I had no idea it would be so fun to run a 5 year blogiversary contest! To be honest, I thought more people would enter, but those of you who did participate did so with a gusto that brought a smile to my face many times over.
So to recap, for those of you too lazy to click back and read: in 2011, all my blog posts had one deliberate thing in common. Everyone had 5 days to email me and tell me exactly how I deliberately tied all my 2011 blog posts together. Those who answered correctly via email were entered into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card! Anyone who could also tell me which post did not strictly conform to the pattern got a bonus entry into the drawing.
As each entry came in, I listed the person’s name and the date/time of the email in a Google spreadsheet (I am making the switch as much as possible to free and open source software with this new laptop). Participants got listed twice if they provided a correct answer to the bonus question (and in Kellie’s case, that came in the form of a later email!) As soon as the deadline arrived, I used the True Random Number Generator at Random.org to select the winner.
Before I show you the results, I’d like to share some of the comments that made me smile:
Kellie and I went to college together, lived in the same dorm, and have reconnected thanks to Facebook. She was the first to answer:
Debbie, I think that the answer to your blog contest is that all of the blog posts use song or movie titles as their titles. The one I see that doesn’t strictly conform (I think) is the one for “One Week,” which is perhaps a modification of “One Day,” the movie and book. Of course, there may be a deeper hidden answer to this question; if I’m completely off base, let me know. Congrats on reaching five years with your blog!
Ah, a deeper hidden meaning – she knows me better than I thought! I was tickled that she nailed the fact that all my posts were song titles. However, “One Week” is in fact a song title, albeit not a sing I really KNEW. It was harder than I thought to make every post a song title!
Rebecca was next to answer. She and I both attend Trinity Lutheran church and I didn’t even know she read my blog! But again, we are connected via Facebook, too, and I’m guessing that’s where she saw my post about the contest.
Kellie, however, was clearly still pondering her answer, because I received this email later:
Debbie, I’d like to amend my entry — I suspect the nonconforming blog title is actually “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her,” which is actually “Wherever.” I realized that last night while thinking about Simon and Garfunkel, thanks to your blog contest.
Doh! That was an unintended mistake on my part! Kudos, Kellie – and you earned yourself an extra contest entry for that astute observation!
Lyn was the next one to jump in. She and I met through a mutual acquaintance, who happens to be her husband Stephen!
All of the titles of your blog posts are song titles. I had to look some up. J For the bonus entry: Let’s Get Physical is the title, not Let’s Get (a) Physical PS. Can you confirm the email address is right. The post has dschinker dot gmail dot com and I’m guess you meant @ gmail.
Oops! Thanks for finding that mistake, Lyn. The (a) was meant to indicate a deliberate twisting of the title, so technically no bonus entry for you, but I gave you one anyway, for catching my typo.
The last person to enter was Lyn’s husband Stephen, who was my first serious boyfriend way back in high school. Stephen earned top marks for thoroughness (which will surprise no one who knows him!):
All of your titles in 2011 were song titles, with the following anomalies, from the major to the minor:
1. Ch-ch-ch-choices (1/4) — this alludes to David Bowie’s Changes, but is not, in fact, the title of the song. There is, however, a song from a Catholic children’s music publisher called “Choices” that includes “Ch-ch-ch-choices” in the lyrics. http://www.allelu.com/activities-resources/song-lyrics.html
2. Back to the Future is the only instrumental.
3. Let’s Get (a) Physical — obviously, the word “a” is an insertion. This post, by the way, was the one that tipped me off to the pattern, all the way back in January. Two song titles in two days were unusual for you. Let It Snow cinched it. (BTW, this was because I was confused on the lyrics to the Bowie song!)
4. “End of the Innocence?” — the actual song title is “The End of the Innocence”.
As for “didn’t strictly conform to the pattern”, I would have to say Ch-ch-ch-choices doesn’t conform if the pattern is titles, and Back to the Future is the one that doesn’t conform is the pattern is songs.
The title “Ch-ch-ch-choices” was actually made BEFORE I decided to title ALL my blog post entries for songs, so that one was the anomaly I actually had in mind. And I must point out that my biggest blog supporter, dear husband John (who was excluded from this contest and was none too happy about it, either!) did tell me today that the title of THAT song is actually “Physical.” Now you know – and so do I!
Well, I shall keep you in suspense no longer. Here is the screen print from the random number generator:
As you can see, the winner is:
But as a special surprise, I am sending a $5 Amazon certificate to Kellie, Lyn, and Stephen as well, just for participating. (Don’t you wish you would have entered now?! Pppppttthhhh!)
I truly appreciate everyone who reads my blog, and by extension hears my voice. I appreciate the opportunity to think and write – especially for an authentic audience – and to talk things through with you, my readers, be you friends or strangers. Happy birthday, Midnight Musings, and here’s to 5 more years!