June 30, 2008

Group Effort: It's Time!

Good morning! and welcome to the Group Effort Pay it Forward! In case you have been SKIMMING, here is what's happening:

1) A whole bunch of us are starting fresh new Pay it Forward contests, all together, all at the same time. Anyone may join in. (Email the URL of your contest to swistle at gmail dot com so I can add you to the list.)

2) All the contests will end Friday July 4th. Keep checking this post for more contests: I'll keep posting them here as more start up.

3) Each winner will get a gift in the mail. Each winner will then continue on the grand tradition, holding his or her own Pay it Forward contest. Typically such a contest starts with a photo of the received loot, so we can all snoop nosily.


I will link below to all the contests, adding more as more start. Please feel free to click right on down the list, entering every single one: that is in fact what we have in mind here. Please feel free to enter even if you are also throwing a contest: this has the potential to create fun little loops.

If you win more than one contest, you can throw a single Pay it Forward contest of your own, choosing one winner for each time you won. OR, you can accept one winning and ask the other bloggers to choose a new winner.


A few people wanted to enter the contest, even though they don't have blogs. For those, I will draw additional winners from my own Pay it Forward contest. The blogless participants are:

1) Dynamita, who lives in LONDON, and that immediately makes me wonder about COOL LONDON STUFF.

2) My good brick-and-mortar friend Lee.

3) Andrea, who lives in AUSTRALIA, and that immediately makes me wonder about COOL AUSTRALIAN STUFF.

4) Libby, who once thought I was British and therefore was immediately on my good side.


And now here is a list of blogs running Pay it Forward contests (I'll keep adding to it as people keep emailing me) (hint: the ones toward the bottom of the list have been up for less time, and therefore have fewer entries and a greater chance of winning):

Parking at Home
Mimi All Me
My Little Monkey
and the duck said...
The New Girl
Cookiemonks
All Dressed Up
Pantsfreesia
Twists and Turns
Incubation Nation
Our House
Everyday Life
Andrea Unplugged
Alice's Wonderland
Messing With Texas
Cerebral Palsy Baby
Sublime Bedlam
Smiling Mama
Splendid Sustenance
The Creamery
Move Along - There's Nothing to See Here
It's Not About That Anyway
Just a Bunch of Silliness, Really
3 Giraffes
Life of a Daycare Girl
Eleanor Q.
Midwest Mom
As Many as We're Given
Keeping Up With the Laughlins...
Emblita's External Monologue
Honest and Truly!
Everyday Bailey
Totally Serial
It's My Life
Get Up and Play
Clueless but Hopeful Mama
Sunday School Rebel
Tina Hearts Adam
Emily is Enceinte
Yes, I Would Really Like to be Thin
Amelia Sprout
A Little Left of Lost
Random Rantings
Mommy Daisy
Bethtastic
Under Construction
The True Adventures of Axel and Outlaw
aibiffity
Bethiclaus
Blondie Speaks
Houndrat
This? Is Not the Life I Ordered!
No Whey, Mama
Life in the Fast Lane
stickyfeathers
A is for Beautiful
Learning to Love Life in a Tiny Town...
Bebellyboo
Swistle: Baby Names
The Princess of Quite a Lot
Jennifer's Mommyblog
Today is a Different Day
My Life
Thank You For Not Being Perky


Enter, enter! And don't forget to enter mine as well, by leaving a comment on this post. You can say anything: "Me, me!" "I hereby enter," "ENTERING," "You are a goddess to me," whatevs. If you need help coming up with something, you can tell me if you know how to swim. Okay, go!

128 comments:

MzEll said...

You are a target goddess to me!

Helliferocious said...

I don't know how to swim! I even failed swimming lessons when I was four.

So there you go. Entered. :)

Miz said...

Who does #3 WORK FOR? PICK ME, PICK ME! :)

moo said...

something something something squirrels ...

Erica said...

So, has your brother written that "random number generator" that only picks me? Just wonderin'...

