Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 580

Look at that.  Another nice round number to kick the week off with a bang.  Day 580.

And oh what a bang it is!!

Not only is it Monday with all the thrills and promises that a new week brings, but it is also cheer day which totally gets me hyped up, PLUS it's the day after Mothers' Day which means I am feeling very pampered, loved and well rested, AND to top it all off nicely I've been listed as one of Kidspot's Top 50 Bloggers!!  Now that is a big reason to go Woot Woot!!!

What is Kidspot? Well it's an online parenting directory which has grown to be more like an online magazine.  It's basically a spot where parents can go to make parenting a little easier.  Hundreds of thousands of people visit the Kidspot website every month which is a testament in itself.

Anyway, a couple of days before we headed off on our little junket to Queensland I was contacted by a fabulous Kidspot person advising I had been nominated as a Top 50 Blogger, but to qualify my nomination I had to identify my three favourite posts and answer a few questions which were to be answered in a blog post style (100 - 1000 words each). Wow! I blog every day, so finding my three favourite posts was a nightmare as you can imagine. But with only 24 hours from learning that I was nominated until the deadline I powered into it ... I re-read every post I had ever written and got to writing my bloggy answers to their questions ... and while I was away it was confirmed that I was indeed a Top 50 Blogger!!  Let me hear you say "woot woot".

What does all this mean? Well, it means I am one of Australia's Top 50 Bloggers (according to Kidspot) but it also means I get to compete for the big prize.  There are two streams of the competition. One is the Reader's Choice Award which is all about the votes received from Kidspot readers.  The other is a chance to become one of the Top Five bloggers who can then compete for the BIG prize.  To enter this part of the competition there is a writing exercise to complete and judges will determine who gets into the top 5 based on the readability, uniqueness and creativity of the blog post entered, the comments it evokes and the votes the blogger has been receiving.  It all sounds like so much fun!! The BIG prize is pretty cool too ...  The competition is being sponsored by the New Ford Territory so the ultimate winner gets the opportunity to be the New Ford Territory ambassador for a year (that means you drive one around for 12 months), plus a cash prize of $5000 PLUS there was even a bit of a reference there to the possibility of writing for Kidspot.

So as you can see, this is a big WOOT WOOT and I am so looking forward to the challenge.  While the ultimate prize is a nice little carrot to dangle in front of me, by far the biggest carrot is the writing challenges and the ultimate possibility that I may be asked to write for Kidspot down the track.

How freakin' exciting!!!

So there you have it.

That's my Monday. Full of promise and opportunity.  How is your Monday shaping up?

Oh ... I don't suppose you'd vote for me?  Just click on the badge which will take you to my Kidspot page.  You know I'll love you forever for it ... more than I do already ...

PS Only one vote will register per ISP

5 comments :

  1. Well, I know who I'm voting for!

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  2. Thank you MM :)
    Thanks Thea :)

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  3. Congrats lovely! Will go and vote for you. And re not being able to post, I can't either :( Had to switch to old editor so my layout etc is all strange, but better than nothing. Try this for how to do it. http://www.howtoinblogger.com/blogger-tutorials/all-about-bloggers-old-post-editor/
    xxx

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  4. Sarah, you're beautiful! Thanks so much ... for the vote AND for the advice on blogger ...

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