As you all may very well know (or not, that’s why the sentence will be blue with a link) i kind of hoard postcards. Seriously. I’m still waiting for A&E to call me up and see if i’m interested in being featured on the show and everything (perhaps i need another five years before the collection is piled up enough to make for super-dramatic reality TV). And if this isn’t a major turn-off for further reading, i commend you. Slash, i’m wondering if you too collect weird things – or totally normal things, just in ridiculous abundance.
Wait, how did we get here?
SOOOOO if you’re still with me, i have a bit of surprise for you: a week-long celebration involving the giving away of presents. It is, after all, the one-year birthday celebration of Wandering Writes! STUFF YOUR FACE WITH CAKE AND STUFF.
One year ago this approaching Saturday i wrote and posted my first-ever blog post on Wandering Writes. Granted, that was back when we were hosted on blogspot, but the URL differed only in the host. It’s been a year of learning, of honing my writing skills, making plenty of mistakes, taking lost of pictures, journeying to five countries; a year of over 200 comments, 150 blog posts, and (between Blogspot and WordPress) over 15,000 page views.
I kind of can’t believe this. I don’t mean to come off as a braggy self-congratulating jerk, but i would be totally lying to you if i didn’t say i am humbled and incredibly happy with these small milestones. A year ago, i knew i loved to write – it’s been a primary passion of mine for years (ten journals and endless unfinished word documents account for this). But, outside of academic writing, i never shared much of these musings with anyone else. To be brave enough to do so is already something i am proud of; it being so warmly received is both affirming and a deeper, more invigorating challenge than i could have posed to myself with an audience of only one.
So, thank you. Whether you’re my parents and you’ve been reading every single one of these since i started publicly chronicling my trips and post card obsession and cat love, or a newcomer searching “ministry of magic visitor entrance” (let’s be friends) or “colorful bacteria colony” (how did you end up here?) thank you for thinking this worthy enough of your time. I hope i can live up to your expectations in the coming year – and it has been a real pleasure entering into this conversation with you this past annual.
And, in order to thank you for embarking on this voyage with me, i have a few treats for you!
I started this post talking about post cards and a week-long celebration…so without any further ado, i give you: lizzie mcmizzie’s WEEK OF GIVEAWAY BLISS AND STUFF.
Every day this week, there will be blog posts for your enjoyment – but these posts will not be your average, run-of-the-mill ramblings. Each day will be a post utterly unique to all my previous run-on rants (think: guest bloggers (as mentioned yesterday), podcasts, that sort of thing…). With every one of these five days of blogging bamboozlement i will be giving away a set of nine custom-made postcards designed by yours truly! If i do say so myself, they’re pretty boss, but i’ll let you decide that for yourselves:
Annnd, just to cap off the excitement, in each set of nine i will include a bonus tenth postcard from my personal collection amassed from across the world with a personalized note just for you. Don’t you feel special.
How do you win these little delights, you may ask?
I’m so obliged. There are a few rules; first among them, you must live in the Continental United States, Canada, or the UK to enter* and you may only win once. To enter, leave a comment at the end of each day’s blog post answering the daily comment question. Today’s comment question is this: what weird things do you collect, and why?
This automatically enters your name once, but you can enter your name an additional four times by doing the following:
1.Tweet the link to the day’s blog post and mention me in the same tweet (@lizziemcmizzie).
2. Post the link to the day’s blog post to your facebook and send me a screenshot of you doing so on twitter or in an additional comment.
3. Follow me on twitter. Come back to let me know you’ve done this in an additional comment including your twitter name in said additional comment.**
4. Subscribe to Wandering Writes via email, the RSS feed, or on WordPress. Tell me you have done this in an additional comment. **
YOU MUST SAY YOUR NAME IN EVERY COMMENT YOU LEAVE. No “anonymous” winners! The contest opens every morning at 8:00 AM EST and closes every night at 11:30 PM EST. Winners will be selected by the List Generator tool on random.org with person #1 receiving the prize. The winner will be announced in the blog post the following day.
On the sixth day, Saturday, there will be an extra-special giveaway (even more special than these freak-flag waving works of art) so you should also stay tuned for that!
Okay, ducklings! Happy tweet-a-leeting and collecting!
current jam: “let you down” ardie collins (he’s swell! listen to it and check him out here!)
best thing in my life right now: i’m nerdy and i know it, what’s better than that?
*Sorry, super-international folk!! Shipping is expensive and i’m kind of broke!
**If you already follow me on twitter or are subscribed to Wandering Writes (in any capacity) tell me so in an additional comment. You can tell me this, via your additional comments, every day!