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Blogiversary 5: WINNERS!

Posted on Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Dave!Well then... that was a hoot, wasn't it? Except when I was unloading up my car just now, got biffed in the face with a box of books, ended up with a bloody nose, and am now sitting here with kleenex shoved up my nostril. Good times.

But before we get to who won what, I'd like to take a minute to thank each and every one of you who come to read the useless crap I post at Blogography each day... whether you're brand new or have been visiting for years. I don't know how I've managed to attract such an amazing group of readers, but I appreciate each of you for wasting your valuable time here. Contests and prizes seem a wholly inadequate way of saying "thanks," but stalker laws forbid me from showing my gratitude otherwise.

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And now... on with the show. I had an uninterested third-party draw names for each contest here except the Grand Prize, which I drew myself...

Grand Prize: The winner of three Artificial Duck Shirts, six sets of DuckyButtons, 25 Custom DuckyButtons, and free world-wide shipping is...
• Atomic Bombshell
Runner-Up Prize Winners: The twenty winners of an Artificial Duck Shirt plus a set of DuckyButtons (shipping not included) are...
• Hello Ha Ha Narf
• Andy H.
• Jeffrey W.
• By Jane
• Poppy Cede
• Cody F.
• Laci C.
• Anthony M.
• Kyra from Shaping My Way
• It's Me Penelope
• Colin B.
• Wes K.
• Sinjin P.
• Kapgar
• Fran H.
• Kilax
• Run Jen Run
• Captain Underpants
• Adena B.
• Emily S.
The winning T-shirt designs that we'll be printing for the Artificial Duck Store will be announced when the store re-opens on Monday or Tuesday!

Grand Prize: The winner of three Artificial Duck Embroidered Hats, six sets of DuckyButtons, 25 Custom DuckyButtons, and free world-wide shipping is...
• Angela B.
Runner-Up Prize Winners: The four winners of an Artificial Duck Embroidered Hat plus a set of DuckyButtons (shipping not included) are...
• Foo Foo
• Jester
• Jake T.
• Neil T.

Grand Prize: The winner of six decks of Blogography Playing Cards, a Bad Monkey Joker print, six sets of DuckyButtons, and free world-wide shipping is...
• Long Story Longer
Runner-Up Prize Winners: The four winners of two decks of Blogography Playing Cards plus a set of DuckyButtons (shipping not included) are...
• Naomi I.
• Jacki D.
• Amandarin
• Troy D.

Grand Prize: The winner of a "Dave Event" near them, four Artificial Duck T-shirts, four decks of Blogography Playing Cards, six sets of DuckyButtons, 25 Custom Ducky Buttons, and a personalized Custom DaveToon Print is...
Announced in the video below! (for my valued readers who are deaf, have hearing difficulties, don't have sound, or can't play video, I've added a transcript of the video in an extended entry)...


And that's all she wrote! Thanks so much for another great year!

Congratulations to all the winners, and I'm sorry if this year wasn't your year. Maybe next time? Everybody who has won something will be receiving an email explaining how to claim their prizes soon.

IMPORTANT: For anybody who didn't win stuff that they really, really wanted, I will be re-opening the Artificial Duck Store with the new merchandise on either Monday or Tuesday. I'm trying to thank everybody for participating by offering drastically reduced pricing on pre-order merchandise, but a few of my costs are still in negotiation. The minute I'm able to secure the best pricing possible, I'll re-open the store and announce it here on Blogography. Sorry for the delay, but I'm working hard to make sure everything is as inexpensive as possible so that the most people possible can afford to buy it.

Thanks again everybody!

And now on to the video transcript...



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Hey everybody! Just getting ready to draw the name for the grand prize winner of the "Dave Event" contest that's going on here for Blogiversary 5.

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When I first came up with the idea for this contest, it was based on a joke. I had made a joke in a comment on somebody else's blog... I forget who it was... but I made a joke about having a contest where I'd show up at somebody's door like those Publisher's Clearinghouse people with balloons and their prize... whatever prize they won. So as Blogiversary 5 got closer and closer, and I didn't know what I wanted to do for that big contest at the end... it started out as a joke, but it kind of sounded like a good idea for a contest. So I just decided to go for it.

