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A New Travel Article Series and All Writers Are Invited To Participate

Updated on October 30, 2013

Words from My Father That I Ignored

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!”

I can still hear my dad saying that after I had taken apart a toy during one of my many curious moments. My perfectly good toy, one that was operating quite nicely prior to my attack of curiosity, now lay on the floor in several pieces, not working at all. Since dad had forked out $4.99 for that particular toy, and since money was always an issue in our family, I guess I can see why he was a bit miffed at me.

I can’t imagine how he would feel about his only son almost six decades later because I am still taking things apart and trying to make them better.

Take writing for instance. I am fascinated by writing. I am passionate about writing. Writing, for me, is a thrill, and I am constantly tinkering with it to get better results. I have friends who tell me that I am a very good writer….but….I tell myself I could be so much better….if only I did this, or if only I did that….see what I mean?

I am also fascinated by this new world of online marketing that we find ourselves in. I don’t know exactly how it works but that does not keep me from being curious, from taking it apart, and from trying to get better results.

And so it is that we are here now, in this place, with me looking at travel articles and wondering what could be done to make them more effective in the online world. What new approach could be used that would greatly appeal to the Google gods and earn more views for travel writers?

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What If We Did This?

For my birthday a couple weeks back, my wife, lover and best friend Bev gave me a new Nikon D3200 digital camera. It is the piece that had been missing from my professional world ever since my old digital camera breathed its last breath. I had been waiting patiently, and at times not patiently at all, for a new camera so I could begin a new travel series in Washington State where I live…..now I have the camera…and now…..

I took apart the idea. There is nothing new about a travel article. There are tens of millions out there and the number is rising daily. There are hundreds of thousands of articles about Washington State, just as there are hundreds of thousands of articles about Iowa, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona….just as there are hundreds of thousands of travel articles about Nepal, Thailand, Manilla and any other destination you can name.

So let’s take it apart. Let’s find a new way for better results.

And that is what this article is about….a new way!

I was going to call my new travel series “Exploring the Back Roads of Washington State,” and each month I would travel to a new town off-the-beaten-path, write about it, interview people, take some pictures, and begin my own travel series.

BUT WAIT! Then it dawned on me. What if a number of writers from around the United States and around the world started the same series? Every travel article that they wrote would begin with the worlds “Exploring the Back Roads of……” and then fill in the state or country that they are writing about. Would that not increase the chances that Google would notice those articles, because of the recurring theme of the same title?

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But we have linking to consider as well; every single time I write one of these travel articles, I can link to a travel article written by one of my collaborators, and they can do the same, so that we will have a linking network of travel articles all sporting the same name for easy recognition.

I can even envision a Facebook page named “Exploring the Back Roads” and even a website where all of the related articles could be found.

The possibilities are endless, and the benefits seem, to me, to be bountiful.

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How Often Would You Have to Write an Article?

As often as you want and isn’t that cool? You could write one each month, or one every three months. Heck, it really wouldn’t make any difference now would it? Every article in the series is a bonus to everyone, so how can we lose?

What Is the Format?

If you are a HubPages writer then just follow the normal layout for a normal travel article. There are only two requirements so that we help each other: one, use the same title and two, link to fellow contributors. That’s it. How you write the article is up to you; I certainly don’t want restrictions on your writing style, so use your own voice and do the great job you always do.

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So Here Is What It Will Look Like

Well, I haven’t actually written one yet; Bev and I are going to a nearby town of Pe Ell next weekend and gather information, so I’m a week away from my first article. The title will be:

Exploring the Back Roads of Washington State: The Historic Town of Pe Ell

Then, when one of you decides to give it a try….let’s say you live in Iowa….your first article will be titled:

Exploring the Back Roads of Iowa: The Charm of Charles City (or some such name about the town you are writing about).

And on and on we go, building up Google points and helping each other.

What do you think?

I’m going this alone so whether you jump on this bandwagon or not really won’t affect my decision to go forward, but I would love to have you along for the ride. Who knows what will happen? If you write travel articles already you really have nothing to lose by trying my system. If you have never written a travel article, then maybe this will be the perfect format to get your feet wet in.

Are you willing to give it a try?

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So Here I Sit

So here I sit in my writing studio, taking apart yet another toy. The pieces are all laid out before me. All I have to do is follow my vision and assemble them in a way that will increase my online views. I like the challenge. I like being able to determine a new path and see where that path will lead me. Anybody can do it the old established way; there are currently millions doing it daily. Do I want to be one of those millions trying desperately to gain a little piece of that pie? Or do I bake my own pie and eat until I’m overflowing with the sweet taste of success?

