I couldn’t sleep last night, so I decided to do what I was supposed to be doing when I started my anniversary giveaway and log all the comments in an Excel file. I should have started doing it from Day 1, but I was too lazy to do so. The bout of insomnia last night made me finish it, and I was astonished to see that I had to wade through almost 20 pages of comments in my WordPress to log all the comments (of course, half of those are my replies, but still!). WOW.
My last giveaway got only 13 entries. Granted, it was only open to the Philippines, and my blog was virtually new then, so that was understandable. The anniversary giveaway was expected to be different, but holy smokes, I was surprised at the number of comments I logged last night! There were only 52 people who commented on all entries for the entire contest period, but there were a total of 206 comments all in all. Again, WOW.
I’m rambling, I know, and I know you want to know who won. But first, let me thank everyone again, for taking the time to read, comment and interact not only with me but also with the other people who commented in the posts. It’s fun to read the conversations going and the questions raised. It’s especially nice to see people coming back to reply on the other replies, because I know that is not usual! So once again, thank you for joining the contest and bringing lots of interesting discussions in my blog. It’s always a thrill to check my email and see that I have comments to approve, or there are comments from returning visitors. I loved replying to all of them, too. If I haven’t said it enough, one more time: THANK YOU!
And now we go to the exciting part. The winners!
Again, everyone who’s left a comment in my posts from December 24 to January 9 get an entry each, and the more comments left, the more entries they get. There is one winner from the my hometown and another international winner, as long as Book Depository ships to wherever you are, since that’s where I’ll be ordering the book. I put all the comments in an Excel file with the date of their comment, their name, email address and where they commented, and then indicated if they are from the Philippines (local) or not (international). Then I put the local and international entries in their own sheets so it’s easier to pick a winner. Then I sort of jumbled them around by rearranging the rows so they’re more or less “mixed”, like actual raffle entries.
Again, a refresher: the winners can each choose ONE book from the following:
I’m stalling, I know. :P But here we go. :)
Out of the 80 international entries, random.org has chosen # 36. And that is…
And out of the 125 entries from my Filipino visitors, random.org has chosen # 76. And that is…
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
Since I was very overwhelmed with everyone’s participation in this contest, I’d like to give a special award to the visitor who really made an effort to interact not only with me but with the other people who commented. She visited and commented consistently, and she was one of the people who returned and replied to the replies to her comments (and others, too), and I thought that was very nice of her to do that. So I am choosing one more winner. I chose this winner instead of random.org and that winner is…
And that is it. Thanks again to everyone who joined and left comments, and I hope that I will still hear from you even after the giveaway is over. Congratulations to the winners, and please check your emails! :-)
Don’t worry, my birthday is coming up and there’s nothing more fun during a birthday than to give. ;)