Tie Breaker- Get Fired Up

Tie Breaker: For The Grand Prize Winner


I am close to wrapping up the Get Fired Up Blogfest. Winners for all three categories will be announced Friday, March 9, 2012.  I want to thank everyone for participating. If You took part in the "help or mentor a new, struggling or undiscovered blogger",  I hope you made new friends.


I am delighted with the amount of blogger spirit and energy that you put into this contest.


I need the help of my blogger buddies out there. I have narrowed the grand prize category down to two bloggers, both who did exceptional jobs in completely different ways.  Can you lend a hand to help me select the winner - It goes without saying, "There are no losers."
  My picture does double duty: Not much of a mystery, huh? If you have not already signed up for Arlee Bird's  A to Z blogging challenge, please do. The last time I looked 928 people had signed up.  C'mon,  let's get to 1000 before the challenge begins on April 1, 2012.


What is the blogging A to Z challenge? Click on the link to the left and find out.
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For the grand prize winner:   Winners choice of either a Kindle Fire or a two (2) hour plot consultation with Martha Alderson.  Participants were asked to mentor or help a new, struggling or undiscovered blogger.  No rules, just to do what they could to help a fellow blogger.  If you want to read the original post announcing the details, read about it here.

I have narrowed my choice to two bloggers.  Both did exceptional jobs and each mentored or helped fellow bloggers in a completely different way.

 Carrie Butler,  over at So, You're A Writer, mentored and guided one person, Melissa  Maygrove, from beginning to completion of setting up an entire  blog. She provided tips and ideas and even helped with the blog design. Check out what she did. I wish someone as skilled and talented as Carrie would have helped me get off to running start.

Cassie Mae, at Reading, Writing and Lovin it went in a different direction and provided blog critiques to several bloggers.  Many of those she mentored reached their 100 person follower milestone as a result of Cassie's tips and ideas. So go read, Helpin' Dem Bloggas Out and tell me what you think.

I am torn between their diverse, but equally dynamic, awe-inspiring results. This is where I need your help. I am asking you to check out the articles posted by Cassie Mae on her blog, Reading writing and lovin it and Carrie Butler on her blog, So, You're a Writer.  Both are equally impressive and it is obvious that Cassie and Carrie devoted a tremendous amount of time and effort into this project.

Then cast your vote for the first place winner.  You can cast your vote in the comment section or if you prefer to submit your choice by secret ballot, then send me your vote via email.  If you want your vote to remain private and confidential, I assure you I will not share it with anyone.



Voting will remain open until Midnight, Friday, March 9, 2012, and the grand prize winner will be announced later that day. I have the winners for the other categories, but I will announce all winners in one blog post on 3/9/12.

Thank you for helping me with this tough choice. It is quite a conundrum-but a good one.

I need your help. I am riding the middle and don't want to

Flip a coin.

Take a few minutes to check out the goodwill and support our blogger friends shared with others. I am proud to be part of such a supportive group.


45 comments:

  1. Oh gosh! I'm totally flattered just to be tied with Carrie! She's amazing that girl!  Sorry I can't cast a vote, lol. :)

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  2. Awesomesauce, Melissa! You're amazing for doing this for the blogging community. Thanks for being such an inspiration for us all. You rock!

    Good luck to Cassie Mae and Carrie!

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  3. Wow. I'm floored. I didn't expect to be mentioned, but I'm so honored that you did! Whichever way it goes, I'll be more than thrilled with the outcome. (Cassie and I good friends!) This is so cool! :)

    Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event, Melissa!

    P.S. If any of you "show up late to the party," don't think you need to wait for another blogfest to get help on your blog. With a supportive community like ours, there's no reason to go it alone. Just shoot me a message sometime. :)

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  4. I want to join the A-Z challenge, but i just do not have time. Good luck with it though! I'll be routing you on!

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  5. Not sure how to vote, but would like to vote for Cassie, THANKS!!
     

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  6. GO CASSIE!! You got my vote - but they both rock!!

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  7. Casie Mae all the way. She is really nice and dedicated.

