March 2012 T-Shirt Giveaway: Official Entry Post
Welcome to the new blog! Looks a lot like the old blog, doesn’t it?
If you’re here, you’re either subscribed to the blog already (hi, all
53 54 of you!) or you followed this post over from the other blog. Regardless, I’m sure you’re all interested in this free Insatiable Booksluts gear. The most exciting thing is that you will get to earn multiple chances to win!
The prizes: One (1) t-shirt or tote bag of your choice from our Skreened shop. You choose the design and color; the image above features brand new designs, but any design that we have in the shop is an option. (Hoodies, long-sleeve tees, baseball tees, sweatshirts, and athletic tees are excluded. They are more pricey than I have credit.) Also: three (3) small items from our Zazzle store (a “small” item in this case is a magnet, pin, or keychain–you may mix and match three magnets, three pins, a keychain and two pins, one of each, or whatever), your choice of designs. Some designs are still in the process of being published by Zazzle, but should be posted by the time the contest ends. These prizes are non-negotiable and cannot be traded for cash, because I don’t have cash. You will also win three (3) hand-crocheted eggs made by Chrissy, aka The Pink Woobie.
Time limit: This giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm EST, March 18, 2012.
How to enter: In order to enter this giveaway, the first step is subscribing to our blog. You can do this in one of two ways. Regardless of which method you use, your entry will not be official unless you comment to this post. (i.e., if you are already subscribed, but don’t comment, you are not entered.) For entering, you receive 1 chance to win. You will not receive two chances if you do both methods, so choose the one best suited to you. Also, it would help bunches if the e-mail address that you use for your official entry comment/subscription is the same one I use to contact you if you win the prize.
Method #1: enter your e-mail address in the sidebar under “Want us in your inbox?”, confirm your subscription, and then leave a comment on this post telling us that you have subscribed to our blog and you want to enter the giveaway. So that we can verify, when you leave the comment, you should use the same e-mail address in the email field that you used to subscribe. (You do not need to post your e-mail publicly at any time.) Don’t worry, we totally don’t give away or sell your information. We’d rather be eaten by sharks with bad grammar than to be jerks like that.
Method #2: If you subscribe using RSS, take a screenshot or other form of proof that you have subscribed to us and post it in the comments. (A link to the picture would be preferable to actually pasting the photo in the comments. If you need to host your photo somewhere so you can link it to us, try imgur or imageshack or tinypic.)
Your successful entry comment would look something like this: “I subscribed! [Here is my link if I am linking you a photo!] This is my official entry comment!” (Please tell us you are intending to enter in some way, otherwise I won’t know!)
How to earn more chances to win:
Unlike our last giveaway, you can earn more than one chance to win! We’re not going to ask you to do annoying stuff like spam your friends on Twitter and Facebook by posting links everywhere, though–you can get your friends in on the action to get more chances to win, but you choose how and how often you contact those friends. You know what will annoy your friends and we totally don’t.
All of the activities below are optional; as long as you do step one and enter the contest, you will have a chance to win the prize. This is very important: When you post your initial entry comment, I am going to go in and update your comment with an entry code. I’m doing this manually, so it may take several hours if I’m sleeping or drunk; please be patient. The codes are to avoid confusion among people who have similar names, and to provide you a unique entry ID while keeping your e-mail address and other identifying information private. You will need your entry codes to qualify for each of these activities.
Twitter: Follow us on Twitter and post a comment here with your username. This will earn you 1 additional chance to win. If you already follow us on Twitter, good news–you still get a point for this! Just post your Twitter username in the comments so we can verify that you do follow us, along with your entry code so we can update your chances to win.
Your successful comment would look like this: “My Twitter handle is @yourusernamehere and my entry code is 000000.”
Pimp out your friends: Get friends to enter the giveaway and you get 1 chance to win per friend who enters! In order to get credit for referring your friends, they need to put in their entry comments that you referred them and mention your entry code so that we can give you credit. So, it is a very good idea to wait until I have updated your comment with the code before telling your friends to enter.
Their successful entry comment would look like this: “I subscribed! I have a referral code: 000000″
Find the “Easter Eggs”: From now until the end of the contest, I will be randomly planting “Easter eggs” on the site–they probably won’t literally be Easter eggs, but you’ll find out the details when I plant them. What will happen is that I will post how to find the Easter egg here on the blog, and you will have to go find it to get credit. If the “egg” is a particular photo of Hemingway, for example, you’d use clues that I give you to go through the blog and try to find the photo. You would THEN make a comment on the post that contains the “egg”; your comment should have your entry code in it. The number and frequency of eggs that I’ll post will be random, and eggs will have a 48-hour time limit to be found, so you won’t be able to go back and do old Easter eggs if you join up later.
Your successful Easter egg comment on that post (not this one!) would look something like this: “I found it! Entry code: 000000″
Good luck, friends! We’ll do the drawing after the contest closes. If you win, you will need to provide us with a street address or PO Box for shipping, so if this makes you uncomfortable, please note that we won’t be able to ship off the prize and we’ll have to pick another winner. Oh, and welcome to our new online home!
(P.S. On a somewhat more serious note, a member of our family is having kind of major health trouble right now, and there is a chance that I will not be able to do the drawing immediately after the contest ends. Fear not, though–even if I have to go away for a few days, I will be back to do the drawing as soon as I possibly can.)