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February Blog Contest: First Step to 100!

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   51 Comments | Posted in Amazon · contests · Stephen King

February brings sleepy groundhogs, gaudy hearts, and President’s Day sales. February is also “National Snack Food Month,” “Jobs in Golf Month,” and my personal favorite, “National Spunky Old Broads Month.”

I admit, it is hard to top “Spunky Old Broads,” but I’m adding “First Step to 100 Month” to celebrate my February blog contest. I considered “Shameless Self-Promotion Month,” but that one is already claimed by a reality TV star.

My goal is to reach 100 followers this year, so I’m starting early. Here’s what I’ll be giving away to thank the faithful and entice the inquiring:

The first prize winner will receive a $20.00 gift card for, always a nifty thing to have for purchasing whatever might tickle your fancy:

Second prize is Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft,” an awesome read for anyone, writer or not. Here’s the summary straight from Mr. King’s website:

“On Writing is both a textbook for writers and a memoir of Stephen’s life and will, thus, appeal even to those who are not aspiring writers.  If you’ve always wondered what led Steve to become a writer and how he came to be the success he is today, this will answer those questions.”

The third prize winner will receive a journal by Peter Pauper Press. Use it to chronicle your dreams, plot your novel, or write your grocery list. Whatever you choose, you’ll do it in style:

Three prizes mean three chances to win! It’s easy to enter.  Here’s how:

  • Comment and sign up as a follower of Writing in the Buff, or remind me that you already follow. Your name will be entered one time. 
  • Want to up the odds? Mention this contest on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter with a link back to this blog and let me know you did; your name will be entered a second time. 
  • Are you an overachiever? Want multiple chances to win? For each person who links from you and becomes a new follower here at Writing in the Buff, his/her name will be entered into the contest and so will yours. Please be sure your pals say you sent them so I know to credit you for the references. The more followers you send, the more times your name will be added into the drawing.

The contest will be open until Friday, February 25th. I will announce the winners on Monday, February 28th.  Blog friends outside the U.S. are welcome to join in the fun.

I’m excited about this contest and hope to increase my followers to 100 this year, so stay tuned for more contests and wordplay shenanigans here at Writing in the Buff!

Enjoy your weekend!

P.S. For all my friends buried in snow, I wish you cozy fires, warm snuggle buddies, and an endless supply of hot chocolate (or whatever beverage you prefer to accompany the snuggle-by-the-fire stuff.) Above all, please keep safe.

51 Responses to "February Blog Contest: First Step to 100!"

  1. Comment by 5thsister
    February 4, 2011 at 9:58 am  

    Now why am I not a follower? I do follow on FB but I guess I now have to make it official (not that I mind) :o)

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 4, 2011 at 10:29 am  

    Hey Polly – Thanks for being the first to enter. You rounded me up to 65! πŸ™‚

  3. Comment by Bookie
    February 4, 2011 at 10:37 am  

    Wow, what a contest! I am already a follower but I will do something on my blog and will let you know when, okay? Yes, still buried in snow…more coming today, light flurries but Sunday has potential of 4 more inches…have not set foot outside since Monday afternoon!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 4, 2011 at 10:45 am  

    Hi Claudia – Wow. MORE snow? Where will y'all put it? Seriously, that has to be problematic. Snow is heavy, too. It looks light and fluffy, but collectively it weighs a ton. You're smart to stay indoors where it is warm and your writing muse is beaming. πŸ™‚

  5. Comment by BECKY
    February 4, 2011 at 11:14 am  

    Hey Lisa! Great contest and you KNOW I'm a follower!! I'll definitely post on my blog,too. (I can't believe you don't have about 200 followers! You're so awesome!)Here in my area, which includes quite a few of your blog buddies, we're supposed to get a bit more snow, too. I haven't paid attention to how much…why bother??!! I FINALLY got out of the house yesterday and met Blogger Tammy for lunch. AND did some writing/editing. Great day!

  6. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    February 4, 2011 at 11:23 am  

    Hi Lisa, I am a follower and I love that On Writing Book. I'll post this on my blog soon. Do you about Homemaker on a Dime's Monday Swap Follower linky party? That helps too. I know that you will easily get 100!

  7. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    February 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm  

    You know I love a contest!

  8. Comment by Ellie
    February 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm  

    A contest! Yay! Can you tell I love them? LOL. I hope you have hundreds of followers by the end of the year!

  9. Comment by Sally
    February 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm  

    Hey Lisa, good idea with good give aways. Count me in!

