Last week I participated in Problogger’s killer title group writing project. Participating in things like this gets me thinking outside the square a bit with content and also enables me to find some other blogs I might otherwise not have encountered.
I was pretty quick off the mark with getting my post up as it was one I’d been thinking about anyway. It was the Twitter and Plurk get Pinged post.
As Problogger is so popular there is no way I was able to get to all of the posts so the ones I’m linking to were posted on the first day of the project. Being one of the first certainly momentarily boosted my traffic and it was fun to do.
These four posts are the ones I found from that first day that caught my eye:
- Would you go to a robot for migraine relief? – quite frankly if something was going to help me with migraine relief I’d give it a go. Who cares if it’s a robot? That’s why this title caught my eye and I wondered how the heck a robot could possibly help my migraine.
- Don’t make me smack you right here on the elevator – As a parent I could relate to this. It wasn’t quite the story I was expecting, but it was entertaining nonetheless and I spent a bit of time on her blog.
- Two creative ways to solve the mystery of writer’s block – Anyone who writes suffers from writer’s block and using Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Morse to get the point across was quite interesting as well.
- Passion for hire – the title grabbed me so I clicked over and the post got me as well.
Other thoughts about this group writing project:
- Read the rules. If you’re asked to submit a new post do so. Don’t submit an old one. That’s not getting into the spirit, or am I too much of a rules police?
- If you’re asked to link directly to the post you’re talking about then do so. Don’t link to the main page of your website. I haven’t got the time to scroll down and find what you’ve posted one week after the project’s finished.
- On a more personal note, for a killer titles project I’m not really interested in a how to do this or how to do that type title. Try to think a bit more creatively to capture that attention as that was the whole point of the exercise.
Mark Dykeman says
Thanks for the mention, Jen!
I totally agree. The ones that were “how to” posts did not appeal to me nearly as much as the creative titles. Great recap!
Thanks for the mention! And I totally was with you on the rules thing – I was frustrated when surfing the contest entries to find people who used an older post, entered more than once or whose titles made me wonder if they got the point of the contest at all – a title which is super super long is not going to grab my attention! Take care!
Mark, no problem at all. I enjoyed your post.
Kimberly, I think quite a few bloggers perhaps didn’t really think things through. I guess it’s harder to write a how to post and make it a bit more entertaining.
Laurie, so I’m not alone. Thank goodness for that. I thought Darren made it quite clear about doing a new post, not submitting an old one.
God help me, I’m living in on a blogging island and can’t find any local network to hook up with. I wish I could talk to other bloggers about blogging and writing. If you know of any around the SE QLD area please let me know who they are and what their blogs are.
Look no further. The Aussie Bloggers forum could be right up your ally. Visit http://www.aussiebloggers.com.au/forum to have a read of posts and sign up if you want. There’s also a blogroll of Aussie Bloggers on the accompanying blog – http://www.aussiebloggers.com.au.