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Building Blogging Relationships – Blog Projects and Memes

Posted By Darren Rowse 2nd of June 2005 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 0 Comments

In continuing my building blogging relationships series I now want to turn our attention to blog projects and memes.

As I look back over my 2.5 years of blogging to some of the most interactive periods in my blogs – I realize that many of the key relationships have developed out of working on shared projects – both those initiated by others and myself.

Back in 2003 on my personal blog I started a project called Celebrating the Underblog where I invited bloggers to submit blogs that they thought were underrated and deserved more publicity. That year we uncovered 100 blogs. In 2004 I ran the project again and we uncovered over 500 blogs. This year I moved the project to problogger.net and refocussed it upon business blogs – the response was smaller but still worthwhile.

Another project that I ran on my personal blog was Blogger Idol where I nominated a theme each week and got other bloggers to submit a post on it (here is week 1). Once again the response to this was massive as over a three month period hundreds of bloggers participated – all linking back to my blog each week – all interacting with me and one another.

I’ve run a variety of similar projects, awards, memes and experiments over the years and every time find people respond. They serve as an ideal place to meet other bloggers, to get the word out about your blog and to create a space for other bloggers to meet one another and interact.

Starting your own blog project can be powerful – but it can also be a lot of work. The other way of doing it is to get involved in other people’s projects. These are great places often to meet and interact with the wider blogging community – you never know who you might meet.

What blogging projects and memes have you started or been involved in? How have they helped or hindered your blogging?

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.

  • A few years ago I ran a writing / book static website with a forum. It was continually updated, so was not unlike a blog. One day I had the idea of setting up a monthly online literary magazine, which would be edited each month by the best-article winner of the previous issue. Very quickly we had 150 members and the thing took off like a rocket. At one time it became so big it was taking up most of my time. In the end I had to hand it over to my deputy on the project and get back to some serious work. It’s good to do these community-spirited ventures, but if you need to earn a living, beware, they can take over your life.

  • So true, Darren, projects like these are where I have made some of my best contacts…because my blog content is all based around my photographic work, I have been actively involved with both Photo Friday, and Photoblogs.org…they are both great resources for meeting like-minded bloggers, and are fun projects to be involved in, too!

    Also, a bit off-topic, I don’t remember where the post is on ProBlogger, but I took to heart the suggestions you made about deep-linking to older posts. The change in length-of-stay & pages-visited at my blog has been incredible…thanks : )

  • I will be running my first ever cooperated project with another site soon, i hope it goes as planned…thanks for the tips..

    Heat

  • I’m gearing up for my first project — Blogging ‘Round the Clock,” which will celebrate sustainablog’s second anniversary and raise funds for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Earthways Center. Would love to hear suggestions!

  • This is all amazing stuff — off to find some Paris Hilton scoops! Good luck on finding the next English Cut!

  • I have not been part of any big blogging team/project or anything as of yet. I have been blogging mostly as more of a personal journal and a way to keep friends and family up to date on how I am done over the course of the last 3 years… I have only recently began to think about more widely interesting blogging in the last few months.

    So I hope in a few months from now, maybe I will be part of a project or whatnot that deals with blogging.

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