Officially, the deadline for the Gluten-Free Guidebook’s Reader Report Contest closed on Monday. But I got an e-mail on Tuesday from Fernando de Barros Pereira that changed my mind about that. Fernando sent me his entry for the contest (a fantastic guide to Sao Paulo, by the way), and in his e-mail, he wrote “I have one suggestion: make all reports available, because they are a valuable tool!”
He’s absolutely right about that. But here’s the thing: there have only been two Reader Reports entered in the contest.
I know that there are a lot of people who come to the Gluten-Free Guidebook looking for information. If Google Analytics is to be believed, there are more than 2,000 unique visitors to the site each week. The Gluten-Free Guidebook’s Facebook group has more than 900 members, and more than that have signed up to get all posts delivered directly to their in-box. Even if there is a lot of crossover between those categories of readers, that’s a lot of people coming to the site to look for information.
I know people are busy. The Gluten-Free Guidebook isn’t something I write for money. It’s a volunteer effort, and it works best when people contribute. Wherever you live, and wherever you’ve traveled, you’ve got something worthwhile to put into a Reader Report.
Here are the submission guidelines. The deadline is now June 30, 2010. If you have found the Gluten-Free Guidebook helpful, I hope you’ll find the time to give something back to others.