Well, whadaya know? Another whole year of weirdo toy blogging has gone by.
There is something I've noticed that is drastically different this year; I've written a lot less – especially as of late. I'd like to apologize. I know how fun it can be to find a screwed-up weirdo toy waiting in your RSS blog reader every week. Trust me, It's just as much fun for me to post one. I've just been super-busy, because I've been planning a wedding (it's only a few weeks away). And on top of that, I recently lost my job (yep), so blogging and toy hunting haven't been on the priority list
I don't know what I expect you to do with that information. I usually try not to get too personal here on the blog. I just wanted you to know, there have been distractions lately, and I'm not neglecting you all or the blog intentionally.
You know what? What the hell. Maybe I'll get even more personal.
Here's a pic of me and my bride-to-be, Nadine. She's no weirdo toy lover, but she is cool enough to let some toys sit atop the wedding cake.
Alright, back to the giveaway.
Not much has changed on the blog at a glance. I've continued finding cool weirdos here and there, photographing them and writing about them as usual. One major evolution for Weirdo Toys this year has been its steps into the social media realm.
First is the Twitter account. I have to admit the Weirdo Toys twitter account has really grown on me. It's been great fun and such a great opportunity to connect with fellow fans, bloggers, toy lovers, designers, musicans, etc. I've made some great connections and have made some good "virtual" friends all while writing in 140 characters or less. It's also allowed me an opportunity to share other toy finds that never really make it to the blog, so if you're not following Weirdo Toys on Twitter, you're missing out. It's not the end-all be-all that some make it out to be, but it is a fun little social circle if you're not on there just spamming everyone.
Secondly, I also started a Facebook fan page for Weirdo Toys. Unfortunately, no one is really using it (including myself), so it's just kind of a weirdo ghost town right now. I do send alerts to the fans when I update the blog, so that could be useful I guess.
Let's see. Another thing I did a few times was the Weirdo Google Searches which people seemed to enjoy. It was kind of pathetic for me, because for a while there, I was posting those lists more than toys. I still find them pretty entertaining. I just pulled back on them for a bit, because there wasn't enough toy activity to have me blogging every couple of weeks about weird keyword searches. I do have a visions for those searches though. Maybe some day I can put them on t-shirts or something.
Oh yeah, that reminds me. This year also marked the first item for sale on the blog – the Apple Devil T-shirt that everyone claimed to love until I produced them... then no one was to be found. Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Maybe with the next shirt design, I'll post some designs and let folks pre-order before I commit to producing them. I still love the shirt, and I'm really glad I had it made (Buy one now!)
And now, the part you've been waiting for – the giveaway.
As I did last year, I'm giving away the toy I posted yesterday, which is the Charles Bronson wannabe, Mr. Sleaze, and his dog, FooFoo. You get the toys, the package card and the separated bubble. Not only that, but I'm throwing in an Apple Devil T-shirt!
So, if you answer these 3 questions in the comments form, you'll have a chance to be the proud owner of a new weirdo toy and t-shirt depicting one.
- How'd you discover the Weirdo Toys blog?
- What are your favorite (or least favorite) parts of the blog and why?
- What would you like to see on the blog (like downloads, discussion boards, etc.)?
Next week, I'll pull one of the commenter's names at random and announce a winner. Be sure to include a valid e-mail address, because if I can't get in touch with you, you're S.O.L.
Thanks for your time, your readership and your continued support. (I don't like reading my own blog entries, so I'm glad you're here )
See you soon.