Just a quick update on the ProBlogger Birthday Call for Prizes that I put out last week.
I mentioned in that post that the deadline for prize submissions was Friday and that I’d make a decision on which prizes to use over the weekend.
The Prize Submission Period is now over (it just turned midnight in Honolulu which is one of the last places to see Friday) – however my naive prediction of deciding which prizes to use over the weekend was a little too ambitious!
I said that I’d do that before I saw how many prizes would be offered up. To be honest I’m completely blown away by the numbers of prizes offered and the generosity of those offering them (I didn’t realize just how many there were until this afternoon when I scanned through them all.
Last time I counted the offers of prizes there were in excess of 150. These range from some that you’d expect on a blog about blogging (hosting packages, keyboards, blog designs, blog and SEO consulting, voice production work (for podcasts), composition of jingles (for podcasts and vidcasts)), through to fun ones (ipods, cameras), to a lot of unexpected ones (facial treatments, time in holiday apartments, color consultations, slippers, olive oil, ‘sexy’ products, baby products) and a lot more.
The value of prizes varies from some at $5 (or so) up to some valued at thousands of dollars. I did a quick add up of the total worth and we’re in excess of $35,000 USD (keep in mind that there are a few consulting packages in the mix valued at thousands of dollars so there’s not 300 ipods or gadgets making that up)!
I’m completely overwhelmed by the numbers of prizes and am going to have to take a little extra time to sort through them all and then to work which to use. I’m tempted to change the idea that I had for the competition and to use them all – however if I do that I’m going to need some help in administering it as it could turn into a logistical nightmare!).
So those of you who have generously offered prizes and those of you wanting to win them please please bear with me as I ponder how to celebrate ProBlogger’s birthday in a way that gives something back to the readership but also gives a little love to those who’ve offered prizes.