I, finally, got Hub of the Day (HOTD)!! WOOHOO!!!! YAY!!! Four months in the apprenticeship program has really paid off! What a reward for all my hard work. You should have heard me when I saw my hub on the side of my Hubpages Feed Page!! I squealed!!! I was so happy, I’m still riding the high!! I was beginning to get a bit depressed and losing motivation for my writing on Hubpages because of the traffic losses recently (thanks Google). But this has renewed at least my motivation.
HOTD does wonders for your traffic, although it’s a shame it isn’t coming from Google. I’m sure it will start to slow down tomorrow, although my hub will be featured on the Hubpages Homepage for 9 days. I’m hoping all the popularity might increase my rank with Google. Notice I said hoping…
I’ve been writing for Hubpages since January of this year (2012) and had yet to get HOTD until today. Even my hubby got the Rising Star Award after only authoring two hubs!! Needless to say how jealous and ticked off I was. I’d put in all this effort, even applied for and got accepted to the apprenticeship, and my husband, the one who has no grammar skills whatsoever, gets Rising Star… Really?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m really proud of him, I was more mad at myself. I kept asking myself what I did wrong. Why wasn’t my work good enough? Although I refused to give up, I was getting to the point where my heart just wasn’t in it. I found myself writing for Knoji and Textbroker more, and ended up having to scramble to finish my 8 hubs for the month of October. This HOTD was one of those hubs. Go figure!
Life After HOTD
Now, I’m trying to figure out what I can write that is similar to this one in style and layout, and I’m coming up blank. I’ve been having quite a bit of trouble focusing the past few days, despite the fact that the bills for the month are almost all paid. That may be the problem though. I was more focused when I knew I had to write as fast as I could to pay the electric bill. Now, I have the rest of November to write as much as I can, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to make quite a bit of money, and I can’t concentrate. WTF???
Even planning hasn’t helped get me focused like it usually does. I’m at a loss. To top things off, while I’m attempting to get myself focused, Greg gets a letter in the mail saying his unemployment claim has been denied. His last job is really screwing him over. He can’t get workman’s comp, he can’t get unemployment, WTF? And no matter how well I do this month, it won’t cover the bills that have yet to be paid, and we’re going to be back where we started. I’ve been looking for work, but there, unfortunately, are no openings in my field. Greg can’t get a job that involves any heavy lifting until he has his surgery. Ya, we’re pretty much screwed.
But, a Solution Always Presents Itself
I need to work on my NaNoWriMo book. It can be an extra stream of income that can help out, but I haven’t been able to work on it because of all the client work and stuff on Knoji I’ve been doing. In the meantime, Greg will keep applying for jobs that he may be able to do, I’m going to keep writing and hopefully I’ll be able to afford a truss to help Greg’s hernia until we can get the surgery done. It’s not an insurance problem, Medicaid will cover it (I hate that we have to have Medicaid, but you have to do what you have to do). The problem is we won’t have any cash coming in, and since I’ll be taking care of him after the surgery for at least a couple of weeks, my writing income will also suffer.
I Really Need to Get Focused!
The only other answer, suggested by the in-laws, is for Greg to leave. I really couldn’t believe that came out of their collective mouth, but it did. How is that ever an option? Aren’t we supposed to figure out how to make it together and work through the problems. (Didn’t I just write a Hub on this that got HOTD??) If the in-laws weren’t helping us out tremendously this month, I’d seriously think about cutting contact with them, for awhile at least.
I’m sorry but that is just NOT an option.
I don’t care how bad things get.