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What’s the Next Contest?

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, happy to report that the prizes for the last two comment contests have gotten to where they were going and it would be okay to start a new comment contest if it wasn’t still too soon to do it.

Y’know, we’re trying to start a world-class university here, aren’t we? They don’t just spring into existence out of nowhere, do they? Like Athena from the forehead of Sherlock Holmes. No, fellow mammals–it takes a lot of work, meticulous planning, and constant care. Otherwise these college types show up and turn it into Stupidville. That is not on the program for Quokka U.!

But what does Lee want me to do? Run more contests! Like I’ve got all this time on my paws! Can I help it if the blog’s month of July fell flat on its face coming out of the starting gate? Who do I look like–Walt Disney? (Actually we have a quokka who’s a dead ringer for Walt Disney: you couldn’t tell them apart.)

Yeah, I remember, we had the Bell Mountain Movie contest that everybody wanted to read about but only three readers ever entered. There was something wrong with that contest, but I don’t know what: it was before my time. Maybe if he had a quokka running it… But I am not going to volunteer to run a second movie contest!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m trying to get Flora Fauna, the creator of The Smallpox Twins, to come here as a guest lecturer.

 

 


Prizes to Come (We Promise!)

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. I hate to get on Lee’s back, but I had to remind him that he’s got to send out the prizes won by Watchman and Ina in the last two comment contests. Those would be autographed copies of his latest book, His Mercy Endureth Forever–which took longer than expected to be published, and then it took him ages to lay his hands on a couple of mailers.

I mean, heck, I’d do it for him, but who ever expects to see a quokka in the post office? So he says he’ll do it as soon as he can, probably next week. I won’t let him forget! I’d really like to see this done before it’s time for the next comment contest.


Quokka to the Rescue!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–as “troubleshooter,” if you can believe it.

This blog is barely limping along, lately, and I’m supposed to do something about it. Like I haven’t got enough to do, founding Quokka University! I mean, we just found out the NCAA doesn’t have anything for pick-up sticks–how dumb is that?

Right! We’re playing to an almost empty house, Byron to the rescue, all hands on deck, etc., etc. And we just had a comment contest (he hasn’t yet mailed out the prizes–I hope there’s nothing wrong with him), so we can’t immediately have another one.

How about a contest to think up a really interesting contest that’ll get readers excited all over the world?

That’s my suggestion!

Consider the trouble shot.


New Milestone Comment Contest!

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G’day, everybody! Those quokkas up there in the picture are a few of the deans we’ve picked for Quokka University. From left to write, clockwise: Dr. Jimbo, Dean of Something or Other, Dr. Mimsy, Dean of Flattery, and Dr. Reggie, Dean of Play-Doh–every college needs a good supply of Play-Doh!

Lee has just told me he wants me to run another comment contest, like I don’t already have enough to do. This is a big one, though: we’re shooting for Comment No. 60,000! It takes my breath away, just thinking about it.

Just now we have 58,085 comments, so we need 1,915 more. Lee thinks he’s giving it plenty of lead time, but I dunno–something tells me we’ll hit 60,000 faster than he thinks.

And what about the prize? What’ll you win if you post No. 60,000? If it was up to me, it’d be a bicycle, or a ship–but I just work here, y’know? The guy wants to give out one of his books as the prize. I guess you can’t blame him. We’ll see–maybe I can talk him into something a little snazzier than that.

Anyway, let’s start the ball rolling with some sharp, witty, subcutaneous comments!


Well, Now What?

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G’day, I guess. Byron the Quokka here, doing nothing. The comment contest’s over and now there’s no work for me to do. Can’t start another one because if you have these contests going all the time, Lee sez they lose their event character.

“What?” says I.

“That’s political science talk,” says he. “It means they get boring if you do them all the time. Not special anymore.”

Well, he could’ve said that right up front, couldn’t he? He’d better watch out, or he’ll be turning into Joe Collidge one of these days–

[Pauses dramatically]

Ho, there! Just a blinkin’ minute!

