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Announcing The “Blog For Mommypotamus and Win Your Own Blog” Contest

on August 30 | in Favorite Things/Giveaways | by | with 57 Comments

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!

[pullquote_right]Interested in seeing some of Daniel’s recent work? Check out The Prophetic Life, Daily Blog Crush and My Five Fingers[/pullquote_right]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.

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57 Responses to Announcing The “Blog For Mommypotamus and Win Your Own Blog” Contest

  1. kate says:

    I really want to do this!! BUT we are scrambling as it is to get everything finished before we move…..
    I’ll see what I can do. ;)

  2. Mae says:

    Um, Heather…I don’t see where we are supposed to be emailing our subject descriptions to, help me out?
    Count me in ;]

  3. Kaitlin says:

    Ah! I am IN! I am thinking of writing about the sustainable organic small farm. Basically examining the question of how our culture of food would change if, in fact, small farms were all that we had. I know, for example, that we got positively attacked by squash beetles and various other bugs, a lot of which had to do with the terrible drought and bouts of heat creating a perfect atmosphere. But excuses or not, what happens when there are no tomatoes? American society has not had to face that in a very long time. Possibly do a few interviews….too bad the deadline is friday bc I am actually planning a visit to another farm in the state this weekend! bah…but no matter I’m sure I can come up with something. What do you think of this?

    • Heather says:

      Kaitlin – Ha! I was going to email you and suggest that exact topic if you didn’t volunteer! I’m so glad you’re going to participate, especially after your comment yesterday.

      BTW, I forgot to answer your question about Kristen. We did our undergrad at Dallas Baptist University together. Ironically, neither of us are baptist, but they had this great program funded by the PEW Research Foundation that was basically a graduate-style course in humanities/philosophy. She graduated a couple of years before me but it was a tight knit group so I saw her around a lot even in my junior/senior year. She is probably the most intelligent woman I have ever known. Seriously.

  4. [...] My friend and patient, Heather aka “The Mommypotamus“, has the coolest contest going on on her blog right now…  And, you should definitely go check it out!  Do you love my blog?  I’m not talking just content here, I’m talking the layout and look?  Well, you could have a blog of your own, for FREE!  Heather’s husband, Daniel, is the talent behind my blog.  He designed the whole thing for me, tutored me on how to use it, and still deals w/ my nagging questions.  And, I love, love, love my blog…  Even when I am too busy puking to give it the attention it needs .  I just think it’s so cool that Heather is offering you the chance to win yours!  Go check it out, here. [...]

  5. Tana says:

    Hey Heather, I’d like to write a blog about being passionate in our crunchiness without being offensive to others who are not in the same place on the path as we are (and maybe not even on the path, but wouldn’t we like to inspire them to want to be there as opposed to making them feel judged or freaked out?) and also enjoying our lifestyle choices without being enslaved by them, having enough grace and balance in our lives for ourselves and others, to know it’s okay to be growing and learning and striving, and to realize that it is really even impossible to attain a perfect 100% green life – just like it is impossible for us to be perfect this side of heaven!

    • Heather says:

      Tana – Wow . . . well chosen topic! Years ago when I was chronically ill I had to make food choices that made it impossible to join in any social events. To this day I still struggle with finding the balance between being okay with my choices and making room for people who choose differently. Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Whittney says:

    I’m in! It will be titled “I Really Have Four.” My miscarriage stories and what they taught me and why I wouldn’t change a thing.

  7. Julie says:

    Wow, this is a GENIUS idea! I am so impressed. As for blog ideas, I’m thinking… :)

    • Heather says:

      Julie – No pressure, but I’d LOVE to have a submission from you!

      • Julie says:

        Okay, here goes! Tell me if this is too out there for your blog. On your post about whether birth control is an abortifacient, I actually had more I wanted to write but that day was my husband’s birthday, so I really couldn’t do it then. Reading through the comments, it struck me how little the pro-life camp understands about how the pro-choice camp really thinks and feels. There is a great divide that I believe needs to be bridged. I think I have a unique position on this, because I grew up in Dallas (a very pro-life area) and now have lived in NY for 6 years (a very pro-choice area). I’ve seen both, and I’ve learned a lot. I also have a degree in public policy, as well as a law degree, so I feel comfortable discussing Roe v. Wade. Much of the reasons the pro-life movement doesn’t make the progress it wants to is because there is a lot of preaching to the choir going on, and a lot of getting advice on how to approach the pro-choice movement from pro-lifers, which is a mistake. It’s like asking a vegetarian for a steakhouse recommendation. So here is what I am offering. A chance for pro-life readers to get a glimpse into the mind of a pro-choice person, to gain an understanding of what the movement is really about, so that they may take that knowledge and be more constructive in their fight against abortion. And so that they may see that their pro-choice “enemies” aren’t really enemies at all, and that the two sides can and should work together.
        *Disclaimer: I remember you stating that you hate the term “pro-lifer” and I do think I understand where you’re coming from, I am just using the terms “pro-life” and “pro-choice” for simplicity’s sake, because everyone does know what they mean in the most basic sense.

