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24 May 2013

1 Year of Blogging Giveaway

Man, my beloved husband has been having all of his crazy antics recorded for posterity for an entire year.

There is no specific blogging anniversary for me. If you look at my archive, it's clear that I technically began this blog well over a year ago, but while I was still in college, I was a little too busy writing papers on, say, the history of great soccer rivalries to spend much time writing the kind of short snippets of writing best suited to a blog.

I began blogging much more regularly in late May last year, right after I graduated from college, and I haven't looked back since. I love blogging, with no reservations. Since I've started blogging, and begun learning all the different opportunities that are available online for writers, I feel like I'm really accomplishing my dream career. I've always, always dreamed of being a writer, though I never seem to find one specific direction to go in. I love the idea of writing picture books for children, and I haven't given up that hope, but I also have a strong passion for writing about real life. I find real life immensely fascinating, hilarious, and bizarre. The people you meet, the conversations you overhear, and the homemade signs that you find taped to a tree when you go for a walk downtown.
 
So, so random.
 
I love blogging the same way I loved my public speaking class in college. In public speaking class, I could give speeches on whatever I wanted, and I had a captive audience composed of my classmates who were forced to listed to all of my speeches because attendance was part of the grade. The readers of this blog aren't forced to read it (well, Angel might experience a little coercion once in a while)...but you guys still do read it, and you keep coming back, and that makes me so happy.

And so, we shall celebrate with a giveaway. I thought of something along the lines of a "My Favorite Things" giveaway...but then I remembered that my favorite things are not usually the same as other people's favorite things, and it might be a little selfish to only give stuff I would like. So, instead, I'm giving away a conglomeration of things. Something to remind you of the blog, something to remind you of me, something to remind you of Angel, and something that  the more normal people out there might appreciate.



In honor of the blog: 1 month's 200x300 ad space (obviously not pictured) and a copy of The Random Writings, the book that started this whole thing.

To remind you of me: A flower and two headbands, my secret to having cute hair without having to do anything to your hair. Just stick a flower in it.

To remind you of Angel: I'm sorry guys, but this is what he chose to represent him. Tom's Unscented Deodorant.  I start giggling every time I think of it, but to you long-time readers, it probably won't seem weird at all. And it actually is a good brand of deodorant for those who are interested in more naturally sourced healthcare products. Practical, see?

For you: $25 gift card to Target--the store that seemingly everyone but me appreciates.

Thanks for reading!! The Rafflecopter mentions that one entry option is for you to read and comment on a post from last May or June; those are the links to those months in the archives.

Please read the terms and conditions, the giveaway will end next Thursday, the 30th, at midnight. The winner will be contacted, and if they do not respond within 48 hours with their address, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway limited to residents of the U.S.A. For any other conditions, as I mentioned, read the terms and conditions.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Kristin said...

I like your fashion posts. And your thoughts on sponsoring. I can't stand it when a blog is nothing but guest posts because the sponsors need "their time".

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Happy Blogversary! I'm Canada so won't be entered for the wild and crazy prizes ; 0

Keep bloggin'

bisous
Suzanne

Dara said...

I read it because you are interesting and funny!

Carolynn Markey said...

Your husband and I use the same kind of deodorant :)

Sam M said...

Ummm, my birthday is on the 31st...so that would be a pretty amazing birthday present...just saying ;)

Mushi said...

Congratulations! You have a truly unique blog- love your take on things and who doesn't like a bear costume?

Rachel Sayumi ♥ said...

that's awesome, congrats missy!! :) i love your quirkiness and honesty on your blog, also-- you leave me the sweetest comments!

Angi said...

Congratulations on your one-year-ish-anniversary!!! Personally, I love your honesty and sense of humor, and your outlook on life in general. And of course your fun hair colors :)

Steph said...

I love your unique style! So many blogs seem to be trying to fit some "blogger mold" but you are very open and true to your own style...which I love. :D

Glenda Thomas said...

I come to see what randomness there is now!

Sarah and Stewart said...

This is a great post, I really love your passion! I've also always thought that writing or illustrating children's books would be a dream career. And LOL re: the deodorant. :-)

Shane Prather said...

Congrats on one year! Keep doin what you're doin :)

xo

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary Rachel! You are a really great writer, and I'm happy you've found this way of sharing yourself. I always enjoy your posts, and your giveaway is so You! Don't count me in on the draw, I'm Canadian.

Sue xo

KatieLouise said...

I really do love the way your write! I wish I was a better writer for my blogs sake haha! Congrats on 1 year! I hope you continue doing what you love for many years to come! I also hope you are having a lovely weekend :]

Deidre said...

I don't live in the US so I can't participte, but this is a very sweet giveaway. and when I saw the Tom's deodorant, I got nostalgic for home and Tom's toothpaste.

Veronica Lee Burns said...

I read because you were one of the first bigger bloggers that actually talked to me! And you almost always have a funny post to write, you love the Lord, you've got a sweet man standing beside you and you're real...you're honest and you're open about who you are. Your confidence is rare and beautiful! You rock!

Sarah B said...

I read your blog because it is so different than all the other blogs I read. I like to keep some variety in my blog reading and yours fits that spot :)

Terrye Toombs said...

Happy blog anniversary! Here's to many more!

Jill said...

Love your sense of humor and "down to earthness". Happy blogiversary!

Melanie B said...

Happy blogaversary! :)

Ellen said...

You're like a breath of fresh air! Love your sense of humor :-)

Jessica Peters said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your blog becaue you make me laugh! And reply to me often!

Anna said...

Yay for 1 year! :) That's so exciting!
I keep coming back because of way with words and your spunky personality that shows up in every post you do. :) You're totally original, and I love that.