Top 5 – Group Writing Project Day 4

Top-5It is with great pleasure, mixed with sadness, mixed with a tinge of excitement and mixed with some relief that I now officially close the ‘Top 5’ ProBlogger Group Writing project for this week. No more submissions will be accepted.

To say that the project has been a success would be something of an understatement both on a personal front, a participant front (looking at the numbers of thank you emails that are in my inbox) and from a sponsor’s point of view (if Alden from Chitika’s message to me a few hours is anything to go by).

Today saw the biggest round of submissions for the week with 297 new entries. This takes the week’s total up to 893 (almost triple our previous record). I’m not sure if it was the topic, the prize or luck (or all three) that made this week so successful – but I want to thank everyone for participating by submitting entries and by linking up to those that you love the most. I especially want to thank two important participants in the project.

Thanks Gary

The reason there was such a long gab between this writing project and the last one is that previously running these projects has been so much work as I’ve had to manually copy and paste every entry from emails into posts. This time however I was lucky enough to have Gary King develop a WP plugin that would do the task for me so that all I had to do at the end of each day was copy and paste the list of submissions into a post with my intro. Seeing the numbers of entries we had confirms the decision to go this route – Gary has literally saved me days worth of work. Thanks Mate.

Thanks Chitika – Why They Rock #2

Thanks to the sponsors of this project – Chitika. The #2 reason why I like Chitika as a monetization option for blogs is eMiniMalls. While they have developed a nice array of ad units for blogs it’s one of their first – the eMiniMall that makes me the majority of my Chitika income.

If you’ve not seen one before here’s an example.

These units are highly configurable, very clickable and can payout quite well if you choose the right keywords to target (hint: the more related to your content and audience demographic the better).

Stay tuned for my #1 reason for loving Chitika – it’s going to be a good one!

The Prize

I’m going to post the final list of submissions below and then will post the prize winner in a post tomorrow. The reason for this is that I need to double check that I’ve got everyone’s submissions (one or two slipped through in the changeover between days and there are a few double ups that I need to weed out). This will ensure the winner is drawn fairly. I’ll also post a full list of all entries tomorrow as one list – just so you’ve got them all in the one place for something to do over the weekend!

Today’s Submissions

Well it’s time for the final list of today’s submissions. As I say – there’s a lot of them and once again they are on every topic under the sun. I hope you enjoy reading them, commenting on them and linking up to the ones you love the most.

Once again – the prize and full list of those participating will be posted tomorrow. But now after a long week – I’ve got one last ‘Top 5’….

1. Hot Chocolate Made
2. Electric Blanket On
3. Pajamas On
4. Bed

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  1. Pallab says:

    Thanks for the oppertunity Darren.
    It was a plesure participating in the project.

  2. Nicholas says:

    Get some sleep!!!

  3. Chris B. says:

    Alright! My submission is near the top of the page and right under a submission that has the word ‘sex’ in the title. That should help me get some visits! Ha!

    Thanks, Darren. This is the first group writing project I’ve participated in, and I have truly enjoyed it. I will definitely be back for the next one.

  4. Billy Shih says:

    Is it weird that I’m that excited to be on here, although anyone who submits gets to be posted? Haha. Thanks Darren!

  5. Lynn Terry says:

    LOL – Love that final Top 5 :)

    Thanks for the list! And for the Writing Project – I really enjoyed participating and look forward to the next one already!

  6. Thanks for posting my article!


  7. egon says:

    I’m glad it was such a success. I look forward to participating in future projects.

  8. Joe Raasch says:


    Thank you for the challenge! Simple topic with minimal direction means maximum creativity – just look at these entries!



  9. Cutie says:

    Gee… It’s the really HUGE list!! I think I should just choose the web on randomly but the catchy title. The last day,finally… I really enjoy participate ths contest too :)

  10. Dennis says:

    Thanks for posting my article! Geez, theres a lot of reading =p haha

  11. Wow Darren – who would have thought the numbers would jump so high this time around? I’m so happy for you and everyone that participated. It was a GREAT group writing project, and I’ve seen “Top 5” posts all over Netscape, Digg, and StumbleUpon this week!

    Congrats and thank you! :D

  12. Thanks Darren for such a nice project, and for letting us participate.

  13. Ryan Dlugosz says:

    Thanks, Darren for a link and a great project. I know you’re a photog, so I hope you enjoyed my Lightroom Top 5.

  14. What a great batch of Top 5’s to end the project — it’s bittersweet, isn’t it. I am very excited to find out who wins. Congratulations to everyone who took part in this; good job y’all!

  15. lets all pray to Jesus that one of us make it to Digg!

  16. I really love seeing the spirit of blogging come alive here!

  17. Rhona Sutter says:

    Thank you Darren for a fun contest. As someone new to Blogging this was a great way to get started.

