My New Years Resolutions are very simple this year:
1. To get this blog up and running properly, (after 2 years in the thought process)!
2. To dedicate more time to comping & enter more creative competitions.
3. To keep a spreadsheet of all my wins.
4. To be happy & lucky.
To achieve all of these things I am going to need to focus and it starts now……..
When I started the blog last year I asked you, in this post:
To guess how many prizes I would win in a year. I had estimates ranging from 18 to 365, but in general most people felt I would win 52 times – or once per week. I was very bad and didn’t keep up the log, (or blog), as promised, (hence New Years Resolutions)! So yesterday I went through old emails, facebook messages and twitter mentions.
I found I had won 28 prizes totally a value of £3180.
This isn’t a great amount compared to some of my previous years but I am pleasantly surprised. Remembering I only started the blog in May and had comped very little in the early part of the year, I also spent 2 months overseas during this time, so 28 wins is really for 6 months moderate comping. I’m very happy, (but will still seek to improve this year)! It also shows my readers have great guess work as around 52 wins for the year would have probably been right.
As I mentioned in my original post I don’t enter anything and everything. I do go for the prizes I want. Often I go in for easy to enter competitions on facebook and twitter but I will look for ones with very low entries. Infact 2 of the facebook competitions I won this year I knew I was going to win……. as I was the only entrant! But definately this year I would like to focus more on creative comping, again looking for those low entry competitions thereby increasing your chances to win.
My two biggest wins last year were the trip to London with £500 spending money from Nestle Bueno, and a Caldesi cookery weekend in the Cotswolds worth £1000. I found I was busy coming up to Christmas so didn’t do much except twitter competitions but had a great run winning Ringside seats at a Boxing Match, Lunch & a Falconry experience, £40 Wagamama Vouchers, £50 GBK Vouchers, a Topshop Personal Shopping Experience and much more!
I have yet to have my first win of the year but I do have my spreadsheet all ready to record it when it does happen and of course I shall be sharing my wins. It is really great to keep a record of your wins so you can look back and cheer yourself up in those lean times. Wishing you all a very happy and lucky 2014.
I’d love to hear how many wins you had in 2013?