10,000 Twitter Friends – Announcing My Big Thank-You Giveaway

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 11, 2011

A few days ago I welcomed my 10,000th Twitter follower. How amazing to think that I started tweeting less than two years ago.

I hope having that many followers means a lot of people find my tweets and retweets valuable and entertaining — and not that I’m kind of a crazy cat lady with no cats but with 17,700+ tweets :)

If you follow my Twitter stream, you know that I mix up tweets about my blog posts and my life, like this gem:

“I didn’t say this last night: “Yes, you have to put them on, that’s what god made jammies for!” #cantbelieveIsaidthat”

with informative retweets about parenting, motherhood, natural birth, breastfeeding, healthy and frugal living, blogging, and social media. If I see a tweet a lot of people will find useful, I retweet it as a thank you and a service to my followers, with the occasional inspiring quote thrown in. And I love following and tweeting with many of my Twitter friends on a daily basis.

I can’t imagine my life without Twitter anymore. Because of my success with Twitter, I now also work as a social media consultant and am enjoying that immensely. I love to teach people how to take advantage of social media tools, especially those who have small and local businesses in Westchester, NY.

I appreciate that the Twitter online community is so supportive. Instead of googling something, I now usually just send out a tweet and within minutes I get back valuable information from many followers — instant gratification.

Just the other day I tweeted that L was diagnosed as gluten, egg, peanut, soy, and shellfish intolerant/sensitive. I was at such a loss about what that means for our life and how I was going to pull off that kind of restricted diet. I received many tweets that were full of great resources or just plain encouraging. Amazing.

And then there are those tweets that make all my work as a breastfeeding advocate worth it. This one made my day today:

“@xxx Because I follow @DagmarBleasdale, I’m trying breast feeding. Failing, but trying.”

I want to say thank you for all your interest and support in another way: I’m going to give a $25 gift card to one of my valued followers.

I wish I had 100 gift cards to give way, but my budget won’t allow that–


That’s when I realized: what if I CAN give away a lot more than my meager $25 gift card?

I have 10,000 Twitter friends, surely some of them would donate something if I promote them for free on Twitter, Facebook, and Dagmar’s momsense in return?

So I wrote a couple of tweets to ask for sponsors, and guess what? I already have several lined up!

I’m going to take a little more time to pull my Twitter thank-you giveaway together and write an official post, but here is who I have secured prizes from so far:

I can’t wait to confirm and tell you about other sponsors and how you can win this exiting giveaway. Seeing how amazing the response has been, I think I’m going to divide up these prizes into a few groups of prizes so more of my followers can win something.

If you would like to donate something in exchange for free PR, please contact me.


A big thank you again to my blogging friend Kristi who featured me as the first women in her new Women Who Empower series. We actually “met” on Twitter :) It is so nice to know my blog touches people and that I’m able to make a little bit of a difference. Your blog and this series make a difference as well — I can’t wait to read about the next Woman Who Empowers, Kristi.


If you feel so compelled, you can vote for me in the Blogger’s Choice Awards. There doesn’t seem to be a way to search for a particular blog, but I’m in the Best Parenting Blog, Best Photography Blog, Best Blog Design, and Hottest Female Blogger category.

Hey, that’s what they named it, not me ;)


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead January 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

A) WOW! 10,000 followers…that is AWESOME! Big congrats!
B) You linked to your twitter profile wrong in your post (threw .com in at the end — which I do ALL THE TIME)
C) Awesome props on the sponsors :)


Jessica January 18, 2011 at 12:37 AM

10,000 followers?! That’s awesome. Congratulations! I always enjoy your tweets, so I am sure your other 9,999 followers do as well.


Kristi {at} Live and Love Out...Loud January 12, 2011 at 4:16 AM

10,000 followers on Twitter! That is so amazing, Dagmar. :) Congratulations. And by the way, thanks again for being my very first Woman Who Empowers. It was a pleasure having such an inspiring woman like yourself over at my place for a day. I can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer this year!


Mama P January 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM

That’s so awesome! I especially love the breastfeeding tweets! I tried unsuccessfully to bf my 2 oldest boys, I never made it past 4 weeks without supplementing with formula! I am proud to say, that I have been EBF my little girl for almost 6 months now!! So amazing!


triplezmom January 11, 2011 at 6:33 PM

That’s awesome – I love your giveaway idea. I actually found your blog through Twitter!


Lauren January 11, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Congrats, congrats and more congrats! You are THE best. May only the best come your way. BTW-LOVE the twitter cupcakes….where did that picture come from?


Greg January 11, 2011 at 2:47 PM

As a new blogger, (1 month now) I can really appreciate this article. You have some awesome ideas and I like the fact that you are using your platform to help others. Thanks for this great reminder of how powerful our social network can be. Wishing you continued success in the New Year.


Alison Shaffer January 21, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Congratulations, and the cupcakes are adorable!!!
My kids are older, teens so if I win??? that is the age group!
Following you to, before!


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