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Group Writing Project #3 — Theme = T-shirts or Movies (Win Free t-shirts contest for bloggers)

Posted in Contests, Movies, Technology, Tshirts by engtech on April 05, 2007

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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.

  1. First prize will be two (2) t-shirts of their choice from dirtymicrobe.com ($30 value)
  2. 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

  1. Have a blog.
  2. Write a blog post about movies or t-shirts
  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.
  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 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.

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.

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Blatant Self Promotion

Here are some of my favorite posts about blogging:

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.

Movies Ideas

  • 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

T-Shirt Ideas

  • 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):

or these blogs (got a t-shirt blog? Leave a comment to get it listed)

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  1. Cory OBrien said, on April 05, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Great idea! There’s so much freedom in this contest, it’s going to be hard to choose just one idea. I can’t wait to see the results.

  2. Collin said, on April 05, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I played. :)


    I might go on and look at doing BTTF II and III as well. ;)

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  5. Greyhawk said, on April 05, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, trackback and comment just to be sure right. :)
    List of 7 Really Good Sci-Fi Movies

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  7. Webomatica said, on April 05, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Hmmm this would be easy if I went with the movies one, but I think I’ll push myself and try to come up with a T-shirt post.

  8. engtech said, on April 05, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    @web: participate as many times as you want

  9. Jan said, on April 06, 2007 at 3:08 am

    my entry Top 10 Fav Movies.

  10. Daniel said, on April 06, 2007 at 4:03 am

    hmmm interesting one, I will try to come up with something innovative… perhaps the top 10 tshirts for bloggers :).

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  12. James said, on April 11, 2007 at 3:59 am

    more t-shirt sites:

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    Here’s one for you: 5 Most Memorable Movie Adaptations

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  19. azahar said, on April 13, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    I’m going for the WordPress credits this time. ;)


    Okay, no not really – I am actually very interested in movie music. But I shall try to come up with a more creative one too.

  20. azahar said, on April 13, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Dang, think my last comment got spammed…

  21. engtech said, on April 15, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    found some comments in the spam bin

  22. ispf said, on April 16, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Here’s one more: 15 of the Funniest “Money” T-Shirts


  23. valkrieangel said, on April 16, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Yo man, check this out…

    I would like to submit my URL for this contest that you’re running.


    Thanks in advance…


  24. loricat said, on April 21, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Here’s a post from my Celebrating the Absurd blog, 5 Truly Absurd Movies.

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  26. Ketan said, on April 25, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Here is my entry….


    BTW superb blog…

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  29. Mike said, on May 09, 2007 at 6:47 am

    Can you add our t-shirt website…Thanks


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  32. Juggling Frogs said, on May 29, 2007 at 9:32 pm

    This was so much fun! Here’s our family’s entry:

    Juggling Frogs: Triumph of Imperfection in making t-shirts for the kids

    Thank you for hosting this great contest!

    All the best,

  33. engtech said, on June 01, 2007 at 7:11 am

    Extended another three weeks (as usual) because I’ll be out of town and not have internet access.

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  36. ish said, on June 07, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    Taking part in one of your contests for the first time. Here’s my entry :-


  37. Juggling Frogs said, on June 07, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I linked to this post on Monday, May 28th, but it didn’t show up in the trackbacks. Links also don’t show up in my blog, in general… What am I doing wrong???

    Everyone else seems to be able to get them to work. (sigh)

  38. ish said, on June 20, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Results? :P

  39. Tee Shirts said, on August 17, 2007 at 9:10 am

    here’s another one: tee shirt

  40. low cost home insurance said, on September 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Not bad at all, but this topic is rather little of interest. Please do not disappoint your readership. :) :) :)

  41. Indigo Clothing Blog said, on December 09, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Only just found this post! You should do another t-shirt writing comp for 2009!

    Indigo Clothing Blog

  42. RaisseHic said, on February 09, 2009 at 4:21 am

    Hi, cool site, good writing ;)

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  44. Toner arşivi said, on December 21, 2009 at 2:48 am

    great sharing

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