Prepare to be fabulous (or more fabulous–whateva)

Those of you who have been following along with me in my blogging journey for awhile may remember that once upon a time, the name of my blog was “Hey look a Chicken”. Remember?:

Ah, good times, right? As much as I enjoyed that silly little blog, after helping Billy Coffey and Peter Pollock design this blog:

I was having a serious case of website envy. I still think is one of the best looking writer’s websites around, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. It’s been used as an example of a model platform for aspiring authors by at least one publishing PR firm. What I love about Billy’s site is that the reader can get a sense of who he is as a writer and as a person. I’ve tried to do that here as well.

It’s no secret that I’m not a big fan of Blogger, even though it served me well, I think I just outgrew it when blogging became more than just a hobby for me. Part of what I do (besides being ridiculous and snarky) is to help promote and encourage other writers and bloggers, which means the image I reflect here is important. I think the cleaner, more professional look of Standard Theme by mastermind John Saddington has helped me accomplish this while still allowing me to maintain my personality. And lest you think all WordPress themes have to look alike, check out the variety of templates Peter Pollock has helped create and maintain for his clients:

Why should you care about any of this? Because if you’re ready to makeover your blog, Peter Pollock and I would love to help you do that. So much so that we’re giving away a year of free self-hosted wordpress blogging! Including site design by Peter and me for one  lucky winner.

We have three prizes to give away:

3rd prize: One year of free blog hosting + a standard license for Standard Theme

2nd place prize: One year of free blog hosting, a domain name (.com or .net) and a standard licence for Standard Theme

1st place prize: One year of free blog hosting, a domain name (.com or .net), a standard licence for Standard Theme plus site design by @Katdish and Peter Pollock

Total value of all prizes: $775

  • Entry is easy. Simply leave a comment on this blog post and/or on the one at Peter’s site and you get one entry into the prize draw.
  • Get an extra entry every day by tweeting about this giveaway and adding the hashtag #nomoreblogger
  • You can also gain additional entries for the next ten days by visiting our sites and checking for our daily entry opportunities.

All entries will be numbered. At 12:01 CST on February 28, 2011, we will close entries and use the random number generator to pick our three winners.

If you don’t need blog hosting, you can still enter and then give the hosting to a friend, if you win.

If you’re already a customer of New Blog Hosting and you win, we’ll add a year to your renewal date!

Enter here in the comments section and/or Peter’s site,

So, what do you say? Are you ready to be fabulous?

Many thanks to John Saddington of Tent Blogger and designer of the incredibly fabulous Standard Theme: The De Facto Professional Blogger’s Theme, for donating THREE Standard Theme templates for this contest. Even if you don’t enter the contest, I would highly recommend checking out his blog. It’s literally a treasure trove of useful and practical advice for bloggers.

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42 Responses to “Prepare to be fabulous (or more fabulous–whateva)”

  1. Kirsten February 18, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    If there is a prize for Wanting Out Of Blogger the MOST then I should definitely definitely definitely win. (And yes I am challenging my inner Rain Man) I WOULD LOVE TO WIN! And, you know, be fabulous like y’all.

  2. Glynn February 18, 2011 at 7:09 am #

    Peter’s been after me for a while. So what do you think? Do I make the leap?

    Poised on the precipice
    of WordPress, looking
    back in fondness
    at Blogger, blogging.

    • Michael February 18, 2011 at 9:03 am #

      Glynn I love Peter and WP. Praying you win. 🙂

      • Duane Scott February 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm #


        JUMP already!

        You will thank me later.

        Right now, just jump.

    • Sandra Heska King February 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

      Glynn,I was scared. I was sad. I’m so glad. No regrets.

  3. Ryan Tate February 18, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    I’m in. I need a makeover.

  4. Gaminegirlie February 18, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Well, this is great! thank you!

  5. Alise February 18, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    So many have been all over me to make the move to WP. I’m just so COMFORTABLE with blogger.

