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300 Articles and Counting

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

This image is relevant for as well as being of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL, it is also a 1957 model. So am I.

This image is relevant for as well as being of a Mercedes Benz 300 SL, it is also a 1957 model. So am I.

The Email

"Hi Jodah,

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! ...

Thanks,

HubPages"

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!" .. Buzz Lightyear

"Infinity and beyond!" .. Buzz Lightyear

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.)

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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.

A Spartan Warrior. One of the 300.The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days

A Spartan Warrior. One of the 300.The Battle of Thermopylae was fought between an alliance of Greek city-states, led by King Leonidas of Sparta, and the Persian Empire of Xerxes I over the course of three days

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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.

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Companion Planting in Your Gasrden

Companion Planting in Your Gasrden

How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs

How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs

My Friend the Oak

My Friend the Oak

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.

Goodbye from my 300th article

Goodbye from my 300th article

© 2017 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2019:

Thank you Gupi. HubPages is a great place to start writing and perfect your craft. I am glad this article inspired you. I look forward to reading your work.

Gupi on June 11, 2019:

Great article, thanks for sharing those inspiring figures. Writing is a real passion of mine and something I am looking to improve as I write. I am fairly new to the HubPages community. This is very motivational for me.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 12, 2017:

Thank you for always reading what I write, Shauna. 1957 was a very good year, done real classics came out of it, like you and I :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 12, 2017:

You've been pumping them out, John! I enjoy everything you write. And guess what? I'm a 1957 model, too!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2017:

Yes, Tamara, al of that real life stuff has to be done around our writing. I have been here eight years but really only took my writing seriously for the last five, so most of these 300 have taken me five years. I have moved a handful to another sight I write at, but usually I only revamp my lesser performing ones to move.

I am sure that when you have been here as long as me (HP still being around) then you will have written just as many. Good luck.

Tamara Moore on July 05, 2017:

John, how long did it take for you to create these 300 amazing Hubs? I only have around 60, or so.. I have been on Hubpages for 3 months. It's just that sometimes I have to do chores, and things, (feed pets, grocery shopping, eat, brush my teeth, pay bills, ETC.. errr). It's difficult for me to step away from my writing, though :-(

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 05, 2017:

Thank you, Shaloo.

Thank you, Anita.

When I first started here I never imagined writing 300 hubs, so if I an do it anyone can. Good luck with your writing.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on July 05, 2017:

Congratulations, Wish I had 300 hubs.

Shaloo Walia from India on July 05, 2017:

300 hubs...wow! Congrats!!!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2017:

Hey, Bob. Thankful for reading and for the congratulations. I have signed up for various sites and then forgotten about them as well, but glad you rediscovered HubPages. I think your interesting and diverse topics will do well here

Bob Craypoe from New Jersey on June 17, 2017:

Congratulations! 300 is a very impressive milestone. I had actually signed up on HubPages three years ago and left my account dormant. I had forgotten that I even had an account. Then about a few weeks ago I decided to write my first article. I have written over twenty more since then. I plan on sticking around for a while and writing a lot more. It's nice to see how prolific some people, like the ones you listed, are on HubPages.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 15, 2017:

Thank you for your advice John. I use a old computer with windows 2003/2007 XP. I find ebooks formatting easy with the help of Smashwords free Ebook with instructions. I normally type my document in word and forward it in word to Smashwords as well. I also make a copy of my work, just in case. In fact I also use Smashwords formatting book to format my ebooks for Amazon. But the soft cover books at createrspace is not so easy. I know I have to study the ebook they send me. It is just so time consuming if you do not get it right the first time.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 13, 2017:

Thank you for reading Kallini, and for sharing your views on success and experiences with writing. I agree your articles certainly can be described as artistic. I agree totally that the best writing is what pleases you personally and makes you smile in satisfaction when you read it. If something makes you laugh it is bound to make others do the same (well most). I don't write for the money either, but do to some extent try to write what others may enjoy. I hope most of my 300 articles are of satisfactory quality even if many have not received a lot of views, and I find it hard to delete any. That is like letting a child leave home. Thanks again, have a great day.

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on June 13, 2017:

John, first of all, congratulations are in order!

Happy Hubbiversary! (+ Articliversary)

Success or rather the way you feel about your success depends on what and who you compare yourself with. To me, 300 articles is not a goal, it isn't even a dream.

