Blog Contest: You Can Be A Big Winner!

Confetti obscures the stage as U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates after winning the U.S. presidential election in ChicagoI’ve promised the new batch of interns that they can have some say about new features on the blog, Modern Philosophers.

This group doesn’t seem to be as motivated as previous ones, so I thought if I dangled this carrot in front of them, they might work a little harder.

The weekend is the perfect time to experiment with new features, so I gathered the interns this morning at The House on the Hill and asked them to pitch me their ideas.

For a bunch of college kids who claim they want to grow up to work in the entertainment business, they didn’t come across as being very creative.

In fact, the only idea that was at all usable came from the really quiet one who always mumbles her name, so I still don’t actually know what it is.  She suggested another contest.

Of course, since these interns pride themselves on only being half prepared on their best day, that was all I was able to get out of them.

Enter-to-WinA promise is a promise, though, Modern Philosophers, so I’m using their idea.  Are you ready for a new blog contest?

The rules are simple: Finish what the interns started, and come up with a contest I can use on the blog.

I will pick my favorite contest suggestion, and then I will use that as the second new contest of the year.

Are you following all this, Modern Philosophers?  The big winner will see his or her contest used on this blog as yet another contest.

You’ll get the credit for the idea, and see your name in bold letters on the blog.  I will also shame the interns every day, pointing out to them how you, the big winner, was able to finish the blog idea pitch that they could not.

winnerHow cool is that?

So who’s ready to wow me with contest ideas?  If you really impress me, I’ll see what I can do about getting you credits at your local college for internship time served.

Knock my socks off, Modern Philosophers.  Show these interns how it’s done…

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Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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41 Responses to Blog Contest: You Can Be A Big Winner!

  1. floridaborne says:

    T-shirts seem to be a winner. They’re useful, don’t cost a lot to send if you squeeze it into a priority mail container, and you might be able to get rid of a shirt you’ve never worn that someone else might like. 🙂

    I’m all for economical recycling.

    • Austin says:

      So what would the contest be? Designing a tee shirt?

      • floridaborne says:

        Glad you asked that brilliant question (which I obviously missed). How about a contest to help write a joke for The Nite Show? You can write the first line, and the person who writes the best 2nd line that makes it on the show wins. 🙂

      • Austin says:

        I kinda worked hard to get that TV show writing gig, so I’d rather not bring that into the contest arena. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

  2. The contest is choose your favorite philosopher pick an idea and tell them why they are wrong.

  3. They get the Great Philosopher badge for their blog

  4. JED says:

    What about an ongoing contest? Have Austin’s recommended reading as a bi-weekly feature where others can submit posts that fit the style of a Modern Philosopher and you offer up your favorites to your following?

    Maybe set rules that the posts must fall in the realm of the otherworldly beings and people who normally wouldn’t think about blogging a story that way might give it a try.

  5. Come up with fictional or real, not too well thought out, inappropriate/embarrassing names for products or services. Keep it naughty, but not obscene or dirty. For example: men’s incontinence garments under the name, “Diaper Dan.” Or a reverse corollary, come up with the slogan and have them match it to a product, service, or situation: Example, “Not all it’s cracked up to be.”

  6. claidig says:

    People submit 300 word spoof or truth articles, you pick 5, one of which isn’t true, and we (the readers) have to decide which is real? If we get it right, we get a Philosophers badge/stamp/something connected to the site? (The numbers provided are obviously just examples, not necessities 🙂 ).

  7. jan says:

    Hum, since I never know what I’m going to write about until I sit down to the keyboard, I’d say my chances of winning your contest are slim to none! But I’m enjoying reading the ideas of all your more creative readers! Should be a fun contest… enjoy!

  8. List of X says:

    How’s “Guess Austin’s favorite science fiction movie”? 🙂

  9. What abouta fictional dialogue between philosophes? No restriction of time, space or scholl. Imagine Nietzsche meeting Aquinas. I’m just inspired by my last post in “Much Bigger Outside”.

  10. Louise says:

    ya togas …. that is a good idea worth exploring. what about a toga in odd places photo.. Bound to make u laugh. Get ‘ Gary a girlfriend’ a la ‘bachelor’ style comp.

  11. markbialczak says:

    “The Why Stephen King Should Visit the House on the Hill Contest”

    The interns pick a day when they all get together and write one paragraph detailing why the great Stephen King should take one day out of his schedule (if he ever comes back to Maine) to visit their mentor, Austin, at the House on the Hill. And then all of us readers take our best shot at adding our best enticements to the interns’ work in the comment section.

    You, Austin, pick one blogger to come have lunch with you, Stephen King and the interns, at the House on the Hill, when the mystery man accepts the challenge and sets the date.

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