The third annual WordCount Blogathon drew to a close on the 31st May, after a month of frenzied blogging by freelance writers, with a raft of prizes totalling more than $1,200, randomly selected from the names of all those who took part. The Blogathon is an annual event, started in 2008 by Michelle V. Rafter when she challenged herself to blog every day during the month of May, in order to fuel her motivation, inviting other writers to join her. The following year, in 2009, almost 45 freelancers from across the US joined in, blogging about everything from frugal living to gardening, cycling to social media. See a complete list of 2009 participants here.
The Blogathon happens through WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age, a freelance and new media blog which Michelle founded in 2007. Like Fuel Your Writing, WordCount was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers last year on Michael Stelzner’s Writing White Papers site. The growth and success of the Blogathon shows the strength of the community of writers and bloggers that has built up round the site, as does the amount of prizes offered up for those taking part, donated by various sponsors.
Here are the prizes, who won them, and what they were for:
Blog/Website SEO Review – Jason Lancaster from Internet marketing specialists Spork Marketing, will analyze more than 50 aspects of the winning website or blog’s design and structure, and report on what’s working, what’s not and suggestions to make it more search engine friendly. Value: $500 WINNER: Charles Newbery – Pine Tree Paradise
Blogging Class – One admission to TV and film blogger Jane Boursaw’s popular class, Blogging for Passion and Profit, Premium level, is on offer to this winner. Value: $250. WINNER: Katie Hinderer –Write Beyond the Cubicle
Resume help – One hour of resume writing service from Danielle Buffardi of PenPoint Editorial Services to overhaul an old resume or start a new one. Value: $125. WINNER: Thinkingtoohard – Thinking too hard
Editing services – One hour of writing, editing, freelance business or social media coaching from Michelle V Rafter. Value: $125. WINNER: Alexandra Grabbe – Chezsven’s Blog
Task scheduling software – A copy of Simple Task Timer, a time-tracking software that writers can also use to schedule projects, produce productivity reports and generate invoices. Value: $49.95. WINNER: Rachel Vidoni – East Coast Musings
Online Markets E-book – A copy of the new e-book The Urban Muse Guide to Online Writing Markets, written by Susan Johnston’s (of The Urban Muse, another of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers). It covers 40 online writing markets that buy freelance articles, as well as samples of successful query emails and a glossary of writing and web terms. Value: $15.99 WINNER: Joy Choquette – One Year. 156 Fears. Life Changing.
More information on this year’s WordCount Blogathon can be found here. Anyone interested in signing up for next year’s Blogathon, or sponsors wishing to get involved by donating prizes, are invited to contact Michelle at michellerafter(at)comcast(dot)net, or through her Twitter account @michellerafter.