Writing Happiness Giveaway: Win a Free Blog Critique in 2 Easy Steps

It’s time to say thank you to my loyal readers who have been following me for a while, I couldn’t be here without your support and kindness.

It’s also time to welcome my new subscribers. That includes you, looking at my blog for the first time today.

This is a Writing Happiness giveaway: a chance for TWO lucky people to win a highly personalized, free critique for their blogs.

The prize – Free Full Length Blog Critiques for TWO

What each will contain.

An Analysis of the First impressions 
Did you know that every first time visitor makes a decision – within first 3 SECONDS – if they like your blog or not. Are you doing everything right to get your message across?

This section will include a review of your blog title, your tag line, the chosen theme, design and usability elements, USP, social proof etc.

Suggestions for improvements.

An in-depth Discussion of your Content
Ok so now that you have the visitor’s attention, have you got what it takes for them to visit your blog again? To even become a subscriber? It’s all about the content.

Helping you to identify who are you writing for and rethink your blog purpose.

A discussion of your post titles; are they doing their job?

How does your writing compare in the genre of web writing. Is it scannable, benefit driven, key word friendly?

Consolidating everything so it comes together with a central cohesiveness – giving it that wow factor.

Suggestions for improvements.

Promotion Strategies
Simple things you can do to promote your blog. You don’t have to be a social butterfly, I am not.

What it will not contain.
How to optimize your blog for SEO, how to improve your graphics. I will advise on what you need to do as a blog writer. The focus will be on the content.

If you go around the market, they cost anywhere between $99. 00 to $300.00. You get this for free – just to say thank you for being such an awesome reader! 🙂

Here is How

All you have to do is …

1. Like Writing Happiness Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/WritingHappiness) If you already are a fan, leave a comment saying you would like a free critique.

2. Tweet this post. Don’t forget @WritingH mention.

2 simple steps – under 20 seconds.

Then leave a comment here saying you have done these things and you would like a critique.

The giveaway will run for a week, finishing on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011.

I will do a draw on Nov 30 and pick TWO winners. The winners would be announced on the blog.

I will also contact you and let you know. If you have any specific questions related to your content, you can email them to me and I will include them in the critique.

I will email the document to you as a pdf format. In case you agree, I might consider publishing the critique as a Writing Happiness post thus bringing you some publicity as well.

If there is anything else you need clarification with AFTER the critique has been done, I am happy to get back to you via email.

That’s it.

This is my way of saying an extra thank you to my readers who always help spread the word about it too.

Now hop over to my Facebook page and twitter. Don’t forget to leave a comment after this post. Best of luck! 🙂


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  1. Karen Says :
    Posted on November 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Tweeted and left a facebook comment! 2012 is the year I sort out my blog. An in-depth critique would really help 🙂 By the way, I just love ‘Marya’s Truths’. One of the things that really caught my attention the first time I landed here at Writing Happiness.

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Karen. great to hear from you. So glad you like my truths. When I moved from my personal blog to Writing Happiness, the general advice seemed to suggest to take them off – I didn’t. I think, for anyone visiting my blog for the first time, its a great way for them to know me at a glance. It tells them who am I as a person and what my values are and how my truths will continue to make an appearance throughout my posts. Thanks so much, it really uplifted my mood to read your words today. Cheers 🙂


  2. Carol Zombo Says :
    Posted on November 22, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Marya, I just discovered your blog yesterday and today I see this opportunity for a critique! I tweeted the post and liked your blog on Facebook both as BlogRehab.com and WritingTipsNewsletter.com. I would love a critique! Thanks!
    Carol Zombo

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Carol, welcome! 🙂

      I thought this might encourage some new readers and lurkers to make themselves known, seems to be working. 🙂 Best of luck.


  3. Barry R. Silver Says :
    Posted on November 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’m in but I must tell you I’m a little unhappy about having to tweet the contest, since it might reduce my chance to win. Happy Thanksgiving to a heckuva a great writer and blogger.

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Barry. It’s always a delight to hear from you mate. 🙂 My regular readers do get something extra – even if they don’t win, I might still be persuaded to do a critique for them because I love them so much. Thanks for your kind words – exactly what I needed to hear today.


  4. Ali Says :
    Posted on November 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    That’s fancy 🙂 Count me in as well…

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      You are in! Best of luck Ali.

  5. Catherine Says :
    Posted on November 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Well I’m a fan and I’ll tweet BUT I”m not a FB fan as of yet. I’m not sure I ever will be. You’ve helped me with our last contact and I will do the homework you suggested.
    You can update your profile to “Writing Coach”

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Hi Catherine, thank you so much for your kind words. I always love hearing from you.

      Don’t worry about the FB. You are in! Best of luck. 🙂

      Your comment made my day! :))

  6. Justin | Personal Growth Says :
    Posted on November 23, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Hi Marya,
    This is an awesome ideas to offer to your readers. Many of us think that our blog is the best but it is always best to get an honest and real point of view from another pro.

    • marya
      Posted on November 23, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you Justin. Are you interested?

  7. Praveen Rajarao Says :
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Hi Marya
    FB- liked
    Twitter – tweeted
    Would love to have my blog picked to get the experts opinions.

