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It’s my birthday today πŸ™‚

As you might have seen on Twitter and my personal blog, I was in a bit of a quandary what to do to celebrate. What do you give the man who has everything?

So I came up with a plan that meant you get a chance at some cool stuff, you get to help others if you feel inclined in lieu of a gift, and if you still want to help me out you can πŸ™‚

The plan?

I will be making a random selection from my email subscribers.

If you are selected you will win one of:

Bliss - for babies born too soon, too small, too sickObviously by being a subscriber to my blog that is gift enough for me, but if you still feel like you want to say happy birthday or thanks or whatever, instead of buying me a beverage,Β  a small donation to Bliss, the UK premature baby charity would be very cool.

Yes this is a blatant attempt to get you onto my email list but I figure it’s my birthday so I should be allowed! πŸ™‚ If you are already an RSS subscriber you will still need to sign up to the daily email list, but feel free to unsubscribe after the draw. Obviously I would love for you to hang around and I have more very cool stuff planned that will only be broadcast to daily email subscribers so you might want to put a filter rule rather than unsubscribe. That’s all I am saying for now πŸ˜‰

So all you need to do is sign up via email. Remember as well as a chance of winning these very excellent prizes, every subscriber gets a free copy of my flagship content ebook, so what are you waiting for? Subscribe already! πŸ™‚

Special thanks to my very generous blogging buddies for donating the prizes πŸ™‚

Thanks also to the people who made suggestions for how I should celebrate

Twitter:

Personal Blog:

UPDATE:

Draw closed, winners selected! Thanks for all who signed up – Remember, there are many more goodies on the way especially for email subscribers so make sure you keep watching your inbox! πŸ™‚

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  1. Happy birthday, Chris! Have a good one! πŸ™‚

  2. Happy birthday, Chris! Have a good one! πŸ™‚

  3. Happy birthday Chris. Go party! Just be sure to come back. πŸ˜€

  4. Happy birthday Chris. Go party! Just be sure to come back. πŸ˜€

  5. Happy Birthday Chris!

    Many happy returns!

    Gareth

  6. Happy B-Day!

    John
    CorporateDollar.Org

  7. Happy Birthday Chris!

    Many happy returns!

    Gareth

  8. Happy B-Day!

    John
    CorporateDollar.Org

  9. Happy birthday fella – you are only as old as you feel mate, keep up the good work and hope to see you at WordCamp events in the future;)

  10. Happy birthday fella – you are only as old as you feel mate, keep up the good work and hope to see you at WordCamp events in the future;)

  11. Happy Birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday!

  13. Happy birthday! Enjoy the day, my friend!

  14. Happy birthday! Enjoy the day, my friend!

  15. Glen Crosier says:

    Yes many happy returns mate, it’s kind of ironic that the conversation I’m tuned into at present is all about “new” ways of communicating…social marketing and less emphasis on good old fashioned email marketing…and then you come along (a new media authority) on your birthday taking big action to increase your email readership…big lesson…are you taking note all those who say email list building is dying !?

    Glen Crosier
    Brighton
    UK

  16. Glen Crosier says:

    Yes many happy returns mate, it’s kind of ironic that the conversation I’m tuned into at present is all about “new” ways of communicating…social marketing and less emphasis on good old fashioned email marketing…and then you come along (a new media authority) on your birthday taking big action to increase your email readership…big lesson…are you taking note all those who say email list building is dying !?

    Glen Crosier
    Brighton
    UK

  17. Happy Birthday Chris!

    Hope you have a prosperous year ahead!

  18. Happy Birthday Chris!

    Hope you have a prosperous year ahead!

  19. Happy Birthday Chris.

    That’s great you have perfomancing ads, i hope they do better this time round. I recently added them to my blog once i heard they where giving the company a second go, i thought i to would dive them a second chance.

  20. Happy Birthday Chris.

    That’s great you have perfomancing ads, i hope they do better this time round. I recently added them to my blog once i heard they where giving the company a second go, i thought i to would dive them a second chance.

