Become a Super Ninja with Firebrand

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Firebrand, but they’re one of the top IT trainers around with training centres all around the world! They offer intensive fully-inclusive courses, with accommodation and food supplied on-site, 12 hr training days and labs available 24-hours a day. This means there are no distractions, it’s full on learning designed for those who want to learn!

Anyway, Firebrand are running an awesome competition with a prize that’s worth over £1 million. One lucky winner will get access to ALL THEIR COURSES. Yes, you heard that right, a chance to attend all their courses and become the most qualified person around!

Interested? Sign up here: Training for Life

We’re off to Tuscany …

The Florence Cathedral in the evening sun.
Image via Wikipedia

Well, not quite now! .. But following that competition everyone voted for us in, I’ve found out that we’ve actually managed to get the top number of votes and therefore won the competition to go to Tuscany. That’s great news, but I don’t know the details, so not quite sure when we’re going. With twins on the way, we’ll either go sometime soon, or maybe leave it for next year. After all, Arthur’s only three and not sure if he can handle the twins on his own .. now when he’s four ….

Seriously though, I’m really chuffed that we won the competition, and shout outs go out to all the guys down at FuelMyBlog and for putting the competition together. And of course, thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Tuscany … here we come!

Give us a vote: Send us to Tuscany

I’ve just entered a competition by FuelMyBlog who are working with to send a couple on a great holiday to Tuscany. Rules are simple, the person with the most votes wins, so check out our entry below and go ahead and vote for us!

click here to vote for me and my thumbs

click here to vote for me and my thumbs

All you have to do is click on the picture to go to the competition website, find our photo and give us your vote. Easy peasy .. so go on, what are you waiting for?

(The competition is only running for a few days, till Sunday 12th, so please tell everyone you know to pop by and give us a vote)

p.s. If clicking on the photo doesn’t take your the Gallery to vote, just go to the bottom of the page and click “Gallery”. You’ll have to find our photo (seen above) in the Gallery and vote for us! We’re not that hard to find!

BenSpark’s holding a contest

Just got a Tweet from BenSpark who’re running a contest with some T-shirts to give away. I was singled out because I had commented on a previous competition of his because it was only open to people in the US. This one, however, is international, so everyone can participate.

The prizes are being put up by Ten Bills, a website that retails T-Shirts at a flat $10. The T-shirts all seems to have cool imagery, but if I had to pick my favourite I would go with “Push My Buttons“, a brilliant design by Budi Satria Kwan. The T-shirts are all very artisticly themed, and I’m sure will appeal to some of you out there, so don’t hesitate to enter the contest too; it’s free, it’s fun and you don’t need to be wearing any safety equipment to do it. 😉

It’s actually quite nice to see something like this that isn’t restricted to a small part of the Internet. I do appreciate that sometimes there’s legislation that prevents things like this to happen internationally and there is a cost differential of allowing foreign competitors to enter, but I’d like to see barriers like this disappear over time, and companies and individuals tackling initiatives on a global scale; not just something they want to do in their own back yard.

Great work Drew!

The winner of the Twitter Mug is ..

Congrats to Elizabeth (@Table4Five) for coming up first in my Twitter Mug competition. The draw was very random, I dumped people’s names in bits of paper and got Arthur to pick one our of a bucket. (I really wanted a hat, but couldn’t find one, so had to make use of a bucket). Anyway, the mug is winging it’s way towards her and should be there in a few days.

So, here are some interesting stats about the competition. People could sign up in one of 2 ways, via a tweet, or a post and comment on the blog. Over the span of the competition (4 days) I got a total of:

  • 125 entries on Twitter (each with a link back to my competition page)
  • 91 new followers on Twitter (though I can’t vouch they are all due to the competition)
  • 11 blog posts entries (each with a link back to my competition page)
  • 66 comments on the post
  • 4 trackbacks on the post

I thought that was pretty good considering I ran the competition during a quiet period and the prize cost me less than $20. I think I’ll do it again in the future, but have a bigger prize (or maybe more than one prize). So, if you want to know about it, follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my RSS feed.

So, what prizes would you like to see?

Xmas fun: Win yourself a Twitter Mug

My Twitter Mug (which I bought from CrowdedInk) has proved to be so popular that I thought it would be fun to organise a Christmas competition and offer a free mug to the winner! That’s right, here’s your opportunity to win a mug with the faces of all your Twitter friends on it. Everybody wants one! It even makes your coffee taste better!

The contest is open to anyone, all over the globe, available to anywhere that Zazzle can ship the mug too. Obviously it would help if you had a Twitter account as that’s how the list of friends on the mug is built up. But if you don’t have a Twitter account, just find someone who has and I’ll send you a mug of THEIR friends (if you are so inclined). It’s always better to use your own friends though, that is, if you have any 😉

How to enter

There are two ways you can enter this competition. You can write a blog post about it or your can Tweet about it. You can enter with both these if you want to increase your chances of winning. The competition starts now and closes on the 31st December 2008 at 23:59 GMT.

  1. Blog Post: In order to get an entry into the competition, simply write a blog post about it and leave a comment on this post to let me know about your post. If you have multiple blogs you can enter multiple times (up to 5 times).
  2. Tweet: To enter the competition, simply follow me. Then all you have to do is Tweet the following: RT @OwenC is giving away a Twitter Mug for New Year. Enter here: You can enter the contest as many times as you like, but if you don’t leave a 4 hour gap between tweets, they will be considered invalid.

That’s all! The contest winner will be picked at random just after the New Year is ushered in here in the UK. I’ll be needing your Twitter name (if I don’t already know it) and your address to ship the mug to, so if you can be online that would help, but you don’t have to be. This is my first competition, so I’m looking forward to running it. Good luck everyone!

Congratulations, BenSpark is off to Vegas!

cute puppy
Creative Commons License photo credit: .klash

If you’ve been following my posts over the last few weeks you’d have noticed that I was taking part in a competition organised by PicApp and FuelMyBlog. Well, the competition is now over and the winner has been announced.

The winner was BenSpark who’s off to Blog World Expo in Vegas next month. Congratulations mate!

I got a notable mention together with;;

It was a fun competition and I always love the spirit of camaraderie that these online contests bring about. I made the mistake of getting emotionally drawn into this one though. Didn’t realise until I found out how gutted I was when I didn’t win. Maybe I should have realised earlier and put more effort into winning. Andrew certainly went all out on his blog Google is not God. Still, it was a valiant effort and I was glad I took part in the competition.

Way to go FuelMyBlog and PicApp. When are you holding another one?