Design Versus Week: Win A Custom Blog Design and $800+ in Great Blogging Prizes!

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    The Contest

    As part of Design Versus Week, a contest has been created to help spread the word about it. All you have to do is tweet the articles published during the week for a better chance to win.

    Be sure to read the post for more critical details about this contest, and for information on prizes!

    The New Blogussion Design

    At the end of Design Versus Week, Blogussion will be putting up its new design for everyone to see and enjoy.


    Design Versus Week

    Design Versus week is a special series of articles that compares two different elements of a blog design in order to find the best of the two. Articles list the advantages and disadvantages of both elements, and there will be a post published for the next 5 days on Blogussion.

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by Alex

This week is a special week for Blogussion. It is the first official long-term series of posts to ever be published on the blog, and our first contest. In the one year and three and a half months this blog has been around, I have never done either of the two. But now, I want to do it, and I want you to be excited as hell for it.

Thank you to everyone who participated, you can read the winners here!

In a nutshell, Design Versus week will be a combination of a series of design related articles, as well as a contest. Those two things will be leading up to the launch of a new Blogussion design that I have been developing for the last few weeks. It’s really going to be an exciting week here.

Design Versus Week

The name sounds a little odd, but Design Versus Week will be a 5 day series of articles that will compare two different elements of a blog design in order to find the “best” of the two. There will be one post published every single day from Monday the 5th to Friday the 9th.

These articles will be directly related to the contest, which I will get into later, and our new design, which I will talk about upon launch. While designing the new Blogussion theme, I thought about many different elements and what sort of things I should try to include in the new design. That is where I derived the ideas for these match-ups, which are listed later on in this post.

The Contest

I think I have a really cool contest in store for you guys. It’s really easy to participate in, as all that is really required is you have a Twitter account. Yes, I chose to run this contest through Twitter.

The great thing about this contest is there will be three winners. A first, second and third place winner will be chosen based on how much you support Blogussion during Design Versus Week. If you really get into it and help spread the word about it, you will have a better shot at winning some of the fan-freakin’ tastic prizes I have lined up.

Because this week is all about blog design, the prizes in this contest will also be design related. It only makes sense, right? Here are the prizes:

How to Participate

After reading the awesome prizes we have, I bet you’re wondering how to join in on the contest and potentially win them. It’s very easy to participate. Like I said before, this is a Twitter based contest, so you will need a Twitter account. But I’ll break down what you need to do in more specific steps:

  1. Make sure you have a Twitter account.

    You can’t join a Twitter contest without a Twitter account! So be sure to signup if you haven’t already, or just double-check to make sure your Twitter account is still there. :)

  2. Follow us on Twitter

    It’s important that we know you’re participating, so please follow @Blogussion on Twitter now. We can’t track your entries if you do not follow us on Twitter.

  3. Retweet posts from Design Versus Week

    It’s pretty simple. As an article in Design Versus Week is published, tweet it to your followers. There will be 5 articles published as part of Design Versus Week, so for each article you tweet, that’s one extra chance you have to win a prize.

  4. blogussionvs will count your tweet

    Tweets will only be counted if the hashtag blogussionvs is included at the end. If you decide to tweet the article by clicking the “tweet it to your followers” button at the top of the article, the hashtag will be included automatically.

  5. Wait until Sunday

    Sunday, April 11th is the day the three lucky winners will be announced. Be sure to tweet each article every day of the week to increase the chance of you winning.

How Winners are Determined

The way winners are determined is easy. A service called TweetAways will be used to track this contest, and it will pick a winner randomly from everyone who has participated. It is a completely fair system, and includes everyone who meets the minimum requirements:

  1. You follow us.
  2. Your tweet mentioned @Blogussion in it.
  3. Your tweet has the hashtag blogussionvs in it.

Your tweet must include both of those keywords for your tweets to count! Don’t forget them or misspell them!

Contest Rules

Cheating is wrong, and I can guarantee you now that cheaters will not win this contest! I want this to be as fair as possible, so I will be looking to make sure that none of the following have been committed by each potential winner:

  • No duplicate accounts
  • Do not tweet with multiple accounts. Please use one account for each time you tweet. Anyone caught using multiple accounts will be disqualified!

  • No multiple tweets
  • Please tweet each article only once. Anyone caught tweeting an article multiple times will be disqualified!

  • Do not included the hashtag more than once
  • Please only add the hashtag to your tweet one time. Anyone caught adding multiple hashtags to a single tweet will be disqualified!

