That Time I Got A Good Idea

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Sometimes, I get ideas while I’m scouring the Internet. Or when I’m in the shower. Or while I’m cooking. Sometimes, even when I’m reading. 

It’s no wonder I take ages to finish one thing. 

(It’s taken me several attempts to finish this post.)

Anyway, I have an idea, and I’m going to throw it out there, and see if there are any takers. 

Every month, starting today, I will randomly pick one blog commenter at the end of each month, and offer her (I don’t really have male readers), a free 30-day 150×150 sidebar ad (worth $25) on my blog. All you have to do is comment on at least two posts for the specific month to be in the draw. 

The “winner” can choose to advertise her blog or Etsy shop or business. For free. For 30 days. If the “winner” decides not to take up the offer (but why wouldn’t you?), she can choose to pass it on to a deserving friend. 

How does that sound?

Am I foolish for giving free sidebar space away? Maybe.

Will I ever actually sell any sidebar ads after this? I don’t know.

Frankly, it’s not that important. I just want to do something nice for my readers. You guys have always been so supportive, taking time out to read and comment, to share my posts, to be there for me. It’s my way of thanking you. 

Comment away!

This post is not sponsored by anyone.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • December 2, 2013 Nicole

    I think this is a wonderful idea and a very generous way to share the love! You rock, Alison! I get my best ideas when I’m running, and then I rush home to try to capture them before they evaporate!!
    Nicole recently wrote…TrailHeads Power Gloves Review & GiveawayMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Nicole! Running is a good ‘place’ to think, isn’t it?

  • December 2, 2013 Laura

    I adore this plan and would be incredibly honoured to win. You’re fabulous and kind, Alison, did you know that?
    Laura recently wrote…How to Wait: Resources for AdventMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      You honour me with your words, Laura. xo

  • December 2, 2013 Doctor G

    I think this is a fantastic idea! You are helping a lot of us readers who’ve never considered advertising so far dip a toe in the water. I think you’ll find yourself with a lot of repeat business.

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Deborah, that would be a bonus effect. πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 Lisa

    I only recently discovered your blog and I’m already a fan. What a wonderful way to give back to your loyal readers!

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Lisa! Hope to get to know you better.

  • December 2, 2013 Kerstin

    A great idea! And so kind of you (not that I’m surprised – you’re one of the most supportive people in the Interwebz πŸ™‚ )
    Kerstin recently wrote…What to write about… and diet.My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks. πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 Kim

    That is awesome, Alison. Such a generous thing to do for your readers!
    Kim recently wrote…EmbracedMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you like the idea, Kim!

  • December 2, 2013 Jennifer

    What a wonderful idea and incredibly generous of you! Thank you for the opportunity!
    Jennifer recently wrote…#Coverho Recommendations for 2013My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for playing along, Jennifer!

  • December 2, 2013 Vanita

    that is the sweetest idea I’ve even seen! Count me in! I know someone who is truly deserving and will fit nicely with your other ads.
    Vanita recently wrote…The Ultimate Secret To Making Your Blog Go Cha-Ching!My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      It’s so you, thinking of someone else. πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 Christine

    This is incredible generous of you. I’m continually struck by your kindness to others. And it’s impossible for me to finish any one thing. I’m currently in the middle of about 5 different tasks.
    Christine recently wrote…It’s Official. I’m a Yoga Teacher.My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      It’s like the opening of 20 tabs in my browser – “multi-tasking”. πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 Tamara

    I adore that we both published blog posts last night that started with “That Time..” Great writing minds think alike!! I think it’s a great idea and I know I will comment on at least two posts, because I read and comment on all. Here’s hoping!
    Tamara recently wrote…That Time I’m Certain My Life Was In Danger..My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      YES, great minds! When I saw your post, that’s exactly what I thought too!

  • December 2, 2013 Rebecca

    This is so awesome! And you know what is the coolest part about it? You’re totally going to get new readers/commenters because of it! LOVE!
    Rebecca recently wrote…My Week in Pictures: 365 ProjectMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      That would be a bonus!

