Today I have some good news and some bad news to share with you.
For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been competing for a chance to win a week of paid travel through Germany as part of the Germany National Tourism Office’s #Come2Germany campaign.
It’s been an incredible experience, and I’ve been completely awed by the support I’ve seen from friends, family, blog followers, the military community, and total strangers.
The Bad News First
Early this morning in the U.S., the organizations who are hosting the contest realized that, because of a legality, I actually don’t qualify for the campaign. My name has been removed from the Brand Ambassador Program leaderboard.
Before you get upset on my behalf, keep reading!
I believe that with every cloud, there comes a silver lining., and this contest is no exception.
The Good News Second
Thanks to your diligence in voting for me day after day, my blog and my professional experience caught the attention of both the advertising agency who’s managing the #Come2Germany contest and the Germany National Tourism Office.
I had a conversation tonight with the advertising agency. The folks at the agency were friendly, honest, and enthusiastic. They were very complimentary of my social media work and my blog. My #29Reasons to #Come2Germany campaign garnered attention not just from the agency, but also from the client (the Tourism folks, who are headquartered in New York City).
Everyone involved has high hopes that my disqualification from the contest is not the end of my working relationship with the German National Tourism Office. It’s too early to know what that relationship might look like, but it’s my hope — and the other two organizations’, I think — that my relationship with the German National Tourism Office is just beginning.
Thank you so much to everyone who championed my blog throughout this campaign. Old friends and classmates from my hometown shared my posts on Facebook. Complete strangers liked, shared, and voted for me on Twitter and Instagram. And the local Army community here in Bavaria did an incredible job pulling me back into the lead each time the second place blogger started to catch up to me.
I mean, seriously. You guys voted for me more than 1,700 times in about two weeks!
I’m going to fall asleep tonight happy, because no matter how my relationship with the Tourism Office works out, I know I’ve got friends, family, and acquaintances near and far who went well out of their way to help me achieve something I set my mind to. At the end of the day, that human interaction…those relationships and that support…are what makes life — at home or abroad — so rich for living.
Much love and so very much appreciation, my friends. Vielen Dank!