yeah write #45 is open

yeah write #45 is open

yeah write #45 is open

The next six weeks will be pretty exciting here at yeah write.

Today is yeah write #45 which feels far more exciting than yeah write #43 or #44, and soon enough, we’ll be opening yeah write #50.

Somewhere during yeah write #47 will be my 44th birthday (yes, I still feel 30, mainly because I’ve been walking around in a daze for 14 years) and the week of #50, my toddler will turn three.

This all totally calls for prizes.

Over the next six weeks, I’ll give away six premium WordPress themes from Elegant Themes, and I’ll talk Q into gifting someone a new header. Alexis, my Blogging Bash partner, would love to give your blog a comprehensive review: design, content, SEO. Here’s one we did last month for Deborah at MannaHatta Mamma. Perhaps Flood will pull something from her amazing portfolio just for you. Dunno. I haven’t actually discussed this with her, but it’s an idea so wonderful, it just might work.


Until I work my magic with them, let’s start with me. Whether you link up with yeah write today or not, if you leave me a comment asking to be added to the random drawing for a new theme, you”ll be added to the random drawing for a new theme. Once you win if you win, simply browse the Elegant Themes site and choose your favorite, and I’ll send it to you as a .zip file for you to install on your WordPress blog.

[info_box_icon]Hey, Erica, what if I’m not on WordPress?[/info_box_icon]

[info_box]Elegant Themes has a few tumblr themes, and if you’re on Blogger with plans to switch to WP, you can enter and, if you win, hold onto the theme until then.[/info_box]

[info_box_icon]What if I’m never leaving Blogger?[/info_box_icon]

[info_box]The upcoming drawing for the designed-by-Q header will include bloggers on most platforms, so sit tight. Also, if you have blogging friends on WP or who are moving to WP, you can always send them this way for them to enter the drawing. Whether linked up today or not, whoever leaves a comment asking to be included in the drawing will be included.[/info_box]

[info_box_icon]What if I’m perfectly happy with my header and my blog design, so I don’t need any of these prizes? [/info_box_icon]

[info_box]You know you know someone whose blog could use a little love. Please share this post with them. There are six weeks to enter, six chances to win.[/info_box]

Over the weekend, I posted a yeah write Q & A. I may do that from time to time because I know you have nagging questions and I have awesome answers. This past weekend it was when to link up with yeah write and when to give it a second thought. Please take the time to read it if you haven’t already. Soooooo helpful. Next weekend, I think I’ll tackle the effect your chosen thumbnail on the grid has on the number of page views you get each week. Here’s a hint: thumbnails with faces get the most clicks. Which ones get the least? Logos.

Don’t forget: if you want in on the random drawing for a new WordPress theme, leave me a comment whether or not you’re linking up today.

Yeah write #45 is open.

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  • Ado [Fri] 24 Feb 12 at 7:57 am

    Even tho I’m still out of town and haven’t been able to read all the posts this week like I wanted to – they are terrific!
    The Bearded Iris literally taught me the meaning of LOL this week. I. Laughed. Out. Loud watching that crotch video of hers. OMG!
    Some great posts!

  • Leighann [Thu] 23 Feb 12 at 2:16 pm

    WOW what a spectacular prize!
    You’re so giving…
    Does that get me extra points?
    Even if it doesn’t I don’t care.. I still think you’re giving.

  • Kimberly S. (Sperk*) [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 8:53 pm

    Is it too late to comment in order to be entered into the drawing? I hope not. Would LOVE it.

    • Erica M [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 8:55 pm

      Nope, not too late. You have until voting closes Thursday at 9pm EST to spread the word. Thanks!

  • David Wiley [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 6:00 pm

    A little late in posting my comment, but I would like for the others to have the opportunity to win this prize. No need to include me, since I’m on Blogger and haven’t been blogging long enough to test out other platforms.

    Getting the extra reads and comments on my blog is rewarding enough at this stage, anyway. I’ve already met some awesome bloggers in three weeks with Yeah Write!

  • Stacey [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 1:57 pm

    Please enter me for the drawing for a new theme! Thanks!

  • Kimberly at Rubber Chicken Madness [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 7:11 am

    Love prizes, love Yeah Write. Put them together and I’m a happy camper 🙂

  • Eric Storch [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 6:59 am

    I just couldn’t stay away!!! Besides, with prizes, how could I?

  • Cynthia M [Wed] 22 Feb 12 at 12:38 am

    Whew! I didn’t think I was going to make it in time! Sure glad I did!

  • HouseTalkN [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 5:25 pm

    I am a Yeah Write rookie! This looks like a fantastic par-taay!
    Thank you so much for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

    • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 8:35 pm

      We prefer the term virgin. Looks better on our resumes.

  • Abby [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:34 pm

    Are video blogs accepted?

    • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:41 pm


  • Anna [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:09 pm

    Woohoo – prizes! I think I’d like the new header more than the new theme but either one could be awesome! Please throw my name in the hat as well. Happy upcoming birthdays busy lady! And I agree with Jay – really glad I found Yeah Write and this awesome community 🙂 Thank you for all your work hosting every week!

