2013 in review ~ and a fun new contest


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s time again for WordPress helper monkeys to regale us with the site stats for Pen of the Dreamer for 2013!

These fun monkeys prepared a year-end annual report for my website/blog. I love this feature! And I’m going to send a few gifts out to some special people who helped make this year a success. Read to the end and see if your name is listed. πŸ™‚

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

For best overall post with responses:

Ally Robertson aka. Alicia Dean– for an excellent editor’s post and great comments in return! 74 comments with a grand total of 181 views and the highest comment count in 2013, which kicked off last January with a bang!

For most comments posted:

Mae Clair– 39

Liza O’Connor– 36

Kelly Moran– 34

Vonnie Davis– 29

Mackenzie Crowne– 25

I need all six of these lovelies to email me at calisa.rhose@gmail.com with your snail mail addresses!

I have a special *Thank You* gift for those who promoted the heck out of this blog or hosted awesome posts this past year that helped me get some fabulous results. πŸ™‚

But I want more! πŸ˜†

In 2014 I’m going to run a year-long contest. Whoever generates the most commenter response for their guest post, and the top commenters for the whole year will win- beginning NOW. That means if you are a guest blogger or have your cover posted on UnCover Monday you need to rally people to visit and COMMENT! Viewers only will not count because views alone don’t raise the post to popularity, but comments can. You will be expected to promote the post in every venue and comment often on your post. Each post can be promoted for longer than your own day since this is a blog that has permalinks to share, but responses ON your day is what counts, that’s the date WP records. πŸ˜€ Plus, the more you comment, the more numbers you rack up toward winning that category too! πŸ˜€

You want to beat this years’ winning numbers so that means more visits per contestant. πŸ™‚ I’m putting a minimum of 50 comments per entrant for the year, and it would be awesome sauce if bloggers can beat 74 comments for guest posters on that day. Maybe 100? More? Leave a comment here to get you started. It can be a new year’s resolution to WIN MY CONTEST!!!!!!!!!

Periodically throughout the year I’ll post a contest reminder because I know we all get busy and don’t always take time, or even have time, to visit and comment on a lot of blogs. We forget to keep up when life intervenes. When it’s over, I’ll pick the top two blogging guests and top four commenters. Winners will receive a goody bags or gift cards-not to mention awesome recognition if you are promoting yourself and/or a book. If you are a winner it will be announced on New Years Day 2015 with a link to you in recognition. Later this year I’ll post the prizes to motivate everyone. πŸ™‚

I wish you all have a blessed New Year!


This is a world wide contest.
Void where prohibited by law.
No purchase is necessary.
Participants MUST be 18 years or older and winners may be asked to verify age.
Prizes will only be mailed inside the US, and within 30 days of contest end.
Winners outside the US will receive a GC* within 30 days of contest end.
*Gift card amounts TBA, but will not be valued at less than one prize package.

About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 01/01/2014, in Branding, Contests, Goals, inspirations, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Publishers and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Well, hey. Thanks! Loved being here. Thanks for having me and help promote the blog!


  2. **SQUEE!!** Yay me! I love visiting the ranch when I’m not entrenched in my writing cave. You always make everyone feel so welcome. Perhaps that’s the reason for your blog’s success. Hugs, darlin’.


  3. HNY! Great concept, miss! And congrats to the winners!


  4. Oh my. Winning a prize for being a blabber mouth? How cool is that. And mother claimed my big mouth would get me into trouble one day. Ha! πŸ™‚

    May you avoid any untoward falls and have a healthy and happy year, my friend.


    • LOL My mother just said I had a big mouth. Period. It seemed only fair to show others that isn’t a bad thing! Oh- not that you have a big mouth, Mac! *Lisa pulls foot out of mouth and closes it firmly* πŸ˜›


  5. Congratulations to all the winners! And to everyone who reads your blog, Calisa! You do a great job of mixing up the posted offerings. Best wishes in 2014!


  6. Calisa, I love that you are recognizing the commenters and readers. Good luck with the contest and I’ll be around frequently to do my part.


    • It sounded like a fun way to do it, Gemma. I look forward to ‘seeing’ you more! πŸ™‚ I’m going to shoot for the goal of visiting more blogs too.


  7. Wow! I had no idea my blog post did so well (I am Ally Robertson aka Alicia Dean for those who don’t know :-)) Thanks for sharing, Calisa. And for having me as a guest! Happy New Year!


  8. I’m trying to do a better job of blogging and commenting on blogs I follow. I’m still pretty new at blogging. I’m almost afraid to look at my stats. But it’s nice to know there are others I can learn from. Happy New Year.


  9. Margaret Taylor

    My New Year’s Resolution is whenever a random stranger sees me, I’m gonna whisper “You can SEE me???” and watch the antics ensure. That and I plan to ride more shopping carts!!!!


  10. Hey, I hopped over here to wish you a Happy New Year and saw I was your top commenter. Imagine that! πŸ™‚ And that was despite falling off the radar the last few months to do the day job and NaNoWriMo. What a fun contest you have planned. Congrats on having such an awesome blog. And, hey…Happy New Year! πŸ˜€


    • Thanks for thinking of me, Mae. I’m happy you visit so often. I know I’ve slipped a little with blog comments this year too, and reading. I’m planning to read your book very soon, though. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year girl. Don’t forget to email me your address. πŸ˜€


  11. Stacy McKitrick

    Contests are fun! We’ll see how I do when you uncover MY book. πŸ™‚
    Happy New Year, Calisa!!


  12. Shannon Bereza

    Congrats everyone! What a fun contest. Happy New Year!!


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