It goes without saying that the goal of my free video game contest is to increase the number RSS subscribers to this blog. I’ve been struggling to get over the 200 subscriber hump for some time now, so I figured a contest would be a good strategy to accomplish that feat. So, how has it done so far?

On Monday, we saw a subscriber count of exactly 200, but it was on Friday — the day after the video game contest was announced — that the Feedburner widget was giving us back a number of 207. On the other days, I managed to stay in the 190-200 range, but that’s just not good enough. I want it to stay over 200 on a consistent basis.

As you recall, I’m giving away a copy of Pirates of the Burning Sea, the latest MMORPG from Sony Online Entertainment. The swashbuckling themed computer game just launched this week and people are already starting to populate the virtual online world, upgrading their pirates and seafaring adventurers. You won’t want to miss out on this action, so be sure to enter the contest before it ends 11:59pm PST on February 14, 2008.

Entering the contest couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is subscribe to Beyond the Rhetoric by email. I won’t spam you, I promise! All you’ll get is a single email each day, featuring whatever post(s) I happened to write that day. Don’t worry if you’ve already subscribed using more conventional means; you can still enter by subscribing via email.

Although it’s not required, I’d highly appreciate any posts and speedlinks that you’re willing to do on your own blogs, letting people know about my contest. Who knows? Maybe the first five people to link back to the original contest post will get mentioned in an upcoming What’s Up Wednesdays post.