This Blog “Blows My Dress Up” Contest

I enjoy posts that make me think. Poignant posts that work my emotions catch my eye as well. But, I believe my favorite posts to read are the ones that turn over my giggle box. Why? Because a good dose of laughter is healthy.

Studies have shown that a good belly laugh causes your muscles to relax; laughter reduces at least four of the hormones that produce stress (stressed immune systems leave you more vulnerable to illnesses); laughter can reduce pain; and laughter is good cardiac exercise. You can find out more about the benefits of laughter at Holistic Online.

When my Daddy thought something was funny, he said, “That just blows my dress up.” With that comment in mind, I’ve decided it’s time to start a writing contest. It’s This Eclectic Life’s “This Blog Blows My Dress Up” Contest.

I’m looking for a blog that “Blows My Dress Up.” Actually, it won’t be my dress. I’m asking a non-blogging friend to judge the posts. She appreciates a good sense of humor, and she won’t know anything about any of you, so she can judge on the actual merit of the posts you send me. She will read three of your posts together (looking for consistency)and choose her top candidates.

I have a separate page linked to the contest in my sidebar (see that button that says “contest”?). As each entry is submitted, I will post links to the essays there in the order that I receive them, so the rest of the blogosphere can read them. The winner of the contest gets a choice of a $20 gift certificate to Starbucks OR to Second Place gets a $10 gift certificate. Third place gets a $5.00 certificate(which might buy a cup of coffee or half a book). I’ll even have buttons, similar to the picture on this page, that the winners can post in their sidebars, if they choose(you know you want it). Every contestant accepted will get a link on the page.

Here is what I seek: I’m looking for original humorous essays. Please do not send a post that is just a cartoon, or a joke. I agree that those can be funny, but that’s just too easy. I want your writing. It can be on any topic you choose, but you have to keep it clean. I reserve the right to reject any entry if there is objectionable content or if it does not meet the above guidelines. Keep in mind, please, that all of your blog doesn’t have to be humorous. All you need in order to enter are three funny posts.

How do you enter?

1) Send me the permalinks to three of your posts that you think are funny. This would be a good chance to pull posts from your archives, or you can write three new posts. E-mail me (using “contest” as the subject line, so it doesn’t get lost in my inbox) at: shelly.tucker at before midnight on May 3rd. That gives you two weeks to be funny, my friends.
2) Mention this contest and link to this page in either the new posts you write to enter, or in a separate posting.

On May 8th, I will announce the winners, and send out the gift certificates. It’s time to start typing, y’all.


  7 comments for “This Blog “Blows My Dress Up” Contest

  1. April 18, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Oh, I have thousands of posts. I’ll think on this one for a bit. Right now I’m up to my eyeballs with Wordless Wednesday.

    I will look forward to seeing what you come up with! Thanks for stopping~skt

  2. April 18, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like fun – don’t forget to link to my contest….and good luck to you! For every 10 entries received I will add one more item, so their is an incentive to share the word of the contest…..let’s make it bigger and better.

    Now I am going to have to either get funnier or hope I have some funny post from past. 😛

    I’m betting you do have some funny post, Sweet Tea. And, I will link to your contest probably tomorrow, as I begin listing my “Thinking Bloggers”…one at a time. Thanks for stopping, I look forward to your entries!~skt

  3. April 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    You’ve had quite the challenge winning that award 3 times….omg!!!

    I’ll look through posts and see what I can find – it’s funny looking back through your own archives and see what was going on and when – I love blogging!

    Well, I appreciate you giving it to me. And, I appreciate you entering the contest! Take care, and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.~skt

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  5. April 19, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    Sounds like fun. Maybe I’ll enter.

    I hope you do! Thanks for stopping~skt

  6. ally bean
    April 19, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    This sounds like a great contest. I love to laugh so I’ll be looking forward to May 8 to read what the winners had to say.

    Thanks for pointing out to me that I had mistyped the deadline! I hope you join in the fun.~skt

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