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  8. Thanks. This is my first year and I am already having mini anxiety attacks just thinking about it. LOL

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  9. Both are excellent, such a  tough call! I vote Cassie!! :D

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  10. Thank you, Carrie. I love how you added the P.S. It reinforces the spirit of the blogfest. I am so glad you participated and thankful for everything you did.

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  11. Thanks, Emily. I love my new word, "awesomesauce" . It is cool.

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  12. Two good friends competing for the prize. Seriously, I was so impressed with both of you and how much you did to help others. Wow. That's all I can say.

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  13. Wow, that is tough. I'd read Cassie's so went and read Carrie's - she really did a lot for that blogger. Umm... flipping coin. Carrie.

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  14. I have to put my vote in for Cassie since she helped me out and also directed me to this blog.

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  15. This is tough, but I'm going to have to go with Cassie Mae!

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  16.  Hey Alex, are you sure those 'r's' aren't supposed to be 's's'?

    Hehe, I'm kidding! Carrie is so full of fabulousness!

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  17. Great job to Carrie - I wish I'd known her, too!

    However, my vote is for Cassie, as I am one of the ones she critiqued - and she *did* help A LOT!!

    PS.... thanks Melissa for hosting such a "Pay-it-Forward" Contest :)

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  18. Hmm, maybe I should change my name to "Carrie Mae"... *grins*

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  19. What a great blogfest, Melissa! Oh, and I've tagged you on my blog :)

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  20. I'm gonna have to go with Cassie:) Good luck!

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  21. I loved the interviews Cassie did on her blog and because of that I discovered so many great blogs/bloggers so my vote is for Cassie :)

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  22. When I heard there was a tie, I knew exactly who the two winners would be. Yep, Cassie Mae and Carrie. They both stood out as leaders right away and are both total winners. Geez, to pick between them is a tough one. I'm going to go with Cassie just for her sheer numbers. That girl goes for it!

    Thanks again for the wonderful contest. I'm still trying to decide if I should do A-Z just due to the commitment of it all, but I am leaning towards doing it...

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  23. Cassie's great!  She has my vote.

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  24. Okay I can't believe I missed this, but Cassie should totally win. Not only did she help these bloggers out, but she is helping bloggers out all the time (even me) Love ya Cas!

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  25. Go Cassie Mae! :)  She's got my vote!!

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  26. Wow, congrats to BOTH of these awesome bloggers! The blogosphere is such an awesome place--especially when peopled with such awesome bloggers! 

    My vote, today, is for Cassie--but big ((hugs)) to Carrie too!

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  27. Wow, what a great contest. I love both of these blogger girls! I say split the baby :).

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  28. CASSIE MAE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of course:)

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  29. Oh my, what a tough choice! If I can get a few minutes, will check these out and vote. 

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  30. I think Cassie, but both were equally impressive to me. This was a totally terrific fest and I think you did an amazing job. You are such a pillar of this community. :)

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  31. Sorry I'm so late commenting on this Blogfest. They say 'life is what happens when you make other plans' and it's so true LOL!

    I feel that I started out blogging with more of a brand/idea already formed of what I wanted having researched it, read about it and managed an online forum for 8 yrs previously, but I'm still learning along the way. Good luck to Cassie Mae and Carrie.

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  32. Cassie Mae. She has helped people even not listed.  She's amazing.

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  33. Both Carrie and Cassie did exceptional jobs, so it's really a tough decision. In order to break the tie, I'm voting alphabetically for Carrie. Congrations to both of you for making the blogging community a better place!

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  34. CONGRATULATIONS!  Sorry, I got caught up in all of the excitement!

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  35. Sorry, not qualified to vote, both are wonderful

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  36. Oooh, I saw both blog and it is such a tough choice. But I'm going to go with...Carrie.
    Good luck to both!

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  37. Such great advice from both, it is hard to choose. I wish them both luck as they and you are just the best. :)

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  38. Congrats to Cassie and Carrie for their hard work and time. It's a difficult choice, but my vote is with Carrie.

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