This morning I made a list of the commenters on yesterday's post about my Entrecard credits who expressed a desire to have all or some of the credits before I close my Entrecard account. There were ten people who commented prior to the 10 PM MDT deadline so I entered 1 through 10 using the Random Generator on Random.org and as you can see from the screen shot I took, number 5 was the lucky winner!
Here is a list of the commenters/bloggers who expressed an interest in the credits:
1. Ann's Snap Edit & Scrap
2. Beaded Tail
3. Creating a Better World
4. Sewing Mom
6. TLK Handknits
7. Oils for Wellness
8. My Opinion Counts
9. A Kitty Named Reese
10. Grampy from Grampy & You
So, I decided to award 10,000 of my hard earned Entrecard credits to Pricilla - congratulations Patty from The Maaaaa of Pricilla! I transferred those credits today, and have already received a heartwarming message from Patty thanking me for those credits.
I decided I would award the remaining credits (there were over 18,000 credits before I made the transfer to Pricilla) to the rest of the commenters in equal portion. I even did extra drops to make it an even 900 credits each. However, when I went to transfer the credits, I discovered that (surprise) Entrecard charges a 12.5% credit fee to transfer credits! So, I am going to make additional drops tonight and tomorrow morning in hopes of getting the credits to approximately 670 per commenter after paying the 12.5% credit fee. With the number of credits that I started with, it will cost me over a week's worth of dropping 300 credits a day in transfer credit fees! Just another way that Entrecard slaps us in the face, in my opinion, for what it is worth.
I must say I am thankful that banks don't charge such an outrageous fee to make transfers! I would be broke in no time.
And when did Entrecard decide not to pay for blog posts? How did I miss that?!
This is really difficult for me. I have mixed emotions about leaving Entrecard - but I feel like I need to cut the ties clean and when/if things change at Entrecard and I am comfortable with their rules and their rules don't change on a weekly basis, I may go back to Entrecard and start all over. In the meantime, I'm investigating Project Wonderful, CMF Ads, Adgitize along with SlogBite, Blog Catalog and any other blog communities I can find.
I am extremely grateful for all the wonderful blogs I have discovered in the past eight months. I now have over 100 followers on my blog and over 47,000 visits since I installed the visitor counter in mid January of this year. I cherish all the new friends I have made through blogging over the past eight months. Prior to joining Entrecard I felt like I was just keeping a personal journal - now I feel like I'm sharing important parts of my life with friends and people who enjoy reading what I write and seeing the photos that I post.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to stop in, visit, leave a comment now and then. I look forward to continuing to visit my favorite blogs on a regular basis. And I look forward to using the hours a day I spent on dropping cards for spinning, carding fiber blend batts, dyeing fibers or playing with the dogs, cats, horses and llamas.
Happy blogging - thanks for stopping by! Have a great rest of the weekend my friends.
PS - Until I transfer all the credits to the other bloggers on the list, I will still have the Entrecard widget on my blog but it has been moved down the page - scroll down on the right hand side if you'd like to drop for a credit while you're here.