  • December 3, 2013 Jenni Chiu

    See – just as I thought. You’re a giver.
    Jenni Chiu recently wrote…Elan Gale – Being An Asshole In Hopes of Teaching Others Not To Be AssholesMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      And you’re awesome.

  • December 3, 2013 Cori

    Holy wow, I LOVE this idea πŸ™‚ Creativity comes at the most random times for me.
    Hope you had a great weekend!
    Cori recently wrote…Half Ironman Training PrepMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you like the idea, Cori! Have a great weekend!

  • December 3, 2013 Katie

    I think this is a really generous idea, Alison. Take me out of the drawing though. I just wanted to comment to tell you I love your generous heart πŸ™‚
    Katie recently wrote…Project 365 {week 48}My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, that’s so sweet of you. I can keep you in the draw. If you win, give the space to someone you love. xo

  • December 3, 2013 Hillary

    I think this is a fabulous idea! Especially since you have so many commenters and followers. I’m sure we’d all love the chance to be on your side bar πŸ™‚
    Hillary recently wrote…25 Family Activities For DecemberDec 02ndMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      It would be an incredible honor for me to have my lovely readers in my sidebar!

  • December 3, 2013 Jennifer

    I think this is a very cool and generous idea.
    Jennifer recently wrote…Help Your Favorite Causes With FlipGiveMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Jennifer.

  • December 3, 2013 Natalie

    Love this Alison! What a wonderful way to support your readers! Hope you had a great weekend!
    Natalie recently wrote…The Not-So-Nice Part of Being OnlineMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I am having a lovely weekend, Natalie!

  • December 3, 2013 julie gardner

    Remember when I said you’re one of the most generous people I’ve ever *met*?


    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Love you. xo

  • December 3, 2013 Susanna Leonard Hill

    What a great idea, Alison! I love it! And so generous of you! (I’ve tried 3 times to comment and the spam thing keeps shutting me down even though I’ve checked the box and read the post. Here’s hoping 4 is the charm! :))
    Susanna Leonard Hill recently wrote…Rhyme Clinic With Linda Ashman!My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Glad you love the idea, Susanna!
      (sorry about the commenting thing, it’s an anti-spam tactic, I’ve been plagued by spammers lately)

  • December 3, 2013 My Inner Chick

    Love. Love. Love….

    you, Alison Lee!

    You rock like GAGA! xx

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      That is a huge compliment, thank you, Kim!

  • December 3, 2013 Christopher D Drew

    As one of your male readers I will say this is a really neat idea.
    Christopher D Drew recently wrote…Breaking The Rules- 2nd Day Of AdventMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Yay for my sole male reader!

  • December 3, 2013 Keely

    How awesome is this? And you?! (The answer. Very. A lot.)
    Keely recently wrote…Terrible Mom: Holiday Prep Edition.My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Ack, thank you!! #flattered

  • December 3, 2013 Elaine A.

    Girrrrrl, I’ll take free space on your awesome blog any day! I hope I “win”! πŸ˜€ Great idea!!

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I hope you do too!! xo

  • December 3, 2013 Kristen

    What a wonderful idea, Alison! That’s so awesome of you.

    I will admit that I have a crazy time finishing blog posts because I always get my best ideas when I’m doing something else, and it’s impossible for me to drop everything and write. By the time I get the chance to actually sit down and write, I’ve usually forgotten everything!
    Kristen recently wrote…Happy ThanksgivingMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Oh that sounds so familiar!

  • December 3, 2013 erin margolin

    I think you are so generous to do this…even though I don’t even know what I’d do with an ad or how to create one! xoxo

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      If you win? I’ll help you with the button. πŸ™‚

  • December 3, 2013 Ma Teresa Grech Racal

    wow! nice one… this offer will be a good one especially for a newbie blogger like me… hoping that I will be picked as a winner… About writing topics for one’s blog, when I am about to sleep already, that is the time that ideas usually come up, when I am about to sleepy already. hehehe!
    Ma Teresa Grech Racal recently wrote…Our Way of Family BondingMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Ideas come at the most inconvenient times, don’t they?