Are you with me? Will you give it a try?

I’m a dreamer and always will be. I believe the status quo is for those who have no vision, no grand plan, and if that’s what they want then more power to them. Me, I see things that have never been tried and ask “why not?” What have I got to lose? Nothing! What have I got to gain? Everything!

Seems like a pretty simple choice to me. J

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Love this idea and you know I am really going to have to think about how I could possibly try this. We take the girls all over locally for stuff each season and wonder if I could talk about these places. Totally going to have to brainstorm and seriously Bill you are awesome. Love it and thank you as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are so fast getting here. I love this idea too but have no idea if it will work. I just throw this stuff out there and see what happens. Thank you for always being here.

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      Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Bill, this is quite spookily relevant to me at this point in my life. I had been due to start a new travel writing project last month for a private publishing firm. Unfortunately, I hurt my back a few months ago and was unable to attend the fact finding, preliminary event. My participation in the project was thus unceremoniously cancelled without my right of appeal. I have since been pondering doing something like this off my own back. Your idea definitely appeals to me in theory. I was looking to start something like this mid to late November when I finish something I'm working on at the moment, so will definitely give your proposal very serious thought.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gordon, those kinds of coincidences are strange for sure. The more the merrier. I hope you give it a try and I hope it is successful for all of us. Best wishes to you and thank you for stopping by.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Exploring the back roads??? A no obligation free network in a very popular field. One that could exponentially increase views.

      Nope it will never work.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      HI Bill, this is such a great idea, It will be fascinating to see who will get involved and read about all the great places to visit, nell

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Eric, thanks for the laugh. It probably won't work because people always say it's a great idea but don't take part in it.....but I just toss this stuff out there in case anyone wants to ride along. Thanks my friend and have a great Wednesday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, I hope someone besides me tries it. LOL It will get lonely out there on the road all by myself. :) thank for stopping by and have a great afternoon.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am joining. I like to write about travels. I will do one day a week on such. Oops I am excited. Man I got some back roads.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...settle down Big Man. Glad you are onboard, Eric!

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      Sherri Tuck 3 years ago from Virginia

      A great idea! I like writing travel articles and had the very same idea to travel the backroads in my home state of Virginia.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Bill,

      I think if I could bottle your enthusiasm, I would be rich! Smiles. I love your idea. I hope life is such that I will be able to contribute to your most excellent idea.

      Here's to exploring back roads everywhere,

      Kim

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, fantastic! I hope to see some of your travel articles soon. Thanks for giving your opinion.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim....LOL....at my age, I figure I'm running out of days to do everything I want to do, so I write with a sort of desperation. :) I'm glad you like the idea and here's to great traveling for all of us. Thank you Kim!

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hello bill! I know its been such a long time but honestly I'm one avid reader of your blog. Ideas are all great and very inspiring. Have a nice day!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello agapsikap! It's never a long time between friends. Thanks for stopping by and reading about my new idea. I hope you get a chance to try it.

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      bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

      I Love this idea! Expect a "back roads of Maine" piece someday!

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      agapsikap 3 years ago from Philippines

      I wish I could, bill. I'm really having a hard time. For the meantime, I have to enjoy 'bean counting', yes I've been reading a lot of your blog and post, the same thing with Martie. I can still remember your advice about 'bean counting' and its really wonderful. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, that would be fantastic! Thanks and it's good to see you here at my humble online home. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      agapsikap, blessings to you my friend. Stay safe and I hope the bean counting goes well for you. :)

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      DJ Anderson 3 years ago

      Bill, this is an outstanding idea! This should make for some very interesting hubs from back roads all over the world.

      We will soon be moving south for the winter and things will be in a

      state of flux for several weeks. As of Nov. 4th, I will be MIA for a week

      or so.

      Have a great get-a-way and take lots of photos. Everyone loves looking at photos.

      Again, thanks for all that you do,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, well, I hope so. It's just a wild idea I had and I thought I'd throw it out there.

