Birthday Winners

After seven days of gift announcements, I had my work cut out for me trying to keep track of the raffle entries. In total, we had 97 people enter into one or more prize raffles! Those same 97 people left a total of 405 comments during the month of January, and let me tell ya… it was a real treat doing the tally. I’m only sorry I couldn’t share the joy and excitement of such a task.

Once the tally was complete, it was just a matter of cross referencing the comments with each of the seven raffles, assigning a raffle ticket to each person for each raffle they entered, and generating some random numbers. The raffle drawing went through without any issues or glitches, and we ended up with seven lucky winners.

I must say, you guys are all so awesome for showing such interest in the blog (and the prizes). I saw a lot of new names showing up, and I’m glad that those folks stepped forward and gave a holler. In the end, there could only be seven prize winners, but all of you are winners in my eyes! I’ve already contacted the lucky ones via email, but for the rest of you here are the results.

And here are a few numbers and graphs having to do with the raffle. This first chart shows that the most popular prizes were the Art Print and the Amazon Gift Card, followed by the Flickr Pro Account and the Photo Book. I’m flattered that so many of you opted for my photo and my photo book!

This histogram shows how many comments people left on the blog during the entire month. You can see that a majority of the raffle entrants left 5 or fewer comments. You can also see that only a handful of people left more than 15 comments over the course of the month.

In this next histogram, I’ve removed the raffle entry comments (the ones where you had to leave a key phrase in the message). The chart shows the remaining comments left by the entrants, in other words the “true” comments. You can see that a significant number of comments and entrants are completely removed from the chart, meaning that this group of entrants only left comments to enter themselves into the raffle (nothing wrong with that though!).

I’m not sure that any of this is terribly useful… I just kind of get carried away with spreadsheets and charts sometimes (it’s not my fault, I’m an engineer). At any rate, I’d like to thank everybody who participated in this thing, especially the sponsors who stepped forward with the extra prizes — All Day I Dream About Photography, Image Keyworder, and Top Hosting Center.

And you’re all invited to next year’s party!

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SO SAD….

February 6, 2008 5:36 am

I left 29 comments?! Wow. I must have missed a few posts somewhere then :D

Seriously though, I’m stoked I won the book for reasons I previously mentioned, but I think the awesome thing is that you spend so much of your time putting together posts to educate and inspire fellow photographers. Without that I know I wouldn’t have developed as much as I have so far, and I wouldn’t have made so many friends – a lot have come from the Photodump pool on flickr.

February 6, 2008 7:09 am

This is great. You have a birthday and I receive a present.

Now if this would only apply to everyone else in the world. (big grin)

Once again thanks for opportunity to win a prize and for the find support and sharing you are giving the the photographic community.

Niels Henriksen

February 6, 2008 11:02 am

Wow! thats awesome, congratulations to the winners! :)

February 6, 2008 3:33 pm

Well done everyone.

February 6, 2008 5:26 pm

Thanks Brian! I’m very stoked about my Amazon gift card. Unfortunately I’ve spent it about 10 times over by now ;)

Happy birthday again! Here’s to many more years.

Ryan

February 7, 2008 11:03 am

Thanks to Brian and Antoine for the domain name, and all the wonderful articles on Photoshop and photography! I just found Brian’s site in early January and have enjoyed the community here. I’ve shared the Neil’s organize article series on one of the web development forums I visit.

Here’s to another successful year!

February 8, 2008 9:11 am


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