CES Swag Contest Over

Well the CES Swag Contest is over and I have e-mailed the winner. If they do not reply to my e-mail within 5 days I will pick another winner. I think that the contest went very well and I want to thank everyone for participating. Pictured above are the extra items that I threw in. Since a lot of people commented saying that they liked pirates so I added in a Pirates of the Burning Sea T-shirt and I also added in another t-shirt and a Samsung flash drive. The main reason I did the contest was to increase my RSS subscribers. My goal was to get over 200 and up until the last 2 days we were looming around 180 so I wasn’t sure if it would make it over 200, but yesterday we had 209 and today we have 229! So the contest was a success in my eyes.

If you are wondering how I came up with the winner I did it in excel. It was easiest done this way since you can export your RSS by e-mail subscribers into an excel sheet. Once I did that I added the people who made blog posts about the contest. Then I had to create a custom function to randomly select an e-mail from the list of e-mails. If you want to know how to create a custom function you can do so here. The random selection function I used can be seen here. It was actually easier than I thought it would be, I really didn’t want to have to write out all of the e-mails into a script or something like that.

If you did not win the contest don’t worry we will be running a contest in March. Not to give anything away but it will be an accessory for a product that most of you probably have. The contest will probably be run the same way. Congrats to this months winner!