PLUG: The 5 Obstructions Blogathon

by Joel · July 6, 2013 · Blogathons, Plugs · No Comments
Sheps note: Sorry for the insane delay on this plug… 
What do you do to become a better blogger/writer? Do you challenge yourself in order to grow or have you slowly gotten into the groove of things and enjoy being in that comfort zone? Recently I saw the documentary/movie The 5 Obstructions and it inspired me to create a new blogathon.
What is the movie The 5 Obstructions about?
If you have not heard of this film, let me give a short summary of it:
Director Jørgen Leth got the assignment from Lars von Trier to remake one of his movies (The Perfect Human) a total of 5 times. Each time there were rules he had to adhere to (for example: the movie has to be set in Cuba and the maximum length of a shot is 12 frames or the movie had to be animated). The idea behind it was to challenge the filmmaker, forcing him to come up with something worth watching with those restrictions in place. It has been announced that Martin Scorcese will also do the same thing in The Five Obstructions: Scorsese vs. Trier, which will finish shooting this year.
So what is the 5 Obstructions blogathon about?
This is not a blogathon where you write one post and you are finished. This is a blogathon for which you have to write 5 posts (1 per month) with 1 restriction in place each time. The goal? To challenge yourself as a writer and force you to get out of your comfort zone (hopefully) resulting in lessons learned to improve your blogging in various ways. If you are worried, I have some fun obstructions in mind which I think you will enjoy.

So how will this blogathon work?

At the beginning of each month I will post the obstruction for that month and you will have the whole month to write your post. You can do it immediately or take your time, but it has to be done before the month ends. You can send me the link to the post or leave it in the comments underneath the obstruction. At the end of the month I will check who has managed to pass the challenge and post an overview of the posts. This will be repeated for the other 4 obstructions.

So where can I find information about the first obstruction?

The first obstruction can be found here:

Got a Press Release, something to Plug, or a Screener available for review (or some combination of the three)? Ok, don’t get all crazy about it. Just click here and give me the details (what, when, where, and a link, for starters) – I’ll handle the rest.

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