Now that Reader Appreciation Week has ended (though I still really, really appreciate you), I put together an Excel spreadsheet listing the screen names of all the commenters and followers from the past week.
I wasn't sure at first how to choose the winners purely at random out of the 81 entries, so I did a little research and discovered that if you add a second column with a "randomizing" formula (=RAND() for my fellow Excel nerds) then do a data sort by that column, Excel will convert the formula to an arbitrary number and sort in a completely random way.
So I decided that the first three names to appear after sorting in that fashion would be the lucky winners of the contest and receive one large deer antler each. And the winners are:
Congratulations to Two Grad Students and a Pittie, In Black and White, and Patty! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address, and I will get your antler in the mail ASAP.
To everyone else who left comments this week because of the contest (especially those who became followers), thank you so much for participating...I hope you'll all keep reading and commenting!