And in that post I referred to the upcoming Services that are going live on One Spoon later in the year. One of those services is a Writing Consultation:
As a prelude to that going live – and as an exercise that I hope you’ll all find really interesting – I’m giving away three blog post critiques (with qualifications). Actually, there’s only two up for grabs, as the first one has already gone.
Winner #1 – Adarsh Thampy
Adarsh is a blogger who I’ve seen around the old Interwebz. He guest posted over at my buddy Steve’s Scott site recently:
Last week he emailed me and asked me if I was interested in a guest post. I emailed him back and told him that for sure I would take a look at his post, but that I have a clear goal of what I’m publishing at One Spoon and there was a good chance that his post wouldn’t fit that vision.
And in fact, that’s what happened. Adarsh’s post was about Freelance Writing – and though I talk about writing here on One Spoon as you probably know, freelance writing isn’t a topic that I plan to cover in much depth. If at all.
But I like Adarsh’s energy. And I like the way he’s getting around and trying to build an online business. And I didn’t just want to flat out reject his post.
So I made him an offer:
To use his post as a demonstration of the kind of things I’ll be doing with my upcoming blog critique service. So he gets a critique of that guest post for free – along with suggested exercises he can practice to make his writing better. The quid pro quo is I publish the majority of that openly here on One Spoon, so other people can see it and learn from it. (And yep, maybe decide that they want the full-on consult when it goes live!).
And he’ll get the same amount of link love as if I did publish a guest post. (Actually he gets more, because I’m mentioning him here too – you can find Adarsh at http://salesmaximus.com/).
So at some stage next week I’ll publish that critique. I was talking this over with one of my mastermind buddies – he suggested that I put it out there as a ‘competition’ and do a couple of other free critiques.
Between us we hammered out some eligibility rules for the remaining two ‘free’ critiques.
How To Win A Free Blog Post Critique (Value approx $170)
To be eligible to win a free blog post critique you need to fill the following conditions:
- 1) Post a comment saying you’d like to be considered – DON’T post a link to your blog in your comment though!
- 2) Tweet today’s post out – maybe add something like: “I’ve entered the competition – have you?” to the front of the tweet
- 3) Agree that I can publish your blog post here on One Spoon – as well as my suggested amendments. As well as publishing two versions of the post (yours and mine), I’ll comment on what I’ve done, introduce you at the top of the post with a link, and I’ll email you the suggested exercises to incorporate into your writing practice.
- 4) I’d prefer ‘newbie’ and up-and-coming bloggers rather than established bloggers. (On the grounds that established bloggers already have an audience and if they want a critique they should be able to monetize their blog – if they’re not already – and actually pay for the proper service!). As a rough guideline if your Alexa rank is above 150,000 I probably won’t consider you. (Note: probably, not definitely. I’m willing to consider exceptions – use the contact form and hit me up with an email)
- 5) I have no idea what the take up rate on this will be. So if there are enough entries to pick winners from, I’ll get my kids to choose one each from a random list of names. (Note: my youngest son – Max – will almost certainly choose a woman!) That way I can’t be accused of any kind of favouritism or anything like that!
- 6) I don’t mind posts that are already published being submitted as entries – but you will NOT be free to publish the edited post anywhere but here.
- 7) If you’re on my Newsletter/Subscriber List you automatically get your entry doubled so you’ve got twice the chance of winning!
And I think that’s it. If I think of anything else, I’ll edit it in.
Use The Comments Form and Join The Competition
So post a comment. Send a tweet. Join the competition. If you’re not a subscriber yet, just tick the appropriate checkbox in the comment form and you’ll be added to the list and your entry will count double!