I had some people ask me about running blog giveaways and it was something I planned to talk about some day in my sporadic blogging tips category, but then I started wondering instead less about running giveaways than about going on the other side of the fence – entering giveaways.
Many of us, bloggers and readers, read a lot of blogs and many blogs will at one time or another run a giveaway. I’m curious if you are wont to enter these giveaways and what prompts you to do so? The prizes? To support the blogger? The spirit of entering a contest and hopefully winning?
As for myself, back in the early days, I did participate in some blog giveaways but back in the day, a lot of the more popular blogs were based overseas and there was always a caveat that it was restricted only to their territory, whether it be the USA, UK or Ireland (most of the blogs I read were from there). I’d participated in some food related blog giveaways (since that’s my other main love nom nom nom!) but rarely because again, a lovely prize of a Kitchenaid mixer was only going to be despatched locally and I wasn’t living in the locale.
Over time, I stopped participating in giveaways hosted by blogs when it came to beauty products. A girl has to know when she has enough, or more than enough and this girl does 😀 I would logically be on the giving end as opposed to the receiving end, and I also felt that it wasn’t quite fair for me to enter a giveaway to get even more beauty stuff.
Other blog genres are fair game for me however. I’d love to win a trip or a hotel stay, or a spa session or a lovely dinner or yes, a kitchen gadget, so if a blog I’m reading or following does have a giveaway like that I might be tempted to join in. Yet, I’d be loathe to join a giveaway on a blog that I’d never read before, because I would then feel like a freeloader. I know, awkward 😛
But still, it does make me curious.
Do you enter or participate in blog giveaways and if you do, what prompts you to do so?
I would, in a blog of a different genre and if it didn’t require me to jump through hoops and sell my information for a chance to win something. That said, I haven’t entered one in a long while. Guess there aren’t many blogs giving away free dinners, trips, gadgets or hotel stays eh? Or am I not reading the right ones? 😛