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Win Wordpress.com Credits — //engtech Contest #1

Posted in Contests, Technology by engtech on January 18, 2007

You Could Win 15 WordPress.com Credits

So I decided to start doing monthly contests. For this first contest I’ll be limiting it to wordpress.com bloggers and the prize will be credits that can upgrade wordpress.com blogs. If I get a good turn out then I might try other prizes like gift certificates to Amazon, Threadless and Xbox Live, etc (and obviously I would open up the contest to all bloggers then).

On February 17th, 2007 I’ll be picking one of the participants at random to win a $15 credit at WordPress.com. You can use credits to buy things like a custom domain name, CSS upgrade (so you can customize your blog appearance like I’ve done), or you can use it towards additional space upgrades, or unlimited private users.

You can subscribe to contest announcements here, or you could just subscribe to my blog using RSS. You can check out the digest to get an idea of what my blog is like.

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How to Participate

  1. Write a 200 words (or longer) post about one of these four topics:
    1. “Why I started this blog” OR
    2. “The best job I’ve ever had” OR
    3. “Why I love (or hate) Valentine’s Day” OR
    4. “Something about tech (blogging, gadgets, software, programming, working in high tech, etc)”
      • 200 words is less than half the size of this post, around three paragraphs.
      • It has to be a NEW post published after January 16th, 2007.
  2. Link to this post and mention this contest.
  3. Have a wordpress.com blog.
    • The only reason it is limited to wordpress.com bloggers is because the prize isn’t much use to anyone else.
  4. You can enter once per blog that is hosted on wordpress.com.
  5. Post a comment on this post with a link to your contest entry.
    • I will be monitoring trackbacks, but posting a comment is the best way to ensure I don’t miss it.
  6. Contest deadline is 12:01 AM EST on February 15th, 2007.

Picking a Winner

  • A winner will be selected at random amongst all the entries.
    • Random selection is more impartial (and easier) than trying to judge the “best post”.
  • I will be linking to all of the contest entries.
  • I will be highlighting my favorite contest entries.

Looking for Sponsors

If you have a couple of extra credits kicking around (any amount), you can sponsor the next contest by gifting them to “engtech” and mentioning in the message that you would like to sponsor the next contest. Your blog will be mentioned in all future WordPress.com Credit Contests.

Even if you aren’t participating in the contest yourself, I appreciate anyone who promotes this contest (and will be thanking them in a separate blog post at the end of the contest).

Blatant Self Promotion

Did you think I wasn’t going to also mention that I have a collection of tips, tricks and utilities for WordPress.com bloggers? :)

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  1. […] See contest rules here. […]

  2. raincoaster said, on January 18, 2007 at 8:38 am

    “Chosen at random” eh? Doesn’t really have that snob appeal I’m looking for, which is not to say I’m not in, just that I’m going to spin it as if I were carefully chosen, should I win!

  3. engtech said, on January 18, 2007 at 8:43 am

    Ah, that’s what the “highlighting my favorites” is about — that’s where the snobbery and esteem building will come into place.

    Trying to judge something like this is so subjective and nigh impossible, so random selection is the way to go.

    It’ll be interesting to see how many people get involved. I’m hoping for around 20 for this first time. Once I can build it up to around 50 people a contest then I’ll start offering juicier prizes.

  4. Dustin said, on January 18, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Crap I want to play. I hate Valentines Day. But the whole ‘I host my own stuff’ gets in the way. Maybe next time.

  5. engtech said, on January 18, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    I’ll probably do three months of wordpress.com only contests (I have 50 credits to burn through — if I get a lot of response to one of the contests I’ll probably increase the number of prizes just to give people better odds at winning) and then focus on general contests once I’ve built up more of an audience.

  6. Why I Blog « Neomeme said, on January 19, 2007 at 1:40 am

    […] 2007 No, this isn’t becoming a personal blog. But I am playing along with Engtech’s blogging contest. Not so much for the potential lure of random selection for WordPress credits, but more to explore […]

  7. Ilya Lichtenstein said, on January 19, 2007 at 1:42 am

    I’m in. And have written a post that is VERY out of character for my blog.

    http://neomeme.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/why-i-blog/

  8. engtech said, on January 19, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Congrats on being the first, Ilya. You have a 100% chance of winning at the moment. :)

  9. engtech said, on January 19, 2007 at 3:14 am

    I’ve added a fourth topic option: “Something about tech (blogging, gadgets, software, programming, working in high tech, etc)” that is closer to what I usually write about.

