Birthday Giveaway: #LinkYourLife Turns One and You Get the Gift

Happy 1st Birthday #LinkYourLife

I had this tiny idea to start an online community of people who actually get to know each other using a Twitter hashtag and WOW! I thought maybe I’d get a small group of tender-hearted bloggers to interact regularly. That’s what we were before Shareen Mansfield stepped on board. She is both my soul twin and complement. Shareen stepped in to facilitate Twitter sharing while I began linking up on Facebook.

YOU GUYS! Can you believe how big we’ve grown? We think a party is in order. Here’s what we want to do.

One of you #LinkYourLifers is going to get a $50 Amazon or cash gift card (you choose), but we want you to work for it just a little bit. You can do this if you’re new to #LinkYourLife as well. Here’s how it goes:

Write a post short by or long about any of the following and publish it by FRIDAY MAY 27: what #LinkYourLife means to you, how you heard about it, why you keep coming back, what you gain, friends you have made or any other aspect of LYL that speaks to you. (You know I’m about to teach a class on love letters. Taking that route will earn you bonus points in my heart, but it will still only get you one entry for this prize drawing.) It would be cool if you linked to a post you read through #LinkYourLife that resonated with you, but that’s totally not an entry requirement.

If you want to link back to a How To #LinkYourLife post, there’s one on THQ here, and one on OTV here. But really just let Shareen or myself know that you wrote a thing. Send us a link somewhere or comment at the bottom of this post saying, “Hey, here’s one!” That way we won’t miss you when we do our drawing.

I will combine my super-duper-wild-linky-thinky skills with Shareen’s eff-it-I-got-this skills to collate your links (hopefully in a couple of roundups!) and randomly choose a birthday gift winner by May 27.

And how about next year we have two gifts? And so on for every #LinkYourLife birthday?

With love,

Shawna and Shareen

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

6 Discussion to this post

  1. I can’t wait to make our mugs & t-shirts. Happy Birthday!

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  2. Norah Colvin says:

    Congratulations! This is awesome.

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  3. Charlotte Farhan says:

    Happy Birthday guys!! xxx I wish I could take part in this but have too much on right now. But will write a post anyway to let my followers know how important LinkYourLife is to me xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  4. […] and in celebration, Shareen and Shawna are having a giveaway. You can get the details here and here. And if you haven’t already, join the party every Friday and the Facebook group. You’ll […]

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