If you want to miss the opportunity to take part in a great group writing project, express your ideas and get some exposure for your blog, follow these easy steps:
1. Stop reading the feeds you’re subscribed to for some days (3 or 4 days will do).
2. Spend that time working relentlessly on your personal projects, connecting with other bloggers and finding new blogs to read and subscribe to (although you won’t be checking your feed reader out for some days, as said above).
3. When you finally take a break from your projects and try to catch up with your favourite blogs’ news, make sure you’re exhausted due to work overload. That will prevent you from taking immediate action if you find out that a new group writing project will be going on for a very limited time.
4. After taking some (more than needed) rest, realise that both of the computers you might use to write an article for that group writing project are being used by other people. Wait until one of them is free again. In the meanwhile, outline the article you plan to submit, think about all the nice details and pieces of info you could add to it and keep on waiting.
5. When one of those computers is finally free for your use, visit the blog that hosts the writing project. You’ll most likely find out that the final list of articles and comments has already been published. In other words: you’ve just missed a great opportunity. It wasn’t really your fault, if we take into consideration the aforementioned circumstances. But it doesn’t change the fact that you’re out.
Why am I writing all this? Because it was only yesterday that I found out about DoshDosh’s Group Survey on the Best Way to Make Money Online. I haven’t checked Google Reader out for a few days, nor had I visited DoshDosh during that short period, therefore I wasn’t aware of that event.
At the time I read Maki’s post I felt much more like a zombie than like a human being, owing to exhaustion (this has been a tough week for me, as I’ve worked really hard on various online projects of mine, not to mention my day job). That definitely wasn’t a good time to post a decent comment nor to write a relevant article. So I just went to bed and slept as much as I could.
A few hours ago I woke up, thinking about the article I wanted to submit and hoping that then final list hadn’t been published yet. When I was finally able to put my hands on a computer, I visited DoshDosh again, and this is what I saw there: 63 Constructive Opinions on the Best Way to Make Money Online. *sighs* Yeah… better luck to me next time (and hopefully a fairer deadline). :-P
By the way, you should really read that post. It contains a plethora of good advice. Among the contributors there are some great guys and girls, like Steven Snell from Vandelay Design , Sean from Warrior Blog, Simonne from All Tips and Tricks, Sucker from Internet Marketing Sucks! and Monika from The Writer’s Manifesto and Blogging Web 2.0.
UPDATE (07/10/2007, 16:48, -3 GMT) –> I’ve made it into the list, thus the modification in the anchor text above. What can I say? I’m happy, grateful and… *insert more positive feelings here* :-)
Additional note: I’ve been meeting some cool bloggers thanks to that group survey. One of them is Matt from Blogging Fingers. As for the previously mentioned bloggers, you are all welcome. I wouldn’t have highlighted any you if you didn’t deserve it. ;-)