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First Free The Animal Giveaway – $120 Value

Let me get this out of the way: not a big fan of all the contests & giveaways I see out there. Typically they involve some sort of hoop jumping and a prize. Fine, not a big deal, just that I always wonder what motivates people to do the hoops. Y’know what I mean?

So let’s call this an "organic giveaway." What happened is that very late to the party, I posted about Ann Marie Michaels’ cooking class the other day and much to my surprise, Ann Marie informs me yesterday that my post sold six classes. That’s $720 revenue (I get a piece, but I don’t recall how much) for what I consider to be an excellent cause. Her blog, while not fully paleo, is tops. She cares about food and is out there getting others to care.

So, she gave me a class for free. I logged in and lesson number one is so chock full (with 11 more to come) that I knew I was not going to be able to get the value out of it that such immense effort deserves. I have a LOT going on, including regulatory compliance issues with my company, a startup I’m working on, selling my house & moving, and more.

So I asked Ann Marie if I could give the class away. Of course, she agreed, and so here we are.

To enter, just post a comment. I’ll cut it off either, when I get 50 comments or, tomorrow (Monday) noon, PDT (so worst case if you get in is a 1:50 shot). Say whatever you like, but any comment is an entry. I’ll use a random number generator to pick the winner.

I’d only ask that entrants be enthusiastic about making full use of the course and have the cycles to do so. Those who enter but don’t win will be provided a code for a $20 discount.

Update a few hours later: We’re at our fill of 50 comments. And a deal is a deal. I want everyone who signed to have a 1:50 shot at the win. Still, 49 of you aren’t going to win, so you might consider that next time you plop down grassfed beef money on a lottery ticket where 50 million of you aren’t going to win. 🙂 I’ll announce the winner tomorrow AM and give instructions as to how you losers can get a $20 discount.

Hard to believe, but random.org picked ‘1’ out of a range from 1-53 (the number of comments minus the two replies at the top). I should have made a screen clip, but at first I wondered if perhaps something was wrong as that seems an unlikely result so I clicked it again and it chose 30, then 36, so it’s working properly. And I have to go with the first go-round and so, #1 is the winner: JP at Primal Journal. I’ll email the details. Also, anyone who fully intends to purchase the course and wants the $20 discount, please email me so I can verify you entered the contest and I’ll get you the discount code. But please don’t email unless you fully intend to purchase, i.e., have already made your decision. Thanks all for playing along. And congrats to JP.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

58 Comments

  1. JP on August 22, 2010 at 16:21

    Cool idea! Let’s see if I win!

  2. Jeromie on August 22, 2010 at 16:23

    Well, I hope the number generated is #1! I love cooking, have an entire album on my Facebook page and think knowledge and skills in the kitchen would help me tremendously. So I’m commenting because I truly want the opportunity to learn more.

    Jeromie

    • Richard Nikoley on August 22, 2010 at 16:40

      Jeromie:

      How very sporting of you to root for JP. 🙂



    • JP on August 22, 2010 at 16:49

      ahah! nice one!



  3. pecanmike on August 22, 2010 at 16:25

    Might as well take a shot.

  4. Alan M on August 22, 2010 at 16:28

    I could use a few more skills around the kitchen. 🙂

  5. Mike L on August 22, 2010 at 16:29

    I discovered your site while surfing for a prime rib recipe. Since then, I’ve bought The Paleo Diet and turned my wife into a convert. This is a very important step as she does the lions share of shopping and cooking. She’s away so tonight’s huge piece of salmon tasted great after 24 hrs of fasting!

    Mike

  6. lynch on August 22, 2010 at 16:29

    Neat idea!

    Good luck with the moving, that can be such a stressful PITA. You staying in the bay area?

  7. Skyler Tanner on August 22, 2010 at 16:38

    Why the hell not? I’m a recovering picky eater, even though I really like to cook, so the more I can learn the better.

  8. Kate on August 22, 2010 at 16:40

    Paleo cooking – one of my favourite past-times. Thankyou!

