It's late November 2006, and I'm messing around on the interwebs and decide to start an amusement industry blog. Boom! NewsPlusNotes was just born.
Now fast forward well over four years later, and the little blog-that-could is about to hit one million unique visitors.
Don't get me wrong - I'm well aware that many, many other sites have hit that number before, and probably way quicker than NPN did. And they've probably been racking up the additional millions like crazy. But they're not NPN, we are - and I'm proud of us!
NewsPlusNotes has published over 3,000 posts, and currently has 9 different staff writers. But why do we crank out all those posts? Readers, of course. And as a thank you to the people who got us to a million we're giving away some stuff!
Giving away stuff is fun. Our involvement in the amusement industry has allowed us to amass a large amount of industry stuff... but not just regular stuff, this is stuff that amusement park fans love!
I've love to give our exact one millionth unique visitor (note I'm not speaking of millionth page load, that'd have been long ago) some huge prize, complete with streamers and balloons. Sadly I won't know who that is, so instead we're just gonna give away stuff to a bunch of readers!
Each week in the month of May, 2011 we'll run some sort of contest or simple quiz, and those that enter with a correct answer will be eligible to win a prize. I'll randomly pick winners from the correct answers for each prize, and send out the stuff! (winners may not select their prize) Each person can only win once during the month.
The first week will run May 1st through 7th, and will be a most simple quiz in order to get things started. Three prizes will go out this week:
1 - Six Flags Great America 45th Anniversary souvenir park map, BGW Big Bad Wolf post card, some random brochures and park maps!
2 - Carowinds' Intimidator press CD in case and Custom Coasters 1997 newsletter.
3 - Great Coasters International canvas tote bag with Gravity Group Hades post card.
Entries will be accepted until midnight on May 7th, winners announced May 9th. This process will repeat for May 8th-14th, 15th-21st, and 22nd-31st. If you enter this week and do not win, feel free to enter the following week!
Now for the first week's question. What was the topic of NewsPlusNotes' first ever post?
To enter, answer this question in an e-mail, along with your name and a preferred e-mail address where you can be reached should you happen to be one of our lucky winners. (Names and e-mail addresses will not be used for any purpose other than this contest.) Only one entry per week will be accepted per person. If you submit multiple entries within one prize period, only the first entry we receive will be evaluated.
A sincere thank you to all of our readers for sticking with us!