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Top 5 – Group Writing Project

Top-5It’s time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project – and this time we’ve got $1001 Cash (USD) up for grabs thanks to our generous sponsors Chitika!

PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE SUBMITTING – the process has changed. 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. Also please note that there is ONE entry per participant.

update: This project is now finished. See the full list of submissions of top 5 posts submitted here.

The Topic

This project’s topic is:

‘Top 5′

Your task with this project is to take the theme of ‘Top 5′ in any direction that you’d like to. I’ve chosen this theme because it should be adaptable to most types of blogs. For example a personal blogger could write about their top 5 favorite foods, a celebrity blogger could write about the top 5 things Paris will do when she gets to jail, a tech blogger could rate their top five gadgets of the year, a productivity blogger could write their top 5 ways to save 20 minutes a day etc.

Write it in any style you like, a rant, list, poem, essay, 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 Prize

For this project I decided to experiment with having just the one larger prize instead of lots of smaller ones.

As a result at the end of the week I’ll be randomly choosing one lucky participant to win $1001 USD in Cash which has been kindly donated by Chitika. Over the week in each of the daily summary posts I’ll be sharing a reason that I think Chitika is great (and in doing so will come up with my own ‘Top 5′.

Thanks also to those others who offered to sponsor this week. As I mentioned – there were many offers and I really grappled with which one to choose.

The Other (Real) Reason to Participate

Prizes are great – but the real reason to get involved in this type of project is that it has the potential to find you some new readers, make some new blogging friends and put your blog out there.

Every time I run these projects I get emails from bloggers telling me that they:

  • had big traffic days
  • found new blogs that they just love
  • had their posts get to the top of digg and other bookmarking sites

Of course not every entry goes viral as a result of participating – but it’s been a beneficial experience for many previous participants as hundreds of bloggers take part.

The Key to Participating

One last thing before I tell you HOW to participate.

These projects work best when those participating don’t only submit posts of their own but when they read and interact with others who submit posts. Here’s how you can do this:

  • Read the submissions of others
  • Make friends with those you like the submissions of (comment, email – get to know them)
  • Link up to those who you resonate with (some bloggers write a top 5 or 10 list each day of the submissions that they like the best)
  • Bookmark, Stumble and Vote for those you resonate with

The people who get the most out of these projects are those who throw themselves deeply into them.

How To Participate

Here’s how to participate and put yourself in the running for the prize (and to get a little exposure for your blog along the way). Please read this as it has changed slightly since last time (this time submissions are not to be sent via my contact form but via another form – please read on):

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

1. Write a ‘top 5′ 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 filling in ‘this form’ (now removed as the project is closed).
  • Please fill the form in accurately as the way you enter it is the way it’ll appear and due to the numbers participating I can’t edit it for everyone! The detail that you add will appear in the post (although I’ll be moderating out spam/offensive stuff).
  • Include your post title as you wish it to appear, the post’s URL (not your blog’s front page) and your name (or alias). All of this will be published.
  • To be eligable for the prize I need a valid email address – this will be kept secure and private ad will not be published.
  • Submissions must be received by me the the end of Thursday 10 May (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 prize.

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 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 prize.

4. Surf Surf Surf

  • This is where you take over. Surf the submissions received. Leave comments, make connections with other ProBlogger readers, bookmark them 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. Prize

  • On Friday I’ll randomly select the participant to win the $1001 from Chitika and will post the winner 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.

I can’t wait to read everyone’s top 5 list – don’t forget to submit it here.

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.

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Comments

  1. Darren Rowse says:

    FameFire – one post/entry per person please.

  2. Sun says:

    A great idea for a group writing project, Darren. Thanks for the opportunity! I just submitted mine and will be adding more links to the project.

  3. Top 5 Twisted Videos (but still OK for a 10 year old!)

    Thanks Darren, these contests are a great idea. I’ve already found some other sites I’d not been aware of. Vern

  4. [...]Darren Rowse at Problogger.net is hosting a Top-5 Group Writing Project[...]

  5. Brian Free says:

    I have something cooking for this contest, but you can you smell it?

