This past week I’ve thought a lot about Christmas cards.
I won’t lie; I wanted something this year to outdo my last two: this one, and this one.
It was at this moment that I got a simply, wonderfully, marvelous idea for this year’s photo; however, I quickly decided that I’m far too lazy to make the magic happen right now…it’ll take a lot of work, time, and effort. And to be honest, right now I’m feeling somewhat lethargic about the whole idea.
Then, while showering this morning, I was struck with a brilliant idea about this year’s Christmas card…
You see, for each of the students in my class this year, instead of giving them something they'll simply throw away in a few weeks, I let them pick a free 5x7 photo from my photography site. And this little gift, my friends, is what spurred the brilliance which cascaded all around me like the hot water from the showerhead…Instead of making Christmas cards this year, I’ve decided to give away 100 Christmas photos.
Yep, you heard right.
I'm giving away 100 5x7 photographs from my website or blog (there are a lot of photos on my blog that I haven't uploaded to my photography site because - like I said - I'm apathetic…and I don't have all of them linked, but several shots may be found HERE, as well as HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. I won't lie though…there are hundreds of other shots on my blog that I don't have on my photography website (see previous comment).
But Teachinfourth, how do I get a ticket on the gravy train of love and get my hands on one of these 100 shots you’re offering up and sending out next week?
Well, it’s easy as getting run over by a reindeer – actually easier. There’s only three things to do...
1. Be one of the first 100 people leaving a comment letting me know what photo you would like for your ‘card’. If the photo is from my blog and doesn’t have a name, simply describe what it looks like in your comment and the date the post was run - or even better: copy the URL and post it in the comment so I can easily find it.
2. Run a post on your own blog either about Adventures & Misadventures of Daily Living or my photography site, Along the Backroads, and include a backlink to this post you've written in the email you're going to send to me in step #3. Your post doesn't have to be about this special, but can be about the Moments with Joey posts, a post you particularly like, or a link and shout-out about the photography site.
3. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or simply click on the Z-Mail link at the top right) and let me know your mailing address (reminding me again of the shot you selected, and including your backlink from step #2).
I'll get your photograph printed and mail it out to you sometime next week. Don’t worry, I won’t send you pipe bombs, junk mail, or anything of the like…
Remember that the Alphabetography images - as well as shots of people - are not eligible for this free gift. Well, if it's a shot of yours truly - and I look amazing in the photo - I'd probably let you pick it. Also, I have taken most of the photos on this site, however, there are a few I used from other places in some of my posts but these are nearly all marked with a disclaimer that they're from somebody else - and I don't think you'll be picking any of these though…shots like THIS?
Also, just to let you know, these shots will not be matted, but instead sent to you in a plain, boring envelope. Only one Christmas 'shot' per blogger. Comments may not be submitted as 'Anonymous' for this, either…sorry, I'm going to have to be a stickler on this...
Did I forget anything else?
Oh yes, I'd love to have you send me your Christmas card from this year, too - that is, if you are willing. I'll provide my address to you when I respond to the email you send to me with your address. After all, I'd love to have a mailbox full of Christmas cheer rather than electric bills and Publisher’s Clearing House winner notifications (I'll send you my address once you've sent me that email, deal?…but only if you tell me you'd like to send one).
Did I forget anything else?
Oh yeah, Happy Christmas…
This special ends Wednesday morning at 7:00 or when the last 'card' is claimed - whichever comes first. You should get your 'card' probably a few days after Christmas…considering the busyness of the season.