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Win an Amazon Gift Certificate or WP Upgrade Credits – Group Writing Project and Contest #2: Five Things

Posted in Contests, Technology by engtech on February 15, 2007

You Could Win a $20 Amazon Certificate or $15 WP Upgrade Credits

blog hand gang signIt’s time for my second monthly group writing project / contest. This time it will be a list of “Five Things” about whatever subject matter of your choice.

Some examples would be:

  • Five Things I Hate About My Boyfriend Because He Spent More Time Blogging About Valentine’s Day Than He Did *ON* Valentine’s Day
  • Five Reasons Why I Won’t Let My Friends Take Shirtless Pictures of Me and Then Post It On Their Blog
  • Five Things I Love About MyCatBlogLog
  • Five Reasons Why I Read //engtech
  • Five Things I Can Do With My Tongue That Are Kind of Strange
  • Five Reasons Why Blogging is Better Than Sex (With Me)
  • … but write about whatever you want to! Just have 5 of them.

On March 31st, 2007 I’ll be picking one of the participants at random to win a prize. This first will be an Amazon gift certificate for $20 (open to any blogger) and the second will be $15 of WordPress.com upgrade credits (open to WP.com bloggers only).

You can subscribe to contest announcements here, or you could just subscribe to my blog using RSS. You can check out the digest to get an idea of what my blog is like.

Contests Contest announcements and results – 3 posts a month.
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How to Participate

  1. Have a blog.
  2. Write a blog post about “Five Things”
    • It has to be a NEW post published after February 13th, 2007.
  3. Link to this post and mention this contest.
  4. You can enter once per blog post.
    • So you can enter multiple times with different lists of Five Things.
  5. Post a comment on this post with a link to your contest entry.
    • I will be monitoring trackbacks, but posting a comment is the best way to ensure I don’t miss it.
  6. Contest deadline is 12:01 AM EST on March 31st, 2007.

Picking a Winner

  • Winners will be selected at random amongst all the entries.
    • Random selection is more impartial (and easier) than trying to judge the “best post”.
  • I will be linking to all of the contest entries.
  • I will be highlighting my favorite contest entries.
  • Halfway through the contest I will be posting the “list so far

Looking for Sponsors

Selling a product? Want to offer some swag as prizes? You can find my email address on my About Me page.

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  1. Webomatica said, on February 15, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Heh, I kind of think MyCatBlogLog should at least enter “beta” before it keeps getting attention :)

    I’m glad this one is open to any blogger not just wordpress.com ones so I can submit something.

  2. engtech said, on February 15, 2007 at 3:09 am

    It’s web 2.0.

    Beta is when it’s finished. :)

  3. Webomatica said, on February 15, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Good point. I guess I should make a big beta star logo and slap that on there after a week is up!

  4. Didn't You Hear... said, on February 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    …You should read //engtech?

    //engtech is holding a monthly group writing project/contest called “Five Things”, so my subject matter of choice for the project is going to be //engtech, and five reasons you should be reading it:

    #1 Harold Is a Robot – Who doesn’t like a co…

  5. Cory OBrien said, on February 15, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    Great contest. Here’s my entry: …You should read //engtech?.

  6. Samdc said, on February 16, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Wow, I like this contest. Here ya go …
    wala lang: Five Reasons Why I Sleep Past Midnight Everyday

  7. raincoaster said, on February 16, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Done. I hope nobody has taken my five things already.

  8. [...] Books I wouldn’t be caught dead reading in public Taking part in engtech’s promising 5 things contest…But also, if any book-minded people want to add their own books to the list, please [...]

  9. loricat said, on February 16, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Okay, I bite. Here’s mine: Five Books I wouldn’t be caught dead reading in public

  10. [...] Win an Amazon Gift Certificate or WP Upgrade Credits – Group Writing Project and Contest #2 [...]

  11. engtech said, on February 17, 2007 at 3:18 am

    Here’s Sulz entry on why she doesn’t read //engtech which was 404ing for a while (probably due to the wordpress.com issues today) but is back up again:

    http://sulz.wordpress.com/2007/02/17/why-cant-you-read-this-blog/

  12. sulz said, on February 17, 2007 at 5:10 am

    it was 404ing because i timed the post to publish 2 1/2 hours after sending the link. i should know better, techie people update their blogs faster than that! thanks engtech

  13. [...] Win an Amazon Gift Certificate or WP Upgrade Credits – Group Writing Project and Contest #2 [...]