  21. A proper birthday blog celebration if I ever saw one! Happy Birthday!

  22. A proper birthday blog celebration if I ever saw one! Happy Birthday!

  23. Happy birthday! You share it with my mum. πŸ™‚

  24. Happy birthday! You share it with my mum. πŸ™‚

  25. Chris,

    Happy birthday. I hope you have a lovely celebration!

    Regards,

    Kelly

  26. Chris,

    Happy birthday. I hope you have a lovely celebration!

    Regards,

    Kelly

  27. Your giveaway is so generous, you must really LOVE birthdays! All I can say is … many happy returns!

  28. Your giveaway is so generous, you must really LOVE birthdays! All I can say is … many happy returns!

  29. Chris, have a very happy birthday! Wishing you all the best for the years ahead…

  30. Chris, have a very happy birthday! Wishing you all the best for the years ahead…

  31. Happy Birthday Chris! It would be interesting to see what you have accomplished since your last birthday, you seem to be everywhere! πŸ™‚

  32. Happy Birthday Chris! It would be interesting to see what you have accomplished since your last birthday, you seem to be everywhere! πŸ™‚

  33. Hey man Happy Birthday!

  34. Hey man Happy Birthday!

  35. Happy Birthday!

  36. Happy Birthday!

  37. A very Happy Birthday to you Chris and many, many more.

    Rich

  38. A very Happy Birthday to you Chris and many, many more.

    Rich

  39. Oi Garrett, what about those of us who subscribe via RSS..?

    Happy Birthday by the way and you can add a pint to the lunch I owe you.

  40. Oi Garrett, what about those of us who subscribe via RSS..?

    Happy Birthday by the way and you can add a pint to the lunch I owe you.

  41. Happy Birthday, and terrific idea. You got me; I’m signing up right now.

  42. Happy Birthday, and terrific idea. You got me; I’m signing up right now.

  43. Chris, happy birthday man. So glad I got to meet you in person at SOBCon08. You deserve every success.

    Oh and shut off the computer at some point today and go have some fun with your family.

    You rock!

  44. Chris, happy birthday man. So glad I got to meet you in person at SOBCon08. You deserve every success.

    Oh and shut off the computer at some point today and go have some fun with your family.

    You rock!

  45. I hope you have a great day, Chris. All the best.

  46. I hope you have a great day, Chris. All the best.

  47. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!

  48. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!

  49. Hey, it’s my birthday too!! Happy Birthday you awesome blog writer.

  50. Hey, it’s my birthday too!! Happy Birthday you awesome blog writer.

  51. Happy birthday mate!

  52. Happy birthday mate!

  53. WOW! Happy B-Day Chris! I’m looking forward to the outcome of the celebration. I’m feeling lucky. πŸ™‚

  54. WOW! Happy B-Day Chris! I’m looking forward to the outcome of the celebration. I’m feeling lucky. πŸ™‚

  55. Happy birthday, Chris! This is indeed a great way to celebrate it!

    Lots of virtual hugs,
    Alina

  56. Happy birthday, Chris! This is indeed a great way to celebrate it!

    Lots of virtual hugs,
    Alina

  57. Hey, don’t they say “It is better to give than to receive”? So thanks for the giveaway announcement on your birthday. May your birthday bring you fun, friends, and favorite foods!

    Happy Birthday!
    Lori
    a.k.a. SpaceAgeSage

  58. Hey, don’t they say “It is better to give than to receive”? So thanks for the giveaway announcement on your birthday. May your birthday bring you fun, friends, and favorite foods!

