Why I do Giveaways.

March 17, 2010

This first part of this post isn’t a response to anything or anyone in particular. It’s been on my mind for a while, and lately I’ve seen more and more posts about bloggers who do giveaways. Otherwise known as “whoring themselves out.”

I do giveaways for a few reasons:

1. I love new things that make my life easier, especially if they’re free. I get a kick out of thinking about a product I use everyday you might not know about, and writing the company to ask if they’d be interested in giving one away.

2. I love to pick the winner. Seriously. I look forward so much to the day I email that person, especially when they email back with a “OMG, are you serious!” 🙂

3. In all honesty, then I first started blogging, I was completely overwhelmed by the amount of mommy bloggers. I had no comments, no one cared. I felt like I was writing to the air. I saw a lot of my e-friends doing fun giveaways, and in the process gaining readers. So I joined on, because I wanted to be noticed.

I realize that a lot of the time giveaways can be complicated, or require you to learn a foreign language, stay awake for 3 days straight, etc. I’ll admit, this is a reason I don’t enter some of them. I feel overloaded by the amount of things to do – even the optional ones. Are my giveaways guilty of that? Yes. I feel that I need to really decide what I want out of offering one. It makes it a lot easier on everyone.

Why do we require you to be a follower? One simple reason – most companies write me back with a “You must have x number of followers for us to consider your giveaway request.” So unless you’d like all my giveaways to be for things like free mouse pads or a pair of socks, I ask that you follow me. You might enjoy my posts while you’re at it.

I screen what I plan to put out there – believe me, if I did every giveaway offer I get, you’d never get a post. I get things that aren’t even relevant to our lives in any way. I love the ones I do – like the fun, smell good soap I have right now, or the cloth diaper accessories. I have ones for eco friendly baby shoes, natural wooden teethers, jewelry, organic baby products, and stuffed animals coming up. And I’m so excited to share them with you. Really. I even think about particular people when I’m writing them up.

This is response to a comment I read about the over abundance of guest bloggers. I know, yes, lately I’ve had a ton. Honesty again:

1. I wanted to get my name out there. There, I said it.

2. I know what it’s like to blog to the wind. So I usually pick bloggers who are newbies like me, so we can all be a community. I’ve met so many sweet women this way, and I love to get their stories out there.

3. I felt like the mommy blogging community, in many ways, was really hard to crack. I hoped that by having guests, it would open it up a little more. Be more receptive and aware of new bloggers. Hoped that one of my readers would find a guest simply captivating and follow them.

This is in no way meant to be a slam to anyone. If anything, it’s been an eye opener to me, showed me things I should change and think about. However, I hope you all understand where I’m coming from. I tried to explain it the best I could.

I think what helps us remember to keep writing and not advertising quite as much is feedback. If you enjoy a post, leave a comment. Having 90+ comments for a giveaway and 2 for a post I wrote tells me a lot. So if you read it and like it, let me know. Let us know.

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