  14. azahar said, on February 17, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    I’m in. 5 books that changed your life

  15. [...] Also continuing in the list-genre to annoy engtech for his lovely little contest. [...]

  16. loricat said, on February 17, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Couldn’t resist. I’m in again. :-)

  17. [...] from Starman Imaging. Also, this particular post is in response to engtech’s group writing project. Filed under: Television   |   Tags: computer animation, reboot, [...]

  18. joy said, on February 18, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Yup, here be a post.

  19. [...] post was in response to engtech’s group writing project. Tags: college tips, computers, powerpoint, technology, tips, [...]

  20. Joy said, on February 20, 2007 at 5:03 am

    Here’s one I wrote for another site… http://collegestylings.com/2007/02/19/5-ways-to-use-the-powerpoint-master-slide/

  21. Kate Applebee said, on February 20, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Where’s the wax when I need it? The siren’s call is just too strong. Can’t resist . . . must jump overboard . . . http://ahouseholdkate.wordpress.com/2007/02/19/

  22. raincoaster said, on February 20, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Hey, my bloody trackback’s not working!!!!!

  23. azahar said, on February 20, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    Mine didn’t work either …

  24. engtech said, on February 20, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    I hate it when trackbacks break :(

    I’ve checked the akismet spam folder and they’re not there.

  25. Five of Them « Not in Order said, on February 21, 2007 at 6:42 am

    [...] of Them Engtech is running another contest. Since this gets me to write outside my box a bit, I figured I’d participate again. The fact [...]

  26. Robert said, on February 21, 2007 at 6:44 am

    My hat is in the ring with things I plan to never do again. Five of Them, to be exact. ;)

  27. Five More of Them « Not in Order said, on February 23, 2007 at 6:18 am

    [...] More of Them I thought of another thing I could write five things about: running [...]

  28. Robert said, on February 23, 2007 at 6:18 am

    I got inspired to do five more.

    This is great!

  29. [...] one that I thought would be fun to enter: Five Things. If you have a blog and want to participate, check it out here. So, here’s my [...]

  30. Webomatica said, on February 23, 2007 at 8:52 am

    Here’s my entry: Five Movies So Bad… They’re Good.

  31. kina1964 said, on February 24, 2007 at 4:45 am

    well…. why not?

    http://kina1964.wordpress.com/five-things-about-new-love-that-scare-me/

    oops – did i do that right?

  32. [...] an email to Yahoo to authenticate myself. This has been written as an entry to Engtech’s Five Things. This situation came in rather handy for me to curse the [...]

  33. 5 talents you’d like to have « casa az said, on February 24, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    [...] to have Posted by azahar under fun stuff , life stuff , musings  Another entry for engtech’s 5 things contest. Lately I’ve been thinking about becoming really good at [...]

  34. azahar said, on February 24, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Me again.

    5 talents I’d like to have

  35. [...] See contest rules here. [...]

  36. Lori said, on February 25, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Love lists. So just had to post one on my other blog. Five Inventions I’d Really Like to See

  37. Nita said, on February 26, 2007 at 7:44 am

    When I read Five Things, I knew what I wanted to write. The subject just sprang to my mind instantly. However I took a little time to write it because I wanted to think it out more thoroughly and give the necessary links to autheticate what I wrote. This is what I wrote:

    http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2007/02/26/five-things-i-love-about-being-indian/

  38. Missives from an Overstressed Mind said, on March 03, 2007 at 12:00 am

    [...] Friday Five So, new regular thing: Friday 5 lists.  I got the idea from, and am participating in this contest.  But even after the contest is over I think I’ll keep doing these lists.  I might even [...]

  39. Golden Lady said, on March 03, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Five Places I Want To Visit Before I Die

  40. kina1964 said, on March 03, 2007 at 2:55 am

    engtech – thanks for checking out my blog. i know it was from the five-things contest, but still… thanks.
    aloha
    kina

  41. Rory said, on March 04, 2007 at 10:52 am

    That little picture you’ve got up there? That’s just impossible to do with your hands. Been trying it for the last five minutes – dang near broke a finger.

  42. [...] would have been a great entry to my 5 Things contest. This entry was written by engtech and posted on 2007/02/16 at and filed under Blog promotion, [...]

  43. rosiered said, on March 07, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Here’s my five foods I don’t like.

  44. Michael Sync said, on March 07, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    I’m really understand that you are making this contest for everybody without taking any fee for it. And also, I do understand that you can do whatever you more prefer on your blog.. but I’d like to give some of my opinions with the spirits of sharing.

