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Friday Five – New Fun and New Contest

Cat hiding underneath Christmas tree

Time for the Holiday Friday Five!

Hello! Thanks to everyone who entered my Friday Fiver contest over the past couple weeks. While I think it was fun, I want to do something new (there will still be a contest!) more in the spirit of Blogthings.

When I originally started Blogthings, I wanted to give people a way to easily find fun things to add to their blogs and have more topics to blog about. Of course, in the era of Facebook, Twitter, and yes, still blogs, this has morphed into fun things to add to all sorts of social media / self expression services.

I felt like the Friday Fiver was sort of straying from this mission a bit, so I want to introduce something new – and kind of old. The Friday Five! If you’re a long time blogger, LiveJournaler, or internet geek like me, you may remember the tradition of posting five questions on Friday that everyone answers. I’d like to start this up on the Blogthings blog as a way for some get-to-know-each-other fun!

So what I’d like you to do is answer my Friday Five questions below. Simple as that. Every person who comments below today will be automatically entered in the gift card contest. This week I’m giving away an Amazon.com $5 gift card and a Jelly Belly $5 gift card to the randomly chosen winner, both courtesy of Swagbucks. (Swagbucks is an easy place to earn free gift cards that I LOVE.) If you don’t want to enter but still want to comment, simply state that somewhere in your comment. I think this is going to be fun!

Without further delay, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment.

Friday Five – Holiday 2012

  1. What holidays, if any, are you celebrating this year?
  2. Do you celebrate out of religious reasons, cultural reasons, or familial reasons? Or a combination of the three?
  3. Do you prefer to give gifts or receive gifts?
  4. What is your favorite edible holiday treat?
  5. What do you think about gift cards as holiday gifts? Thoughtful or thoughtless?

Fiver Friday Holiday Edition

Picture of three five dollar bills

Who wants to win a five dollar gift card?

Edit: The contest is finished now, and Rachel is the winner! Thanks to everyone who entered, and I’ll see you next Friday 🙂

Welcome to another Fiver Friday! This is a Holiday Edition because the holidays are in full swing for some of us, depending on what you celebrate. We had a great Fiver Friday last week, giving out a $5 Amazon gift card to commenter Christina. Who will win this week? It could be you if you enter!

Just to remind you, Fiver Friday is a new contest that I hold every week to give away an $5 gift card to a random blog commenter. This week it’s another Amazon.com five dollar gift card. Save a little on your holiday shopping with this card, or get a treat for yourself. It’s the perfect amount for renting a movie online or buying one of Amazon’s cheap digital music albums.

Don’t forget to visit Swagbucks if you’re looking for more free gift cards. I love Swagbucks, and I have earning gift cards there down to a science. That’s how I fund this little project.

Here are the rules:

1) Comment on any blog post that includes a quiz sometime between 8AM Friday CST and 8AM Saturday CST.  (That’s the same as 2PM GMT.) Make sure you identify yourself with an email address (I will keep it private) or by logging in with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter.

2) The comment must include something about your result and what you think of it.

3) Only comments on a quiz blog post qualify, so please don’t comment on this post as an contest entry. You are free to comment to ask any questions about the contest or to say what you think of this contest, but it won’t count as your official entry 🙂

4) Only one entry per contest, but you can enter (and win!) anytime the contest is held. If you comment multiple times, it will only count once – but it won’t be held against you.

5) A winner will be chosen randomly with a random number generator and announced right here in an update.

Please ask me any questions if the rules aren’t clear, as I’m happy to clarify.

Here are a few recent Blogthings quiz posts that you can use to enter. Commenting on any of these (as well as any other quiz post from the blog) counts as entering the contest. Don’t forget to include your result and your own feelings about it. Good luck and have fun!

Quiz: What’s the Part of You That No One Sees?
Quiz: Are You a Renaissance Man or Woman?
Quiz: The Holiday Card Test
Quiz: What Do You Love to Talk About?
Quiz: What’s Your Holiday Wish?
Quiz: What Handbag Are You?

Welcome to Fiver Friday!

Picture of three five dollar bills

Who wants to win a five dollar gift card?

Edit: The contest is finished for this week, and Christina is the winner! Thanks to everyone who entered, and no worries if you didn’t win this time… you’ll have another chance next Friday 🙂

Original post:

So starting today, Blogthings is going to have an ongoing contest called Fiver Friday! I’ll start with the good stuff, the prize… This week it’s going to be a five dollar gift card to Amazon.com Who doesn’t love shopping there? Just enough cash to get someone you love (or yourself) a stocking stuffer.

I’ll be changing up the prizes to keep things fun, but it will always be in the five dollar denomination. (Blogthings is on a budget, like many of you!) I get the free gift cards to give out from Swagbucks, which I highly recommend if you’re looking an extra way to save this holiday. I can’t promise to do it every week, but I will do it whenever I have earned any gift cards with them 😉 It’s my way of saying thank you for all your support over the years.

Here are the rules:

1) Comment on any blog post that includes a quiz sometime between 8AM Friday CST and 8AM Saturday CST.  (That’s the same as 2PM GMT.) Make sure you identify yourself with an email address (I will keep it private) or by logging in with WordPress, Facebook, or Twitter.

2) The comment must include something about your result and what you think of it.

3) Only comments on a quiz blog post qualify, so please don’t comment on this post as an contest entry. You are free to comment to ask any questions about the contest or to say what you think of this contest, but it won’t count as your official entry 🙂

4) Only one entry per contest, but you can enter (and win!) anytime the contest is held. If you comment multiple times, it will only count once – but it won’t be held against you.

5) A winner will be chosen randomly with a random number generator and announced right here in an update.

Please ask me any questions if the rules aren’t clear, as I’m happy to clarify.

To get you started, here are a few recent Blogthings quiz posts. Commenting on any of these (as well as any other quiz post from the blog) counts as entering the contest. Make sure to include your result and what you think of it. Happy contesting!

Quiz: What’s Your Travel Personality?
Quiz: Where Should Your Inner New Yorker Live?
Quiz: What Christmas Tree Are You?
Quiz: The Snow Test
Quiz: The Wedding Cake Test
Quiz: What Kind of Dreamer Are You?
Quiz: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Oracle + Recipe
Quiz: Are You Careful, Conscientious, or Carefree?
Quiz: How Should You De-Stress?