    Happy Birthday!
    Lori
    a.k.a. SpaceAgeSage

  59. A very happy birthday to you! I’ve subscribed to your blog via email.

  60. Happy Birthday! (It’s my birthday today too)

  61. A very happy birthday to you! I’ve subscribed to your blog via email.

  62. Happy Birthday! (It’s my birthday today too)

  63. Happy Birthday!

  64. Happy Birthday!

  65. Happy Birthday from Los Angeles, and thanks for all your great ideas and posts!

  66. Happy Birthday from Los Angeles, and thanks for all your great ideas and posts!

  67. Happy birthday Chris, hope it is a great one for you. You sure know how to celebrate… giving back to your audience.

    All the best,
    George

  68. Happy birthday Chris, hope it is a great one for you. You sure know how to celebrate… giving back to your audience.

    All the best,
    George

  69. Happy birthday Chris! Wow, your giving away some great prizes. I don’t know, should I spread the news πŸ™‚ that just lessens my chances of winning πŸ™

    Ah, what the heck! I’ll tweet about it, only for you tho otherwise I’d keep this too myself.

    Have a great day Chris!

  70. Happy birthday Chris! Wow, your giving away some great prizes. I don’t know, should I spread the news πŸ™‚ that just lessens my chances of winning πŸ™

    Ah, what the heck! I’ll tweet about it, only for you tho otherwise I’d keep this too myself.

    Have a great day Chris!

  71. Happy birthday Chris!

  72. Happy birthday Chris!

  73. Happy Birthday Chris – hope you’re having a great day!

    Joanna

  74. Happy Birthday Chris – hope you’re having a great day!

    Joanna

  75. Happy birthday Chris! You’ve compiled quite a list of goodies to give away, thanks for helping so many other people on your birthday.

  76. Happy birthday Chris! You’ve compiled quite a list of goodies to give away, thanks for helping so many other people on your birthday.

  77. Happy birthday, Chris…we share a birthday!

  78. Happy birthday, Chris…we share a birthday!

  79. Happy birthday to you.

  80. Happy birthday to you.

  81. Hi Chris,

    Many happy returns of the day–looks as though you have a few here! Hope you get to wear a funny party hat, and have special eats.
    I subscribe via email. Love your insights.

    Celine

  82. Hi Chris,

    Many happy returns of the day–looks as though you have a few here! Hope you get to wear a funny party hat, and have special eats.
    I subscribe via email. Love your insights.

    Celine

  83. Happy Birthday!

  84. Happy Birthday!

  85. Happy birthday, Chris! What a fantastic bash! Take some time off to enjoy your day.

  86. Happy birthday, Chris! What a fantastic bash! Take some time off to enjoy your day.

  87. Happy Birthday! I have to say that I’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot. Have a great one!

  88. Happy Birthday! I have to say that I’ve been reading your blog for a little over a year now, and I’ve learned a lot. Have a great one!

  89. Hi Chris, I just caught this news in my RSS reader. From one July 29th Leo to another, Happy Birthday! I hope you celebrate BIG time!

  90. Hi Chris, I just caught this news in my RSS reader. From one July 29th Leo to another, Happy Birthday! I hope you celebrate BIG time!

  91. Hey Chris, Happy b’day to you. I hope you got my wishes on twitter too πŸ™‚ Excellent prizes too πŸ™‚

  92. Hey Chris, Happy b’day to you. I hope you got my wishes on twitter too πŸ™‚ Excellent prizes too πŸ™‚

  93. Party on Chris! Thanks for sharing your birthday with all of us!

  94. Party on Chris! Thanks for sharing your birthday with all of us!

  95. Happy Birthday Chris!

  96. Happy Birthday Chris!

  97. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    im guessing using a feed reader wont get you into the comp?

    i like using my feed reader!!! ok, since its your birthday chris im going to subcribe via email =]

    oh, and im going to donate to bliss next week!
    anything for a great charity!

  98. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

    im guessing using a feed reader wont get you into the comp?

    i like using my feed reader!!! ok, since its your birthday chris im going to subcribe via email =]

    oh, and im going to donate to bliss next week!
    anything for a great charity!

