Group Writing Project #3 — Theme = T-shirts or Movies (Win Free t-shirts contest for bloggers)
Group writing projects are a way to connect with other bloggers and increase your readership. Every two months I run an on-going group writing project where bloggers can write around a similar theme. I offer prizes and freebies as incentives for participating (past prizes include Amazon gift certificates, free web hosting, and WordPress.com upgrade credits).
Last December I reached the homepage of Digg.com twice with posts about movies for geeks and t-shirts for geeks. I want to see what you have to say about similar themes. Write a post loosely themed around t-shirts *or* movies to participate in this project (click for some ideas).
On June 20th, 2007 I’ll be picking three (3) of the participants at pseudo-random to win prizes.
- First prize will be two (2) t-shirts of their choice from dirtymicrobe.com ($30 value)
- Second prize will be one (1) t-shirts of their choice from dirtymicrobe.com ($15 value)
- And of course, one lucky wordpress.com blogger will win $15 worth of upgrade credits.
How to Participate
- Have a blog.
- Write a blog post about movies or t-shirts
- It has to be a NEW post published after April 3rd, 2007.
- It should mention at least three movies or three t-shirts.
- Click here for some ideas about what to write about
- Link to this post and mention this contest.
- You can enter once per blog post.
- So you can enter multiple times with different lists.
- 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.
- Contest deadline is 12:01 AM EST on June 20th, 2007.
Picking a Winner
- Winners will be selected at pseudo-random amongst all the entries.
- I give each post a hidden rating from 1 to 3 stars, the higher the rating the more entries that post will get for the random draw.
- Random selection is more impartial (and easier) than trying to judge the “best post” out of all — but the quality of your entry does increase your chances of winning.
- I will be linking to all of the contest entries (example).
- I will be highlighting my favorite contest entries (example).
- Halfway through the contest I will be posting the “list so far“.
- I’ll be considering collaborating with some of the entries to create more Digg-bait. :)
Looking for Sponsors
Want to offer some swag as prizes to my readers? You can find my email address on my About Me page.
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Blatant Self Promotion
Here are some of my favorite posts about blogging:
- How NOT to be a Successful Blogger — What I Did Wrong
- Signs of the Upcoming Blogarmageddon (humour)
- How to Earn a Six Figure Income from Blogging in Two Easy Steps (humour)
- Traffic Generation Tips
- The Secret to Blog Success is in the Title
- 5 Habits for Writing for the Web
- WordPress Tips and Tools
What to Write About?
You are free to write about anything you want so long as it ties in to t-shirts or movies. The more creative the better. Please do not plagiarize existing lists or sites like CinemATTIC. I’m looking for lists of at least three movies / t-shirts based around a theme.
I do fully encourage you to see what other bloggers have submitted by reading the comments and writing a response to one of their posts (ie: “webomatica thinks these movies are so bad they’re good, this is what I think”). The most important part is for you to have fun with what you’re writing and not to write something just because you could win a prize.
- Best/Worst Lists
- Around a theme, genre, actor, style, quotes
- Personal Lists
- Favorites, moments in your life, inspiring
- Movies Adapted from Books
- Movies Adapted from Comic Books
- Date Movies (based on how the date went)
- Movies to Watch After a Break Up
- Kitty Saves the Day — Movies Where Cats Kick Ass
- Movies that aren’t Porn but Should Be
- Movies that Dine in Hell compared to 300
- Movies that Feature Sparta
- Collected Trailer Remixes on YouTube (or other video site)
- If anyone wanted to create an original movie trailer remix on YouTube and include engtech.wordpress.com as a watermark that would be amazing.
- The Worst Ways Computers are Mis-portrayed in the Movies
- How Hollywood Taught Me How To Program
- 10 Reasons Why (Famous Actor) Should Dump (Loser) and Marry Me
- Best/Worst/Favorite List
- My Favorite T-shirts from Online Store (ie: dirtymicrobe.com, thinkgeek.com)
- T-shirts I Wish They’d Make
- 5 T-shirts that Look Better on Girls than Guys
- T-shirts About Robots / Ninjas / Pirates / Geeks / Bloggers / Programmers etc
- T-shirts that are a Halloween Costume All By Themselves
- T-shirts that will get you kicked out of school
If you are looking for idea sources for creating a list around t-shirts take a look at these websites (got an online t-shirt store? Leave a comment to have it listed):
- Dirty Microbe
- Think Geek
- T-shirt Hell
- Geek Vogue
- Nerdy Shirts
- Found Item Clothing
- (ok, I’m tired of making the urls look pretty)