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Lists – Group Writing Project

Posted By Darren Rowse 14th of August 2006 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

200608141910-1Update: Submissions are now closed on this project. See the full list of submissions here.

It’s time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project – and this time we’ve got prizes worth around $1250 USD (see below for details)!

The Topic

This week’s topic is ‘LISTS’ – something regular readers will know that I’m rather fond of.

Your task is to write a ‘list post’ (new posts please, not previously posted ones if possible) – or a post that is largely some type of list. It might be a ‘top ten’ type list, a ‘how to’ type list, a ‘my favorite…’ type list – whatever you like. I’ve chosen this topic because it’s adaptable to most topics (I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of types of lists that are submitted).

Once you’ve written your list simply follow the process for participating that I’ve outlined below.

The Prizes

This week’s group writing project is proudly sponsored by the following companies and individuals. Five random participants (it’s not a competition) in this week’s project will receive one of the following gifts (‘listed’ here in no particular order):

  • Earners Forum have kindly donated a new Dell PC and LCD monitor – to the value of $500. Earners Forum is a great place for discussions around all kinds of topics of earning money online. Thanks to Lee Dodd for this donation.
  • URLTrends have kindly donated a Premium upgraded account worth $90 that will help them track their search engine ranking over time. Thanks to Joel Strellner for this donation.
  • The Gold Pages Directory has donated $500 in digital cash that can be spent on products and services or withdrawn to a prepaid ATM card and used as cash. The Gold Pages Directory is the largest online currency/digital gold directory on the web and is now three years old. Thanks to Mark Herpel for this donation.
  • The Umdum.com Web Directory have donated a Sinic Eye and Brain Massager (just what every ProBlogger needs). They’ve also kindly offered every participant in this week’s group writing project a free listing in their directory. Thanks to Loren Baker for this donation.
  • Blake Schwendiman has donated a $100 gift voucher from Amazon to be used in any way that they see fit. Thanks Blake!

Thanks also to those others who offered to sponsor this week. Hopefully if this week goes well we’ll be able to do this again.

How To Participate

Here’s how to participate and put yourself in the running for a gift (please note – one entry per person).

1. Write a list post

  • Be as creative as you’d like – take it in any direction you want – it can be a short list, long list, funny list, rant-like list…..etc
  • Give your post a good title. Once all our lists are listed it’ll only be your title that sets it apart.
  • 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.
  • 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 appreaciated to help grow the project.

2. Let me Know about your post

  • Once you’ve posted your list post 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 17 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 gifts.

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.
  • I’ll post my final list of submissions on Friday and will announce those who receive the gifts then.

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 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.
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. Does it have to be a new list or can we send you list written and published before now?

  2. Darren … you are a genius. With the prizes on offer and it not being a competition you do realize this will be a massive hit.

    Are you sure you’re ready for the deluge? :-)

  3. Lets make it a new list Miha.

    Martin – I’ve set a little extra time aside this week. Lets see how it goes :-)

  4. Nice, the good thing is that within the last 2 hours I’d started working on a “list” post. It has 12 items at the moment, but now there is a chance I could win something I think I’ll add some more stuff and publish the post during the week :)

  5. Well, it’s a good start to rasie money! :-)

  6. […] Darren at Problogger is giving away cash this week for those with the best lists. Writing lists is my main skill, and perhaps my greatest passion in life, so good luck to the other contestants. Writing lists has a number of advantages over making regular blog posts, so let’s examine them in detail. This is my entry into the List Group Writing Project. […]

  7. Alright, I’m in.

  8. I just sent in my list…

  9. If we write for multiple blogs (as I do), can we submit one list for each blog or is it limited to one entry per person?

  10. Lets keep it to one entry per person (other wise I know a few people who could enter 20 or so times)

  11. I can write lists all day, so let’s keep it simple :)

  12. I agree with Martin, this is going to be big. I think I’ll have to post something.

  13. Alright then, let’s start listing! ;)

  14. Fantastic idea Darren, although I don’t normally use lists on my site. This is going to take a while :)

  15. struth that’s a damn fine list of prizes….are b5media employees/ owners excluded from entering…or do I need to create a new identity to enter? ;-)

  16. […] Good news from problogger – write a list post for the Group Writing Project and go in the running for prizes: […]

