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HubPages' September Contest Approaches: HubPages Marks the Spot

  1. Simone Smith profile image88
    Simone Smithposted 7 years ago

    AVAST, YE SCURVY DOGS! 

    Ye needn't be clickin' away in the forums when instead you can be readyin' yer hub drafts and settin' sail for adventure on September's high seas for the HubPages Marks the Spot contest- a (treasure)map-capsule-filled adventure of location-based hubs.

    Details can be found on our contest page, but I'll tell ye right now this be a different kind of adventure in several ways:

    -First, MORE LOOT FOR THE LOT OF YE!  That's right.  This month, there are TWO daily $50 winners- one for the Treasure of the Day (the best location-based hub published in a 24 hour period) and one for the Daily Doubloon Drawing).  We also have eight total weekly winners (Pirate's Choice and Best TreasureHub) winning $100, and one Grand HubBucaneer winner, scoring $500.

    -Second, instead of offering extra entries in our Daily (Doubloon) Drawing to the person who answers a trivia question, we're offering extra entries to anyone who writes a hub on the Daily Bonus Topic and shares a qualifying link to it on Twitter or our Facebook Post by noon the next day.

    -Finally, and most importantly, this contest is not just about the Travel and Places category, it's about our new map capsule, so this is the perfect opportunity for you to better familiarize yourself with this awesome tool!


    I sure hope you'll be joinin' the HubPages crew as we map out local treasures this coming month.     If you're really hankering for some contest booty, check out our weekly topics and you can get yer drafts started before we even shove off!

    Ye can see more details & the rules of engagement here: http://hubpages.com/topics/travel-and-places/5482

  2. thooghun profile image83
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    Tis no test for the lily-livered to be sure. As of now I be' raisin' my creative killick by way of preparin' for this 'ere competition by makin' myself as loaded to the gunwhales as possible.

    Here's to ye all, splice the mainbrace!

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      We be pleased to have ye comin' aboard, sir!

  3. Patty Inglish, MS profile image89
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years ago

    Arrggghh, Swashbucklin' Simone!

    I be LOVIN' yon Map Capsule and tink the contest is the most fun in 100-year, since I cain't get steady work as an explorer. Ain't September "Talk Like A Pirate Month" at least for a day? Or be I blotto? Don't be answerin' that 'un...

    Mainsa'ls up! I cain't wait!

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Aye, that it is - September 19th, as the stars should have't!  We be gettin' a head start, ye'see.  And winnin' more loot.

  4. lakeerieartists profile image74
    lakeerieartistsposted 7 years ago

    Hoist the mainsails, ye matey!  Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Drink and the devil had done for the rest

  5. thranax profile image27
    thranaxposted 7 years ago

    Blimey! Ahahahaha!

    Ye olde landlubbers must be addled. Ye bettr' bring ye best guns. Aye Aye. If ya plans on beatin me in ye contest of the best I suggest ye bring ye olde ironsides with enough firepower to break up ye Black Pearl because me brinin the old gal with me.

    Belay your rif-raff and swab de poop deck.

    Pillage the doubloons is me plan!

    ~thranax~

    1. thooghun profile image83
      thooghunposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Corsair Thranax, the jack-o-coins be in my sights, and yer pilfered doubloons shall walk the plank along with ye addled ambitions.

      Avast! Or ye be begging a short drop and a quick stop.

      I be eyein my blunderbluss, know ye what I be mouthin'?

      1. Simone Smith profile image88
        Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Looks like we've got us some old salts enterin' this contest!  Them land-hubbers better keep their guard up when dealin' with the lot of ye linguistic swashbucklers O___O

  6. waynet profile image46
    waynetposted 7 years ago

    One eyed willy and all that stuff!....might actually enter this compo!! Seaman stains hoist the flag....eh? what did he say?

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL

  7. emievil profile image79
    emievilposted 7 years ago

    Darn! Can't comment using 'pirate talk' (although I have a mean avatar here I used last year for pirate day smile). Just want to ask - is there a link on the contest rules and can anybody post it here?

