Monday, August 22, 2011

Contests v. Giveaways

Behold: My awkward attempt to entertain you guys this week. ;)



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Have a great week!

P.S. I don't even know what to call that video, other than a disorganized mess. lol

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P.P.S.  It's time for the 3rd Writers' Platform-Building Campaign! Are you in? :D





55 comments:

Patrick said...

This looks like it took a lot of time to create! You have to do it again! Very thought out and informative. Every time you post your blog surprises me! No pressure for future post ;P

Carrie Butler said...

@Patrick - Oh, yeah. No pressure there! Seriously, though, thank you. That was kind. :)

Dave said...

Epic Unicorn!

Carrie Butler said...

@Dave - Hah! Why thank you. :)

Liz said...

Very nice to meet you!

Amanda Leigh Cowley said...

Hi Carrie, another campaigner popping by to join your blog - and thanks for following mine :o)

JeffO said...

I'd say your video worked pretty well. It's one of those topics you wouldn't think you'd have to hybrid experiment about, but I guess people do cross the line between giveaway and contest once in a while.

Just out of curiosity, how many takes did you need to get it right? I can't even change the outgoing message on voice mail without messing it up two or three times.

linda said...

Oh wow, I loved the video! I have to admit I wasn't sure what the "hybrid experiment" would look like but you did a great job with it. It's fun to hear your voice, and the visuals are so cute! Did you make them all yourself?

One thing I'd add is that sometimes people forget to specify whether the contest is US-only or open internationally. Now that I'm in Taiwan I actually pay attention to that kind of stuff, haha.

Here's my entry for a blog button/sticker: wistfullylinda at gmail. Thanks Carrie! :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

Hi fellow campaigner! This is a great breakdown of what contest and giveaway are.

Kelley said...

This was amazeballs. I have absolutely no video skills, so I think you're even more awesome now :)

prerna pickett said...

I'm in your group!

The Golden Eagle said...

I'm definitely in for the Campaign! :) I'm excited for it.

Laila Knight said...

Oh darn it. I can't get the video to play. It's a thing they do at work where they block everything they consider naughty...and yet I'm still here. You campain sounds cool. :)

Carrie Butler said...

@Liz - You too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Amanda - Thank you, Amanda! I look forward to getting to know you through the campaign. :)

@JeffO - Thanks, Jeff! (That was odd. I was in the middle of responding to you, when we felt that bit of the earthquake. *Ahem* Back to business!) Hah! A few. I was so tired, I just said "Screw it!" and plowed through my notes. I noticed that my voice jumped an octave, though!

@Linda - Thanks! Yes, I hurried through doodling all of the visuals. I know some of them are a little goofy looking, but I hope they got the point across.

Oh, you're right! I never even thought of that. Good point! :)

@Alicia - Thank you and welcome! :)

@Kelley - Thanks, Kelley! I appreciate that. :D

@Prerna - It's nice to meet you, fellow Campaigner! :)

@Eagle - Me too! :D

@Laila - Hah! They must have sensed my naughtiness. (How convenient--they sensed mine and not yours. *grins*) Thank you! :)

Gerhi Janse van Vuuren said...

Hi Carrie,

Also doing the campaigning thing. Here to say hi. "Hi!"

See you later.

Peggy Eddleman said...

That was AWESOME! I loved all of your illustrations. So fun! Peggyeddleman at gmail.

J said...

I loved your video! And also, your rant about writing romance was pretty epic. :) Fellow campaigner stopping by...hope your week is going well!

Clarissa Draper said...

What an amazing video. I didn't know there was such a difference between contest and giveaways. Thanks for the tips.

Jeff King said...

Ha--- that's a good one... I give away my opinion: that video was "special"

Carrie Butler said...

@Peggy - Thanks, Peggy! :D

@J - Thanks! I appreciate that. :) Yours too!

@Clarissa - Thank you! :) You're very welcome.

@Jeff - Special, hm? It was the unicorn, wasn't it? :P

Jen Daiker said...

Your blog is so awesome!!! I also love the video... it's kind of awesome... just sayin!

Carrie Butler said...

@Jen - Thank you for the kind words! :D

Sally said...

"Unicorn named Steve"...So much LOL xD

That was fun and original! And it wasn't just a plain old video with a picture in the background throughout it, it was cute, for lack of a better word haha!(and more importantly, entertaining, I felt no temptation to fall asleep halfway through it or open a different window while I listened, so that's good ;]) Really enjoyed it, I like the once a month idea- a way to break out of the monotony indeed.

I especially loved the unicorn drawing and 'you'. That was just fantastic XD

Christine Rains said...

Hello from a fellow campaigner! I'm in the paranormal romance group too. Nice to meet you!

Lynda R Young said...

This is my second time around for the campaign. Last time it was brilliant and this time is proving to be even better. Yay!

Carrie Butler said...

@Gerhi - Welcome and thanks for stopping by! :)

@Sally - Thank you! Oh my goodness. I'm so relieved. When I played it back, I kept thinking, "This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. I'm going to lose all of my followers!" You even liked Steve? Wow! Thanks, Sally! :D

@Christine - Nice to meet you, too! It's great to have you here. Thanks for the follow! :)

@Lynda - Really? I'm so glad to hear that. It sounds like it'll be a great experience! :)

Paul Tobin said...

