As I was sitting here tonight typing up tips for blogging to my cousin’s wife (who will be breaking into the scene soon), I thought about how awesome the blogging community has been to me over these last few months. I’ve been blogging off and on since 2009, but only really got serious about it back in January. As a relatively shy person by nature, the whole idea of networking literally had me reaching for the xanax. I was never one of the cool kids.  In fact, I was pretty much that freaky girl who wore multicolored tights, black clothes,  and spent her weekends at punk shows in VFW’s.  But I forced myself to get out there on the net and “meet” people, and found that bloggers as a whole are extremely supportive and kind. I still get a case of the nerves when I submit a comment on a blog, hoping they don’t think I’m totally lame, but I’ve come a long way from the girl who used to write out posts or comments, then hit the delete button at the last minute! In a way, you’ve all done more for me than years of therapy!!

So to show my appreciation for all of those who have been kind enough to follow me, I am having a tiny giveaway in honor of reaching 621 (at the time of writing this) followers. It’s nothing fancy, just enough to get a decent cup of coffee. When I reach 1122 followers, I’ll have a slightly bigger giveaway (I can tell you now, it’s NOT going to be a new car. I’m on a tight budget.) Yes, I like arbitrary numbers. Hey, I told you, I was always that freaky girl in high school who had to do everything differently. People don’t change that much!

So on to the giveaway- A $5 e-giftcard to Starbucks. Like I said, just enough to get a cup of coffee. Maybe a scone, if you’re thrifty and go for the regular coffee. The giveaway closes at 11:59PM on 5/25/2011, and I’ll choose one winner with “…and the winner is.” Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you if you win. I’ll email the winner to verify that they want to receive the e-card at that address before sending it.

Entries– Follow Pretty Opinionated on GFC, Twitter, Facebook, or Networked Blogs. If you do more than one, leave extra comments for each method. I was going to make GFC mandatory, and the others extra entries, but not everyone likes to follow the same way, so I’m trying to be more flexible this way.

Once again, thank you all for helping a shy girl break out of her shell a little and for being so welcoming. I appreciate more than you know!

 

Starbucks, Facebook, Twitter, GFC, Networked Blogs, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (covering all bases here) are in no way associated with this giveaway. I am doing this to show my appreciation, and paying for the gift card myself. No money was exchanged, nothing was provided for free, and no kangaroos were harmed during the writing of this post.