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Originally there were going to be two contests. There was going to be one for people living here inside the US, and they would be eligible to have their prize delivered by me (assuming it was a city I could get to easily via an airport or train or something like that). And there was going to be a second prize for people who lived outside the US, and I would mail their winnings to them. But as I got to thinking about it, it just seemed kind of stupid, because the only difference between a domestic flight and an international flight is a few more frequent flier miles... and hotel points are hotel points no matter where you use them... so I decided to roll them all together to make one big "Super Contest" that everybody could enjoy all over the world.

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The problem with a contest like this is that you kind of want to reward your readers with it. It'd be a shame if somebody found my site by Google during a Google search and just entered when they don't even know what Blogography is. So the only way I really know how to find out who my readers are is by the comments they leave. Now... it's kind of cruel, because I know there's people out there that read my blog every single day and don't leave comments, and that's fine. I like my readers whether they leave comments or not. But the comments are the only real way I know of finding out who my readers are and making sure that they have a better change of winning than just somebody who shows up. But I didn't want to leave out non-commenters altogether, so I came up with the questions you can answer. And some people did. Most people (as intended, kinda) were frequent commenters who had a lot of comments and didn't have to leave any questions.

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So, what I did was I took every entry, I took the email address (or addresses, since some of you had multiple ones), ran an SQL query on the database that runs my blog, and wrote down on little tickets like this...

Transcript Photo many entries you had. And you could have up to five. No one actually got five... the people who have a lot of comments that were eligible for four comments on their own, chose not to answer the questions. So nobody actually went for the five ticket entry.

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But, in any event, I wrote each of those names on the cards here, and what I do is just rip the cards up. Tear out each of the names on each of the sheets (and there's a lot of them because quite a few people entered and quite a few of those people got multiple names for their tickets. But that just gets folded up...

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...and dropped in a bucket here...

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I won't make you sit here and watch me tear up and fold these hundreds of names, but I'll stop the video now and then, when I'm all done, I'll come back and we'll draw a winner!

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Okay! I'm back and, NOTE TO SELF: Do not use blue permanent marker to write up your ticket thingies...

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I double-checked to make sure everybody has the right number of entries, so let's mix 'em up...

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And I won't look, I promise!

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Mix everybody around... oops, I got two! There...

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And it looks like I will be going to St. Louis to meet with Ajooja!

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So, there you have it. Congratulations to Ajooja!!! Thanks to everybody who entered and participated in Blogiversary 5 this year. I hope everybody who's in the St. Louis area can join us once I figure out what time we're going to have it... when we're going to have it. And I'll be sure to post that on Blogography so everybody in that area can hopefully join us. So congratulations again, and see everybody next time!

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  1. Tracy Lynn says:

    Yay, Dave! Even though I didn’t win, it was still wicked fun. Thanks, dude.

  2. I can’t wait until the store re-opens and get me some playing cards!

  3. Hilly Sue says:

    I cannot tell a lie. I did not see the part where we had to answer a question if we already had enough comments. I have no idea how I missed that.

    Anywayyyy, congrats to all your winners…who are NOT me. But that’s cool. I can be happy for other people. Really. I can.


  4. ChillyWilly says:

    Major congrats to all of the winners and the big winner (I won’t give it away…. watch the video above).

    And once the store opens, I’ll be ordering shirts and playing cards.

  5. Jeff says:

    Great Blogiversary week Dave!!!

    This is the first year since I’ve been participating that I’ve been skunked πŸ™ No matter though… I’m going shopping for my prizes instead!

  6. Beth says:

    hey, we all win, we get a little slice of Dave everyday!!!

  7. whall says:

    I was REALLY hoping I had won DaveAustin because I didn’t see my name in any of the winner’s lists – I figured you had taken me out of winning anything else because I won the big prize.

    But that’s ok. congrats to (spoiler removed) – I think (he/she) deserves it! (yes I watched it but maybe Dave is filtering comments)

  8. bluepaintred says:

    Will the Artificial duck Store be taking paypal?

    And congratulations to alllllllllllllllllllllll the winners

  9. Dave2 says:

    Sorry, but after PayPal STOLE MY MONEY WITH NO EXPLANATION, I was forced to stop accepting them for payment (you can read the whole tragic story here). However, if you don’t want to use a credit card, you can always email me and I’ll pre-order for you, then give you a total and an address so you can send a money order.

  10. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on having the best blog contest ever!!!!

    May you have many more years, should you want them, of blogging!

    Now…I really want to get a deck of Bad Monkey cards to play solitaire for when I end up in the hospital!