        • Heather says:

          Julie – I’ll admit, your topic scares me a little. But I trust you, so I’m going to say yes. No matter how much controversy it stirs up, I can’t imagine passing up an opportunity to gain what I know will be an insightful look into the reasoning of a pro-choice advocate. Thanks for taking the risk in asking.

          • Julie says:

            Thank you so much for your trust, I take it very seriously. I look forward to writing this post with much respect and careful consideration.

  8. Liz Lowrie says:

    Not in line with organic, crunchiness, or sustainable living, BUT if you are really desperate you might consider: The Perfect Work Life Balance Myth: Confessions of a SAHFTJWM (stay at home full time job working mother). Perhaps I can work in a few references to organic cheddar ducks or vegan cupcakes. :D

  9. dianthe says:

    i would love to be a guest blogger for you – i’ve never guest blogged before and i would be honored for you to be my first! my topic is … surprise, surprise … Tandem Nursing – how i got here, how i’m doing here and how (or if) i’ll get out!
    and although i have my own domain, if i were to win, i would LOVE LOVE LOVE a new theme – i’m constantly changing mine because i can’t figure out what i’m doing!!

    • Heather says:

      Dianthe – Great subject! Of course I will be VERY interested in reading it since I am heading into that season in a couple of weeks. Oh, and Daniel can help you with a new theme. He’s a theme junkie and has access to some really good ones ; – )

  10. Des says:

    Okay, I would LOVE to enter, if I can wait another few weeks to send in my final post?? I’m just so nauseous it’s difficult to blog (noted by the DRASTIC decrease of my own blog posts!)
    But if that’s okay, I would love to write about living in community of 7 adults and 6 kids all in one house and the pro’s and con’s that come with it. Plus how we do the cooking, the shopping, the cleaning, etc.

    • Heather says:

      Destiny – I’m sorry for the short turnaround time for submission. I was planning to post this contest last week but when our house deal fell through I couldn’t get myself together for a few days. Since my due date is Friday we want to have all submissions ready to go (just in case). And to be fair I can’t extend the deadline since that would give you more time to mull and edit.

      BUT, please send me a guest post in a few weeks if you want to just for fun! I thought about emailing you but it didn’t seem like the right time with the puking and all. I love your idea and would be honored to have a guest post from you. No pressure, but it WOULD be really awesome ; – )

      I’m so behind on my Google reader I have no idea what is going on in your life (except the puking). Can’t wait to get comfy on my couch soon and catch up!

      • Des says:

        no problem! I’ll send you a guest post once I feel up to it. And there hasn’t been anything on Google Reader from the Belgexans to read. Way too much puking going on.

  11. Lesley says:

    Ok…as I laid awake last night when I really SHOULD have been sleeping, I thought about this. I think I want to do one too! I would like to do one called ” Motherhood: The Good, The Bad and…The Grace.” A realistic look at how motherhood can change your life, affect your expectations and how we need to show ourselves ( and other mothers) more grace. I have got so much to say on all this right now…now to get the time in the day to get it all out! =)

  12. I’m not positive my idea would be the greatest, but I thought i’d take a stab at it. =) I would write about “loving your kids on purpose”. It is based on a book that has been an absolute God send for me. The goal is to: Empower your kids by giving them choices instead of always telling them what to do. Bottom line: You can not control your kids; you can only control yourself. No matter what guarding your heart and your relationship with your kids its vital. I’m a bit dull on words because I’ve been sick for two weeks now, but I might be able to muster up enough strength to do it in time! =)

  13. Hi Heather!

    I’m new here :) I just found your blog through “Empowered Beginnings” and I’m really excited to connect with you. I haven’t had a chance to take a good look around yet as this is the first post that I’m reading but WOW, what a great idea! Very inspiring! I’m currently preparing my body for my first pregnancy with nourishing foods and natural living. As an entrepreneur (nutritionist, coach and doula) I’m going to have to come up with some creative ways to continue ‘working’ and spending quality time with my new baby. This is a great idea!

    I don’t need a blog because I’ve already got one so I’m not going to enter the contest, however I’d still like to contribute a blog post if I can get it in to you by Friday! I’m going to take a closer look at your blog and then return with a possible topic for approval :)

    • Heather says:

      HI Crystal – It’s great to “meet” you! I love how you’ve woven your interests into a unique career path. If you don’t mind I’d like to make a topic suggestion: preconception health. Of course, you’re not limited to that, but it hasn’t ever been covered here and I would love to have something to link to as I discuss it going forward ; – )

  14. This post is going to be a first-person letter from God to the reader about parenting. It will be what I feel the Lord declaring to my spirit for those that would read the post, but I will be seeking His words specifically regarding parenting.

