contests

The Foam Pit: Caption Contest

The Foam Pit: Caption Contest

I have a wonderful 60-something coworker named Cathy. She has a fantastic sense of humor, hence her willingness to contribute to today’s blog entry. Recently, Cathy attended her granddaughter’s birthday party at some sort of child gymnasium. One of the play areas was a giant pit filled with soft foam cubes. You swing on a […]


The Hunger Games of Cuteness

The Hunger Games of Cuteness

It’s well known among the cat-owning blogging community that despite the results of the Tournament of Cuteness and the Battle Royale of Cuteness, I still think my cats are the cutest creatures alive. That is, until recently. Well, okay, I still think my cats are the cutest. However, recently my sister had her first baby, […]


What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object?

What Happens When an Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object?

The title of this entry refers, of course, to the Tournament of Made-It-Myself Final, which began last Thursday and quickly became quite the thrill ride, right up until when it ended on Sunday at 2:00. Mary and Elaine threw the full force of their social media networks behind this competition, and I’m astounded and moved […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself Finals

Tournament of Made-It-Myself Finals

This year’s blog tournament started a few weeks ago with the goal of letting creative people display their talents on the blog in exchange for fame, pride, some charity money, and an iPod Shuffle. After a number of eliminations–many great projects and people among them–we’ve reached the finals. For the finals, I only asked one […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.2

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.2

Yesterday’s matchup is live until Sunday at 2:00 pm CST, as is this one. Who will make it to the finals? Will the finalists have to build a cat condo for me? Your vote decides! First up we have Kelley with her intriguing card game: Last year around Halloween I made up this card game […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.1

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 2.1

Last week we had an exciting first round of the Tournament of Made-It-Myself. Some great projects were eliminated, but four great projects are in the semis. Today and tomorrow I’ll post those four projects, and you have until this Sunday at 2:00 CST to vote. Same voting rules from Round 1 apply here. On Sunday, […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.4

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.4

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.3

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.3

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.2

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.2

As noted in yesterday’s matchup, which is still open to voting: You may vote for yourself once, and you may solicit friends and family to vote (again, one vote per person–the same applies to all readers). If you want to follow this tournament, you can subscribe to this blog in Google Reader or on our […]


Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.1

Tournament of Made-It-Myself: Round 1.1

The Tournament of Made-It-Myself begins today! We have a submission pool of 9 creators and their projects, so they all have pretty good odds for walking away with an iPod Shuffle and an $18 donation to their charity of choice. Round 1 will be posted this week, with polls closing at 2:00 CST on Sunday. […]


Introducing: The Tournament of Made-It-Myself

Introducing: The Tournament of Made-It-Myself

In last week’s poll to determine the next tournament on this blog, the “Tournament of Made-It-Myself” won by a hair. It was so close that I’ll probably do another tournament later this year, but for now let’s focus on what this tournament entails, what you can win, and how you can enter. Tournament Details Whether […]


The Great Blog Tournament of 2013

After the success of the Battle Royale of Cuteness and the Tournament of Awkwardness, I’ve been trying to figure out what the next tournament would be. It needs to be something that combines photos and storytelling, as well as something that people would be excited to share with their friends. And I need to put […]


Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Your Favorites of 2012: A Survey with a Prize

Every year on the blog, I post a list of my favorite movies, books, songs, and blog entries that I watched/read/heard/and wrote for the first time that year (thus if I saw a movie that was released in 1988 for the first time in 2012, it qualifies for the list). I’m going to do the […]


Caption Contest: A Meme in the Making?

Caption Contest: A Meme in the Making?

I know, we just did captions the other day. But if you’re reading this on Monday, November 12, it’s my best friend Trev’s birthday. Many of you know him as T-Mac in the comments, and you probably also know that Trev and his wife Laura became proud parents of baby William about a month ago. […]


The Pinterest Caption Contest Poll

The Pinterest Caption Contest Poll

Last week I mentioned that through my Kickstarter campaign I had offered my backers a chance to enter in a Pinterest caption contest. The winner will receive a copy of the game/expansion in addition to their current pledge. I’m going to invite all of my amazing backers to vote on this poll, but I also […]


Viticulture Caption Contest

Viticulture Caption Contest

If you’ve backed Viticulture, my board game, on Kickstarter, you’re eligible for a fun little caption contest I’m holding. Just click over to my games page on Pinterest, enter your captions, and repin the image. It’s an easy and fun way to share the campaign with the world. I’ll select my favorite caption for each […]


Wedding Photo Caption Contest!

Wedding Photo Caption Contest!

I know, you’ve had enough photos of me at my sister’s wedding. Last one, I promise! My uncle just posted this on Facebook, and I think it’s time for a good old fashioned photo caption contest. Post what you think I’m saying in the comments section. The funniest quote will become the permanent caption for […]


11 Ways to Have a Great Vacation in Ireland

11 Ways to Have a Great Vacation in Ireland

Make sure you stay tuned for the contest at the end of this entry. It involves Irish chocolate! I spent the last 6 days just outside Dublin in Clontarf, Ireland. It was a solo trip, and I’ll delve into what I learned about myself tomorrow. But for now, here are 11 insights I have into […]


What’s Your Favorite Summer Read?

Two years ago, I read a review in Entertainment Weekly of the first book in a new trilogy by an author named David Anthony Durham. I had never heard of him, but the glowing review of Acacia: The War with the Mein hooked me, and I read the book soon after. I was hooked. Sometimes […]


Leadership Tactic #45: How to Enchant the Pants Off Someone

Leadership Tactic #45: How to Enchant the Pants Off Someone

A few months ago, I saw one of my favorite types of promotions for new books: An author named Guy Kawasaki was giving away copies of his new book, Enchantment, to bloggers if they agreed to review the book. (My publishing company does something similar with advance reader copies of our books.) I signed up […]


The Best Map of the US #3

The Best Map of the US #3

Time for another map of the US. This one was submitted by Amanda: Amanda drew this map in kindergarten and saved it on her fridge for this day. There’s a lot going on here: This version of the US has about 10 states. That’s nice–it simplifies things. This is the first map to include Alaska, […]


The Best Map of the US #2

The Best Map of the US #2

Time for another map of the US. This one was submitted by John after three beers: There’s an artistic simplicity here. It looks like John drew the outline of the map without lifting his pen off the paper, which is an achievement upon itself. Aside from the odd little peninsula up near Massachusetts, I’m more curious about […]


The Best Map of the US #1

The Best Map of the US #1

A month ago, I asked readers to submit hand-drawn maps of the US…that they drew while intoxicated. Yeah, I haven’t heard from anyone about that. I did, however, receive the contribution below (drawn on Microsoft Paint by fellow blogger Lorena while sober). Look below the drawing for analysis and info about how you can contribute a […]


The Movies That Move You

The Movies That Move You

I really want to settle down into bed with Mockingjay (Kindle edition!), so fortunately my friend Ariel had a blog entry/contest for me to post today: I  love the collective gasp of the crowd when the actor rounds the corner during a chase scene and is confronted by a giant alien – or really any […]