Yesterday my brother sent me a link a blog contest. The grand prize is a trip for two to Antarctica valued at US $20,000. Below is an excerpt from Quarker Expeditions, the expedition company sponsoring the contest:
BLOG YOUR WAY TO ANTARCTICA
Travel on a $20,000 Expedition for Free!
Quark Expeditions is searching for an Official Blogger to join a voyage to Antarctica. Do you have a passion for the polar regions? A commitment to the environment? An insatiable urge to photograph penguins?
Post your entry and tell the world why you should be our blogger. Be creative! On September 30, 2009, the entrant with the most number of votes will be selected as the winner.
The Official Quark Blogger will travel with a guest to Antarctica in February 2010 and blog about their experience, chronicling the action, the emotion, and the drama as their polar adventure unfolds.
Ironically, this contest has almost nothing to do with the quality of the entrant’s blog. It’s a popularity contest. The public decides who wins this incredible opportunity to set foot on a continent so few have ever tread.
PLEASE VOTE FOR ME! It only takes a couple of minutes.
As many of my close friends know, when I decide to do something I see it through to the end. I can assure your vote and any efforts you contribute to this cause will not be in vain. A massive campaign, strategically called “The Penguin-Trevor Antarctic Initiative” is about to commence. Some super secret plans are in the works—the equivalent of atomic bomb in this online voting war—but I won’t share them until they are confirmed. In the meantime, kick this initiative off right by voting for me on the following link:
Below are some other steps you can complete to help me win more votes, and eventually play with penguins.
1) Upload the above Penguin colony photo to your Facebook profile, tag people in your address book onto the photo, and add the following message:
PLEASE HELP MY FRIEND TREVOR WHO IS BIKING THROUGH SOUTH AMERICA WIN A FREE TRIP TO ANTARCTICA. IT ONLY TAKES MINUTES TO VOTE. YOU CAN VOTE ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:
2) Cut-and-paste this blog entry into an e-mail and send it to ALL your e-mail contacts. If you have more than one e-mail account, even better.
3) Make a Facebook wall update with the same cut-and-pasted message as in step one.
4) Cut-and-paste this blog entry into an office e-mail and send it to ALL your co-workers.
If even just a fraction of my friends and family complete these steps, this campaign will spread like the Swine Flu. And thank you a thousand times over for your help. I’d love to write about and share photos of Antarctica with you on this blog.