Sunday, February 05, 2006

Ahem, Once Again, the Winners Are...

I did this whole post once yesterday and published it, and it was on the blog, and then it just disappeared. I had written this whole big post about the nature of blogging, and the benefits of commenting, etc., and now it's gone. Feh. You're going to have to settle for the short version.

Besides, this is what you really want to know!* I tried to leave comments at everyone's blogs, but then Blogger had its big meltdown.

The Lorna's Laces goes to ... Atla from Atla Knits.
The KnitPicks Shadow goes to ... Kris from Strikker.
The Sunshine Yarns Worsted goes to ... Jenny from Too Many Projects.
The Colinette Giotto goes to ... Jessica from Common Threads.
The Knit Picks Color Your Own goes to ... Kim from See Kim Knit.
And the Alpaca Fingering goes to ... Olga from Yo La Tejo.

I did this contest largely so that I could discover the real people behind my stat counter stats. And how better to do that than through the comments! Comments are what makes blogging a community rather than a bunch of people talking to themselves. It can be time consuming, though. But you don't have to leave long comments, or comment on every post you read. I think it's nice to say "hi" every once in a while, though. Especially if you're visiting a new blog and like it, the blogger would love to hear that and know how you found them! Hope this doesn't sound preachy -- it's as much a reminder to myself as anything!

On the flip side, I also think that as a blogger, it's nice to respond to every comment you get, but sometimes that's not possible. I at least try to respond via email or blog comment to new commenters, or to people with questions.**

There is one blogger whose comments are so consistently sweet, thoughtful, funny, supportive, and encouraging that she frankly leaves the rest of us in her dust. And she still knits! Chris from Bits of Knits is that blogger. Chris, for being the Best Damn Commenter in Blogland, you deserve a treat. So send me an email with your address. I think you'll be pleased with the surprise I have for you!

*Winners were determined by a random number generator.
** Of course, there are times when I would like to respond, but I don't have an email or a blog link to go with the comment. Either because the commenter doesn't leave one, or it's not in their Blogger profile, or Blogger just messes up.


Blogger Lolly said...

Congrats to the winners, and to sweet Chris - that is so generous of you to send out all of those gifts!

Hope you are well ;)

7:24 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Darn blogger . . . I could see your post on Bloglines yesterday, but then when I clicked to your blog it wasn't there. Weird. Wonderful contest you ran, and thanks for reminding us all to comment more and respond more to the comments we recieve. And I agree, Chris is hands down the Best Damn Commenter . . . so a big pat on the back to you for mentioning her!!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I could see your post on blogger too, but then couldn't leave a comment. Bah!

Congrats to the winners and I couldn't agree with you more on the commenting. I also agree that Chris is an awesome commenter!

9:48 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Yea to the winners! Thanks so much for doing the contest for us!!

And, I totally agree - Chris is the best, above and beyond, and one of the funniest bloggers out there!

9:55 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Yay for the contest winners! This was a great idea for a contest. And you're right, commenting is what makes knit blogland special.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Atla said...

As everyone else has said, thanks so much for doing this! I assure you the Lorna's Laces will feel right at home :)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Amelia said...

Hello. Just thought I would add my voice to the chorus of people climbing out of the woodwork!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

I saw your post on Bloglines but when I clicked through to leave a comment (a particularly witty one, too) it wasn't here ;o)

Congrats to the winners and thanks for doing this :o)

1:49 PM  
Anonymous deety said...

Congrats to all of the winners, that was such a nice idea you had!

2:24 PM  
Blogger candsmom said...

Congrats to all the winners!! What awesome gifts! You're so kind and generous to hold such a fun contest. And I totally agree with you that commenting and responding is what makes blogging a community, rather than a "diary" experience. It's so neat to befriend people all over the world who share the same passion for knitting, especially since none of my non-blog friends knit. And *blush* you're so incredibly sweet for mentioning me , but I couldn't accept a gift for commenting- that just wouldn't feel right, though you're so generous to offer! Everybody has made blogging such an incredible experience for me with their supportive and encouraging comments, and it just makes me happy to be able to do the same for others. Making friends is by far the best part of blogging, and I'm so glad you're my blog pal!! :-) Love ya, c.

3:27 PM  
Blogger kim said...

I tried all day to write a note thanking you, because I'm so excited about my new yarn (and some new socks!), but Blogger just wasn't cooperating. Very frustrating...

3:27 PM  
Blogger msubulldog said...

A big "hear, hear" to Chris's fabulous blogger-ness! :)

3:45 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

I tried to comment yesterday, but Blogger seemed to be having some issues!
Congrats to all your winners - I thought this was a great idea!

Love the new scarf. I'm a big fan of Noro (despite the 'debris' that is often found in the yarn!.)

And feel free to visit me on my blog anytime! It's getting a little lonely over there! :)

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Laura, thanks so much for doing this! You can be certain the Sunshine yarn is going to a good home. :)

Your scarf is gorgeous!

6:34 PM  
Blogger Catherine Kerth said...

congrats to the winners!

7:41 AM  

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