    But yeah. I know this is something I should do.

    So consider this my entry.

  6. Cathy February 18, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Aw, man, totally jealous. Everybody’s site looks better than mine, because I know NOTHING. Fingers crossed!

  7. Jeff February 18, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    So you’re saying there’s a chance?

  8. Mason February 18, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I think I’ve done about as much with Blogger as I can, and I’m ready to move on! Over time blogging has moved from a small hobby to a daily passion, and I’d love a platform which reflected that.

  9. HisFireFly February 18, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    I’m ready to make the change – more than ready actually — and the work you two do is amazing!

  10. Ed Blonski February 18, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    The more I read your blog, the more I realize what I DO NOT know about this wonderful world of blogging and writing in general. And that is making me a better writer and communicator.

    Thank you very much! I also thank God for you!


  11. Candy February 18, 2011 at 10:09 am #

    Everybody GO. Totally awesome giveaway!

    • Duane Scott February 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      Candy, I think your blog (don’t tell the others) has the coolest look of all of ours featured up there.

      • PeterP February 19, 2011 at 1:03 am #

        I actually do, too.

        I LOVE Candy’s blog design!

        • Candy February 19, 2011 at 1:11 am #

          It would really be nice if she’d post once in a while. But thanks, guys! Peter did an awesome job.

  12. Jason February 18, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Kat, it’s awesome you’re donating time and talent to help someone else look fabu. (Don’t enter me in the contest…there’s folks I know who need it more than me.)

  13. Annie K February 18, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Wow, that is a pretty awesome giveaway.

  14. A Simple Country Girl February 18, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    I reckon you better toss my name in the hat!

    (psst, I’ve been trying to figure how to get outta Booger, oh, I mean Blogger, for the past couple of weeks, but my techno-deficiencies have hindered me greatly)


  15. karenzach February 18, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Tag-team give away. So love it!

  16. Kevin Martineau February 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I am so thankful that Peter finally convinced (after many years of no success)to switch from blogger to WordPress. I am loving WordPress and I would love to have the Standard Theme!

  17. Megan Willome February 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Well, sure! Count me in. Fabulous idea!

  18. Joyceann Wycoff February 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    I’m definitely in need of a makeover. I’m tip-toeing into wordpress but need a helping hand.

  19. kristinherdy February 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I would love to be fabulous, and I think the work you do is pretty dang fabulous.

    Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  20. Duane Scott February 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Please don’t enter me in the contest.

    I just want to say, whomever picked that hashtag is a rockstar.

    The only way it would’ve been better is if it had been #deathtoblogger


    • PeterP February 19, 2011 at 1:04 am #

      YAY! I’m a rock star!! 🙂

  21. Helen February 19, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    That is very generous of you and Peter to donate those prizes.

    • katdish February 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

      Wait, Helen. Does this constitute an entry???

  22. Brandon Clements February 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Woo hoo! I love giveaways and I’ve been looking at Standard. Count me in…thanks!

  23. Aurora Mckeehan February 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    So awesome. I’m in. Awesome BLOG!

  24. Shelley February 19, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    Wow, what a great prize for you both to be offering!

  25. Larry Hehn February 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm #

    Count me in. Thanks!

  26. sherri murphy February 21, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Maybe a new look would draw me back!

  27. katdish February 21, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Okay, lovely people! Check out my blog today for more chances to win!

  28. seekingpastor February 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Pick me–I need it. I think. Or maybe not. Pick me anyway!

  29. Amy Jane (Untangling Tales) February 22, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    If you can also help translate the “easy setup” of WordPress into easy-for-me that would also inspire great gratitude.

  30. Chichi {From Now Till I Do} February 22, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    This is a great prize! I want to make the switch too but I’m a scaredy cat! I have been with blogger for so long now!

  31. Sandra Heska King February 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I could never have made the switch without you and Peter.

    I love my design!


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