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Group Writing Project: Write a ‘How To…’ Post

Posted By Darren Rowse 19th of March 2013 Writing Content 0 Comments

Update: the competition aspect of this project is over. I’ve listed all the posts submitted (and the winners) here.

Years ago here on ProBlogger we used to run ‘group writing project’ where I’d nominate a style of posts and then all readers would go away and write a new post in that style to practice their blogging… and then would come back here and leave us a link to the post.

The Project had a few benefits:

  1. first and foremost it gave us all a chance to practice a certain style of writing
  2. secondly it was an opportunity for bloggers to show off what they could do
  3. bloggers reported seeing more traffic arrive on their blog
  4. bloggers reported making great new connections with other bloggers

So… it’s time for another group writing project!

This week we’re going to do one of the most popular ones from the past – the theme is ‘HOW TO…‘.

Yes – your challenge is to write and then come back and share a link to a ‘How to…’ post. Update: I’ve since published a 7 step guide to writing How to content on a blog.

Please note – for this project to be of any real benefit to you as a ‘writing’ project it is about writing a new post – not just sharing a link to an old ‘How to’ post that you’ve already written.

Feel free to write a ‘how to’ post on anything that is relevant to your niche.

Prize

To give you a little added incentive to participate I’m going to put up a little prize for one participant who submits a NEW post (sorry but you’re ineligible if it is an older post).

One person who writes a new post and who shares a link to it in comments below before Friday 22nd March at midnight (US Eastern time) will be randomly drawn to win the full library of 6 ProBlogger eBooks (worth $250 if you bought them all separately).

Here’s How To Participate

Here’s how to participate and put yourself in the running for the prize (please note – one entry per person – not per blog and please only submit NEW posts).

1. Write a ‘how to’ post

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want – it can be on any topic (keep it clean and ‘family friendly please), it can be any length, it can be serious, funny, it can be a list post, a rant, an essay, a pictorial or video post… etc
  • 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 ‘how to’ in the title – but if can if you wish.
  • Feel free to write your post in your own first language – I’ve previously included a number of non-english posts and am excited by the prospect of making this a multi-lingual project.
  • 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 appreciated to help grow the project.

2. Let us Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your How To post let us know about it by leaving a comment below. Please make sure you include your name, your post title and the URL to your How to post.
  • Comments must be received by midnight on Friday 22nd March to be included in the prize draw.

3. Surf Surf Surf

  • This is where the project has potential to get pretty cool. Surf the submissions received in the comments. Leave comments, make connections with other ProBlogger readers and enjoy reading what others have to say. By surfing each others links you’ll hopefully find some cool new blogs but also make some new connections (which may well lead to people visiting your blog too!

4. Link, Tweet, Share

  • There is no formal ‘judging’ of the ‘how to posts’ received as this is not a competition. Instead – I encourage you to surf through the links left in the comments below and not only comment but share those with your own network that you like the most. Link to them on your blog (you might even like to write a ‘top 5’ post), Tweet out some links to the ones you like or share them on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn etc. Share a little love and you might find it comes back at you!
  • 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 here on ProBlogger me but flowed on to a lot of new connections and links between other bloggers.

5. Prizes

  • Over the weekend after this ends I’ll randomly draw a winner and announce them on the blog. Depending how many submissions we receive I may even try to compile them all into a list (although last time we had ALOT so that may be beyond me).

I can’t wait to see how this week’s project goes – your time to start writing starts…. now! Have fun!

Update: the competition aspect of this project is over. I’ve listed all the posts submitted (and the winners) 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.
Comments
  1. Thanks for the writing prompt.

    I wrote a post on how to “Use Your Ninja Powers to Survive Unemployment”:

    http://savvycareer.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/unemploymentsurvive-unemploymentjob-search/

  2. Hi, just posted this morning Organizing Tip: How to Succeed in Organization Without Really Trying: http://www.theorderexpert.com/2013/03/20/organizing-tip-how-succeed-organization-without-really-trying/

    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s posts. I feel like a kid in a candy shop!