  6. Yay. What a nice idea. The whole blogosphere will be divided into handy top-5 chunks in the coming days. The final list will be the great meta-tree to bring them all back together… Anyway. The Top 5 Reasons to Get Even Leaner explore the benefits and add to the fragmentation: Everything divided by five.

    Thanks for the idea, Darren.

    Cheers,
    Alex

  7. Tim@Todspace says:

    Really bright project indeed! Just read it and just posted my version of Top 5

  8. Great idea for a contest! I’m looking forward to surfing around to see the other entries.

  9. Sue Olson says:

    I like, I like…its easy for me to follow along and join in! thanks.

  10. Ellen Weber says:

    What a list of top 5s – Wow – where to find the real top in such a cool list:-)?

    I posted 5 Top Ways to Jumpstart Your Brain in the Morning

    Then I spent forever trying to locate the trackback to send it over. Hopefully this will work.

    Anyway — it was a terrific idea – and I loved the list! Thanks all:-)

  11. Brent says:

    What a great idea for a contest! I joined in with my top five reasons to use an HTPC instead of a cable DVR:

    http://brentevans.blogspot.com/2007/05/top-5-reasons-to-use-home-theater-pc.html

    Thanks!
    Brent

  12. TeaMouse says:

    Mine is done – Saskatchewan, Canada’s Best Kept Secret – pop on by to find out why that’s true! Great writing contest!

  13. TeaMouse says:
  14. Falkor says:

    Great Project Darren. A good community build up. Cant wait to see the final result of all the submissions.

    Hmmmm how many submission will it be? huge I guess :)

  15. My trackback got here with it´s portuguese name. The english one, for your anglo-saxon barbarians full comprehension, is:

    Bender´s Top 5 useful devices for gloriously drunk people

    Yes, I love myself.

  16. Hello to all, I link here from my blog but seems to be not detected. Just want to give you tips how to win in this Group Writing Project contest. Check this, it may help you:

    http://www.freetipsandwits.com/moneymakingblog/2007/05/top-5-tips-to-win-probloggers-top-5.html

    Good luck to all!

  17. egon says:

    Wow, I found some really cool lists on here. I’m about to submit my own.

  18. Mert Erkal says:

    Greetings from sunny Istanbul!

    Thanks Darren for everything! I am glad to be a member of the world’s most intelligent bloggers. I have just posted my top 5 “Top 5 things to do in Istanbul”, i am sure many of the bloggers who have never visited Istanbul before will probably like it.

    Now it is time to check other blogger’s posts and meet them!

    Have a nice day!

    http://meeting-continents.blogspot.com

  19. It’s been awhile! Woohoo…I’m in

  20. Andrew G.R. says:

    Thanks for making my daily trips to the blog worthwhile!

  21. Vijay says:

    I have just posted the article on
    “Top 5 tips for getting backlinks to your webpages”
    on blog http://funny-lovely-cute.blogspot.com

    Don’t know whether it would get added in this project list or not, but got the real satisfaction of posting and participating in such a project!!!

    Keep the things rolling Darren! I like such projects.

  22. Thanks for the great project idea! Finally, something to do with all these corks…

  23. Jaypee says:

    I hope I’m not too late to join this awesome project! :D

  24. Hi Darren, have added mine – 5 Top Ways to Use a VA! In fact it’s given me a great idea for more spin-off posts and an idea for a title too – think I could turn this into an ebook!

  25. Sorry, forgot to give the direct link.

  26. Dennis says:

    I made my submission. Just in time too, whew!!

  27. Susan says:

    My brain has been alseep most of the week, so this was a fun one to write.

    Thanks for the encouragement to write and share the link love, Darren.

  28. VoIP Monitor says:

    Very creative idea and props to Chitika for putting up the funds.

  29. Hobo says:

    I wish I had done this now! I read the article ages ago too.

    Great idea.

    Shaun

  30. i like it very much for creative idea and props to Chitika for putting up the funds.

  31. MONO Designs says:

    Thank you, this worked very well for my blog.