  11. Dave2 says:

    Unfortunately, I have to wait a few weeks so I can find out how many I need to order… then it takes 4-6 weeks to get them, so I won’t have them until sometime in JUNE. I am hoping that you will be home and on the road to recovery by then!

  12. NYCWD says:

    Another awesome celebration… loved the video ending with the grand prize winner… anticipating the store opening Monday… and of course the counter is now ticking down to Blogiversary VI!!!

  13. Thanks Dave that was fun.

  14. Avitable says:

    I guess after I won like three times last year I can’t be too upset that I didn’t win anything this time. I’ll definitely be shopping at the store once it’s open!

  15. Kevin says:

    Love the vLog! You should do more of them. Look forward to seeing you on the DavePalooza 2008 Tour in DaveLanta!!

  16. Winter says:

    What a great blogiversary! Congrats to all the winners! I can’t wait for the store to open.

  17. Tug says:

    CONGRATS to all the winners!! Even though I wasn’t one (dammit), I will be ordering, and if ever you are in Denver, please let me know – I’d love to meet you in person!

  18. Shiny says:

    This was truly phenomenal. Happy 5th once again. And hopefully this time next year I’ll have enough tickets to drown an emu.

    (Do emus drown? I need to look that up…)

  19. i was so hoping for a daveburgh 2008, but at least i won a shirt!! wahoooo!!!

    dave, that was a wonderful week. thanks for including all of us in your celebration. it was great fun. all except the part where i was worried about your blood pressure with the stupid google video.

    thanks again.


  20. Dave! I’m so excited! I totally won a prize, and I swear that earlier today I was watching the John Adams special on HBO, and at first loving it but later being bored to freaking tears, and Abigail Adams was playing cards at one point, and I thought – Gosh, I hope I win Dave’s cards. Those are too cool. Thanks a lot, Dave! Very cool contests, and a lot of fun. Sincere thanks.

  21. ~jtm says:

    WooHoo! Congrats to all the winners! I can’t wait for the store to open, I get so many compliments on the shirt I won last year… ‘lil Dave being a ‘little geeky’.

  22. adena says:

    Yay! I got a tee-shirt! I’ll totally pay postage, I have before!

    Woo Hoo!

    (Although I still covet the cards….)

  23. You can call me, 'Sir' says:

    Geez, Dave. You’re so formal.

    I’m looking forward to meeting you Saturday at the thingy in Philly involving liquor.

  24. ajooja says:


    Wow! I never win anything. Dave, I can’t wait to see who else shows up. πŸ™‚

    If nothing else, we’ll hit the town and … uh … I don’t know. We’ll walk the streets like we did in Chicago and hope we don’t get mugged.

    See ya!!!

  25. Dave2 says:

    Well, there’s TWO things I will absolutely be doing…

    1) Going up The Arch, because it was CLOSED when I went to St. Louis last time.

    2) Eating some fried pasta. Because, well, damn. Tasty. I have no idea why St. Louis is the only city on earth I’ve been to that does this.

  26. Tobi says:

    Well, you wouldn’t like Calgary anyway, it snows in April….:) Great week of fun Dave, thanks!

  27. kilax says:


    Yay! I won a shirt and pins! WOO-HOO!!!

    Thanks Dave πŸ™‚

    P.S. Your video blog into is awesome. What program did you make it in?

  28. Dave2 says:

    I just used the iSight camera on my MacBook Pro and recorded it with iMovie HD… NOT iMovie 08, which sucks copious amounts of ass.

    I still don’t understand how Apple could take such an awesome program as iMovie and totally destroy it like they did with the latest release of iLife 08. It’s shameful, really.

  29. GΓΆran says:

    That was a fun week! Congrats to all the winners!

  30. Walt says:


    I get such a kick out of your videos. I guess it’s a combination of being in the broadcasting industry and your use of old school slates. You’re right on the edge of creating your own half hour series or at least having a network try to snag you for their own online content.

    Thanks for another fun week and can’t wait to order some stuff.



  31. ETinNY says:

    Ummm, Dave, I not sure if the contest was valid. That didn’t look like a hat that you were drawing names from. (Then again it could be a hat in – in a Devo sort of way.) ….Never mind. I guess I’ll just have to swallow my disappointment and wait for the store to open. Great job and thanks for the hard work.