  • Only include the hashtag on posts from Design Versus Week
  • Don’t retweet past articles on Blogussion and add the blogussionvs hashtag to them. You can guess what will happen to those caught doing this. ;)

If you need any of these rules clarified, don’t be afraid to ask via Twitter or the comments section below.

This Week’s Schedule

Just to get you guys into the spirit for this week, I have set up a schedule for you of what to expect from Blogussion. I have the articles outlined for you and their date of publishing.

Get Notified When We Update
I highly advise you subscribe to our RSS feed to be notified of when the articles are published. The sooner you get your tweet out-of-the-way, the better!

  • Monday, April 5th

    Rebranding vs. Refreshing Your Blog Design

    A comparison between completely rebranding your blog design, or simply refreshing the look every now and then.

  • Tuesday, April 6th

    Light vs. Dark Blog Designs

    Is it better to blog with a light or dark design? The pros and cons of each will be discussed Tuesday.

  • Wednesday, April 7th

    2 Columns vs. 3 Column Layouts

    Both popular layouts for a blog design, but which is the most beneficial to your blog?

  • Thursday, April 8th

    Fat Footers vs. Small Footers

    Both have benefits that could outweigh the other, but which is the best in any situation?

  • Friday, April 9th

    Minimal vs. Compact Blog Designs

    Whitespace over blocks of space? In this post, Blogussion will be compared to my more minimalistic blog, Asnio.

  • Saturday, April 10th

    Check Your Progress

    A reminder will be published to the blog with a checklist of things you need to make sure you have done in order to have a fair shot at winning a prize.

SUNDAY, APRIL 11TH

Contest Winners Announced & Design Launched

The three winners of the competition will be announced, as well as the launch of the new Blogussion design. Design Versus Week will come to a close, and the prizes will be distributed to the winners.

Questions? Concerns? Speechless?

I hope you take advantages of Design Versus Week on Blogussion. It will be a great opportunity to learn some interesting things about certain design elements, as well as a chance to win some amazing blogging prizes.

I want you to use this post to ask any questions, post your concerns, or tell me how incredibly excited you are for Design Versus Week. I want this to be an exciting week for Blogussion, and you can help make it that way! All it takes are a few tweets.

See you tomorrow. Happy Design Versus Week!

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Steven Corbett April 4, 2010 at 12:22 am

Sounds awesome! Those prizes look excellent- hope I win one! :)

Can’t wait for the series, too. I anticipate some very practical stuff in this one! Thanks, Alex- this is exciting!
.-= Steven Corbett´s last blog ..New PHPmotion Thumbnails Mod! =-.

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King Sidharth April 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Exciting is understatement. I am going through by pass. Free design by Alex? Dream come ture!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..The Third Jesus – A Book Review =-.

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Dev | Technshare April 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

superb awesome contest alexa and the prizes are excellent.

keep it up :)
.-= Dev | Technshare´s last blog ..Google PageRank update : April 2010 =-.

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Ajay April 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

Great idea Alex! I’ve seen a bunch of competitions, but none has had me as excited as this one! The prizes are extremely well thought out. Great going Alex!

Looks the series is going to have plenty of practical information for designers and bloggers alike. Can’t wait for it!

All me best,
Ajay

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gifer April 4, 2010 at 1:44 am

Hey there, very nice contest :D

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Patrick Toerner April 4, 2010 at 1:49 am

These are awesome prizes. Most prizes are ebooks I have never heard of. These on the other hand, are way cool. Congratulations are your first contest, can’t wait to see the articles.
.-= Patrick Toerner´s last blog ..10 More Wordpress Plugins I Can’t Live Without =-.

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Touchscreen monitor April 4, 2010 at 3:49 am

I liked the way you write all your blogs. Keep it up.

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Touchscreen monitor April 4, 2010 at 4:42 am

It’s really very informative and useful post.thanks for sharing this useful information with us.keep blogging. Looking forward to reading your nest post. Thanks a lot.

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Netchunks April 4, 2010 at 4:53 am

You got me waiting for tomorrow, I have subscribed to your RSS, followed you on Twitter and waiting for the contest to get on the roads. On the other hand I find that articles that will be published during the contest will also be very informative and enjoyable. Waiting to read it.
.-= Netchunks´s last blog ..Who Rules The Social Web? =-.

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King Sidharth April 4, 2010 at 6:07 am

W0ot!!! Now get a whiff of that awesomeness! Love it man. My unreplied emails – totally justified!