  3. I’ve just posted on how to win friends and influence people online. It’s a how-to that includes advice on how to write a how-to post.

  4. So excited, I think I hit post before I was ready. Anyways, I’ve posted on how to win friends and influence people online, which includes advice on how to write a how-to post. http://www.stickycommunication.ca/2013/03/how-to-win-friends-and-influence-people-online-write-like-you-talk-only-better/
    I plan to write another, on how to write a how-to, using examples from the posts here that do it well.
    Thanks, Darren. This is fun.

  5. Here is a “how to” post from my site.

    5 Homemade Face Mask Recipes

    http://newlywedsurvival.com/2013/03/5-homemade-face-mask-recipes/

    Thanks!

  6. Well, my blog is pretty well and truly full of how-to articles, but this is the one from this week:

    http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/03/stitch-fun-how-to-lace-lattice-stitches.html

    It’s a tutorial on how to lace lattice stitches. Somehow, I can’t see a lot of tech bloggers getting too excited about it!

    Best thing about how-to posts for me (besides the content factor) is that they answer questions that come in through e-mail. “How do I…?” is easily answered with a link directly to a how-to article. Much easier than answering the same questions over and over again!

    • I”m excited! I posted on how to make dryer balls–maybe we can collectively get the “problogger crowd” to see life a little differently :-)

      Be Blessed.

  7. Darren, Just read about your blogging blog this morning. You inspired me to start blogging on a regular basis! Here is a “how-to” on preparing for your photo shoot. http://nancyhelmerphotography.com/blog/2013/3/ten-steps-for-a-great-photo-shoot

    Positive critiques are welcome!

  8. I’ve loved this! So here I am with my post:

    “Visionboard-wall how to”
    http://www.euforilla.com/?p=3113&lang=en

    I have a bilingual blog, the tutorial is up both in english and italian, here I’ve linked the english one for quite obvious reasons :P

    Now I’m hopping off to check the others out, thanx for this opportunity Darren!

    • I’ve coached women on creative vision boards and have a few! I love the cork roll idea–I’ve seen that but haven’t tried it. I will now though!

      Be Blessed.

  9. @Brigid
    Ehy, just checked out your “vision board how to”, I’ve done one too! But on a totally different perspective! I wanted to comment on your blog but I wasn’t able to… sorry!
    Cool post :)

  10. Just finished “How To Watch Sports.”

    http://www.boomerpdx.com/how-to-watch-sports/

    Thanks for the prompting prompt Darren,

    David

  11. Just realised today’s post was a how-to article, good thing you’ve got this contest up!

    I wrote about becoming a better listener: 6 Steps To Become A Better Listener

    Have a brilliant day all!

  12. Thanks for posting this group writing project Darren :) I created a long winded post that actually became a workbook giveaway for my readers so I really appreciate the inspiration.

    Post Title: How To Create Practical Effective Weight Loss Goals

    http://goodfoodeating.com/1832/weight-loss-goals/

  13. This is my second attempt creating and publishing a vlog! Dryer Balls (Vlog #2).

    http://wp.me/p30aWS-Iu

    Thanks for hosting!

  14. This is how to turn a pull tab fruit cocktail can into a fun prank or surprise to put on your kid’s lunch for April Fools Day – or it can be an interesting way to give an invitation to an April Fools Day party that makes them wonder what’s going to happen when they get there.

    http://playtimeandparty.com/april-fools-day-can-of-tricks/

  15. Here’s my ‘how to’ on my brand new website. I only just started sharing it yesterday.
    It’s a how to play jazz piano site. Would love some feedback from anyone:
    http://jazzpianolessons.tv/lesson-7-a-b-voicings/
    How to Play A & B Voicings

  16. Thanks for this Darren!

    You motivated me to write this “How to…” post yesterday from scratch: How to Be Assertive

    Good to see there are quite a few personal development bloggers taking part.

