Lisa from Whimsical Bohemian created this event in 2007. The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way. 2007 had roughly 85-90 participants and many connections were made because of it. Many of those friendships are still going strong.
In 2008, that number about tripled. In 2009 there were 911 participants. To say Lisa was amazed is an understatement. 28 countries were represented in the 2009 event as well.
This is more than wanting to win something, that is only the means. In the end it's about finding kindred spirits. Someone who may be fairly new to blogging, not sure how to navigate, find others and have others find them. Some are long time bloggers and in some cases well known in the blogging community. Whatever the case it brings all of them together.
This is an INTERNATIONAL event that has and had participants from the US, Canada, France, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Brazil, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England,Wales, Slovenia and more. It transcends geographical location, socio economics, political affiliation and religious beliefs. It's a coming together like the giant community we are on this planet.
If only it took a simple giveaway to create PEACE everywhere, in the mean time here we give from our hearts. We are not solving the worlds problems nor are we curing anything nor are we changing the world. We are merely generating a closer community between humans through blogging. Lisa says, "What more could I ask for, my little idea has surpassed my wildest dreams of what it could become."