We’re baaaaa-aaaaack!

For one more closing post to discuss our reflections on the contest so far 🙂

Just when you thought you were rid of us, here we are launching more of our weirdness into the blogosphere.  We hope this is a positive addition to your day, and if not thanks for clicking through just the same!

So what has it been like competing in a “Wedding Threesome” contest up to this point?  Well, for starters it’s been amusing having to explain to a number of people that the whole “threesome” thing a) makes sense in a non-dirty way and b) was not our idea!  But apart from that, here’s our comprehensive wrap-up of both phases that we’ve completed so far:

Phase I

Phase I was the “Pimp”-ing phase (again, not our terminology folks), and consisted of us begging, borrowing, stealing and otherwise annoying 100+ people into completing a few Facebook-related tasks for us.  I’m sure most of you remember it all too well!  Anyway this project worked out pretty well, since we are both sort of pests to begin with, but the likeable kind of pests who have at least 100 people willing to do us favours.

What surprised us the most was the number of people who simply saw that others were doing this process for us and jumped on board without being asked.  And as much as there were moments of extreme guilt for bothering people for our own personal gain, it was also an amazing feeling to know that so many people we had met somewhere along the way in our lives were so completely kind as to really want to contribute to our efforts for nothing in return but a simple thank you.  You were all so genuinely awesome about the whole thing and we can’t express how great it was to hear people ask, “have I done everything I need to for you?” when we were sort of expecting to hear, “omg please just LEAVE ME ALONE”.  We spend a lot of time in our society focused on becoming rugged individualists who don’t need anyone for anything, so to be completely at the mercy of our friends and acquaintances was a humbling experience.  Humbling…and gratifying.  For those of you who “never ask for help”, we suggest you ditch that mentality.  It takes a village to win a contest, apparently, and it’s been an absolute blessing to be able to connect with so many people and share our wedding journey with them.  And isn’t that kind of what the whole getting married thing is about?  We could have chosen to be together forever without a wedding, but we wanted to share with the world all of the goodness that comes from finding someone to love for the rest of your life.

Phase II

Phase II’s task, as you know, was to take our project to “Press”.  Right off the bat, this was an exciting one for both Jaime and Chris.  Jaime majored in Writing Arts and loves to write, especially blogs.  Chris is a computer whiz who can always find the neatest tips and tricks for any program or software.  And we both have enough experience in marketing-type activities to know what it would take to drive traffic to a site.  It’s like it was designed for us!  We were pumped to have another project to work together on, because we really do make a great team.

Now…we’re not really sure how many page hits the other couples got during their press-ing phase, but we are very proud to say that as of this very moment we have had 8,283 all-time views to this site.  To us, that is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment.  To put it into perspective, when we started this phase of the contest Jaime’s personal blog was trending at the very most 50 hits on a good day.  Our Wedding Threesome blog has had as many as 708 views in a single day.  Astonishing!

We knew that the 3 most important ways to maximize site traffic were going to be posting, posting and posting.  So we developed a post-early, post-often strategy that meant we only missed 3 days over the whole of Phase II.  There were definitely times when it was agonizingly difficult to think up content (we see ourselves every day, we’re not that interesting!).  We wanted to make sure that what we were posting also wasn’t just an endless dialogue telling about ourselves, but showed our personalities more in the types of things we chose to share with our readers.

Then there were some other tricks to gaining click-thrus, like publicizing to Facebook and Twitter and making sure to post plenty of pictures.  But those are just basic blogging tips.

We also took a chance that a few random celebs would be willing to help out 2 complete strangers, and it paid off.  Jaime very nearly fainted/threw up when Stephen Tobolowsky messaged her back to say he’d be happy to send us some pics!  And while we were working on this aspect of our project, one of Chris’ long time friends and globe-trotters, Kevin Campigotto, did us an amazing favour by posting our request to couchsurfing.org.  All of a sudden we had visitors to our site from all over the world, and a stream of pictures wishing us well in our marital endeavours.  Add to that the efforts of others like Susie Gabrielli, Jacqueline MacRae and the Pears sisters, and we had ourselves a worldwide network of folks supporting Team Jaime & Chris.

The net result?  As much as there were days when posting was the very last thing we wanted to do, April 12th found us missing our blogging fun.  It was all just more proof that when we put our heads together along with our wonderful friends and family members we can do incredible things.

We’re pretty sure that marriage itself won’t be the only co-project in our futures together.  Of course, there’s Phase III yet to come and we are at the mercy of The Wedding Girl, Rick Denham and the fine folks at Captivate to let us know what that will entail on Monday, but in general we learned that we’re not just good together as a couple but also as a team.

Long live team Jaime and Chris!

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