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Top 5 – Group Writing Project Day 4

Posted By Darren Rowse 11th of May 2007 ProBlogger Site News 64

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.

ch_client = “livingroom”;
ch_width = 250;
ch_height = 250;
ch_color_border = “BDFFFF”;
ch_color_bg = “ffffff”;
ch_color_title = “0D9BCC”;
ch_non_contextual = 1;
ch_default_category = “200001”;
ch_font_title = “Arial”;
ch_font_text = “Arial”;
var ch_queries = new Array( “macbook”, “macbook pro”, “ipod”, “canon powershot”, “canon ixus”, “canon dslr” );
var ch_selected=Math.floor((Math.random()*ch_queries.length));
if ( ch_selected

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

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. Thanks you for the opportunity to join. :-)

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. […] there were an additional 300 posts submitted, and today, there were 297. This brings the week’s total to a whopping 893 submissions! Did I read all of them? Uh, no. […]

  6. 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.

  7. […] danke und für die Zusammenstellung! Es sind einige sehr witzige Sachen […]

  8. […] Darren Rowse conducted his latest “group writing project” this week, where he asked his readers to write posts on their own blogs meeting certain […]

  9. Thanks for posting my article.

  10. Thanks for the opportunity, Darren. Great project!

  11. […] Five best- The top five of many categories […]

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

  13. […] that are showing up daily at Problogger. You can view the entire lists for Days 1, 2, 3, & 4 as Darren posts them. I’ve found some great topics from Day […]

  14. nice project but i missed it.

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