  17. Here is my post – I hope that it helps others as much as it has helped me!!

    How to Deal with the Loss of a Loved One : http://www.thoughtsonlifeandmoney.com/2013/03/how-to-deal-with-loss-of-loved-one.html

  18. What a great idea!

    Here’s ours – How to resize the new (very large) Google Plus Cover Photo

    http://usefulgraphicdesigntutorials.com/google-plus-cover-photo-march-2013

  19. Hey guys!

    What a great idea! I run a multi language (italian and english) blog on audio engineering, mixing and mastering, so here it is my how-to:

    “Heavy guitar tone for dummies (with free plugins)”

    http://www.santoclemenzi.com/?p=839&lang=en

    Thank you!!!

  20. Setting up a blog and creating a successful blog are two different process entirely that needs to be understood by beginners blogger and anyone struggling to make a living from his blog.

    I wrote this post today titled- how to create a successful blog in 30 minutes.

    http://cybernaira.com/2013/how-to-create-a-successful-blog-in-30-minutes/

  21. My post title :

    How To Write An Awesome ‘Group Writing Project, How To… Post’

    http://www.tips2excel.com/2013/03/how-to-write-awesome-group-writing.html

  22. Hi everyone,

    Here is mine – The Trust Paradox http://crowdfundingdownunder.com/2013/03/21/the-trust-paradox

    Thanks, Jane

  23. I posted mine a couple of days ago…but it looks like it may have disappeared. :)

    This was a great idea and had so much fun writing it.

    Here is mine- How to Grocery Shop – To eat healthy and not hurt anyone

    http://crazyyummy.com/how-to-grocery-shop/

  24. Here is my first blog EVER, so please check it out and leave a comment.
    I have been enjoying reading your How-to posts, so much interesting stuff!

    So here’s the link to my How-to post: How to Make a Better Decision About Anything

    http://bbself.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/7-steps-to-make-a-better-decision-about-anything/

    Thank you guys, Michael

    • What a great first post! I would have left a comment on your Blog, but I had to sign into an account and I’ve forgotten the log in info. This may put others off as well :( – Caroline

  25. I’ve already read the first few posts in the comments and I’m excited to work my way down the list. I sense I’m going to be learning a lot of fun stuff today!

    I write a blog for moms, but this how to post really applies to anyone – how to shake a bad mood: http://www.nurturedmama.net/can-the-grouch-how-to-get-rid-of-a-bad-mood/

  26. Hi Darren,

    Thanks for forcing me to finish this.

    http://www.gainprofitincome.com/stop-procrastinating/

  27. My post is new I promised! Just wrote it last night but didn’t get a chance to post it here until today:-) I hope that counts!!

    Make Your Images Socially Share-able and Drive Action

    http://2geekygirls.com/2013/03/20/make-your-images-socially-share-able-and-drive-action/

    Thanks for the opportunity. Looking forward to checking out everyone else’s posts!

    • Hi AK – just popped a comment on your Blog. Mind you, I nearly didn’t because I didn’t find it that easy, having to sign in to comment is a little off-putting. Just a little bit of feedback. – Caroline

  28. I’ve had this one in my drafts for a while but have always been shy to post it. I’ve been thinking about putting the final edits on it and sending it out, so when this contest came around, I knew it was time!

    http://www.meaghangallant.com/how-i-cope-with-anxiety-and-depression/

    Looking forward to reading through everyone’s posts, some titles have already caught my eye!

  29. This is such a great contest, thanks for running it Darren!

    Here’s a link to my ‘How to’ post titled “How to Win More Customers With Facebook Graph Search” http://thesavvycopywriter.com/how-to-win-more-customers-with-the-facebook-graph-search/

    I get so many clients asking me how social media marketing can translate into real income for their business. This is your answer!

    • Hi Radu,

      I really enjoyed your how to post. I’m thinking of redesigning my blog page so I found it interesting for that reason but I also like the fact it’s very ‘clean’ if that makes sense. I think by keeping it short and sweet it’s actually easy to implement in a real life scenario. Good work.
      Eva

  30. Awesome idea and way to get people motivated!

    Just posted my ‘how to’ on my blog

    5 Tips For Creating Real Life Movie Moments

    http://wherespablo.com/5-tips-for-creating-real-life-movie-moments/

    Many thanks!

