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ProBlogger Group Writing Project – Reviews and Predictions

Posted By Darren Rowse 18th of December 2006 ProBlogger Site News 177

200612181504It’s time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project – and this time we’ve got 10 prizes worth between $2000 to $2500 USD!

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SUBMITTING. Particularly pay attention to the instruction to submit NEW posts not previously written ones. Old posts (written before today) won’t be accepted and will not be eligible for a gift. Thanks for your understanding.

The Topic

This project’s topic is ‘Reviews and Predictions…….’

Your task is to write a post that looks back or looks forward (on what is up to you).

  • You might want to look back on the year that was (topical for this time of year)….
  • You could make some predictions about what the new year will bring in your niche….
  • You could look back on some aspect of your life….
  • You might use the post to make some resolutions for the year ahead….
  • You might like to give an award for the last year to someone in your niche….
  • You might look back on the 10 biggest developments, 5 biggest mistakes, 72 best quotes…. of your niche….

Write it in any style you like, a rant, list, poem, video, pictorial, haiku, podcast….. anything

Be as creative as you can and take this in any direction you like. You’ll have a much better chance of getting your post noticed if it’s useful and/or interesting to readers and write something relevant to the topic of your blog.

Once you’ve written your post simply follow the process for participating that I’ve outlined below (please note – to be eligible for the gifts from our sponsors you need to follow the guidelines below).

The Prizes

This project has attracted sponsors willing to donate some great prizes with a total value of over $2000 (and up to $2400 depending what people choose to take). All values below are in $US and all cash prizes can be paid via PayPal.

  • 451 Press is offering one lucky winner a Nintendo Wii (worth $250). 451 Press is a blog network. Thanks to Steve for this prize.
  • bloglinkr is offering $100 cash or $500 in advertising credit on their service when they launch in the first quarter of 2007. bloglinkr is a new ad network exclusively for blogs and sounds like an interesting project to watch in the next few months. Thanks to Michael for this offer.
  • The Blogging Times has offered $100 cash to their winner. Thanks to Minic for this prize.
  • Information for Her Australia for Australian Women is offering $100 cash (via PayPal). This is a site for Australian women giving information on health issues, rural women, indigenous women and more. Thanks to Toni for this prize.
  • Poker on a Mac (a poker site for Mac users) is offering a 30gb video ipod to their winner. Thanks to Mike for this.
  • Dave Taylor from Ask Dave Taylor Tech Support and The Intuitive Life Business Blog is offering a copy of his bookGrowing Your Business with Googleand $100 cash as his prize.
  • Thrive Web Marketing are offering a medium level webhosting package for a year that includes 100MB of webspace, 4000MB data transfer a month and more (worth $240). Thanks to Ross for this prize.
  • eMoms at Home is offering two free passes (worth $349 each) to a 12 week group coaching program that she’s running in January. The course (via phone) is about how to be more productive and build a business. Read more on it here. Thanks Wendy for this prize.
  • DeveloperCube – a forum for web developers – is offering a $100 Amazon gift voucher. Thanks to Patrick for this prize.
  • Rob Schaumer is offering a $100 gift card (of the winners choice) at Thanks Rob!

Thanks also to those others who offered to sponsor this week. As I mentioned – there were 50 offers of prizes which was quite overwhelming. I’ve chosen prizes based upon reader feedback from last time. Readers liked actual prizes, cash etc more than services.

How To Participate

Here’s how to participate and put yourself in the running for a gift. Please read this as it has changed slightly since last time:

Please note – one entry per person – and not per blog. Please only submit NEW posts.

1. Write a ‘preview or review’ post

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want as long as it relates to the topic.
  • Give your post a good title. Once all the posts are listed it’ll only be your title that sets it apart from others. It doesn’t have to have the words ‘review’ and or ‘preview’ in the title.
  • Feel free to write your post in your own first language.
  • Please 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 us Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your post let me know about it by sending me an email via my contact form.
  • Please 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 21 December (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.

6. Prizes

  • On Friday I’ll randomly select 10 participants to win the 10 gifts and will post the winners at this point. The rest of us can muse over what could have been and then we’ll get ourselves ready for next months project.
About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. It’s going to be very difficult to write a new post before 21 November!

  2. It’s difficult to do this also in this short-term if you native lang is not English :)
    Darren, what about Bulgarian language ?:D

    Would you mind to join with a post in Bulgarian language ;)

    There are no restrictions about this as far as I can see ;) ;)

  3. lol – fixed Michael

    Atanas – yes – feel free to do it in your own language – the more languages the better!

  4. Thanks Darren, will do it! ;)

  5. yahoo!!!!! This is my favorite time of the month. There is nothing better in the blogsphere than participating in the ProBlogger “Group Writing Project”

  6. Very timely (and a cool incentive) as I’m currently drafting ‘my predictions for 2007’ post.

    I can’t wait to see all the prediction posts coming out – it’ll be good reading and I’m sure there’ll be some good insights.

