I’ve started to start participating int the “Book Blogger Confessions” Meme after I heard some people talking about it on Twitter so here we go! Enjoy!
Here’s what it’s all about: “Started in January 2012, by Karen – For What It’s Worth & Tiger – Tiger’s All Consuming Media & now co-hosted with my good friend Pam from Midnyte reader, Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers “confess” and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions.
Just keep it respectful – no bashing authors or other bloggers!”
March 4th Topic: Giveaways. As a blogger, how do you feel about extra entries, required entries etc? Do you have a system to choose/announce winners and keep prizes organized? What method works best for you when hosting a giveaway? (Rafflecopter/Google Doc’s or other)
What do you do about people who enter your giveaways but don’t follow instructions exactly?
Have you ever had problems hosting a giveaway sponsored by an author or publisher who is supposed to send the prize to the winner and doesn’t? How have you handled these issues?
As a prize winner – what do you do if your prize never arrives? Do you contact the blogger or just let it go?
Alright let’s start from the beginning. Giveaways. Ah, giveaways; a blogger’s favorite thing (I mean come on who doesn’t love free stuff right?) but I have a lot of mixed feelings about them. I think it’s fair that there are extra entries for people who say follow a blog, and I think required entries are okay too. I mean if you want something badly enough you’ll do anything for it right? That doesn’t mean you should give someone your first born child but we all have our limits, nevertheless.
Personally, I just use Rafflecopter to choose my giveaway winners and to post the giveaway itself. It’s fast, easy, and most importantly free and I think it looks clean and professional on my blog posts.
I, so far, haven’t had problems with people who have entered my giveaway and haven’t followed instructions, but if this should arise in the future (which it probably will) then I’ll just delete their entry (the only one that wasn’t followed right). Plain and simple. You cheat? You don’t get to win.
Again, I haven’t had the problem yet of a sponsored company or author not sending a prize but I think I’d just try to handle the situation as respectuflly and professionally as possible (kindly asking them to send the prize and if they don’t maybe sending the winner something in compensation like a couple free bookmarks or something).
Lastly, I’ve only ever won contests on Goodreads so I haven’t come across the problem of not receiving my prizes but I think, again, I would just nicely ask the contest holder if they had sent out the prize yet (it might not be their fault! What if it got lost in the mail?).
What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below letting me know or give me a link to your own post. Thanks everyone!
See you soon!