Hi Writers,
It’s the 10th week in My Project 20/20 Build my Blogroll Project. You can read all about the project and nominate a writing blog in “Project 20/20” in the left navigation.

This week’s add is all about the power of friends.

I’ve been noticing a trend lately, in the form of multiple writers gathering together to form a blog collective. This makes a lot of sense when you realize the time and commitment it takes to put out a quality blog on a continuous and relenteless basis. And when you consider the exponentially increased audience a group of writers can reach, well, a group blog really starts to make a lot of sense.

One of the first writing collective blogs I came across is this fine blog that was nominated at the beginning of my project. Congrats to our friendly writing neighbors to the north:
The Canadian Writers’ Collective
hosted by the following writers:

  • Melissa Bell
  • Anne Chudobiak
  • Tricia Dower
  • Steven Gajadhar
  • Tamara J. Lee
  • Antonios Maltezos
  • Andrew Tibbetts

I’m guessing with 7 regular writers and specical guests, it’s easy to keep the blog fires burning. Not to mention the fun factor of blogging as a group experience.

This blog is a bit of everything you’d want in a writing blog, really. Yesterday they posted a Halloween Haiku contest. There are posts from one writer’s “Journal of a Wannabe Novelist” to advice on which writing books to invest in.

I’d love for any or all of the members of the Canadian Writers’ Collective to stop in and tell us what it’s like to be part of a group blog. I’d like to get into one of those myself!

Keep Writing,

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3 thoughts on “PROJECT 20/20 BUILD MY BLOGROLL: WEEK 10 ADD!

  1. Tamara

    Thank you, Maria, for the shout-out.

    You know, when we started this blog, we just did it as an opportunity to regularly write and challenge ourselves in our writing. There was a group of us who had the loose ‘theme’ of writing in mind, mostly because we were all working toward the goal of ‘real writer,’ for lack of a better word. We always knew it would have a broad, maybe even ‘zine-ish quality, simply because we all had different proclivities, interests and voices. Yet, as Jacob notes above, we also knew that a focus was needed. That is true of any blog project.

    Since starting the CWC, the members have all become more confident as writers, while offering one another ongoing encouragement. It’s been a great experience, one I recommend highly.

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    This is a nice idea and does make alot of sense, but the collectives need to choose their blog theme wisely. Readers will stay if they like the blogger’s voice and in the case of multiple bloggers, that’s alot more difficult to manage.


  3. Tricia Dower

    Hey, Maria, thanks for highlighting the Canadian Writers’ Collective. We’ve been at it for about 18 months now and have developed a bond that recognizes our shared responsibility and respects our unique writing styles. I look forward to reading each day’s new entry and getting to know a little bit more about my associates that way. (We’ve never all met in person!) Since I write fiction, I enjoy the challenge — and the discipline — of producing a piece of nonfiction every week.

    Best of success with your project.


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