  32. hammadkhan says:

    Social networking and user generated content happens to be the current buzz words in and around online circles, thanks to these two dimensions of the internet that has opened up literally endless possibilities for the service provider as well as to each of us euphemistically termed the end user. If you thought about copy writers and content specialists going obsolete with the advent of user generated content then you are partly right and partly wrong.

    User generated content has a built in Pandora box feature which upon a single act of online misdemeanor by a user can trigger a flurry of legal suits with the main keyword being copy right infringement. Many have prophesized recent high profile legal tussles between online corporate giants like Google and time Warner over unauthorized content as the death knell to social networking and user generated content phenomena. But like all other trends that survived, this also is maturing and adapting itself to the online environment that it belongs and given the rapid development and dynamism that we are experiencing with social networking sites, they are least bothered about the challenges that lay ahead.

    The internet as contrary to superfluous speculations has proved to be a one-size fits all medium that caters to people cutting across all age categories. There is some thing in the internet for everybody and it still manages to cater the insatiable craving of its users for everything from news to music and mail to research. We have witnessed the insurgence of blogs but their soulless nature has triggered a backlash in the trend and we are now seeing the beginning of the end of blogging. It’s sure, the blogs are here to stay but they will be paving the way for variants of social networking sites which specializes in areas like, art , architecture and business that others have missed. Traffic to these sites are relevant and refined which if properly channeled can return more than expected results.

    Until now and for some more time in the foreseeable future, these sites have been and will be predominantly depending on revenue from third party advertisement for their overheads. In such a traditional strategy, the website features ads placed by third parties craving quality traffic to their web pages and services. Whether the traffic they get is of any quality is the subject of another article. This source of revenue is vulnerable to fluctuations as far as the internet is not the sole medium for advertisements. The internet has its fair share of competitors like the television, print and radio but the sheer possibility of interactivity is the only excuse that makes it a class apart from others. The enormous amount of data that is at one’s disposal is slowly and spontaneously developing this as favorite and first destination for people searching for information.

    As any previous trend, social networking is also undergoing slow yet decisive changes with the nature of its content at least partially and the motive by which people come over to them. A new breed of social networking sites like zatsit.com have started revolutionizing the way we see social networking with a shift in their content from purely personal to partially commercial. After all, if people want to and can make money from socialization then I suppose no body has an objection and every body should go for that. Through this strategy, the users can convert their online presence for offering their products and services and by virtue of being in the receiving end of quality and targeted traffic, they can also expect relevant leads. A comfortable blend of personal and commercial activity is sure to make a visit to these sites worth the time and bandwidth it consumes and you can also delve into shopping if offered with quality products and services for compelling and competitive rates.

    As history have proved through the dot com boom and bust of the 90’s, it is innovation and alternative resources that holds the key to online survival for sites that do not a steady flow of guaranteed membership subscription. Contrary to the early days of the internet, this medium is spreading like wild fire in Asia and Middle East backed by robust economic growth and increasing online spending. The possibility of freelance work and other services that can be offered and referred through these new breed of sites are enormous and anybody who has a product or service to offer can do it beyond linguistic and geographic barriers which through other mediums he just can afford to. Some sites offer their services for free but others for a premium and these days, you need not know anything about html to create a quality web page featuring your and your products information which these sites will take care of. You can have your own web page minus the inevitable cost and other overheads if you are going for your own site. And what about getting it known to the world that you have this and that on offer? Relax and rest assured, that they will also make sure your page is seen by the world.

    So how do you think about utilizing the potential of these sites or is there anything that you can offer through them
    from hammadkhan

  33. John says:

    was there a summary on who one this?

  34. rome says:

    Hi… when is the next contest….
    Have never participated before, but would defnly love to now.

    :)

  35. antony says:

    Very nice Darren.. thank you

  36. Ferry says:

    This sounds like a brill compition Darren, I have missed this one but will be sure to jion the next if their is one, I only started article wrighting a few months back and know I wont win any prizes but the more I do it the better I will get, and what more motovation does one need that $1000 :-).

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