On November 29th 2011 I wrote a sponsored blog post for Izea’s Social Spark to advertise for Brand Thunder, which is a cool website where you can create browser themes for Internet Explorer and Firefox. One of the requirements was that I create a holiday browser theme and enter in their contest to win an iPad2.
On December 17th 2011 I found out that my browser theme was good enough to be in the top 5 browser themes eligible to win an iPad2. I asked for votes here on my blog, and on Facebook and Twitter. I wasn’t as successful as the 3rd and 4th holiday browser themes because not enough people voted for me, so I lost.
Well, I didn’t really lose, I was still in the top 5 so I consider that to be successful enough. Because I was in the top 5, I won a $25 gift card for Amazon.com, and tonight I bought a new webcam for my desktop.
The webcam that I have on my desktop is a Flexic@m which at one time was acceptable, but it’s such a horrible webcam that I no longer want to use it. I would much rather have this Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 because it is HD 16:9 and it has a mic. I would like to be able to call my aunts and friends with Skype, but I can’t because I don’t have a mic. I can use the built-in webcam on my Chromebook, but it doesn’t do Skype.
I would also like to be able to do time-lapse videos to put on YouTube. I have a time-lapse video of my Scooby Doo Chia Pet, which is not that great because of the horrible webcam. Tonight I tried making a time-lapse video of my lava lamp, but the webcam is so horrible that you can’t see the beautiful colors of the lava. That was my motivation for choosing to buy a new webcam.
This webcam was only $24 and it was available for free shipping if I paid $25. In order for me to get the free shipping, I had to buy something else, so I chose to buy a $5 4GB USB memory stick. I needed a new memory stick anyway so this is perfect. The USB memory stick I have now is only 1GB and it’s almost full, so I had planned on upgrading anyway. What I’d like to do is take all of my photos off of the 1GB stick, and put them on the 4GB stick. I can use the 1GB stick for my book as a backup.
I wasn’t expecting to win the iPad2, and frankly I didn’t think my holiday browser theme was as good as the other ones, so I’m happy for the person who did win because they certainly deserved it. Even though an iPad2 would have been cool, I’m happy to have a new webcam and USB memory stick. So thank you Brand Thunder for the Amazon $25 gift card, I really do appreciate it.