    I think, choosing a winner by randomly is not very good idea. because people might focus on giving different links instead of writing good article for this contest. Plus, the winner might not feel very good about it since it’s just a luck..

    On the other hand, I do understand that you might have difficulties for reading each and every posts. so, maybe. What you may do is that winner can be chosen by counting the numbers of votes. or, finding some volunteers who may help you to read some of those entries.

    It’s just my idea.. hopefully, you don’t mind about it. Thanks.

  45. Aditya said, on March 09, 2007 at 11:53 am

    Hey! cool contest… here are five things I miss about my school

  46. Nita said, on March 13, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    Just came to check and found that my pingback wasn’t there. Wonder why.

  47. [...] Tue 13 Mar 2007 5 things that make me feel old Posted by azahar under health & happiness , life stuff , musings  Yet another entry for engtech’s 5 things contest. [...]

  48. azahar said, on March 13, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    One more from me (under the wire …)

  49. [...] 13th, 2007 · No Comments My response to engtech’s challenge and to [...]

  50. engtech said, on March 13, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    @nita: wordpress.com sporadically experiences pingback problems… always good to manually check!

    I noticed last weekend that it was pinging back completely the wrong documents.

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  52. Jalaj P. Jha said, on March 14, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    Hi! here are Five Things I wish Google was there for

  53. Aditya said, on March 14, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    5 things to do in a weekend….

    Me again…. :)

  54. [...] has a Five Things competition going on at the moment, and until the end of March. This is my entry. Click on the link [...]

  55. Rory said, on March 15, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Taking full advantage of the competition deadline being extended, here’s my offering:

    It’s Night Time In The Big City…Five Of The Coolest TTRH Intros

    Wishing you well, and hoping April isn’t too frustrating for you.

  56. [...] reasons I’m not a blogger This entry is for //engtech’s second blog contest – 5 things. And I’d like to list five reasons I’m not really a [...]

  57. Five things « LifeBytes said, on March 16, 2007 at 1:07 am

    [...] 15Mar07 Over at engtech there is a group writing competition running called “five things”. The rules are pretty [...]

  58. Scott said, on March 16, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Not sure if I’ve got the point, but here is my attempt (might try more).

    http://lifebytes.wordpress.com/2007/03/15/five_things_say_to_police/

  59. alejna said, on March 18, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Here’s my 5 things entry, a list of 5 things which I call “5 things”. (Catchy, isn’t it?)

  60. J said, on March 21, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    OK, here’s mine…but I’m not publishing it until tomorrow (03/22) so it won’t be live until then.

    http://jellyjules.com/?p=571

    5 things to do with a day in San Francisco

  61. [...] this is a second entry into //engtech’s Five Things competition, I thought, “What the hey, life is short,” and all that hokum, let’s [...]

  62. Rory said, on March 22, 2007 at 10:58 am

    I thought I’d get in with another one…

    If You Were Only Allowed Five Songs…

  63. [...] about the internets, I found myself at hamelife, where I saw this contest. Hmmm. A list of 5 things, huh? Any 5 things I want? OK. Some folks I know are coming to San [...]

  64. [...] list the five songs I would choose if I could only have five songs. So here’s my entry in the five things competion. If I don’t finish anything else on my list today, I’m holding you responsible [...]

  65. Dave Olson said, on March 22, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Okay, I’m following Rory’s lead with my list of Five songs

  66. [...] move this meme to? I think I’ll tag my friend Rory at hamelife.com, since he tagged me on the Five Things project it seems only fair to send this over to him. Rory you’re [...]

  67. alejna said, on March 25, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Here’s another one I’d like to enter:
    5 seriously funny death scenes

    Thanks!

  68. Five joe jobs. « The Short Fat Kid said, on March 26, 2007 at 1:17 am

    [...] joe jobs. 25 03 2007 Master of bloggy goodness, //engtech, is having a blogging contest. It’s simple, all you have to do is write a post about five [...]

  69. TheShortFatKid said, on March 26, 2007 at 1:33 am

    I’m in with Five Joe Jobs

  70. YTSL said, on March 26, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Here’s going ahead and entering two blog posts in one go. They are:-

    1) Five favorite crime fiction writers

    http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.com/2007/03/five-favorite-crime-fiction-writers.html

    2) Five favorite restaurants

    http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.com/2007/03/five-favorite-restaurants.html

    Hope they’re eligible for the contest (since I’m not sure whether writers qualify as “things”, even if only for the purpose of this contest!)

