Blog Contests

Has anyone ever run a blog contest before?

Something like, oh I don’t know, the next twenty people who subscribe to bookshelfbattle.com have the chance to win a prize?

I don’t know what the prize would be. A book? A toaster? A date with Charlize Theron?

Yeah like I’d give that away.

I’m just curious – if anyone out there has run a successful blog contest, how do you do it?

Comment away if you have advice.

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11 thoughts on “Blog Contests

  1. Dave S. Koster says:

    I’ve never done a contest before, but I’m the sort that is too stupid to know when I can’t do something. My advice: Pick a prize, figure out what the ‘contest’ should be and go for it. Flash fiction seems to be popular. If it doesn’t work out, worst case scenario is that you’ll have to change your name and move to another country. Good luck, and if you can manage a date with Charlize Theron as the prize, don’t bother, you have a date.

  2. S. C. Flynn says:

    I’ve never done a blog contest, but here are a couple of thoughts.

    If you can convince a publisher or writer to give an advance review copy of a fairly hot book, that would be a prize that readers might be interested in.

    WordPress allows you to set up a “poll” voting form on a page. Think of something interesting for folks to vote on and the response will probably be good – people like expressing their opinions (other than in political elections with non-compulsory voting).

  3. Bridget says:

    I’ll let you know after I finish my first one, coming up on February 2 ๐Ÿ˜‰ (a little shameless self-promotion never hurt anyone, right?)

  4. Ben Y. Faroe says:

    I haven’t either, but I look forward to hearing how it turns out if you do one. Interested in yours, too, Bridget.

    Lately I’ve been pondering some kind of long-running game, like maybe a poll-driven micro-choose-your-own-adventure in a widget, where we get the next step in the story once n people have voted, or funny little fights/contests between funny little monsters whose skills and success live and die with–well, this is the part I’m still figuring out. Likes? Comments? Votes? The Dow’s closing value?

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