7.26.2011

Talk about it Tuesday–Giveaways

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I am just going to come right out and ask it -

Do you guys like giveaways?

I have been debating back and forth about doing more of them on my blog for a while now and I just cannot decide. I worry that the giveaway wont be successful or that no one will take interest in the giveaway and that would make me feel really bad – but then again – maybe I just worry to much!

I would love to help out shops that have items that relate to my blog and bring traffic to them – but how many is a good number to do each month? I also want my readers to come to my blog because they like my ideas and not because I am giving something away – it is just such a hard conflict that I am sure I inflict upon myself (haha!).

What kind of giveaways do you like? How often do you like to see them. How often do YOU enter them? Do you feel like a giveaway distracts you from the person’s blog or do you go to blogs ONLY for the giveaways?

Let’s Discuss…

14 comments:

Samantha said...

I love giveaways!

I only ever enter them if they say they are open to international readers though. I think it'd be unfair if I were to win one when the giveaway hostess hadn't intended it for international readers as I'm in the UK. Most times giveaways don't say who they're open to so I just don't bother. Other times they're open to US & Canada so I don't enter either :)
xx

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I think giveaways are a good idea, though I rarely enter them. It may take a bit of experimenting to see what your blog readership likes, but I'm guessing Etsy is a great way to go.

Kristi said...

I like giveaways but I like them simple. The only giveaways I enter are the ones where you enter by leaving a blog comment. I pass on the ones that give you extra chances if you follow on Twitter, like on Facebook, write about it on your own blog, etc.. I figure with that many people getting extra chances, there is no way I'd win so I don't enter. Which, now writing it down, doesn't make sense but that's how I do it! LOL!

Giveaways DO make me look at new things that I didn't know existed before though, so that's a good thing!

lucylu. said...

I think give aways are a good idea to get more people onto your blog and a way of rewarding followers in a way, :) I enter them sometimes but not constantly, and I prefer if they are open to international readers. x

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Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I do like giveaways, but get annoyed when they take the place of substantial content. And I don't like feeling like I'm being "sold" all the time. Finding a good balance is key- once or twice a month, once a week- you may need to try it out and see what works for your blog. You have awesome taste and a good sense of your readers, so I'm sure whatever you do will be an asset to your blog- not a problme.:)
xoxo,
Amy

Sims Family said...

I love them and enter them a lot! But only if they are easy to enter. :) I wouldn't do too many, though. Make it easy on yourself!

Jennifer said...

I like giveaway! Who doesn't like an extra "present" or two through out the year. Once or Twice a month should be plenty I'd think. And I agree with the previous comments... keep it simple to enter.

<3 Jennifer @ findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com

Katy said...

I like giveaways.

I get annoyed when they're too complicated to enter. I truly appreciate it when the requirements to enter are kept simple.

Amber* said...

I like giveaways, but dislike them when they require you to "like" someone's facebook page. I don't have a facebook page, so it is kind of unfair.

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

Wow Ladies! Thanks for all the feedback! I may have to line out a few giveaways and I do agree with you about keeping it simple - One entry per person and all you do is leave a fun comment (got it!).

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

I agree with everyone here, especially Amy - I cannot stand it when a blog has more giveaways than it does actual content! I've deleted more than a few from my reader for this reason.

Also, I get a little annoyed when they "give away" like, a $20 credit to a shop where you can't get anything for less than $30, for example. That, to me, is not a "giveaway."

Great topic!!!

MJ said...

I think it's nice to have the occassional giveaway that is really a 'thing'. Vouchers are ok but something is nicer. And please open some of them for Europe too :)

Traci said...

i like giveaways. i get hesitant to enter when there is like over a 100 entries, then i think i have no luck and don't sign-up. plus if it is something handmade, that is way cool!!

Colin said...

I get aggravated with blogs when they replace content with giveaways. I've deleted several blogs from my reader because there were more giveaways than content. I enter the occasional giveaway if it's something I'm particularly interested in but only if it's a "leave a comment" entry - forget Facebook, Twitter, etc. Just don't go too far with it!

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