Anyhow, I'm officially entering your PiF contest.

Love,
Erica

Mimi said...

I would die dead if I won Swistle's PiF contest! =)

Fine For Now said...

Maybe I will get lucky again!

hangel said...

I am currently wondering how to sabatoge your "Random" number generator to make it much less random and much more my number!

BRash said...

I do know how to swim, but my husband doesn't. Apparently there is no such thing as recreational swimming in certain parts of the 3rd world, and almost nobody knows how to. He took some swimming lessons is grad school in Florida, but the instructor gave up after a while. Recently a friend of his took him to the beach to try and teach him (they were on a business trip over a weekend) and he made some progress. He came home saying "Now I can swim as far as I can breathe!

WHAT does that mean? Like, you can move yourself forward for as long as you can hold your breath, but then you have to stand up? Or you can swim, but then you have to stop and take a breath but then you can start again? Can you do this in deep water, or do you have to stop and stand up? Can you tread water? THE INFORMATION YOU GAVE ME IS COMPLETELY INSUFFICIENT!

Also: Entering. Also also: No blog Also again: If I win, how do I pay it forward since I have no blog with which to hold a contest? Just pay it back to YOU?

Amelia Sprout said...

Oooo! I'm so going to create my own contest. In the mean time, entering this one.

andreaunplugged said...

I'm so excited about this! I hope I win. Also, I do know how to swim and I used to compete in a league in middle school and I was on the high school swim team my senior year.

Saly said...

I can keep myself from drowning, but I am a horrible swimmer.

Now send me some Target bags.

;)

Shannon said...

I just spouted off an email to you. I'm in!

Beth said...

If mimi dies dead, can I have the gift she wins? :D

Tessie said...

I think I technically swim, if by "swim" we mean "stay afloat for short but exhausting periods of time".

In in, too. WHY NOT?

Kim O. said...

me, me! :)

may said...

I need to win so I don't kill myself while visiting the in-laws this weekend.

caleyadams said...

I can swim, thanks to the HUMILIATION that was 9th grade pool class. Seriously, did they have to pick THE year I was at my ugliest, most self-conscious, pubescent-eyness to force us to put on bathing suits in front of 60 of our fellow students? Did I mention it was co-ed?? And a REQUIRED credit??

Didn't know such an innocent question could evoke such anger, did you? Sorry!

I would love to win your Pay it Forward! Except that I would cry that it's too hot to mail fudge.

Swistle said...

BRash- If you win and you are blogless, I will choose another commenter, and you'll mail a prize to that commenter.

parkingathome said...

I'm exhausted from all the commenting and adding of blogs to my reader. Exhausted!

Kali said...

I was going through the cupboards looking for what to put in the PiF winner box when it occurred to me I was a mite ahead of myself...

I do have a blog but it is on yahoo and they don't let you comment unless you have a yahoo account. I consider that VERY unsporting of them. So, how would I be counted?

Help me, Obi Wan Kenobi.

Whimsy said...

Yay! Entering to win is fun!

Also: and totally random - can I ask you when Henry started having his constipation problem? I've heard babies don't get constipated. But Alice hasn't poo-ed since Wednesday. You can email me your answer if you don't feel like posting something like this here. THANKS!!!!

Swistle said...

Kali- You could have people email you to enter. Or, if you like, I can include you in the list of blogless participants, and then I'd choose a winner for you from my own comment section.

Whimsy- I am reaching into the dim recesses of my mind, and coming up with nothing. I don't THINK he ever got constipated while he was still exclusively breastfeeding (though he did go a long time between, which is common for breastfed babies), I think it started after he started solids.

Hillary said...

I do know how to swim. My mother is deathly afraid of water so she forced all of us kids to become master swimmers. I hated it when I was actually taking the swimming lessons but I'm grateful now.

Eleanor Q. said...

I can swim.

You are my blog goddess.

I love browines too!

Daycare Girl said...

I can swim, sort of, if dog paddling counts. I can keep myself from drowning, but I'm not going to be winning any prizes for style.

