Monday, 15 September 2008

Blog Candy Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with the Blog Candy, and offered their views. If you're considering the issues for yourself, you may wish to have a read through the comments to see how people have responded.

There were two people whose comments were inappropriate to publish (I mean that they were out of context, not that they were rude, or anything), but two negatives out of 137 is a pretty clear indicator of how people feel on this topic. (One person in the draw commented on the wrong post, but I included her.)

One of the issues that came to light through someone's comment is that apparently the Captcha letters can't be read by the screen scanners used by visually-impaired people, which significantly hinders their ability to participate fully in the blogging community. Isn't that a good enough reason by itself to give a switch to comment moderation a try?

How I chose a Winner

I spent the last few days going to every blog, and saying hi, made a list as I went of how many entries each person was entitled to, based on the rules I stated at the outset. Then I made a spreadsheet with all the entries on. The total came to 412.

I then used a random number generator at to pick 11 numbers.

Yes, there was originally only going to be a single prize, but as there was such a wonderful response, I am going out tomorrow to buy some little token prizes for another ten people who left comments. I was thinking perhaps little packs of Studio G stamps (if I can find them), or something of equivalent value.

These are the numbers and I've added the names of the winners:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

217 ~ Suzanne (wins main prize)
264 ~ Allison
185 ~ Kitty Kats Krafts (Sam)
11 ~ Lori Barnett
299 ~ Shirley
165 ~ Tip Top
252 ~ Sammi
357 ~ Tegan
30 ~ Ultramum
77 ~ Roxy
321 ~ ink'n'rubba

Timestamp: 2008-09-15 18:11:26 UTC

Please would the winners email me with their addresses, and I will send your prize in the next few days. :o)

Chris xx


  1. Congrats to all and am I being a numptie here but who won the biggie. I need to know because I am going to mug her on the way home.

  2. Oops! Good point, Kath.. It was the person at the top of the list... Suzy.

    Chris xx

  3. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    Now you've announced it, I can tell you again how very, very, Honoured, Stunned, Shocked, Delighted I am to have Won all your lovely Blog Candy!

    I never win anything so I think I'd better put a Lucky Dip on Weds and Sats Lotto as this is the 2nd Blog Item I've Won this Month lol!.......They do say it comes in three's!

    Many, many, many thanks!

    Hugs Suze x

    p.s. Just better check where Kath lives so I don't bump into her lol!

  4. Hi Chris

    Thank you again for letting us take part in the candy draw and also of course for raising the awareness of us newbies to the annoying word verification!

    And of course I am so pleased at winning!! he he!


    Sam x

  5. yeehaa I won something whooopedeedoo am all excited now

  6. Wow, I never win anything and I am so glad Kath and Kitty got here first because I am always at a loss for words and I want to echo their sentiments right down to Helping Suze use her stash. And a big congratulations to you all also!!!

  7. Thank you so much!!
    I can't wait to see what I've won!
    I will email you my address right away :)

  8. You're quite safe Suzanne I am away in the wilds of bonny Scotland

  9. Ladie congrats and enjoy your gifts. This was fun and really nice meeting you Christine.

  10. Congrats to all the winners, great candy and a worthy mission :)
    Susan :)

  11. Congratulations to all the winners - you lucky ladies! And Chris, how sweet of you to put up extra prizes! Im glad your "say no to WV campaign" has been a success and it has been interesting to read all the comments on it!

  12. Well done to all the winners, I am so pleased for you all.
    Also, I would like to add huge thanks from me to everyone that took part in this mission and help reduce the number of those dreaded verification numbers in blogland :)

  13. congratulations for winners :)

  14. Hi Chris!!

    Thanks - that's Awesome! I will go email you now!!


  15. Awww well done to everyone. Apologies to Suzy for Christines oversight but she actually meant to say...

    Gina won...

    seeing how excited you are, I decided that I'd step down graciously from being the actual real winner...

    Ohhh how I kid myself!!!!!

    Enjoy your delivery when it arrives Suzy... it'll be like Christmas as a kiddy.. :D:D

    Gina x

  16. Also... my take on verification v moderation... is....

    if someone can show a valid reason why verification is better than moderation then I'll buy a hat and eat it..

  17. Oooh, well done you winners - have fun!!

  18. Lovely initiative Chris!
    Congrats to everyone.
    And keep up the battle :-)

  19. Congratulations to everyone.

    Salute !!!!!!!!!!!


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