You guys like free stuff, right?
I like giving moms a place to promote their businesses,
and I like sharing stuff I love with you guys,
(there Char goes again with her big old but)
I need to do something about the way giveaways have been happening around here.
You see, doing a giveaway takes time. A LOT of time.
First there’s the initial email exchanges and calendaring and re-calendaring (I’d say about 50% of the people that contact me for giveaways are never to be heard from again). Time. Then there’s posting. I have to search through Etsy shops and websites and save pictures and write and rewrite and edit. More time. And then I have to remember to shut down the giveaway and pick a winner. Still more time. I have to post about that and take screen shots. Even more time. Then I have to try to contact the winner and contact the sponsor. TIME!!! Then I get emails from people who never received their prizes, and emails from people who are mad that there weren’t very many entries in their giveaway…See where this is going?
And (not to get all greedy here, but) what’s in it for me?
I heard from someone a few weeks ago that was under the impression that I got to keep one of whatever it is I giveaway.
And when I do get a “perk” for doing a giveaway, you’ll see it clearly spelled out in the post. I disclose.
So, I’ve decided that things need to change. I can’t spend hours each week doing something I don’t love and “endorsing” (can’t think of a better word here) products I don’t believe in and have no experience with.
I DO, however, want to continue to give away good products. Especially from my sponsors. They support this blog and I’m happy to support them in return.
Here’s where you all come in:
Let’s talk about giveaways. What do you love? What do you hate? What do you want more of? What do you want less of? How often do you like to have a giveaway? Does the retail value of the product being given away matter to you? What else do you want to tell me?
***Because I know some people are going to wonder if I’m talking about any giveaway in particular, NO. It’s not a single event/person/product that’s provoked this. The majority of my giveaway experiences have been good ones. I just feel like things need some changing.***