The first contest on A ‘lil HooHaa is in the books and we have a winner.
Though this contest was decided via a random draw (and I think it needs to be that way for it to work well), there were some amazing stories about 9/11, especially from those who were directly connected to New York that day.
From Heather’s look back to being so close to Ground Zero to Lauren’s story about not being told what happened in her school, to Brew Sleuth’s account of being so close to the Pentagon, there were some amazing stories told. I wish I had different ways to decide the winner, but I think the best was the randomizer I used as it took out the “heart pull” to each post.
I would encourage you all to check out everyone’s submissions at the original contest post. There are some really intriguing responses and stories and it really reminds you how devastating that day was.
I thank each of you for submitting entries to the contest. I hope you’ll continue to enter these contests.
However, the winner via Random.org is Stan. His story, too, of being right across the river from the Twin Towers was a picture he painted well.
Stan, please contact me so I can get your address and e-mail you your winning coin! Congrats on the contest win!
For my first “true” contest, I was happy with the turnout and the response. Hopefully it will continue to grow and I hope each of you come back to check out all of the contests as they come out. If anyone has ideas on how to run blog contests or wants to offer thoughts on how to decide other winners etc., please let me know. This would have been hard to not do it via random, however, has there were some heart-felt entries. I hope, at least, that it was good for you all to share your stories. There really were some amazing ones.
As the contests grow, too, I hope to be able to give away second and third prizes. I have a bunch of different ideas that I am working on and have some author-signed books coming as donations, some disc golf items, more geocaching items, photographs and more. Keep checking back!
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