I think I just had a brainstorm.

What if a bunch of us quokkas got together… and started a college? What an idea! Rottnest U.! We could all be professors. We could give out degrees. Hold Clue tournaments. Have a slapjack team.

Thinking, thinking…


Byron: the Next Comment Contest

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here. Cousin Jupe and me once found a whole package of Big Burger Taste just left there for anyone who might want it. There’s a lesson to be learned from that! And if I ever find out what it is, I’ll tell you.

So I’ve been talkin’ to the Big Mango here–oh, all right! he doesn’t like that nickname–I mean, talkin’ to Lee, and finally got him to let me run another comment contest.

Just now we have 54,602 comments, so the goal for this contest will be 56,000. Whoever posts Comment No. 56,000 will win an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 12, His Mercy Endureth Forever, when it comes out sometime early this year. I’ve read some of it already–wow!

He still won’t let me offer a bicycle as the prize. Sometimes the poor chap has no vision.

 


Should We Have Another Comment Contest?

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G’day, folks! Byron the Quokka here: that’s me, sleeping in this morning. But I’m up now, and trying to talk Lee into starting another comment contest.

Just now, we have 54,049 comments. The Christmas Carol Contest is over, and I think we need something to balance out all the bad nooze out there. How about a race to 56,000 comments? Anybody up for that? Maybe this time I can get him to award a bicycle to the winner. There are bikes parked all over Rottnest Island; they can’t all have rightful owners.

Well, we’ve got to find the measure of the popular demand, so let’s hear from you. Lee thinks it’s too soon to start another contest. But that leaves me without a job around here, so let’s see if we can get him to change his mind.


Byron’s on the Job

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here.

Well, the prizes for the last two contests have been mailed out today, to Dave and Ina, and now I’m supposed to bend my efforts to collecting birthdays so we can post readers’ birthday greetings throughout the year. So far we’ve only got 11–must be a lot of shy humans out there.

On Rottnest Island, we love birthdays, just can’t get enough of ’em. In a good week, there’ll be a party every day. We keep our party hats handy! See the source image

Right after Thanksgiving it’ll be my job to get our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest rolling–and maybe another comment contest, if there’s enough excitement here to generate one.

What’s that? I’m supposed to generate excitement?

Off goes the party hat, on goes the thinking cap…


Ooh-Ooh, We Have a Winner!

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It happened last night–100,000 views on the year. And we have a winner, too, who will get a bright red Extra Large official Quokka T-shirt. And that winner is–!

Byron the Quokka here, with the winner of our epoch-making milestone contest. Gee, I’m sure I wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget. Let’s see… No, it’s not in my pocket, I don’t have any pockets. Where the heck did I put that piece of paper?

Just kidding! Our winner–clear winner, in fact: we didn’t have to make a judgment call that would haunt us for years afterward–our winner is our good friend Ina, who lives in Scotland. Ina, you had the closest comments on either end of the 100,000, and you are the winner! So don’t forget to email Lee your mailing address so you can get your shirt. (This is not what the shirt looks like, but the color’s right.)See the source image

Well, that about does it for the contests. But stick around, our Christmas Carol Contest is coming up; and meanwhile, you can always read the blinkin’ blog, can’t you?

 


Just 108 More Views to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and that’s me, boldly jumping across a river full of, well, very small crocodiles, because I want to be first in line to see who wins our 100,000 Views on the Year contest.

Just 108 more views to go!

We don’t know how to discover who, exactly, is the 100,000th view, so we’ll do the next best thing. Whoever posts the comment closest to 100,000 views wins our bright red Extra Large Quokka T-shirt. (It’s the shirt that’s extra large, not the quokka.)

After Thanksgiving comes our Second Annual Christmas Carol Contest, and I’ll be running that one, too–provided I don’t make a hash of this current contest going down the stretch.

Well, that’s where we’re at, just now. All of us here on Rottnest Island are waiting to cheer the winner! And find out who wins our pool.


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