Proof that I can blog about anything (aka: Proof that I can run a CONTEST about anything)

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

     People have often commented on my posts, “You can blog about anything!”  I think I got a comment like that once when I blogged about my favorite coffee cup  When I get these comments I am never sure whether that is a compliment or a criticism----but given the number of comments they generate they must not be all bad.

     I think it is pretty much true that I can blog about anything----although I HELP!think there are some things that are either “out of bounds” or that I at least feel I need to “sanitize” to make them fit for public consumption. 

     We don’t have to blog about everything that pops into our heads----but it is good to know that we can. 

     It is this “knowing part” that gives us the permission to find blog fodder in just about anything.

     This post takes the premise a step further with the creation of a new group called, “WeBlog Anything.”  This group will attempt to accomplish a couple of things.  It will give people a group where they can post those posts that just don’t quite fit into some of the other groups.  So when you feel compelled to blog about that ingrown toenail you will have a group to post it too-----along with "Whacked"!!!, Psych Ward and BananaTude.

     The second purpose of this group (initially at least) will be to act as a place to collect posts that are to be included in a new activerain contest called: 

“Proof that I can blog about anything!”

     The basic idea of the contest is to provide an opportunity for all activerain bloggers to stretch themselves----to step “outside-the-box” a bit----and realize that there is stuff to blog about everywhere one looks ----even under the kitchen sink. 

The Challenge:

     Pick an item under the kitchen sink----or the bathroom sink.  Everyone has a kitchen and a bathroom sink don’t they?  (If you don’t----use a friend’s sink, which would likely have some serious blog potential in itself.)  Do a post about this object----finding some way to make this object relate to whatever your profession is.  There will be extra points for pictures and links-----and especially for making the post go Hyper-local at the “Neighborhood” level.There must be something under here I can blog about!

     If you are one of those people that swears they can’t think of anything---even after picking an item from under the sink----don’t panic!  Cart that item around in your head for a few days.  Every now and then pull the thing out and think about it----an “idea” will come to you.  By the time you type that idea down, some other thought will have been triggered to expand that idea----the next thing you know you will either have more than 50 words or your first novel.  Trust yourself.

     As a home inspector I get to see what is under all of your sinks and I know for a fact that there are tons of things under there that don't belong there----surely some of that must be blog fodder.

The Points?

     Everyone that enters (one post only) will receive 275 points just for entering plus the normal 200 points for posting (any post over 50 words) plus 25 points for including the post in an ActiveRain Channel.  Contest judges can enter but will not be receiving any “prize points.” 

    

The Prizes (points---what else?):  

     1st place, 2000 points, +100 points per picture up to 3 pictures, +50 points for each link up to 2 links.  (Total of 2,400 points possible.)

     2nd place, 1500 points, +100 points per picture up to 3 pictures, +50 points for each link up to 2 links.  (Total of 1,900 points possible.)

     3rd place, 1000 points, +100 points per picture up to 3 pictures, +50 points for each link up to 2 links.  (Total of 1,400 points possible.)

    4th place, 1000 points, is reserved for whoever comes up with the best post (in the opinion of our illustrious judges) that is posted all the way down (Or is that up?) to the  Hyper-local, “Neighborhood” level.  If the best hyper-local level post happens to be one of the 1,st 2,nd or 3rd place winners, the points will go to that blogger.  In this way 3rd place could actually end up with the same number of points as 1st place----and 2nd place could actually end up with more.  Entrys looking for these points should also be posted to the HyperLocal Neighborhood and Community group.

 

The Notorious Judges (plus me): 

     This was perhaps the most difficult part of setting this contest up----there are just so many I wanted to ask.  I finally decided on a list of 20 and decided that the first 6 that said yes would be the ones that I would pick.  As it turned out it only took 7 calls and I ended up with the following list.     

     Lizette Fitzpatrick - Kentucky

    Amy Hahn - North Carolina

     Alan May - Illinois     

     Carla Muss-Jacobs - Oregon

     Jason Sardi - Pennsylvania     

     Gary WoltalTexas

 

     The judges that I have asked to help me with this contest are already used to stepping outside of themselves----some WAAAAY outside of themselves----in their blogs.  If you haven’t subscribed to them by now, I recommend that you do.    

