Sunday 20 April 2008

Well, after the excitement of the test post (don't you just love them?) I suppose I really ought to post something REAL.

My name is Jane Willis and I am a comper. Yes, it is an addiction - as you probably already know if you are reading this. I entered (and won) my first comp when I was three years old - I'm not saying exactly when that was, but it was before the days of colour TV. But I didn't become hooked until the mid 1980s.

Now I am so addicted that I publish my own small-press magazine for compers, The Competition Grape Vine. Originally produced by John Lock, I took over from him when he retired. I also write articles for the magazine Prize Draw Winner, and am a member of the London Competitors Club and several online comping groups and forums. So competitions are a HUGE part of my life, although I am also passionate about cooking and papercrafts.

I'm very new to blogging, as you can probably tell by the appearance of the blog so far, but I am keen to learn and hopefully it will soon start to look like a "real" blog! The blog is going to be much more personal than the Grape Vine website, so you will read a bit more about me and my own comping, my struggles to find entry forms, despair when the postman walks past yet again and, hopefully, the prizes I win.

But there will also be general comping chat which I hope will be of interest to all, as well as some messages intended mainly for Grape Vine readers. Of course I won't be posting anything here which subscribers get in their magazines - that wouldn't be fair on subscribers - but you'll find out here when the latest issue of the magazine is in the post, what date the mid-month update is sent out, and whether there are any amendments or last minute hitches, so do keep dropping in.

And please leave me your comments - I look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Thank you, Jane.

    As a GV subscriber I'll look forward to this with great interest.

    PW x

  2. Hi Jane,

    I didnt know you did Grapevine LOL!!

    You forgot to mention when post van parks outside your house and goes to the neighbours... Am I the only one who wants to kick the neighboiur, and the the psotie!

    Good Luck with your blog, I would never know what to to say in them lol tho i cna waffle fgor England i suppose!

  3. Magz, we share a drive with our next door neighbours and the post van drives right on to it and parks right outside my kitchen window, so I always see it arrive and get really disappointed when the driver gets out and goes next door.


  4. Worst still when the post van man arrives on the door step with a parcel, not for me but for the bloke next - yet again This happens most weeks and drives me crackers - he never bothers to ask wether it would be Ok for me to look after this parcels if they arrive while he is out, he just assumes I am going to be around.
    And the parcels are not even very exciting ones, once it was a watch strap from the US, how uninteresting is that :(

  5. A watch strap is only interesting if he WON it!

  6. Hello Missy!
    Good luck with your new blog!
    Hope the prizes keep rolling in!

    Don't forget a lucky elf is always near....


  7. Hi Jane,

    Looks pretty good.

    At least you didn't bring down your site when setting up the blog like someone I can mention.

    Oh, that was me!

  8. Well you've made a start and it sounds good.
    Look forward to reading about your news and prizes.
    Hope you don't mind my asking a question but what does LOL mean?
    Good Luck


  9. LOL means Laughing Out Loud. Another you might come across is ROFL which means Rolling On the Floor Laughing


  10. Always thought LOL was Lots of Love. Think I put this comment in the wrong place first, which explains why it's from

  11. Welcome to blogging Jane. Mine is very focussed on my life in Tupperware, but I enjoy doing it.


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