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      1. Can't WAIT to see the avatar
      2. Silly me!  I completely forgot to include the link in my initial post.  I'll post that link up top and here it is again: http://hubpages.com/topics/travel-and-places/5482

      1. emievil profile image79
        emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Found it! Thanks Simone! smile

  8. Purple Perl profile image78
    Purple Perlposted 7 years ago

    Contest is welcome! I published a hub 2 days ago on a detailed Hubpages Video Tutorial on the use of the Map hub tool and what types of hubs can benefit from it. Couldn't have timed it better.
    GOOD LUCK, everybody!

  9. soni2006 profile image45
    soni2006posted 7 years ago

    dis is amazin'. I am in.

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      ARRRRRRRRSOME!

  10. ross670daw profile image66
    ross670dawposted 7 years ago

    ARRRrrr me hearties, Sounds like an interesting contest, I don't speak pirate, but am happy to dig for treasure. Looking forward to participating in the hunt.

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      It'll be a fun one indeed!  Glad to have you on board!!

  11. Les Trois Chenes profile image91
    Les Trois Chenesposted 7 years ago

    I live in France, run painting courses, a B&B and gite so the map capsule was a godsend for me. One feature, though, that I could do with is to be able to mark a route. Any chance??

  12. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Ahoy - I don't speak pirate either!  Sounds like a great contest! smile

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Ah, don't ye be so modist- with that "ahoy" yer already castin' off!

  13. mgwhite profile image51
    mgwhiteposted 7 years ago

    What fun! I am looking forward to this one. smile

  14. billyaustindillon profile image71
    billyaustindillonposted 7 years ago

    mmm I thought this was an ad for Jonny Depp's pirate movie - treasure maps are always fun.

    1. profile image0
      Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Actually, have you seen the spoof movie where J. Sparrow does a hip hop video with the "swabettes". Funny stuff.

      1. Simone Smith profile image88
        Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        LOL that sounds awesome XD

  15. profile image0
    Twenty One Daysposted 7 years ago

    Gar, ye have pirate stuff me lad. Many been swabbin` them decks, ere and fine-ly been given their ship leave. May the bounty of treasures near and far bring riches ya all! And if ye have the rum in kind, do send a wench -er two- me way!

  16. Jane@CM profile image60
    Jane@CMposted 7 years ago

    Quick question.  Can we grab our URL's now or do we need to wait until the contest starts - in other words can we write the hub now and save it as unpublished until the contest start date?

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      LOL sorry there! Yes - grab all the real estate you like.  It's totally cool for you to start on drafts now and publish them later smile

  17. soni2006 profile image45
    soni2006posted 7 years ago

    I also need to answer to Jane's question. Hello Simone where are you.

  18. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago

    Really looking forward to this contest! Swore never to speak "Pirate talk," again, the last time I was made to walk the plank for drinking the Captain's rum - but will certainly enjoy this experience, nevertheless. smile

    A quick question I have is whether it is compulsory to have 3 to 5 locations on each Hub, or whether a Hub will still qualify and receive equal consideration if it is built around only one location? The reason I ask is that I live in a semi-rural area and would find it difficult to include 3 to 5 popular locations of the same type lumped together - I can't imagine how those who live in extremely rural areas will cope, in this respect. I feel that I would have to sacrifice quality to some extent in the name of quantity.

    Thanks for organising another great contest, Simone, and all at Hub Pages. The simple act of taking part can be great fun and a welcome break from the norm.

    1. cornwall_UK profile image85
      cornwall_UKposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I am in a rural area.... I've just published my first hub for this 'event', and am now here to find out "the rules".... hadn't realised there was a 3-5 ruling... yes, that does make it difficult.

      I've just done a maize maze .... and I could do the pub it's behind ... but after that the village doesn't even have one horse and there's absolutely nothing whatsoever around it for about 7 miles smile

      1. Simone Smith profile image88
        Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        We say "ideally" - it's not mandatory to write about multiple locations- you can do just one of you want to smile

        That said, even if it's a rural area that you're in, you can still write about multiple locations- for example, you can write about the Best Hardware Stores on Cornwall UK or you can profile local hangouts or grocery stores or historical spots or good places to park... the options are endless! 

