Hello, pine cones and sweet berries! What a week it has been. Over 400 of you commented on the Tell Us Everything Week launch post declaring that you would converse and discuss your little hearts out over the next seven days, and boy did you ever! Our comment traffic has soared, as have our spirits and our hearts. You’ve made ASS friends (and tons of ASS jokes), had a lot of feelings about basically everything, been interviewed by our Senior Editors, and supported one another in doing ass-kicking good work around the world. We sang songs, read news, and lurked celebrities together.
It was f*cking awesome.
I know you all are valiant of heart and thus, participated in Tell Us Everything Week for purely altruistic reasons. You came to build community! You came to meet new friends! You came to welcome new queers into the fold, reintroduce yourselves to your fellow long-standing commenters, and otherwise love on one another.
But you also came for prizes.
And that’s where I come in — or, actually, my Dog / Assistant Eli and I. We come bearing the usernames of this week’s seven lucky prize winners who left 5, 10, and sometimes even 15 or more comments in the last week — ranging from postcards from our Senior Eds to sweet mercy and A+ memberships.
As a refresher, here’s what those seven lucky queermos are taking home with them from what I’m imagining to be going down right now in my head, which is all of us on set of a newer, queerer Price Is Right. SO COME ON DOWN!
TIER 1: Four Winners
The Tier 1 winners left 5 or more comments this week. Folks eligible for Tier 2 and 3 prizes were also entered in this drawing.
- Your choice of one of the following: Better Together Issue #1 (OMG I’m GAY), Better Together Issue #2 (I Broke Up Like This), Vapid Fluff Tote Bag, A-Camp hoodie, Liquor in the Front Flask, Safe Space Pencil Case, three Rory stickers or three You Do You stickers or a You Do You pin
- One-year A+ Bronze Membership (for you or a friend)
TIER 2: Two Winners
Tier 2 winners left 10 or more comments this week. Folks eligible for Tier 3 prizes were also entered in this drawing.
- Your choice of any of the merch listed in Tier 1 OR Better Together Issue #3 (Queer Sultry Summer), or any t-shirt or tank top in the Autostraddle store.
- One-year A+ Silver Membership (for you or a friend)
TIER 3: One Winner
The Tier 3 winner left 15 or more comments this week. They are a Golden God(dess).
A “Thank You” postcard from the Senior Editors and the following:
- Your choice of any merch item in the Autostraddle Store
- One-year A+ Gold Membership (for you or a friend)
Those of you who won can claim your prizes by messaging me on Autostraddle Social @carmenrios. I’ll collect your vital stats from there and ensure everything goes smoothly. Also, add me while you’re at it so I can fulfill my goal of being the Tom of ASS.
And to all of you who came out and supported each other, told jokes with each other, talked to each other, and just plain fell in love with each other this week: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of everyone else’s heart, from the bottom of Eli’s heart, thank you. Everything we do here at Autostraddle is about y’all — the shiny faces and hilarious voices of our kickass community. We’ve always believed in you, and especially in your unique ability to be kind to one another, grow with one another, and extend empathy to one another. This week, you proved us right all over again.
Tell Us Everything Week is over, but the spirit of community and the buzzing electricity of our tiny little space in the universe coming to life doesn’t end here. Keep commenting. Keep adding each other on ASS. (Add me on ASS.) Keep talking, laughing, loving, breathing,
fighting, fucking, crying, drinking, writing, winning, losing, cheating, kissing, thinking, dreaming, et cetera. Let’s live the dream! Let’s lift each other up, keep each other grounded, and show each other love for the rest of time.
Now, without further ado, here I am in a video I edited because it was 10 minutes long and desperately hope you find it maybe a little funny and overall pretty enjoyable announcing our contest winners! Wheeee! (Side Note: Not sure why I look like I may be animated in this video. Magic, I guess.)