...These contests/PiFs are acts of kindness, and fun for everyone who enjoys participating in them...
As one who's been around pen forums since they began, it was daunting throwing my name in for such a special gift.
Now, I don't regret it for a second. Except for my initial concern, it was a warm, wonderful experience throughout. My friend in TX, IE, Z, and TML all know how to be cheerful, gracious giver's and recipients. It's a great list to be on, and I recommend it.
Also, as one who tends to be more of a caretaker-type person, being on the receiving end has been a lesson in humility. Amazingly the same week as the special pen PIF, I had a local random act of kindness, to which I was saying "no I can't allow you to do this.. to which the person practically clobbered me over the head with "Be Gracious and allow me"... I did, and it was a lesson. Perhaps an aspect of this was the perspective of the concerned poster?
An additional thought is that those who share gifts or PIF may do so quietly, in the manner of not letting their right hand know what their left is doing.
Thankfully not in January or I wouldn't be holding at this moment the lovely red pen that fits my hand like no other I've ever held
PS, this also allows an update on my own PIF appreciation.
Play-on with joy!