There seems to be some confusion among some folks as to exactly how to register for the September giveaways, so with the middle of the month nearly here I thought it might be best to try and explain everything a little more clearly.
I launched the new site on September 1st and I wanted to do something special, to both celebrate the launch and attract new subscribers. Through hook and crook I’d come up with some pretty cool stuff to give away and I thought I would make it as easy as possible for folks to register, while hopefully building traffic for the site. So it’s pretty simple, all one has to do to be eligible for the drawings at the end of the month is subscribe to the blog, either through the RSS feed or via email and then leave a comment on any of the posts so that I can contact you if are a winner. That’s it, no fine print, no hidden agenda, I’m not selling your information to anyone (trust me I wouldn’t even know how) and I’m not going to send you anything from me other than a notice whenever I make a new post.
The prizes include, a 16GB WiFi Apple iPad (thanks Marty), a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO lens, a set of Phottix Strato 4 in 1 Wireless Triggers (thanks Steve), limited edition autographed prints and autographed copies of Saving Faces – A Portrait Collection. EVERYONE, except my family, can register to win. Again, you can subscribe over there on the right hand side of this page, either via email or RSS reader → → →
There have been some folks who have registered but left invalid emails addresses on the comment page. Uh, what’s the point? Yes, when you leave a comment you’ll be asked to leave an email address. I am the only person who will see that address and I need that to contact you in case you do win something. Also, if you register to receive the feed via email, you’ll need to confirm your email address with feedburner, it takes about three minutes at most. Some people went through the process of registering but never confirmed the email. Subsequently, they are not in the drawings. I’ve received some interesting feedback too, such as this gem…
Wow, what a rip-off! Your only giving away a WiFi version and not the 3G? You only want to get people to look at your cheesy pictures! Bite me! – Your Mamma
Yeah, OK Mom, you’re not eligible anyway. Seriously, that was an actual comment left with a working email address. I replied to your Mamma with what I thought was some very clever repartee but have yet to hear anything back. Yep, I am trying to build traffic to a new website, guilty. Yep, I am giving away only a 16GB iPad and it is only WiFi enabled and not 3G, guilty again. I was hoping the free part would take care of those rather benign shortcomings! I will also add that the site, while live, is a work in process. I am still trying to get everything in the right place and the galleries are still not updated but one day soon I’m hoping I’ll get to the finish line.
So, good luck to everyone. I hope you enjoy the photography and my musings about life in China and then pass the word. In fact, for everyone who subscribes to the feed and leaves a comment, then “likes” this post via facebook (below) or “re-tweets” the post on Twitter (at the top right), you’ll be entered twice instead of one.
On the personal side, after an unbelievably difficult and frustrating day spent trying to buy airline tickets from here in Liuzhou, I’m happy to report that Natalie and Nick are coming to China in late November/early December. We’ll do Beijing and hopefully Xi’an before coming down to Liuzhou, Guilin and Yangshuo. I am about to burst. It will be the first time I’ll see my two youngest in more than three years. I am counting the days… 72.