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Saturday, September 26, 2009

And the WINNER is...

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 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
5. Pricilla
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.


Tinateee said...

Thank you so much for the credits, that was very sweet of you. You blog is awesome and I will always come back to it. I may need some yarn soon!

It will really be great to have more free time and you will be glad you can cherish the quality of time doing other things and getting alot done when not online! I've had to stop and smell the roses and spend quality time by keeping myself busy with other tasks.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Tina: Thank you! If you have any special requests for yarns, please let me know because I can usually accommodate special requests. If I don't have what you're looking for, I can try to find it. Thank you for visiting and I'll keep visiting your blog, as well.

tahtimbo said...

I envy you your new-found freedom! I've thought of another place you might want to consider advertising with: Along for the Ride. It is free and I have received some fairly good traffic from it. It does mean having a widget on your site (mine is in the left sidebar, if you want to see a demo). Here is the link to his site if you are interested:
Hope you are having a good weekend:)

BeadedTail said...

Thank you very much for the credits! I hope you enjoy your freedom from dropping and can't wait to hear accounts of what you are doing with your time! I'll continue to keep on visiting you to see the adorable llamas, the scenery and your creative works!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Tim: Thank you for the tip. I'll check it out in a few days when my head has cleared and I have time to investigate each alternative and make my decisions.

BT: You're very welcome! It felt very liberating to gift those credits. I love helping other people out, so it is a WIN/WIN situation all the way around. No way was I going to just walk away from all those hard earned credits! I would rather gift them to friends than lose them. Enjoy!

WillOaks Studio said...

Very well explained, Brenda and congrats to all your lucky winners...although I had no idea there was a fee for transferring and that makes me mad...all over again. Yes, the credit for the posts went away even before the credits for drops--this has been insidious for awhile now! Meanwhile, I've got a new blog list up now right on my blog and I love it!! I can see the 5 most recent posts without even clicking on even without depending on EC, I can be connected...and so can my other visitors!! This whole new system may work out very well- and I too love the new-found TIME!!

Karen said...

Thank you so much for the credits. I look forward to reading about your days here on your blog. I know you will enjoy the time spent "not dropping."

Karen from My Opinion Counts

Reese =^..^= said...

Wow! I am overwhelmed with your very generous gift. I am so sorry you have all that extra work involved.

I will definitely continue to stop by. I'm so glad you will have some extra time. Keep us posted on how it's going!

Lily Arbee said...

I can see that you're so generous distributing the EC credits to your blogger friends.

Hope to meet up with the blog even though without Entrecard, ok? Just drop by and let us know where to get you.

Have a beautiful Sunday.


Ann said...

Thank you so much for the generous gift of credits. I had no idea either that they were charging a fee for transfers. That is outgragous. Again, thank you and I will continue to visit, I enjoy seeing what's going on at split rock ranch.

Anonymous said...

It is hard to leave many benefits and such a great community. Please let us know how your other ventures go! I've been thinking about adgitize too lately...not sure what it's all about though and how much traffic it brings. I know it's similar to EC a bit though.

Grampy said...

Thank you very much for the EC credits. You know you can't keep me away from the llamas. My wife has dropped out of EC also I am still thinking about it.She has 3000EC's I have to figure out how to send to my blog.
Thanks again sit back and relax.

OilGirl said...

Thanks so much for sharing your ECs! I spent them wisely! :)
Blessings, Jen