Ever since launching this blog in 2011 it has been a yearly tradition for me to hold the 12 Days of Contests (or in 2012’s case, 24 days). For those of you unfamiliar, I’d have a new task each day you need to complete for an entry – answer trivia, complete a word search, etc.
Unfortunately, as time goes on, Club Penguin’s merchandise offerings are close to nil. Gone are coin codes, Card-Jitsu card codes are pointless since they can be bought in-game, and, as I discovered last year, one month membership cards are no longer sold in stores, which stinks.
It’s no secret that Club Penguin is less popular now than it was when I first started running these contests, and as their traffic drops, so does mine.
Don’t get me wrong, I still get a lot of views and I’m thankful for that. However, less views = less money made off blogging = less money I can put towards the 12 Days of Contests. Due to my chronic fatigue/lyme’s disease I can’t get a job in the real world as an alternative income source, so the money I make from blogging is what directly feeds these giveaways plus whatever it is I want or need to buy in real life.
As I’ve said countless times, I do not blog for money, however it is definitely a nice bonus. I’m open with that and I have no problem admitting it. After all, money is a necessity in life. I like buying books and music and flights to visit my girlfriend. (new Trainman1405 In Real Life post coming this week, by the way!) And since I make less than half of what I used to mixed along with Club Penguin no longer having coin codes or one month membership cards, I’m going to cut back on the 12 Days of Contests by about 2/3rds this year.
I’m undecided on exactly how many giveaways I’ll be holding this year, although I’m thinking about purchasing three, maybe 4 3-month membership cards. I also have a text file with some random coin and (I think 1 week) membership codes. I have no idea which ones are used and which aren’t but I’ll probably dig that up and post random codes from the file throughout the day and you guys can see for me if they were used or not. (I can say with certainty that most wouldn’t be used)
As for contests, I’m thinking about doing a word search, trivia, guess a number between 1 and 1,000 and the closest wins, and guess what room this screenshot was taken in.
As for a starting date, I’m thinking about beginning the 18th and posting every two days, giving everyone 48 hours to enter each contest.
Sound good and fair?