A few days ago, I entered a contest over at Pioneer Woman's blog. She is quite popular on the world wide web, and if you haven't read her blog before then you should definitely check it out.
She often holds giveaways for fantastic prizes. Last week she was giving away a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS3 to one random commenter in the photography section of her blog. I currently have Photoshop Elements - reading her posts about photography are what led me to ask for Elements for Christmas (thanks, mom). I've been happy with it but I knew I would LOVE a copy of the real thing so I could follow her tutorials and download her free actions. I crossed my fingers and left a comment - #3477 out of 4,598 comments.
I checked my email early the next morning and found comments that had been left on my blog from people I didn't know. They were congratulating me on winning the prize!!
Needless to say, I was ecstatic! I'm way under qualified for CS3, but the thousands of pictures on my computer are pretty thrilled to be able to see what all the fuss is about.
Almost as fun as winning the prize (valued at $650, folks) is the fact that since I won the prize just a few days ago, well over five hundred people have visited this blog to see who won the contest. Lots of them are clicking around and staying for awhile to check things out, and a handful have even left comments on my most recent post about Drew starting kindergarten.
That's a lot of visitors as far as I'm concerned, and it's been so much fun to check my sitemeter stats and watch the number of visitors continue to grow.
Thanks, Pioneer Woman, you really made my day!