      Have a good move south my friend and thank you for always being here.

      bill

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      Sounds like a great plan to get quality articles out there, and help us get to know each other's locations. We are heading into winter here, so I'm not quite sure how much traveling I will get to do, but I might be able to eek out a trip or two before it's too late.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Bill--First off, congratulations on the shiny new camera. I'm a Canon guy myself, but I can drool over a Nikon just as easily. Count me in on this super cool idea. I've always wanted a good excuse to play amateur photojournalist.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, two days in a row? I'm honored. Thanks for the re-visit. Winter approaching here, too, but I think we can head out on the back roads for a day trip or two when the weather is decent. We plan on doing our first this weekend so we'll see how it goes. I hope you give this a try.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, if I was buying the camera myself it would have been a tossup between a Canon and a Nikon. I love this new camera but I have a lot to learn. Thanks for the visit and I hope you are able to give this format a try.

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      Russ Moran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill, as I noted on your blog a few days ago, I love this idea. I'm aboard. Soon to be seen will be hubs on "Exploring the Back Roads of Long Island" (we have quite a few.) I would like to attribute you, the creator. How about. "This article is inspired by the creator of the "Exploring the Back Roads" series. Whatcha think? (as we would say on Long Island.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Man oh man! This is such a great idea. I live in one of the first cities formed in California. We've got a lot of back roads to historical sites of all kinds. This would be an excellent way for me to learn about this place. I'd like to try my hand at this. It'll force me to get out of the house.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Russ....getouttahere! Do I sound like a Long Island native???

      Sounds fine to me but not necessary. I just want to see people take part and see if we can't increase everyone's views. I look forward to reading about Long Island my friend; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene yes, indeed, you would need to leave the house for this one. Very cool! I hope you do it and I can learn about your area....put a map in it so in case we are ever nearby we can stop by for a visit. :) Thanks Marlene!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I am so excited about your idea, especially since it involves exploring back roads. After all, that's where the real hidden treasures reside! I think it is so important for the people of this country to reconnect with our history, and the places where everything started at the grass roots level. There's some awesome sights to see off the beaten path.

      Super-genius idea ;) Pearl

      Voted Up Across the board

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Pearl, I hope it is a super-genius idea. LOL We'll see, but thank you. I agree with you; the back roads are where the treasures are in this country, and I would love to see more people get out and explore our history.

      Have a great day my friend.

      bill

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      Russ Moran 3 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Bill, as I said in my Hub on the disappearing New York accent, Fuggedaboutit!

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      Melissa Propp 3 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great idea Bill! What if you live in a state where all back roads are inaccessible in the winter? Just kidding! I think you came up with a really intriguing idea. I'm taking the month of Nov to try and do the NaNoWriMo thing, but if I survive that, I will seriously consider trying to contribute! Good luck!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I'm about to publish a new travel hub; the photos are nearly ready. It doesn't quite suit your format, so I'm going to tweek it a bit so that it fits the 'back roads' part of it and, hey presto! you have a contribution from me. What a great idea! As you say, the possibilities are endless. I have to confess that I'm not brilliant at the technicalities and I'm still not good on other sites (I'm on twitter but have hardly used it and don't really understand how to!! how bad is that?!). Anyway I'd love to go on the journey with you so I'll have a go.

      Also, by the way, I can't find your book on Kindle - is it available here or just in US? Have a great evening! Ann

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Neat idea. I happen to be in upper Washington state at the moment, near Vancouver, actually, and have some time to explore the area. Will see what I can come up with...

      Like the idea of participating in something like this in all my travels, as well as around home base.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...thanks Russ!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Melissa, good luck with that NaNoWriMo thing...that's quite an undertaking and I hope it goes well for you. As for the back roads of Minnesota....more good luck. LOL

      Thank you my friend and I hope all is well with your family.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! I"m excited to see your travel article. Format? What format? Just write it as well as you always do and it will be fine. Just between you and me, I don't know how to do Twitter either. LOL I think I'll start a Facebook page for these back road articles, so as soon as that is up I'll include yours.

      As for my book, here is the link for Kindle

      http://www.amazon.com/1259-Shuttle-Yesterday-Today...

      Thank you Ann!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RTalloni, very cool. Wherever you go you have an article waiting to be written. I look forward to seeing the articles for this series. Should be interesting and fun. :) Thank you!

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Oh Bill, what a great idea, this one I am sure will grow and grow. As I think you know, I see life from a wheelchair so I will have to miss this one. Be assured I will be waiting to read yours and all the other contributions.

      Graham.

      Brilliant.

      Graham.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great idea, Bill....but please don't take your camera apart ;-) Other than traveling the back roads and finding small and big treasures in your new adventures you could always find one or two special "things" that connect your series together.