  32. Amanda says:

    I’d totally be down with going to the arch with you as part of DaveLouis… um.. Is that what you’re calling it?

  33. Foo says:

    What a fun week. Thanks so much for the opportunity to celebrate and win cool stuff. Yay for my hat and buttons. Looking forward to shopping at the store for more stuff.

  34. amandarin says:

    OMG! I won! I never win anything!


    Thanks for 5 years of awesome, Dave πŸ˜‰

  35. Tug says:

    The arch is AWESOME! The only part I remember about St. Louis, but we just did a quick drive-through anyway. But it was really cool to see anyway – I remember leaning over the enclosed ledge, and (at least thinking) it swayed in the wind…….

  36. SJ says:

    This was the best Blogiversary week EVER! I know I say that every year, but that’s because it is.

    HUGE congratulations to all the lucky winners. Can’t wait to see next year’s celebration!

  37. Kailey says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! I can’t wait for the store to open so I can buy all the stuff I didn’t win (damn my checking account is going to hate me!)especially the cards.

    This year I guess I should leave more comments so that I can have more entries next year. Heh, I’ve been reading for 2.5 years and I’ve only commented like 5 times in that whole time. Silly lurking.

    Thanks Dave! I love the new stuff and love the blog! Here’s to another great year!

  38. Robin says:

    Thanks for a fun contest! Congrats to all the winners!

  39. ChillyWilly says:

    Dave2 wrote:
    “I still don’t understand how Apple could take such an awesome program as iMovie and totally destroy it like they did with the latest release of iLife 08. It’s shameful, really.”

    Still using iMovie 06 here. Hard to imagine that they let one guy run with the revamping of iMovie based on the making of a diving trip video. Good thing they re-released iMovie 06.

  40. What a great blogiversary! I’m glad I stopped by here before it started. It was a great way to be introduced to your blog! Now I must order one of everything, well almost anyway!

  41. Karl says:

    *sigh* I didn’t win. Again. Thus I’ll be forced to procure my Dave merchandise the old-fashioned way. I’ll steal it from the winners.

  42. Dave2 says:

    Be sure to beat them up a little bit first!

  43. margalit says:

    Three years in a row I enter every contest with high hopes. Three years in a row my hopes are dashed. But this was the cruelest year for I had such dreams for Daveachusetts 08. Alas, it is not to be. Sob.

    Open the damn store already! Although I like Karl’s idea for us Po Folks.

  44. brandon says:

    i have to admit, you really set a high bar for reader appreciation. i used to think it was enough to show up to their hotel rooms uninvited and vomit in their shower, but clearly i have a lot to learn.

  45. jester says:

    Strange.. I never win anything! Right on! Bring on the hat. I get to pick the color right? πŸ™‚

  46. Penelope says:

    Wooooowwwwweeeeeeeee! I NEVER win anything, seriously, and this was such a great surprise when I got up this morning.
    If I hadn’t already knighted you, then I would do it all again for sure!
    Thank you Sir Dave2 for the fantastic competitions and congratulations again on 5 stonking years :o)

  47. Pfft. Not me. *leaves in a huff*

    LOL Kidding!

    Happy Blogiversary! ~mwah!~

  48. Laurence says:

    Thanks to you! Great job for your contests! :)))
    And congratulations to the winners !

  49. seewhy says:

    Congrats to all the winners. I get first dibs on any sets of playing cards that aren’t claimed though πŸ˜‰

  50. Sue says:

    Oooooo! *excited squeal* Penelope won something! YAY!

    I think that’s the only person I know who won something… yeah. Pretty sure. YAY FOR PEN!!!

  51. apricoco says:

    I didn’t win wah!

    But thanks for the great blogivesary!

  52. Kyra says:

    Yay! I actually won something! Are we allowed to “sex-up” the shirts after we get them?

  53. I think I won – unless someone has the same firstname and first initial of my last name πŸ˜‰ Either way I’m still going to be getting a set of playing cards too.
    Thanks for the fun week Dave and now I know what you sound like – nothing like I expected! (although I’m not really sure what I’d expect you to sound like).
    Hope your nose is feeling better.

  54. tori says:

    Well, I didn’t win anything this year but I do still get to read your blog, which is almost as good as winning a prize, right? Congratulations to everyone who won!

    I’ll definitely be getting some of those cards anyway. I have a feeling they might become popular with my daughter and her friends too so I guess I better stock up!

