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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Blogiversary Wrap-Up: prizes for some, and a survey for you all!

I hijacked this survey from the blog of one of my Silicon Valley Moms Group associates. Cecily contributes to the Philadelphia Moms Blog, but this was posted on her personal blog, Uppercase Woman, on the recent occasion of its fifth Blogiversary. As you know, I just celebrated a Blogiversary of my own, and I always want to know more about my readers. Got a few minutes to answer some (mostly) painless questions? Here goes!

1. What do we have in common? This is by no means limited to the following possibilities: Books? Kids? Dogs? Lost? Twitter? California? Tennessee? Chocolate? Coffee?
2. What DON’T we have in common? None of the above?
3. How did you find my blog? If you came by way of someone else's link or blogroll, please feel free to give them a mention/link here!
4. What do you enjoy about this blog, if anything? Hopefully there's something - I'd like to think you're not being force-fed reading this (unless you're my husband, that is...)
5. Do you comment? If so, awesome! If not, care to say why not? (Answering this survey counts as commenting, by the way.)
6. What do you wish I’d shut up about? My feelings won't be hurt if you tell me (sniffle, sniffle) - but there's no guarantee you'll get your wish :-).
7. What do you wish I’d talk more about? "Everything" and "nothing" are both reasonable answers, but it might help if you were more specific than that.
8. Where are you from? You can be as specific or general as you like.
9. What one question would you like me to answer? Anything's fair game here - but it's possible you may get an answer that's total B.S. Take your chances!
10. Do you have a blog? If so, plug it here!

Since Feedburner tells me that this blog has well over 200 subscribers, I hope that means there are at least a few of you who actually read this thing - thanks! I'd love to see at least one-fourth of you answer at least a few of these questions in the comments, and that includes you lurkers - come out and play, won't you?


And now...for those of you who entered my Blogiversary Giveaways, with the help of Random.org, here are the winners! The odds of winning some of the prizes were better than others. All of the winners have been contacted by e-mail. If I don't hear from them with mailing addresses, I may need to move down to the next person on the list and offer it to her.

Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, by Azadeh Moaveni
 to Alyce of At Home with Books

Buffalo Gal, by Laura Pedersen
 to OlympianLady (Tiffany) of The Phantom's Lair

True Colors, by Kristin Hannah
 to Anita Yancey

Amazon.com E-gift card
 to Dawn of She Is Too Fond of Books

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who entered!

18 comments:

  1. Hi - I'm a newer readers of yours.

    1. What do we have in common? This is by no means limited to the following possibilities: Books? ( Yup) Kids? (Nope) Dogs? (One mixed breed beagle/Nova Scotia duck toller) Lost? (occasionally) Twitter? (I'm following you!)California? (never been) Tennessee? (Thomma Lyn?) Chocolate? (I never decline) Coffee? (medium, one sugar, one milk)

    2. What DON’T we have in common? None of the above?
    I may be too new to know...

    3. How did you find my blog? If you came by way of someone else's link or blogroll, please feel free to give them a mention/link here!
    I found you through Susan at West of Mars. And I've linked here through Twitter today.

    4. What do you enjoy about this blog, if anything? Hopefully there's something - I'd like to think you're not being force-fed reading this (unless you're my husband, that is...)
    (I really enjoyed your interview of Susan Helen Gottfried!)

    5. Do you comment? If so, awesome! If not, care to say why not? (Answering this survey counts as commenting, by the way.)
    (I always comment, because I love it when people leave comments over at my blog. How else can we get to know each other?)

    6. What do you wish I’d shut up about? My feelings won't be hurt if you tell me (sniffle, sniffle) - but there's no guarantee you'll get your wish :-).
    (Again, I'm too knew, so I'll have to assume there's not a thing.)

    7. What do you wish I’d talk more about? "Everything" and "nothing" are both reasonable answers, but it might help if you were more specific than that.
    (Isn't it annoying when a brand new reader can't answer your survey questions properly...?)

    8. Where are you from? You can be as specific or general as you like.
    (I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.)

    9. What one question would you like me to answer? Anything's fair game here - but it's possible you may get an answer that's total B.S. Take your chances!
    (How did you get started with your blog?)

    10. Do you have a blog? If so, plug it here!
    (I do - it's A Piece of My Mind:
    http://julia-mindovermatter.blogspot.com/ )

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  2. 1. What do we have in common? Books, Kid, Twitter, Bean-Counting.
    2. What DON’T we have in common? Dogs.
    3. How did you find my blog? Lord only knows.
    4. What do you enjoy about this blog, if anything? I like the linkety wrap-ups.
    5. Do you comment? Sometimes.
    6. What do you wish I’d shut up about? You can write about what you wish to write about.
    7. What do you wish I’d talk more about? See #6.
    8. Where are you from? In/around NYC.
    9. What one question would you like me to answer? Are you going to BlogHer?
    10. Do you have a blog? www.magpiemusing.com

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  3. 1. Books, kids, Twitter, blogging, dog
    2. You work - I stay at home and we live on opposite sides of the country
    3. BBAW
    4. I love your book reviews and your weekend posts
    5. Sometimes
    6. Nothing that I can think of
    7. Books!
    8. Currently live in South Carolina, born in Bermuda
    9. How do you do it all - work, read & blog?
    10. Yes I do!