  • Lindsay [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:06 pm

    Who doesn’t love a giveaway!!?? I’d love to switch up my blog theme or even just buy the domain… but don’t have the time or energy to put into it right now… I’m a bad blogger…

  • Jay- The Dude of the House [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, thank you for being so generous Erica. Would love to be entered, especially for the review. That’s what I was shooting for when I found you a a few weeks ago. So glad that led me to this amazing community. Happy pre-birthday.

  • Alyssa @NearNormalcy [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 2:03 pm

    Faces get the most clicks?? I don’t have a face. OK maybe I do, but you can’t see it. I’m sure I’m the exception to this rule, because my logo is awesome. Everybody agrees, yes? Wonderful.

    None of this matters since I meet none of the pretty green check marked requirements on your previous post so I’m not linking up this week. But I’ll be reading!

    • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 2:09 pm

      Heh. Fair enough. Thanks for reading!

  • Lenore [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 1:14 pm

    I’m not sure I’ll be able to link up this week, but I will certainly keep track of those that are linked – and I will read and vote. I greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity, Erica. I’d love to be entered into the drawing. And, I look forward to linking up with Yeah Write next week. Thanks again, for all you do to make the blogosphere a happy and kind place.

  • Jennifer [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 1:12 pm

    Kathy @LCHotP’s link doesn’t seem to be working…or is it just me?

    • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:21 pm

      Coulda been a weird glitch. Think it’s working fine now.

  • Miranda [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 1:10 pm

    Not linking up, but I have been coming the last few weeks to read and vote for those who do. I would love to enter into the drawing! 🙂

    • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:21 pm

      Miranda, you’ve been lurking? Who knew? Thanks for letting me know.

  • Megan Lawing [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 1:05 pm

    Love the idea of giving away a theme! Exciting! 🙂

  • Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 12:05 pm

    Putting my face on the thumbnail for the first time – feel so exposed! =)

    Looking forward to reading this week’s posts! And would love to win the blog looker-over!

    • Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:09 pm

      Not the theme, to be clear. Just the looker-over.

      • Erica M [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 3:12 pm

        I got it! You’re much prettier than that Granny Smith apple, btw.

  • Kathy @ Little Cheesehead on the Prairie [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 11:49 am

    I like free. Free is good. Sign me up for the drawing!!

    Also, I had to fix my link because for some reason, the date was January and not today’s date.

  • Andi Brown [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 11:04 am

    Wow! What an awesome thing to do. I will cross my fingers and toes! Did I mention yet how much I love this place already? I’m trying my hand with my mommy blog this week. Hopefully someone besides my mom will enjoy 🙂
    Thanks for the thumbnail tip, it makes sense now that I think about what I am attracted to. Can’t wait to get started this week. And if it makes you feel any better, whenever my daughter talks about things for my childhood she prefaces it with ‘Back Then’ Happy almost bday, here’s to never letting go of the thirties.

  • Jennifer [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 10:40 am

    Super, super cool! I will spread the word. 🙂

  • Katie [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 8:13 am

    I’m not on WordPress, so I’ll skip out on the theme prize, but I’ll pass this along to my buddies who are! Thanks for offering a fun prize 🙂 And I’ll be looking out for the header contest! I’m getting pretty sick of my own amateur headers…

    PS – Very interesting about the tumbnails. Can’t wait for that post! I’ve always wondered if the thumbnail makes a big difference in the number of clicks. I know I’m attracted to certain headers and interesting titles.

  • Meg O'Keefe [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 7:18 am

    Please enter me! The only random drawing I have ever won was a stuffed bee keeper bear at my dentist office when I was 8……maybe afer 23 years my luck will change!!! I love prizes….thanks for the contest!

  • Jamie [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 7:15 am

    I love prizes, count me in the drawing please!

  • Louise Ducote [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 6:17 am

    Me! Me! I’ve never won anything in all my forty-four years, but that’s not gonna stop me from trying! Consider me entered, and Happy Birthday a little early.

  • Laura@Catharsis [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 6:13 am

    Ahh, the birthday coming up. Somehow, those aren’t as exciting as they used to be, huh? I would LOVE to be entered into a drawing for a new theme. Can’t believe how many people are already linked up this week. Going to be a busy one.

  • theresa [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 12:52 am

    Yay! for your birthday! And… 50! Really?! Wow, I remember when all this started, so amazing. Love what you have done with it. Sorry I haven’t been around. I miss all you chicks…

  • deborah quinn [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 12:47 am

    I don’t need a new header for reasons that you already know and others will discover later, but would gladly pass it along to someone who does. In the meantime, your header keeps talking about bathtub gin. WHERES THE GIN? That’s what needs to be addressed in the next Q&A, is all I’m saying. (Does Q do the “Q” and you do the “A” or “E,” as it were?)
    As Alison said, happy linking, all!

  • DiaperDads [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 12:16 am

    I’m entered and would LOVE the shot at a new theme or header. 😀

  • Alison@Mama Wants This [Tue] 21 Feb 12 at 12:09 am

    That’s very generous of you and Q!! I don’t need a new theme or header, so if I know anyone who does, I’ll send them right here. Happy linking everyone!