  10. engtech said, on January 19, 2007 at 3:38 am

    I’m excited, it looks like I may have one company to sponsor the next contest with Actual Real Stuff(tm).

  11. sulz said, on January 20, 2007 at 10:22 am

    here’s my entry, sorry for the ugly url:

    http://sulz.wordpress.com/2007/01/20/didn%e2%80%99t-you-already-wrote-a-similar-post-like-this/

  12. Ilya Lichtenstein said, on January 20, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Crap, my odds of winning are plumetting. On the plus side, I am already finding some very interesting blogs to read through comments here/ contest entries, so I’m satisfied.

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  14. engtech said, on January 21, 2007 at 5:15 am

    Hey, 25% is still good odds. :)

  15. The Rooster said, on January 21, 2007 at 10:32 am

    engtech: you would be one of the selected few that I will permit to spam my comments ;)

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  17. truly.equal said, on January 22, 2007 at 5:32 am

    Hi,

    No offense, but if I’m going to write something coherent for a contest entry in which the winner is going to be selected randomly, then it doesn’t make much sense to write something at all, eh?

  18. engtech said, on January 22, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Think of it as a skill testing question.

    Also, the best posts will get featured.

    On the last Problogger.net blogging contest I wrote a piece that didn’t win anything (random selection for winner) but did get highlighted as one of the better contest entries. It got 64 comments, and linked to by 27 blogs.

    That’s the real reason to participate in blog contests.

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  20. A reason for me to blog « My Writings said, on January 22, 2007 at 10:13 am

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  22. Nita said, on January 22, 2007 at 10:15 am

    I have entered the contest and this is the url:
    http://nitawriter.wordpress.com/2007/01/22/a-good-reason-to-blog/
    I changed the title to a better one, but the pingback didn’t change.

  23. I See IT Everywhere « My Life With IT said, on January 23, 2007 at 1:10 pm

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  24. engtech said, on January 23, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for all the entries so far guys. :)

    It makes me happy to see people participating.

  25. Life of Robert said, on January 24, 2007 at 9:36 am

    My Deal with Valentine’s Day

    At least this year. I get the feeling that my thoughts on this matter fluctuate from year to year.
    I love the idea of Valentine’s Day. As a single guy, it’s a freebee day to shower women or one woman with gifts large or small without it b…

  26. A.J. Valliant said, on January 24, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I’ll play, though I’d prefer to be disqaulfied from winning the actual prize.

  27. […] same reasons why most bloggers blog. I’ve read a few entries from the participants of the engtech contest who chose to write about this topic, but so far, i personally feel that the entries are mostly on […]

  28. vernonia said, on January 24, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Too good to pass up. Here’s mine : http://vernonia.wordpress.com/2007/01/25/in-exchange-for-15-wordpresscom-credits/

  29. sulz said, on January 25, 2007 at 3:45 am

    aj: what? you don’t want the free credits? give it to me then. :P

  30. engtech said, on January 25, 2007 at 6:09 am

    @aj: coolio :)

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  32. Kristin said, on January 25, 2007 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve tried to write something informative on why I started Thursday Rants:
    http://thursdayrants.org/2007/01/25/why-i-started-this-blog/

  33. Why Do You Blog? « //engtech said, on January 26, 2007 at 11:25 am

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  35. jordsta said, on January 26, 2007 at 1:46 pm

    I’ve done my blog entry. And if you are wondering wtf is a Holden Commodore, google it.

    http://jordsta.wordpress.com/2007/01/26/why-i-started-my-blog/

  36. Why the blog? « me, myself and them said, on January 26, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    […] This blog post is being submitted as an entry to //engtech’s Win WordPress.com Credits – Contest#1 […]

  37. monomaniac said, on January 26, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    Here is my “Why the blog?” contest entry.
    http://monomaniac.wordpress.com/2007/01/26/why-the-blog/

  38. djjoja said, on January 28, 2007 at 12:04 am

    Hi engtech, here’s my 500 letter post! http://djjoja.wordpress.com/500-letter-about-microsoft/
    password is: onlyforengtech

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  40. teenfg said, on January 31, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    That sounds cool.