      For example, when we travel, wherever we go, my husband likes to taste the apple pies of the place... and he judge them with a grade ranging from 1 apple (not good) to 5 apples (excellent). He doesn't write about it... but it gives him an excuse to taste the apple pies ;-)

      I will be quite happy to discover your new adventures on the back roads! I am sure you will discover fantastic treasures :-)

      Have a great day!

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      Julie Cao 3 years ago from Windsor, Ontario

      Love your idea! I love to explore the back road of certain area every time I am traveling and I would love to write about it. Count me in!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, interestingly enough I did not know you were wheelchair-bound. Shows how much attention I pay. LOL Well thank you for the ringing endorsement my friend. I'll try not to disappoint you. The first one will be out next week and I'm going to try and give it a little different slant from normal travel articles.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      kidscrafts, that is a great idea. I'm looking for a different slant so my articles won't be one of millions that say the same thing....love your concept and I'll give it some thought. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Always, I love it. Thanks for signing up and I look forward to reading your first "Exploring" article.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      For some reason, HP didn't advise me of this post. Nor did BS Professional Writers. Hmmmm. I had to seek and find.

      When I read your blog post presenting this idea, I couldn't help but think back to an email I'd sent you with a lead for Washington's local AAA magazine. I am grateful you've taken that toy apart!

      I love your idea. I mentioned it to my son after reading your blog. He traverses our local area much more frequently than do I. He's off every other weekend and I asked him to spend some time with his mom and be my companion while working on this series.

      I'm a back roads person all the way. My son tells me there are so many awesome natural places to visit just within our county.

      I'm on board and look forward to it. It will serve to offer more benefits than imaginable.

      BTW, your camera takes awesome pictures. Does it have a video capacity as well?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, that's great news. I can only imagine the benefits you'll get out of spending quality time on the road with you son. How cool is that?

      Does the new camera have video? LOL It has GPS for God's sake! I'm not kidding; it can tell me the longitude and latitude of where I am when I'm taking a picture, so yes, it has a video camera too.

      I'm excited that you are going to do this. I'm still kicking it around, looking for a different angle to write it from, but something will come to me before this weekend.

      Thanks Sha!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      The Nikon D3200 is at the top of my list for Santa! :-)

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I'll be honest and say I promise to think about it. I'll let you know what I decide the next time a travel type hub pops into my head. You have a great idea here and I hope it all works out.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I hope Santa is listening. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I love honesty. Thanks for stopping by and considering it. I appreciate it.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill. Got your book on my Kindle now so I can start reading! Enjoy your evening! Ann

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Bill, you can do the back road travel articles, I'll do the app. Just kidding.

      An interesting idea, let's see how it goes. Fantastic images, I love my Nikon D3200, but still learning, hope Bev got some cashback, Nikon do cashback with this product, but I think it's only through Amazon. Nice job with the article and the photos.

      My best to you as always.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Hmm, let me think about it.... Absolutely, great idea! I am behind you on this, and excited to create my own. This is a brilliant way to get a lot of useful articles about the many off beat places, and should help draw traffic. You're so thoughtful!

      Thanks for sharing this with us, Bill. I should be able to get back to writing soon. I have gotten most of my unpacking done, and I am in the process of accepting a job offer tomorrow. Things are going along well, and I am loving my new home! No doubt I'll write a related hub sometime. I never thought that I would be so comfortable living with a bunch of "strangers", but they already feel like friends. Sometimes going out of your comfort zone can really spice up life!

      Have a great day, my friend.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill, I'm going to keep this idea in mind. I don't get out much, but Arkansas is a beautiful state--beautiful country and neat small towns. It might even encourage me to invest in a better camera. Thanks for the idea. I'll definitely think about it. :-)

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      What a fun idea, friend Bill! I’m always looking for ways to exploit my historic state of Arkansas. We have so many wonderful places like the Trail of Tears, old Civil War battlefields nobody’s ever heard of, old Indian settlements, ghost towns, and my favorites, the pig trails and cow paths. Have I given anybody any ideas yet? I’m glad you said we could wait a couple of months because Mr. B is about to go back into the hospital for more surgery. I’m sure that as soon as he is able to travel, he will be ready to get some fresh air. Possum Grape, here we come!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Bill, funny, I am currently working on two travel hubs in France - shame I don't live in the States otherwise I would have loved to contribute something. Maybe we should extend this great idea to the UK or Europe

      Great about your camera - can't wait to see your images.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Ann! I hope you like it and I really appreciate the gesture.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I'd take that deal any old time. I'll write and you do tech and we'll both retire early from our millions. LOL

      I do love the Nikon, but I'll be learning for months to come. So much for this old point and shoot guy to learn.

