|November 29, 2013||Posted by amkuska under General|
On this day 2 years ago, Rocco’s House publish its first page!
Since then we have been an active member of the dog community, and we have made TONS of great friends. We thought we’d celebrate making it to our second year by giving away some fabulous prizes throughout the entire month of December, and by sharing a few fun facts about the history of our blog. I know you can’t wait to hear about the Prizes I just mentioned, but let’s look at those fun facts first!!
- When we first started Rocco’s House we had one dog, and technically he was my husband’s dog. We now have four!
- We have published 128 posts in the two years that we have been here.
- The most visitors we have had in one day is 1,010 visitors for the book launch of Ordinary, my first e-book. That was in 2012 and we haven’t topped it since!
- Our most popular post over time has been the blogaholics post.
- Our most searched for article has been about nail trims.
- The post with the most facebook mentions is the Great Betta Experiment.
- None of our posts have ever been tweeted about by anyone but us. Most likely because we still don’t know how to use twitter.
So that’s it! Those are some fantastic facts about us. We also want you to know that we revamped our Contact Us page and our About Us page. The Contact Us page now features a “Chat Room” so if you have a question (and we happen to be in there) you can get it answered right away instead of waiting. We hang out in there most evenings as well as most of Sunday and Wednesday.
The About Us page now features a bio on all of the dogs! You can read their stories and a bit about their personalities there.
So Andrea, you ask, what about those prizes??
Starting December 1st and ending December 30th, you can win one of THREE great prizes. These include:
A $25 gift card to Etsy! If you don’t know what that is, it is an awesome website where people put homemade items up for sale. You can get custom tags, collars, dog clothing, or a little something for yourself! We love Etsy. It is one of our favorite places to shop online!
2 Black and White Sketches of Your Pet!
These will be done by me. Hailey and Zaphod kindly allowed me to do a sample sketch of Zaphod, so people can see my current skill level:
These will be given away as two individual prizes, meaning two different people can win a sketch, however we still have one last awesome prize:
A Pawesome Gift Basket!
The basket itself is made out of a stainless steel bowl, and the bowl is filled with everything from doggie items for YOU, to grooming supplies, treats, and toys. I’m still adding to it so by the time it is shipped off to the lucky winner it should be quite the prize!
So there you are! 3 incredible prizes which will be winnable by 4 lucky people. Now the question that I am sure has crossed your mind would be, how does one win these excellent prizes? Well my first thought was to do Ye Standard Raffle Copter Giveaway, where you can shamelessly advertise my blog for me in the hopes of being selected. However, upon reflection, I realized that is not really appropriate for Rocco’s House. We have more than enough friends and visitors, and this celebration isn’t about acquiring more. Its about celebrating what we already have. You.
Thus I have elected to give away the prizes based on 3 fun games.
Game One: Photography Contest!
Take a photo of your pet (ANY pet is welcome, be it Dog, Cat, Turtle or Pig!) in a way that truly reflects that dog’s personality. You can submit your photo at any time starting December 1st (look for the contest post!) and the winner will be announced the 30th of December. Winner will receive the Etsy gift card!
You can submit your entry via a post on your blog, a link to the photo in the comments section, or by emailing it to me at bossdog AT roccoshouse DOT com.
If you think you know someone who would like to enter this contest, feel free to tell them about it, however spreading the word about the contest is not a requirement to enter! The only requirement is that you have a photo of your pet and a way to get it to me.
Game Two: Best Blog Post of the YEAR & Best Blog of the YEAR!
This one you may not enter for yourself, you must nominate someone else! If you have read a blog this year that has kept you hooked, or a blog post you loved enough to remember, email me at bossdog AT roccoshouse DOT com. Tell me who you want to nominate, and if you have a favorite post which one that is. The winner will be decided by who has the most nominations, or if there is no clear winner by open voting after the closing date for entries.
You may start nominations NOW, submissions via email will be CLOSED by December 15th, open voting if necessary will continue until the 22nd, with results being posted that day.
You can win one of the custom sketches by doing this, and also a blog button to show off your success.
Game Three: Trickiest Trickster
Rocco wants to see what your pet can do! Does he have a special trick? (Can you make him do a special trick with photo shop?) Show off your pet! You can do so via a post from your blog, a youtube video, an email to bossdog AT roccoshouse DOT com, or what ever method it takes to convey the trick your dog can do. We’d love to see it!
Rocco demonstrates with his trick, hiking a football:
Best trick will win the gift basket!
I hope everyone has fun and enjoys these awesome prizes. Good luck!