Hub of the Day… Finally!

Hub of the Day

My Hub of the Day Award. YAY!!!

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.


10 comments on “Hub of the Day… Finally!

  1. Steve says:

    I know the feelings you’re going through as I often become demotivated once the bills are paid and I’ve hit my goal. I am also getting frustrated with the completion of my book being so delayed by…client work of course. At the end of the day I know I have to take care of the clients to pay the bills, but it would be very nice to finish the book and get an extra stream of income started.

    I guess all I can say is keep your chin up and keep on keepin’ on. Oh, and a hearty congratulations on the HOTD!

    • Oh good, I’m not the only one! lol I really need to figure out why that happens, I’d be so productive if I could figure that out! I haven’t gotten past the first scene of my book and haven’t done as much client work as I need to. If you happen to figure it out before I do, let me know would ya? πŸ˜€

      And thank you for the congrats. It felt really good to see my work recognized like that!! πŸ˜€

  2. jnine0712 says:

    First off, on Hubpages I know the feeling and I, too walked away from writing on there as much as I was in the past. My heart wasn’t in it either, but I decided the other day to throw my hat in to the review contest and lo and behold the floodgates opened and I felt so good once I finished and published that article and all the positive reinforcement sure did help. However with my blog and NaNoWriMo writing right now, I know I won’t be able to do another Hub like that for the next few weeks and am fine with that, because like you said the novel in the end with hopefully be another form of income.

    As for your financial issues, I can understand how you are feeling, we have our own at times, but I too would never consider having my husband leave, so can relate there too.

    I am thinking of you guys Mel and if you need to just vent, vent away and you could always FB message me if you need to also πŸ™‚

    • I’ve been apprehensive about the review contest. I’m not sure what to review! I find comments from fellow hubbers really helpful as well.

      I was really offended when Greg’s parents suggested leaving. That’s really not a good impression for my daughter, you know? It’s like saying when times get tough, quit! I’ve been trying to teach her to not give up so quickly (she tends to give up easily when playing puzzle games on the xbox just because she can’t figure them out). That stress and frustration really doesn’t help with my writing!

      Thanks for offering to listen, I might just take you up on that. It does help to vent! πŸ˜€ And of course, if I can do the same, just let me know! πŸ˜€

  3. First off… I want to say congratulations on your HOTD… I know when I got one I was absolutley estatic. I too have been a little irritated because of the lack of income that is coming in lately from Hubpages. I am fortunate though, my husband pays the bills. The money I earn from my writing, for lack of a better word, is just being hoarded for a rainy day. Well, actually it is going to our trip back home for Christmas. However, and this is a big however because I don’t know if this actually worked in the first place or not, but by using the affiliate links and sharing others work, I think you make a portion of the views. I know the more I share the more money I make, and that isn’t even with continued writing. Sharing though is time consuming because you want to share quality stuff so you don’t become known as a spammer. I don’t know if you use the affiliate links, but try it out and see if it pays off.
    As for the rest, I am sorry to hear about that. Hopefully he can fight unemployment or hopefully you guys can find some sort of help. It sounds like you guys are goign through a rough patch. And that unfortunately can zap creativity. Keep pushing through… maybe do some deep breathing to calm down the stress. Maybe that will help. So good luck and keep moving forward.

    • Thank you, Stacy!! I was ecstatic too!! I was all motivated to write, and really productive for like 24 hours lol. Hubby used to pay the bills, and the situation was really working out well, my writing provided the extra income we needed to stay on top of things with a little extra left over. Then google updated panda and my traffic crashed.

      I haven’t tried affiliate links in my hubs, other than the amazon capsules, and you’re right about sharing, it does help with income, and even traffic to some extent. I just haven’t had time to share like I used to, because like you said it is time consuming, and I don’t share crap. πŸ™‚

      Stress is horrible for creativity! I’ve been suffering writer’s block for about a month now. I’ve been writing, but it’s not as good as it could be, like when I’m not blocked lol. That’s why I haven’t written a hub yet this month. I’m already behind on my apprenticeship hubs! UGH!!! lol Oh well, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger right? lol

  4. Hang in there. And congratulations! What an odd combo life gives us sometimes. I will be sending you good thoughts!

    • Thank you Audrey! I wholeheartedly agree, for some reason life likes to make sure we’re not asleep on the job, or something. Either life has a seriously twisted sense of humor, or it’s a sadist!! πŸ˜€

  5. Cyndi says:

    Congrats on your hub of the day! I need to head over to read it! πŸ™‚ Don’t worry about what you DID with this hub of the day. Think about how you executed the pattern, if that makes sense. Think about how “pretty” this hub was (I know that without even looking at it), I’m sure you took a unique approach, it had pretty bullets and dividers, proper labelling of pictures, and great links and capsules. So repeat the pattern and you’ll get another one. πŸ™‚ That’s the only thing I can figure out because I’ve gotten several and one was a recipe, the other was about owls, and another was about grammar. Go figure. I’m so glad you got this, though!

    • Thank you Cyndi! I know what you mean, if I could make that hub into a template, I’d be all set! lol The funny thing is, when I wrote this hub, I thought it was horrible!! lol πŸ˜€

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