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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 GiftCertificates.com. 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.
Comments
  1. Great Project! :-)

  2. […] There are still two more days for entries, so I will try to post again with some of my favorite posts from Day 3 and 4.  If you are interested in the contest, check out ProBlogger. […]

  3. OMG,
    i scanned through the replies and was surprised no one else picked up on this:
    “we’ll get ourselves ready for next months project.”

    there’ll be another project next month.

    way to go, darren!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    ok, moment of insanity over.

    good luck everyone, be prepared to see a tide of traffic head over to your blog, especially if you put out Primo content!

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  7. Great Idea. I nearly missed it, but managed to get in a blog entry for Thursday before heading off to my final Christmas party. I’ll make sure I keep a look out for future writing projects! :)

  8. More Holistic Than You Could Possibly Expect…

    I’ve been trying extremely hard to keep this plan private for about a month, until now. Darren from Problogger has once again challenged us on a group writing project and this time is about Review and Predictions.
    I do have plans to tell you abou…

  9. Cool,

    my life’s blog in 3 hours.

    this will gonna be fun!
    here it goes man! :)

    Cheers,
    TOFUmonkey
    IM Journey of a TOFU lover

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  33. […] As I have mentioned before, this is my second time I have participated in the project. And I love it. Why do I love Darren’s Group Writing Project? […]

  34. […] So, I have been found amongst the last day’s submissions of ProBlogger’s group writing project again. But Internet or no Internet, when a group writing project comes along, who can resist. So, I rigged up my bluetooth dongle, my mobile phone and my laptop and violá, I’m posting again. This month’s theme is reviews and predictions. I haven’t been out of school long enough to write a decent review of this year (I’m still coming across blog posts from 2002 that are news to me) so I thought I would give my predictions for 2007 and the web. Then I read Read/Write Web’s predictions and knew I couldn’t beat that. […]

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  38. […] Striving for Mediocrity December 21st, 2006 by Brandon Normally I’m not one to participate in contests, but for this one, I make an exception. I’d like to state that this post idea is inspired by the Problogger.net Group Writing Project. Problogger.net, in general is a great resource and this community involvement aspect is one reason why I am addicted to reading it. […]

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  42. […] Like most bloggers, I don’t blog very often. I was thinking about this as I was considering what I could write for ProBlogger’s Group Writing Project. It occurred to me that I could review the things I should have blogged over the past year but, for whatever reason (laziness), I did not. […]

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  44. […] The final day of the Reviews and Predictions Group Writing Project has arrived and as with each of the previous times we’ve done it I find myself with a mixture of feelings including being over stimulated (when you read 292 blog posts on such a wide array of topics it tends to leave you slightly numb), excited (I’ve discovered some great new bloggers) and slightly exhausted (I really need to find a way to automate the process of uploading all the submissions). […]

  45. […] Now that the final submissions are all in for the Reviews and Predictions Group Writing Project it’s time to announce the prizes from our wonderful and generous sponsors who in total gave $2500 USD in gifts as incentives to participate. […]

  46. […] The Reviews and Predictions Group Writing Project organized by Problogger is now over. I had a great time participating in this project, I had the occasion to discover some blogs which I’d closely watch from now on, and I was glad to exchange comments with other fellow bloggers out there. This is my top 10 list selected from the project’s submissions: […]

  47. […] One of the regular topics on this site is productivity, so in the spirit of Darren Rowse’s group writing project calling for year-end reviews, I thought it would be useful to do a roundup of tips and strategies that I actually put into practice during 2006.  I’ve tried to separate the wheat from the chaff and present the most valuable ones, the ones that actually helped me accomplish more during the year.  Chances are a few of these might do the same for you. […]

  48. […] I am writing this post for two reasons.  First, as part of Problogger’s Group Writing Project – Reviews and Predictions which appears to be a great way to share my blog with others and read what other bloggers are writing.  The posts people are writing contain a lot of great information and insights so check it out.  Second, I want to take a look back and see what I have learned this past year from the Internet considering I spend a great deal of time surfing around and exploring new sites.  […]

  49. […] I want to thank Darren Rowse of Problogger and his Reviews and Predictions Group Writing Project because it broke open the blogoshpere to me.  I’ve felt alone in my venture because my friends and family are not into blogging and the tech world.  […]

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