  55. Michelle says:

    Congrats to all the winners and to Dave on his 5th.

    I can’t wait til your store comes back up. Um, what t-shirt won? Did I miss the announcement.

  56. sizzle says:

    I’m with Hilly, I didn’t know we had to answer a question. Well, shit.

    Great contest yet again Dave!

  57. Poppy says:

    Congrats to the winners!

    I am psyched for my ducky stuff.

    Dave, please do more vlogs/videos, thanks.

  58. Dave2 says:

    You didn’t have to answer questions because you had enough comments.

    You had the OPTION of answering the questions on the last contest if you wanted to earn an extra ticket in the drawing.


  59. Naomi says:

    YEEEESSSSSSSSSSS! I finally get to find out what happens to Bad Monkey in SPACE-ACE-Ace-ace..!

  60. Holy cow! I won?! How is this possible?! I never win anything! But now I can’t even say that any more!

    (That’s my best Daffy Duck impression)

  61. Mr. Fabulous says:

    I have to say, even though I didn’t win, that this contest had about the coolest prizes ever, and if the stuff is going to be available through the store, I will be placing an order…

  62. Jodi says:

    Once again a wonderful blogiversary contest!

    I think I am going to need to buy some of those cards. πŸ™‚

  63. kapgar says:

    Rock on! I won something!

  64. bluepaintred says:

    I`m Going to go read that right after I post this:

    it`s not that I will not use a credit card, we do not have credit cards! Credit cards are EVIL. I will take you up on the address/money order offer!

    I will keep a close eye on the duck store for when it reopens! thanks!

  65. Turnbaby says:

    What an awesome week—I got kinda busy over the weekend so I missed the last bit πŸ˜‰

    Definitely will be shopping when you re-open.

  66. Colin Brooks says:

    Wow! I won! Woo hoo! Awesome! Well done on this amazing week you organised for us! Here’s to at least another 5 years of Blogography! *drinks champagne*

  67. kim says:

    Fun week! As one of your regular quiet readers, I am resolving to comment more for next year’s contests.

    I am sitting here at the entrance of the artificial duck store. “Open, Open, Open.” It hasn’t worked yet.

  68. nicole says:

    Ha i love the fried Pasta!!

    depending on when you have the meet up i might be in the area other wise it’s a long 12 hour drive which doesn’t mean i won’t do it!!

    congrats to all the winners and hopefully next year is my year!! can’t wait till the store re-opens so i can spend spend spend!!

  69. Lewis says:

    Hey, where’s the free sex at?

  70. lizriz says:

    Happy Blogiversary.

    You rock.

  71. Chag says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! And once again, congratulations to you, Dave, for reaching the 5 year mark!

  72. suze says:

    I loved the video post, even if it wasn’t my name that you drew from the hat. *Sniff* πŸ˜›

  73. Mooselet says:

    Drat, foiled again. Congrats to all who won, you lucky bastards.

    Will avoid paying one of my utility bills to buy merchandise when it comes out. Who needs electricity? Oh right, my computer. Who needs the phone? Oh right, need the phone line for the computer. Kids, we’re eating mac-n-cheese for a month! Momma needs Bad Monkey cards.

  74. Jacki says:

    I look forward to blogiversary every year, and even have it marked in my planner. Congrats Dave.
    Not just for making Five years, but for still being entertaining for this long.

    If you were a tv show – you would be Veronica Mars (except you haven’t been canned unfairly).

  75. carlos m. hernandez says:

    Looking forward to seeing you in St. Louis. Count me in on the Arch ride too, please.

    Tug mentioned the sway, I believe it’s part of the design.

  76. Troy says:

    Even though I’ve already thanked you in a Twitter – here it is again!

    I won freaking Blogography playing cards!!! Awesome!!! Thanks Dave. Two decks – one for playing and the other for keeping sealed as a 100% genuine Dave Simmer collectors item πŸ™‚

  77. diane says:

    I’ve been busy/travelling so I missed the fun, but happy belated Blogographryaversary!
    All these international readers and you’re going to ST. LOUIS? Oh well, have fun!

  78. I’m baaack! And I wanted to say Happy blogiversary anyway — esp now that the contest is over (shuffle achy feet)…

  79. Poppy says:

    Err. I just reread the top of this post…

    How’s your bloody nose?! OW!

  80. yellojkt says:

    All those winners and I didn’t get jack. You have way too many readers.

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