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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.

Only 487 Views to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and the big news is, we’re almost there! Yes, yes–almost to 100,000 views for the year: 99,513, to be exact. And the reader whose comment comes closest to being View No. 100,000 wins a bright red Extra Large official and bona fide Quokka T-shirt.

Everybody here on Rottnest Island has joined the pool to guess who’ll win the prize. We can hardly contain our excitement! Well, we all knew this blog would take off, once us quokkas got involved.

I’m guessing the big day will be tomorrow. There’s a whole bag of pretzels in it for me, if I’m right.

Less Than 1,000 to Go!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and hey, hey, if you want to win an official Extra Large bright red Quokka T-shirt, the time is growing short!

Those are my friends Henry and Amelia in the background, trying to rein in their excitement. You should see them when the camera’s off!

Well, we’re shooting for 100,000 views on the year, and now we’ve got 99,136. So we’re almost there!

Now, there’s no way we can tell exactly who made the 100,000th view; so the winner will be whoever posts a comment closest to the 100,000th view. Like, if the counter says 100,034 views, the comment that comes closest to that will be judged the winner.

And now my Avira umbrella has suddenly closed, so I’d better get out of here!

I’ve Got It, I’ve Got It! New Contest!

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with big-big news!

Here we were, looking for a new contest–and this was staring us right in the face. I’m amazed Lee never thought of it; but even I never thought of it until it was almost too late.

We’re after milestones. Well! A hundred thousand views in one year–that’s a milestone, isn’t it? You bet it is! And we’ve already got 98,386 views, so No. 100,000 ought to come up in a hurry.

How will we know exactly which view was No. 100,000?

Well, we won’t–it’ll probably come in while we’re asleep, or outdoors, or underwater. So my idea is, view + comment that comes closest to 100,000, that’ll be the winner.

And the winner of this epoch-defining contest will get a bright red, Xtra Large, official Quokka T-shirt, suitable for formal wear, ideal for sleepwear, and blinkin’ perfect for giving speeches in!  See the source image

(I don’t know why we can’t get a picture of a red one. Trust me, it’s red.)

I’ve been promised a raise if this contest turns out to be a success–so don’t let me down, folks!

Bell Mountain Movie Contest on Life Support

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Last call for this contest! Just name four actors to play four characters in the Bell Mountain movie–which will be made as soon as somebody scrapes up $200 million for it–and win an autographed certificate by the author of these immortal literary works (that would be me) praising your wisdom, perspicacity, and good taste.

I’ll do just about anything to gin up readership. And this blog has been sucking wind since Daylight Saving went into effect.

The first few days of the movie contest were wild and enjoyable; but the fact is, only half a dozen of you ever entered it. What kind of contest is that? I wanted to keep it going until The Temptation (No. 11 in the series) was published. I thought that was going to happen any day now… but my intuition hasn’t been sinking many foul shots lately, has it?

“But Lee–maybe that movie contest just didn’t interest all that many people. Who ever told you that you had great potential as a contest impresario?”

Look, I’ll let it run for the rest of this week and then close it out and try to come up with something better. Or better prizes. An all-expense-paid trip to Lintum Forest, maybe. Or dinner with Lord Reesh. It’s a bit too soon to start another comment contest, but I’m open to suggestions.

A contest to think up a new kind of contest? Whose silly idea is that!

The First 30 Days

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As I write this, it’s four sizzling Global Warming degrees outside! What do you want to bet the shysters at NOAA will announce that this January has been the warmest month ever in recorded history? Aw, that’s a sucker bet! They say that every month.

We are on a mission to crack the 100,000-view mark in 2019, which we did come close to doing last year. I say “we” because I really can’t do it without you.

After 30 days, not counting today, our January views totaled 9,000 and change. Do that every month, and you either get 108,000 views or an F in Arithmetic.  So that’s good, that’s on target–although this Tuesday and Wednesday the totals were so far below the average, I was beginning to wonder if WordPress was broken or something.

February has only 28 days, so it’ll be hard to rack up 9,000 views for that. But February might see the comment contest heating up, so that’ll be fun. Everyone is eligible, even Nancy Pelosi–let’s see those comments come rolling in.


Comment Contest Update

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The picture of the frog is only here because it’s interesting. What do you suppose he’s thinking?

Just in case you missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago, we are in the throes of an epochal comment contest, racing along toward the landmark of 40,000 comments. We currently have 38,827, which means we have 1,173 to go. The reader who posts Comment No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, No. 11 in my Bell Mountain series. It hasn’t been released for publication yet, but that could happen very soon.

All readers are eligible, even those who’ve already one a comment contest or two, and all comments are eligible, with the following exceptions: Comments that insult or abuse any other commenter; commercials thinly disguised as comments–like, you really think you’re gonna fool us with that?–any use of the f-bomb or any other profanity or blasphemy, and comments simply too inane to bother with. You may wonder just what would be too inane for me to publish as a comment. Well, trust me–they’re out there.

We’ve been clipping along at a pace of about 50 comments a day since Christmas, but today… well, not so hot.

Time for Another Contest!

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Still trying to kick-start our 2019 blogging year, I think I’d better announce another comment contest. So as of now, let the game begin!

We have currently 38,372 comments and 40,000 seems like kind of a magic number; so… whoever posts Comment No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of my newest Bell Mountain book, The Temptation. It should be published by then–how much time can it take to rack up 1,628 more comments? Well, we’re going to find out.

Some Bits and Pieces of 2018

Last year we set a record with 98,096 views. The top view-getter was “BBC’s Old Narnia Series Was Better Than the Movies,” with 866 views. That post was already several years old. A rerun from 2013, revisiting the Cardiff Giant, topped the posts actually made in 2018, with 217 views. Of the new posts, “The Future of Christian Education,” by Andrea Schwartz, led with 192.

I wonder if anyone is really interested in these stats.

I wonder if I need to post more Narnia stuff.

Suggestions, anyone?

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