    Enjoy? :)

  71. YTSL said, on March 27, 2007 at 12:26 am

    Hmmmmm and oh dear, I don’t seem to have gotten a trackback. :(

  72. engtech said, on March 27, 2007 at 12:41 am

    @YTSL: I checked my spam folder and I didn’t find it hiding there.

  73. YTSL said, on March 27, 2007 at 6:06 am

    Hi engtech —

    Oh no, did I do something wrong? But if you go over to those blog entries which I specified on my first post on this thread, you’ll notice that I did link to your post and contest (or, at least, tried to!)!

  74. engtech said, on March 27, 2007 at 6:29 am

    @YTSL: don’t worry about the trackback, I’ve got it marked down that you entered. :)

  75. YTSL said, on March 27, 2007 at 10:06 am

    Thanks, engtech. After all, it’s not the winning that I’m interested in but, rather, the (recognition of my) taking part… ;)

  76. [...] Thanks must go to The CatBlog //engtech for prompting this story on 5 Things [...]

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  78. 5 Times 40 Things « //engtech said, on March 29, 2007 at 3:02 am

    [...] “Five Things” is almost over. There are three more days to enter/contribute (rules here). [...]

  79. [...] this post win me this contest, well [...]

  80. Kevin said, on March 29, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Five Things I Want to Add to My Blog – I like this contest idea!

  81. [...] am hoping that his cut-and-paste post will be picked randomly by the machine or by EngTech Machine Like Brain! I really want to get that WP $15 CSS credits! [...]

  82. Miko Dela Cruz said, on March 29, 2007 at 9:32 am

    http://sawariko.wordpress.com/2007/03/29/five-reasons-why-you-should-watch-family-guy/

    I have five reasons to watch Family Guy!

  83. Five famous black horses « Bridlepath said, on March 29, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    [...] post is part of //engtech’s Five Things [...]

  84. Judith said, on March 29, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Here is my entry – five things most people do not know about me:

    http://judith.livejournal.com/1037066.html

  85. [...] post is part of //engtech’s Five Things [...]

  86. [...] This blog post is an entry into Engtech’s Five Things Contest. [...]

  87. J said, on March 30, 2007 at 10:16 am

    OK, a last minute entry. :) Friday 5 – Food edition.
    http://jellyjules.com/?p=581 (this will go live early PDT tomorrow, 3/30)

    Thanks. :)

    J

  88. [...] one last try to win an Amazon Gift Certificate via //engtech’s contest. Wish me [...]

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  90. alejna said, on March 30, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve got another one to submit:
    “I’ve got a lot of balls”

  91. 5 5th things « collecting tokens said, on April 01, 2007 at 5:57 am

    [...] This list is being submitted to the //engtech 5 things contest. [...]

  92. alejna said, on April 01, 2007 at 7:04 am

    Hi,

    I was going to do one last entry, but noticed that I missed the deadline…had seen March 31st, hadn’t really noticed the time part of it. Which is like me. Deadlines are rough. At least you won’t charge me a late fee, which is what often happens when I miss a deadline. (You won’t charge me a late fee, will you?)

    Anyhow, I decided to post it, ’cause I kinda liked it. And you’ll see my pingback(s) for it. Even though it won’t qualify for the drawing, perhaps you’ll have a look at my last 5 things.

  93. Miko Dela Cruz said, on April 01, 2007 at 7:12 am

    What time is the winner going to be announced?

  94. engtech said, on April 01, 2007 at 7:58 am

    deadline is 12am EST… so right now.

    Winner will be announced on monday.

  95. [...] things” list. There’s still time to enter your “five things” blog post in //egtech’s contest. Don’t forget the 2k Carnival by EllaMichelle. The theme is “My first __” and the [...]

  96. Miko Dela Cruz said, on April 03, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Have the winners been announced already? I am still hopeful. Hehehe! I want the WP credit so bad!

    I will continue on waiting!

  97. Digest for February 2006 « //engtech said, on April 18, 2007 at 9:43 am

    [...] you’re a blogger you can get win a prize by participating in my group writing [...]

  98. [...] a couple of months ago //engtech hosted a perfectly good project with the theme – you guessed it – 5 THINGS! It resulted in 49 excellent entries. It’s made all the more questionable when the [...]

  99. [...] “Five Things” is almost over. There are three more days to enter/contribute (rules here). [...]

  100. [...] you’re a blogger you can get win a prize by participating in my group writing [...]

  101. [...] has been the D&D Monster Manual entry for him. This would have been a great entry to my 5 Things contest. This entry was written by engtech and posted on February 17, 2007 at and filed under [...]


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