I wouldn’t normally do this on here but many of my blog readers have been massive supporters of our shops (indeed without our friends, they would never have got off the ground) and I need some help with something. I’ve no idea if this will work but I’m doing it here, partly because I know it will get greater exposure and partly as I might get to give something to a few of my readers.
As some of you will know, our businesses are now our only income; they do okay and we’re fine but we know that we need to grow them more to support us long term and this month Max and I took the decision to work as UK Distributor for Rubens Barn dolls. We’re very excited about it particularly as we have a real passion for the dolls. We’ve had several in the house for a good couple of years now and they are hugely loved. Something about their shape, their size and their weight and even more something about their unconventional look, has made them really adored by all our girls.
Just after Freddie died, Rubens Barn kindly sent Josie one of them, the little boy doll, Eric, part of their new baby range which we just love. They are soft, cuddly, anatomically correct and seem to give back as much love to her as she gives it. Rubens Barn dolls are suitable for the Empathy Doll Approach, a method of using dolls with children to explore emotional concepts and feelings, and it has been really good for her. But more than anything, he is just a lovely armful of adorable doll, the nicest soft baby doll I think I have ever seen.
To make a success of this new part of our business, I need to get the word out so here is my offer. I’m making it big, because we have to make this count, so I’m really going to need some help. (I honestly don’t know if I can get anywhere close to this number.)
If I can get 100 comments here, I’ll give out a baby to a randomised person in the comments thread.
If I can get 200, I’ll give away one based on what I think of what you said about the doll, because I’m looking for comments that will help me sell these and give me views of what customers like about them. Please write in a comment only if you are happy for me to use your words in our sales material.
If I can get 300 I’ll give our one based on a randomised tot up of how many places you let people know about them (twitter, facebook, blog, named forum) so make sure in your comment you tell me where you spoke of them.
If I can get more than that, I’ll have to think of something else – maybe a voucher to spend on the site.
I know I’ve asked for big numbers and maybe I’ll only get 10 comments 😆 in which case, I’ll say thank you and try something else. I will be closing this in one week, on Saturday morning next week at 11.59am
Lastly, you may have seen that I am doing occasional sponsored posts on here now. I want to explain why, in case you missed it before. I’m giving all the money from one set of them directly to Hinchingbrooke SCBU; it’s something that I can do for them, it’s giving me something interesting to try and write to a brief about and it is helping me focus on something positive. I can only say that *I* am not benefiting other than psychologically but I apologise because I have been offered a couple to do which need doing this weekend – the money for the SCBU unit is good and so I hope you’ll forgive me 🙂 The other bits, which are less invasive really, I am spending the money on days out for the kids which in turn I hope will give me something worth blogging about 🙂
So; normal service to be shortly resumed – I’ve been up to my ears in Nano this last couple of weeks but I’ll soon be back with all the half written posts 🙂
Thanks in advance for your support. I’m looking forward to giving out some freebies.