I frequently have blog contests, and the winner or winners are chosen from among the comments left on the blog post announcing the contest.
With every contest, I get a spate of emails asking how to leave a comment to enter a contest. Here’s what not to do and what to do:
Please do not email me.
Please do not use the “Contact me” form from the link at the top of the page.
Please do leave a comment.
To leave a comment, you must visit my actual blog (not respond to the entry emailed to you, should you be subscribed to my blog via email). Once at wendyknits.net, if you look right under the title of the blog post for which you want to leave a comment, you will see text that looks something like this:
Click on the link that reads “x Comments” and it will open up the single page for the post. You will then need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to see the form that you need to fill out to comment:
(You can click on that picture to enlarge it.)
You need to put something in the Name field — if you don’t want to use your real name or full name, that’s fine — use your online persona or whatever.
You need to put a working email address in the Email field — if you win the contest, this is how I will contact you. This address will not be posted on my site or be visible to anyone but me. And I will never use it for any reason other than to contact you about the contest.
Putting your website address (if you have one) is optional — that’s up to you. If you have a site, feel free to put it in — then the name you entered in the Name field will become a live link to your site.
For the comment itself, you can write whatever you like — just put something in there, please.
That’s all there is to it!
Why do I require you to leave a comment rather than send me an email or use the “Contact Me” form that you can reach from one of the tabs at the top of my site?
Because I pick winners using a Random Number Generator. I tell the Generator to pick x number of random numbers from a range of numbers. This range of numbers is the total number of comments on the blog post. Once I have the numbers picked, I can go into the admin function of my blog and find the comments that match up to the numbers that were selected.