For quite some time I’ve been wanting to come up with a fun contest for fans of the site – but, as I discovered with my last attempt to set something up, these things can end up being hugely time-consuming if I’m not careful. I recently hit on the ideas of A) keeping things super simple by committing to giving away composting worms (or suitable alternative for those outside of USA) every month no matter what, and B) finding ways to link the contests with other things I’m trying to accomplish.
Those of you who have been on the e-mail list for awhile will know that I’ve been having trouble getting back into the swing of things with my “Worm Briefs”. Well, I thought one way to get back to those would be to do little Q&A emails based on questions I receive on particular topics. I’ve also been toying with the idea of starting to put together some “podcasts” (basically like an audio “show” you can listen to on your computer, mp3 player, ipod etc) centered on particular topics – again, a situation where reader questions would be really helpful.
Yesterday I decided to see how many questions I could round up simply by posting a request on the Red Worm Composting Facebook Fan Page. The last time I tried this I was blown away by how many people responded (and how quickly), so I was optimistic that there would be a decent response (especially with a worm giveaway involved). As I’m typing this, the number of questions that have been posted (in about 24 hrs) is up near 60 – so not too shabby!
[By the way – if you are a reader here but still not a “fan” over there, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to “like” the page. If you are logged in to your Facebook account you don’t even need to visit the fan page itself. All you have to do is click the little “like” button over on the Facebook Badge in the sidebar here.]
So here’s the deal (for those of you who have not read the fan page post)…
I am looking for any (and ALL) specific burning questions you have about vermicomposting. Ideally, these should be fairly short (not multi-paragraphs with multiple questions etc) and to the point. I recommend you peruse the questions that have already been posted (again – on the Facebook page) so you are not simply re-posting one that’s already there. In fact, for the sake of making this as easy as possible to keep track of – I will ONLY accept entries that are posted in the contest thread on the Facebook wall (i.e. please DON’T submit them as comments on this post).
Each unique submitter will be added to my list of names to be drawn from when I pick the winners. The default prizes (bare minimum) for the contest each month will be 1 lb of composting worms (your choice of Red Worms or European Nightcrawlers) awarded to two different people. Depending on what’s going on in a particular month and what’s involved in the contest for that month (i.e. the “burning questions” request is just for this month), there MAY be other prizes as well. Again, those outside of continental USA (the shipping range of my supplier) ARE allowed to participate, but will receive other prizes (eg. access to VermBin membership).
This morning I posted (on the FB page) that the contest deadline was this Friday. I’ve actually decided to change that to October 15th (and will aim to keep the deadline consistent each month).
One last thing to mention…
I will definitely commit myself to going ahead with this for three months (this month plus two more), and will then decide if it’s something worth continuing with. Obviously, if people don’t seem interested etc, I won’t bother with it. Ideally, I’d like to see AT LEAST 100 people participating each month.
If you have any questions/comments about the contest feel free to post them HERE, if you are ready to post a question or two, be sure to do so as a comment under the contest post on the FB fan page.
P.S. All those who “share” the contest thread will also be added into another prize draw (for a prize I’ll be announcing later in the month)
P.S.S. I’ve included a screenshot below so you’ll know what you’re looking for when you hit the FB page. You can see the link for viewing the other questions (again, important before you post yours) and the comment box where you can add your own question.