        One more thing - the contest doesn't start until September 1st, so any hubs published before that aren't eligible.  I recommend you start writing drafts, but that you don't publish until the contest starts.

        Also, be sure to publish within the theme of each week (See the contest page for details) to make sure you qualify.

        Hope that clears some things up!

        1. Jane@CM profile image60
          Jane@CMposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          So we can create the hub now & leave it unpublished, right?  Just want to make sure I can grab my urls now.

          1. Garrett Mickley profile image77
            Garrett Mickleyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Same here. Not that anyone else lives in Jupiter, Florida =P

          2. Simone Smith profile image88
            Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Yep! Draft now, publish later!

            1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
              Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Oh, good! I've got a couple in progress that might fit into this.

              1. Simone Smith profile image88
                Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Can't wait to read 'em!

        2. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Clears it up, perfectly, Simone - thanks!!

  19. saleheensblog profile image60
    saleheensblogposted 7 years ago

    can i participate without having a adsense?Also my hubs get published after reviewed by the admins.

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You can certainly qualify even if you don't have Google Adsense set up.  So long as your hubs are eligible, they'll be considered XD

  20. Whitney05 profile image59
    Whitney05posted 7 years ago

    I like the logo... Should be made into a cool HubPages t-shirt design. Ha

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Leave it to James to make HubPages stuff look AWESOME!!  We should seriously make a shirt of this >_<

      1. Whitney05 profile image59
        Whitney05posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yep... I could see it on a Charcoal gray shirt, with the gray background on the design a little darker than the shirt. My dad has plenty shirts that are a medium gray with darker gray designs. They look good. I'd buy one. Ha.

        Jane, more than likely, there's not a problem doing that. I've done that with the past contests without problems.

        Unfortunately, I won't be in this one. I generally write my location hubs as I go there or try out the food. I have written many for Florida malls and Atlanta restaurants.. Well, not many but a few.

        1. Simone Smith profile image88
          Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Do keep in mind that you don't have to write about particularly "special" locations - hubs on local hardware stores, grocery stores, parks, hikes, good, safe parking lots, etc... are SUPER useful and totally qualify!

  21. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

    ahh nice, I have the swashbucklin area of the Buccaneers to write about. ahoy, matey. sounds like a good time.

  22. 2besure profile image84
    2besureposted 7 years ago

    Pass me ye ole bottle of demon rum...argggg.  Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image79
      Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Uh oh!  Don't drink and hub.  We've seen that, and believe me... it ain't pretty!  wink

  23. shazwellyn profile image81
    shazwellynposted 7 years ago

    Im happy to share the treasure... where's my eye patch gone?

  24. Dolores Monet profile image90
    Dolores Monetposted 7 years ago

    Hmmm, so what do you mean by 'include the week's keyword, such as hmtswk1.' Include it where? I be baffled! AAARG!

    1. Maddie Ruud profile image79
      Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Include it as a tag.  If you read down a little farther in the contest instructions, that becomes clearer.

  25. elayne001 profile image48
    elayne001posted 7 years ago

    This is going to be fun - Johnny Depp - move over!!

  26. soni2006 profile image45
    soni2006posted 7 years ago

    How many hours left before the contest starts?

    1. Simone Smith profile image88
      Simone Smithposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The contest starts at noon PT... right now it's 8:23am PT so... a little over three and a half hours?

      1. Twins Mum profile image68
        Twins Mumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        AAARRR I didn't get the PT thing, so published too early.  Anything I can do about that?

  27. triosol profile image59
    triosolposted 7 years ago

    I am looking forward to this one. Thanks for organizing another great contest smile

  28. soni2006 profile image45
    soni2006posted 7 years ago

    Published five hubs for the contest - the fifth one is for the bonus topic - best vegetarian restaurants in your area.

 
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