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$100 Blog Contest
About a week ago I posted that my friend Dave had created a weblog to test some software that he'd developed. He's now running a contest with a $100 prize. This isn't a hoax. Basically all you have to do is register with his site and post an entry. If you post something, you get a chance to win the $100. Since no one has yet posted anything (and the contest has been running for a couple of days), your chances of winning are pretty good. The contest will end three days after the tenth post is created. (So, theoretically, your chances could be one in ten of winning.) I think Dave will accept almost anything as a valid post (a link, a random thought, a joke, etc.), but he's suggested a theme: "epiphany" (as in a sudden realization, not a religious awakening). I've known Dave for over ten years, so I can vouch for him that he will give someone the $100, and he won't do anything evil with your email address if you register on his site. (Though now that I think about it, I haven't actually seen Dave in person in almost two years, ever since he moved up to Riverside... so maybe in the meantime he's been replaced by an evil Dave-bot replicant who's hatched a diabolical plan to harvest email addresses, though I doubt it.)
Categories: Miscellaneous
Posted by The Curator on Wed Sep 14, 2005
Comments (10)
So does he want to get his blog going? Is that why he is giving out $100? I am not sure if that is what I would do. It's pretty cool anyway. Even if he is a diabolical robot harvesting email addresses. wink
Posted by Janet  in  Puyallup, WA  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  02:52 AM
I went to try and give my information and a good joke to his evil robot and the link you have on your site is no good, at least from Joplin, Mo., so I'll giv eyou my joke: You know the difference between a bowling ball and a girl from Arkansas? You can only fit three fingers in a bowling ball. (Some have actually responded that you could eat a bowling ball if you had to!!)
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Missouri  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  08:15 AM
...I went, I posted (I really would like to see if he pays this out)...

But I'm not sure I really understand.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  08:45 AM
Maegan, I'm not sure I understand either. But I do realize it's a strange opportunity for someone to win $100. I also realized Dave never specified the contest would end three days after ten _different_ people posted. In other words, you could post ten times in a row, thereby triggering the countdown to the end of the contest. If no one else posts during those three days, you're the guaranteed winner. And right now, Maegan, you're the only one to have posted.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  10:58 AM
Here is a more effective link to the contest.

Alex, the link you posted is to the home page of my weblog, which I'm using for stuff other than the contest. If you could update your post with this other link, that would help future readers.

Janet, the reason for the $100 award is that money talks. My site is an attempt to demonstrate a better way for a group of people to find the "best" of a group of posts (or candidates, or ideas, or anything, really). If I can get enough people to participate, I expect it to become obvious that the tool I'm providing to the membership for finding the "best" is a very good tool.
Posted by Dave Scotese  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  01:13 PM
Oh, about posting all 10 entries yourself...

That would trigger the clock, but at least one of those entries would have to be found by the membership to be the best entry to earn you the pay off. Also, the contest is not closed to new entries when the countdown starts.

This highlights something I missed, so I'll state it here and then go add it to the rules.

When I send out the reminder to come rank entries (as described here, the contest will be closed to new entries.

Dave.
Posted by Dave Scotese  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  01:24 PM
I posted, and I'm right behind the naked post. I'll be rather distraught if the naked post beats me out. Now I wish I would have added something racy to my post on math. Perhaps a reference to an infinitely long...nevermind.
Posted by Jack  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  03:23 AM
It's like Survivor for blog posts. I'm starting to like your idea, Dave.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu Sep 15, 2005  at  12:30 PM
Kitchen Ninja is currently in first place, but there's no telling what will happen as people add their rankings.

Here are the current top three in order:
Naked by Kitchen Ninja
The call of the rutabaga
by Winona
Choices
by Winona
Posted by Dave Scotese  on  Fri Sep 16, 2005  at  12:16 PM
I suddenly realized that there is no God.
Posted by SoxSweepAgain  in  NYC  on  Wed Jul 05, 2006  at  04:22 PM
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