  18. Sassy Sarah says:

    I know what you mean Billy! I’m totally chuffed that I’m included in this last post. Participating in this project has been fun so far… drawing up the post and everything. Now it will be even more fun to post follow up commentary with my favorites. Thing is, there’s so many, I have no clue where to start. Thanks Darren for this great initiative!

  19. Patrix says:

    Dang! just got done with my semester and was gonna post my-5 today.

  20. engtech says:

    There’s something about the magic of “top 5”. It’s a simple/compact idea that people can easily be creative about. I’ve done 3 group writing projects so far and “top 5” has been the most successful for participation.

    The cash prize is also an easy idea to image.

  21. Nneka says:

    This one was a lot of fun. Thanks for hosting as always Darren. I could not even imagine hand editing almost 300 entries. Thank goodness for that plugin.

    In Spirit,

  22. Gdog says:

    Thanks for posting my article, Darren. I have seen a traffic spike already. Now I understand why you absolutely loved that plugin with all the submissions you received!!

  23. Tahir Fayyaz says:

    Great project Darren and congratulations on making it so successful. I look forward to the next project :)

  24. Simonne says:

    Thank you for the great time I had participating in this project. For the next one, if you need a helping hand to sort out the entries, I’ll gladly help. Just ask for it.

  25. Adnan says:

    Hey Darren – congrats on another awesome Group Writing Project. Thanks for the link to my submission!

  26. Evelyn says:

    “I’ll also post a full list of all entries tomorrow as one list – just so you’ve got them all in the one place for something to do over the weekend!” Thank you for this! Here’s more Z’s! [zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz] After all this you’re gonna need them! What a turn out!

  27. Winston Hoo says:

    These submissions are fantastic! I enjoyed reading some of them and am still taking a lot of time going through each of them. I can’t wait to see who will win the prize!

  28. Molly says:

    Mmmmm, hot chocolate! Wishing you lots of fresh whipped cream on top for providing such a fun project!

  29. Shane says:

    The American Gladiators URL has a stray “D” at the end, so it leads to a 404.

  30. Mark says:

    Wow, what a huge success! Thank, Darren, for this opportunity!

  31. Gary King says:

    Nice, I got a link out of all of this… ;)

  32. Edie says:

    Thanks for posting my article. Good luck.

  33. Amanda G says:

    Darren, this was my first group writing project and loved every minute of it. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this, helping us all (newbies and pros) raise the bar—networking, reading, writing–to another level. Kudos!

  34. Ali says:

    Sleep Darren Sleep. We’ll be reading.

  35. Jaya says:

    Thanks Darren for publishing my article and giving us such a wonderful opportunity for showing our talent.

  36. Smarty Blog says:

    Great project, Darren! A few full days of reading you’ve got here.

  37. Conscious says:

    This was a great exercise. (I came up with a handful of 5 list for future post) Made me open up my eyes to a new way to issue content in a different and creative manner. I’ve been telling a lot of bloggers about your blog and how much beneficial info I get from it.

  38. Samir says:

    Thanks for organising this Darren.

    I’ve been an occasional reader and lurker on this site for a while now, but I finally pushed myself to participate in this, my first group writing project. I am sure to be a regular participant in such future events because it has been a lot of fun to come up with a post that would satisfy the needs of the project and also fit into the content of my blog.

    Above all else it has helped me discover so many wonderful writers whom I didn’t know about untill this event.

    Thank you for the link, thanks for the event and thanks for the great amount of effort put into this. I highly appreciate it, as do the hundreds of others on this massive list — soon to be a cast of thousands.

  39. TallFreak says:

    Too bad I read your blog too late! I want to participate!

  40. Ginene says:

    Wow you received alot of entries. I am sure you will double that on the next contest. Hopefully you can get some sleep tonight. Thanks again for posting the contest.

  41. Quais says:

    Thanks for arranging this great project and for all the effort and work that you’ve put into it. Really appreciate it.

    Now it’s time to cancel some weekend plans to catch up ….

  42. Joanne says:

    Thanks you for the opportunity to join. :-)

  43. There were a lot of interesting and creative responses to this challenge. I liked that the “topic” allowed for a huge variety in approach and subject! Thanks, Darren. I’ll be back for more writing projects in the future.

  44. Alwitt says:

    I’m a little bit confused here. What is the diferrence between Chitika eMiniMalls and ShopLinc? And which one is better to signup?

  45. Darren Rowse says:

    Alwitt – Chitika has numerous products. eMiniMalls are ad units that you place on a blog (like the one above). Shoplinc is a shop that you can attatch to your blog (for example see this digital camera one).

    Sign up for eminimalls first and then you can add other types of ads from there.

  46. Ramanathan says:

    Thanks Darren. It looks like a carnival. Now, Problogger has become a cool space to hangout. Oh my god.. soooooo many blogs to read. Great work.

  47. Thanks for posting my article.

  48. Eric F. says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, Darren. Great project!

  49. Hey Darren, great project. I really enjoyed writing this one. Thanks.

  50. m07 says:

    nice project but i missed it.


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