Update: Made edit to contest’s word limit. Now 108 words instead of 100.
2nd Update: More Lost swag has been donated to the contest. To see photos, click here.
3rd Update: For latest news, go to DontTellMeWhatICantDo.com
4th Update: The charity auctions can be found by clicking here.
First of all, I just want to say thanks to The Lost ARGS for posting about this contest. The Lost ARGS is a great site, and whenever there is a poster reveal I’m on that site that day/minute/second of the reveal.
So, I’ll lay out the contest and then provide the backstory.
The contest is for a print of Jacob’s Cabin from the current Lost ARG. In 108 words or less, what is something you’ve learned from Lost that you’ve applied to your life? Email me your submission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contest runs 15 days. Last day to submit is December 15, 2009.
The contest is open to everyone. Please only submit one entry.
Winner and runner-ups are announced on December 16, 2009. (Hopefully, all the winners receive their goodies by December 23.)
Take some time and be thoughtful with your entry.
If you want to follow this contest, but not necessarily my blog, just type in DontTellMeWhatICantDo.com. That will redirect to a page with only blog posts with a “Lost ARG” label.
My own disclaimers:
- If you submit something, understand that I might post it on my blog. Throughout the contest I will pick and choose various entries to post on this blog, and on RamHatter Facebook Page. While I’ll be the deciding vote, I’m definitely curious what OTHERS will think about various submissions.
- If I do post your entry on my blog, I will post your name with it. That’s all.
- If by chance there is a crazy overflow of entries, I might try and package them into something and publish it. If that happens, you would not receive anything off of that venture.
- If you’re a friend of mine you can enter, but unless you’ve written something on par with Shakespeare you won’t be winning.
- Understand that submitting something with abusive behavior/language, discrimination, threats and offensive material will disqualify you in all likelihood.
Any questions? If I forget something I’ll post it here.
So why do this? A number of factors. First of all, I have enjoyed following this latest Lost ARG. (I’ve bought a number of prints. My favorite is Locke’s Secret. If you haven’t read my post on it, click here.) It’s been fun to read people’s comments on the ARG, the show, life and much more. It’s been cool to read how Lost fans would help one another in tracking down clues, posters, promo stuff and more. I experienced this firsthand when someone sent me a bookmark, for free, from the fifth poster reveal. (The Love Triangle poster.) I didn’t know this person at all.
When the Walt’s Kidnapping poster reveal happened, I just had the random thought it might be fun to bless someone with a poster for free. (Maybe this was due to sleep deprivation since I was up at 4:00 AM trying to buy the poster.) At this point in the ARG, there were a number of fans who were striking out when trying to purchase the poster in the four seconds it was available. I’d always managed to get a poster when wanting one, up to that point, so why not help someone out?
Plus, it’s the Christmas season. A time for giving, and I really like this time of the year. The tough thing was how to decide who gets the poster?
I wanted to have some fun with it, though, and perhaps play a tiny part in this entire Lost ARG. The idea for a contest was born. And, to have more fun with the contest I bought the domain DontTellMeWhatICantDo.com. (Locke is my favorite character on the show.)
Lost is much more than a show, as its dedicated fans can and will tell you. I wanted to tap into that. I wanted to hear from others their experiences from the show. I wanted people to read why Lost is not just any show that’s been on television. I don’t know how many times I’ve been in conversations with people trying to explain why they need to watch the show. (Top 3 shows I’ve tried to sell people on? Lost, Battlestar Galactica and Veronica Mars)
As I continued to brainstorm, I thought I could also buy posters and sell them for charity. Besides raising money, it would raise awareness for some non-profits I have worked with over the years. People were already flipping their prints for ridiculous profits on eBay.
Well, then my wife fractured her leg. The idea of doing a giveaway, and an auction for charity, seemed unlikely. I ended up selling one of my prints, The Swan Station, to help pay for the expenses from her injury. I considered selling other prints.
The response my wife and I received in the aftermath of her injury was overwhelming. This was a factor in keeping the idea of the giveaway alive. Besides, doing this brings a smile to my face.
When Jacob’s Cabin was revealed, I thought it would be a great print for a giveaway. A number of people liked it. (As did I!) When I bought it I knew I scored a low number. I thought it would be great to do a giveaway of #101, but I think #104 will do just fine.
As far as the other prints for charity? I decided to go ahead with that as well. I won’t have the money to do year-end giving to some charities, due to medical expenses, but I can raise money and awareness for these charities by selling prints. I’ll post more details about these sales later, but I will be selling Walt’s Kidnapping and Ben Linus. The Walt’s Kidnapping auction will benefit an orphanage in China I have worked with since 2002. The Ben Linus auction will benefit a hospital in Mali (West Africa) that helps women and children.
If you follow my blog, this contest may seem like a crazy thing for me to do at the moment. As I was telling my wife tonight, it brings some respite and joy amidst the upheaval we’ve experienced lately. She agreed with me.
I hope this is fun! The clock is ticking down starting…now!