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I’m the Big Winner! Again!

September 25th, 2007 by
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I seem to have hit a lucky streak recently. In the past few months, I’ve seen Beyond the Rhetoric hit a couple of milestones, I’ve landed a few more freelance writing gigs, and I’ve won more than my fair share of blog contests.

For example, I got a Shoemoney t-shirt from Derek Semmler, an shirt from Shawn Knight, and some cool gear from Zac Johnson. And, based on recent events, there’s no end to this lucky streak in sight.

Just this morning, I received an email from Abdalla Ahmed of informing me that I was the winner of his blog contest. The prize is a cool fifty bucks via PayPal. Honestly, I don’t even remember entering the contest, but who am I to complain?


But wait, there’s more. While shooting the video to announce the new hockey — I received the prize I won from Leo Chiang. As you recall, I entered that contest to help Leo fight breast cancer. What I won was a Cryptic Studios t-shirt, a DVD Collector’s Edition City of Villians PC game, and an autographed picture of Darla Briggs.


There are reasons why too much positive thinking is bad. I entered these contests with no expectation of winning; I actually fully expected to lose. As a result, the winnings were very pleasant surprises, making them that much sweeter. Thanks again to Abdalla Ahmed and Leo Chiang for hosting some awesome contests.

Maybe it’s time I host another contest on Beyond the Rhetoric… what should I give away?

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15 Responses to “I’m the Big Winner! Again!”

  1. Alex says:

    You should give away an ipod touch that would get a lot of entries

    • Michael Kwan says:

      I’m thinking that a $450 prize is a little out of my range. That is unless Apple decides to ship one to me for free…

      On second thought, if Steve Jobs shipped an iPod Touch my way, I’d probably keep it. Haha.

  2. Matt says:


    You could give away a free review of the winner’s site… 😛

  3. Leo says:

    Congrats on the wins and thanks again for the charity donations. The Run for the Cure is this coming Sunday and I will be there to send Darla off.

  4. Thanks for linkback 😀

  5. James says:

    Think your lucky? I won the UK lotter 3 times one week – and I never even entered! I turned it down because I don’t need that much money.
    There is also this poor widow in Nigeria who lost her husband in an airplane crash. She want to share a few million with me if I can help her get her husbands money from the bank.
    I am so much more luckier than you. 🙂

  6. Etienne Teo says:

    I have yet to get lucky, but i will surely join more contest to win more prizes and i will want to win one from you!

  7. derek says:

    Congrats on all of the recent winnings, you’ve obviously hit a hot streak so enjoy it.

    Something that I think might be kind of cool is to see you give away a guest post on the winner’s blog.

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  9. Grigory says:

    That’s what I call a good-good luck!! ))

  10. Congrats Michael! How many contests did you enter if you can’t even remember this one?!?

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