Maybe if I win THIS prize, it will have style? Target style? :)

I will try to get it together soon enough to run a contest too.

Misty said...

I know how to swim. Fun Fact: I could swim the entire length of an Olympic size pool when I was five years old.

Wonder if I could do it *now*.

Also, ooooo I want to win! :D

Alice said...

i can swim...ish. i took swimming lessons every year growing up, but it turns out when you seriously have no body fat, you just plain ol' can't float. which means i never progressed past "advanced beginner" in classes, which means that is still my basic skill level. except now i have more than sufficient body fat to float well :-)

CP said...

I'll email you our blog post but I want to enter yours as well....

Chris

Fiona Picklebottom said...

I can swim but I prefer waterslides. They're more fun.

Maggie said...

I do know how to swim. I have even taught swimming...to toddlers...which was every bit as painful as it sounds like it might be.

Kelly said...

Sending butterfly kisses your way, because I'm that nice.

Mairzy said...

I can swim, in creeks preferably, where there are LARGE MYSTERIOUS UNDERWATER OBJECTS.

Meredith said...

I can swim, but I don't, because I hate to get my hair wet in public.

Firegirl said...

I learned to swim in RENO even though I grew up on a lake, go figure.
(:-D

Danielle-lee said...

Yipeee! Hereby entered! Will send you my link to my PiF contest this evening. Oh, and I totally want to be entered into Dynamita's contest too-Cool London stuff does sound intriguing!!

Smiling Mama said...

Oh Swistle this is so much fun! I'm having a blast thinking of all the wonderful goodies I'll include in my package!

Ecchs said...

I can swim, and now, so can my son! Yay! I remember swimming all the way around the dock at Christina Lake when I was 6. I was sooo thrilled. And I did Bus-to-swim for years. All the rural moms would put their kids on the bus to the pool 20 miles away and then pick the soaking wet and starving kids up again 3 hours later. I wish we had that now.

Ashley said...

This is fun Swistle, thanks for hosting!

Sara said...

Thanks Swistle

K.M.L said...

I'm in. Great idea!
Pick me! :)

nicole said...

I can keep myself alive, but I wouldn't call it swimming. Thankfully my kids seem to be taking after their father. I want to win. And I'll email a link to my contest as soon I post it!

Clarabella said...

I can swim very well, thank you for asking.
Also, of course you are a blog goddess.

the planet of janet said...

meeeeeeeeeee!!! meeeeeeeeeee!!!

(i'm working on being annoying. is it working??)

Kelsey said...

Well we all know you are a goddess, do you really need us to tell you???

:-)

I can swim, I was actually a certified lifeguard for several summers (not at a pool, but as part of my awesome summer camp job). I think that means I was even a strong swimmer, at least back then. Although I'm still confident in my ability to stay afloat. Also, I always beat my sister in backyard swimming races, always.

Emily said...

I'm entering!

And I do know how to swim, but feel awkward swimming. For example, I want to swim laps at the pool but NOT when other people are there. It is a ridiculous thing to be self-conscious about and yet, I am.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

OOOH entering!!! I can swim but I wish I still fit in those water wing dealies.

Kelsey said...

I'm back to say that you forgot to mention a side-effect of hosting a pay-it-forward contest: obsessively checking for entries!

Oh, that's just me?

Sorry then.

nonsoccermom said...

Entering your contest, but can't get myself together to host one of my own this time...please tell me you'll do another one soon. Yes? Please?

In any case, yes, I can swim quite well.

Brooke said...

Entering to win big BABY!!

Michelle said...

Ooooo I so want to win your contest. And yep, I swim. And Little Miss gets her swimming lessons (just like her big brother) as soon as she learns to poop on the potty instead of streaking her underwear six times a day.

Emblita said...

I can swim

Your brownie recipes make my mouth water

aibee said...

I'm only here for the cheese.

Barb @ getupandplay said...

I am a great swimmer but never joined the swim team as a child because I was afraid to compete!