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  4. congrats to all the winners.

    1. books, blogging, chocolate
    2. kids
    3. BBAW I think
    4. I love the wrap-ups and your reviews
    5. sometimes
    6. nothing at all
    7. anything
    8. near d.c. now
    9. Are you taking a vacation and where to?
    10. of course, and you should know it.

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  5. I sent you my mailing address. Hope you got it. Thanks!

    1) Books, Twitter (sort of, I don't use it much), dogs (I have one), chocolate (love it).

    2) Kids, Lost, Coffee, Locations, for some examples.

    3) I honestly don't remember exactly how. I stumbled across it somewhere, when I heard about your blogiversary, and I'm now a subscriber.

    4) You have good reviews that help me develop my reading list.

    5) Sometimes, if I have something to say and the time to say it.

    6) I don't know that you talk about anything that annoys me enough to want you to shut up.

    7) Just keep it up with the book reviews please. I love them.

    8) Alaska. South-central Alaska to be more exact.

    9) If you had to try to live without one of these two things, which would it be: Books or Food?

    10) Yes! The Phantom's Lair http://olympianlady.livejournal.com

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  6. 1. Books, Twitter (I think I need to go find you though), chocolate, soon the Festival of Books, and I think we have similar employers, unless I'm confusing you with someone else.
    2. I have no kids and I have no dogs.
    3. Weekly Geeks, I think.
    4. the diversity!
    5. Occasionally.
    6. Nothing...see #4.
    7. Books! ;-)
    8. Morro Bay (via Oregon via LA)
    9. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    10. www.fizzythoughts.com

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  7. 1. Twitter, and Chocolate, and Weekly Geeks :)
    2. Well, I'm a student and you're not, so that's something different!
    3. I think I found it after you linked to mine in a Friday post (or, at least that's when I added you to my Google Reader, I'm sure I knew of you blog before that)
    4. I like that you put all your memes together. I'm not a huge meme reader, so it's nice to just be able to scan all of them at the same time.
    5. I try!
    6. Oh I don't know, I can't think of anything.
    7. The Blog Improvement Project (ha ha, just kidding!)
    8. Madison, WI
    9. Ummm... it's past my bedtime and I can't think of one. Lame!
    10. Sophisticateddorkiness.com

    Happy blogversary!
    Kim

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  8. Welcome home. Hope you had a good time.

    1. Kids, chocolate, dogs, Twitter.

    2. I'm not a mom, but I am a parent, so it's not too different. :)

    3. I think you found me first through Karen's assignments.

    4. The weekend wrap up is fun. But, it's just a good read all around.

    5. Um, Yes!

    6. I can't really think of anything.

    7. More SciFi books :)

    8. Chicago 'burbs. Born and raised, and still reside.

    9. Did you get the new car yet?

    10. Yes, I do: www.everythingsun.blogspot.com

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  9. 1. Another LOSTie over here! Have you been visiting the LOST Books Blog? We’re recapping each week’s episode and also reviewing books from the show – what fun! And I visit CA almost every year so we (sort of) have that in common. We also both have an only child. :)

    2. No coffee for me – I’m a black tea gal. And no twittering either … at least not yet.

    3. No clue how I found you … but I’ve been here for at least a year.

    4. YOU. ‘Nuff said.

    5. I comment whenever I have something to say.

    6. Eh, can’t think of anything right now … but that’s probably because I skim the posts that don’t particularly interest me. LOL

    7. Again, nothing in particular.

    8. Maryland

    9. If someone asks you for a book recommendation and you know nothing about them, what is the very first book you suggest?

    10. Why thank you, thank you very much! www.age30books.blogspot.com is my book blog and www.storiedellesorelle.blogspot.com is my book club’s blog.

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  10. I'm going to do a round-up post where I answer all of the questions posed under #9 instead of doing it all here in comments. Stay tuned!

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  11. 1. Books, Twitter, West Coast, and we're both moms.
    2. Dogs, and I can't imagine living in LA.
    3. Probably BBAW? I'm not sure.
    4. The Saturday Review.
    5. Not as much as I should.
    6. Nothing!
    7. I especially like when you post about your family.
    8. Portland, Oregon
    9. Ack, I'm drawing a blank!
    10. Worducopia

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  12. I've just spent some time reading through most of your older posts that I missed the last little while, so first let me say Happy belated Blogiversary! And Happy Birthday!!

