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Vote for ME! (please)

So I nominated myself for the Australian Writers' Centre Best Australian Blog 2014.... it seems that there are 1124 other entries so I don't like my chances!  But I may as well have a go.  I am entered in the People's Choice award as well as the rest of the competition, so here's how you can help, you just have to click on the link below and vote for Eight Acres.  Its listed towards the end of the first page, and then you have to click through each page using the "next button" and enter your details at the end.  I already voted for myself so I could check out the process for you!  There are so many interesting blog names in there, I wanted to see what the rest of them were about.  I have one month to collect votes, so I hope you don't get sick of me reminding you about it.  Thanks so much for your support!

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  1. It wasn't painful at all, good luck with it!

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  2. Done and done. Good luck Liz.

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  3. Good luck Liz :-) I'm on there too.

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  4. Thanks everyone, you guys are wonderful!

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  5. Done! Good luck! I love your blog

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  6. Good for you!!! You always get my vote!! Good luck Mx

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  7. Good luck Liz! I entered a couple of the other categories, but not the People's Choice, so happy to add my vote for you :)

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