It is sad but true that when someone asks me where I’m from, most of the time I can’t just say “Columbus”. People don’t know where that is. So I have to add “Ohio.” Every. Single. Time.
If I were to say “Atlanta” or “Buffalo” or even “Cleveland”, I wouldn’t need to clarify by telling you what state it’s in. You’d probably just know. But people outside Ohio rarely know Columbus. I think it has something to do with the fact that we don’t have a major league baseball, professional football, or basketball team. We just don’t have the national name recognition.
But we don’t need sports. Because we have ART, people! We have great music like indie rock band Times New Viking. And we have great writers like…me! (and James Thurbur, of course)
So I’m running an I <3 Columbus giveaway to make people aware of this great, under-appreciated city! Two lucky people will be randomly selected from the entries to get:
- A signed copy of Struts & Frets in its awesome new paperback cover glory.
- A CD of Dancer Equired, the new album from Times New Viking. Here’s the video for one of the singles, No Room To Live. If you like stripped down, lo-fi indie rock, it really doesn’t get better than this. Also, band member Adam Elliott told me he liked Struts & Frets so that makes me like them even more :)
And if enough people enter, I’ll giveaway more stuff. Don’t worry. I’ll think of something cool.
Open to international entries.
How to enter
Post something about Columbus on Twitter. “I love Columbus” or “AW YEAH COLUMBUS” or “Columbus ROCKS!” or whatever works for you. Hell, you could even say “Columbus SUX!” or “Death to Columbus!” if you want. I don’t care. This is about name recognition. Just make sure you include the word “Columbus” and mention me @jonnyskov so I know you did it, and also @timesnewviking because if they get enough random Columbus love, it’ll totally freak them out.
Contest ends Friday at Midnight, EST! So do it now!