  10. Comment by Bookie
    February 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm  

    I got your contest and link on my blog today, Lisa! Hope you do well heading for 100!

  11. Comment by Michael G-G
    February 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I'm a follower. I'm also linking to you in my blogpost today, thanking you for commenting on my post about first lines, so who knows who may stop by.Have a great weekend!

  12. Comment by anita
    February 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm  

    This is wonderful, Lisa — and you are way better than any Old Broads! I want to be one of your 100.

  13. Comment by Lynn
    February 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm  

    Hi Lisa, I'm surprised you don't already have 100 bloggers. No doubt you will.

  14. Comment by Tony Benson
    February 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm  

    Good luck with your target of 100 followers. I'm sure you'll succeed, and a competition always helps πŸ™‚

  15. Comment by K9friend
    February 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm  

    Fun idea for a snow weary February. I'm already a follower…how could I not be?

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    February 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm  

    Oh, that shameless self-promotion…I've done a little myself, and it's not for the faint of heart. I'll do my best to promote you this February. I'm sure you'll be at 100 in no time!

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm  

    Oh, goodness — The comments got ahead of me this weekend. Thanks to each of you for taking the time to say "hi". Your names are all in the hat for the drawing. Good luck! Remember, if you post about it on your blog, Facebook or Twitter, please let me know so I can add your name a second time. πŸ™‚

  18. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    February 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm  

    Commenting? Check. Follower? Check. Blogged? Check.My work here is done. πŸ™‚

  19. Comment by Krysten
    February 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm  

    That King book is a great book for writers! I enjoyed it. Heard about your contest on Cathy C. Hall's blog. I follow your blog πŸ˜‰

  20. Comment by Gail
    February 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm  

    Hey Lisa,I'm a new follower and give some credit to Cathy Hall connecting us!

  21. Comment by irishoma
    February 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I'm a follower, and I'll spread the word.I have Stephen King's book on writing, but I would love to win the journal. Donna V.

  22. Comment by Rob Zachritz
    February 7, 2011 at 4:37 am  

    Hi Lisa,I am a minion of Cathy C. Hall and she ordered me to follow you.

  23. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 7, 2011 at 6:39 am  

    Hi Cathy – Thanks for your blog post and link. You're such a wonderful writing Yoda. I appreciate your support!Hi Krysten and Gail – Thanks for following Cathy's link. Your names are in the drawing!

  24. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 7, 2011 at 6:41 am  

    Hi Donna – Thanks for joining in! Good luck with the journal drawing. πŸ™‚

  25. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 7, 2011 at 6:45 am  

    Hi Rob – I, too, am a minion of the great Cathy C. Hall. I started this blog nearly 2 years ago because she insisted I must, and I'm not kidding. LOL I'm glad she did because I've hooked up with some great people. You, for instance! Thanks for following Cathy's link. Good luck with the contest!

  26. Comment by Jules
    February 7, 2011 at 8:30 am  

    Lisa, popped over to follow but Google has other ideas. Will check back later πŸ™‚Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  27. Comment by Diane
    February 7, 2011 at 11:29 am  

    Hoping you get to 100! I just signed up. :O)

  28. Comment by J.L. Campbell
    February 7, 2011 at 11:47 am  

    Visiting you from Cathy's C's blog. Will add myself as a follower. You have time on your side, so 100 followers is not out of reach.

  29. Comment by Sheila Siler
    February 7, 2011 at 12:22 pm  

    Hi Lisa – just found you through Donna's Book Pub. I tweeted and Facebooked your contest. I'm becoming a follower as soon as I post this!

  30. Comment by Karen Lange
    February 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm  

    Great contest! And congrats on almost 100 followers! I am a follower and will post about this on Thursday. :)Thanks and blessings,Karenklange61(at)hotmail(dot)com

  31. Comment by Katie Gates
    February 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm  

    Hi Lisa, I'm already a follower, and I don't doubt you'll cross the 100th threshold very soon! Great contest! Enter my name!

  32. Comment by Madeleine
    February 9, 2011 at 7:17 am  

    Fab contest I shall advertise it in my post tommorrow. Do enter my name I'm already a follower :O)

  33. Comment by Tammy
    February 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm  

    Great idea and awesome prizes. And I came…I stayed…I followed!

  34. Comment by Mary Vaughn
    February 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm  

    Madeleine from Scribble and Edit said I must come check out your blog. Here I am.

