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Lists – Group Writing Project

200608141910-1Update: Submissions are now closed on this project. See the full list of submissions here.

It’s time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project – and this time we’ve got prizes worth around $1250 USD (see below for details)!

The Topic

This week’s topic is ‘LISTS’ – something regular readers will know that I’m rather fond of.

Your task is to write a ‘list post’ (new posts please, not previously posted ones if possible) – or a post that is largely some type of list. It might be a ‘top ten’ type list, a ‘how to’ type list, a ‘my favorite…’ type list – whatever you like. I’ve chosen this topic because it’s adaptable to most topics (I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of types of lists that are submitted).

Once you’ve written your list simply follow the process for participating that I’ve outlined below.

The Prizes

This week’s group writing project is proudly sponsored by the following companies and individuals. Five random participants (it’s not a competition) in this week’s project will receive one of the following gifts (‘listed’ here in no particular order):

  • Earners Forum have kindly donated a new Dell PC and LCD monitor – to the value of $500. Earners Forum is a great place for discussions around all kinds of topics of earning money online. Thanks to Lee Dodd for this donation.
  • URLTrends have kindly donated a Premium upgraded account worth $90 that will help them track their search engine ranking over time. Thanks to Joel Strellner for this donation.
  • The Gold Pages Directory has donated $500 in digital cash that can be spent on products and services or withdrawn to a prepaid ATM card and used as cash. The Gold Pages Directory is the largest online currency/digital gold directory on the web and is now three years old. Thanks to Mark Herpel for this donation.
  • The Umdum.com Web Directory have donated a Sinic Eye and Brain Massager (just what every ProBlogger needs). They’ve also kindly offered every participant in this week’s group writing project a free listing in their directory. Thanks to Loren Baker for this donation.
  • Blake Schwendiman has donated a $100 gift voucher from Amazon to be used in any way that they see fit. Thanks Blake!

Thanks also to those others who offered to sponsor this week. Hopefully if this week goes well we’ll be able to do this again.

How To Participate

Here’s how to participate and put yourself in the running for a gift (please note – one entry per person).

1. Write a list post

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want – it can be a short list, long list, funny list, rant-like list…..etc
  • Give your post a good title. Once all our lists are listed it’ll only be your title that sets it apart.
  • Feel free to write your post in your own first language – I’ve previously included a number of non-english posts and am excited by the prospect of making this a multi-lingual project.
  • Consider putting a link back to this post on your post so that your readers know you’re participating. You don’t have to do this – but it’d be appreaciated to help grow the project.

2. Let me Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your list post let me know about it by sending me an email via my contact form.
  • Make sure you include your name (as you want it to appear in my list), your post title and the URL to your post (not just to your blog’s front page).
  • Submissions must be received by me the the end of Thursday 17 August (as long as it’s still Thursday where you send it from I’ll accept it). If they come in after Thursday they won’t be included in the list and will not be in the running for the gifts.

3. I will post 2 links to your post

  • In the day or two after you let me know about your post I’ll post a link to it in two places. Firstly there will be a daily (ish) list of the submissions from the last 24 hours. Secondly there will be a central list of all submissions for the project so we can see everything on one page.
  • I’ll post my final list of submissions on Friday and will announce those who receive the gifts then.

4. Surf Surf Surf

  • This is where you take over. Surf the submissions received. Leave comments, make connections with other ProBlogger readers and enjoy reading what others have to say.

5. Link Link Link

  • There is no formal ‘judging’ as this is not a competition. Instead – I encourage you to surf through the submissions at the end of the week and announce your own winners on your own blog. Name a top 5 or so and share the link love.
  • Probably the best part of the last group project was the amount of inter-linking I see happening between participating bloggers as a result of their posts. It’s obvious that people found new blogs through it and that the benefits of participating was way beyond getting a link from me but flowed on to a lot of new connections and links between other bloggers.
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Comments

  1. Miha says:

    Does it have to be a new list or can we send you list written and published before now?

  2. Martin says:

    Darren … you are a genius. With the prizes on offer and it not being a competition you do realize this will be a massive hit.

    Are you sure you’re ready for the deluge? :-)

  3. Darren Rowse says:

    Lets make it a new list Miha.

    Martin – I’ve set a little extra time aside this week. Lets see how it goes :-)

  4. Nice, the good thing is that within the last 2 hours I’d started working on a “list” post. It has 12 items at the moment, but now there is a chance I could win something I think I’ll add some more stuff and publish the post during the week :)

  5. StephenZhai says:

    Well, it’s a good start to rasie money! :-)

  6. Alright, I’m in.

  7. I just sent in my list…

  8. Paul says:

    If we write for multiple blogs (as I do), can we submit one list for each blog or is it limited to one entry per person?

  9. Darren Rowse says:

    Lets keep it to one entry per person (other wise I know a few people who could enter 20 or so times)

  10. I can write lists all day, so let’s keep it simple :)

  11. I agree with Martin, this is going to be big. I think I’ll have to post something.

  12. jhay says:

    Alright then, let’s start listing! ;)

  13. Yvonne says:

    Fantastic idea Darren, although I don’t normally use lists on my site. This is going to take a while :)

  14. Duncan says:

    struth that’s a damn fine list of prizes….are b5media employees/ owners excluded from entering…or do I need to create a new identity to enter? ;-)

  15. brem says:

    Nice assignment. ;) hehe

  16. Patrik says:

    This will be fun!
    Can we use the problogger list project image in the posts?

  17. Quais says:

    Sounds great !! I’m in :-)

  18. Jon Anderson says:

    This might qualify…
    http://www.successpart2.com/2006/07/25/im-making-lemonade/
    all the best…
    jon

  19. Leon says:

    Looks like these incentives will draw hundreds more submissions. The competition will be fierce. I’m not sure if I can submit a post this time, but I’ll try.

  20. Lisa says:

    What a fun idea, thanks! I just submitted mine ;).

  21. Posted and contacted.
    What a great idea, and some really fantastic prizes! You’ll be wading through these entries for sure, Darren!

  22. Nathaniel says:

    Wow, great contest! I just submitted my list too. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the entries on Friday.

  23. This is an awesome resource for bloggers. Thanks so much!

  24. Debra Hamel says:

    Looks like I have to switch computers to be able to access your contact form, which I’ll do momentarily, but at any rate,my list is up! This is fun. Thanks.

  25. Josh Maher says:

    interesting idea….. does it work? http://joshmaher.wordpress.com

  26. I’m a list lover… they’re the easiest to read and write.

    I think this is going to be huge. Darren I hope you have a script or something to handle all the submissions you’re going to get. LOL

    Thanks!

  27. Chris says:

    This is a fun idea, I’ve never written a list before and honestly only been really blogging for real for a week, so I figured what the hey and submitted my list.

  28. Thanks for the opportunity Darren!

  29. I posted my favorites (thus far) – I’m really loving going through the lists!

  30. Kitarist says:

    added my list few days ago ehe :D :D have fun guys and i wish to you all good luck ehe :D :D

  31. Grace says:

    hi Darren, here’s my contribution to the list post. thanks, this is fun and challenging. it keeps my mind rolling and new ideas coming.

    http://www.flupatrol.com/2006/08/17/qa-low-vs-high-pathogenic-avian-influenza/

    Grace

  32. Jim Davidson says:
  33. Bee says:

    I didn’t get a chance to put a post up on a list, my list was going to be on how to not procrastinate and get things done. I wanted to thank of those that posted some great lists, and Darren of course for being creative with his ideas.
    Not only was this a fun project to read through a lot of the lists, but it had the added bonus that I learned some great ideas to apply to my blogs.

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