Contest Winner and a Huge Thank You!

by Susan on November 12, 2013

Rose @ Rawmazing.com

Last Thursday, I decided to run a little contest to thank you for visiting and reading the Rawmazing blog. I wanted to give some love back so I decided to give out five cookbooks, wrote the post and hit publish. I was not prepared for what happened next.

The comments (entries) started pouring in. And you were not only answering my question, you were taking the time to thank me for this blog and letting me know what it means to you. As I read each and every comment (2,406 by the close of the contest), tears started to form in my eyes. I was overwhelmed. And honored. And so grateful for you all. 

You see, when you write a food blog, the only connection you have with your readers is through comments. And commenting is getting less and less popular these days. We are just so busy it’s hard to take the time. I do it myself. I browse other blogs, love what I see but I am in such a rush, I don’t bother to stop and say thanks for what you are doing. 

The funny thing is that I see the Rawmazing numbers almost every day. This is not just my passion, it is my livelihood. So I keep track. I know that my little blog, started almost 5 years has grown. I look at the numbers. I study the analytics. I know that we get over 500,000 page hits a month (holy cow…that is over half a million). I know that almost 200,000 unique visitors come to the site every month. And I know that people are visiting from all over the world.

But that is where it stops. I am looking at numbers, not people. I see statistics, not connection. And honestly, somedays, it is a little overwhelming. Because without that human connection, you send your work out to the universe and mostly silence greets you in return. It is a lonely path to pursue. Did I mention I am very grateful to those of you who do take the time to comment? I am. Very grateful. 

So, when the comments started coming in, and the love was being returned from all over the world, I broke down. Knowing that my work is reaching so many is humbling. Knowing that I am making a difference? Well that is my life’s goal. I love all the answers because a name and location means so much more than a number. And for all of you that took the time to let me know how much you love the blog, that was priceless.

I set out to send out some love and it was returned 100 fold. So, once again, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 

 

The winners are:

 

Susan from Campbell, CA

Jennifer from Hartford Connecticut

Donna from Anderson, CA

Terry Lee from Gilbert, AZ

Karen from Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

 

All winners were selected by a random number generator.

 

Just for fun, these are some of the places that we heard from:

 

Argentina

Austria 

Australia

Bangladesh

Belgium

Bosina

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chilie

Croatia

Czech Republic

Cyprus

Curacao

Denmark

Dubai

England

Estonia

Finland

Fiji Islands

France

Ghana

Germany

Greece

Guam

Hawaii

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

India

Indonesia 

Ireland

Italy

Israel

Jamaica

Jordan

South Korea

Latvia

 Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Malaysia

Malawi

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rica

Qatar

Romania

Scotland

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

Slovakia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Thailand

Turkey

Wales

USA

 

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyne November 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

Wow, to see the list of countries is really impressive!
I didn’t leave a message last time but I am one of the 200 000 people who read your blog. I’m from Québec, Canada, and I love your blog because everytime I read it, it motivates me to keep trying to eat healthier and gives me ideas to fulfill my meat-lover daughter!

Keep doing what you do!
Lyne

Susan November 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

Thank you so much, Lyne!

Amanda November 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Yay!! Just bought your book! I love that there are sooooo many photos! I love cook books with photos.

Dana Reeves November 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

SUCH an impressive list! I always look forward to your new posts. :)

Susan November 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Glad you like it, Amanda!

Susan November 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Thanks so much, Dana! I am so thrilled!

Miki November 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Awesome! And congratulations to the winners!

jackie November 12, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I am rejoicing with you!!!! Keep up the good work.

Johanna Woodbury November 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

That’s really wonderful. Thanks for all of your talents.

Susan November 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Thank you, Miki, Jackie and Johanna! It really is so fun.

lois Doporcyk November 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm

So happy your so happy Susan – you do so much.
I did not enter as I have the books already and did not want to get greedy : ) Congrats to the winners
enjoy!

Stephanie November 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Wow!! This list is incredible. Many blessings to you!

Sparky November 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

That would make for a great travel/food series, raw food from around the world!

Carmen Links November 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Thank you Susan for your beautiful and inspiring recipes and posts. And congratulations on your success, you deserve it. Have a great and healthy evening!

Carolyn November 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Sending a hug your way, Susan! I also want to tell you I look forward to your blogs. Seriously. I told you once before, but I’ll say it again: not only are the recipes interesting, different, fabulous, and amazing – but the photos are just as wonderful. BRAVO! I have started my own recipe books (binders) with recipes I have printed off, and numerous favorites are yours. :) So consider yourself hugged and appreciated!