  7. nice topic, quite suitable for this period of the year

  8. […] Well, here we are. The end of the calendar year is almost here and we come to a time when we like to evaluate what we have did with ourselves over the year as well as what we will set our minds to achieve for the coming year. I have decided to share what I believe has been the three most influencial moves(three amigos) for the growth of the readership of dipnoi, so that you as readers can possibly benefit your blog with one or more of these tasks, that I have benefited from, over the next calendar. I would also like to share with everyone that this post will be in the ProBlogger “Group Writing Project” and if you have never participated I would highly recommend you to try it at least once. […]

  9. […] EDIT: We just received confirmation this morning that Darren has accepted our prize. Check out the Group Writing Project for more details. Posted in Announcements Link to this Entry […]

  10. […] This post was written as part of ProBlogger’s group-writing project on reviews and predictions. […]

  11. Very suitable topic. I love these group-writing projects and think that you should keep hosting them, Darren. Once a month is a nice interval, too. Thanks to the last project, I subscribed to two new blogs.

  12. […] This is part of Darren Rowse’s group writing project on reviews and predictions. Be sure to check out the other submissions! […]

  13. […] Problogger is having a group writing contest! I love this kinda stuff, so I thought I take a whack at it. You can, too. […]

  14. Entered…. I dig these sorts of writing projects. They bring people together and kind of give you a theme to run with. This was fun. I know I’ll find some cool new blogs to read from this…

  15. I am so winning the Wii!

  16. Hey Darren,

    Sorry, I’m new to this and a bit confused. You keep mentioning “How To” – is the post supposed to be in a How To format, along with being either a review or prediction?

    Thank you,

  17. I’ll see what I can whip up. :-)

  18. Lisa,

    I think Darren is just telling you how to participate ;)

  19. […] I’m proud to announce that bloglinkr is sponsoring Darren Rowse’s latest Problogger Group Writing Project.  This GWP topic is Reviews and Predictions.  There are over $2,000 dollars in prizes to be won, and 10 different sponsors. […]

  20. Woohoo, ours is up with a review AND a preview of things to come, thanks!

  21. […] You should first know that this post is part of Darren Rowse’s latest group writing project, something I’ve participated in in the past and really enjoyed. So here I am, doing it again. I encourage you visit the home page of the Brew Blog to see what’s been covered here in the blog’s short life. […]

  22. sorry Lisa,

    the two ‘how to’ references were because the last group project was on the topic of ‘how to’ and I copied and pasted part of this post. I’ve deleted them now so it should read better.

    If you’re confused – 24 hours and you’ll see my post later today with the first round of entries and you’ll get the idea.

  23. […] I mentioned last week that Darren Rowse is running his December Group Writing Project this week. Participating in this fun exercise offers loads of goodies to bloggers, including lots of: […]

  24. […] References: ProBlogger Darren Rowse is holding a new group writing project. He holds them every so often as a catalyst to get bloggers writing, reading and connected. For this project he wants bloggers to write their predictions for the new year or reviews of the past year. Here is my entry in haiku form. If you write a blog, you should consider contributing to the project. […]

  25. Darren,

    I just wrote my piece and submitted it to you. It’s probably crap but worth a shot anyhow. For this that read this comment, the link will take you to my entry.

    It’s fun regardless of how my entry goes.

    Col :)

  26. […] 2006 is almost finished and undoubtedly we’lll be talking about the year gone by and what the sports world brought us. However, I’d like to make 10 predictions for 2007. (Full disclosure: I’m participating in Darren Rowse’ Reviews and Previews group writing project for this entry). […]

  27. […] Part 3 of the Heart Rate Monitor Guide and the Problogger project. […]

  28. […] After reading about the Problogger Group Writing project I decided to participate and write about what the future holds for me. As you know this past year has been tough as I was let go from a job I loved and had to look into a career change. I’m going back to school and hopefully next fall I’ll be in the Radiology program at the local community college. One day I’ll be an x-ray technician. Also, hopefully one day I will find love. I’m heppy being single but it seems like several times I’ve found someone special that I wanted to date or possibly fall in love with it didn’t happen. There have been a variety of reasons this past year including language barriers, and distance barriers. I have no ill feelings for any of these people because at one point in my life they were very important to me. That made them special then and makes them special now. Another important thing that happened to me this past year is this blog. I’m not sure what made me decide to start a blog but in August thats what I did. My blog also brought me in contact with a startup blog for advertising company and alot of great new friends. As far as my online presence goes, I couldn’t be happier. I feel I’ve came a long way in the four months I’ve been a blogger. And the last important thing that happened to me this year was my new job. I am a security officer for a hospital. It’s a good job for me to have while going to school because the hours are very friendly. The pay is competitive but I would love to be making more money (who wouldn’t). I’ve also made some really good friends at the hospital. They have to be good friends because every night I trust them to have my back in any situation and I have theres. Now, what is the new year going to bring? I wish I knew. Hopefully it’ll bring me success in school and in love. I don’t know if it will bring either but only time will tell. I do know that I will be putting every effort into my blog to make it more of a success. Some of my goals for the blog are to get the page rank higher (right now it’s 0), make some money without compromising my integrity or the integrity of my blog, and to raise my daily readership. It would be nice to get some more email subscribers. My goals for school are simple. I want to make good grades and learn as much as I can. My goals for my love life….well who knows. I would love to find someone to love me (or to start, just want to date me or just hang out). You should stay tuned here and I will keep you updated on how everything goes for the new year. […]