I am well impressed with your work. Very inspiring

Christine Danek said...

Hi fellow campaigner! What a great video. I enjoyed it and now I must go back through to make sure I labeled my giveaways as giveaways. :)

rebeccaenzor said...

Hello Fellow Campaigner! Can't wait to get to know you more through your blog :)

Laila Knight said...

I joined the campaigne too. :)

Ellen said...

That video was so fun!!! Loved it :) and, yay for more NA/Crossover campaigners!

Tina Moss said...

Hi Carrie! Thanks for the blog comment and nice to meet you. My work often straddles the line between Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. How about yours?

Shelley Koon said...

Great Video! I love the graphics - nicely done! Am looking forward to being in the YA/Crossover group with you for the Campaign!

Rosie Lane said...

Hi, I'm a fellow campaigner in your NA/crossover group. Good to meet you.

Carrie Butler said...

@Paul - Thank you very much. I really appreciate that! :)

@Christine - Hey! Thank you! *grins*

@Rebecca - You too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

@Laila - Yay! I think it's going to be a lot of fun. :D

@Ellen - Why thank you! Yes! Yay for more NA/Crossover writers! :)

@Tina - You're welcome. It's nice to meet you, too. You know, my work tends to straddle that line, too! We just might have a bit in common. :)

@Shelley - Thank you so much! Same here! :)

@Rosie - Welcome! It's good to meet you, too! :D

Alison Miller said...

Hey, Carrie! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Nice to meet you!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm in, but if I look lost, somebody point me in the right direction. Glad to meet you, Carrie!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Whoa! That was sheer awesomeness! I do videography, so I know how long that can take.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm definitely in the campaign this time around. Loved your entertainment! Great visit.

Melodie said...

Wow, Carrie. You are brilliant!! *in awe of your techie talent* So glad you're in the New Adult group...also thrilled to know this is now a genre. Whoo-hoo!

Hildie McQueen said...

Hey Carrie, nice Blog! See you around at the Campaign.

Sarah P. said...

Hi Carrie, I just signed up for the campaign for the first time and I'm in your group. I have to say, the unicorn named Steve was the highlight for me. Hilarious and wonderful. Can't wait to get to know you and I'll enter your giveaway while I'm here.

sarahjperry9 AT gmail DOT com

Carrie Butler said...

@Alison - You're very welcome! It's nice to meet you too! :)

@Maria - Fantastic! Oh, we'll keep you on track. Don't worry. :) Glad to meet you too!

@Donna - Why thank you, Donna! Oh goodness. It certainly took far longer than I ever expected; I'll tell you that! *grins*

@Melodie - Thank you! Oh, me too! I'm thrilled that there's a New Adult group. This is progress! :D

@Hildie - Thanks, Hildie! I appreciate that! :)

@Sarah - I'm so glad to have you in the group and here at my blog! Hah! I'm glad that someone likes Steve the unicorn. He looks like a sick My Little Pony! Thank you! :D

Cheryl said...

You're always entertaining! Sending more people your way (I hope) as have passed on my latest award to you. Hope it brings you many more followers!

Lucy V Morgan said...

Another campaigner saying hi! I write erotica and urban fantasy/paranormal romance-type stuff. My WiP is probably New Adult too. I am genre salad.

Carrie Butler said...

@Cheryl - Oh my goodness. Thank you! I really appreciate that! :) *hugs*

@Lucy - Genre salad? Hah! I love that. Welcome, Lucy! It's nice to meet you. :)

DWei said...

Good luck to everyone who's entering. I have terrible luck so I won't even bother. :P

Lola X said...

Absolutely fantastic blog!!! Glad I found it! Love it!!!

Lola x
http://lola-x.blogspot.com

Carrie Butler said...

@DWei - Aww, c'mon! Maybe next time? :) Thanks for commenting!

@Lola - Thank you! I appreciate that! :D

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Hi there! I'm in your NA/Crossover campaign group

Amanda Milner said...

Hi Carrie! What a fun and creative idea for blogging. :) And like everyone else said, gotta love a unicorn named Steve!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I look forward to getting to know you better during the Campaign.

Carrie Butler said...

@Jennifer - Welcome! It's nice to meet you. :)

@Amanda - Why thank you! Hah! I'm glad you liked Steve. I look forward to getting to know you too! :D

Jani said...

Hey Carrie. Thanks for stopping by my blog, yours is awesome, btw. Looking forward to your posts.

Shelley Koon said...

Just a heads up, I have set up a Google Reader with all of NA/Crossover Group 56 in it to help organize all of our blogs - I am missing 1 person (technical issues I am trouble shooting) but hope to get them added in soon! Link is:

http://www.google.com/reader/shared/user%2F08181744977128699830%2Flabel%2FNA%20Crossover%20Group%2056

Carrie Butler said...

@Jani - You're welcome, and thank you! :)

@Shelley - That's a great idea! Thanks for taking the time to put it togther. :D