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Monday, February 23, 2009

Behind the Contest

Do you remember reality television when it first started out on channels like MTV and VH1? Think back to before The Hills, Flavor of Love, and Sweet 16. Think back to Behind the Music.

I was a big fan of Behind the Music. Do you remember the show’s catch phrase? “You think you know, but you have no idea.” It was brilliant. Each week, viewers were given a behind the scenes look at the lives of music celebrities from the likes of Britney and the Spice Girls to Run-DMC and Guns N'Roses.

As we approach the half-way mark in the Where’s Wenda? Contest, I realized how similar my beloved show and our giveaway are. These similarities can be summed up using the show's infamous line:

You think you know, but you have no idea.

Here is my behind the scenes look at the Where in the World is Wenda? Contest:

1. Wenda cannot be slowed down
As you have probably figured out by now, Wenda resides in two locations, with the Three Bay B Chicks and with Hot Chocolate Caramel Mocha. On the west coast, most of Wenda’s touring is engineered by a three person commenting force. However, in the great state of Louisiana, Wenda’s wanderings are the result of one fabulous and solo blogger, Stesha.

At first glance, you might think, sure, Wenda is a lot of commenting for one person, but it can be done. However, what if you were pregnant, around 8 months to be exact, with twins, and on bed rest? It might make things a bit more complex.

In every sense of the word, Stesha just may be the world’s most perfect Clicker. Her commitment to the blogosphere is pure. Case in point: Stesha visits her OB weekly and brings her laptop. How else would she be able to release comments on her blog during the contest in a timely manner? During last week’s appointment, her battery ran low and it looked as if a stall in the contest might occur. Never fear, dear readers, Stesha is a resourceful woman. While at the doctor’s office, she asked if she could use the office computer to approve comments. Are you picturing a very pregnant woman requesting that the staff move aside so that she may blog? Needless to say, the contest delay was averted.

2. Wenda comments 24 hours a day
Although Stesha has 2 ½ times more children than I do, we both are doing our best to ensure that each day, when the bloggers of the world log on in the morning, comments from Wenda are waiting for them. In order to accomplish this small feat, sleep has been virtually eliminated from our routine.

3. Wenda is a wanted woman
Over the past few days, many bloggers have embraced the Where’s Wenda? concept. She has been invited to spend time on The Avenue, to yoga, for a mocha, and to join a birthday party. It is all quite lovely.

Our SITSta has really taken on a life of her own. Wenda-Watchers are popping up here, there, almost everywhere. We thank you for giving our contest so much love!

Wenda has been so many places that we think it is high time that she start sharing some of the photos from her blog tour. Maybe tomorrow...

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angi_b72 said...

omg...how funny is that at the doctor's office!! Youo guys are great!!

Kendra ;) said...

I always say, "You think you know...you have no idea." !!!
We must be kindred spirits!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

This has been fun, I have really enjoyed getting comments. And when I had a minute I cruised by a few blogs looking, but in the process got caught up reading and commenting on someone new. What a great idea!

Crazee Juls said...

This is awesome, I wish Wenda could come help me clean house today.... I promise, there'd be a margarita in it for her.
Please, Wenda!? This is fun.

I do remember that catch phrase from Behind the Music.... I loved that show

Sarah said...

OOOO- I want to see pictures!

Meg said...

Morning beautiful!
I have to read more about this Wenda...

Have a fantabulous week!


Lisa@saltandlightstudio said...

Why sleep when you can blog??


Kristina P. said...

Wow, and I thought I was a diligent commenter! I have nothing on Stesha!!

Mary@Holy Mackerel said...

Sleep? What's sleep?

Kim said...

This is hilarious. I'm not even trying to follow Wenda, and I'm seeing her everywhere. I feel like a stalker, and I'm just trying to read my favorite blogs ; )

Valerie said...

thanks for the vist :)

shawn said...

This contest is awesome but Sleep is good.
Thanks for the visits.

Grand Pooba said...

I can't believe you guys! I can't even keep up with the few blogs I visit everyday!

Wenda love is true love!

Debbie said...

I have a deep regret that I was so incapacitated when this all started!

Barbaloot said...

Um-all I really want to say is that I love Behind the Music. I wish they'd do one on the likes of someone like Missy Higgins or Adele.

Kimberly said...

I'm picturing a very pregnant woman, with a cause and a purpose. No one, literally would stand in your way.

This has been fun. I enjoyed the new blogs I've followed you to.

I's been too long since I've seen Behind the Music. I need to again.

Unknown said...

What fun! Releasing comment modification is very freeing. I get few if any spammers and found that letting comments fly - with notification in my inbox is so much easier.

Alison said...

Aww....Wenda! Thank you for the BIRTHDAY LOVE!!!

Kimmy said...

You are a couple of crazy gals!!! How fun this is though :o)

Unknown said...

3 Bay B Chicks has left a new comment on your post "Happy Birthday!":

Now it seems that I am stalking you. Did you notice the link love I left for you on our site today?


PS: Happy birthday to the love of your life!

Wenda was over at my blog again!

Anonymous said...

I love Wenda, but can I tell you a secret? I love Francesca and Stesha more! Is that ok?

Judah said...

yuo guys are awesome!! this has been so much fun!! what dedication.

Counselormama said...

I love that you are doing this! You are amazing in being able to do it all!

MsTypo said...

Eight months pregnant?! With twins?! *faints* Blogging would be the furthest thing from my mind.

I can't thank you guys enough for creating wenda. This has been a blast! Getting hooked on new blogs is always fun! :)

Kathy B! said...

Can't wait to see the pix from the world tour :)

Thanks for foregoing sleep to orchestrate entertainment for us ;)

Jo said...

I was beyond thrilled to find Wenda at my very own little blog. I feel just a tiny bit famous.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Wow! That is amazing dedication. I wish I had kept up with this. It is great fun what you all are doing.