Sam said...

All this talk of brownies may force me to bake tonight...see what you make me do?

I had swimming lessons as a child, but I am not a great swimmer. I'm okay at dog paddling my way along.

andrea said...

I can kind of swim. Ie. still pool water? Not a problem. Till I get out of breath. But in the ocean? Big waves and rips and undertows? Uh uh.

the new girl said...

I think I read in the comments of someone else's blog (maybe jonniker?) that you make some kind of delicious and salty brownies.

Am I making that up?

Because I loves me some salty chocolate things.

Swistle said...

The New Girl- Here are the salty brownies.

Nonsoccermom- I have a feeling we WILL do another one!

Amanda said...

This is such a neat little idea. I've been bloggen since January and haven't come across this type of thing before. Thanks for showing me the way!

Ms. Flusterate said...

I would like to enter but don't have a blog!
This is Melissa who is currently relaxing in Bethany Beach, DE! I am getting my swistle fix while on vaycay! Can I enter please please? I promise great stuff! I'm rich! (just kidding about the rich part)

samantha jo campen said...

I know how to swim but I am terrified of any body of water that contains living things. So just the pool for me thankyouverymuch.

amanda said...

Oh please, Gods of all things Random, PICK ME!

Mommy Daisy said...

Oh, I'd love to enter your contest. I just sent you an e-mail about hosting one myself.

Swistle said...

Mrs. F- Of course! If you win my PiF, I'll choose a second commenter and that can be your winner. Oh, or wait! Do you mean you want to be on the blogless participants list? I'll assume you mean you want to enter my PiF contest---so let me know if you mean you want to THROW a PiF contest up there with Dynamita and Lee and Andrea!

pseudostoops said...

I never win things, but I keep trying anyway. I'm persistent like that.

Jenn said...

Pick me! Pick me!
I know how to swim, but I still don't like to put my face in the water...

Jo said...

I live on an island off Australia - OF COURSE I know how to swim :)

Cass said...

I had to pass a swim test to graduate from college. Because one has so much to do with the other. In any case, I'd been swimming since I was a wee little babe.

Janice said...

I'm so tired, I can't remember if I entered already....

Alison said...

What a great and fun idea.

honeybecke said...

oh boy oh boy!

Anna said...

This is such a great idea! I wanted to join in but couldn't quite get it together in time. I'll do it next time if you do it again, I promise. I have the greatest idea for a prize, too!

Shelly Overlook said...

You are looking particularly fabulous today.

Jill said...

Happy Tuesday! Let's do this thing!

Missy said...

Commenting all over the internet is exhausting. But will be so worth it when I win fifty bajillion contests.

notthelifeiordered said...

I barely float but count me as entered :) i'm joining in on the pay it forward too, i'm sending you an email now :)

Suzannah said...

Enter me! Better yet, pick me!

Dr. Blondie said...

I'm in!

houndrat said...

I'm so in....And I even promise not to use a Target dollar bin item as my prize.

Ms. Flusterate said...

Um...I don't know what I mean---do whatever to my entry!
OK, must back away from the computer and take the kids down to the beach. Why do I even think it's a good idea to take a laptop on vacation??? (oh yeah, because of contests like this!)

Becky & Ryan said...

I can swim (growing up in "the land of 10,000 lakes" will do that).

Also, I wanted to congratulate and thank you for your emails to Netflix, because they are now going to keep profiles! Yay!

-Becky

Dana said...

Hi! I'm in!

SP said...

Knock knock...
Who's there...

Bah, who am I kidding? I don't know any good jokes and even if I did I can't tell them.

Open Sesame?
Let me in the contest, pretty pretty please with brownies on top?

Oh, and yes, I can swim.

Nowheymama said...

I can't believe you got my link up that quickly!

Like Saly, I can swim enough to survive.

Vicki said...

I totally can doggy paddle. That would be about it...lol.

MMEEEEE!!! MMMMEEEEEEEEE!!!

Dynamitaa said...

