23 February 2008

Beagle shop traffic challenge: the results are in!

Alert readers will remember that about a month ago we revealed our top ten senders of traffic, which sparked an unexpected but highly enjoyable spate of rampant blogger posturing in comments.

One thing led to another, and, in the heat of the moment, I impulsively dangled a $25 Beagle Project shop gift certificate in front of the two most rampant of the posturers (posers?).

And so, with that, the battle was on between Kevin Z of The Other 95% and Michael Barton of The Dispersal of Darwin to see who could send the most traffic to the shop between January 22 and February 22. To prevent cheating, I made them give me their IP addresses so that I could exclude their own computers from the MyBlogLog tally.

At the fortnight mark the two were in a dead heat. Each of our earnest bloggers had sent exactly 31 hits to the shop. It really could go either way, folks...

Envelope, please.

Wow, it's a photo finish! Just a single shop hit separates the two contestants!

And the winner is... with 64 shop hits, The Dispersal of Darwin!

Let's all congratulate Michael Barton, who will be shortly receiving his very own CafePress gift certificate for $25 worth of Beagle swag. And to cheer up our Kevin Z, why not head over and pump up his ego by leaving a (nice) comment or two on his Beagliciouis Beagle swag promo post.

Of course, in the end, the real winner is the Beagle Project, which gets commissions on all shop purchases. In fact, just this week, we passed the $350 mark in shop commissions, a small but very meaningful boost in the right direction! So thanks to Michael, Kevin, and everyone, for buying our swag and helping to build the new Beagle!

7 comments:

Michael D. Barton, FCD said...

What, me? Oh, I don't know what to say.....

Thanks, Karen! I've already placed my order with the shop, for a shirt and a sticker. I doubt I will look as cool as Kevin in my shirt, but we'll give it a shot... that was a fun assignment (oh, wait, I'm not in schoo anymore, so everythings not an assignment)...

nunatak said...

That reminds me, how did your GRE go??

Michael D. Barton, FCD said...

I did fine... better on math than on verbal. I am still waiting to get my scores for the two essays, however.

coturnix said...

Congrats to both. Now we have to wait till the end of the month to see if I managed to beat that Greg Laden fella in driving traffic to the Beagle Project blog....

Kevin Z said...

Congratulations Michael! A job well done, virtual handshake. (bastard) ahem... anyways I wish you luck with everything (deletes DoD from RSS feed).

In science, i've been repeatedly told that no one gives a shit about the essays. Too subjective to mean anything important apparently. Verbal was the highest indicator of success in grad school, which might be why I am failing miserably.

Thanks for the enthralling debacle Karen! It was fun and I am glad we brought some traffic to the Beagle Project!

Hmm... I wonder which of us resulted in the highest sales though... ;)

Michael D. Barton, FCD said...

Thanks, Kevin... That's funny you deleted DoD, because I just spread the news to all my family & friends & entire university about your blogs... :) [Not really]

Well, I used to be a science major... I was told by someone in the history department that they care more for the verbal and essay performance...

coturnix said...

It's midnight here, February is over - did Greg Laden suffer the glorious defeat?