Don’t Miss Our Christmas Carol Contest!

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G’day, all! Byron the Quokka here–with one of the lovely bicycles that Lee should mail out as a contest prize, which he would do if only he would listen to me!

We’re only a few days into our annual Christmas Carol Contest, so there’s time for it to grow. Anyone can enter! And as often as you like, too. The carol that gets the most views on the day it was requested, wins. And the happy reader who requested it gets a prize. No, sorry, not the bicycle. You’ll win an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books; or, if you prefer, this cool T-shirt in MAGA red that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

I’d love to see all of you request Christmas hymns–especially some of you who come here often but hardly ever comment.

All you have to do is leave a comment requesting a Christmas carol. Leave it anywhere–we’ll see it.

So far there are two carols tied with 18 views each. I’m not allowed to tell you which ones they are. We want to heighten the suspense!

And again, I’m sorry about there being no bicycles mailed out–but I only work here, y’know.

Let the Christmas Carol Contest Begin!

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G’day after Thanksgiving! Byron the Quokka here–and without any further ado, I hereby officially launch this year’s Christmas Carol Contest!

Here are the rules. They’re real complicated, so pay attention!

You can enter as often as you like.

Your carol must have some connection to celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ–we won’t bother with “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus.”

The winner (this is the hard part!) is whoever posts the carol that gets the most views on the day it’s posted. This makes it exciting, because the lead can change hands every day, right down to the wire.

And look! Our first entry is in already, submitted by “thewhiterabbit.” He got on board early! Here on Rottnest Island, we call that “getting on board early.”

Have a Snug and Sane Thanksgiving

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I won’t pretend there’s no bad nooze out there. But for this one day, Thanksgiving, I can close my door against it and shut it out, as I would shut out bad weather. The difference is, the bad nooze will still be here tomorrow, but the weather can always change.

I wish I could have you, my friends, here for Thanksgiving. Don’t expect a lot of excitement–unless you get excited by movies like Godzilla vs. Megalon (no, it’s not a Supreme Court case, we’re not letting that stuff in today). It’s our custom to watch that movie while the turkey’s cooking.

I wish we could share good talk and funny stories and maybe some board games–Monopoly, anyone? Settlers of Catan? Who said Pick-Up Sticks? (How about that? Byron the Quokka’s here!)  Sing some hymns together.

Well, we can do those things in spirit. Yes, we can.

What Would You Have?

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This year, for the first time since its inception in 2012, this blog will show decreased readership. Even with a strong finish, we’ll finish below both 2020 and 2019. I blame it on Big Tech playing with the search engines to suppress traffic to Christian blogs. Heck, I blame some of it on the bossa nova.

Now I’m not going to take a poll, scientific or otherwise, but I do want to know what you, the readers, think. Are there features, or certain kinds of posts, that you would like to see more of? Less of? Would you like more or less of the following–

News   Politics   Education News   Bible Study   Posts by Other Christian Bloggers   Animal Videos   Satire    Humorous Pieces    Hymns    Memory Lane  Book Updates (progress reports)   Nature

Please feel free to make your own suggestions. At the end of the year I should probably have to re-evaluate this enterprise, maybe make some changes. Just don’t expect me to bring in rap music videos or CNN clips.

I still believe a lot of us Christian bloggers got ill-used this year by Big Tech. Rather than out-and-out ban us–which they’d have trouble justifying, if Congress ever called them on the carpet for it–they find it just as useful to shove us to the bottom of the search process. If that truly is the case, then no changes we can make will do us any good.

Shout-out to Christian bloggers! We can help each other by posting one another’s posts (pardon the awkward but clear language). If you’d like me to display some of your posts, please let me know!

We Have a Winner! 80,000 Comments

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Ina has hit 80,000 right on the nose–another milestone achieved.

I think she won another contest not too long ago.

So here we are with our winner, and Byron the Quokka won’t have to do a comment contest and the Christmas Carol Contest at the same time. And Ina wins either an autographed book or one of those T-shirts that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.” I should add, the book of her choice.

Don’t forget to email me your mailing address. I ought to have it already, but can’t seem to find it.


Only 50 Comments to Go!

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Please don’t let me get stuck trying to wrap up the comment contest and launch our annual Christmas Carol Contest at the same time! There are limits to what even a quokka can do!

With just 50 more views, we will get to that glorious milestone of 80,000 comments. I would like to be able to tell you that the winner who posts No. 80,000 will get a nice bicycle, or maybe a pyramid built in his or her honor–but you know how cheap Lee is. The winner will get an autographed book or one of those cool T-shirts that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

Come on, people! 50 comments–you could do that today!

(Be back in a bit with the weekend’s TV listings.)

Up and At ‘Em with the Comments!

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G’day, jambo, kaor! Byron the Quokka here, trying to wrap up this comment contest. Have you noticed there are less than 200 comments to go to reach 80,000?

I would love to have this finished before Thanksgiving; because the day after Thanksgiving, I have to launch the Christmas Carol Contest!

The winner will receive either an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books, or this really cool T-shirt in MAGA red that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.” You get to choose your prize!

So, before we dive into any nooze, and during the dive, and afterward, how about going to town with your comments? Just about anything goes–as long as it’s not abusive to anyone else on this site, packed with profanity, a cheap attempt to disguise a sales pitch as a comment, or simply too dopey to bother with.

Come on–less than 200 more! You can do that in a week! Or less, even! Don’t leave me twisting in the wind like some kind of boof who can’t run a comment contest…

Comment Milestone: Only 350 to Go

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here; and as you can see, I’m incognito. I don’t want to get stuck managing another contest! Crikey, I’m not the only Quokka here. Why can’t Feezy or Foozy take on some of this work?

Anyhow! We are shooting for 80,000 comments, a glorious milestone, we’ve got just 350 to go, and oh, brother, do I wish we’d get them up before Thanksgiving! Because the day after, I have to start the Christmas Carol Contest. (You can’t beat it for alliteration.)

If you are the lucky winner who posts Comment No. 80,000, you will win a prize of your choice: either a high post in the government of Bulgaria, an autographed copy of one of Lee’s books, or this cool T-shirt that says “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.”

But it’s all up to you, O readers! Only 350 comments to go–you can do that standing on your heads (maybe another contest here, do ya think?).

Less Than 500 Comments to Go!

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Before anyone around here dives into any nooze, I’d like to make a plea for more comments.

Byron the Quokka here, in charge of contests. Closing in on the magic milestone of 80,000 comments, we have less than 500 to go. Five hundred! You could do that in ten days.

And I really wish you would–because I’m gonna have to launch our annual Christmas carol contest the day after Thanksgiving, and my brains’d fall out if the comment contest was still going and I had to manage both of them at the same time. My Uncle Roogie tried that once and it made him bald.

Prizes? We have these cool T-shirts, in MAGA red, that say “If they have to kill us, they’ve lost.” Also autographed copies of Lee’s books.

Oh! And the right to identify as Napoleon Bonaparte and make everybody else “celebrate” it. But let’s keep that between you and me!

I’m Back, I Think

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We got our errands done, and then I set up outside to write, which I did until my hands got too cold to write legibly.

Got back indoors just in time to find out that the termites in our White House propose to pay illegal aliens $450,000 each for illegally crossing our border. I was going to write Joe Collidge, but what could he ever come up with half as asinine as this?

Well, I’ll try. No harm in trying, as Puddleglum once said.

Oh! And let me take this opportunity to welcome back our friend and esteemed colleague, “thewhiterabbit,” who somehow got shut out of here for two weeks or so. I have no idea how that happened; all I could do was keep after WordPress until they fixed the problem. Welcome back, Dave, we missed you.