      Thank you my friend. I hope you are having a wonderful evening in Bedfordshire.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kathryn, I must have missed the part about living with a bunch of strangers. What's up with that? A community home? Are you just renting a room in a large home? That's pretty common here; in fact I did it years ago. Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you are settling in well and enjoying the new experience. Thank you and I look forward to reading about your adventure.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki...I love it...I don't get out much! That's how I've been the past couple months and in fact that is part of the motivation for this new series. I need to hit the road and enjoy this beautiful state. Thanks for considering it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Miz B, you made two comments in a row from Arkansas and both said it was a beautiful state. I've never been there but would love to read your articles about it....Possum Grape? That is a best-seller for sure. :) Best wishes to your husband and his surgery and thank you for considering this idea.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, for sure extend it to Europe. I thought I mentioned that somewhere in the hub. There is no reason at all why you can't write about France with this title...go for it my friend.

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      Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I like this idea. Definitely going to try and do one or so a month. You are ever so clever with your ideas.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Annette. If I had a dollar for every clever idea I had I'd be a millionaire. The trick is in finding out how to make money with these ideas. :) I'm still working on it.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      I'm in Bill. This is a great idea and I enjoyed reading this. Your photos are beautiful-what fun you must be having with your new camera.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, my biggest challenge is finding the time to play with the camera. I need to do better at that. Thanks for joining in on the fun; happy traveling.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      LOL, I always forget who I say what to. Yes, I am renting a large bedroom in someone's house. It is the oldest house in town, built back when this was a British colony. Very historical. It's in a very safe neighborhood, not too far from the places I need to go, and the rent includes utilities. I save several hundred dollars per month, compared to renting my own apartment. Also, I didn't need to worry about getting more furniture, or stocking up on household supplies I don't have. Financial security is very important, and I need to save money. Good way to go! And so far I adore my housemates. The owner of the house lives here, so she is very careful about the tenants she lets in.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's fantastic, Kathryn! Hooray for you! A new beginning with new friends and financial security. You are off on the right foot my friend and I am excited for you. Thanks for checking back and answering my question.

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      The back roads of Arizona..Prescott where Wyatt Earp Lived and breathed. Ummmm The popular square in Prescott...

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      That does sound like a very interesting idea Bill! I'm not sure where the road less traveled will take me on this journey, but I'm all for enjoying the ride.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I can see it now! Go for it! :) And thanks for the visit as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, I look forward to reading all about it. Thank you!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Bill, I love your creative mind! And the fact that there's no pressure allows me to apply all the pressure on myself that I need to get the job done! (Remember those pitching days? Ha-ha! How to look cool when your heart is ready to explode with each pitch...)

      There's great potential here, and I love the idea. So, no promises, my friend...and then one of these mornings, sonofagun, this pal of yours will have a hub ready to link up to one of yours...and others'...

      Blessings and aloha, my friend! Cheer hard for that young Cardinals pitcher tonight...I like Boston only because of the Hawaiian on that team, but I also like the drama of going to Game 7, so--ironically--I'm cheering for the Cards tonight! And while we're on sports, wasn't that a nail biter for the Hawks? Man oh man! But you know, Bill, as the starters return, and Percy emerges on the scene, can you imagine the explosive potential of our team? When you think about it, it's a beautiful and inspirational recovery story! Ciao, bro! (See, I'm getting into my bdeguilio travel writing mode.)

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      I love it and I want to contribute. I'm stopping short of committing at this moment because I have a tendency to get all worked up and then find myself not following through, so I don't want to make a promise. But this is truly an inspired idea and a wonderful way for writers to help other writers. I am looking forward to your first installment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Joe, you have no idea how much I look forward to your comments. I wish you got HP points for comments; you'd be a million dollar earner here.

      Heart ready to explode? I remember those days well my friend. I looked cool as a cucumber and I wanted to upchuck on the mound. LOL

      Hey, the Hawks keep looking bad and they keep winning. How bad can that be? If they ever get their linemen healthy they will be tough down the stretch for sure.

      And thank you for considering taking part in this little experiment. I hope it helps everyone.

      Aloha my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Crystal, thank you. A writer of your caliber would do well at this I'm sure, but I understand about the committing thing. If it feels right then I hope you do it.