    As for your survey:
    1. Books, blogging, Twitter, chocolate..
    2. Kids, dogs, LOST
    3. Through Wendy (Literary Feline)'s blog, wasn't it?
    4. The thoughtful, well-written posts.
    5. Not a lot recently but sometimes.
    6. Nothing. It's your blog, you can talk about whatever you like. People are always free to skip posts they're not interested in.
    7. See #6, although I do always enjoy your trip roundups. So tell Tall Paul you have to take more holidays, so you can blog about them! Think it'll work? ;)
    8. Canada, but I've lived in Japan for a while now.
    9. Describe your perfect home library (assuming money and space are not issues).
    10. www.inspringitisthedawn.com

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  13. Hello! Interesting set of questions. No idea how to answer some of them.

    I think we share .. books? blogging? both moms? Chocolate, definately! Lost is a must.

    Things we don't have in common.. twitter, dogs, coffee.

    It's been so long, I don't remember how we found each other. Must have been a link at someone's blog.

    I love your varied content. Keep up with that.

    Which is probably why I do comment, though not as often as I probably should!

    Nothing to say about more/less of, content-wise. That's up to you, my friend.

    I am currently in England.

    and my blog is: http://michelle-says.blogspot.com !

    (did you notice how I skipped the part where everyone asks you a question? I'm a little shy)

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  14. 1. In common: books, kids and coffee

    2. Not in common: dogs

    3. How I found your blog: You linked to me. Thanks!

    4. What I like: I'm new, so I'm still getting to know you. But I like enough to keep coming back!

    5. Comment: I lurk a lot and comment occasionally. But this is my first comment here, I think.

    6. What I want less of: I'm still getting to know your blog, so nothing to write here.

    7. What I want more of: Same answer as #6 -- keep doing what you're doing!

    8. I'm from: what they call in this area "Chicagoland," which sounds a lot more magical than the reality.

    9. Questions? Not really. The one's I have have already been asked

    10. My blogs: My personal blog is at spynotes.wordpress.com. I also blog about educating and parenting gifted kids at AJ's Clubhouse.

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  15. Since this post keeps getting comments (THANKS, y'all!), I am probably going to spread my responses to the questions in #9 over at least a couple of posts during the next week or so - please keep 'em coming!

    And please DON'T be shy about asking questions in response to #9(although I certainly understand that, having the same tendencies myself)! The questions can be as random as you like. Also, as I said, you'll be helping me out with content, which I really appreciate :-).

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  16. 1. What do we have in common?
    Books & Twitter

    2. What DON’T we have in common?
    No kids yet, and I'm not a huge coffee drinker or coffee lover. Weird, I wonder if those two are connected. Most people I know love chocolate and coffee, like addictive love. No dogs, California or Tennessee either.

    3. How did you find my blog? I don't remember. It's been awhile. I suspect someone's blog roll.

    4. What do you enjoy about this blog, if anything? Being a vaguely nosy person I like most things. The posts about books, without saying. But I also like the life, TBIF (which I might have to steal from you, btw) and the writing assignments.

    5. Do you comment? I have commented. I am so scattered with commenting depending on how much I am working like a dog, and how coherent I feel at any given time while reading something. I nod my head a lot, not that you can see that. But I like to drop a few .02's here and there.

    6. What do you wish I’d shut up about? Oh please, blab on!

    7. What do you wish I’d talk more about? I think you have a good mix going on. You can never talk to much about books though, just sayin'.

    8. Where are you from? New York, but I spent a considerable amount of my formative years in Alabama, so it's kind of a mix. A little bit.

    9. What one question would you like me to answer? Anything's fair game here - but it's possible you may get an answer that's total B.S. Take your chances! I am book obsessed but also food obsessed, so what it your favorite meal that you can prepare yourself.

    10. Do you have a blog? If so, plug it here!
    I have a book blog called Linus's Blanket. I am an html dummy so I can't make a pretty link called here, but my addy is http://www.linussblanket.com

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  17. For #2 that should be coffee drinker and chocolate lover. Maybe I need to start indulging in both because my brain is not awake this morning.

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  18. What a fun post! And congratulations!! :)

    My answers:

    1. Books, Kids, Dogs, Twitter, California, Chocolate (YES - just need to go raid my stash really quickly - - - give me a second - - - be right back!!)
    2. Tennesee?? Haven't been there!
    3. Subscriber, also commenting on Friday's post!!
    4. Enjoy learning what others are reading!
    5. YES!! I like comments and assume you do too. :)
    6. Nothing
    7. Anything that you enjoy/like - I find that posts on things people like are more fun to read about because they MEAN something.
    8. Where are you from? Washington State, near Seattle
    9. What do you get from blogging? What inspires you?
    10. Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle: http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com

    That was actually really fun!!

    :) Wendi

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