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Killer Titles – Group Writing Project [WIN A PRIZE]

Posted By Darren Rowse 25th of August 2008 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

titles-group-writing-project.pngThis week I’m running a ‘Group Writing Project’ here at ProBlogger where you have the chance to win a $2000 identity design (logo) from logo designer David Airey. You can see a portfolio of the graphics and logo design that David has previously done. Thanks to David for this fantastic prize.

Please read the instructions below carefully to enter.

What is a Group Writing Project

In brief (I outline it fully below) – these projects are where I name a theme or topic and where readers all go away and write posts on their blogs that fit with that theme. They then submit their post here at ProBlogger and I post a list of all entries at the end of the week. I then randomly select one entry to win a prize.

The goals of ‘Group Writing Projects’ are to have fun, give you an opportunity to hone your skills as a blogger and to give you an opportunity to highlight your blog. The last few times we’ve done these we’ve had hundreds of participants.

The Topic

Over the last week we’ve been talking about how to craft great blog post titles – so for this project the theme is ‘titles’. Rather than giving you a ‘theme’ to write about I’m inviting you to go away and write a blog post and to really focus upon writing a killer post title. Of course you’ll want to work on the best possible post too – but this project is all about titles so make sure they are spot on.

How to Enter

Please take your time in entering – previously people have not followed the guidelines and have disqualified themselves from the prize. Especially note that there is only one entry per person and posts submitted must be new posts (not your best ones from your archives).

Here’s how to enter:

1. Write a Post with a Killer Title

  • Be as creative as you like. Make the post relevant to your blog.
  • Feel free to write posts in your own first language (although you might want to give us a translation on the title when you enter)
  • 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 (it is not a condition of entry) – 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 filling in this form (update: this link is now removed as submissions have now closed).
  • Please fill the form in accurately as the way you enter it is the way it’ll appear and due to the numbers participating I can’t edit it for everyone! The detail that you add will appear in the post (although I’ll be moderating out spam/offensive stuff).
  • Include your post title as you wish it to appear, the post’s URL (not your blog’s front page) and your name (or alias). All of this will be published.
  • To be eligible for the prize I need a valid email address – this will be kept secure and private ad will not be published.
  • Submissions must be received by me the the end of Thursday 28 August (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 prize.

3. I will Post a List of all Submissions Create a List of all Submisssions

  • I will create a list of all submissions. It will be updated once per day. The final update to the list will be posted on Friday.
  • This differs a little from last time where I posted all entries for a day here on the blog each day of the week. This took over the blog a little so it will just be one central list of submissions.

4. Surf Surf Surf

  • This is where you take over. Surf the submissions received. Leave comments, make connections with other ProBlogger readers, bookmark them and enjoy reading what others have to say. This is the real beauty of this project and your opportunity not only to find new readers but to learn from each other’s blogging.

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. Prize

  • On Friday I’ll randomly select the participant to win the $2000 logo design from David Airey and will post the winner at this point.

The Real Reason to Participate

Prizes are great – but the real reason to get involved in this type of project is that it has the potential to find you some new readers, make some new blogging friends and put your blog out there.

Every time I run these projects I get emails from bloggers telling me that they:

  • had big traffic days
  • found new blogs that they just love
  • had their posts get to the top of digg and other bookmarking sites

Of course this doesn’t happen to everyone – it depends upon your post and title – but it always happens to some.

These projects work best when those participating don’t only submit posts of their own but when they read and interact with others who submit posts. Here’s how you can do this:

  • Read the submissions of others
  • Make friends with those you like the submissions of (comment, email – get to know them)
  • Link up to those who you resonate with (some bloggers write a top 5 or 10 list each day of the submissions that they like the best)
  • Bookmark, Stumble and Vote for those you resonate with

The people who get the most out of these projects are those who throw themselves deeply into them.

