Realm Maintenance Podcast was one podcast I had been listening to from its early days - it's kinda cool to have seen it go from a 10 minute show to the huge thing it is today! The podcaster is Rho, whom I have navispammed by accident way back when I was looking for Amijade (not realising they were in the same guild - what are the odds?)
I liked listening to Realm Maintenance because it was short, and I could listen to it on the way to work. I even remember the first day I listened to it - Rho had been on Group Quest and then he started his own podcast so I thought I'll go listen to that. I am not much of a podcast listener because they're so long and I haven't got time to listen to podcasts every week. But the first episode was really short, and I thought, ok cool, I can listen to this while I'm cooking dinner or driving to work.
So what does he talk about? Rho likes to give podcast love in his podcast so he interviews other podcasters and also features a podcast, getting them known and out there. He has a segment which I like, which is round the World of Warcraft in 80 seconds, which gives me the highlights of the week in the World of Warcraft.
A few weeks ago, he said he was having a giveaway! I love competitions, but I didn't want to win anything, I just wanted to show support for his podcast (coz I know what it's like when you have a competition but nobody enters, so I didn't want him to feel like that). Of course, I didn't have to worry - he had TONS of people entering! Since it was a podcast, I felt like I should submit an mp3 - I could have done an email, but it's a podcast, right? I should do what they do on podcasts... talk! Being a blogger though, I'm not really good at this thing but I thought in the spirit of the show I would try.
I got a tweet from Rho warning me that this week's Episode 50 was going to be LOOOONG. I was a bit bummed, because it meant that I wouldn't be able to finish it on the way to and from work!
Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Rho saying I'd won! I had only listened to the beginning of the show and I got an email when I was at work! He said I could have a game time instead of the pet, and I wanted to say no, you keep it I don't need it, but I thought... you know if someone did that to my competition, I'd think "Well, that's nice of you but I really want to give it to you!" and though a game time is a cool prize, I was hoping that I could get something that would forever remind me of the competition and of Rho so I asked him if I could get something of equivalent value - which was one of the vanity helms.
So on the way home I tried to finish listening to the show. Now that I knew I had won I wanted to hear what he'd said. And of course, it was at the END of the podcast. There were lots of great entries and Anne Stickney's interview was a big favourite.
Now I had the big warm fuzzies when Rho said this about my entry:
And the last entry for the contest is well I've kind of saved the best for last in my opinion. Now as I've told you guys as far as the winners for this contest go, I was going to pick one that was the best entry although all of these entries are awesome and amazing and I appreciate them. I was going to award what I thought was the best one with one of the prizes and we'd have a few random winners too. So right now you're going to listen to the first winner of the episode 50 contest and it's none other than Navimie of the Daily Frostwolf.Cue me talking. And OMG I totally forgot that I said:
I hope you never change your podcast into a 2 hour long stint because it would lose what I love best about it./facepalm - this was a 2 hour ep! It was the next bit he said that brought an embarrassed but chuffed smile to my face as I was driving.
And this right here is exactly why I am giving people the option of a pet or a month of wow game time, because I figured some of you people might have all the pets, so Navimie, congratulations, your entry was the best one in my opinion, though I said all of them are really very good. But you have won a month of WoW game time unless you want an extra pet to do something with. I just felt that your entry was excellent because while you're not a podcaster you went out of your way to submit an audio entry and it was really heartfelt and very thorough and I just enjoyed the heck out of it, so thank you very much!Thank you Rho for the unexpected prize! I couldn't wait to get home to get my helm and make a post to thank you for your generosity (and show a pic of the lovely prize you gave me).
The other winners of the prizes were Brumfondl, Evelyn and Selira, so big congrats to them too! So happy 50 episodes Rho! And you made me happy too :D