BlogPaws or Bust 2014 is Here!

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BlogPaws or Bust 2014That's right. It's time for the most anticipated contest of the year. The contest where one blogger will win a full trip to the BlogPaws 2014 conference in beautiful Lake Las Vegas, just 30 minutes from the strip! We'll be accepting entries through Wednesday, October 9 at 7:59 PM EDT. Read on for the full details!

To participate in the BlogPaws or Bust contest to win a trip to the BlogPaws 2014 conference all you need to do is Tweet! More specifically, you must tweet why YOU should be at the BlogPaws 2014 conference and include the hashtag #BlogPaws14. Only tweets including the hashtag will count as entries into the contest. You do not need to include @BlogPaws in your tweet. We will track the hashtag to see how creative you are in your tweet.

Red Carpet 2013

What can I win?

  • One first place blogger will win a trip to the BlogPaws 2014 conference, including airfare, three (3) nights at the host hotel, and one blogger registration – valued at $1200!
  • One second place blogger will win three (3) nights at the host hotel, and one blogger registration – valued at $687!
  • One third place blogger will win one blogger registration – valued at $219 for a full price registration!

How do I win?

You must tweet the reason you feel that YOU must be at the BlogPaws 2014 conference and include the hashtag #BlogPaws14. Only tweets with that hashtag will be counted. Example, "#BlogPaws14 will motivate, inspire and propel me to take my blog to the next level!" Please do not include links to pictures or blog posts in your tweets. We are looking for words only.

BlogPaws will use random.org to randomly choose 100 tweets to judge, so be sure to get all 14 of your potential tweets done to increase your chance of making the 100 tweets for judging! Each tweet can be different, or if you feel you hit the jackpot with one tweet you can tweet the same tweet 14 times.

The randomly chosen 100 tweets will each be judged on creativity, originality and purpose.

  • 50% Purpose: Do we know exactly why the BlogPaws 2014 conference is important to you and how it will impact you from your tweet?
  • 25% Creativity: How well did you get your point across in a manner that is captivating?
  • 25% Originality: Did you show that you really thought about your tweet and created a tweet that is unlike any other?

The example tweet above would score high in the Purpose category, but it's not very creative or original. 

How long does the contest run?

The contest is open now, and you can enter once per day through Wednesday, October 9th at 7:59 PM EDT. That's one tweet per day from your Twitter account. If you have more than one Twitter account, please pick one to use for this contest. Each person entering is allowed one entry per day through a tweet, not 5 entries because they have 5 accounts. Each person has the opportunity to have 14 entries into the contest; one for each day through 10/9 starting now.

Who is eligible to win?

Any blogger or microblogger who resides in the Continental United States is eligible to win. It does not matter if you are brand new to it, or have been blogging/microblogging for years.

How will the BlogPaws team judge all the entries?

After the contest closes, BlogPaws will download an Excel spreadsheet of all tweets. First, we will sort it by Twitter handle and make sure that no one broke the rules and entered more than once per day by looking at the number of entries per Twitter handle and the time of the entries. Second, we will take all qualifying tweets and put them in random.org to randomly generate 100 tweets for us to judge. Then, Blogpaws will create a rubric where we can read and judge each tweet by the categories listed above. Three people from the BlogPaws team will judge the tweets. The rubric will NOT include the Twitter handle for the tweet, only the tweet itself. This way we will not know whose tweet we are judging. Third, once all tweets have been judged we will total up the scores and award the prizes based on the score the tweet received.

In the event of a tie, BlogPaws will look first at the Purpose score to break the tie, followed by Creativity, followed by Originality. If there is still a tie, BlogPaws will take the tied tweets and have two separate members of the BlogPaws team (members who have not yet seen the tweets) judge the tied tweets again.

Our reporting tool allows us to search for the exact winning tweets to find out who tweeted them and who our winners are.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be contacted by BlogPaws on or about Tuesday, October 15th and announce via blog post as soon as the winner's confirm and accept their prize. We hope for that announcement to be no later than Friday, October 18th.

Good luck from the BlogPaws team!

Please read the Official rules for all contests and sweepstakes on BlogPaws for full details on any contest BlogPaws runs.

  • http://singingdogs.net/ Singing Dogs

    Awesome! We are definitely going to Tweet everyday to win. We loved BlogPaws last year and totally want to attend again.
    Vegas Baby! :)

  • http://www.thecatonmyhead.com Janet Blue

    Very disappointed that the only way to win is by tweeting. I do not have a Twitter account, and do not believe I should be discriminated against because I don’t. I think you need to look into making this a fair contest for all of us.

  • Tharice

    I don’t know how to twwet :-(

  • http://www.robbihess.com Robbi

    This is a great time to jump into Twitter. It’s quick , easy and fun!

  • http://www.deafdogsrock.com Christina Lee

    Twitter is fun, easy to set up, and simple to learn. As a serious blogger, I also was hesitant about Twitter but I jumped in because I was inspired by all of those bloggers who used twitter(Bloggers I met while attending the BlogPaw’s annual conference). Now is the time to “just do it” and have some fun.

  • http://www.fidoseofreality.com Carol Bryant

    Janet, Twitter is easy – just set up an account and tweet away. It only takes a minute and it’s fun, too.

  • http://ask-fisher.com Jobi and Fisher

    I signed up for Twitter long before I started really using it. In my book it is the best social out there for socializing (thanks to BlogPaws). They don’t make assumptions about who, what, or where you are. They don’t change their rules every other day. They don’t come up with strange connections to your gmail…that’s just a few things. Most of all, they are honorable and trustworthy!

  • Jo Singer

    I am just learning how to “tweet” .. since “tweeting” is a great way to meet like-minded folks and expand our horizons.
    This might help those who are struggling – much in the same way that I am..
    https://support.twitter.com/groups/50-welcome-to-twitter#topic_202

  • http://furrydancecats.blogspot.com Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz

    I am not a very proficient Tweeter either, and first started Tweeting on my laptop. I am soooo slow that I can’t keep up with the Tweet parties but I still try and join in from time to time to see if I can learn something new. I do share my blog posts on Twitter, just to widen the field of people who want to visit my blog, just as I share them on Facebook. I often retweet tweet that help pets in need, in a small way joining in on being part of ‘Be the Change’. Now I just have to try and remember to Tweet for this contest! I already missed a few days, hahameow!

  • http://fillysbestfriend.blogspot.com Tori

    Super sad its not open to Canadians. I can think of a million great Tweets that could help me get to Blog paws for the first time!
    #ipromiseiwillbringtimhortons :)

  • http://hutchagoodlife.wordpress.com hutchagoodlife

    Wish it was open to the UK too! Guess I’ll have to hope those who do get to go take lots of pigtures!
    ~ Amy