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If I had to Start My Blog Again – Group Writing Project

Posted By Darren Rowse 25th of July 2006 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

200607181510Over the past two weeks I’ve asked 14 of my favorite bloggers what they’d do differently if they were starting their blog again today. Their responses were varied and left us with plenty of food for thought (see their responses here).

As I’ve been posting their responses I’ve noticed quite a few ProBlogger readers have been tackling the question themselves – a couple have even sent me emails with their thoughts.

As a result I thought it’d make a great Group Writing Project.

So – let me turn the question over to you my friends. If you’d like to participate and be included in the results of this week’s project simply follow this process:

1. Write a post on the topic of ‘what I’d do differently if I had to start my blog again’

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want from writing a long list of what you’d do differently to a single short point.
  • You can write it in any form you like (last time we had poems, rants, humorous posts etc).
  • Consider calling your post something a little different to ‘what I’d do differently if I…..’ as last time we had 80 submissions, most of which had similar titles. Your title is a key to making people come and read your post.
  • Ideally it’d be great if you could write it on your actual blog but if it’s completely inappropriate to do so I’ll post them again on ProBlogger on a ‘page’ (not a post) with a link back to your blog.
  • 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.

2. Let me Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your post simply let me know about it by sending me an email via my contact form.
  • Make sure you 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 27 July (as long as it’s still Thursday where you send it from I’ll accept it).

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. From what I could tell last time – people did visit the posts that were submitted – some bloggers seemed to get more traffic than others depending upon what day they submitted and a little on how their title read.
  • I’ll post my final list of submissions on Friday.

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 saw happening between participating bloggers as a result of their posts. It was 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.
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 and LinkedIn.
  1. My Exams are comming up next week, So I am really short of time. But let me tell what I would do If I had to start my blog all over agin.

    1. Buy a really simple domain name.
    2. I would set a goal (like atleast 2 good articles a day)
    3. I would make my blog a bit more eye pleasing
    4. Concentrate more on writting content rather than making money

  2. Sounds like fun…I’m in.


  3. […] Over at ProBlogger, Darren has started a great thread asking the question, would you run your blog the same way? It is an interesting question. I’ve enjoyed reading how many other well known bloggers answered the question. Now Darren has put the question out to all his readers. So, I thought I would take a stab at it. […]

  4. […] Blogging There’s a group writing project over at Problogger asking what people would do if they had to start their blog all over again. And recently, there’s been a lot of activity and the usual frustration in trying to figure out how to work with a new blogging platform in the personal finance blogging world, thanks to a very generous offer from an established author to move blogs over from Blogspot to WordPress. […]

  5. […] You probably have already heard about and possibly are participating in the new Group Writing Project over at ProBlogger.  Darren is asking people to contribute by writing a post about What They Would Do Differently if they had to Start Their Blog(ging) Over. […]

  6. […] Darren at Problogger is doing another group writing project – I’m going to try my hardest to make time to participate, it’s great food for thought and I always enjoy reading all the other entries too. […]

  7. Awesome idea Darren. We can make our voices be heard, interact with our fellow bloggers, and get some killer traffic in the process. I’ll get started on mine right now.

  8. Done and done. Looking forward to what everyone else has to say. :)

  9. […] As some of you may have noticed, Problogger by Darren Rowse has become one of my favorite reading choices. As such, I seem to have acquired a bit of a homework assignment — a Group Writing Project to participate in. Read there for details, but for now I’m going to dive right into the assignment. […]

  10. […] So, join the group writing project, share what you would change, it’s a help to those just starting out as well as a great way to meet new people in this project! Related posts: […]

  11. Darren:

    I want to contribute to your project, but your contact form needs to be fixed. I can not enter my name into the form.

  12. […] Time to participate in another Problogger group writing project. With this project Darren is asking everyone what they would do differently if they were to start their blog all over again today. […]

  13. […] 20/20 Hindsight And What I Would Have Done Different Over at a blog I read regularly, ProBlogger, a blogger by the name of Darren Rowse has asked for bloggers to answer the basic question what would you do different? It’s one of those questions that I think is just as much about what you need to do in the future as it is about what you could have done in the past. […]

  14. […] *this post is written as a submission to Darren Rowse’s Group Wrting Project – If I had to Start my Blog Again.  «« Previous: Why do Men prefer Older Woman […]

  15. […] Discover the Fun of Blogging (No Ratings Yet)  Loading … Darren from Problogger asked his readers about their experiences with blogging and started a group writing project on this subject. The headline is “If I had to Start My Blog Again…” and aims at the question what bloggers would do differently if they were starting their blog again today. For me, this is a very interesting question to think about, so I decided to participate in this project like many other bloggers worldwide as well. […]

  16. […] Earlier this month, this blog passed the three year anniversary mark and currently has over 3,500 published posts, one million plus words and thousands of comments. Along the way it has garnered some attention and accolades, mostly within the last year and not the first two. I continue to wonder how many bloggers quit before their first two years of regular blogging are logged? It is for these folks primarily that I’ve prepared this post and secondarily because Darren is holding a group writing project on the subject that I feel I can add something worthwhile to the group. […]

  17. […] I want to make The Big Chorizo as stimulating as possible for me and for you because we read it everyday so, as well as lots of articles about Spain, I read blogs about blogging to see what everybody else is doing and what might be good for The Big C. One of them, Problogger, has launched a writing project asking what I would do If I had to Start My Blog Again […]

