Isn’t this guy cute? I just want to poke his belly, and because of this, there are several smudges on my screen.
Today’s post will address two things: My obsessions with contests and my unwillingness to sell out.
First things first – Confession Time! HI, MY NAME IS JEN, AND I LOVE ENTERING WEDDING-RELATED CONTESTS! (This is where you all say, “hiiiiiiiii, jeeeeeeeeeeeeen.” blandly.) This little habit began when I first started following wedding blogs. I found websites such as weddingbee, stylemepretty, and snippetandink. I luuuved them! I still luuuve them! They have given me unlimited inspiration, and without these beauties, I would have never formed my wedding vision. Period. As I got into following these blogs, I also followed their references to other wedding related blogs, and soon I had my collection of about twenty blogs that I really liked to follow. I am obsessive compulsive, and I check each one of these blogs daily.
Posts on these sites revolved around wedding fashion, decor, stationery, ettiquette, advice, etc. They also feature contests from time to time. The following is a list of what I have won so far:
My Planner: I won complete wedding planning services from start to finish. My planner, Cynthia, is my life-line and has been absolutely amazing. I count my lucky stars each day because she is a constant source of inspiration and exciting ideas. She also runs a florist and has created a fantastic vision at an incredible price for the flowers and decor for our entire wedding day. Check out her cute little blog on my blogroll. Cynthia, if you are reading this, you are an ANGEL!!!
$50: Random drawing from a local wedding website, QCWeddings. I posted about this previously. Random. Check them out, they are also on my blogroll.
Clarisonic Face Cleaner Thingie: I won this in a drawing from weddingbee. I am not even sure what the whole name of the product is, but I call it my face cleaner. Ha! It’s fantastic, and at a retail value of $225, I would probably never have purchased it from myself, but I use it daily now, and it does the trick! Thanks, Weddingbee, you are one of my Faves! They are also on my blogroll.
Okay, so these winnings thus far have gotten me hooked! I’d say on average, each of my favorite blog sites has one or two contests or give aways each month. So if you are a loyal reader and pay attention, you can enter to win awesome things simply by posting a comment. I know there are contests out there that make you jump through hoops (Send in your nail clippings to a remote station in Alaska, then you will be cleared to submit your social security and life savings information for consideration, then we will tell you that you have not won this time, but try again!), but these blog contests are simple and fun to enter. They are from honest blogs that have fun inspiring people.
NEXT ON THE AGENDA: I will not sell out. Today while I was surfing my blogs, I happened upon a new blog that I had not read before that was featuring a contest that promoted your blog. SWEET. You had to post a comment, add them to your blog roll, feature a post about them, and then wait to hear whether or not you had one some of their stationery sets. I started to go through this process, and then I thought about my sweet little blog. This is MY blog. I post things that I care about and that are authentic. All the blogs on my blog roll are there because I read them. DAILY. BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD. Not because they have coerced me into adding them to my blog roll with a lame contest for cookie-cutter stationery. I am all for the mutual support that you see so frequently in the blogging world, but this one struck a chord with me that did not sit well.
So I felt the need to write a post about not posting about this particular blog. I wanted to let you all know (and to remind myself) that I am not a sell out and that on this blog you will find things that I truly love and that inspire me. You will not find canned, forced product plugs that attempt to brainwash you into liking something. That’s just not me. And I know, that’s just not you either. Love, Jen HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND!