THIS IS SPARTA! – A 300 Celebration


Knock…Knock…Knock Is this thing on?

Phew! I finally fought through all of the technical issues to make it here (and it wasn’t pretty). You’ll have to excuse my bumbling; this is my first adventure into posting video. :)

On March 26th I reached the 200 follower landmark and decided to forgo a celebration for a couple reasons. First, I wanted to focus my attention on the interaction I had with those already watching my blog. It’s pretty easy to amass a large number of followers, just link yourself to other blogs as fast as you can point and click, and most will return the gesture. But getting them to come back, choosing to visit your site amongst the plethora of blogs to choose from, over and over again, that’s the really hard part. And it is there I wanted to focus my energy. I was determined to come up with insightful, informative, thought provoking, and most importantly, entertaining posts that continued to expose bits and pieces of myself. I’ve been moderately successful so far, but there is still quite a ways to go.

The second reason to wait until I reached 300 to have a celebration is the prize I had in mind. You see, the jury is still out on whether I possess the talent to be published in this literary business, but my wife has already demonstrated a talent many times over. Months ago, when I was brainstorming ideas for prizes, she told me she wanted to help. She has been 100% behind me in my quest to see my words on the printed page, but forced to watch on the side-lines most of the time. Eager to help out in any way she can, she offered one of her videos as a prize. Below are just a couple of samples of her talent.



As you can see, her gift is the ability to make pictures dance. She takes the photos and music that her customers provide and creates what you see above. She makes these DVD’s for sports teams, weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, travel, memorials, etc etc. That is what she is offering as a prize for you. One lucky winner will be given a gift certificate for a 200 picture show (with some restrictions) using personal pictures of their own choosing. These are creations that sell for more than $250! Do you see now why this is so special?

But that’s not all! I’m also going to be giving away gift cards to Barnes & Noble. How many and in what amount, you ask? That’s the kicker…you will determine that. As of this morning I was blessed with 310 followers. The 300 celebration will run for two weeks (until May 30th). The difference between the number of followers I have then, and now, will decide the # and quantity of gift certificates. So, if I have 335 followers on May 30th, I will give away a gift card worth $25 (335-310=25). I’ll do this in $25 increments up to a maximum of $100. Your efforts in spreading the word about my celebration will translate into the value of the reward. :)

Wait a minute…isn’t that contradictory to my quality vs quantity message? I don’t see it that way…I’m asking you to point new followers in my direction…it’s my responsibility to keep them coming back.

Now for some guidelines…and this will be easy. To be included in the drawing, you must be one of the ‘Like Minded’ and comment on this post. If you’re one of the original 310, that comment will represent five chances to win…new followers just one. If a new member mentions an existing follower by name (in their original post), the recruiter will have earned yet another chance. That’s it. No blog mention, no sidebars, no Twitter or Facebook references necessary…unless of course you want to increase the amount of the gift card.

In wrapping things up, I have two huge THANK YOU’s to pass along. First to my wife, for recognizing how much this community means to me and helping make this a truly unique celebration. The second is reserved for you…the 300! I am grateful to you for allowing me to sit by your side…and cheat off your papers. For propping me up when I slouch and reeling me in when I’m full of myself. You got my back…just as I have yours.

That’s enough reading…now go write something!

64 comments

  1. SWEET!!!!!!!!!! I can't see the picture (I think some technical difficulties are still hampering it) but I'll bet it's AWESOME!! You know I'm totally going to pimp this out on my Friday update post...and tweet it...and FB it.

    ;-) I love good contest!

    ~JD

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  2. Congrats on the 300 followers. The video is great!

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  3. Congrats on the 300 and counting...by the time you close the contest you'll probably be closer to 400!

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  4. Aw, your wife is so sweet to help out! You deserve each and every one of your (rapidly growing) followers!

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  5. Amazing presence with presents? My favourite combination ;)

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  6. Yay! You've defeated the technical difficulties and emerged triumphant! :) And, you brought back presents! We love presents!! :)

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  7. Awesome prizes! Congrats on 311. And, I already posted your awesomeness on my blog yesterday before I unplugged so there. (Not my fault for technical difficulties.)

    I totally lurve the prize -- I have 10,000 pictures of Monster Baby that I need to do something with. hee hee hee But hey, Barnes & Noble is really good too.

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  8. Wow! I really mean it - wow! That's an incredible prize. The video is amazing - your wife is very talented! I agree she does make the pictures dance!

    Thanks to you and to your wife for creating such a great contest! Awesomeness!

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  9. This celebration is so full of awesome!!! The video (props to your talented wife; between the two of you, your kids must be amazing!), the prizes, the easy entering! Really, I'm most thrilled it's so easy to enter. I wish all contests were this simple and fun, lol.

    Congratulations on 300+ followers, DL!!!

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  10. 300 followers wow. Very exciting. And your wife is very talented to be able to do that.

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  11. That video is AWESOME!! She did a great job. And congrats on your 310+++++. Great contest, DL. But no cheating off my paper. :)

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  12. What an awesome prize package you've assembled! Congrats on making it over 300!

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  13. Awesome! Congrats on 300+, and a big thank you to your talented wife as well.
    It IS your wonderful posts that keep me coming back, though. No prizes needed.

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  14. Your wife's videos are beautiful. I once attended a scrapbook workshop where one attendee was creating an album of her daughter who died at two years old. Photos may be of the past, but a way to continue celebrating someone's life, forever. Please say thank you to your wife for helping people cherish life's moments.
    OH, and congrats to you too ofcourse. I'll probably be still around when you hit 600!

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  15. Congrats on your victory, Sparticus. I know how much that video presentation is worth in time alone. I just gave my dad a 280 picture power point set to music. It was painstaking but worth every minute.

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  16. What a fantastic contest! Congrats on your followers and your wifes video was absolutely beautiful! Even though you're not requiring it- you're going up in my side bar and I'll be sure to mention it on my blog!

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  17. DL--Wow, what a lovely video! (My fingers are crossed...) Your wife is very talented. Congratulations on going over 300 followers. I'll post something on my next post about SPARTA...

    Have a great week.

    PS...I've been a loyal follower for a long time. :) You rock...

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  18. Congrats on the 300+ followers and you were absolutely correct--the THIS IS SPARTA!-A 300 Celebration is a fantastic party--good concept, exceptional prizes. :)

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  19. Woo hoo! I am LOVING this contest and the great amount of creativity you have put into it!!! Your wife is talented and what a gift to win!

    So, can you be bribed??? LOL! Kidding! I mean, unless the answer is yes of course!

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  20. Wow! That is a sweet contest! And an even sweeter wife! You've got a real keeper there. Hehe.

    This really is a great blog that I enjoy reading. No wonder folks are joining so quickly.

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  21. And thank YOU, DL, for the awesome picture showcasing Gerard Butler and his amazing abs! ;)

    Hooray for the 300 contest! I'll battle along side you to fight the stinkin' Persians any day, my friend.

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  22. You are going to go way over the top with an offer like that!! Terrific!!! Tell your wife THANK YOU for supporting your efforts!

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  23. Congrats to you, and kudos to your wife for great work. I particularly loved the first part where the pictures pop off the wall and come to life.

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  24. I will be watching the video as soon as I get home! I was really bummed to see the video doesn't work on this computer!! Stupid technical crap! I was super excited to see it as well!

    I love contests and this one sounds great DL! Expect to see this contest on my sidebar by the time you come back for a visit!

    PS I LOVE B&N GIFTCARDS!

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  25. I work for a television network so I won't need the video but I could use the Barnes and Noble. Loved your piece "First Born" it made me become a follower. Can you now give me one on how to get them out of the house?

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  26. Julie ~ Thank you!

    Amy ~ Indeed...presents! Almost like Xmas. :)

    Lorel ~ But I'm sure you'll accept one if your name is drawn. I insist! Thank you for the kind words!! :)

    Kellie ~ Then you do know what I truly awesome gift my wife is giving. GOOD LUCK!

    Kristi ~ Bribes. Hmmmmmmmm. I'll have to think about that one. :)

    Jaleh ~ Thank you! And I need to step up my game now!! :)

    Jen ~ I hope you enjoy the video when you get home! I love B&N cards also. :)

    Larry ~ My advice...start wearing just your underwear around the house. They'll leave quicker than you can say RENT CHECK. :)

    Are you wondering why I'm only responding to these commentors? It's because I responded to everyone else via email. :)

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  27. awww congrats to you!! and your wife is SO talented!!

    you must be very proud :D

    best of luck with everything!!

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  28. I think it's wonderful you're wife supports you so much and wants to do this to show her support! Great contest/celebration :)

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  29. Aww, what a unique prize! Lucky you, you have such a talented wife :-) It must have been your creativity that brought you guys together.

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  30. You and your wife are one heck of a talented couple! Congrats on 300 followers, you deserve each and every one. SPARTAAAA!!!

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  31. Congratulations! Wow, you got 100 more followers in less than 2 months. You must be doing something right.

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  32. You now have a special spot on my sidebar :) Hope you're feeling the love!

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  33. Wow...I got to see the mini-picture movie now. Some parts made me smile and laugh, others had me almost tearing up. I LOVE the fast-paced soccer bit, it's really neat.

    Any person would be blessed to have a wonderful collection like this of their most prized pictures. Your wife is certainly talented, DL.

    ~JD

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  34. Congrats on all the followers. I'm with you. There're so many blogs I'm following, I'm having a hard time keeping up with them. I've just discovered a wealth of info that I've been missing out on because I can't read them 24/7. :(

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  35. The video is amazing. She is very talented. Congrats on making it to 300 followers...:)
    Have an awesome day!

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  36. SCORE I'M 300! Well a member of... DUH! lol. Glad you like classic rock! It def was my starting point into loving most kinds of rock. Well can't wait to see this contest outcome! Your wifey makes beautiful vids BTW :)

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  37. Wow! Your wife's work is beautiful. What a talented pair you make! (Was that you in the hiking pics?)

    Huge congrats on all the Like-Minded followers -- and here's to many more!

    Great contest...pickmepickmepickme!

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  38. You're at 315! WooHoo! CONGRATS!

    What a loving and supportive gift your wife is giving you (to give to another). I enjoyed her video..and congrats on your success with posting it. (way out of my technical capabilities.)

    I already have you on my blogroll and I'll put you in my contest sidebar. (I don't FB or tweet. I'm lame.)

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  39. Yipee!

    What an awesome prize. Congrats on the over 300. I'll post this in my events side bar and hope everyone says I referred them.

    Have a great weekend.

    .......dhole

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  40. What a blessing to have your wife be so interested, eager and involved in your life. She does absolutely beautiful work. I teared up on some of those pictures and songs and I don't even know these people.

    With the support and encouragement you have you will be published soon after you get something out there, not to mention the incredible talent you have. But I guess I just mentioned it.

    And you! What a fantastic host you are! I'm sure you guys are having a blast putting all this together. What a great way to show your appreciation. Thank you for being you.

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  41. You are a wise, wise man.
    ALWAYS THANK YOUR WIFE.

    ha! Anyway, I'm so psyched to be in this drawing! Yay! Having 300+ followers speaks to you having such a great blog. Congrats!

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  42. Tahereh ~ I'm kind of proud of her. Maybe some day I'll be able to give her something she can be proud of me for.

    Julie ~ Now that's a battle cry if I ever heard one!! Where's my spear??

    T.J. ~ I thank you and my wife thanks you! A Spartan you are indeed!! GOOD LUCK in the drawing.

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  43. Lydia ~ That's Marriage 101...duh! I'm glad your pumped about the celebration. GOOD LUCK!

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  44. 300? You're on a total roll, my friend. Keep going!

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  45. Cool video. I finally got around to watching it (it wouldn't have gone over well at work, I'm afraid). Glad to be part of your first 300. Keep up the good work!

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  46. Awesome contest DL, and congrats on so many followers!!!

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  47. wonderful!

    btw check out today's post on my blog...got something for you... ;o)

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  48. Just found your blog, and I'll be back!

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  49. Your wife has some serious talent!

    Awesome contest DL, but I would expect nothing less from such an awesome guy :)

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  50. First, your wife is brilliant. she's got some serious talent!! I love this prize. And I love that you're sharing your wife's talent with us. And I LOVE that your wife is willing to do this for you, too. Just fantastic.

    Bit congrats on hitting the 300 mark. You've earned every bit of following, m'dear.

    By the way, I totally recognized that Yanni music. I have that CD and used to listen to it over and over for hours when I was younger.

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  51. woo hoo!
    Also, every time i think of the title of this contest i crack up

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  52. WOW! Great prizes and congrats for getting to the 300 follower mark!

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  53. Holy hopscotch, 300+ is a lot of followers. Congrats.

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  54. Good sir, I don't mind at all entering your contest. However, I should also mention that I've passed a blog award on to you over at my blog today. It's not the Sugar Doll Award, I promise.

    Cheers!

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  55. Congrats on 300 followers. Well deserved, good sir!

    Such great prizes. Your wife's video is fantastic!

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  56. Congrats on 300 followers and counting! you have one awesome blog out there. My no.322..whoa!!

    The video ur wife made is perfect too.

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  57. This is such a great prize! Your wife is really talented, and it's so nice that she's sharing that with the winner. Congrats on your growing following! It says a lot about the likability of your blog and you as a blogger. I'm throwing confetti and doing a celebration dance for you (you can't see me, but you'll just have to take my word for it). :)

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  58. This is a great contest! Your wife does beautiful work. Count me in as a new follower!

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  59. Julie ~ Awesome! Welcome aboard and I hope you enjoy the ride!!

    Wendy ~ Thank you! I tried to think of something unique for you guys and my wife help me fill that bill! Good luck!!

    Shilpa ~ I try very hard to come up with stuff that is different, entertaining, and still relates to the writing world in some way. Welcome aboard!!

    Jenna ~ I'll pass that along to my wife. Thanks for hitching your wagon to the train. I'm looking forward to getting to know you better!!

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  60. Awesome contest DL!! Your wife is very talented! I'll post a sidebar link :)

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  61. Nice contest. Your wife's video reminds me of the ones that make you want visit such-and-such a place on vacation. Beautiful.

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  62. Southpaw ~ Thank you! Good luck in the drawing!! :)

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  63. Congrats on the 300 followers. The video is great!
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