I can see how creative – extra extra extra creative you’ve been with this post – now I can imgaine, no I can see, no! I can FEEL how Awesome the new design is. And truly I tell you – it ROCKS!

Looking forward to the hours before us. There surely is great stuff here for us.

PS: Use bit.ly with ‘Tweet it on Twitter’ button.
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..The Third Jesus – A Book Review =-.

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Ben Lang April 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

Awesome contest. Love the idea, so in!

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Inside the Webb April 4, 2010 at 10:28 am

I’ll def. be participating, sounds awesome and the prizes are great for just having to promote posts
.-= Inside the Webb´s last blog ..Interview with Jacob Gube of Six Revisions Design Blog =-.

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Gautam Hans @ Blog Godown April 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

Great contest, and yes this a great idea for getting traffic from twitter and I hope blogussion gets the required attention

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inspirationfeed April 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

I really need this.

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Richard Scott | Jewelry Secrets April 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

What a crazy contest. You have a lot of great prizes to offer. I’m impressed. This should really help some lucky person out. Good luck ! Have fun!

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King Sidharth April 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

It’s like getting lucky for the first time – almost same sensation. I wanna make sure this is not a delayed April fool’s prank or something…LOL
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..The Third Jesus – A Book Review =-.

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Alex April 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm

I’ve put way too much effort into this for it to be an April Fool, this is the real deal. :D

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King Sidharth April 4, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I know man, you are the real deal. Haha! Love ya for this <3

PS: Reply to mails soon?
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..The Third Jesus – A Book Review =-.

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Nick Tart April 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Awesome!!! This is one of the most well-thought out contests I’ve ever seen, Alex! Nicely done. I’m sure it will be a hit! See you around ;) .
.-= Nick Tart´s last blog ..Interview: Alex Maroko, 5-Month Sprint to 6-Figure Internet Success =-.

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Alex April 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Thanks man, I hope you’re right. :)

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Kevin Tan April 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Instead of just saying this contest is awesome, I’d say this is also a great news for us as a regular reader – Blogussioners. The new and fresh theme will sure to surprise us. I’m looking forward to see the new look. Keep it up Alex! ;)

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Kevin Tan April 4, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I made a mistake in my first tweet attempt lol. I deleted the tweet and re-tweeted anyway to avoid duplicate tweets.

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Tony April 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Thank god for easter? Sweet giveaway!
.-= Tony´s last blog ..The Apple iPad: First Impressions =-.

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Simon | ThemeCave April 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Hi Alex, long time no speak! Damn, this contest sounds awesome, you’ve sure done yourself proud… great prizes and a very nice format.

I know I’ll certainly be competing! There are some great prizes, and they’d sure come in handy for my new project… It’d be unreal to get another theme designed by you after the last one got such an amazing response! :D

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King Sidharth April 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yo Simon! Nice to see you with new brand and face… er… get a Gravatar?

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Alex April 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Thanks man. :D

That would be crazy for you to win this and work with me again. But we’ll see my man.

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Simon | ThemeCave April 6, 2010 at 5:39 am

King, yeah it’s nice to have a new identity. I’m gonna get a gravatar, just need the logo designer to hurry up first! :D

And Alex, yeah we’ll see. It’ll be a joy to retweet your stuff anyway as it’s such good advice. I haven’t really been visiting blogs in general but coming back and seeing all the different ones I used to read reminds me of how much ahead of the pack you are… keep up the good work ;)
.-= Simon | ThemeCave´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

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Christopher April 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

What a great contest! I doubt I will win but I’m going for it anyways, as I usually retweet your stuff. Good luck to everyone though, this is definitely a darn good contest.

Anyways, I know I won’t win but I’m going to enjoy the content anyways, I could use some tips on that lol.
.-= Christopher´s last blog ..What T.A.P.S. Can Teach Us About Business =-.

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Alex April 4, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Aww, have a little more faith than that. You have an equal chance at winning as everyone else, and a better chance than those who do not tweet every article. :D

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Christopher April 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

ha ha thanks Alex. :)
.-= Christopher´s last blog ..What T.A.P.S. Can Teach Us About Business =-.

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Clara Mathews April 5, 2010 at 1:41 am

This come just in time. I just registered the new domain name of my next blog. I would be nice to get some professional design help, not to mention a free copy of Thesis.

