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Bloggers Swap Shop

By saltire | 2 Aug 2010 | 32 Comments | 9,169 views

Those of you of a certain age will fondly remember Noel Edmonds and the Saturday Swap Shop Children’s TV program. The premise was simple; children with toys and games they no longer wanted would write in to say they wanted to swap their Barbie doll for a Monopoly game or other goodie that took their fancy, the TV staff then arranged for the participants to exchange their games and everyone was happy. Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I thought it could be good fun to reprise the game but instead of swapping toys and games we could swap opinions and blog posts in a Bloggers Swap Shop.

So how would it work?
To make the idea work we will need two groups, “bloggers” willing to write an F1 or motorsports related blog post, and “hosts” who are willing to host a guest post on their website or blog. What I’d like you to do is decide which category you fall into (or maybe you would like to write for another blog and host a guest post, that’s fine too) and then leave a response in the comments below. Once we have an idea of the numbers of people willing to play we can sort out a list of who will blog and details of the site chosen to host the blog.

Don’t worry if you can’t host someone else’s post but you would still like to write and have your work on view to the blogging community, I’m sure there will be plenty of people looking for fresh interesting content during the F1 summer break.

What’s in it for the host blog?
Who doesn’t want fresh new content for their blog and the chance to get new readers? What have you got to lose?

What’s in it for the blogger?
Whether you are an established blogger or someone who’s thinking of writing for the first time it’s a chance to highlight your work to a wider audience and have it read by people who may not have had the chance to see your work before. If you are new to blogging, it gives you a chance to try blogging and see if you like it, you never know you might just get bitten by the bug and start your own blog.

Rules, what rules!
Just add a comment below and details of whether you are willing to write, host or both. If you could comment by Friday (6th August) at 12 noon UK time I’ll organise the list in time for the evening so you will have plenty of time to dream up ideas for posting the following weekend. I’d like to limit the posts to those about F1 or other motorsport so please don’t offer to write about other topics as I wouldn’t be able to find suitable hosts. Oh, and one last point, we’d like all work to be original so please don’t post something you or someone else has published elsewhere. That’s all there is to it!

Any questions?
Drop a note in the comments below or email admin@vivaf1.com

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  • Jack Sargeant

    Brilliant idea! I’d be happy to both host and write :)

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  • Joe

    yeah great idea salti! almost deserves it’s own site.
    It may not be right but theres a cool looking wordpress theme that copies twitter

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  • me

    sidepodcast – happy to host and to write.

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  • Maverick

    Happy to write, suppose I better ask for some writing in return too :-)

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  • Leigh O'Gorman

    sounds interesting indeed!!

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  • Matthew Turnbull

    I love blogging for Anf1blog, it gives me something to do and I want to be a sports reporter or a journalist when i’m older so I would be very happy to write !

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  • Pat W

    Great idea, it reminds me of Thursday Thoughts but maybe with different ideas and different people (and different format?).

    Happy to either write or host, although my blog isn’t F1-specific so I might have a wider approach.. depends on the subject I suppose :)

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  • saltire (author)

    Great idea, it reminds me of Thursday Thoughts   

    I’m hoping Thursday Thoughts will come back again over the off-season. This idea was intended to get people an audience they may not have had before, the plan was for it to be something for the holiday month but let’s see how much interest there is.

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  • Gavin Brown (RubberGoat)

    I’ll be happy to host and write – but I will be away for most of the summer break including the Belgian Grand Prix. I am sure something can be arranged though ;)

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  • saltire (author)

    Cheers Gavin.

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  • saltire (author)

    Okay, in for a penny… I’ll blog too

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  • Nick Hipkin

    Id be up for a swap both ways, just let me know!

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  • Pat W

    If it promotes blogging then it is a welcome idea :)

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  • RG

    More than happy to write for anyone as soon as I get back from my holiday.

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  • Alianora La Canta

    I would be pleased to host a blog entry.

    I’d like to write an entry but am having trouble even keeping my own blog up-to-date :(

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  • Allen Wedge

    Would love to participate in both ways. Our blog covers any sports but a heavy emphasis on motorsports, and I’d be glad to write about motorsports anywhere else as part of this, sounds like fun.

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  • F1Wolf

    I am afraid I will not be able to contribute but I will be happy to host posts on my site

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  • sfbrij

    I’m keen to join in writing!

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  • saltire (author)

    2 more sign ups to add to the list, Phil via email who will guest post and F1Weekender who will write and host. Thanks guys. :)

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  • Joe

    Didn’t make it clear before, but I’d love to write :)

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  • Maverick

    So how are you dividing this up? Randomly allocating authors to blogs?

    Or are you auctioning everyone off? :-P

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  • saltire (author)

    So how are you dividing this up? Randomly allocating authors to blogs?
    Or are you auctioning everyone off? :-P   

    Hmm, auctioning… now there’s an idea. It will be random allocation to decide who goes where.

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  • Leigh O'Gorman

    Hi Jackie,
    Regarding your message earlier, I’d love to write a guest post for VivaF1, but I’m also looking for car folk interested in doing a regular slot too.
    In the meantime, I’ll put something together to see if it tickles your fancy.

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  • saltire (author)

    Hi Jackie,
    Regarding your message earlier, I’d love to write a guest post for VivaF1, but I’m also looking for car folk interested in doing a regular slot too.
    In the meantime, I’ll put something together to see if it tickles your fancy.  

    Brilliant, thank you.

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  • James Boyle

    Hi there,
    Loving the sound of this project, currently in the process of setting my own blog up on Wordpress, not quite ready to go live yet, but would love to contribute to this project. I’m a big fan of many forms of motorsport, though my heart is with F1 and Ferrari! Count me in on this, and thanks for the great idea, its about time we had a forum for the fans by the fans, no matter which team they follow. Hope to hear from you soon! :)

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  • saltire (author)

    Hi James, congratulations on taking the plunge and starting your own blog. It will probably be next Monday that I’ll post the new swap shop thread… need to leave some time to discuss Hungary! Keep an eye out here and/or Twitter for details.

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  • LewisArmy

    Hiya! I do articles on F1 already for popfodder.com it would be great to do some for you too! Id be the blogger and do F1 articles! sound good? Take a look on my twitter if you wish (@LewisArmy)

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  • saltire (author)

    Hiya! I do articles on F1 already for popfodder.com it would be great to do some for you too! Id be the blogger and do F1 articles! sound good? Take a look on my twitter if you wish (@LewisArmy)

    Always great to see new writing talent join in, you’d be most welcome.

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