In April, That Canadian Girl celebrated 5 years of bloggy goodness and, yet again, I nearly missed its birthday. Oops! In reality I've been blogging for nearly 10 years - a friend kindly hosted my first diary-style site back in 1999 or 2000. The Wayback Machine can see a site on thatcanadiangirl.co.uk from 2002, which is when the previous iteration of this blog was born.
This makes me feel really old. In Internet terms, that's an eternity. I mean... ten years ago, Geocities was still popular, Google was moving into its first office, the Melissa worm was working its magic on mail servers across the world, and everyone was still starry-eyed about the Information Superhighway.
Oooff... sorry about that flashback, it was like being the old drunk guy from the Fast Show for a minute.
As my memory is absolutely hopeless, I usually consider my blog's current archive - which goes back to April 2004 - to be the beginning of Time As We Know It.
Now for the giveaways: To celebrate this milestone birthday, I'm giving away goodies to my readership which match the topics I've written about over the years; geeky, funky, practical, food-related and artsy goodies.
To take part, all you need to do is leave a comment and tell me which ones interest you: On Sunday, 10th May, Jack & Rose will pick out winners for each of the prizes!
A ticket to
FUEL conference FOWA Tour, an excellent Carsonified event about online marketing and social media, held in London on June 23rd. Ryan kindly offered me a ticket for one of my readers, so entrepreneurs, marketers, this one is for you.
Anyone can win this ticket, as long as you're able to make your way to
London for the event.
[Update: As there have been some changes to the Carsonified calendar and FUEL has been cancelled, you will win a ticket to the FOWA Tour in a city of your choice: Cambridge, Leeds, Bristol or Edinburgh.]
I love unusual art and beautifully decorate home offices. Stuart from Spin Collective is giving away three sets (up to a value of £30 each) of the superb wall stickers. They're jaw-droppingly cool and I'm having to resist very hard the urge to keep them all for myself!
Spin Collective will ship anywhere, so everyone is welcome to take part. If you win, you'll get to choose from the website and they'll be shipped to you directly.
To satisfy the productivity nerd in me, I had to include a tool I've been using for a couple of years that changed the way I use my phone. James from SpinVox is giving away two SpinVox voicemail-to-text accounts.
SV is available in the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany & Spain, so if you live in any of those countries and uhh have a mobile phone, go for it!
I'm a total foodie, so I thought it was only fair to include something food-related to the list. Of course, I'm not going to ship you a bowl of my awesome homemade chilli as it'd get messy and Royal Mail would give me funny looks (...yet again)
Niall Harbison from Look & Taste (previously ifoods.tv, and yes he's the guy who braved Dragons' Den) is offering a few things:
Secondly, Niall has agreed to create a pro video of a recipe of my readers' choosing. Want to immortalise your nan's best pudding or that wild recipe you made up the other day? You'll get a mention, and Niall will let his viewers know where the recipe comes from.
The apps are (obviously) for iPhone & iPod Touch owners, and the recipe video is open to everyone.
I love beautiful things, making cards & handmade gifts. I'm pretty much rubbish at it and my projects look like something out of a preschool classroom, but I still love it.
Blurb.com have offered a £35 voucher for a Blurb book, so it's a chance to create your own full-colour, beautifully professional-looking bound book. Whether it's to remember your kids' summer holiday or a special event, it'll be unique!
Blurb ships to lots of countries, have a look at the list if in doubt. Promise you'll show me your finished product :)
So what are you waiting for? All these awesome goodies are just one comment away!