Friday, November 21, 2008

The Big Five-Oh (Giveaway!)

Giveaway is closed!  Thanks!

This, dear readers, is my fiftieth post! As with most things, time has really flown. But here's the thing. If it weren't for Google Analytics, I would think I was all alone in the blogosphere, based on the one comment per day that I average (thanks, Dixie). However, with the magic of Big Brother (that is, Analytics) I know that I average about 50 visits a day (I know, I'm no Nester). Yes, I think it's kind of creepy that you can find out practically everything about everybody that flits across your website, and that wherever you go they can do the same to you. But it's also kind of interesting, if you're anal[lytical] like me.

I'd like to hear from you, so today I'm going to bribe you, in the guise of a giveaway. I don't have any bigwig sponsors, so don't get too excited. But it's easy,it's free, and look at it this way: your odds of winning are pretty good. For the last several years, I have been getting a little frame ornament for the Christmas tree and putting that year's photo of the kids in it. Yesterday I was at Hobby Lobby picking out this year's, and I got an extra for one lucky reader.

For those of you who came over from The Inspired Room, this is my Christmas tradition offering. By hanging a new photo ornament on the tree every year, I will always be able to see how much everybody has grown and changed each year.


I put our initial in it for now because we haven't taken the photo yet. If you win, I will put in the initial of your choice, and then when you get it you can change it to a photo if you like. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, and tell me which initial you would like. But wait, there's more!

Bonus: if you would like to be entered twice, you can do one of two additional things. You can either mention my blog and this giveaway (and link to it) on your blog, or you can put me on your blogroll. I'm shameless, I know. If you do that, mention it in your comment and be sure I can find your blog to verify.

Don't be shy, and don't be embarrassed if you've never commented before. That's the point! In general, there are fewer visitors over the weekend, so I will leave the giveaway open until, ummm, Monday at noon. Winner will be announced Tuesday morning. (Yes, Dixie, you can enter. In fact, considered yourself entered. If I get no other comments, you win!)

P.S. When you're done leaving a comment, check out the other ideas at The Inspired Room.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love your blog and i love the ornament...my email addr is:
shopgirl6159@hotmail.com....thanx, beth

Lucy Marie said...

You better believe I'm entering my name in this giveaway! I love the decoration - it matches the decor of my Christmas tree! If I already have you on my blog roll does that count for two entries? Well, just to be safe I will post a link to your giveaway right now!

Shannon said...

What a cute idea and cute ornament! I'm off to check out this google analytics. I've never heard of it!

desiree@lookiloos.com said...

I just found your blog today. How lucky for me! You can reach me at desiree@lookiloos.com Good luck to all!

Sassenachs in Scotland said...

I'm entering the giveaway just so you'd have to send the ornament to Scotland if I won! hehe
You'll spend more on the shipping than you did on the ornament itself, probably. Maybe you could just send it to mom instead.

Noel said...

sign me up! You're already on my blogroll.

violetposy said...

Hi Holly,

Thanks for the nice message on my blog and yes plum pudding rocks :))

I really like your blog, so if it's ok with you I'll add you to my blog roll tomorrow. Don't worry about entering me into your giveaway as I'm in the UK, but I'm very envious of your winner! :)

Cheers
Liz@VioletPosy

jeanne @ Inspiring Ideas said...

That's a beautiful ornament and a beautiful tradition ... we do something similar ourselves. :-) Should I be the lucky winner I'd love a "W"! THANKS!

Elizabeth said...

I'm visiting you for the first time from the Inspired Room. I'll definitely put you right up on my blogroll. If I won this lovely ornament I'd like it to have a B.
I'm having a giveaway that ends Saturday at noon, stop on by and enter!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful blog. Congratulations on your 50th post. I love your giveaway! Ü

aahcoffee said...

I'm shameless. :) I like your blog background, and I recently started reading your blog. And I am not too proud to say I hope I win. LOL. I'll need the initial "R".

Gina said...

This a such a great idea, I think we may have to start this one. Thanks for your nice comment too, yes, the tree is a hit our house-and even with the neighborhood kiddos!

Jenny said...

HAppy 50 post Holly!!

Gorgeous ornament, I hope I win!! ;)

Jenny in MAine

dixie said...

You crack me up!! I was just sitting here thinking....hmmmmm, I wonder if it's okay if I enter. If my blog was up and going, I would mention you, although I wouldn't have many readers myself. I guess I'm entered, huh?!

michele said...

This is fun! Your blog is beautiful! I would love that with a J. :)

gina said...

Super pretty ornament- If I won I would like it with a B on it if I won- I would send it to my lovely friend who is sewing her little fingers off to make my family custom stockings this year. I will twitter about this giveaway and add you to my bloglist- thanks for the extra chances!

I found this link via The Inspired Room linky love.

I get my stats free via stat counter- and it also tells me fun stuff like keywords people have used to search google and come to my blog. Those can get wacky!

Nice to meet you- I'm crossing my fingers. :)

gina said...

ps. I will post about it too. :)

silverhartgirl said...

the ornament is beautiful. what a great tradition.

Karen S said...

Very nice blog. I love the background. Thank you for the chance to win such a stunning ornament!

maggie said...

I'm so glad I found you through the Inspired Room. You have such a lovely blog and I love the ornament.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Sorry I missed the giveaway but what a cute one it was! Love it!

:-)

Happy day!
Melissa

The Nester said...

I never win anything.

restyled home said...

What a beautiful ornament!!
I give my kids a new ornament each year, and this year tried my hand at creating silhouette ornaments of my chldren to give to their grandmother.

Please count me in!!
Linda