I’m the first runner-up in The Sandbox Designs Competition with my entry, Essay! Two judges even had me pegged for first place! Wow! As you may recall, part of my impetus for blogging was to learn something about web design (I’m a graphic artist in the real world) so I’m just absolutely thrilled. There were a lot of original and creative submissions and I’m honored just to be included among them. Many thanks to the judges — all of whom I have a ton of respect for — and the awesome Scott Wallick, co-designer of the Sandbox theme and organizer of the competition.
If you think I’m anxious about reading, just imagine me for a moment logged-in to the sndbx.org site continually pressing F5 in one browser tab and pressing F5 in another tab that shows the current UTC time, desperately waiting for the results to come in, hoping my heart doesn’t crawl up my throat and fall out my mouth. I think it’ll take me a little time to calm down.
But what did you win, Ian? Well, the big immaterial thing was encouragement — but as for actual physical goods? Fifty dollars US and a copy of Blogging Tips: What Bloggers Won’t Tell You About Blogging by Lorelle VanFossen (that’s the lorelle.wordpress.com Lorelle). Feel free to enjoy the hilarious irony of the book-blogger winning a book on blogging for his blog design.
At my wife’s clever suggestion I’m going to blow the money on books at Amazon. Anxiety: what should I get? Should I get a million Dover Thrift Editions or throw it away on some hard-backed new release? Will you all be upset with me if I surf the dollar specials? Or would you expect anything less? Just what can I get for $50?