Connection Contest Dos will run from Monday, April 8th, 9AM EST until Friday, April 12th, 9PM EST. During the first Connection Contest, only 20 fans (out of over 10,000) played. And out of those 20 fans, 7 received prizes. That means every fan had a 35% chance of winning a prize just by entering the contest.
All you have to do to win a prize is connect with me and other readers through this blog and through my YouTube page. Every connection is worth a certain number of points. There are four ways to win: 1) comment on my blog posts, 2) subscribe to my YouTube page, 3) comment on my YouTube videos, and 4) email subscribe to my blog. And don’t forget to hit the FOURFECTA (see below).
What You Can Win
1st Place Grand Prize: iPad mini, 32 GB (white)
2nd Place: iPad mini, 16 GB (white)
3rd Place: $50 iTunes giftcard
4th Place: $25 iTunes giftcard
Melissa Harrison was the Grand Prize winner of the first Connection Contest. Melissa won a 32 GB iPad 4. Instead of keeping the iPad for herself, Melissa raffled it off to a needy school. The winning school was McDonough Expeditionary Learning School, a public school with a 100% poverty rate. Melissa has three kids and is a great example for anyone trying to step out on their own and make something happen for herself (while still contributing massively to others). Since I’ve known Melissa, she has launched her own blog, Adventures of NinjaMama, and started her own children’s clothing line, NinjaMama Designs.
Brianne Grose, another winner from the first Connection Contest, is an amazing woman who, despite being diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, carpal tunned syndrome, and polyarthritis, just finished writing her first book. The great news is she has an amazing group of doctors helping her overcome and heal. Brianne’s positivity is contagious. She spends most of her time working, taking care of her son, and writing. Due to her condition, she can only type on a standard keyboard for short periods of time before her hands start to swell up. I’m really happy she won the iPad mini because it’s much easier for her to type on. It also gives her a more convenient way to play learning games with her son (pictured below).
Andrew Mastronardi, an international interpretor, also won and iPad mini. Andrew loves to travel and is still very close with his family. He’s pictured with his Dad and brother directly below. The rest of the winners from the first Connection Contest won iTunes gift cards (see below).
How You Can Win
Win by connecting with me and other fans through this blog and my YouTube page. Every connection is worth 10 points. Every connection assist is 10 points. The key to winning the top prizes will be getting other people to connect and hitting the FOURFECTA. For example, you earn 10 points for subscribing to my YouTube page AND you earn 10 points for everyone else you get to subscribe. The person with the most points at 5PM EST next Friday wins. Here are the full details for earning points:
Hit The FOURFECTA First (2,000 Points)
Blast ahead of the competition by hitting the FOURFECTA right away. All you have to do is comment on 10 separate blog articles, watch and comment on all of my YouTube videos, get 5 people to subscribe to my YouTube page, and get 5 people to email subscribe to this blog. You will be awarded 2,000 points as soon as you complete all four connection components. Note that this is over 1,700 points more than you get for doing each connection component separately.
10 Points Each – Comment On Blog Articles
This point grab will separate the winners from the losers. You get 10 points for every engaging comment you post at the end of any blog article. Currently, there are over 80 articles posted on this blog. That means you can earn over 800 points just by commenting. You earn 10 points by commenting directly on each article and you earn 10 points every time you reply to other people’s comments or reply back to their replies on your comments. Short comments like “I agree,” “this is stupid,” or “thank you” will not count for this contest. And comments unrelated to the material presented in the post will not earn points. Only engaging comments related to the attached article count. Engaging is easy. All you have to do is write a few sentences about what you like or don’t like about the article. Share your point of view. Ask questions. Make suggestions. Tell me what I should write about next. Express your perspective.
To comment, open any article, scroll to the bottom (as you read), and leave a message in the comment box at the bottom. To fully open an article from the homepage, click on the blue article title or the blue More button at the end of the article preview. You can also scroll through the All Time or Current Hits tabs in the Most Popular box (located to the right) to find articles. Finally, you can find articles by category in the Topics section located underneath the Most Popular box. This blog uses a DISQUS plugin for commenting, which makes leaving messages very easy. Just click inside the Leave A Message box and sign in with your email address or with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account. Then, type your message and click the Post button. To reply to other people’s messages, click the Reply button underneath their comments. You can also highlight messages you like by clicking the Star button. When commenting, please use your real name so I know who is earning points.
10 Points Each – YouTube Subscribe And Comment On YouTube Videos
Videos speak louder than blogs. The best way to connect on YouTube is to subscribe to my profile and comment on my videos. You can get to my YouTube profile by Googling “Isaiah Hankel YouTube” or by clicking here: Isaiah On Youtube Then, just click the subscribe button and comment on the many different videos. If you have a Gmail, Google+, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome account, you already have a YouTube account. If you don’t have any of these accounts, you’ll have to create an account (it’s free). You get 10 points for subscribing and another 10 points for each video that you comment on. You also get 10 points for everyone else you get to subscribe or comment. Short comments like “nice video,” “great job,” or “this sucks” (while appreciated) will not count for this contest. The comment must be engaging, relating back to the material in the video in some way. If you have writer’s block, just comment on your most or least favorite part of each video. And don’t forget to like or dislike each video too (located above the comment box). Please use your real name so I know who is earning points.
10 Points – Email Subscribe
Subscribing with your email is the best way to stay connected. Simply type your email address in the Isaiah In Your Inbox plugin to the right and click the Join Us button. You will then receive an email from Mail Chimp asking you to confirm your subscription. Once you confirm, you get 10 points. Plus, you get fresh articles delivered to your inbox as soon as I’m done writing them. Your email address will never be shared and I will never send you spam. You also earn 10 points for everyone else you get to email subscribe.
Email Your Progress To: firstname.lastname@example.org
My team will be counting points daily, but we need your help. Help us keep track of your progress by emailing your itemized point total to email@example.com You don’t have to update us daily, just a few times during the contest. And be sure to send us your final point total before Friday 5PM EST. This is mandatory. The most important items to include in your email are the names, emails, or comment handles of the people you helped connect. This is the only way we can keep track of your connection assists. We will post the names of the point leaders to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ a few times throughout the week.
Rules And Regs
Play fair, win big. Unrecorded points don’t exist. Keep track of your connections and your connection assists. Keep track of your points. If we can’t find a record of a connection (email address, person’s name, comment location), and if you can’t produce a record, then you won’t get the points. I will do my part to get you the points you earned. The rest is up to you.
You must be at least 18 years old and live within the contiguous United States with a legal U.S. address to win. Failure to claim a prize within one week results in disqualification. No family members can win (sorry kin). Void where prohibited.