  99. I wish you good health, love, luck and happy birthday. I hope I will be able to do something for you.

    By the way sorry I missed this post by 1 day πŸ™‚

  100. I wish you good health, love, luck and happy birthday. I hope I will be able to do something for you.

    By the way sorry I missed this post by 1 day πŸ™‚

  101. Hey Chris, happy birthday!!

  102. Hey Chris, happy birthday!!

  103. Yep happy returns on the day Chris! I hope you have a good one.

  104. Yep happy returns on the day Chris! I hope you have a good one.

  105. Happy birthday Chris!

  106. Happy birthday Chris!

  107. Happy Birthday. Well I am sure than I will be in the list eh. Lets see if I win anything.

  108. Happy Birthday. Well I am sure than I will be in the list eh. Lets see if I win anything.

  109. Happy Birthday, Chris!

    Hope it was a good one!

  110. Happy Birthday, Chris!

    Hope it was a good one!

  111. Happy Birthday! Abundant Blessings to you! Sharon from The Psychic Cottage.

  112. Happy Birthday! Abundant Blessings to you! Sharon from The Psychic Cottage.

  113. Happy Happy Birthday Chris! I also wished you Happy Birthday on Twitter with a suggestion, but I don’t think you saw it! :0)

    It was also my birthday (22nd), but I spent it in hospital – oh well, at least I had some company πŸ™‚ hehe

    Well – your celebration certainly beats my suggestion – its fantastic!! and I hope and pray that I win – hint hint! sorrrreeeee! *I think I need to subscribe again though!.

    Your gifts are great! (I too got a gift for someone else on my birthday too – it is a great feeling!) .. the book sounds wonderful, as I have a strong goal to go problogging eventually, among other great things – thinking big!! (I lost my day job from illness – but i see this as a postive thing – a new and exciting world out there for me while I have it!! Very exciting stuff I must say πŸ™‚

    I have been meaning to join Teaching Sells too, since I found out about them about a year ago, but the doors were closed! So I will cross my fingers!. When I came out of the hospital on the day of my birthday, – well, this was the first chance I had to join … so I jumped to the webpage and to my absolute shock and horror – they had just closed the doors – I couldn’t believe it. Now i have to wait another year? I need the knowledge now, and I have sent them an email beggingm pleading to let just one more person in, prettty please? Hoping to hear back from them. I was so disappointed – as have membership script installed, ready – and ideas for my virtual learning ideas (having been an academic lecturer in prior life before my illness)

    oh woe is me. how is that for going on – and on ‘our’ birthdays too!

    I will work it out. I hope that you had a really special day. I think its wonderful that you involved everyone in your day – you give the presies. I will have a look at the children’s fund too – see what I can do, if I read correctly. Just need to fix my laptop, which has now also decided to die on me – can i scream now!

    But I am grateful for all that I have really. How old are you, may I ask?? hehe (I am nearing that big ol’ 40 mark – next year – eek! Perhaps we can celebrate together πŸ˜€
    (I have been a big fan of yours for a long time now, but haven’t really commented until now – and please don’t think that I am s.. up, so I can win a spot in Teaaching Sells. I don’t expect anything. Just love to write, too much. A trademark of mine I guess after having done a phd – keeping things short is the difficult part.

    But I digress – hehe!

    Happy Birthday again – and its great to see all of your followers, the well-wishers here too. Great job Chris!

    Kind Regards
    Meg
    Adelaide, South Australia

  114. Happy Happy Birthday Chris! I also wished you Happy Birthday on Twitter with a suggestion, but I don’t think you saw it! :0)

    It was also my birthday (22nd), but I spent it in hospital – oh well, at least I had some company πŸ™‚ hehe

    Well – your celebration certainly beats my suggestion – its fantastic!! and I hope and pray that I win – hint hint! sorrrreeeee! *I think I need to subscribe again though!.

