Toot’s Design Competition & Me

Now I usually don’t care about competitions, probably because I don’t like losing. But the good people of Toot are running a Design Competition for the most visually stimulating blog on Toot. Now I’m not an artist and I don’t have that phenomenal sense of taste that some people do but when it comes to my blog I do put some effort into making it visually stimulating, but more importantly I try and “Jordanize” it, to make it look, I dunno, Jordanian I guess. I don’t want people to wonder “this blogger is a Jordanian?”, I want them to know “ah! this is a Jordanian blog”. From the flash header with all the pictures I’ve taken to my blog’s logo, I represent. But to be honest, lately I’ve been trying to keep it simple and organized so I can focus more on the content.

Now I know what the geniuses over at Toot are trying to do…they’re trying to make us all battle it out and in the process we all become consumed by greed and destroy each other. It’s like some sort of social experiment where bloggers are the guinea pigs. First it’s a “top 10” then it’s a “design competition” and before you know it’ll be “Dance Monkeys! Dance!”

But I don’t care. I’m in. Because the second prize is an iPod Nano. Now listen very carefully…I…must…have…that…iPod. That’s right, I’m not consumed by any delusions that I will win the first prize, so I’m aiming for the second.

Yes, I am a broke graduate student (the starving artist type) who cannot afford to get cable tv let alone an iPod (and truth be told my current TV is from the 1970’s that has those dials on the side, rabbit ears on the top and made by a Japanese company that no longer exists). And I love my music. I’m 23 years old and the only thing I really own is my guitar, this beaten down computer I’m typing on right now, and my special extended edition of the Lord of the Rings and Godfather trilogies on DVD. If my “apartment” burnt down these are the only things I would grab because they’re more or less the only things not nailed down. Actually I’d leave the computer.

Now I’ve read the terms and conditions of the competition and I guess there’s nothing there that says you can’t ask (or in my case beg) people to vote for you. So heck, I’m starting a campaign. I’ve won a few student councils in my time. I know I have to have some sort of slogan, something catchy like “Vote for The Black Iris…because Second Best is Good Enough” or maybe something that rhymes like “I love God, now win me an iPod!”. Anyways I’ll work on it; I’m not great with bumper sticker humor. But seriously though…I just want a frikin iPod.

So my dear readers of this blog or all those who’ve been in my position before and generally feel sorry for me (courting the sympathy vote) please vote for The Black Iris and win me an iPod.

(p.s. if i don’t win it’s no big deal. I’ll probably destroy a few things but it’ll be ok in the long run)


  • Oh No !!! you can have the DigiCam but I must have the iPod, I’m technologicaly impaired man, I NEED the iPod!! You can have the Cam but leave the iPod to me πŸ˜›

  • I have to say, despite wanting to pick half-a-dozen of those professionaly designed sites with Blogger templates, your grovelling has one out. You have my vote.

  • I forgot to mention … I have an extra ipod … send me your address and postage, and I’ll be more than happy to send it to you πŸ˜€

  • That was such a well written post that am gonna vote for you regardless. The problem, now, is that you might get so many votes, you’ll win first place and get the cam, and lose out on the iPod. Which, I bet, will suck. However, take it from someone with a 30GB photo iPod – THE DAMN THING DOESNT WORK. I CANT FRIGGIN FIGURE IT OUT. EFT.

    However, I am so moved by your pleas, that I have decided, IF you don’t win that iPod you crave, will get you iPod as a gift when you graduate and make it back to Jordan, how’s that? We’ll start a Jordan Planet graduation fund for you. Hehehe, am so gonna get kicked out of there!

  • looooooooooll … man you cracked me up with this post πŸ˜€

    i need this ipod too but the problem is i’m not on toot πŸ™ …
    but if i was on toot and i’m sure i will take this ipod if i was there πŸ˜› i will give it to you, coz i’m really sad for you …

    lol πŸ˜€

    you know what i voted before i see your post and i didnt vote for you, but now i will go back and vote for you … πŸ˜€

  • LoL πŸ˜€ that was so well-said, and you know what, even if you didn’t say that, I would’ve voted for you because I really admire the effort you put in your blog design, unlike yours truly, whose to-do list has included re-designing the blog since last August!!!

    I already voted for you πŸ˜‰ bs if you get the camera by accident, would you give it as a present to your loyal reader whose camera broke down a week ago and who’s feeling crippled and heart-broken without it?

  • (note to future-politician-self: begging really really works) πŸ˜€

    Dave: grovelling rules! thanks man!

    Shaden: Yay!

    Iman, stop yanking my chain and just vote for me πŸ˜€

    Hal, thats very nice of you…and yup…you’re on your way to getting kicked out (good thing you’re not the JP treasurer) and if I win the camera I’ll strike a deal with whoever came in second, or if it’s worth a lot of money Ill sell it on ebay and buy a 2gb ipod always thinking.

    Ibrahim, bro I am glad you’re not on toot…the competition is bad enough for me as it is without your design! thanks for the vote man!

    Lina, lool really, thanks for the vote. and if i do get the camera by accident..well..i’ll think of something (i have to campaign in poetry and govern in prose)

    Saaleha…wow…south africa…that just blew my mind. thanks!

    Seriously, thanks to all you guys who’ve found it in your hearts to pity me and vote for my little ol’blog. When I rule over this world one day you will all be in my good graces

  • Rebecca, my war chest is running empty and my tribal affiliation won’t come in handy here, but i would nevertheless appreciate your vote πŸ˜€

  • 3an jad 7azzanetnee 3alaik ya akhee πŸ˜›
    But I really do like the design of your blog, especially the pictures on the header which are amazing.

  • Iman, stop yanking my chain and just vote for me

    did I mention that your campaign takes me back to the time I classified you as the starving artist type! I don’t think you agreed at the time … lol … or did you?! … anywho

    I am very sorry, but my one vote is too precious and must be wisely use. You did a very good job ‘campaigning’ but I am not fully convinced yet! I mean when I vote, I do so because I am fully convinced that he, she or this and that is entirely deserving of my valuable vote …beggining doesn’t qualify, even if mastered πŸ˜›

    (p.s. Despite my unique nature to piss people off, this is not – in any way – a deliberate attempt to piss you off… :P)

  • this is a good blog but honestly it should be out of competition because from my point of view as a designer it has no sense of design whatsoever, and this ” jordan first” thing is so over used and boring now, with all my respect for the posts πŸ™‚

  • Let’s make a deal, I’ll get you an iPod if you get all of these toot people to vote for me, what do you think? I seriously need a publicist.

    **I’ll give you the earphones and charger (depending whether I’ll give a Video iPod, or a Photo one) before the announcement of winners, and if I win, you’ll get the rest of the iPod.

    ***You can always buy an iPod, I sell for cheaper than the market, JD300++ a piece for the Video iPod. πŸ˜‰

  • seeing that saaleha has given u front page coverage on her blog and not to mention FREE advertising – i decided to chek out your website myself… if u ‘really’ and i mean reeeeeeeeely need the ipod i’ll vote for u πŸ˜‰

    take care.

    PS: super blog btw!

  • Pheras, lol truth is I have no control over toot voters πŸ˜€

    Nidal, you rock man, thanks! πŸ˜€

    zee, thanks! and yeah I reeeeeally need it. πŸ˜€

  • Naseem, my vote is yours!

    Mesh la2nnak “garabah”, but because I think your blog is among very few blogs that reflect a personal taste πŸ™‚

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