As you may or may not know, I recently won a contest over at the Elgin Street Irregulars blog. The contest was to propose the best idea for a contest. My winning suggestion was to have a pre-contest contest to suggest prizes for the real contest. I know this is complicated, but it’s a meta-blog, which means if they’re going to have a contest, it’s only fitting that it be a contest contest, with a pre-contest to determine the prizes for the actual contest.
I have some brilliant ideas for what the prize should be be for the REAL contest, but I won the pre-contest contest, and the prize for the pre-contest contest is the opportunity to write a guest post on the ESI blog.
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking ‘What the hell kind of prize is THAT?’
A spokesperson from the ESIs contacted me two nights ago and said “Congratulations, you won, do you have your guest post ready?” I stammered something about not having it ready and could I please have an extra day. He replied of course I could have an extra day, but he’d need to smooth things over with the other ESIs, because they’re such sticklers for deadlines.
The pressure intensified as the day went on. I visited the ESI blog and saw my name up in lights, and an explanation from their dog that I was a little delayed but my post would be coming soon and it would be extra-special and brilliant. Brilliant! That’s exactly what I needed to intensify my already-crippling performance anxiety.
(If any of you have a spare extra-special brilliant idea, please send it my way ASAP. I don’t know how much longer I can stall those ESIs.)