“I’ll be careful as a moon drop.” is the latest slice of wisdom from my five year old’s lips. I really don’t have any idea what that means but it really sounds magical and that is what I want the launch of this big party to be. Magical! Magical and inviting, and fun and very satisfying. So Moon Drops away, let’s get things started.
This post was conceived to introduce the Blogversary-apolooza and to give you a basic schedule.
I first hatched the idea for this in a conversation with Lisa of LifeUnity. We talk often about our blogs, life and all sorts of things and I told her that I wanted to do something special to mark the blogs one year anniversary. Just what, I wasn’t sure. Then in a Lightning Session with Sandi (win your own right here!) I confessed that I was really DONE with my Bliss Habits and I wanted to do something else. It turns out that “something else” was to come up with new habits and so my little blogversary party turned APOLOOZA when I decided it should also be a celebration of and goodbye (for now) to the original 13 habits.
Part of my great joy over here, has been the participation of so many great bloggers. I think of myself as a curator more then blogger so my mission is always to find different perspectives on my habits. So when I decide to have my big party, I invited the guest bloggers to participate. I had no idea so many would say yes and then they also offered gifts. It has been so overwhelmingly wonderful!
To tell you the schedule is a little misleading because I haven’t really sussed everything out yet. I’m taking the posts I receive from the Merrymakers (some of which are still coming in), considering the prizes and how best to advertise them and it is all sort of spinning around in my head and coming out in what should be 2-3 posts a day over the duration of the event. Of course it is already past noon and I haven’t put one up yet!
For those of you who don’t know, that is how I work. Kind of last minute, trying to pull everyting all together in the heat of the moment… possibly not the best plan for such an event but there you go!
What you can count on is the big post that lists all the prizes will be updated regularly as the contests go live so you should really bookmark that page and refer to it often.
Yesterday, over on my personal facebook page I mentioned that I did not recommend breathing skittles and a whole flurry of folks jumped in and had something to say about my foolish error, from which I’m still coughing today! I had also posted a link to my big Blogversary-apolooza and got (at the time of my skittles incident) a total response of zero.
Feeling a little snarky about it (refer to my definition here) I then posted
“Amused that my comment about breathing my skittles (still not a good idea I might add) garnered more replies then the $1500 in prizes I’m trying to give to you… you guys don’t like free stuff?”
Which got it’s own flurry of replies in facebook and elsewhere the bottom line of which was a) folks really aren’t interested in the free stuff unless it is possibly skittles and b) they are super happy to read what I provide over at bliss habits and on my facebook page but giveaways don’t really interest them.
Now as a gal who rarely participates in giveaways herself but might be willing to if it did include some skittles, I can completely understand this point of view, however I want this event to be different! I put this whole Blogversary-apolooza thing together as my way of saying thank you to YOU!! Everyone of you who was ever amused, inspired or enjoyed something I’ve said since launching Bliss Habits. When you enter the giveaways you are telling me that you like what I am doing and that you are open to receiving a little bit of Bliss directly from my heart to yours. It means that you are CELEBRATING with me!
“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
Entering a giveaway is like casting a wish for more surprise, joy, romance (you can see where this goes) and opening the doors for delight. Entering a giveaway is celebrating! So please, even if you aren’t normally a “giveaway type person” just tell me, if the door of delight is open because of the time you spend here, and try entering a contest or two. (and if really does take Skittles to get you interested… mention them in a comment, and any prize you win will include some!)
Here is a little “flash giveaway” for you! The first 25 people to comment here AND over on the main contest site will get a packet of skittles! (Yum! Current breathing issues aside, all this talk is forcing me to open the bag… )
Tomorrow I’m kicking off Mothers Day with a Top 10 list featuring my Girl and this Giveaway :
Remember this gorgeous print? I used it to illustrate one of the most popular Bliss Habit’s posts, and my personal favorite: Humility has a way of knocking one down a peg or two when needed, eh?
The winner of this giveaway will select the print of their choice from Katie’s marvelous Motherhood collection.