I wanna do a Loop¡

Miss Grace said...

ME TOO!

jenny said...

i'm so in! :)

Anonymous said...

YAY for contests!

i never win anything..but i thought it'd be fun to enter anyways!!

-hannah

shoeaddict said...

I forgot about entering your contest while entering other contests. The contest entering is fun because I get to check out some new blogs.

So, officially entering!

PS- I can swim! BUT, I cannot dive and my swimming teacher had fits with me about it.

Playful Professional said...

Ooh I love Target and giveaways!!

pinkelefant said...

i can swim... but i have never been able to do that "freestyle" stroke

Heather said...

I can swim, but not well. My daughter swam better than me by the time she was 4.

Courtney said...

You are a goddess to me. I wonder how many people think that after this post? Really, you're awesome Swistle! Thanks for getting this started!

Marie Green said...

My mom took me to swimming lessons since BIRTH, so um, yeah, I know how to swim.

I don't know how to act at a pool however, in a bathing suit. GAAAAH.

D&Z said...

I can swim, trying to teach my 2.5 year old too!!

Angie said...

Such a great idea! Can't wait to see who the winner is!

Jennifer said...

Rolling the dice!

Joanne said...

This is the coolest thing ever! Contests everywhere! Now I am off to comment on a million blogs and send you an e-mail so I can do a contest too. Whew!

SLynnRo said...

HI SWISTLE!

Kara said...

Awesome contest-count me in..and I'm drumming up ideas to host my own but I'll have to think quick! I'll let you know if I can get it together.

el-e-e said...

Lordymercy, but this is a lot of contests!! I'm IN. :) Excuse to shop? OH YEAH.

Lettie said...

Love reading you

desperate housewife said...

Entered! I can swim enough to not drown, not enough to impress anyone with my breaststroke. Often, in fact, my swimming could be mistaken for the beginning stages of drowning, what with the flailing limbs and splashing.

Safire said...

amazingly feeding 2 babies and enering! er entering

t2ed said...

Dang. I missed the timing on this. And I've got a garage full of Mystery Boxes I still haven't unpacked that would have been perfect "prizes."

Swistle said...

T2ed- You're not too late! Originally we were planning to all start on Monday or Tuesday---but then I thought actually it was fine for them to start anytime before Friday.

EMama said...

Not only do I swim, but I tread water! I float! I can even backdive!

Pickles & Dimes said...

I can swim, barely. I always find good reasons for not getting into the water.

lolanewyork07 said...

entered!
Lola

Christina, Steve, Clara and Elena said...

Can't swim!

ZestyJenny said...

I swim excellently, however I am dropping the ball on joining the PIFers. Please forgive.

leafprobably.com said...

Whoho! I LOVE contests. Only.. I'm in new Zealand. That seems like a long way to send cool stuff.

Liz said...

I'm in an uncreative mood so: entering. :)

LeeAnn said...

This looks exciting to do!

Maggie said...

I'm feeling lucky!

Danielle-lee said...

Can I be added into Andrea from Australia's contest please??

Erin said...

Holy smokes! I can't believe that long list of contests! You are quite a trend setter Swistle. Love it!

Libby said...

I do know how to swim, I love it, exercise without sweating!

Kate said...

Enter me, please!

Valerie said...

Dear Random Number Generator:

Pick me!

Shelly said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Ginny said...

Fun way of doing contests, I'd love to enter & then continue the game!

minnie said...

shoot. i meant to do one of these. is it too late? do i have time?! herm!

whimsicalwalney said...

My that is a l o n g list of blogs very cool. Sadly, I didn't check back and therefore didn't see that the rules had changed and I could have held a contest starting today! Bummer. So hopefully I'll win at some point and pass on some crafty goodness.

Blondie said...

Pick me! Pick me!

Vicky said...

YOu are a blog goddess. Now enter me please.

Doing My Best said...

Can you believe it's been THREE YEARS since you did this? So fun! I can't remember if you did something like this again, so I'll have to keep reading =).