      I hope you are well. Drop me a line sometime and let me know what's going on with the writing and whatever.

      bill

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Bill, I like your idea. There are so many wonderful, undiscovered places to visit locally wherever you live. Folks just have to go out and find them.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is such a great idea! I will definitely give it a try. I love the fact that there is no set amount of articles that need to be posted! I might just have some pictures and an idea brewing already! I will let you know when I put pen to paper!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly right, Flourish. They are just sitting there waiting for a good writer such as yourself to visit. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Lisa! Show us the area you live in; I'm willing to bet there are a lot of people who would be interested. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Bill, I an looking forward to this series. I have another AZ one I was going to start. I hope I can make it work for this series! Thank you for your generosity in including so many of us!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Go Bill go!!! You reminded me of my son, when he would take his toys apart just to see how they worked, that is a brilliant mind ... even though they would never be put back together just right : ) He is still brilliant to me, his mom!

      Hey, I am loving this idea and will give it some thought ... what am I saying, I live in the back roads. : ) I love that there is no stress of how often one contributes, etc., and that is the beauty of it.

      You are blessed to have Bev and now that awesome camera. Love that photo up there, and I bet you had taken it with your new camera no doubt!

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs and love, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Randi, if it is a travel article then it automatically works for this series. Just put the magic words in the title and you are there. :) I hope you give it a try; would love to have you contribute. Maybe we can all help each other.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. In truth I never got those toys put back together properly, but man alive I had fun trying. LOL Brilliant? Inquisitive is more like it. I want to know things; life fascinates me and I want to eat as much of it as I can before I can't eat any longer. :)

      You are a blessing; thank you!

      bill

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Yes, I have a few in mind, I will get started but it may take awhile gathering photos and such and I have a few hubs to finish but I am in! See you at your destination! Jamie

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, good to have you with us. I look forward to your articles and thanks for taking a chance on this.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Sounds like a wonderful idea Bill. Travel and tourism is one genre that I'm interested in when it comes to magazine writing. Thanks you your helpful tips & suggestions in regards to writing stories on historical attractions in Miami & tourism. There is plenty to write about here.

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      ExpectGreatThings 3 years ago from Illinois

      This is such a motivating idea! I have a dozen half-written travel articles in My Documents. They are just sitting there unfinished because there is nothing special enough about them to get them noticed. You know how inconsistent I am in writing hubs, but hopefully I'll get to join in on this fun! - Ginger

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm sure there is, Doc, and I'm sure you would do well writing about it. Good luck to you and thank you as always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ginger, I hope you finish them. Try to find a new angle to approach them; let them sit until you come up with that angle and then go for it. :) Thanks for the visit and kind words.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Thank you Bill. I'm up for the challenge. Let me see what I come up with. Hope everything is well with you. Have a wonderful week

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I will indeed, Doc. Love that new picture of you, Super Woman! :)

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Thanks Billy:) lol.

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      Leona J Atkinson 3 years ago from Oregon, USA

      I would like to be a part of this. Mine would be "Exploring the Backroads of Oregon" I don't have a nice camera like you have though. I use my iphone for picture taking but I think the pictures come out pretty good.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Bill, I love this idea on Exploring the Backroads. I actually live on a backroad in rural Texas and enjoy taking pictures of obscure areas. I've posted some of these to my personal blog but it doesn't get a lot of traffic. HubPages will be the better venue for it. I'll be concentrating on this idea a lot more now with the benefit of a cooperative effort and the added plus of no deadlines or pressure. I like that a lot. Thanks for this awesome idea. Happy travelling. Congratulations on your new camera. What a joy it is these days with no film required.

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      Girish puri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great idea, I like travel articles, thanks Bill.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bill. Please don't read anything into my mentioning my wheelchair. I have not mentioned it generally so that my output will be viewed as I intended it to be viewed. I look forward to your first hub; on your new subject :):) Carry on leading the way.

      Graham.

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Good luck to you. As you have seen, I have my hands full elsewhere.

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      Philip Cooper 3 years ago from Olney

      Seems a fabulous idea Billy..I'm with you on this.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A New Travel Article Series and All Writers Are Invited To Participate great hub informative, useful, interesting another one of your good hubs.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great idea, Bill, although my travel is limited right now; but it can improve any day now. I will support the articles until I can participate. Looking forward to this new creation!

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      I'm in! Does it have to be a town or could it be some other destination, like a state park? If so, I have one I could get started on right away (already have the photos).

