1,500 Left to Go

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Shhh! Don’t wake Byron the Quokka. He’s worked hard, trying to gin up comments for the comment contest, and now he needs his beauty sleep. He usually dreams of bicycles.

On our way to 75,000 comments, we now have 73,500. Not too many months ago, before the Oligarchy decided my site’s traffic needs to be suppressed, we’d’ve knocked off another 1,500 comments in a week or two. Now, I don’t know.

The prize for posting Comment No. 75,000 will be either an autographed copy of my new book, The Wind from Heaven (it’s just about ready for publication), or else one of those cool T-shirts that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost. –Lee Duigon”–your choice.

We had the gold mask of Tutankhamen for a while, but the quokkas didn’t like it and anyway the Cairo Museum wanted it back…


So Where’s the Comments?

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You’d think a birthday party would be a great place to collect comments, even if it is only an imaginary birthday party. And don’t give me imaginary comments!

G’day, Byron the Quokka here at the Leester’s birthday party; and I never get a day off from being in charge of comment contests. This party’s off to a slow start, and we have only four comments so far. I told him we should’ve made the prize a bicycle, but did he listen? Not him!

Instead, you can win an autographed book or this cool T-shirt:


Yeah, I know that picture is just awful. What it says on the shirt is, “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost  –Lee Duigon”. You can count on it to start a conversation anywhere.

But first things first! Nobody wins anything until we get to 75,000 comments! We have passed 73,000, so we have less than 2,000 left to go. Will some of you please stop playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey and post some comments? Anyone would think I couldn’t do this job!


At Least the Comment Counter Works


Well, I thought it worked. Must’ve pressed the wrong button: the post I was almost done writing has disappeared. *Sigh* Fap.

Our new comment counter tells us that we now have over 73,000 comments in the can, short of our goal of 75,000. A few months ago, we would’ve polished that off in two weeks, maybe three. Now that they’ve gutted my search engine ranking and shoved my readership back down to 2016 levels, I don’t know how long it’ll take. *Sigh* Fap.

If you win, you’ll receive one of these cool T-shirts with the message, “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost. –Lee Duigon.” Amaze and awe your friends. Terrify your enemies. Or you can hold out for an autographed book instead.

Now let’s see if I can post this before it disappears.

Yes, There is a Comment Contest


Our Comment Counter is working its way to 73,000, and when it gets to 75,000, we’ll have a winner. And if it’s you, the prize is either an autographed book or one of those cool T-shirts pictured above. In real life the shirt won’t be out of focus. It will clearly read,

“If they have to kill us, they’ve lost. –Lee Duigon”

Lately our viewer numbers have sunk back to where they were in 2015 or so, which is very discouraging. So it’ll take longer than anticipated to get to 75,000 comments. I suspect that some mischief has been done to this blog, perhaps inadvertently, but I’m not tech-savvy enough to figure it out.

You can, of course, comment as many times as you like, and the contest is open to all.

So Make with the Comments, Already!


If you want to win one of these dazzling red T-shirts, you’ve got to be in the comment contest! The legend on the shirt says, “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost. –Lee Duigon” It’s in MAGA colors, no less–and I promise it’s not blurry in real life like it is in the picture.

Just now we have some 71,500 comments. I’m thinking for a prize this noble, we ought to set the goal at 75,000.

One of life’s lessons that I’ve finally learned: in any club, organization, any activity involving a number of people, 10% of the members do 90% of whatever gets done. It’s human nature. Heck, if everybody who reads or follows this blog were to comment, we’d hit 75,000 in just a few days. So I realize only a few of you will comment. Chess club, softball team, political campaign–that’s just how it is.

More importantly, though, a lot of you have shrewd, witty, interesting, informative things to say, and it profits us to read you. The more, the merrier!

We’ve Ordered the Prizes


Well, we’ve ordered these shirts as prizes in our comment contests–bright red, Xtra Large T-shirts, emblazoned with the motto, “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

It would be nice if our readership numbers recovered and we had a lot of commenters competing for the prize. Hardly anybody here this morning. The numbers crashed on Jan. 18 and have never bounced back. I have no idea why that happened. Nor do I know what to do about it. WordPress swears it ain’t their fault.

Anyway… The shirts’ll be here in a few days, and we’ll make one a prize for posting Comment No. 75,000. At the rate we’re going, civilizations will rise and fall by the time we get there.

Well, it’s a cool shirt, we hope you like it.

We’ve Got a New Prize!


I know, I know–10% of the readers make 90% of the comments. So we try to pump it up with comment contests, by which I show our appreciation for those 10%ers.

To this end, we have ordered a new prize: a red T-shirt bearing the quote, “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.” Our thanks to Phoebe for making the suggestion!

So, next time there’s a comment contest, the winner will receive one of these shirts. They’re all Xtra Large. If that’s too big for you, well, you can always use it for a nightshirt. But a lot of people like their T-shirts to be roomy.

We’ve just passed 70,000 comments, so I’m thinking 75,000 for the goal of our next contest. Stay tuned!

Comment Contest: You Could Win A New Head!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, and we have almost, nearly, just-about reached that historic milestone of 70,000 comments on this blog. So close! To wit, as of a minute ago, only 134 comments to go! Once upon a time you readers could rack that up in one good day!

And as if that weren’t excitement enough, get a load of this prize–

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How about that for a conversation piece? Your neighbors will just plotz with envy when they see this huge stone head on your front lawn. There’s this place in Turkey where they’ve got all these heads just lying around, having fallen off some ancient statues. They’ll never miss just one! I mean, it’s not like they’re doing anything with ’em…

Or you can settle for an autographed copy of Lee’s book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, or even hold out for the next book, The Wind from Heaven, which hasn’t been published yet but should be, soon.

Right! Well, now I’ve got to get out of the way of that tsunami of comments that’s bound to come flooding in, now that I’ve revealed the prizes.

Anybody Home?

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G’day–I hope! Byron the Quokka here.

I really hoped we’d have a comment contest winner yesterday, but it didn’t happen. And today, so far, we have zero comments!

Did I mention the winner, the reader who posts Comment No. 65,000, gets an autographed paddle ball? Like this:

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And of course this gigantic picture comes up when I was shooting for just a little-bitty one. Looks like it’s going to be that kind of day.

Or you can win an autographed copy of Lee’s new book, His Mercy Endureth Forever.

If nobody comments, then no one will win either of these fantastic spiffy prizes. I told him the prize ought to be a bicycle: he’d be combin’ comments out of his hair this morning. I told him, but does he listen? Crikey! At the rate he’s going, this blog’ll disappear altogether by Saturday. And there’ll be no one left to help us open Quokka University.

Waiting to hear from you!


Reminder: We Do Have a Comment Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, reminding you that we have a comment contest going and there are prizes to be won. We’re shooting for Comment No. 65,000, with just under a thousand left to go. And the winner gets–

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A fly-back!

Or you can have an autographed copy of Lee’s book, His Mercy Endureth Forever. (It has giant hyenas in it!) Don’t bother asking for a bicycle. Believe me, I’ve tried.

All comments are eligible, with just these few exceptions: comments that are abusive to anybody on this site; comments that drop the f-bomb; commercials disguised as comments; and inane Far Left Crazy stuff . Other than that, anything goes.

And need I add that if we can get the viewership back up to where it was all year until July and now August came along, we’ll be saving my job?