  17. […] Darren Rowse over at Problogger has put together a group writing project, asking his readers to post some lists. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, but figured now was as good a time as any to post it.I’ve lived in New England for over 18 years (with a short break for a school year in Minnesota in the early 90’s). In case you’ve never seen “Murder, She Wrote” or heard a bad JFK impression, people talk funny in these parts. But it’s not all dropping the letter “r” from the end of your words – witness some further linguistic weirdness collected from my time in Massachusetts and Maine:* Putting “the” before a street name. Maps call it “New Gorham Road.” Street signs call it “New Gorham Road.” Why do you insist on calling it “The New Gorham Road?”* The Law of Conservation of the letter R. As I said earlier, it’s not all dropping an “r.” In fact, sometimes the sentence becomes an equation, where an “r” unnecessarily dropped from one word is unnecessarily added to the end of another. For a perfect example, read this sentence (overheard many years ago on a cold, windy day in North Reading, MA) aloud: “It’s really rawr out theyah!”* The possessive “’s” after the name of a store that has none. Examples: “Hannaford’s,” “Target’s,” “Ames’s”* “So don’t I” when the meaning is “So do I.” I’ve actually never heard this in everyday conversation, but I remember a high school teacher bringing this up as one of their pet peeves, and it’s bugged me ever since.* …and this is probably less of a New England thing (more local advertisement in general), but quotation marks around random phrases in print ads. For example, “We sell for less!” or “Bringing you the best since 1962.” Quote use like this is just screaming for some creative attribution, like:”Best pies in the tri-county area!” – Bishop Desmond TutuAnyone got some further linguistic pet peeves from other parts of the country? Leave a comment and let me know – this kind of thing fascinates me. […]

  18. Nice assignment. ;) hehe

  19. This will be fun!
    Can we use the problogger list project image in the posts?

  20. […] Also, another reason for my lack of posting: I’ve been writing. Yes, I’m sure people have fallen off their chair in shock, spat coffee over the monitor (sorry, I’ll pay out compensation when I’m a bestselling author) or you’re just staring at the screen with this blank look of shock. So, in light of Darren’s list challenge, I’m going to list some things that contributed to the waking of my muse (or writing demon, if you prefer): […]

  21. Sounds great !! I’m in :-)

  22. […] Again, Darren Rowse has a Group Writing Project going, this one is about Lists.  I think the term fits different senerios.  In his introductory post, Darren has 2 different lists.  One is a List of Prizes and the Second is a List of Requirements on Participation. […]

  23. […] Give up, he doesn’t exist. I didn’t believe in the perfect man, or even a decent man, until I “met” Luke from Gilmore Girls. Admittedly, I still haven’t found a Luke, but it’s not my fault men are so lame However, I’m going to keep looking and being happy.  Thanks to Problogger for the group writing project on lists. This project even has $1250 in prizes so check it out. These are dating tips that I’ve learned from the TV show “Gilmore Girls” on how to find the perfect man. […]

  24. […] I regularly read ProBlogger for any tips and ideas on how to improve BtJ. Anyways, Darren has a new group writing project that he has encouraged readers to participate in with the chance to win a nice prize. Your task is to write a ‘list post’ (new posts please, not previously posted ones if possible) – or a post that is largely some type of list. It might be a ‘top ten’ type list, a ‘how to’ type list, a ‘my favorite…’ type list – whatever you like. I’ve chosen this topic because it’s adaptable to most topics (I’m looking forward to seeing the variety of types of lists that are submitted). […]

  25. 7 1/2 pieces of Blogging Software I have used…

    This is my submission for the Group Writing Project that Darren Rowse is doing at ProBlogger. The task is to write a list posting, something Darren does quite often, something I rarely do.
    In this posting I am putting together a list of the different p…

  26. […] Darren at Problogger periodically gives writing assignments to his readers. This week’s assignment is to create a list. I personally like lists because it is an easy way to organize information. Lists are also useful to readers since they can visually scan the list to see if there is anything interesting. […]

  27. Looks like these incentives will draw hundreds more submissions. The competition will be fierce. I’m not sure if I can submit a post this time, but I’ll try.

  28. […] Problogger has another group writing project out – this one is on the topic of lists, which the ducks just love – easy to read and all that. We have all our Thursday Thirteen lists already, ranging from wows of the Lil Duck to the sweetest comments I received, so I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorite posts for all the new readers around here, just to change things up a bit. […]

  29. What a fun idea, thanks! I just submitted mine ;).

  30. Posted and contacted.
    What a great idea, and some really fantastic prizes! You’ll be wading through these entries for sure, Darren!

  31. Wow, great contest! I just submitted my list too. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the entries on Friday.

  32. This is an awesome resource for bloggers. Thanks so much!

  33. […] 10. Write a blog post in the form of a list, and submit it to any Technorati Top 100 blogger who happens to be running a group writing project about blog posts in the form of a list. […]

  34. Looks like I have to switch computers to be able to access your contact form, which I’ll do momentarily, but at any rate,my list is up! This is fun. Thanks.

  35. […] Darren from ProBlogger is hosting a Group Writing Project on the topic of “Lists”. […]

  36. interesting idea….. does it work? http://joshmaher.wordpress.com

  37. I’m a list lover… they’re the easiest to read and write.

    I think this is going to be huge. Darren I hope you have a script or something to handle all the submissions you’re going to get. LOL


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  43. […] Problogger is calling for a group writing project on lists. So I decided to give my own list on blogs that gave tips about increasing web traffic to the blogs. These are not in any particular order and therefore I am not making any judgement on which one is better. […]

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