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You bet, Doc! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds great retired06; I look forward to your first article. I lived in Oregon for two years so I'll be interested in what you come up with. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg....LOL...I was just thinking about that no film thing the other day, and remembering what a hassle it was to change film all the time, not to mention expensive. I'm glad you will be a part of this; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So glad to hear it, girishpuri; I look forward to learning more about India.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Graham, no worries; I read nothing into it. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I understand, Martin; thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      one2get2no.....let's hope it is as good an idea as it seems. :) Thanks for taking part.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE; I appreciate your loyalty.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! I hope one day you can get out on the back roads and join us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, most certainly. It does not have to be about a town. I look forward to your efforts and seeing more of my beloved Iowa.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, I am still alive! I needed to take a break my friend after the past 16 mths on HP recharge the batteries I guess. I have guilt over not reading and commenting but I am back this coming month. This is a wonderful idea my friend, really could see this go huge and I would love to contribute from the Irish off the beaten track spots! I am still doing my niche don't fret my friend I know you must have been missing all those natural skin care hubs!! LOL I will be catching up on your works my friend, missed you, no joke. Just needed to do some other things here and regroup a bit but battery is charged again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, I have been thinking about you, but I just figured you got busy with trip preparations or some other thing....I am very happy that you are alright and well. Thanks for stopping by here and letting me know. I trust the Mickster is doing well too.

      I would love to see you add an article or two to the travel cause; the more the merrier.

      So glad you are back; now it seems like HP again. :)

      hugs,

      bill

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      I've never visited the great state of Washington, so I'll be looking forward to seeing some of the views. I've written two travel articles, but they were popular places and the competition was stiff. There are a lot of little towns around here to visit, so I might join in sometime along the way.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, if you get the urge we would love to have you join us. Thank you!

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      Kathi 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      First of all, congrats on your Birthday and shiny new camera . . . lovely pics of Washington too! Second, you've got my attention with this great travel magazine idea and would enjoy highlighting some cool places where I live. My head is spinning with ideas!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fossillady, I love it. Spin away and I look forward to seeing the product of that spinning. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      You have me interested.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      vkwok, that's great! We need someone in Hawaii! :)

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      TimeshareAgents 3 years ago

      Yes I'm interested !

      I too have a travel blog !

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      very nice, Timeshare.....start writing then! :) Thanks for considering this.

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      Good evening Bill, sir.

      Cogent. Idea of unending project. Whether or whenever my share to write about, is irrelevant , it's already available and here. That you're constantly tinkering is obvious long ago, and being a dreamer - making your dreams transmissible comes as a new revelation. Thanks. ( Some of the comments suggest so.) Oh , another attribute of yours, the forgiving heart toward your friends naming you a very good writer while in reality you are excellent one. Another persons opinion matters.

      Awesome and useful.

      Blessings to you.

      ( You wouldn't mind this tinkering related episode occurred in old country when Russian military was moving through the area, confiscated an old type larger size of clock, took it the watch-repair shop and have ordered to be made a dozen wristwatches. )

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      This is a fantastic idea and living in a tourist state, I think I can do this. I might already have some hubs that I can shine up a little to fit this format. I am going to consider this for sure!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Liz, I would think Nevada would have some treasures down the back roads. I hope you find them and share them with us. Thank you for the third time this morning; you are appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael, that is definitely tinkering. I can't imagine the life you have lived my friend, but I hope to one day hear about it. Thank you for your kind words. An excellent writer? I hope to be one day. :)

      blessings always, and a wish for a wonderful weekend for you

      bill

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      I have only ever written 2 travel articles, which are the ones on here. I was going to do a hub soon about Edinburgh (highlighting one of the less publised attractions it has) so that would work.

      I am a bit time starved but if the articles are non regimented, I could do that.

      Anything that will help evolve my writing is worth doing.

      You bring a real cohesion to this site and a whole lot of energy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Anna! Energy is slowly dwindling. I'm just trying to get as much production as possible from the remaining energy that I have. :) I look forward to that hub about Edinburgh.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Great idea, Bill. My time is limited right now but I may be able to get one out on my trip up to north Florida this coming week.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I hope you are able to. We are heading out on the back roads tomorrow to gather info for the first article in the series.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Billy, I'm excited about this new challenge. you always encourage me. thanks. can't wait to read the first article in the series.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Doc....I will have the first article out next week.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Would love to contribute one to your new series, Bill, but admit it will be later rather than sooner. OK?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, better late than never. Actually, with this series, you are never late, and how cool is that? :) Thanks for considering it and of course for always being here.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      As I already told you I would love to do this. Not only is it a brilliant idea to increase views but think how much fun we'll have reading each other's hubs and learning about new places. Maybe we can write our own travel book ;)

      So glad you took your toys apart!!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

      I love this idea and I'm thinking of giving it a go. I already have some ideas coming to me. This is the way to go, innovation and exploration.

