Congratulations Neha. Send me your address details and I’ll sign a book and send it your way.
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition and wrote such lovely things about my new website. It’s been every interesting and insightful to see which features people liked. A lot of people like purple! (To answer an often-asked question, the photo came before the website. I don’t know if the designers chose the colour because of the photo, but the previous trudicanavan.net site was also purple so maybe that influenced their decision.)
Choosing a winner was not easy. I wanted to have a winner selected last Saturday, but I realised that spammers had been copying earlier comments and reposting them. At first I didn’t think that was a problem; I’d just choose a comment I liked and just check that it wasn’t a spam one. But once I started rereading the comments I realised I couldn’t choose. The comments were so lovely, I wanted to give books to everyone.
So it would have to be a randomly chosen comment. That meant that, to be fair, I had to cull the copycat spam. This led to me spending all of Monday and most of Tuesday morning copying and pasting a few words from every comment into the comment search function, one by one, to see if any had been replicated. All 265 of them. After I’d culled the spam out, I then found a random number generator and counted my way through comments until I had a winner.
I certainly won’t be running a competition where entries are comments again! It’ll definitely be email, with a temporary email address I can delete later.
Once again, thanks for all your lovely comments. I’m hope the designer has been reading them, as they’d be a great ego boost. They certainly were for me!