Not sure that catchy post title will bring anyone running to want to know more about what I find distasteful, but while on twitter or chatting with other bloggers some topics come up. Consider this my attempt at putting in my two cents.
When I started blogging giveaways were just as they are now, exciting to win, fun to be the giver and it might bring a few new readers to your blog. That is always the way I’ve seen my role in hosting a giveaway, I have the opportunity to treat one of my readers, most often now at a publisher’s expense, to a great new read. I like to make the process simple and easy for me, as well as my readers. While using blogger I used the system of leaving a comment to be entered to win. Since my move to Word Press I’ve used a simple contact form. Easy peasy….ahhhhh.
In the past year or so I’ve begun to see the use of Rafflecopter as a means to enter giveaways. The user has many options, simple to complex, having as little as two buttons to click, to a multitude more that include following the blogger on FB, Twitter, their blog, their newsletter, their forum, retweeting, sharing on their own blog and on and on it can go. Now let me just say the service itself it likely just wonderful, and I don’t blame bloggers or businesses for using it, but there is the abuse of it that really shakes me up.
Seriously I’ve seen book bloggers use Rafflecopter with so many hoops to jump thru to maximize the chances of winning that made my head spin. Does it really gain the blogger more followers? I mean long term readers and followers of your blog? Do the analytics give you a better look at who is following you or at least entering for a book giveaway? I would argue that many solid readers of your blog and followers are as tired and fed up with these hoops as they are about CAPTCHA. I invite you to comment and give your pros and cons.
One reason I like the contact form to enter is that I ask for the actual physical address where the prize should be mailed, thereby eliminating the added task of me hunting down the winners again and getting this information. Giveaways are all about fun for me, and I hope my readers. One form one simple entry and voila….you too can be a winner!!
My other puzzlement or irritant is the need some perhaps newer bloggers feel to inflate their follower stats. I think I’m in the minority, I do look at how many times my blog is viewed on occasion. It’s difficult to track followers because not everyone is using the RSS feed I provide. I myself follow my blogs with Bloglovin, and those numbers can be misleading too. I have chosen not to have a FB dedicated to my blog. Maybe I’m lucky, as I’ve never been asked to give exact numbers to a publisher upon requesting an ARC or e galley. I imagine someone looks at my blog, analyzes my reviews and ability or lack of to put a few sentences together and a reputation begins. I recently read a stat that was just so inflated it blew me away…and I wonder why…who does this person think they are fooling. If it were a business I understand more why this information is critical, but if your blog is hobby based why attempt to fake anything?
So those two points are my rant…and I feel better now. I love being a blogger, and I love the community I have become a part of and I admire the bloggers who took me under their wing so to speak and helped me out. I am not that tech savvy, nor do I think you must be to be successful as a blogger, willing to learn yes, but master of all things, not so much. Should it be fun…good grief I hope so! So I will continue to make giveaways easy, simple, fun and I’ve got no reason to tell you I’m more important than I am. Most days my big moment is getting dinner on the table on time…ha ha!
I hope you’ll comment and share this post….if I’m way off base…let me know.