  9. diana on August 22, 2010 at 16:44

    I find I really need a cooking class. Thanks for the offer.

  10. Kim Williams on August 22, 2010 at 16:47

    Oh, I just started following her on Facebook, and just looked up those very classes!
    Can’t justify the $$ right now, but I know I would learn a lot. So we’ll see. If it’s as good as I heard I might take another look. Been cooking Paleo since Jan, and it’s been great, but I could use some tips and a little variety.

  11. sara on August 22, 2010 at 16:50

    I want to win!

  12. Tony on August 22, 2010 at 16:55

    My wife actually can’t cook, and when it comes to her I’m a horrible teacher. I’d love to see her gain some confidence in the kitchen. She’d like to get into eating more real food, but she doesn’t really know what she likes from that genre. My trial and error with her tends to result in error more often than not. Hopefully by learning more about real food in general she can better express her tastes for things that aren’t bread, rice, and potatoes.

  13. Gretchen on August 22, 2010 at 16:57

    Here’s hoping I win!

  14. Jenny B. on August 22, 2010 at 17:00

    I would love to win!
    I love cooking, but my cooking was always loaded with bad carbs, starches and sugar. Trying to change my life by learning to cook healthier, but I feel lost and over whelmed by this new lifestyle.

  15. paul on August 22, 2010 at 17:07

    awesome blog, would love to win!!

  16. Chuck O on August 22, 2010 at 17:12

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  17. Chris B on August 22, 2010 at 17:18

    Looks like a great class. Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Joe K. on August 22, 2010 at 17:27

    Bachelor here, VERY interested in learning how to cook food more effectively!

  19. Brandon on August 22, 2010 at 17:29

    I enjoy your blog. These classes sound interesting.

  20. Adam Payne on August 22, 2010 at 17:37

    Would love to see the lessons on organ meats.

  21. Nick F on August 22, 2010 at 17:38

    I’m in.

    I really wanted to sign up for that class, but didn’t have the funds to do so. This is just what I needed.

  22. Ian on August 22, 2010 at 17:44

    would love to work on my cooking skills with this course count me in:)

  23. FoodBully on August 22, 2010 at 17:46

    Looks like a great course. Hope I win.

  24. Jordan on August 22, 2010 at 17:55

    Great idea!

  25. Rhonda on August 22, 2010 at 18:08

    Super! I like how you’re running your contest.

    I’d like to win this class series; so consider this comment my entry.

    Thanks.

  26. Primitive on August 22, 2010 at 18:10

    I’m an artisan cook. IMHO, learning cooking is about the basics; you build skills by discovering and using various spices, herbs, ingredients and preparation methods, and of course training and trusting your senses and instincts; a prime example is Richard.
    Good luck everyone, and thank you Richard for letting others have the class.

  27. Shawn on August 22, 2010 at 18:14

    I stumbled upon Mark Sisson’s blog and The Primal Blueprint while researching info. on celiac and gluten-free diets, growing increasingly sure I have developed or always had a gluten intolerance. His site then led me to your site, and I have been enjoying reading both. I have been working the 80% rule of the primal/paleo diet and exercise principles for a few weeks, and I feel great. My wife is gradually buying in as well. One of our challenges, we realized recently, is that we need to research and adopt new patterns in gathering, catching, and preparing our food. This course could be a great start to that process. Either way, best wishes to whoever wins!

  28. mike mallory on August 22, 2010 at 18:15

    free cooking…..hurrah!

  29. James on August 22, 2010 at 18:16

    Wow. That is a very cool giveaway. Who ever wins will love it I am sure. Maybe me?

  30. Adam on August 22, 2010 at 18:18

    Hoping to win!

  31. Phil on August 22, 2010 at 18:21

    Hope I win. saw the class and wanted to sign up but didn’t have the necessary funds.

  32. Matt on August 22, 2010 at 18:22

    Sweeeeeeeeet. Fingers crossed.

