Do you usually make New Year's Resolutions? Each year I try to think of a few that will make my comping a bit less hectic in the year ahead...
2011 has been an exciting year for us compers. As if we didn't have enough to keep us busy with all the prize draws and internet tiebreaker competitions on The PrizeFinder, we've got the addition of all the fantastic Facebook and Twitter comps too. Even if you're an insomniac it's impossible to keep up with all the comps online – we could all do with a few more hours in the day!
For 2012 I'm going to concentrate my efforts on the prizes I really want to win, rather than get distracted by entering all the comps I see on Facebook. I'm going to pin a wish list on my noticeboard and I'm going to work really hard at winning my dream prizes - I'll be searching for them here at The PrizeFinder, but I'll also be setting up Google Alerts and doing regular Twitter searches too. I'd love to win a break in a big country cottage or barn for my husband's 40th birthday, so I'm going to research all the UK cottage holiday companies and LIKE their Facebook pages just incase they have comps running. I'd also like a food mixer for my Mum-in-Law and garden plants or vouchers for my parents. And my most wanted prize? A year's shoes for my toddler - oh how I hate paying for them! I'll be paying close attention to Start-Rite and Clarks on Facebook just in case...
I did really well with my photo and video competitions in 2011, but this year I'd like to enter a few more recipe competitions. I'd love to win a class at a cookery school so have my fingers crossed for these Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom and Mens Health competitions!
If you don't already do so, a great resolution is to keep a record of your wins. As well as having a list ready-made for our monthly wins post, it's really nice to be able to look back over your wins at the end of the year - there will be lots that you've forgotten about! I use a Google Docs spreadsheet to organise my list - this is really handy as you can access it from anywhere - and I like to record the estimated value and how/where I won the prizes. For 2011 my tally is 164 prizes, mainly from Facebook and blog comps - I've just checked the total value and am amazed to see it's over £23,000 ...the prizes certainly add up!
Has 2011 been a successful year of prizes for you? And have you got any comping resolutions or a wish list for 2012? Post them up here, and we can look back at the end of 2012 to see how we all got on!
I'm looking forward to 2012 comping. I've dabbled in and out over the last couple of years and had a good few "decent" wins, and loads of little cool wins! I would love to win a BIG one though. - A dosh of Cash, or a holiday! How cool would that be! I'm always heartened when I see folk saying "i won a ....." Amazing!! Hopefully I'll be there this year!
Your mention of 'a dosh of cash' has reminded me of another resolution - to get back on a TV gameshow! The last one I recorded was almost 3 years ago and I'm itching to get back on the tellybox.... best of luck with winning those biggies in 2012!
What a great way to start the New Year, up at 5.30a.m. and logged into Prizefinder to enter those comps closing today!. Have had some good wins in 2011, not exactly biggies but enough to keep me hooked on comping and with a New Year's resolution to keep going and focus on comps I really want, like Di instead of scrambling frantically to enter any comp that's going! I've been lucky with comps that require a tiebreaker (Yes they can still be found) or a witty poem etc, so think I have found my 'niche'. Happy New Year and happy comping to all!!