  41. Jayesh Ramchandani said, on February 01, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Hi engtech, i had posted about microsoft to see if i could win this contest, but i dont understand why my other blog has been suspended so ive put it on again at another blog, i hope u dont mind!
    Sorry!
    Link:http://djjojapc.wordpress.com/about/

    **I do own another blog, which is http://www.djjoja1993.wordpress.com!

    when you’ve seen it, then just tell me if you dont mind so i delete it from my blog!
    Thank you!

  42. engtech said, on February 01, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Hi Jayesh,

    Deleting the post afterwards kind of goes against the spirit of the contest.

  43. raincoaster said, on February 01, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Midnight on Valentine’s Day for a deadline? What a romantic you must be.

    I’ll do it, once I get these weird computer problems ironed out.

  44. engtech said, on February 01, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    Hey, there’s still two weeks… nothing says it has to be written on Valentine’s Day. :)

  45. Jayesh said, on February 03, 2007 at 2:09 am

    Engtech, im completely sorry about the topic of deleting the post after youve read it. If its bad to do it, then ok, doesnt matter! Hehe, can you please tell me or here or by email how was the post?

  46. ching07 said, on February 03, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    hey i got your point in randomly selection, prizes doesnt matter to me.experience is the prize towards success.

  47. ching07 said, on February 03, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    this is my first time joining the contest, how can start, i am so confused all of the above , you have explained.

  48. ching07 said, on February 03, 2007 at 12:57 pm

    engtech, how can i post my entries? im sorry but it really my first time.i am not such a clever like anyone else there.

  49. Venture Skills Team said, on February 03, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Just drop a line to say we have entered to but as we are a company if we do win we will give the credits to a non profit making wordpress blogger, though we haven’t worked out who or how :)
    http://ventureskills.wordpress.com/2007/02/03/why-blog/
    Anyway you can see our entry above :)

  50. engtech said, on February 03, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Ching,

    Write about one of the four topics mentioned in the post above and then add a link to https://engtech.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/win-wordpresscom-credits-engtech-contest-1/ in the post.

    Come back to this page and leave a comment that you entered the contest.

  51. raincoaster said, on February 03, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Okay, my entry should go live in a couple of hours:
    http://raincoaster.com/2007/02/03/5-reasons-why-i-blog/

  52. Agent KGB said, on February 05, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Why I’m not a Huge Fan of Valentine’s Day

    So, in the hopes of being randomly selected to win 15 WordPress credits in Engtech’s contest, I’m explaining why Valentine’s Day isn’t cool.

    I don’t especially like the color pink, and there’s a lot of it in early F…

  53. engtech said, on February 05, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Solid list of entries so far with only 10 more days to go.

    Thanks for participating, guys.

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  55. adorablay said, on February 07, 2007 at 11:16 am

    I have posted a blog about “why i blog” here
    http://adorablay.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/why-i-started-adorablay-animals/

  56. qphayes said, on February 07, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    Well, I finally got my entry up today. I chose to blog about why I blog. http://qplog.wordpress.com/2007/02/07/hmmm-5-reasons-eh-why-i-blog/

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  59. Rexted said, on February 11, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    count me in
    here is my post…

    http://dexfamily.wordpress.com/2007/02/11/why-i-started-this-blog/

  60. Internet Monkey said, on February 11, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Booyah!
    http://addmonkey.wordpress.com/2007/02/11/why-does-this-blog-even-exists/

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  62. Jason said, on February 13, 2007 at 6:48 am

    Here’s my two cents:

    http://longstride.wordpress.com/2007/02/12/but-engtech-told-me-to/

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  64. alejna said, on February 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Hi. Count me in. Here’s my submission:
    http://collectingtokens.wordpress.com/2007/02/14/getting-over-vd

    Thanks!

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  66. Agent KGB said, on March 01, 2007 at 2:30 am

    Why did that ping here? I know I didn’t put this address in the pingback field and I wrote that post over a week ago anyway. :?

  67. engtech said, on March 01, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Weird… looks like a backend server bug.

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