First of all, I need to congratulate Jacynth who posted the 1,000th comment on my blog. Wow... 1,000. That's pretty weird to think about. Thank you to all my family, friends, and blog buddies out there for keeping me motivated to constantly post and garner these comments. The immediacy of comment feedback really does make this whole thing worthwhile. I'm sure almost any blogger would agree.
Again, congrats, Jacynth!
And, if you were still up in the air about participating in the Grassroots Blogger Book Marketing Campaign, I now have reason why you should shed any doubts and take part in the festivities.
Three words: We. Have. Prizes.
Yes, that's right, we have a prize benefactor in the form of the author of The Lost Blogs, Paul Davidson. He e-mailed me saying that he would be more than willing to play Judge/Jury/Executioner (only kidding, about the last part) and pick the three best blogs during the promotional period. Those three select individuals will be receiving a autographed, first-edition of The Lost Blogs. How cool is that?
However, there is one catch. His publisher is hoping to not have any of the historical figures that Paul has represented in his book be duplicated in our blogs. There are quite a few that Paul has covered and I have the list. But, I do not want to ruin the surprise by listing them all here. So, if you are interested, e-mail me or leave a comment, and I'll check the list to see if your choice works or not.
And, after seeing this list, I can definitely say I'm looking forward to reading it.
Since there is still plenty of time before this contest happens, I would like to ask that you try to hype it up a bit if at all possible. I have even created a nifty little badge that you can use to promote the contest. I would really like to see several more people become involved. As it stands, with only four participants, all but one of us will be receiving a book. And, while that bodes well for our chances, I'd still like to see the competition level increased.
All I ask is that you link the badge back to the original contest post (http://kapgar.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/02/im_just_a_soul_.html) so we can keep an accurate list of contest participants.
I really think this can be something fun to try out even if you don't know Paul. And, if you do a good job, you get free stuff. How can you go wrong?