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      Travel is a great subject. I will gather some photos and plan an article in the days ahead. Thanks! Group writing projects are great!

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      Gail Sobotkin 3 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow! I am just seeing this now and it sounds like a great idea and when I write my next travel hub I will definitely start it with: "Exploring the Back Roads.."

      You know those are exactly the roads and towns I like to explore and write about!

      Am so glad Bev got you a terrific camera and look forward to reading your travel hubs. Will be clicking the one above when I leave here.

      Hugs & Love to You & Bev,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, the first one comes out tomorrow. I hope you get a chance to read it; we had fun doing the research yesterday.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natie, I hope you do give it a go. There are some great back roads in California and I look forward to reading your accounts of them.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      starstream, thank you so much and I look forward to seeing your first article in this series.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail! I have read some of your travel articles and they are excellent, so I have no doubt your first efforts for this series will be excellent as well.

      blessings and a hug are yours

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Just about ready with a hub for this but not sure what to link with! Can you advise please? This is where I fall down, the technicalities! Helllppp! I'll get the hang of it.... one day! Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, you can link to my travel hub which comes out tomorrow, and then when you do yours I will link to yours, and so on and so on as more write their articles. If you don't want to do a hyperlink then just post someone else's article as a sidebar to your article using the capsules that HP provides.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks, bill. Easier than I thought!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is my pleasure, Ann! :)

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Great idea Bill! I don't know what I'm doing, but I never find time to write hubs anymore. My life is filled with work and appointments right now... I hope some places in Finland and Sweden can be a part of all this when I get back to writing hubs.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Made, I hope so too. I would love to learn more about your country. Thank you for stopping by; you made my day. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds like a wonderful collaborative effort to me. It should also generate more readership for all involved.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, that is indeed the goal. Now we'll see if it happens. Thank you as always my friend.

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      Gabriela Hdez 3 years ago from Valencia, Spain

      Hey,

      It's a great idea. Especially because I was planning to write a series of travel articles and I was planning to include less known areas from Mexico and Spain, so it is a great fit.

      Also if people starts adding to the series, I bet it will grow fast and all of us will benefit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Candy, thank you for the return visit. I hope others find this idea a good one; it will grow quickly if others add to it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      What a great idea! Hopefully you are getting a lot of people doing this. I enjoy writing articles about places I go, but man, mine get no traffic which is a bummer. May have to try again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Glimmer, the next one you do, hitch a ride on this wagon and see what happens. The travel hubs I have done took a year before they saw much traffic.

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      Rob Hower 3 years ago from Lebanon, PA

      Hi Bill ... love the idea ... love the thought behind it and it's pure graciousness toward others and the communal flow that will occur. Though my own hubpages were set to focus on Disney World, this inspires me to branch out and forage some great tales from around my own hometown realm in Central, PA. Thanks for the inspiration and I'll look forward to linking my first contribution to the "Exploring the Back Roads ..." series.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Disney Robb, I hope you get the chance to add to our series. It is off to a good start, and with so many of us participating it isn't necessary to write often under this category. Every little bit helps.

      Thank you for the follow.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Billy.

      I hope you are enjoying this day.

      Disney Robb kindly just left me a very nice comment on Exploring the Back Roads of Paris and a French Market - Marché Pyrenees (Editors Choice) can you believe it!

      I was was wondering how many people have already written Hubs in the series so far?

      How can all the Hubs in this series be linked together or is that not the idea?

      Thanks

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Sally!

      Congrats on the Editor's Choice. That is fantastic!

      Yes, they can all be linked in one place. If I ever find the time I am going to start a Facebook page where they can all reside....and eventually there will be a website. In the meantime, be patient with this old man. I'll get it done soon. :) Thank you and again, well done! Oh, how many you asked? I think there are nine that have been written so far.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy,

      Thanks, I will watch this space then - actually I have nine EC Hubs now - must be doing something right but I ust wanted you to know that your Back Roads Series have beem more beneficial to me that I would have ever thought - so thank you for that.

      You are a kind and generous man.

      Sally

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thank you, but I'm just giving back what was freely given to me. :) I know you understand that because you live it.

      Have a wonderful day my friend from Norfolk!

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Count me in bill. I also have a good camera and I have not used its full potential yet. Your hub has opened my mind to this great opportunity.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JPSO...fantastic...I look forward to your first Exploring hub.

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