Book Blogger Confessions is a meme every 1st and 2nd Monday hosted by Karen from For What It’s Worth and the Midnyte Reader.
It’s where book bloggers “confess” and vent about topics that are unique to us.
Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions, and remember to visit For What It’s Worth or the Midnyte Reader for other confessions!
This week’s confession:
Giveaways. As a blogger, how do you feel about extra entries, required entries etc? Do you have a system to choose/announce winners and keep prizes organized? What method works best for you when hosting a giveaway? (Rafflecopter/Google Doc’s or other)
Have you ever had problems hosting a giveaway sponsored by an author or publisher who is supposed to send the prize to the winner and doesn’t? How have you handled these issues?
As a prize winner – what do you do if your prize never arrives? Do you contact the blogger or just let it go?
I held my first giveaway at the beginning of the year. Because I’m on WordPress.com, I can’t use Rafflecopter, which is my preferred method of entry. It’s easy and quick and painless to use, and it’s fair and free. Instead, I made my entrants add a comment for each entry. I allowed multiple entries because I was using this giveaway as a promotional tool as well – I’d recently created a Twitter and Facebook account and wanted to get fans and followers to get my numbers up and get exposure.
I used Random.org to select the winner. They are a truly random number generator and I believe it was fair. Then I announced the winner and emailed them with the address they provided me, as well as contacting them on Twitter because I saw they were a regular user. Because I work full-time the winner had to wait until I had posted the prize but I notified them when the prize was posted.
I doubt I would use the commenting method again. I haven;t looked into whether Google Docs works on WordPress.com but I would like to explore that option. I was really obsessed with privacy (because I’m anonymous) and gave all my entrants the option to have their comments removed after the winner was chosen. None of them took up the offer, though.
I have never hosted a giveaway in conjunction with an author or publisher (but I am open to doing this!) and neither have I ever won a giveaway! I get most of my ARCs from Netgalley.