Yes, I've been "around" for six and a half years and wrote most of my stuff back in 2011 (75%) - 2012 with the last hub/article in 2013. I published or almost published 100 articles, but then I deleted a quarter of my work. If I did not delete, but simply unpublished it, I would have hit my 100... Having said all that - what does it change? Statistics, I mean.

Being completely and utterly unknown and unsuccessful not-even-a writer I judge my work by the degree of how much I love it. I never even start writing anything pedestrian (what's the point?), but if I start (it would have been better if I didn't) I'm going all the way to creating Art (in my view) which nobody needs and nobody reads (understandably).

I know what to write to get some traffic, but I invariably fall flat on my artistic face. I cannot help it. That was partially the reason when I just stopped writing. I had no intention...

And then I slipped again. If you ask me, my "best" hubs are my latest because I love them like "A Wedding Dress..." and "Cha Cha Cha" (great success, right!) My best is what makes me laugh (especially years after) or what makes me feel good. I cannot write for others - it's only - hit or miss - they like it, they don't.

As it any wonder I'm so successful?

So, I'd say "300" is impressive, especially given that production is unevenly distributed.

Or as my son's teacher used to say "Celebrate your successes".

So, celebrate!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2017:

Anita, sorry you have had problems with the numbering of pages at Create Space. Actually, the book I was involved in creating there was a joint effort at a website I helped start called The Creative Exiles. I had twelve poems in that book, but another member did the formatting of everyone's work and I submitted it to Create Space. So, unfortunately I can't advise you on the page numbering. The only problem we had was trying to create the eBook through them...the contents came out blank, and it said our version of Word was not compatible.

I suggest you ask Bill Holland (Billybuc) who has written all his books through Create Space.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:

Thank you for the encouragement Jodah, you never know when your luck will change. As a matter of interest, how did you manage to format your book at Createrspace? I have downloaded their ebook on formatting, I am stuck with the instructions on getting the pg numbers on the right page. It is so frustrating, I have tried for about 2 months now. When I do my file the numbers are on the right side. As soon as I load it to Createrspace they go on the wrong page. This is for a soft cover book. I must admit I have not studied the instructions, but will have to do it soon. Did you find this difficult?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2017:

Anita' thank you for the congratulations. I hope your aloe Vera eBook continues to sell. It is an amazing plant which we grow in our garden for it's many medicinal uses. Best of luck with your other books too. I have published a couple of books of poems, but will never become rich off them. I may have to try Smashwords. I have published on Create Space and Lulu. Just keep writing and pursue your dreams to have a best seller.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:

Hi Jodah, Congratulations. To write 300 hubs is an amazing accomplishment. I hope to eventually publish 100 hubs. My hub that got the most views in the shortest period was the one on 'Aloe Vera,' I am passionate about aloe vera. I tried everything to get this hub passed, and eventually removed it and placed it on my blog. I have now included it in a short eBook called 'Beauty and Health Benefits of Aloe Vera,' which I sell on Smashwords. It is only 7000 words long, but I think the info is worth it. It also includes 'Folk Remedies. I love Smashwords because they are so easy to publish at. I downloaded their free ebook on formatting, and while in the beginning I was terrified at having to do the formatting by myself, now it is a breeze. If you do something wrong, they return it and tell you what to fix. That is how I learned. When I have completed 100 hubs, I will take time off to write my 'best seller,' high hopes, but if not a best seller, at least one that sells well. My first novel was obvious not my best and yet has so far sold the most copies. My second novel, which I sell only on kindle, has been a big disappointment. I really thought this was a good novel, 'A Bride for Jake,' and yet it has not sold well. I think I have learned a lot by writing the first two, so hope for the best with no 3. They say that if you write 10 novels, one will sell well. Hope it is no 3 and not no 10. After no 3, I will carry on and hopefully get to publish 200 hubs. Not sure if I can ever reach that goal, but will try. I love your poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2017:

You are never too late, Genna. Good to see yo back at HP and I look forward to reading some new hubs from you soon. I am glad you find my writing inspiring, that is all I aim for. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2017:

Thank you for the congratulations, Devika. I appreciate it greatly.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 10, 2017:

Sorry I'm late, Jodah. I'm only now catching up with so many hubs after having to take a quasi-leave from HP for a bit. Congratulations, John! You have always been one of my favorite writers, and it's such a pleasure to see you here. You are an inspiration to us -- more than you know. :-) Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2017:

Congratulations! You shared hubs with great value and keep that up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2017:

Thank y