  18. This is a great idea. Mama duck sent me here. My post is up. Thanks for organizing this! http://kellycurtis.blogspot.com/2006/07/wordpress-and-typepad-and-blogger-oh.html

  19. […] This post was inspired by ProBlogger’s Group Writing Project. […]

  20. […] This is a part of Darren’s Group Writing Project. […]

  21. […] Darren will still be receiving submission of the group writing project until July 27th. Read about the process here.                […]

  22. […] Darren Rowse at ProBlogger wonders what would you do differently if you had to start your blog again? […]

  23. […] ProBlogger Darren Rowse over at, uhm, ProBlogger overlooked Inedible Ink when he picked 14 bloggers to ask: What would you do differently if you had to start your blog over again: If I had to Start My Blog Again […]

  24. […] No, this isn’t going to be a post about Cher and fish-net stockings, it’ll be a metapost about what I would’ve done differently if I had to start my blog all over again. I’d have to say I’ve been pretty lucky and I haven’t made as many mistakes as I could’ve but most of my mistakes have been with respect to interaction with other bloggers – reading their sites, communicating with them, etc… […]

  25. Hi all,
    Sorry, but I don’t know what happened to the backlink which took you guys to an empty page. the correct link to my article should be


  26. […] There’s an interesting post by Darren over at Problogger titled If I Had to Start My Blog Again. I thought I would add my thoughts as to what I would do if I had to start my blog over again: […]

  27. […] …or “Can I be Cheap and Still Succeed at Blogging?” […]

  28. […] I’m thinking of this now for two reasons. First of all, it’s the yearish anniversary of when I began to get serious (i.e. obsessive) about blogging. And, secondly, Problogger.net has begun a temporary group writing project asking what bloggers would do differently if they could begin their blogs again. (Don’t let the fact that I’m reading a pro-blogger site lead you to believe that I’m about to monetize Novelist in Training. The boundless fame and glory are more than enough payment, thank you.) […]

  29. I’ve tried over and over to use your contact form, but it never shows up for me. Will you still accept the entry I made in your comments? I would really appreciate it.


  30. I’ve tried over and over to use your contact form, but it never shows up for me. Will you still accept the entry I made in your comments? I would really appreciate it.


  31. what I’d do differently if I had to start my blog again?


  32. […] Darren Rowse has started another group writing project (If I had to Start My Blog Again) in his popular blog, ProBlogger. I am writing this post as a part of this group writing project. […]

  33. […]   Ah, another opportunity to break from the usual Palm related postings.  Today I will be focusing on a group writing project for Darren Prowse’s ProBlogger (forget the “Pro” part since I am nowhere near “pro” in any sense of the word) blog called If I had to Start My Blog Again – Group Writing Project.  Those who have read my previous submissions to the group writing projects should be familiar with the editorial and personal opinion feel of the posting.  Those who aren’t, will get a feel of how different (or not, I’m not sure how much different it is since I’ve never received much of a comment on these editorial postings) these are.  Personally, I am really finding that I’m looking forward to these special group writing projects because I keep things a bit different and fresh and break away from the usual Palm discussion and I’m sure that some readers may enjoy the break too. […]

  34. I spent a good deal of the morning reading over 60 posts to this project! I commented on 14 in particular that stood out for me. I enjoyed the project and also sorting through everybody else’s response. Thanks Darren.

    The post can be found here:

  35. […] The Group writing project is officially over.  The master list has been updated.  Now it’s time for us all to take a look at what some of our fellow writing projecters did.  In all honesty, I just haven’t found the time to read them all.  Maybe I will this weekend.  So, for now, I’m gonna have a little fun with it. […]

  36. […] After reading all the blogs, commenting on most, I think I have found what I would consider my favorite posts on the topic posed on Problogger.net. Here they are in no particular order. […]

  37. […] For those of you who haven’t been keeping up (or stumbled upon this post at some point in the future), over the last few days I’ve been participating in Darren Rowse’s group writing project. The theme of this project is “If I Had To Start My Blog Again,” and surprisingly enough, is focused on what bloggers would do if they miraculously found themselves starting from scratch, having nothing but the knowledge they currently possess. […]

  38. […] I see Darren has just tied up the running of a “group writing project“, titled “If I had to start my blog again” where he has asked readers to write in their blog what they would do differently if they were starting their blog again from scratch. […]

  39. […] I resolved in my “What would I do differently” article to celebrate my little blogging triumphs more. I think that this keeps the focus on writing good, fun content instead of being distracted by money, and it makes blogging fun. It makes it easier to blog when you know someone is reading what you write. Plus it’s fun to make your life a series of mini parties. Today was another mini celebration for me. This article got my first non spam comments on a blog ever. Yes, I’m pathetic I know, but I’m very excited. Thanks to everyone who posted and read, and wrote the great articles from Problogger. […]

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  41. […] References: ProBlogger Darren Rowse is holding a new group writing project. He holds them every so often as a catalyst to get bloggers writing, reading and connected. For this project he wants bloggers to write their predictions for the new year or reviews of the past year. Here is my entry in haiku form. If you write a blog, you should consider contributing to the project. […]

  42. […] Darren’s got a new group writing project going. Welcome Back, Dad! […]

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