  29. […] First off, I have to thank Darren Rowse of His group writing project got me off my butt when it comes to this blog to churn something out. I have not participated before but this time his criteria really fit into something I wanted to do. A great kick in the pants. Thanks Darren! […]

  30. […] As I like to do, I am participating in the group writing project of If you are a blogger you need to read that blog. In this writing project we are to either look back or look forward in some way. I am going to talk about the few failed preaching website projects and then a my plans for next year and SoulPreaching.Com. […]

  31. […] I’m going to jump on the wagon. This time the assignment is Reviews and Predictions. We all know how fond I’ve become of predicting the future and reflecting on my recent past. So what’s one more post ? […]

  32. […] I’m going to jump on the wagon. This time the assignment is Reviews and Predictions. We all know how fond I’ve become of predicting the future and reflecting on my recent past. So what’s one more post ? […]

  33. […] With the help of a group writing project sponsored by Darren Rowse of Problogger  I have decided to blog about my thoughts on the direction of plus size fashion for 2007. […]

  34. woooohhooo!!! I missed the last group writing project due to a massive brain cramp!! I have my submission in this time. Thanks again Darren for helping is bloggers out!

  35. […] I wrote this Russian Blue review from two reasons: first, I just adore my little Russian Blue cat, and second, I’m participating in the Problogger group writing project Reviews and predictions.   « AGLOCO: What is in there for me? | […]

  36. Alright I just sent in my submission!

    I can’t wait to see what happens, I’m new to the world of blogging and so far I like it. Though I am not the greatest at writing and I hope to improve the more posts I have on my site. Who knows right?

  37. Now thats really a good chance! I hope my analysis skill comes in handy this time.Even if i dont get anything.I would love to particiape.

    Thx Darren.

  38. Hi Darren,

    I have one question.You said “Your task is to write a post that looks back or looks forward” , Can I make it more of a mix than separating both of them, will that be acceptable?

    Thx and Regards

  39. Would it be possible to add a link to last year’s winners?

    And can it be on any topic in our niche?


  40. PS
    Is it Friday Australian or US time?

  41. […] PS: This post was inspired by and contributed to the ProBlogger Group Writing Project. If you’re visiting for the first time then welcome (please buy our book). If you’re a regular reader, then go check it out! […]

  42. Hello All,

    I just submitted my article:

    The Google Maps API – Predictions for 2007.

    I wish we could do one per blog as I have some neat ideas for my personal blog too. But I guess my professional blog is probably more interesting for most of the readers here.

    I look forward to reading YOUR posts, until then, enjoy mine.


  43. Talia – I post winners on Friday Aussie time (late in the day usually).

    It can be on any topic you like.

    The last two project’s winners pages are here and here.

    It’s all randomly awarded.

  44. […] When Darren at Problogger revealed the topic for his latest Group Writing Project, I realized it was a perfect opportunity for us to expand a little on what you can expect from bloglinkr, by previewing how our service will work, and what it will do for bloggers. Plus, it gives us a chance to participate in the Group Writing Project…so, without further adieu, here is a brief preview of what bloglinkr is, and what we hope to do with it in 2007. […]

  45. […] It’s become somewhat of a tradition for journalists to use this time of year to reflect upon the year gone by and maybe even make a few predictions. I might be the furthest thing from a traditional journo and I’ve never had much inclination to reflect on the past year and I don’t think I’ve ever made a prediction that’s stuck. Blogging guru Darren Rowse is hosting yet another group writing project and it’s gotten the creative juices flowing. So here, for the first time are some tongue in cheek motorsports predictions from The Garage for 2007. […]

  46. I’m so excited, but the excitement has caused bloggers block.

    A few deep breaths and I should be fine.

    Looking forward to reading everyones post.

  47. […] Darren Rowse at Problogger is running a Group Writing Project, which is a great opportunity to meet new bloggers, check out what they have to say and have them check out what you have say. […]

  48. Great idea Darren, I just submitted my post. It’s going to be fun to see what everyone comes up with!

  49. […] Pro blogger Darren Rowse asked me to make a prediction on what the new year will bring to the martial arts community.  I expect that qigong will continue growing in popularity, and that within ten years it will be as ubiquitous as yoga is today. […]

  50. […] This post takes part at Darren’s latest group writing project called “Reviews and Predictions“. […]

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