  15. Maureen says:

    Hi, Heather! I am also new to your blog, and I don’t have one of my own (yet?) but I’d love to write a guest post for you! I am a relatively “crunchy” mom of twins, and one topic on which I find myself an expert is how to make natural, attachment choices for my family despite a less than ideal birth. I had a very unwanted c-section after an extremely difficult pregnancy, but through breastfeeding, I’ve managed to find the grace in what I am able to do. Or, I could write about breasts. I am astounded by both the miracle of their mechanics and by how few women understand how their breasts actually work! Either way, let me know and I will submit my best typing-while-nursing-twins work :-)

    • Heather says:

      Maureen – Welcome! I am SO GLAD you’re here. Both topics sound great, I can’t seem to choose. On the one hand, I am very curious about what attachment parenting looks like with twins. I have found it challenging enough with just one! But on the flip side a post on the mechanics of breastfeeding sounds fascinating. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  16. I am a mother, but not a new mother. My daughter was raised on McDonalds. PLEASE DON’T KICK ME OUT! Each comment I make is tinged with fear that one of you incredibly loving and awesome mommies, giving 1000% of your efforts to the health and well-being of your families, will find out that I am just a lowly grandmother, trying to make up for where I went wrong so many years ago…

    • Daniel says:

      Kay, that made me laugh out loud. You are more than welcome here. But if you want some brownie points (which you really don’t need), you could always submit an idea in the comments here and join the guest blogger contest. :)

      You have some valuable perspectives to share. Think about it. But think fast. :)

      • Heather says:

        Kay – I second what Daniel said, and would like to add that you should sign up for my Real Food For Rookies Giveaway. You can either give it to a young mom or take it yourself and pass on what you learn. Win win! So glad you’re here.

  17. Jennifer C. says:

    Hi, Heather! I’m new to your blog, but I have really enjoyed what I have been reading. I don’t have kids yet, (we just celebrated our 2nd anniversary) but I feel like now is the time to re-think our eating habits so that when the kiddos come along, good nutrition will be in place. I would like to post a blog entitled: The Great Decision: Sleep or Coffee? I have a story from college I’d like to share and what happened through that regarding my nutritional viewpoint.

    • Heather says:

      Jennifer – That sounds really interesting. Moms with young children face this dilemma all the time. I’ve found that it’s really tempting to live on coffee when a baby is keeping me up all night, but since it prevents my body from absorbing many nutrients (like calcium) it’s a short-term solution with long-term consequences. Not to say I don’t indulge every once in awhile ; – ) Look forward to reading your thoughts on this!

  18. what a great giveaway and blog-leave concept! i so wish i had time to write a post for you and win such a great prize, because it would be such an honor to be published on your blog! but, sadly, i’m hardly able to attend to my own often enough. can’t wait to read all the guest posts though! from the looks of it there will be plenty of good ones.

  19. Sarah says:

    I would love to write a post for you! I am a new to your site, found it through nourished kitchen! I have a few ready to send asap. I have one about the struggles of finding your footing after having a baby and one about the benefits of pasture raised eggs.

    I am a mother of 3 boys the oldest is 3 and twin 17 month olds. I try to feed our family unprocessed and farm fresh foods. Luckily for us in Michigan we get all of our dairy, eggs, poultry, meat, and veggies from local farms right in our area. Congratulations and good luck on your upcoming birth!!

  20. latisha says:

    hi there! i just found you through nourished kitchen today. i love your blog and the ‘real food for rookies’ wish id known about this when we made the switch. i will be forwarding it too all my mamas who keep asking, ‘but when you you have time??’ also, id love to try and whip something together for this. i have domain name, but would LOVE to win the big blog beginning. how bout something with how using culinary herbs is a great easy to intro to herbal medicine? would that work with your readers?

    • Heather says:

      That sounds great, Latisha! Using cooking as an intro to herbal medicine is a very creative approach. We grow a few staples for cooking (thyme, rosemary, garlic chives, oregano and basil), but I’d love to expand my understanding of how and when to use them.

  21. latisha says:

    sorry bout all the typos! eek.

  22. Lucy says:

    HI, I’m new to your blog… found you on my Facebook newsfeed (Kellymom)… I have a blog that is a little abandoned lately…it could use a facelift. I’d like to submit one last topic if there’s still time. I’m not sure if you wrote about this before because I didn’t have time to read your whole blog… but…there it goes… I’d like to write about Diabetes. What every mom needs to know about the glicemic index and how to prevent diabetes in the next generation. If there’s no time, I understand!

  23. Rena says:

    Well my week got away from me. So no guest blog from this camp. Great contest idea. Sounds like some amazing topics. Can’t wait. But more so congrats on the new baby and all the excitement that comes with that new life.

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