First, a big thanks to all of you who let us know that you really want Picture This Photo Contest to continue throughout the winter months rather than taking a respite until next spring. We’re thrilled about the community of gardeners who have come together to make Picture This such a vibrant contest!
We’d be happy to keep the contest alive throughout winter, but we need your input. Because Picture This takes a tremendous amount of time to organize and manage, Nan and I have come up with a few possibilities that are much less labor-intensive and hopefully will keep the ‘soul’ of the contest alive and kicking.
These are our thoughts:
1. The prizes for the winter months would be the Gold and Silver Medal Winner badges with no rewards from outside sources.
2. Rather than having a professional photographer judge the photos, you, our readers, would vote. The format would be as follows: A new subject would be posted at the beginning of the month. The entries would close on the 22nd of the month, and then there would be a 5-day voting period, during which you could send in one vote for the photo that you think should be the winner. You would send your vote directly to my e-mail; then I would tally up the votes and post the winners. Individual votes would not be made public.
Please let us know your thoughts about this new format. Is it something you’d want to participate in and read as well? We’re depending on you for your honest opinions. If, for any reason, you’d prefer that your thoughts be kept confidential, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As long as we’re on the subject of asking for your input, it would really be helpful to Nan and me if you could let us know the reasons why you read Gardening Gone Wild. Does it offer you anything unique in the gardening blogosphere? If so, what? What areas of gardening are we not addressing that you would like to see us write about?
Nan and I have spent a tremendous amount of time and energy (as do most garden bloggers) to craft a blog that you find compelling, informational and inspirational. It is our goal to keep it fresh, offering a spectrum of gardening topics written by the five Regular Contributors - myself, Nan, Debra, Saxon and Steve – with the intention of informing and inspiring you continue on your garden journey.
We feel privileged to participate with you in the gardening blogosphere. And we thank you for making Gardening Gone Wild a part of your world.
*** We are reading all posts but won’t be posting responses to them on this subject. Your words say it all and it’s appreciated!