Oh lord, please don't let me be misunderstood...
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?
You mean I could actually WIN a copy of Paul's book? I wouldn't have to buy it or move into Borders waiting for them to stock a copy? (Hey, I WOULD buy it . . . you know, if I had money.)
Hell yeah, I'm in. Please forward me the list of historical figures I can't set my heart on, please.
Posted by: Rabbit | Thursday, 23 February 2006 at 06:41 PM
I am differing tonights posting to you bro :-)
Posted by: Mikey | Thursday, 23 February 2006 at 09:27 PM
I'm thinking about it man. I'll let you know. I don't want to commit if i'm not going to have the time to make it radical.
Posted by: Johnny C. | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 08:38 AM
Rabbit, the list is on its way to you. Check your e-mail. And, yes, even though I am more than willing to spend the money on it, free is a good thing.
Mikey, thanks! Here's hoping it helps get word out.
Johnny, I think you'd be good at this, man. I'm intrigued by what you'd say. Just let me know.
Posted by: Kevin | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 10:01 AM
Oh wow, I feel so honored! I've never been the 1,000th anything! I've always wanted to do that. Thanks! So, it looks like I'm IN for the blog challenge. One problem is that I'm not going to be able to blog on April 14th as that is the day I'm having surgery. Do I get "excused" for that day or can I just do a double posting on teh 13th? Puhlease, puhlease!
Posted by: Jacynth | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 02:39 PM
Well, now you are the 1,000th something and no one can take that away from you.
As for posting, you are on TypePad, as I recall, so you can always type a post whenever you want and change the date on which it's posted. I've done that before. It's a pretty nice feature. So, type it on the 13th and set it to post on the 14th. They don't always post right at the exact time you set it for, but it should be close. So set it early and hope for the best.
Good luck with the surgery. Nothing serious, I hope.
Posted by: Kevin | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 03:39 PM
Will she get a reward? Aside from your eternal warm feelings?
Posted by: sandra | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 03:48 PM
Oh, I'm totally in for this (starts brainstorming...)
Posted by: Alissa | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 03:55 PM
Sandra, I'm not sure I have anything worthwhile to give her, unfortunately. Dave and Pauly are much better prize givers than I am.. I'm just too broke. Eternal warm feelings will have to suffice.
Alissa, great! Glad to have you aboard. I'll forward you the list so you can make sure you don't pick one of the historical figures already covered by Pauly.
Posted by: Kevin | Friday, 24 February 2006 at 04:51 PM