Good morning Everyone!
A big celebration should be accompanied by lots of big balloons, hence the featured image for today and the picture above. What are we celebrating? This blog yesterday crossed the threshold of 25000 total views!
Now, whether this is normal for blogs or not, I do not know. I do know that there are a lot of excellent bloggers who have been writing for a shorter time than I have with many more than 25,000 views; I also know there are many excellent bloggers that have been writing longer than I have that have fewer views. But, for me, the idea that people have looked at my blog more than 25,000 times in less than a year is pretty mind-boggling.
For those of you not familiar with WordPress statistics, a view is the number of times someone somewhere has clicked on a link and looked at the blog, not the number of separate individuals who have looked at it, so my regular subscribers are a large component of that 25,000, and I am very grateful to all of you.
So what are we going to do to celebrate? Well, today through Monday, I am giving everyone a chance to enroll in a giveaway drawing, if you wish. I had the sooty tern picture that I painted with pastels made into notecards that are blank inside. The notecards are on good quality card stock, with a slightly glossy finish on the outside, and a paper finish on the inside to make writing easy. They come with envelopes that self-seal. I am going to give away one set each of 8 notecards to two people in a random drawing between all entries. If you want to enter, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject listed as “Drawing” and with your name, or nickname if you prefer and your e-mail address in the body of the e-mail. I promise not to use the e-mail addresses for any reason other than the drawing, and will delete them once the drawing is finished.
I will draw two names randomly from the entries on Tuesday, March 12, and ask those people for their addresses to send the cards. The notecards really are very nice, even if I say so myself.
Have a great day everyone, and again, thank you!
P.S. I wish I could give them away to everyone, but the cost of getting them printed was too high for me to do that. However, if any of you have a burning desire to have said notecards even if you don’t win the drawing, let me know that in your entry too, or e-mail me after the drawing and tell me how many and I will let you know the price for purchase (shipping and tax is extra) so you can decide if you want to buy them or not.