I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries.

update – submissions are now closed – you can see all final entries 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 and LinkedIn.
  1. What a great idea! I`m not a great title writer myself, though I do try, but my big interest in this project is going to be reading all the blogs that catch my eye. I foresee many hours of discovering new blogs. Of course, I`ll be entering, too!

  2. Smashing idea for a killer competition for fabtastic traffic. Yay! :D

  3. Excellent contest. I won a David Airey logo design in a contest here that’s on my site now! Let’s see if I get lucky again. :-) Between, anyone wondering who David Airey is, he is an absolutely wonderful 7 talented designer who’s design blog is very popular as well.

  4. I’m sure this should be blatantly obvious — but I must be missing it — where are you compiling the list of submissions?

  5. This is an excellent post . Thanks a lot . I am grateful to you .

  6. Hello Darren

    Where do we find the list of submissions – or are they not being posted until Friday……



  7. Made my submission. I guess that’s my first “list” post and I tried to add some motivating/benefit power to it as well.

    So far very educational experience. Looking forward to killing titles from other bloggers participating. :)

  8. When will the first list of submissions go up? Or did I miss it? I couldn’t find a link to it anywhere.

  9. I finally made it, Darren. Just submitted my entry and simply knowing that I can attract readers through my post title is enough to make me smile.

    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

  10. Hi Darren:

    My headline is meant to be 5 short lines.

    Can I indicate the line break by / (forward slash)
    on the entry form?


  11. Hi Robert – unfortunately it won’t appear as 5 lines – but the slashes should from what I can see.

    so it’ll appear as:

    1st line / 2nd line / 3rd line / 4th line / 5th line

  12. Am reading through the posts that have caught my eye. I note that a few people have not paid attention to the rules and have submitted old posts though.

  13. A community challenge, eh? Always up for a good challenge. I just created a few new blogs recently and have been working out the ‘positioning’ to ’em so I haven’t made the first posts yet. What a sweet way to kick off the festivities. Thanks Darren.

  14. Thank you. You’ve given me incentive to write a new post and something to do while I’m stuck in cubicle hell.

  15. This is another great initiative of Daren Rowse and for a first time in the history of those group projects I am in, with a fresh new post with (hopefully) a killer title. :-)

  16. I’m in! This is the second time this week I’ve been motivated by other blogs to write a meaty blog post. Thanks Darren :)

  17. Hi Darren:

    Thanks for this opportunity. It is a great thing you are doing. Plus being able to read from a bunch of others to see what they are doing out here as well is what it’s all about.

    Quick note. I had submitted the form, but the page timed out and said nothing was sent. So being the genius that I am, I resbumitted the form, and it said I had submitted it…

    So, sorry for the 2 submissions of the same entry.

    Take care out there… everyone.


  18. How often do we write a post for this?

    And how long will this go on for?


  19. I’m in ;)

  20. This is very cool, off to write now!

  21. Just added mine to the pile. Great idea, Darren.

    My title: The 3 Most Murderous and 2 Most Marvelous Words A Blogger Can Say.

    Looking forward to reading other submissions.

  22. i am not sure if my post entered via that form because its giving me errors.

    this is my post http://www.techiesouls.com/2008/08/28/search-the-web-visually-with-searchme/
    and my title is ‘search the web visually with searchme’

  23. I totally forgot, writing mine now will submit it later on today ;)

  24. Awesome idea wrote my article and submitted it

  25. Thanks for the contest, Darren, and for listing my post. It’s been great fun looking at so many other submissions–there are dozens of great titles in there. And I’ve actually had some traffic to my site today!

  26. Big fan of David Airey’s work. Great of you guys to work together on this project. :)

  27. After participating here, number of comments went from 6 to 22 :D

    This is truly great. Moreover, reading such creative titles give inspiration to write more.

    Thanks for this, Darren.


  28. Thanks for the contest, Darren, and for listing my post. It’s been great fun looking at so many other submissions–there are dozens of great titles in there. And I’ve actually had some traffic to my site today!

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