3,000 Comments to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–your comment contest manager.

Some of you might not have noticed yet, but the other day tech wiz Jill created a running Comment Count for the home page. No kidding–you could sit there by the hour and watch the comments pile up.


You’d think, what with this exciting new feature, and unique special T-shirts now available as prizes, that the comments would be pouring in and we’d get to 75,000 in no time. But whatever happened to this blog on Jan. 17 is still happening and we just can’t get the kind of traction we had a couple months ago.

Anyway, like the Leester says, in anything like this, 90% of what you want done gets done by 10% of the people. Be it a chess club, a softball team, a company, or a church.

I’m happy to say that doesn’t apply to quokkas!


Update: We’re Back in Business

Jill has fixed it so we can always find out how many comments we have at any given moment–I knew she’d do it–and the comment contests can continue.

G’day! Byron the Quokka here, returning to somewhat normal activities in a bid to soothe my troubled spirit. In other words, WordPress cheesed me off. They’re lucky I didn’t bite somebody. When quokkas get riled, watch out!

So it’s a standing “O” for Jill, and some nice tasty leaves for me…

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!

No. 70,000: We Have a Winner!


Well, we had to go all the way out to Scotland to find her, but now we have a comment contest winner. Congratulations, Ina!

Seventy thousand comments is a major milestone. We should be excited about it.

One thing I’ve learned about any kind of organization, any kind of club–and my blog. Ten percent of the readers make 90 percent of the comments. That’s why certain readers win more than once. Heck, there are readers who show up here every day and never make a comment.

Ina already has His Mercy Endureth Forever, and she doesn’t want one of those big stone heads that Byron the Quokka found in the mountains of Turkey, so her prize will be an autographed copy of The Wind from Heaven when it comes out, which should be sometime this spring.

Thanks to all of you who come here and read, and comment–and let’s see how long it takes to get to No. 80,000.

Only 13 Comments Left to Go!

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Blimey! What do I have to do, to get 13 more comments?

G’day! Byron the Quokka here, trying to whip up enthusiasm for what’s left of our comment contest! You’d think hitting 70,000 comments would be a source of wild excitement, a fabulous festive occasion–but no, here I am, trying and trying.

If you win, you get an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. It’s got giant hyenas in it! And I’m sorry, it turns out we could get in trouble if we take any of those colossal stone heads for Someplace-or-Other, in Turkey. So you’ll have to settle for the book because Lee’s too cheap to spring for a bicycle.

Two months ago, I’d’ve gotten 13 more comments just while I was typing this… [Deep, heartfelt sigh]

Can We Wrap Up the Comment Contest?

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All of us quokkas here on Rottnest Island are puzzled! In fact, we’re so puzzled, they put us in a puzzle!

We’re shooting for Comment No. 70,000, a major milestone, with only 32 left to go–that’s right, just 32!

And today we have eight comments. You’d think all you snowed-in humans would be here commenting. Don’t tell me you’re all just sitting there watching Super Bowl pre-game blather. (We’ve already seen the blinkin’ game. Well, we thought it was the Super Bowl. It might’ve been a commercial for Geritol.)

Look, the winner gets an autographed copy of Lee’s book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, or else one of those giant stone heads from somewhere in Turkey, they make ideal lawn ornaments, so much more impressive than that little jockey with the lantern. But there’ve got to be 32 more comments posted for someone to win!

So just buckle down and give us a knuckle-biting race to the finish line.

Comment Contest: Let’s Make It Exciting

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I can’t believe it! Closing in on 70,000 comments, and it’s just a big ho-hum! Crikey–where is everybody?

G’day–I hope! Byron the Quokka here, with a mere 73 comments to go to reach that big milestone. Back in December, we could’ve done that in a single day. But now? Who let the air out of our tires?

We really ought to have at least 100 views by now, but uh-uh. I’m supposed to write up TV listings today. You’d think that’d pull ’em in.

The winner, the reader who posts Comment No. 70,000, gets one of those gigantic enormous stone heads from Mount Whatsit in Turkey–ideal for your front lawn. And if you already have one, you’ll win an autographed copy of His Mercy Endureth Forever.

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Seventy-three comments! Ahoy, you out there in… Mauritius! Monaco! Iceland! Brazil! Let’s hear it, eh? Let’s make this an exciting comment contest, a comment contest to remember!

If You’ve Already Got One…

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It has been brought to our attention that some of you already have one or more of these colossal stone heads on your lawn and would rather not find room for another. In that case, we certainly won’t try to force one on you.

If you win the comment contest by posting Comment No. 70,000, you do not have to accept a huge enormous stone head as your prize. You can have an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No.12, His Mercy Endureth Forever. Or you can hold out for an autographed copy of No. 13, The Wind from Heaven, which hasn’t been published yet, but shouldn’t be much longer.

Byron the Quokka thought the allure of these magnificent stone heads would revitalize this blog’s readership. And I listened to him. Just call us Wizards of Marketing.

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.

Only 400 Comments to Go!

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G’day! This is me looking puzzled. Like, blimey! Where is everybody today?

Well, I’m Byron the Quokka and I’m here to tell you there are only 414 comments left to go to reach 70,000–a measly 400!

The lucky reader who posts the winning comment gets an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books. You can even hold out for the new book, The Wind from Heaven, which hasn’t been published yet, if you want. Or you can ask for an earlier book in the series. This one, for instance–

The Glass Bridge (Bell Mountain #7): Lee Duigon: 9781891375675: Amazon.com:  Books

I love this cover. The girl in the boat looks just exactly like a girl quokka that I used to date, only she should have a furry face.

Seventy thousand is a colossal milestone. Did you know they used 70,000 bricks to make the Colossus of Rhodes?

I wonder what kind of response we’d get if the prize was 70,000 bricks…