For whatever reason, the blogging community (and it is definitely a community, as I’ve come to learn) is rife with contests. I’ve mentioned a few of them on my site, as it’s always fun for people to win things — and some of them would be really cool to win; who couldn’t use a bouncy house? Or popcorn? Or a really fancy schmancy Brighton handbag (yep, week 2 of the SITS six weeks of summer)? Or heck, twenty days of giveaways? (See the button to your left. No, your other left — there, click it!)
I’ve talked about other people doing contests, and I sort of feel like I should reciprocate in some way. Mostly because of all that good Catholic guilt I had placed upon me as I was growing up. But much like I delayed blogging because I didn’t have the faith in myself that I could do it and thus kept putting it off, I’ve delayed holding a contest of my own.
Enter Swistle. She has what I think is a great idea. She’s hosting a Pay It Forward contest where we’re all starting the paying it forward. Essentially, you enter my contest here. Whoever wins is then obligated to host a pay it forward contest where they give something away and whoever wins that contest is thusly obligated, etc. It’s kind of a virtuous circle, if you will. And I like being virtuous.
What’s my prize? I don’t know yet. And thankfully, I don’t have to know yet, which is part of the fun. I can promise that it will be an at least somewhat cool package — which means more than one item. I may even get creative enough to have a theme.
How do you enter? All you have to do is post a comment below. In your comment, tell me a little about a childhood pet. If you didn’t have one, tell me why you didn’t (I’m just curious — no novels needed, just a brief overview). One entry per person.
Who’s eligible? Because this requires paying it forward, only bloggers will be able to enter (sorry for any reader without a blog — but hey, good time to start a blog, no?). And because I can only commit to paying postage in the States, I’ll request that you be located in the US (although I don’t think I really have any international readers anyway).
How will a winner be chosen? I’ll use a random number generator and whoever has that number comment wins. Ta-da!
When does the contest end? The contest will go through Friday July 4 at ohh around 8pm CST. (Note: I obviously have children too small to take to fireworks. What a bummer!) Get your comment in before then! Friday night I’ll post the winner… and if I’m lucky, the prize, too! Or maybe it will be a total surprise to the winner. It depends on how busy I get this week.
Oh, and like I said… this is a group effort. Go check out all the other contests that bloggers have put together for this pay it forward hoopla! Good luck!