Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Winner....and A Surprise!

Giveaways are so much fun! The most fun for this writer, of course, is seeing comment after comment come flying in :) I explained the whole deal to my oldest daughter and she joined in the fun - "How many do you have now, mom??"

I ended up with 49 in the drawing, which means there will be 48 disappointed people today. But, sadly, that's the way giveaways are! You're always more than welcome to check out Amazon or send a check to Dorcas Smucker and get a book for yourself, of course :)

Jasmine drew the lucky number this morning which was commenter # 19 -- Congratulations! I'll send you an email and you can get me your mailing info and your copy of Footprints On The Ceiling will be on it's merry way!

And now for the surprise..... I'm always a little amazed at how many people come out of the woodwork for a giveaway (granted, I know not nearly all of you read my blog regularly). Still, I happen to be able to check statistics a bit and I know very well that only a tiny margin of my readers comment! I tell myself that's ok, that's not why I write - I write because a) I told the Lord I would use the gift He gave me and b) Its the way I process life. I know many people say "I don't want to comment and who knows who all will read it!!" I'm tempted to tell them "Oh my goodness!! I never thought of that! I think I'll stop blogging pronto." But since I'm not the mean kind, instead I'd like to tell all of you who don't want the world to see -- email me personally any time!! You have no idea how encouraging it is to hear what people thought when they read something you wrote! Ok, I got a bit carried away there :) If you don't feel led to comment or send an email I'll love you anyway....and keep on writing. Don't think I could stop if I tried, actually!

That wasn't the surprise, by the way. The surprise is this: I'm going to give away another copy of Footprints On The Ceiling to a certain group of people! I went through the comments and took out all the people who have ever commented on my blog. I wrote all 8 names on slips of paper, folded them up, put them in a cup and drew out ........ Tina!!!!! Which is fitting. She is one of my most faithful commenters and I appreciate that so very much! (Oh, and she has a Birthday coming up :) )

Thank you to all of you for making this so much fun! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


Shannon said...

Oh shoot, I didn't stay caught up on my blog reading and missed the book giveaway. :)
The comment "comments" make me laugh. :) Sometimes I wonder why I write but I always go back to it for one reason or another. One thing I find strange is that people are willing to talk to me in public because they read my blog, but they would never comment and tell me they read it. So, then I have the privilege of meeting new people and they know alll about me. (Or they think they do) :)
Keep writing!

Bethany Eicher said...

Yes, exactly, Shannon! Guess that's just what we get for blogging :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with you that comments are encouraging. It always makes me smile to see the comments come in :) Thanks for doing the giveaway! Maybe I'll win next time :)

Bethany Eicher said...

Keep commenting, Jo, and you just might increase your chances! ;)

Tina said...

And I am pleased as punch to get this book!!
Many thanks, Bethany!!:) And congrats to the giveaway winner!

tabitha said...

Aw, I wish I had commented on your giveaway, because I think I would have been in your second drawing too! Too bad I missed it! :)


Bethany Eicher said...

You sure would have been, Tabs! :)