Hooray! The Giveaway Llama is now IN DA HOUSE!
There were over 80 comments on the January 1st blog entry. (I read–and loved–each and every one of them, thank you.) I popped the list into an online random number generator and it gave me a list of (oddly enough) random numbers, which I then matched to the numbered comments.
Congratulations to lucky number 72: Calendula! She’s the winner of the Start Spinning DVD by Maggic Casey. WOOT!
Here’s sweet comment #72 from Calendula:
I read your blog regularly – but I hesitated a lot to write a commentary because my English is not so good (my dear husband thinks it’s not too bad). I love your blog and your topics and I dream to start spinning quite for a while, maybe your giveaway could be the beginning?
Calendula, your English is perfect. And I’m very happy to help your spinning dreams come true! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your mailing address so I (and the Deep Winter Kindness Fairy, of course) can send you the DVD.
Let’s all give a big warm round of applause to the new spinner-to-be, Calendula!
The rest of you: Well played! And STAY TUNED, because the Deep Winter Fairy and the Giveaway Llama have a few more goodies up their sleeves (or actually, on my desk). I’ll be announcing the next giveaway within the next few blog entries.
I’m in denial. Today is supposed to be the last day of daily blogging for me, but I haven’t quite come to terms with the change yet. I like the daily routine; I like the structure writing daily gives to my world. I really like the way that daily blogging has helped me to listen, to focus, and to sort through some of the pesky things that get in my way (and apparently, get in YOUR way quite often, as well). The feedback via the comments has been nothing short of gobsmacking, sometimes.
I’ve been thinking how to keep some of those good things and yet make more room in my day for the other projects I need time for. Shorter entries? Writing every day but only posting every other day, choosing the best of what I write for the blog?
I’ve never fit into a blogger’s box very well.
For example, to have a successful blog, common wisdom (and marketing theory) says that one ought to concentrate on a single main topic area. You know, like knitting. And common wisdom and marketing theory also say one ought to keep the entries short, say 300-500 words, max. Oh, and you are supposed to have your posts ready-to-publish first thing in the morning.
Anyone notice how those rules are So Not Sandi? I do write about knitting, but mostly I write about life, which is a big basket full of things from cat puke to llama farms to snow shoveling and, yes, knitting/spinning/yarn/beads and tiaras.
My posts, no matter what I do, are around 750-770 words. Consistently. I don’t try for a certain length, it just happens.
And I write in the mid-afternoon, because I Am So Not A Morning Person.
By every formal measure of blogging success, my blog shouldn’t be successful. But it is, by my measures anyway. I will point out that those rules above were the ones I was supposed to follow at Knitting Daily as well: keep it short, keep it focused, and send it out early; I never, ever EVER could follow those rules and when I left KD, I had nearly 300,000 readers signed up. Thus apparently: Rules schmules.
So what happens next in Wiseheart Blog Land?
I’m not quite sure. I think I’m going to keep listening to the little voice inside and do what it says. (Not the little voice that tells me to clean all my guns and eat a bunch of Krispy Kremes, OK, the other little voice. Sheesh, you guys.)
Thus: New Blog Schedule Starts Tomorrow, Friday, January 7th. Let’s say it will be AT LEAST three times a week. If I feel like doing something extra, I will. You can sign up to get an email notification of new entries (go to home page, scroll down till you see Email Subscriptions in the right column), you can use RSS to have the new entries entered into your blog reader (on the home page, scroll till you see the green RSS icon in the right column), you can follow me on Twitter (@sandiwiseheart) where I post links to new entries, or you can just wander on by here at your leisure and catch up any time you feel like it.
Thank you so very, very much for sharing the last 37 days with me. Your comments and your companionship has been great fun, and the things you have said have helped light my way. HUGS!
Today’s Random Good
I thought we needed a second Kindness Giveaway Right Now. So: The pretty in the photo is superwash BFL, hand-dyed in a very cheerful colourway by Amy King of Spunky Eclectic.
As a surprise Deep Winter Kindness, I’m sending out a bit of that fibre to the second number on today’s randomly generated list, #38…Shirley!
Here’s the comment Shirley left:
I missed you so much at IW that I found your blog and have been a silent reader ever since. I started spinning exactly one year ago but would love to have the spinning DVD.
Shirley, it’s been lovely to have you here, silent or not. Thank you so much. (I’ll send you an email shortly, too.)
See you tomorrow, everyone…and then onwards, into the undiscovered country that is our shared future. (We’re taking the llama along, just for fun.)