You thought I was kidding about that whole waterpark in a bikini thing, didn’t you? Well, now you have proof ; – ) Here I am, just five days shy of being 40 weeks pregnant. And I’m in a bikini not because I think I should be, but because I must be. It’s Texas. We do what we have to in order to entertain children and survive.
Crunchy mom that I am, due dates don’t mean a whole lot, anyway. Birth isn’t something I choose to schedule. It’s one of the ways I surrender to the process. If there’s anything I learned during Katie’s birth, it’s that in this particular instance my body is wiser than my mind. When it says I’m ready, then and only then am I ready. For me, surrender is the only way.
Except . . .
I am a planner. A scheduler. A recovering control freak. Although I had planned to write several entries ahead of time to post after the baby’s birth, my time has been swallowed whole by a great big whale named real-estate. And it has been freaking me out. So my wonderful husband, who has surprised me in just about every way possible these last few days, came up with a fabulous idea: let your readers blog for you, and give away free stuff!
Blog for Me and Win Your Very Own Blog!
First, let’s start with the prize details. One guest blogger will win their very own blog for having received the most unique comments on their guest post during the contest period. Unique comments means that each person who comments counts as one comment, regardless of how many times they comment on a given post.
What You Win: AKA The Prize!
The winner will receive their very own blog on their very own domain, hosted for free for the first year! If you’ve been blogging on blogspot, wordpress.com, or typepad this is your chance to make the big leap to YourBlogName.com and have your blog stuff transported over for free! Daniel (Daddypotamus) sets up blogs, among other things, for a living. Although a bare-bones basic setup usually starts around $500, he’s kindly volunteered his services to the winner of our little shindig.
You may be asking yourself, why bother? I’ll give you a few reasons:
- Stand Out – Love photography? We’ll help you find a stunning photocentric layout that puts your creativity center stage. You could even use it as a portfolio! Or maybe you need to get your inner- Julia Child on. A blog layout that makes recipes easy to organize and feature is what you need! Or maybe you’re into a little bit of everything. We’ll help you find something versatile and vibrant.
- Own Your Work – Free blog hosting sites reserve the right to shut down your blog at any time for infringements like installing certain kinds of ads, etc. By having your own site you ensure access to your content.
- Make Money – This should not be your reason, but I needed a third bullet point so here it is. If you’re going to tell your friends about companies you believe in, why not let the companies thank you for your referral? It’s easy to become an affiliate with companies like Melissa and Doug, Amazon, Pediped, Earth Mama Angel Baby, and more! If you’re a real foodie, join Real Food Media for affiliate programs customized for your niche.
If you’re the winner, you’ll receive:
- Free Domain Registration For One Year
- Free Blog Hosting For One Year
- Premium Blog Theme (You’ll get your pick of three advanced blog designs)
- All Your Old Blog Content Imported Into Your New Blog
- Blog Settings Adjusted for Improved Search Engine Optimization (Which helps you rank better in search engines like Google)
- The Chance to Blog From A Cool Domain Name Everyone Will Remember.
Here’s HOW to Win
Let’s break it down. I want YOU to write a blog post for me. And send it over. Each weekday for anywhere between 2-4 weeks, I’ll share a guest blog post right here.
Step #1: Pick a blog post topic
Write a 1-2 sentence explanation of the post you’re going to write for Mommypotamus.com.
Step #2: Leave a comment on this post
Your comment below should have two things: your 1-2 sentence description of the post you plan to write and your solemn oath to have this post completed and sent to me by FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday.
My husband is adding the time restrictions for good reason: in order to help me by blogging, gathering the blog posts and editing them for the site can’t be an overwhelming task. So you have five days to complete your post and get it to me. No posts will be accepted after 10pm Friday evening Central Standard Time.
Step #3: Write that blog post!
You have five days to write a blog post that fits with the themes I usually cover. I thought about giving a list here, but I don’t want to limit you. Just share something you’re passionate about!
Step #4: Send that blog post to me!
Once you’ve commented below with your topic idea, I will send you the email address to send your posts to. The first post should theoretically have the most comments at the end because it will have been on the site the longest. But that’s not likely to be true because you can each get EVERY SINGLE ONE of your friends, relatives, neighbors, and total strangers to leave comments on your posts to help you win.
How am I going to select which post is published first? That’s easy. As long as they’re not generic or WAY too far out there for my readers, my husband and I will publish them in the order they are received. That means that the faster you can submit, the better your chances of having your post up for more of the contest.
But don’t write too quickly! You want your post to be engaging enough to warrant comments from readers who just happen to visit. You can take the full five days to write your post, but your best bet is to find the happy medium between quality and haste.
You can add a 2-3 sentence bio to your submission if you want. No reason NOT to promote your existing blog regardless of whether you win ; – )
Step #5: Send ALL of your friends and family to read and comment on your blog
No, you can’t comment for them. Even if you are quoting them directly. I can see where comments are coming from. Just keepin’ you mommies and daddies honest. 😉
Check back each day during the contest to see when your blog is published. Daniel will aim to have a post published by 8:30am each day of the contest. When you see that your post is up, get your peeps in gear! Send ’em on over to read and comment!
Step #6: Pick an available domain name for your blog
Be prepared to win. Go to Moniker.com and in the “Find Your Domains” field on the home page, type in a blog name you want. After you hit Enter, it will tell you if that domain name is available. You don’t have to enter “.com”, just the words. If the .com version is available, great! You’re done! If you want to be overly cautious, you can have a couple names picked out and checked so that you’ll have a backup if your first choice is registered by someone before the contest is over.
Step #7: Wait for the announcement
One of us will publish an announcement this coming Saturday letting you know how long the contest will last. If we get 10 valid submissions, the contest will last two weeks. If we were to get 20, it would last a month. And I’m really hoping 20 of you will take pity on me and submit your awesome blog post. I really, REALLY need a month of rest and awesome reading!
And just in case you already have a blog on a unique domain: You can submit a post like everyone else and gift the free domain, hosting, and premium theme to someone else! I mean, let’s be honest: the REAL goal here is to blog for ME!!! Help me!!! You may not live close enough to come by and help with the dishes, but you sure enough can help me by submitting a blog post and giving me one more extra day of rest before I jump back into the swing of things.
You’ll be able to see how your post is doing each day. It may take us 48 hours to announce the winner, because we’ll have to weed out the threaded conversational comments from our final counts. Then we’ll announce the winner. I’m so excited!
Each one of you who enters, whether you care to win or not, are dear to my heart. Thanks for having so much fun with me, and Happy Blogging!
** Extra Details: If you win, you WILL have recurring costs after the first year: domain registration typically costs $8.95 per year. Hosting will cost only $6.95 per month – that’s approximately $84/year – IF you pay for a whole year at one time.