    Pablo

  31. Hi guys,
    I just finished my latest tutorial:

    WordPress SEO by Yoast Beginner’s Tutorial
    http://www.wpbrix.com/wordpress-seo/wordpress-seo-yoast-tutorial/

    Target audience: WordPress beginners and non-technical WordPress users

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Thanx,
    Nico

  32. Well this assignment was just the kick-in-the-pants I needed! I’ve been meaning to write this post forever, and now it’s DONE! Thanks a bunch for hosting. I have a photo editing blog, and this post is Part 4 in my Workflow 101 Series.

    http://www.polishedpicture.com/workflow-101/workflow-101-part-4-how-to-use-autoloader-in-photoshop/

    Thanks again!

  33. Darren,

    Thanks for the opportunity. I finished writing my how-to blog post, “How to Increase Your Reading Comprehension and Remember What You Read” http://theinvisiblementor.com/2013/03/21/how-to-increase-your-reading-comprehension-and-remember-what-you-read/.

    Avil Beckford

  34. Hey guys!

    Wow – last did this on a group writing project back in 2006! Think that one was a how-to too!

    So here’s my latest: How to Do the Alkaline Test (How to Test Your pH) At Home:

    http://www.energiseforlife.com/wordpress/2013/03/21/how-to-test-your-ph-the-alkaline-test/

    Hope you guys like it! I love some of the others I’ve seen so far!
    Ross

  35. I just started my blog several weeks ago. This writing project was a great challenge.

    Here’s my “how to” post, published this evening. (I’d definitely appreciate any feedback):

    How to Maximize Study Time & Master Any Subject
    http://inkwellscholars.org/maximize-study-time-master-any-subject/

  36. I’ve really been working on my tutorial writing skills. Thanks for this post and the ability to share with a larger audience.

    This is my “Custom Built In Desk Tutorial” as part of my office makeover.

    Here’s the shortlink: http://wp.me/p38Tfs-8s

  37. I’m in, here’s my post: http://blogformatting.com/write-top-blog-post-20-minutes/ Thanks for the opportunity! Now off onto reading some posts :)

  38. Here is mine.
    How Vision Impaired or Blind Handle Money in the USA
    http://prinkayla.wordpress.com/
    I am sorry this is my first time and I do not know how to make the link a hyperlink.

  39. This one’s a little different but delicious! How to make tomato passata (I learnt from a genuine expert): http://www.gourmet-chick.com/2013/03/how-to-make-tomato-passata.html

  40. Hi Darren, and hello everyone!

    I just finished my post on How to article: It is called How to stop Panic Attacks – The last guide you will ever need. I actually took me long to write, as it is 1719 words, and has a video. It is worth it if you are having Panic Attacks, or a lot of anxiety. Thanks for the project. You may find it at: http://sightforsoreeyes.net/?p=382

  41. Great Move!

    Here is ours : How To Make Your Blog Profitable – The Darren Rowse Way ;)

    http://fedobe.com/make-your-blog-profitable/

    Hope You guys enjoy reading this! Thanks!

  42. Hi Darren,

    I am very new to blogging and thought of just giving it a go. Please see the link below.

    http://lalanthilawrence.com/how-to-study-effectively-and-achieve-your-goals

    Comments are most welcome.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Lalanthi

  43. Hi guys,

    Here’s my latest How To article:

    How to Prep Up Your SEO to Survive the Next Penguin Update

    http://word4bloggers.com/2013/03/22/how-to-prep-up-your-seo-to-survive-the-next-penguin-update/

    Comments are welcomed :)

    Antony

  44. I just posted my new step-by-step tutorial for WordPress beginners.

    “How To Start A Self-Hosted WordPress Website or Blog”

    http://wpsetupsteps.com/

    Cheers!
    Ed

  45. Hi Darren,

    Thanks for giving your readers this awesome opportunity. It surely will bring up some great blog posts. I just posted : “The Ultimate Guide To Get More Blog Subscribers”

    http://www.webaholic.co.in/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-get-more-blog-subscribers/

    Hope your readers will enjoy it.