  35. Comment by Gee of
    February 11, 2011 at 1:33 am  

    Hi lisa, i'm your newest follower. i'd like to join the giveaway but will appreciate it very much if you could also follow me back on my blog here: GEORYL.thanks!

  36. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    February 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm  

    Now how come I missed this?! I think I must have been asleep for a week!I enjoy following :)I will blog, add a sidebar and tweet :)I will send peeps your way :)We'll have you up to 100 before the month is up!:Dom

  37. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    February 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm  

    Hi LisaUPDATE: Here's my blog post Lisa in the Buffand I tweeted too!

  38. Comment by Anonymous
    February 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm  

    Lisa, you don't know me –I'm Debra Mayhew's mom –any friend of Debra's is an automatic friend of mine. No, I'm not a writer but I was a major part of 'producing' an upcoming star! I can't give you any advice on writing, but I can tell you that I have enjoyed reading this one! I especially loved reading aboutspunky old broad month– I can sort of identify with that — do you have a 'poster broad' for that one??? I'm no Maxine, but I could give it a try! Good luck on your 100 hits — Noooo problem!

  39. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 12, 2011 at 10:08 am  

    Hi Jules – Thanks for coming back! I'll be visiting your blog soon. Hi Diane – Thanks for signing on. I hope to see a lot of you. :)Hi J.L. – Cathy is a doll, but I guess you already know that. Thanks for heeding her request and linking over to me. Glad to meet you!Hi Sheila – Wow! Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. Good luck with the contest!Hey Karen – Thanks for helping out. And thanks again for your contest (that I just won!). I can't wait to receive that book!

  40. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 12, 2011 at 10:12 am  

    Hi Katie – Thank you!Hi Madeleine – Thanks very much. :)Hey Tammy – I'm always happy when you visit. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sticking around.Hi Mary – Welcome! Your name is in the contest.Hi Gee of Georyl – I'll definitely visit your blog! Thanks for visiting me here.

  41. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 12, 2011 at 10:18 am  

    Hi Dom – That was some post…Lisa in the Buff. LOL I love it! Thanks very much for your support. I really appreciate it.Hi Deb's Mom! I'm so glad you came to visit. I love Deb! She is such a talented writer, which makes it a real pleasure to be part of her writer's group and read her work. I hope you come back to visit again. πŸ™‚

  42. Comment by The Words Crafter
    February 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm  

    Hey, nice to meet you! I'm over from Dominic's blog. That journal is gorgeous! I recently reached 100 followers myself, so good luck! Now following πŸ™‚

  43. Comment by Alex J. Cavanaugh
    February 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm  

    Hey Lisa! Coming over from Dominic's site. You're real close to 100. Good stuff! Bet if you joined Lee's A-Z Challenge, you'd hit 200 in April.

  44. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    February 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm  

    Glad you liked it Lisa!! :DYou might like to put a link from your blogfest page to this post, because you don't have comments on your page :):Dom

  45. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm  

    Hi Words Crafter! Thanks for linking over. Good luck with the contest! Hi Alex – I visited your site and signed on for the A-Z Challenge. Sounds like fun!Hey Dom – Thanks for the head's up on the comment oversight. Thanks to you, I corrected it!

  46. Comment by The Words Crafter
    February 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm  

    I can see me now in your followers box, right next to Alex. I'm a sleeping kitty πŸ™‚ I had to go and add a photo to my google account, duh!

  47. Comment by J.C. Martin
    February 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm  

    Ooh…I so want that Stephen King book! I'm in! And I'll be Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging this!

  48. Comment by Beth
    February 14, 2011 at 6:04 am  

    Great contest! I'm a new follower, and I'd love to win that Stephen King book!

  49. Comment by Lisa Potts
    February 14, 2011 at 11:09 pm  

    You're getting close! New follower sent here by Dominic @ Writes Of Passage.I also put your contest on my sidebar –

  50. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    February 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm  

    Hi Becky/Words Crafter – Love the sleeping kitty, and I can see him now! :)Hi J.C. – Thanks for the shout outs. You're smart to covet the book. It's awesome!Hey Beth – Thanks for your support. The book is terrific. Good luck!Hi Lisa – Thanks for letting me know who sent you and for signing on. And thanks for the sidebar link!

  51. Comment by Anstice Potts (Tizzy)
    February 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm  

    Hey Lisa, I'm a new follower and I'm trying to get up to 100 followers this year too. I'm sure we can both achieve it. Your prizes look great. I'll add your contest to my sidebar. If you like blogfests feel free to drop by my blog and take part in my Nifty Fifty blogfest.

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