Beginning the first week in April I will be writing shawnblanc.net as my full-time gig.
It is hard to put into words just exactly how excited I am about the days ahead — I’m equal parts giddy and petrified over here. There’s that feeling of: I’m actually going to do this! Um, wait. I’m actually going to do this!?
In order to make this happen for longer than a few months, I need the support of you, the reader.
And so, leading up to my first day on the job, I am hosting a PBS-style membership drive. Which means that, for the next three and a half weeks, I’ll be talking somewhat regularly about the membership. (Though I promise that it won’t be all I talk about between now and then.)
Ideally, you are signing up to become a member because you feel like this site is already worth 3 bucks a month to you. The members-only perks are a nice bonus of course (Shawn Today seems to be a smash hit already), and the fact that your membership will be a significant contributing factor to my ability to go full time is the icing on the cake.
But let’s face it: everyone loves free stuff. And, to be honest, I really do love to give things away. And so there are things to be won if you sign up to become a member.
The Membership Drive
Starting yesterday, and running until midnight CST on Sunday, March 20, anyone who signs up to become a member of shawnblanc.net will be entered to win a prize. These are all top-notch prizes from some of my friends and heroes in the creative professional community.
First & 20 t-shirt: 5 of these fantastic t-shirts. I’ve got one and love it. ($20 each)
Evernote Essentials by Brett Kelly: 5 copies of Brett’s definitive guide on Evernote. ($25 each)
Fusion Ad Burst: The Fusion Ad network is giving away one Burst Campaign. This prize will only be given to a member with something relevant for the Fusion Ad network. ($500)
A signed copy of Being Geek by Michael Lopp ($25).
A signed copy of Managing Humans by Michael Lopp ($25).
Cameron Moll’s 24×16 Signed Colosseo Poster: This thing is gorgeous. ($100)
MarsEdit 3: A license of the best blogging software on the planet ($40).
Limited Edition, Pre-Production, Proof-of-Concept Coffee Mug From Yours Truly: I have no clue how much these will be selling for once they’re available, but I have an extra pre-production model that I’m giving away.
Learning ExpressionEngine 2 by Ryan Irelan: Two bundles of the complete series basic training screencasts for EE 2. ($48 each)
MySQL and ExpressionEngine by Ryan Irelan: Two copies of this screencast primed to help you do some customizing of EE 2. ($12 each)
Securing ExpressionEngine 2 by Mark Huot: Two copies of this ebook which details the steps you can take to make your installation of ExpressionEngine even more secure. ($10 each)
LittleSnapper: 5 licenses of Realmac Software’s popular screenshot library tool. ($25 each)
Pixelmator: 2 licenses of this top-notch, image editing application for Mac OS X. ($60 each)
Flux: 1 license of The Escapers Web-development software. ($113)
Canned: 10 copies of Sky Ballon Studio’s iPhone app for sending pre-built text messages. ($.99 each)
Canned Email: 10 copies of Sky Ballon Studio’s iPhone app for sending pre-built email messages. ($.99 each)
Attachment Tamer: 5 licenses of Lokiware’s Apple Mail plugin. ($15 each)
Flare: 5 copies of the brand-new photo effects editor from the Iconfactory. ($20 each)
Due App: 10 copies of this great timer and reminder app for your iPhone and iPad. ($5 each)
Clyppan: 5 copies of this clipboard history manager for Mac OS X. ($5 each)
TrackTime: 5 copies of the time tracking application especially built for freelancers and creative professionals. ($25 each)
The total value of all these prizes is over $2,028. Thank you to all of you who have donated to make this giveaway possible.
How to Win
Anyone who signs up for a membership by midnight CST on Sunday, March 20 will automatically be in the runnings to win something.
You do not have to live in the United States to win — international members are most welcome and most eligible.
I’ll be setting up a way for you to request a certain prize if there is one in particular that you’d love to get.
The drawing will be sometime the last week in March. Winners will be contacted by via their PayPal email address.