO much for your encouragement! Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@Karen, thanks for reading. And I appreciate your encouragement. Have a beautiful day!

@Deborah, I feel like I've been the world's slowest writer but doing the challenge has really forced me to get faster, just to have any chance of finishing. It is an ongoing battle to try to be productive, while trying to keep the quality. If you ever do decide to try it, I am sure it will be very useful. Thanks so much for sharing your personal experience! Have a wonderful day.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@Cloverleafarm, good for you, for doing the 10/10/10 challenge. I noticed that in the forum and it looked like was definitely a good challenge to boost production, too. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

@pstraubie, look at you! Congratulations on completing the 10/10/10 and now half of the challenge. I did not know what to expect, either! I can't believe you are planning 100 in 30 Days! That is wow!!! Thanks so much for the comment and I wish you all the best in the rest of the challenge.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@Finewords, thank you so much.

@Jools, thank you so much. You are so right -- something has to give and in this case, it was more of my personal life. My husband's looking forward to having me back and I can't wait to finish, too! Thanks again for such encouraging words and for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 29, 2012:

@Bopi, thanks! I am glad it is motivational and I can encourage others through my own experience. Thanks for your kind comment and have a great day!

@Billy, it's gratifying to hear that you had a similar experience with finding your voice and your niches. Thank you so VERY much for such encouraging words. I look up to you as a writer and your support means so much. Take care!

JT Walters from Florida on April 29, 2012:

You have nailed the good, the bad and the ugly parts of the challenge except the most important aspect which is you have completed it. You will complete the 30 hubs in 30 days and I wish to congratulate you. Your cats will forgive you. You house will evetually get clean and your husband will continue to be supportive. I will be waiting to see when you complete the 100 hubs in 30 day challenge.

All My Best,


Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 29, 2012:

Congratulations for coming to the end of the challenge. I've been wanting to do 30 in 30 but just can't seem to find 30 days on my calendar that I can clear enough. Like you described yourself, I'm a notoriously slow writer. I think it a challenge would help me focus and learn some helpful shortcuts to the process. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Karen Hellier from Georgia on April 29, 2012:

I enjoyed reading about your experience and the way you added bullets to each point made the hub clear and easy to read. Good work and good luck with your last few hubs.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 29, 2012:

Oh, I totally agree. I am a little more than half way through this challenge. It seems to have taken on a life of its own!! I completed the 10/10/10 prior to this but this is, I will be undertaking 100 in 30!!!Thanks for sharing this; I wish I had seen it before I began so I could have known what to anticipate.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on April 29, 2012:

Great hub. I have thought of doing the 30/30 challenge. I did a 10/10/10 challenge in 3 days, but you are right, other things suffered. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and congrats on your challenge.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on April 29, 2012:

PrairiePrincess, this is a useful hub for anyone who decides to take on this huge challenge (I'm not one of them - too much of a scaredycat :o)). As in most things in life, somethings got to give and your 'ugly' section shows that usually, its your personal life that takes the brunt of this - luckily your hubby knew that he might lose you a bit for 30 days and your cats will get over it :o) Well done so far, I look forward to your last two - I am confident that you will achieve your goal. Well Done!

Voted up and shared.

finewords on April 29, 2012:

best wishes to all

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 28, 2012:

Sharilee, congratulations! I agree with all of the benefits you mentioned. It definitely helped me to define who I am as a writer. I found my voice doing this challenge and developed four or five niches that I can write about on a continual basis.

You are a very good writer and I enjoy watching you grow in your craft! Well done!

Bopi-Cheppu from San Antonio, TX, U.S.A on April 28, 2012:

Quite motivational hub!good luck! for the next three hubs.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 28, 2012:

@Faith Reaper, thank you so much for your encouraging words. I am so glad that this hub was useful and helpful. Have a wonderful night and bless you!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 28, 2012:

@Vrijdag, thank you. I hope you try it. It really does teach you a lot. Take care.

@Content, I wish you all the best in your challenge and look forward to reading your hubs. It's hard but worth it.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 28, 2012:

Great!!! The goal is in sight, and you are almost there. This hub is informative, useful and very honestly written. Thank you for writing this. In His Love, Faith Reaper

content4life from Mississippi on April 28, 2012:

Really great hub, I'm going to do this also. Thanks for the hub it will be a great help to all of us..

Vrijdag Pages on April 28, 2012:

Well done, I am trying this and hope I can accomplish it. Thumbs up. :)

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