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Rohit Sane April 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

What a great contest! I just hope I am lucky enough to win… Lets go for it..
.-= Rohit Sane´s last blog ..Tech-Freak Stuff is now PageRank 3 =-.

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Reza Winandar April 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

I prefer the second prize, and how I will win it surely?
.-= Reza Winandar´s last blog ..This is blog is now Do Follow =-.

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Alex April 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

There’s no guarantee you will win, but there is a chance IF you tweet the articles as the week progresses.

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Harsh Agrawal April 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

Hey nice contest..I retweeted coz you sent the info in retweet group
http://twitter.com/denharsh/status/11640269023
.-= Harsh Agrawal´s last blog ..Webhosting: Hostgator April 2010 Discount Coupon =-.

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Onibalusi Bamidele April 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Hi,
This is really a great contest! count me in. I wish I win a prize :)
Thanks.
.-= Onibalusi Bamidele´s last blog ..You have to read this =-.

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Dennis Edell April 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Very cool contest Alex, extremely well thought out as someone above mentioned and tweetaways looks really cool!
.-= Dennis Edell´s last blog ..Comment Contest and Bonus Winners – March! =-.

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Kharim April 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Nice… I am in it :)
.-= Kharim´s last blog ..How To Increase Your Page Rank =-.

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Jennifer Wilson - Agent Solutions April 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Hey Alex!

Wicked contest. I would love the opportunity to work with you again. I have three projects sitting in the wings. This would be perfect!

Good luck everyone. If you haven’t worked with Alex on a site before, you are in for a treat.
.-= Jennifer Wilson – Agent Solutions´s last blog ..StudioPress Launching New Genesis Theme Framework =-.

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Melvin April 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Great Contest Alex. i think the prizes are pretty sleek… Good luck to everyone.
.-= Melvin´s last blog ..Getting Subscribed to Email Poll Result & Announcements =-.

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Jaydip Parikh April 6, 2010 at 7:02 am

Wonderful contest. Nice to have contest like this.
.-= Jaydip Parikh´s last blog ..Be Rock Star : Join Ahmedabad Blogger Contest : Web Analytics Wednesday Ahmedabad =-.

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Blog4Income April 7, 2010 at 7:07 am

Thanks so much for all your work! It’s very useful thing and made so much help

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Dinesh April 7, 2010 at 10:42 am
Agent Deepak April 7, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I am jumping. Awesome contest. I want to win this.

I have a doubt, we should put only blogussionvs or #blogussionvs. I was using the blogussionvs only.
.-= Agent Deepak´s last blog ..The Secrets of Success – Desire =-.

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Alex April 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Either or, as long as blogussionvs (# or not) is in your tweet, it counts.

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Peter April 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

Great prize! I will take part in this contest to get one of Blogussion license! I love this theme!
.-= Peter´s last blog ..Androsa FileProtector – protect your valuable data =-.

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Simran April 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

Hey Alex its a great contest. Count me in :)
.-= Simran´s last blog ..80+ Websites To Submit And Promote Your Articles =-.

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Mad Geek @beingPC April 9, 2010 at 6:45 am

DOne all steps I hope for d BEST
.-= Mad Geek @beingPC´s last blog ..Lock your programs using AppLocker =-.

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Tinh April 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi Alexa, great contest and here is my tweeted link:

http://twitter.com/blogviet/status/11884177481

Also followed you on Twitter
.-= Tinh´s last blog ..My Blog Joins 45k Alexa with Pagerank 3 =-.

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Christopher April 10, 2010 at 12:19 am

Quick question. I tweeted a couple of your posts but forgot about the hashtag, so I went back and retweeted using your link above the posts (hope that’s okay) which are supposed to have the hashatag. But I noticed in the tweet the hashtag didn’t actually have the # in front of it. Is that allright?
.-= Christopher´s last blog ..Over Selling and Keeping in Touch =-.

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Lee Ka Hoong April 11, 2010 at 7:11 am

Too bad I missed out the easy twitter based contest…Alex when will you hold another contest again? ;)

Awaiting for it. Also, I love your customized thesis theme, looks professional though.

Regards,
Lee
.-= Lee Ka Hoong´s last blog ..5 Ways To Reduce Your Wordpress Blog Bounce Rate =-.

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Online same day payday loans October 1, 2010 at 3:23 am

Congratulations on the new release Alex! Its sounds awesome, and I know it will be high quality coming from you. It takes a lot to explain all that to those who are new to the whole concept of blogging, so now I know where to refer those who have questions about it! Thanks for the great resource.

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