Speed Link Sunday! – Dead Blogs Edition…and CONTEST!

by Ed Lau on September 21, 2008

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m bringing back Speed Link Sunday as new programs and services make it easier for me to find new bloggers and content to link to each week. Sometime during every week, I’ll send out a Twitter update asking if anyone has any interesting content they’ve put up on their blog recently.

Of course, this means you’ll have to follow me on Twitter. If you’ve already on my list of Twitter followers, then you’ve already got a head start on being featured on Speed Link Sunday as well as a head up on the contest I’ll be running. More details below but first…

Just like I’m bringing back Speed Link Sunday from the dead, I’d like to encourage some bloggers to come back to the blogosphere. Most were regular reads and regular comment contributers here so I’d like to see some old friends get back in the game. Some have been updated once or twice in the last few months but as we all know, a blog without regular updates is a dead blog.

  1. Saman Sadeghi was top commentator for several months here as well as on many other blogs. His last update was over a month ago and Samanathon has been update only sporadically since the beginning of this year. His last post was on how to install Office 2007 on Ubuntu and he’s got a few more useful Windows tips on his site as well.
  2. Derrich is another old school top commentator on my blog that hasn’t updated his blog much since earlier this year. Last I heard he was opening a bar in San Antonio and I’m sure he’s rather busy with that. His last post was about a month ago on how he recently sold his car and bought a hybrid…a decision I’m sure most of us are considering with the massive rises in gas prices.
  3. I know Gary Lee has been present in the blogosphere recently with other ventures but his personal blog has laid dormant since July. His lasts posts were on a SEO timeline and a bench clearing WNBA brawl.
  4. Fellow Vancouver resident Jeff Kee‘s blog hasn’t been updated since the beginning of the summer. Actually, we haven’t seen Jeff in the longest time at Dot Com Pho either, even though we’ve been on hiatus for the last month (look for the season premier probably this Saturday). Jeff’s last post was about another blog called 7DayBuzz, which looks like blog of interesting daily stories and facts. Hope you can make it out to DCP sometime, Jeff.
  5. Another regular commentator, Malcolm Owen, has been mostly MIA for over a month. I remember he linked to my video of Where the Hell is Matt earlier this summer with his last post being of a Lego Donkey Kong set, which rules, by the way.

Of course, just because you didn’t make the list doesn’t mean some of you, such as Dot Com Pho members Greg Morgan and Leo Chiang, aren’t slacking. It doesn’t mean you have to update on some kind of torrential pace but keeping a regular schedule is a good idea for the health of your blog and to keep yourself creative.

Anyways, onto the contest.

The Prizes

  • Prize #1: A JohnChow.com stripe ad for 1 month, which usually costs $250. This is the ad that appears at the top of the site. Sponsored by John Chow.
  • Prize #2:A 125×125 ad (this is the box ad you see to the top right) on my site for 3 months, a 2GB USB Flash Drive from Gigabyte.
  • Prize #3: Apple iPod Nano 2G Black 8GB. I was going to give this away a long time ago but forgot about it. Still brand new. Not as pretty as the new 4G Nano but still an 8GB iPod Nano. Also, a 2GB USB Flash Drive from Buffalo.
  • Prize #4: A box DVD of the 1st season of one of my favorite TV shows How I Met Your Mother and a 4GB USB Flash Drive from Sony.

How to Enter

It’s all real simple.

  • Follow me on Twitter Everyone already following is already entered: 3 entries
  • Blog about my blog. Review my site. Blog about this contest…anything. Include a linkback: 5 entries
  • Any comment in any post starting with this one. To avoid spam, only one comment per person, per post will be counted. Comments will only be counted for 24 hours after posting: 1 entry per comment.

That’s it! I haven’t decided on the time limit yet but it won’t go too long. Remember, following me on Twitter not only gets you a chance to win one of the prize packs but I might also link right back to you on Sundays. C’mon folks, if you want an ad spot here, on JohnChow.com, an iPod or some great television entertainment, follow the instructions above.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Lee September 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm

Hey Ed . . thanks for the shout out . . . I’m gonna try my best to come back but there’s just so much going on these days. I’ll try my best to bring it though . . . . talk to you soon!


Matt Freedman September 21, 2008 at 11:56 pm

Do comments on this post count for an entry, or comments after this post?


Matt Freedman September 21, 2008 at 11:58 pm

Wait, that didn’t come out right. Do comments on this post count, or only comments on posts after this post?


Ed Lau September 22, 2008 at 1:01 am

@Matt Freedman:

This posts counts.


ms danielle September 22, 2008 at 1:20 am

i’m following you already…guess how i found out about this post! :)


Ed Lau September 22, 2008 at 1:52 am

@ms danielle:

Oh right…the 90 people already following me are already entered.


Saman Sadeghi September 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm

@Gary Lee:
Wow, my site is concidered a “dead blog” now :cry: that makes me sad…


BM September 22, 2008 at 2:27 pm

OK! i’m following you now ;)


Malcolm Owen September 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Hurrah! I am dead! Go Me!
(Does this therefore mean that me typing this makes me the living dead, a Zombie? Please let it not be so…)


Michael Kwan September 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I guess it would be wrong if the four winners were me, John, Stephen, and Greg or something.


Bob Buskirk September 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Great contest ed, I will be blogging about it tomorrow!


Wess Stewart September 27, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Maybe I ran through this too fast, but when does the contest end?

I probably missed it, right?


Ed Lau September 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

@Wess Stewart:

I haven’t set a deadline yet. There will be an update each Sunday, probably.


Jessica September 29, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Wow, awesome contest! :)


soares September 30, 2008 at 7:29 am

As in john chow wich i am a reader and student…its what i want from you to learn…to take your actions to portuguese public.
And maybe i will win something also and if the prize will be this “Apple iPod Nano 2G Black 8GB” i will give it away in a contest in my blog to portuguese public….

Best Regards


Mike Huang September 30, 2008 at 4:33 pm

I followed you Ed and commented here. I’m down for that iPod :D

I wonder if I could still be one of your top commentators. It has been a while…



Jacob October 2, 2008 at 6:38 am

It’ll be cool if I do win something on this contest. Very rarely do I ever win anything.


Affiliate Preacher October 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I am in! Hope I get a prize! I have never been to your blog before.


mrkbsm October 7, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Cool – gotta love contests. Count me in!


mecozz October 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm

Count me in! i’m following you :)


Creative Pride October 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm
Eric Tan October 7, 2008 at 10:13 pm
betshopboy October 8, 2008 at 4:43 am

Hi Ed

I’ve followed you (twitter id: https://twitter.com/betshopboy) and also blogged about the contest:


Count me in for this fabulous giveaway!


Jeff Kee October 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm

I’m re-doing my blog.


Icon November 4, 2008 at 7:53 pm

Hi Ed,
I’m following you now (id:erik_son) and post about this at http://erik-son.net/contest/speed-link-contest-at-ededition/


Clara June 25, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sucks that I missed this but looks like it was a successful contest.


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