I have been asked to make a public apology to all entrants in the Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Video Competition, as it has been suggested that the competition was unfair.
Despite my best efforts, I made a number of mistakes:
- Originally, the voting process was very confusing. I apologise for this.
- Additionally, I made some errors with the links. I apologise for this.
- Further, my rules and conditions were confusing and unclear. I apologise for this.
I ran this competition in good faith. I was just trying to build awareness about our condition and inspire people to do something. Yes, I have never run a competition before – but I did this off my own back, with my own money. I have never had a Facebook page before so I’m learning every day. And Fibromodem is my first Blog. Obviously, I need to do further research prior to putting forward an idea.
Therefore, to anyone who thinks that I have been unfair, I apologise profusely.
However, despite stating clearly that ‘Only LIKES on my Facebook page wall and LIKES on your own blog count towards the final result,’ it has been suggested that counting the votes on blog pages was unfair, as only the winner and I have blog pages. As this was stated clearly, from the very beginning, I do NOT apologise for this.
Another grievance was that I announced the winner early, as I did not make it clear to everyone that I was from a different time zone. As this is the World Wide Web and thus includes all time zones, in addition to the fact that my winner’s announcement had NO effect on the outcome, I do NOT apologise for this.
Importantly, I stated within the rules that ‘All decisions are final, and not subject to review.’
There were other objections that, I believe, do not deserve a response; nor do they come under the purview of this competition and its rules.
So, with that said (and without diminishing the good news), I congratulate Jennifer Geyer-Forbes for winning the competition. She did a great job!