And The Winner Is ……….

January 9, 2014 — 52 Comments

When I thought about setting myself a little challenge over Christmas I never imagined how much support and involvement it would attract.  I set out the competition outline in the first post :

“Then we discussed how best to involve all my friends from my blog, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. I thought it would be fun to put all the names of those who comment on my posts over the course of the twelve days into a draw, The person that we select at random from those who comment will win the twelve pictures and a CD of the final song and a copy of the video”.

Thanks to one of my lovely blog pals mareymercy I had a random sample program to use my Mum had typed in everyone’s name and day of the comment into a word file, over 470 entries, this was then cut and paste into the random name picker and Voila.,,,,

But you are going to have to watch the video to see who won 🙂

I also noticed that today I’ve just broke through 100,000 views thank you all so much for all your support 😉

My posts with the most comments from March 2013, when I started the blog, to-date were:

1. Welcome
2. My Performances (Audio and Video) 
3. Lights, Camera, Action ! 
4. Art is Calling for Me 
5. I’m Getting My Sparkle Back 

The top five most popular topics I’ve written about are:

1. Opera Singer
2. Soprano
3. 12 Days of Christmas
4. Art
5. Entertainment

Best Ever view date was:

1952 views on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 with 1091 visitors, 376 referrals that day were from Facebook.

I would like to thank you all for connecting with me during 2013 your support, help, suggestions and comments have been wonderful to receive and I can not thank you enough 🙂  I am really looking to what 2014 has to bring and I hope we can enjoy it together. 

52 responses to And The Winner Is ……….


    Yeah !!!! Congrats for winner and thank to your mother for help, and thank you for all your pictures, word, writtings, news, smilles…….I’m shure that 2014 gone to be a great great great year for you !!!!!! smilles and energy and artistic love from Provence


      Bonsoir Pascal, I have had a fabulous first week back, very energised now. I really like your new break pictures. My best wishes for a creative year for you too.

      Best wishes


        Charlotte thank you. Break them it is because I am preparing a collective exhibition on the fall of the Berlin Wall ….Is your French sing work well ? Nice we, All the best for you.



        I like the ‘break’ effect. My French is coming on well thanks for your recording it helps to hear it slowly in a nationals’ voice. I got some tapes and a beginners French book for Christmas so it will be a work in progress.
        Best wishes


    Congrats to the winner. And congrats to you Charlotte — over 100,000 views — WOW!


    Congratulations to your winner Charlotte. I’m sure he/she will be thrilled with their dozen lovely pictures. Well done to you on a super little escape for everyone. Bless you. Take care xxxxx


    Happy winner, and thanks for the fun along the way fro the rest of us.


    Very nice. Great idea.


    What fun it was! Congrats jjspina 8 !


    Congratulations to the winner!


    Hmm…that looks nothing like my name at all. I want a recount! 😀 Oh, I mean YaY, Congratulations jj. By the way, is that Alienware? I’ve always wanted a laptop one. 😀


    Congrats to the winner!


    Very Nice. Congrats to the winner. (you have to watch the video to find out who) I just saw Darren blew it. Okay congrats jjspina 8 !


    Thank you, Charlotte for this wonderful gjft! I am very excited! I can’t believe I won! You are so kind. What do you need me to do now? Thank you! Xo


    Nice way to announce the winter! Everything about this challenge was wonderful! 🙂


    100,000 views! That is great. Congrats to the winner.


      Well TJ I couldn’t do it without you all visiting and reading, I remembered the first month or so when there were only a couple of visits and I thought I’m not going to get the hang of this but I recognised you need to put some work in or you won’t get any results out and that is true of everything worth doing 😉

      Best wishes


    Two things Missy H.

    1. Blimey, 100K, dead impressed with your professionalism and attitude. You’ll go far in life.

    2. Hilariously, I cannot view your video. There was something about it that the Turkish government internet filters didn’t like, so it was ‘banned’ by law. All I can see is this…

    “Ulaşmaya çalıştığınız internet sitesi İstanbul 10. Sulh Ceza Mahkemesi’nın 08.01.2014 tarihli 2014/23 D. İş ve / sayılı kararı ile erişime engellenmiştir” which roughly translates to “Access is blocked to the internet site you are trying to reach by Istanbul Magistrates’ Court dated 08.01.2014”. Usually this means some anti-government video has been posted, so the site gets banned (we had no YouTube for almost 3 years)

    We have one of the highest rates of censorship, so I’ll just have to guess about the winner 🙁

    Have a fab weekend.


      Hi Uncle Spike,
      I intend to go as far as possible 😉 Oh no, I didn’t realise Vimeo was banned in some countries, I’ll have to try to sort out some You Tube stuff but my Dad prefers Vimeo. You can check the winner out in the comments 😉

      Best wishes


    That seems a very fair way of doing it Charlotte.

    When I had to do something similar recently, I asked our Twitter Audience for a random number between 1 & , without telling them what it was for. The first number that was tweeted back to me was the number I used.

    Whether that was genuinely random or not is academically questionable, as I suspect if I asked a thousand people we’d see a preference for certain numbers, like 7 for instance. But it worked and we picked a good winner.

    However, I like your solution and although I don’t have access to that payroll software, I will look for something similar the next time I do this.


    I came to your blog just as you landed in the hospital. I’m happy you got your sparkle back in time for Christmas. Thank you for all your work on these posts. Dianne


      Thanks Dianne, my friends Helen and Dennis were sat in a restaurant with a sparkle wall at Christmas and they face timed me to show me because they know I love sparkle so much lol.
      I feel fully recovered now 😉
      Best wishes


    And thank you for sharing your talents with us. You do have an interesting blog, Charlotte. Congratulations to the winner of your competition! 😉


    Even with the odds of 470 to 1 I still can’t win. Perhaps my dreams of becoming rich via the national lottery with its odds pegged at 13,000,000 to 1 isn’t going to come true after all 🙁


    Congrats to a lovely talented lady!


      Janice Spina is the lovely author of children’s books and poetry, she is also a copy editor so my writing and inappropriate punctuation must drive her nuts 😉 She is very supportive of my blog and always takes time to leave lovely messages so I am happy she was selected. I’m hoping she gets her goodies by the end of this week.

      Best wishes


        How kind of you to say such sweet things, Charlotte. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and love your voice. It is incredible!

        I am very excited and can’t wait to receive your gifts. I will let you know as soon as I receive them. Thank you again!


    We’ll done on 100K Charlotte. Looking forward to sharing 2014 with you on your blog. See you soon, lots of love xxxxxx


    We are unbanned once more, seen it at last 🙂


    Lucky winner. I wish I won your heart though. Your voice is AMAZING!


    Hi Charlotte I got your nice note, please a truck, not a shopping cart. I sang my 1st time at a bar with a band and it was truly exhilarating. so like u those r my top 5 picks.


    Congratulations, Janice! What a lovely surprise for you!

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