One new direction I would like to go with this blog is the inclusion of more contests.
Frankly, I find contests to be fun (maybe it's my competitive streak or maybe it's my miserliness?). Free stuff excites me. What can I say?
I apologize in advance to those of you who find blog contests more distracting than fun.
Sometimes I will be offering the prize myself and other times external vendors will be offering the prize. I want to state for the record that this is a not-for-profit blog. It only costs $7 a year for me to run http://2000dollarwedding.com (and that's only for the domain name--the actual blog is free from Blogger).
When I host a contest from an outside vendor, I'm not benefiting financially from the deal; I'm simply hosting the contest because it means you might get something you want for free. Sure the business is pimping their stuff, but we're under no obligation to buy it. It feels like a very symbiotic exchange to me.
For the record, I might not even like the product! But honestly, one of the things I learn every day from blogging about wedding stuff is that we're all different. We have different tastes and preferences. You get to decide for yourself whether to enter the contest or not.
At the end of the day, this blog is about planning a wedding that focuses on community, connection, commitment, and fun. We can make weddings meaningful and memorable with sincerity and heart rather than money and stuff.
I'm crossing my fingers that you'll enjoy the opportunity to enter more contests. Definitely leave your thoughts about the inclusion of more contests in the comment section: Yea or nay for more contests?