  • December 3, 2013 Sarah

    It will certainly be an interesting experiment! I’ve not ventured into the world of trying to sell ads or sponsoring blogs, have you done either before?
    Sarah recently wrote…Merry Christmas to YOU — a giveaway!My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I have, a few. It’s been hit and miss, but for the most part, I’ve never regretted trying it out. πŸ™‚

  • December 3, 2013 NJ

    I think this is an amazing and very generous idea! It is your blog, your rules. I think it would be a great way to meet some new friends!
    NJ recently wrote…My Favorite Holiday SongsMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I sure hope so!

  • December 3, 2013 Kam kay

    Love the idea! I ‘d be so happy to make it to your sidebar ad … lol. Thanks for the opportunity!
    Kam kay recently wrote…5 Best Caribbean Cruises For Your Next VacationMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Good luck!

  • December 3, 2013 Adrienne

    This is a great idea! I’ve thought about doing something similar, but never let the thought get farther than my head. I actually thought about doing some kind of ad giveaway on FB and randomly picking someone from the comments on a thread. I just might have to follow your lead on this one! πŸ˜‰
    Adrienne recently wrote…The Best Of Christmas at The Mommy MessMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Do it, Adrienne!

  • December 3, 2013 Lisa

    I’ll take an ad πŸ˜‰ What a lovely thing to offer. If you pick me, you will be helping the other shops I am helping on my site, too – Bonus!
    Lisa recently wrote…Do you see what I see?My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      That would be awesome! Good luck!

  • December 3, 2013 Angela Youngblood

    What a wonderful, generous idea! Love it. πŸ™‚ I’m so glad I started following you on everything. I’ve loved getting to know you and your sweet family.
    Angela Youngblood recently wrote…It’s Christmas TimeMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Angela, I’m glad too. I adore you and your blog!

  • December 3, 2013 Jenn

    I think this is a neat idea, Alison! I’d love to win. I’ve been terrible at keeping up with reading my favorite blogs (yours included) but this past weekend I finally got back into Bloglovin’.
    Jenn recently wrote…Using doTERRA in my treatment planMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I hope you win, Jenn! The fun will be ongoing for as long as I keep blogging! So very many opportunities. πŸ™‚

  • December 3, 2013 Stacey

    Maybe it’s just because I get ideas the same way, but I think it’s brilliant!! πŸ˜‰ The thing I hate most is when I get an idea while I’m running, but can’t remember what it was by the time I get home!
    Stacey recently wrote…Magic wordsMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Time to carry a voice recorder with you on runs? πŸ™‚

  • December 4, 2013 Kristin Shaw

    Who would NOT want to win a sidebar ad on your fabulous blog? Count me in. I love this idea, and I think it’s very sweet of you to offer it to your readers.
    Kristin Shaw recently wrote…What I will knowMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      You flatter me, sweetie! xo

  • December 4, 2013 Stevie

    Wow, Alison, this is a great and nice thing to do for your readers! I love your graphic too. I tend to get good ideas when I’m driving, often times while the radio is on. The bad thing is I sometimes forget them, because I can’t write them down while I’m driving.
    P.S. You are the coolest ever.
    Stevie recently wrote…Ask Away Friday with Michelle of A Dish of Daily LifeMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Record your ideas on your phone! πŸ™‚
      I created the graphic using, my new obsession. πŸ™‚

  • December 4, 2013 Rebeccafaith

    Brilliant idea! Something tells me you have great ideas more than just “sometimes.” lol
    Rebeccafaith recently wrote…How Long Is a Baby a Baby?My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks, you flatter me. πŸ™‚

  • December 4, 2013 Rivki Silver

    What a nice idea! I can totally get behind this (it will also encourage me to actually read and comment, something that I’ve been slacking off on lately).
    Rivki Silver recently wrote…Dealing with DisappointmentMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      That’s what I hope this will do – bring commenting back. πŸ™‚

  • December 4, 2013 Carolyn Y

    I get my ideas in the strangest of places too.
    This is a great and nice thing to do!
    Carolyn Y recently wrote…Paper Clip AngelsMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Carolyn!

  • December 4, 2013 Allie

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! Yes – count me in! Is it the end of Decemeber yet?
    Allie recently wrote…My 20 Year High School Reunion – What I Least ExpectedMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Hee! It’s sprinting towards the 31st for sure!