Carolyn November 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm

P.S. I’m buying several of your cookbooks. One for myself and the others as gifts. How’s THAT for showing appreciation for you, your time and talent?! :)

Chris Olmoguez November 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

I did not enter your contest but I use your Rawmazing Cookbooks all the time. You are great! Congratulations on such a successful contest. I am so impressed by your visitors from around the world! You should be very proud of yourself for your hard work but mainly for your sincere devotion and dedication to Rawmazing! I think we all love you!!!

Susan November 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Sparky…I couldn’t agree more! I will have to make some travel plans!

Susan November 12, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Thank you Lois and Stephanie!

Susan November 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Thank you so much, Carmen, Carolyn and Chris. Such lovely words….so appreciated!

Emma November 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I so agree! I love “meeting” people through blogging and it’s nice to know people are reading (via the numbers) but comments are completely different.
I’ve been reading rawmazing for a long time and hope it continues for many years to come!

Joann November 12, 2013 at 8:53 pm

It’s impressive to see the list of countries that entered. How wonderful for you to know that your excellent contribution is reaching so many women around the world. It occurred to me that perhaps men aren’t as adaptive to a raw food recipe, however my husband has loved all the recipes that I’ve made from your cookbooks.
Thank you for making raw food so enjoyable and beautiful in the photos.
Keep up your inspiring work, sending a big hug,
Joann

Susan November 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Joann, We actually have quite a few men who follow and read the blog! I certainly don’t want to leave them out! Thank you for your kind words!

Susan November 12, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Thank you, Emma! We plan on being here for a while!

Joan November 13, 2013 at 8:11 am

Susan,

Congrats to the winners.

RAWMAING – the word says it all!

Happy Holidays!

Joan

Faith Lubitz November 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm

wow that is an amazing list of countries! Susan, you are the U.N. of healthy eating!!!! xoxo Faith in Amherst MA

Mandi Korn November 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Your blog was the first “Raw” food blog that I found on the internet, and immediately I was hooked on the idea of trying this with my family. We have been vegetarians since my daughter was 2 months old, then we went Vegan when she turned 5 months old, and now 2 1/2 yrs later we are trying a Raw diet in order to loose weight and start to feel healthier about our eating habits. All of your recipes that we have tired has been a huge success in my house, and has made this transition easier, especially for my husband. You have changed me life, and my families and started us on a path of good living, and I am grateful. Thank you:o)

sandra November 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

that is an impressive collection of locations. I am so bummed I didn’t win, but I see there was lots of competition.

Allison November 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Truly Rawmazing is Amazing! Very cool! :)

Sara November 14, 2013 at 1:12 am

You are a real inspiration!
You could’t have chosen a better name for your blog.
You are definitely AMAZING!

JUELI November 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm

HI SUSAN. am also one of those who read your blog and emails without sending back ! Thank you so much for giving me an insight into how it feels when you blog and put in all the work that you do, online apart from your coocbooks and the myriad of other things that you do ie all the new recipes.
I personally find it so inspiring seeing your recipes and most of all the pictures which show how wonderful the recipes look when finished/! Am moving house, and setting up the new kitchen for turning my health over to
as much raw food as possible ie having only the blender, the food processer, the de hydrator and the wonderful array of raw ingredients in the cupboard. Crackers are what I really would like to do most of to be able to put away give to guests etc, and just be able to pull out whenever I feel hungry with other little snacks or dips to put on them. also to take to peoples houses when invited to dinner etc, little sweet balls, or crackers and raw dips or a sweet etc.
I know that one can download e books, however being old fashioned I just love “books”.
is there any way, I can order from you one of every book you have published and have them all sent out to Australia in one parcel. on your website I understand it is not possible to do that. however, I would be sooo
grateful and appreciative if this one big parcel could be sent!
if it is possible, please just let me know the cost total and postage, so we could get started on these books coming to Australia.
thank you so much again for all that you do for the plantet, and for the difference you make with your blogs, your food and most of all your energy that is flowing around the world.
cheers jueli

Stacy L November 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

If I am lacking in inspiration, I always reach for one of my Rawmazing cookbooks. :) Thank you for continuing to inspire me!

Laura Black November 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm

What an awesome response. I am genuinely happy for you. Being a website owner myself, I can truly appreciate what this means to you. And I am Inspired!!

Chatelaine November 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Wow, that country list is amazing!!!
I know I can always count on your site for some great tasting meals and ones that I can use to transition friends and family :) thanks for doing all that you do!

Donna December 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I won one of your cookbooks. When will you be sending them out? I love your blog. Thanks, Donna

Susan December 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Hi, Donna. The cookbooks were sent out last week.

Jackie April 2, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Thank you for what you do. I never would have attempted this way of eating without your site. I never would have imagined that raw food could be this good. Lots of food love from Cleveland, Ohio!

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