    Your gifts are great! (I too got a gift for someone else on my birthday too – it is a great feeling!) .. the book sounds wonderful, as I have a strong goal to go problogging eventually, among other great things – thinking big!! (I lost my day job from illness – but i see this as a postive thing – a new and exciting world out there for me while I have it!! Very exciting stuff I must say πŸ™‚

    I have been meaning to join Teaching Sells too, since I found out about them about a year ago, but the doors were closed! So I will cross my fingers!. When I came out of the hospital on the day of my birthday, – well, this was the first chance I had to join … so I jumped to the webpage and to my absolute shock and horror – they had just closed the doors – I couldn’t believe it. Now i have to wait another year? I need the knowledge now, and I have sent them an email beggingm pleading to let just one more person in, prettty please? Hoping to hear back from them. I was so disappointed – as have membership script installed, ready – and ideas for my virtual learning ideas (having been an academic lecturer in prior life before my illness)

    oh woe is me. how is that for going on – and on ‘our’ birthdays too!

    I will work it out. I hope that you had a really special day. I think its wonderful that you involved everyone in your day – you give the presies. I will have a look at the children’s fund too – see what I can do, if I read correctly. Just need to fix my laptop, which has now also decided to die on me – can i scream now!

    But I am grateful for all that I have really. How old are you, may I ask?? hehe (I am nearing that big ol’ 40 mark – next year – eek! Perhaps we can celebrate together πŸ˜€
    (I have been a big fan of yours for a long time now, but haven’t really commented until now – and please don’t think that I am s.. up, so I can win a spot in Teaaching Sells. I don’t expect anything. Just love to write, too much. A trademark of mine I guess after having done a phd – keeping things short is the difficult part.

    But I digress – hehe!

    Happy Birthday again – and its great to see all of your followers, the well-wishers here too. Great job Chris!

    Kind Regards
    Meg
    Adelaide, South Australia

  115. What an awesome way to say thanks to your readers, and how generous of you. Of course, for those who read your blog, we already know how generous you are – thanks for all the great things I’ve learned from reading you.

    Hope you have a terrific Leo birthday! I’m a Leo, too.

  116. What an awesome way to say thanks to your readers, and how generous of you. Of course, for those who read your blog, we already know how generous you are – thanks for all the great things I’ve learned from reading you.

    Hope you have a terrific Leo birthday! I’m a Leo, too.

  117. Chris,

    May today be your best birthday to ever. Many more happy celebrations to follow. Thank you for thinking of us by providing this drawing opportunity.

  118. Chris,

    May today be your best birthday to ever. Many more happy celebrations to follow. Thank you for thinking of us by providing this drawing opportunity.

  119. What a great way to celebrate your birthday. Hope I’m not too late to join in the fun. Belated happy birthday, Chris! πŸ™‚

  120. What a great way to celebrate your birthday. Hope I’m not too late to join in the fun. Belated happy birthday, Chris! πŸ™‚

  121. Happy B – Day Chris! from Northern CA. Thanks for all the great posts and here’s cheers to you.

  122. Happy B – Day Chris! from Northern CA. Thanks for all the great posts and here’s cheers to you.

  123. Happy birthday, Chris! May all your wishes and deepest desires come true πŸ˜›

  124. Happy birthday, Chris! May all your wishes and deepest desires come true πŸ˜›

  125. I guess I’m a few days late, but Happy Birthday!

  126. I guess I’m a few days late, but Happy Birthday!

  127. Happy belated birthday from the birthplace of the US Coast Guard!

  128. Happy belated birthday from the birthplace of the US Coast Guard!

  129. Happy birthday!

  130. Happy birthday!

  131. Love your writing – thank for providing the ‘net with quality stuff! (wikipedia):

    “Happy Birthday to You,” also known more simply as “Happy Birthday,” is a traditional song that is sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most popular song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

    Many great returns on your day!

    Cheers, Jon

  132. Love your writing – thank for providing the ‘net with quality stuff! (wikipedia):

    “Happy Birthday to You,” also known more simply as “Happy Birthday,” is a traditional song that is sung to celebrate the anniversary of a person’s birth. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, “Happy Birthday to You” is the most popular song in the English language, followed by “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” and “Auld Lang Syne”.

    Many great returns on your day!

    Cheers, Jon