  • December 4, 2013 Ilene

    It takes me ages to finish one thing too. I love this idea! And so generous! I will definitely take you up on this if I am chosen!
    Ilene recently wrote…Modern Family: Jersey EditionMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Glad you like the idea, and good luck! πŸ™‚

  • December 4, 2013 Story Paige

    What a generous idea! My musings come to me sporadically also, with the most recent on a plane coming home from Thanksgiving break.
    Story Paige recently wrote…Something’s MissingMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, and good luck!

  • December 4, 2013 Michelle

    I think it’s a fun idea! I’ve never really looked at that avenue but a blogging friend of mine was doing a special promo for something she wanted to highlight, so I signed up to be a sponsor. Sometimes it’s fun to try something different.
    Michelle recently wrote…Gifts Any Photographer Will LoveMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I do like trying something different, and this is fun!

  • December 4, 2013 Amber Day Hicks

    What a fantastic idea!!! You are simply fabulous my friend. XO. ~A~
    Amber Day Hicks recently wrote…Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!!!My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Amber!

  • You once again win at being awesome!
    The best ideas usually come to me when I’m stuck in traffic, perhaps because that is the time I’m actually, physically standing still and have nothing else to do/distract me.
    Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes recently wrote…Why my kids are entirely to blame for my croissant habbitMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Tinne! Driving is a good time/ place to think, that’s true.

  • December 4, 2013 MomWithaDot

    Amazing Idea Alison! You are the only wonderful writer, excellent marketing strategist, really nice person and an ever loving Mom; All rolled into one person that I know. You rock girl!
    MomWithaDot recently wrote…Happy Thanksgiving – Enjoy The Feast!!My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks so much for your sweet words!

  • December 5, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Such a great idea! I’m sure many people including me!
    Amanda Jillian recently wrote…Yuletide Tree {34/365}My Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I hope so!

  • December 5, 2013 Tammy

    I LOVE this idea! And now that I have a kick-ass designer who’s made me all cute, I have something nice enough to put in your space (see that? See how optimistic I am?).
    Tammy recently wrote…You Need to Make These CookiesMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I do love your optimism. πŸ™‚

  • December 6, 2013 Greta

    This is a really awesome idea! It’s a great way to give back to your loyal readers. πŸ™‚
    Greta recently wrote…My #JamberryChallengeMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, I’m glad you think so. πŸ™‚

  • December 7, 2013 Ashlee

    You’re always so sweet, Alison. This is such an awesome idea! I may do something similar like this on my new blog. I love the idea of giving back to the readers (other than a typical giveaway)!

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I was so worried people would think it was a stupid idea, so thank you for your kind words! Look forward to your new blog.

  • December 7, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I love that I’m seeing so many comments here. Smart people who know a good thing when they see it. πŸ™‚ I’m going to make competition even more fierce and let more people know about it!
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…Back to our Regularly Scheduled ProgramMy Profile

    • December 7, 2013 Alison

      I’m so glad that people thought this was a good idea – I was sure it would be a flop πŸ™‚ And thank you!

  • December 7, 2013 Susan

    You are one of the best commenters and comment repliers out there in the blogosphere. I agree that so much of the connection in blogging comes in the comments but folks rare do so anymore. I bet part of that is that we’re often on our mobile devices where it’s a PITA to comment. I mean, come on. Commenting on my iphone is a huge hassle. =( Somebody should get on that with an app!
    Susan recently wrote…Yes, I’m Still BreastfeedingMy Profile

    • December 8, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you, Susan. Yes, cell phone commenting IS a PITA. Sigh.

  • December 11, 2013 Andrea

    Just when I thought you were the most encouraging, giving blogger out there, you go and top yourself! It’s a great idea. xoxo
    Andrea recently wrote…The Liebster AwardMy Profile

    • December 11, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad you like the idea, Andrea!

  • December 14, 2013 runnermom-jen

    You’re awesome, Alison πŸ™‚
    P.S. I get ideas the same way you do!
    runnermom-jen recently wrote…Sunset Running…My Profile

    • December 14, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you Jen!

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