The Winner Of OCZ Roadster

Congrats goes out to Stephen De Chellis of HMTKSteve for winning the 1GB Roadster USB 2.0 drive from OCZ Technology. Steve is the proud owner of the world’s smallest USB drive.

OCZ Roadster

A big thanks to everyone for entering the contest. I will have a new contest soon. Seeing how not as many people added me to their Technorati favorites this second time around, I have ruled out another Technorati contest.

If you have any idea for a new contest, I’m all ears. The contest should help promote John Chow dot Com and give the winner a plug as well.

34 thoughts on “The Winner Of OCZ Roadster”

  1. Ryan says:

    Congrats HMTKSteve!

    As for the next contest, maybe you make a post with another good prize where you setup a day that you’ll make a post where the first to comment wins the prize. If the prize is good enough I imagine a good number of people will visit that day to try and win. Maybe you could use it to get more AGLOCO signups or promote something else.

    1. Jane says:

      Yeah, but I can see after a certain time people not care about the prize because they know someone has already left atleast one comment.

  2. Gdog says:

    Congrats HMTKSteve!!! Now that’s one sweet prize.

  3. Tyler says:

    Congrats on the USB drive!

    That thing is tiny! I’d probably lose it.

  4. someone says:

    It seems that you select only those who have blogs, that too with their own domain name, as winners and not the regular readers of your blog without blogs (remember, they are the ones who help you earn money), not those with blogs that too with their own domain name, as they know how to not make your earn. LOL

    1. John Chow says:

      The winner was chosen from a random drawing of all names in the draw box. Some had two names in the box because they entered the first contest.

    2. HMTKSteve says:


      There is nothing stopping anyone from entering the contest under the rules put forth by John. As for having your own domain name… It only costs a few dollars a year to have your own domain name. If you are going to put time and effort into something wouldn’t you rather have your own domain name then a rental from someone else?

      If you rented an apartment would you invest money into it? What if you owned the place? Blogging domains such as blogger, blogspot, etc… are great places to get started but once you get some traction you want a place of your own.

      1. Jane says:

        I like the real estate analogy. I agree, everyone has a an equal chance at the contests that I’ve seen so far. And if you have participated previously, you might have a step up by having two names in the drawing.

  5. Congrats to HMTKSteve! This was one I was hoping to win but maybe next time.

    As for other contests, maybe you could pick an odd bit of trivia that is in an old article and people have to find it. Although I am not sure how much that would promote your site.

    Along those lines and similar to the review, users that make a post on their blog linking to their favorite John Chow dot Com post?

  6. Judith says:

    What about some quality of experience kudos? There are probably some subject matters for which you might not feel qualified, so assign subjects that are not yours to someone else, like your wife, a co-worker, a friend.
    In our world there are lotteries and Oscars. This has been a lottery. Try for some Oscars.
    (I know it is a lot of work, comparatively, but I know when I fist saw nordljus I knew instantly she was a star before reading a word.)

  7. Kenny says:

    An idea for a future contest would be for people to submit their most creative name to showcase the name. They would post the picture on their blog and then link back to your blog.

    Winner could be chosen randomly, or based on which one you feel is most creative.

    Now, the question remains, would this sufficiently satisfy the promotion requirement?

  8. Nomar says:

    Congrats friend

    1. HMTKSteve says:

      Why thank you Nomar! Or should I say… “King” Nomar?

  9. HMTKSteve says:

    Thanks a lot John! I’ll be sure to put it to good use as it will replace the 64MB USB drive I’ve been using for years now.

    1. Leftblank says:

      Congratulations lucky guy, I’m jaleous 😉

    2. Jane says:

      Congrats HMTK…let us know how long you have it before misplacing the tiny gismo 🙂

  10. Scott Howard says:

    Since we talk about food so much on here, How about you have a project that we send in our favorite recipe that we like to make ourselves 🙂

  11. HMTKSteve says:

    Hmmm… Perhaps I’ll have to run a contest now for my old beat-up 64MB USB thumbdrive!

  12. HMTKSteve says:

    Just so you know John, the back link from this article *almost* beat out my most popular article of the day… An article about the Pokemon Ranger “Manaphy” egg code!

    1. Ryan says:

      Now that’s funny. lol

      1. Alex Becker says:

        haha, I wonder why

  13. Marc says:

    Great looking prize and congrats to Stephen. Small storage is always a plus.

    I love the contests John. They’re a fantastic idea and generate a whole lot of buzz.

  14. Leftblank says:

    Perhaps you’ve got more goodies to give away John? I’m in for another chance 😉

    1. Leftblank says:

      Edit, now I think about it, perhaps a lottery of the SEO book you’ve reviewed? That would surely interest a lot of people 🙂

      1. Isn’t the SEO Book an eBook?

        Or did John get a physical version?

        1. John Chow says:

          It was an ebook, but I printed out a physical version. Used up a lot of paper and toner.

  15. Congrats Steve!

    That was a sweet prize. I look forward to seeing what the prize will be for the next contest…

    How about a contest where people have to add to their blogroll?

  16. Michael Kwan says:

    I think Hannes has a good idea there. Just add to your sidebar/blogroll in some way, and get John to know it by leaving a comment on the contest page.

  17. Alex Becker says:

    The world smallest part is the best part of the whole thing.

  18. baron says:

    How about a visual contest? Whoever can come up with the most creative image symbolizing

    Or you could do a YouTube contest. Whoever makes a commercial for with the most views gets a couple pieces of your CES swag.

  19. Raghu says:

    Steve – Congrats on winning this one.

    Am waiting for John’s next contest now !

  20. Jane says:


    I think tying a contest with your AGLOCO sign-ups would be a great way to increase those numbers. I can see people be enticed to do so with a great prize 😉

    1. Marc says:

      That’s a tough one though. If he makes it sound like a contest it feels gimmicky. If he just shows people how they can make money at it, it’s a better sell and the takers are far more likely to further expand his network by using the same solid sales pitch.

      The contest isn’t a bad idea though.

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