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Giveaway winners

Putting up the sail in a small sailboatCongratulations, Jessica and Bladerunner --- you are both giveaway winners!  Jessica won our most recent Egyptian onion giveaway, while Bladerunner won our previous giveawayDrop me an email with your mailing address and I'll put your goodies in the mail ASAP.

I get the feeling Bladerunner doesn't check our blog every day --- tsk, tsk --- and these onions need to get in the ground.  So, if I don't hear from Bladerunner by Thursday morning, I'll send all of the top bulbs to Jessica.  But don't despair --- the rest of your goodies will be waiting for you when you check in.

If anyone can think of a better way for me to get in touch with giveaway winners rather than hoping they'll read my announcement entry, I'd be glad to hear it.  I don't want them to have to leave their email addresses on the blog, and I also don't want to have to keep track of a slew of emails in my own inbox, so I'm a bit flummoxed about other solutions.  Perhaps you've seen a better method elsewhere in the blogosphere?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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You just made my Monday!! An email from me is on the way:).
Comment by Jessica Mon Aug 30 12:09:15 2010
Always glad to make someone's day. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Aug 30 15:02:11 2010

It seems perfectly reasonable to expect people to check your website if they are hoping to win something. Here's my suggestions (retail value of approximately 2 cents)

  1. when you draw a winner, draw 2 or 3 extra as alternates in the event the winner doesn't respond in time. you clearly state the submission and drawing dates, so it's not like it's random.


  1. setup an email address like specifically for the drawings and don't use it for anything but that. there's still the annoyance of dealing with spam and such though, so maybe request submitters put in 'drawing' in the subject line.

I hope you are able to come up with a good solution. As always, your site is awesome.


Comment by mizztanya Mon Aug 30 17:04:14 2010
...the first option 1, that is. :-) Heck, I might even pick two winners and say that I'll give the prize to whichever emails me first. That way I wouldn't have to wait --- I can be impatient. :-)
Comment by anna Mon Aug 30 17:52:36 2010
I check this blog 4-5 times a week. I don't know how I managed to miss the previous announcement. I've just sent my info. Thanks for the second chance.
Comment by Bladerunner Tue Aug 31 01:34:42 2010
I hope I didn't sound snippy --- I was just at a bit of a loss for how to get in touch with you. Thanks for coming by!! :-)
Comment by anna Tue Aug 31 07:08:32 2010

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