    • marya
      Posted on November 24, 2011 at 1:46 am

      Hey Praveen, good to see you again. Best of luck.

      Pssst, there are a few people who will still get a mini critique even if they don’t win because I promised them some time ago. Your chances are very good! 🙂
      Many thanks.

      • Praveen Rajarao Says :
        Posted on November 26, 2011 at 6:23 am

        Alright..am all excited about this already. Will be good to think of a complete makeover for my blog. Thanks Marya.

  8. Guulo Says :
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 3:03 am

    Done, not just for the critque purpose (although that is added bonus), but I enjoy your blog and want to support it. Cheers 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:14 am

      Thanks so much Guulo, and also for leaving your lovely comment on write to done blog. Really appreciate it.


  9. Ruth - The Freelance Writing Blog Says :
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Done, done and…done! Fingers crossed that I’m the winner Marya.

    • marya
      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:16 am

      Hi Ruth. I am so humbled that you are considering me to review your blog. 🙂 I hope you win too, and just not here, over at write to done. Congrats for receiving so many nominations, you deserve it! Best of luck. 🙂


  10. Farouk Says :
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    very good idea Marya : )

    • marya
      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:18 am

      Glad you approve Farouk. 🙂

  11. Kelly Hall
    Posted on November 24, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Damn, here goes my chance to win to free review. I am still working on my blog and haven’t lauched it.

    Great to see nominations for you over at write to done blog for Top 10 writing sites. I have added mine. Hope you win.

    • marya
      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 4:19 am

      Thanks for your comment and also for nominating me at write to done’s competition. Like I said in my reply over there, time to start your blog NOW! 🙂


  12. Ezekel Says :
    Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Done! Would love to have you review my blog Marya(www.ezekelalan.com). The invitation is open to anyone else who has the time and interest! Thanks for the opportunity. And I too enjoy your blog

    • marya
      Posted on November 25, 2011 at 8:05 am

      Thank you Ezekel. Nice to meet you. 🙂


  13. Rohan Says :
    Posted on November 25, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    It would be definitely great if I can get critique for my blog. It will definitely help me to improve my blog quality.

    • marya
      Posted on November 26, 2011 at 2:20 am

      And you need to to is do the two things to go into the draw. Best of luck.

  14. Carrie Says :
    Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Although I would be very nervous and anxious for an honest critique of my newest blog, I thought “Why not?” I never win giveaways 🙂 Nice to meet you and I’m a new facebook follower!

    • marya
      Posted on November 26, 2011 at 2:22 am

      Hi Carrie. Actually it doesn’t have to be public if you are nervous about that, I can email it to you if you win. Also, I promise to be very gentle. Best of luck. 🙂


  15. Pat Iyer Says :
    Posted on November 27, 2011 at 3:18 am

    I’m happy to discover a writer’s blog and the list of writing blogs. Thanks to Barry Silver, I found out about the contest. I maintain four blogs and would love a critique.

    • marya
      Posted on November 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Hi Pat, welcome! 🙂 All you need to enter is to like the writing happiness fan page and tweet the post itself. That’s it. Best of luck.

      And thanks Barry for spreading the word. 🙂


  16. Rob From Amersfoort Says :
    Posted on November 28, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Your blog is very inspirational. You now even got me to tweet and to update my facebook, so again I was finally forced to learn a new things. Also your constant nagging (in a nice way) about a decent ‘about me’ page really helped, so thanks!

    • marya
      Posted on November 28, 2011 at 1:13 am

      Thank you Rob. I am happy to take any credit for my nagging if it got you to make a few changes. Well done. Hope it gets you the results you hope for.


  17. Liz@LastChanceTraining Says :
    Posted on November 29, 2011 at 3:45 am

    HI Marya,
    I’m already a FB fan and will tweet this one out. As a new blogger, I would love any tips that you can give me. I really appreciate it!

    Liz N

    • marya
      Posted on November 29, 2011 at 5:01 am

      Thanks very much Liz, and also being the first one to nominate me as Top 10 Writing Blogs over at Write to Done. Hoping we both win – wouldn’t that be something? Best of luck. 🙂


  18. Kerryn Says :
    Posted on November 29, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Hi Marya, what a great prize! Enter me in the draw please. 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on November 29, 2011 at 5:00 am

      Thanks Kerry. Just in time! Best of luck. 🙂

  19. Sonya Says :
    Posted on November 29, 2011 at 5:12 am

    What a great prize!! I know my blog needs help so count me in please. FB & Twitter done. Thanks so much. 🙂

    • marya
      Posted on November 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you Sonya. Best of luck and hope to see you hang around in future as well … 🙂


  20. Ali Says :
    Posted on December 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

    hey, did you announce the results?

    • marya
      Posted on December 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Sorry for the unexpected delay Ali, (fell ill), will do a post shortly announcing the winners – and a surprise too. Watch this space .. 🙂

  21. marya
    Posted on December 6, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Hi everyone,

    In case you are not a subscriber (yet) (and why not?), the two winners are

    Karen and Carrie.

    Congratulations to you both. Will get in touch with email later today!