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Thank you to all of my readers who took the time to vote in the polls and/or comment about what you like and do not like about the blog – and also to let me know about your involvement in social networking. If you did not get a chance to vote, I would still love to hear from you and I will keep the poll open.  I am going to discuss the results 1st and then announce winners of the MCP $50 Gift Certificate and the SnapBrand $449 SnapShot Branding Package.  So scroll down at the end to see if you won.

Here are the results after 2 days of voting for “what things do you enjoy most on MCP Blog?” 549 people responded to this question. The winning response was Freebies (especially free photoshop actions).  So you can be assured I will share more fun free actions for my readers in the future. Photoshop Makeovers was in 2nd place and very close behind.  Photographers expanded on this in the comment section explaining that they love seeing me use MCP Actions in before and afters and telling step by step what I did to achieve that look.  As a result of this feedback, I will be doing more of these. I will start by using some of my own photos, but am happy to work on reader photos as well.  I hope to use this feature (now called Blueprints) to show how to make good photos great and to show how you can make photos have totally different looks based on post processing.  I will occasionally show photos that need HELP too, but want to focus on making things better, not just saving a shot.

The 3rd place answer was Photoshop Quick Tips – and I will be trying to add more of these shorter tips back into the blog.  If you have a photoshop tip you want me to share, please email me too.  Sometimes I feel like I have shared all my tips – but there are always more lurking…  So I will be getting back to this again.

Next up was Guest Bloggers – I did see a few comments that people just want to learn from me. But for the most part, photographers are enjoying learning from a variety of sources.  And I promise I would make you yawn if it were all content from me – I just yawned thinking about it. 🙂

You can read the rest below – but basically from seeing this and the other section of what people want less of, I expect most things to remain the same, but maybe trying to do one Photoshop Makeover Post (Blueprint) per week and trying to add in more photoshop tips when I think of things that work well for that format. 

The part that was interesting was what people want less of here. 495 people responded to the question about what they want less of.  Most said they would leave everything as is.  About 8% of people wanted less interviews – yet I cannot say that I have done an actual interview since last summer.  Maybe the bios of the guests are what people are thinking of.  Not too sure.  I will keep guests and try not to do too many interviews this year. 

As for sharing photos of my kids, 7% said they may want a little less of that – clearly those who comment felt emotional about this as I got dozens of comments saying not to listen and they they love seeing the occasional vacation shot and my kids to se I am human and to connect with me.  And many said they hoped I did not stop.  I do not plan to stop for 7% – but again – this poll was a way for me to get a pulse on the readers.  If 40% had said less of something, be it kids, guests, PS tutorials or whatever, you can bet I would be taking a hard look at things.  I appreciate all that voted and all that commented.  It really means a lot.

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Next up, social networking…  Clearing many of you are starting to utilize a number of forums of social networking.  542 of you voted on this in the past few days.  500 are on Facebook. 287 on Flickr. 188 are on Twitter.

270 are on the MCP Facebook Group– if you are not you can join here. 80 are on my Flickr Group – you can join here if you are not yet a member.  And 82 follow me on twitter – so click here if you want to start following me.  The Facebook and Flickr have places to start discussions with me – and also to post your photos edited using MCP Actions.  So join in – and tag your photos with MCP Actions or mcpactions.com.  I hope to see you there!

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And now for the winners…

The winner of the $449 SnapShot Logo Branding Package is: Kim Sparks of http://www.kimsparksphotography.com.  Paul will be getting in touch with you so check your email.

The winner of the $50 MCP Actions Gift Certificate is: Cyndi of http://colorfulheartphotography.com.  I will be emailing you to see what you want to purchase with your $50 gift certificate.

 ** For those who like contests, many more to come – someday I hope all my readers can say they have won something **

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  1. cyndi on March 16, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Thank you so much Jodi, I am beyond thrilled to be the winner 🙂 I hope you do not change a thing as your blog rocks!

  2. Maria on March 16, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Congratulations, Cyndi and Kim!

  3. Kim Sparks on March 17, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    OMG! I am soooooo pumped! I found out through a facebook friend request that I won!!! I am sooooo excited to work with Jodi and Paul on the branding. I have wanted this for a long time and now my studio is finally ready for it!!! Thanks so much!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Kim

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