 

 A Few Additional Notes:

     For the post to be considered in the contest it must be posted to the group, WeBlog Anything.” 

     All posts must be “time-stamped” by midnight October 18th. (That's two weeks)

     All posts have to be posted with comments “enabled.”

     It should go without saying that ALL posts must be fully original content----no “purchased” content of any kind even if it is technically/legally “yours,” all photos must be original as defined by:  “You personally pushed the button to take the picture.”  Obviously the best way to “police” this is for everyone who enters the contest to consider themselves hereby “deputized.”

 

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector

 

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Lee & Pamela St. Peter
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Hi Charles, Just checking in myself to see if there was a winner announced yet...  Hope the glitches are ironed out soon.  I guess the points for all who entered will be awarded once the judging is done?

Nov 11, 2010 04:54 AM #200
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Just checking too, i didn't post a link here, hope I wasn't suppose to.  I did post to all the other groups though.

Nov 12, 2010 02:25 PM #201
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Wow -- this is a grand daddy of "glitches"!  Do you think they'll get it settled before the end of the year?  With all the exceptional posts I'm sure the judges have problems on deciding the winners, but, doubt they are part of the "glitch".

Sue of Robin and Sue

Nov 15, 2010 07:49 AM #202
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Lisa Orme
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Wow - are we still waiting for this to get straightened out, or did I miss something?

Dec 01, 2010 08:54 AM #203
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Lisa, yes, sorry---still waiting :(

Dec 01, 2010 09:15 AM #204
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Geri Sonkin
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So I guess the conclusion is -- you can't blog about just anything. :)

Dec 03, 2010 03:33 AM #205
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Geri, yes--it would seem so :(

Dec 03, 2010 05:22 AM #206
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Jeana Cowie
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Hi Charles,

Certainly no rush my dear, but just wanted to make sure once the glitches are straightened out that my blog is at least considered: Proof that I can blog about anything: What's under the Kitchen Sink? AR Contest Thank you & Happy Hoilidays!!

Dec 07, 2010 06:02 AM #207
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Kellie Morrissey
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Will we know who won the contest before Christmas? ................  This has turned out to a misfit contest...........

 

Dec 17, 2010 01:55 PM #208
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Kellie, this is a totally appropriate video :)  AR keeps telling me to be patient---so that is all I can do---would love to see it get concluded by the new year at least.

Dec 17, 2010 03:27 PM #209
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Charles~ I have come up with a solution to this problem... Award ALL the points to me and we can close this up by the end of the year!!! ~Laughing Out Loud~

Dec 28, 2010 06:22 AM #210
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Melissa, I think I have had several people recommend the same thing LOL.  By the way--AR still says they are working on this :)

Dec 28, 2010 06:42 AM #211
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Charles~ Shucks! And here I thought I was being original.... Cant blame a girl for trying!! :0)

Dec 28, 2010 07:21 AM #212
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Melissa, perhaps an arm wrestling contest is in order?  Oh---wait a minute---I forgot---I am done with contests for the time being :)  (thanks for the nice card by the way :)

Dec 28, 2010 07:43 AM #213
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Cant say I blame you there!!  Your SO welcome I enjoy your bogs so much! Cant say as much for your contest...LOL Just kidding couldn't help it the door was wide open!!!

Dec 29, 2010 11:55 AM #214
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Charles, just wondering if the points have been awarded yet...don't have mine yet...

 

What's Under the Sink?

Jan 16, 2011 03:17 PM #215
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Rebecca, sorry---but no---no points yet.  AR is still telling me that eventually they will get me a link so that all the posts can be pulled up for judging and award of points.

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Hi Charles,  I have an idea.  If everyone who entered the contest would TAG there post with a code (could be something like ARCBuell - or anything you want) then YOU could send AR a link with everyone's entry.  I use TAGS like this all the time ~ if I may here's a quick post on how I use them...

Jan 24, 2011 12:28 AM #217
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Kellie Morrissey
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Charles Buell,

I wanted to let you know that this was the first contest I tried to enter and because it has been such a mess I got fustrated with ActiveRain and stopped blogging for a few months.  I think you owe us all a sincere apology and should reward each person with points for putting ourselves out there and being left out in the cold.

Signed,

Fustrated.....

Is there someone at ActiveRain we can contact to express our concerns about this issue?

 

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