  33. Melinda on August 22, 2010 at 18:22

    Thought about taking the class, but just wasn’t ready to commit. Getting it free would push me to do it, though. Hope whoever wins really enjoys it.

  34. Keath Cole on August 22, 2010 at 18:23

    I would KILL to take this class…in the manner of killing most respectful of individual rights, of course.

  35. Nobie on August 22, 2010 at 18:27

    This is a Great Idea!

    Love the blog and can’t wait to win the cooking class (I hope)!

  36. Shawn on August 22, 2010 at 18:51

    I saw this on Primal Toad’s blog today. I wish I had known about it because I probably would have signed up. Hope I win!

  37. Jason on August 22, 2010 at 18:54

    Knowledge is power… I’d like to know about something.

  38. Benjamin Nutt on August 22, 2010 at 19:02

    I love to cook, and I love to learn. I’m in.

  39. Barbara Lee on August 22, 2010 at 19:03

    Nice of you to share. Tonight I have scallops thawing in the fridge because tomorrow I’m making the ceviche recipe you (and she) let us peek at the other day. My husband and I have been eating paleo for several years and have never felt better in our looooong lives. (But not so long that we don’t want them longer!)

  40. dave lovejoy on August 22, 2010 at 19:06

    I enjoy the blog and I’m starting to enjoy cooking. This could be great for my motivation

  41. Kevin on August 22, 2010 at 19:08

    I am very interested in the course, but it’s a little expensive for me as a student 🙁

  42. Calen K on August 22, 2010 at 19:16

    Could definitely use a helping hand

  43. Rich on August 22, 2010 at 19:20

    Great idea–I’m switching jobs so can’t pay but would definitely benefit.

  44. Matt Madeiro on August 22, 2010 at 19:20

    Sounds awesome! I’d love to give it a try.

    Especially since my cooking skills are pretty mediocre.

  45. John on August 22, 2010 at 19:24

    Thanks for all the inspiration you provide Richard!

    I love Anne Marie’s stuff too – this would be a great opportunity to learn!

  46. Jimmy Pang on August 22, 2010 at 19:26

    Sign me up!

  47. Armadus on August 22, 2010 at 19:28

    Pick me!

  48. Kim on August 22, 2010 at 19:29

    I want it! I want it!

  49. Abe on August 22, 2010 at 19:31

    I’d love to get in on this, too. Mostly as a way to help introduce my wife to better eating, since I’m not a good enough cook to rely solely on my cooking! Thanks for your generosity…

  50. Murray on August 22, 2010 at 19:33

    Awesome! Very cool of you, man. This would be great.

  51. Sam Linton on August 22, 2010 at 19:36

    Love your blog! & I would also love to attend those cooking classes!
    Pick me ! 🙂

  52. matt L on August 22, 2010 at 19:39

    would love to check out the class – keep up the good work richard!

  53. Shayne L. on August 22, 2010 at 19:42

    I’m really fat and I want to win.

  54. Richard Nikoley on August 23, 2010 at 09:39

    I just posted the following update to the post:

    Hard to believe, but random.org picked ‘1’ out of a range from 1-53 (the number of comments minus the two replies at the top). I should have made a screen clip, but at first I wondered if perhaps something was wrong as that seems an unlikely result so I clicked it again and it chose 30, then 36, so it’s working properly. And I have to go with the first go-round and so, #1 is the winner: JP at Primal Journal. I’ll email the details. Also, anyone who fully intends to purchase the course and wants the $20 discount, please email me so I can verify you entered the contest and I’ll get you the discount code. But please don’t email unless you fully intend to purchase, i.e., have already made your decision. Thanks all for playing along. And congrats to JP.

    • Jeromie on August 23, 2010 at 12:13

      It was my second post (thinking I was first) that gave JP the good luck charm! 🙂 Okay, I just want to think that it was…



  55. JP on August 24, 2010 at 12:53

    thanks a lot richard! And thanks for your comment Jeromie, I really did win only because of you!

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