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The Gift of Blogging Confidence: Group Writing Project

What has blogging given you the confidence to write or create and then *share*… that you wouldn’t otherwise have done?

A conversation with @bradshorr on Twitter the other week got me thinking about this.

About the things I have written, created and shared that I simply would not, could not, otherwise have done.

I guess that I am not alone ;-)

And then thought this might make a good theme for a nearing-the-end-of-the-year group writing project.

It’s a simple way to learn, share, celebrate, and hopefully encourage others to pass on their gifts too.

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How You Can Take Part

1. Simply consider this question:

What has blogging given you the confidence to write or create and then *share*… that you wouldn’t otherwise have done?

2. Then post:

  • Your reflections on the answer plus
  • An example (or two) of your work*

3. Link back to this post within your own post

4. Share the url of your post (the specific post not the home page of your site, otherwise we have to go hunting for the contribution) in the Mr Linky widget below. The widget invites you to comment too - you’re very welcome to, but it’s not necessary.

5. Post your contributions by the end of the last day of November, wherever in the world you are

* Feel free to include links to examples of your own work - interlinking within your own blog is a great way to thicken and strengthen it, as well as helping visitors find their way around

PS If you haven’t had the confidence to take that leap yet, perhaps now is the time!  Write, create and share… then tell us about it ;-)

How A Group Writing Project Works

If you’re new to group writing projects, here’s (roughly) how they work.

One blogger hosts the project, and invites others to write to a theme, question or topic, normally within a specified time period.

Participants take part, including a reference and link to the originating post, to spread a little bit of link love, and to let their readers know about the project (who can then, in turn, take part if so inclined).

The host blogger posts a round up post of all the contributions, possibly including an excerpt (depending on the scale of the project and amount of time available)

Participants and other interested readers might well then visit and comment on the posts that were submitted. This act of commenting is another simple and effective way to get your name and work known, as well as making new connections and friendships.

Participants enjoy the benefits of more / new readers to their blog, and the awareness of being part of a bigger blogging community.

You can read a bit more here on the benefits of group writing projects for building community

Getting Involved in a Confident Writing Group Writing Project

The principles run something like this:

* You’re very welcome to join in
* Taking part is a good way to attract new readers to your blog
* And to get to know other blogs and bloggers
* Sometimes it can be a way to get past some barriers on the edge of your comfort zone
* Don’t be shy
* You’re very welcome to join in

I’m looking forward to reading all your contributions :-)


The image, web droplets, is by friend @amypalko who has done a huge amount to boost my own creative confidence.

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  3. Brad Shorr says:

    Hi Joanna, Wonderful idea for a group project, and I’m glad to have helped inspire it!

  4. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach says:

    Definitely agree that it’s a grand project!

    For me, alas, I’ve always been willing to share; blogging came about BECAUSE of that and didn’t prompt it. It’s just part of me personality, I suppose…

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  7. Brad Shorr says:

    Hi Joanna, My entry is live!

  8. upsi says:

    I am excited to participate, it will be my first time doing something like this. I’ve reposted your invitation on my blog to spread the word, many who read my blog also keep blogs of their own. Looking forward to writing/reading the entries :)


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  10. Elana says:

    Joanna, so glad to have found you! Simply love the blog, and your photography is gorgeous. Want to head over to Scotland right now. I hope you enjoy my post. I look forward to sharing more. Many blessings and sweet vibes of goodness over to you.

  11. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Brad Shorr: Thanks for the inspiration, and being the first to join in Brad.

    @Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach: That’s interesting Barbara - I know for me a lot of my confidence has come from and the relationships I’ve made through it (like your good self, of course!)

    @upsi: thanks for joining in, and helping to spread the word

    @Elana: so glad you liked the photos :-) I’m glad you found us, and thanks so much for joining in. Your post captured that ‘gift’ effect perfectly

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  14. Margo Roby
    Twitter: mroby

    Hello! May I start with an apology. I am so technologically inept. Can you remove my two links one of which links to you, the other of which links to my whole site. Then I will try once more to link to the entry alone. I enjoyed the exercise, but even more your web site. I got to see the before and after and I, too, like your photographs.


  15. Michael Yost says:

    Just started writing and blogging. I have a few butterflies to appease but pushing forward. I’ve been following Margo’s blog for less than a week and linked here from her suggestion. Yes, I wanna come out and play!

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  17. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Margo Roby: No worries Margo, will fix all that for you. Thanks for joining in!

    @Michael Yost: thanks for joining in Michael - I’m looking forward to reading the entries and getting to know some new bloggers

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  19. Margo Roby says:


    This is the correct connection to the blog on what I have discovered about sharing on my blog. The first two are incorrect. Sorry for the mixup.


  20. upsi says:

    My post is up, thank you for this opportunity to share what blogging means to me.


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  22. Robert Hruzek says:

    Howdy Joanna! Hey, just wanted to let you know I’ve posted an entry for your writing project today - and celebrated my 1,000th post at the same time! Yeehaw! (waves hat)

    Just drop by “1,000 and Counting: A Gift From Blogging” to read all about it!

    And a big ol’ tip o’ the hat to y’all!

  23. Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    @Margo Roby: No problem Margo, these things all work themselves out in the end ;-)

    @upsi: that’s great, thanks so much for taking part

    @Robert Hruzek: thanks Robert! and many congratulations on 1000 posts

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  25. Sarah Tanburn
    Twitter: workthewind

    Hi Joanna, thanks for the project. I’ve saved my contribution till today, and it’s just been posted. Enjoy the mammoth reading task you’ve set yourself. Sarah.

  26. Ruth says:

    Thanks to upsi I found out about this opportunity to share what I have learned. I am learning more every day. The more I learn, the more confident I feel that this is a great opportunity to connect with amazing people. Thanks, Ruth

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