Thursday, October 6, 2011

Think About It Thursday (18): Giveaways

Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to Salady
Everyone loves giveaways. If you don't, then you're crazy. We all love a chance to win something for free, whether that be a book or something like an iPad. It's a given that free stuff draws us in, but I've seen some blog giveaways that are insane. 
Like blogs that host nearly nothing but giveaways.

So how do you feel about giveaways? Do you like it when blogs host a little giveaway for a book or even a bigger giveaway? What about giveaway blog hops?

I'm all for giveaways hosted with reviews or giveaways in general, as long as a blog is posting reviews and stuff too. Things I absolutely hate though? Hoops.

I hate it when blogs make you jump through a thousand hoops prior to entering. I'm saying all this just weeks before I'll be hosting one crazysauce giveaway that's going to require entrants to comment on a crazy number of blogs to enter for the grand prize. Yeah, *bows head in shame*
But for big, huge giveaways, I'm okay with a little more effort.
So yeah, giveaways are cool when they don't overtake what a book blog is supposed to be about. The books.
 Random note: my blogoversary is coming up in mere days. Giveaway? Yes? No?
If yes, ideas?

Like I said, I have a huge thing coming up (YA Spooktacular) towards the end of the month, so I'm already dreading shipping prices and if I do a blogoversary giveaway now, it will have to be smallish.

As always, share your thoughts in the comments!


Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Giveaways are fun, so long as they don't require a bunch of things that need to be done. But I agree, for the bigger ones it makes sense to put in more effort. :)

Tara said...

I hate jumping through hoops. Even if the prize is totally amazing, I won't bother if there's like 10 extra entries or I have to write a blog post or write multiple comments or write a paragraph. Entering giveaways shouldn't feel like work it should be fun.

I love giveaway hops. Especially the I am a Reader, Not a Writer hops since she limits the extra entries that people can have. There are some hops that are more well-run than others. I hate having to scroll through twenty blog posts on someone's blog just to find their giveaway hop post. I think everyone should be required to put a link on their sidebar or the make the post sticky....otherwise delete them from the linky list! Like I said before, I Am a Reader always makes that a rule, which I'm grateful for.

I don't mind required follows if the blogger is the one paying for the giveaway. Personally, if I'm shelling out my own $$$$ to send you a prize, the least you can do is click FOLLOW on my blog. Know what i'm saying? :) If it's a publisher sponsored giveaway and I'm not the one shipping the prize, I don't require a follow. I know some people do it different and that's totally fine. To each his own!

Also I absolutely LOVE Google Docs for giveaways. Super easy. Rafflecopter is a close second, although sometimes it's annoying getting it to load. I don't like writing in the comments and on top of that having to type which extra entries I did. I just don't have that kind of time! I waste enough time on the computer as is!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I love giveaways but I hate all the hoops too! Especially when it's for something little like a couple of bookmarks. I don't mind if it's a big prize, but sometimes even those are crazy.

I also don't mind if it's a giveaway not linked to a review. I do that on my blog. I can't read and review every book, but I find nothing wrong with holding a giveaway to get the book out there to someone who can read it!

Good topic :)

roro said...

Giveaways are fun, so long as they don't require a bunch of things that need to be done. and hav 2 do a lot of things b4 entering
i'm international meaning not a us resident i know shipping cost a lot of money but hate i can enter and 70 to 80 % of giveway's i think r us only . and i can't afford books here . 2nd the YA section in bookstores don't excist here only harry potter and twilght 3th mostly dutch books, i hav not even read the hunger games yet

great topic , tnx

Candace said...

I love giveaways but I'm not as into them as I use to be since I just don't have the time to enter (or the time to read all the books I already have!). I do like the gift cards ones, or preorders and since it's something I really want/need then I'm willing to do more. But I think two entries is enough. I hate when I'm required to follow when they aren't the ones providing the book (like when the publisher is sponsoring). The thing is, I'm going to follow the blog anyway, but being told to follow just irks me. If they are shelling out the money I don't care.
I use to have the one entry for my giveaways, just to leave a comment. But sometimes it just seems like the word just doesn't get out there so I started having a second entry of tweeting and I provide the phrase for them to tweet so I know it has everything needed (seriously, some people just say 'book giveaway here' and leave the link. Like people are going to click that! It's kind of just a test for now to see if it does get more entries but so far it seems to be working.
Lately I've had loads of requests for hosting giveaways. I like doing that but I'm realizing it's getting out of hand. I have to prep those posts and I'm spending all my precious time doing it! But people seem to enjoy them, and even the indie ebooks are getting entries so as long as I continue to have good turnouts out I'll probably keep doing them. I feel bad for authors cause no reviewer has time. But if people WIN them, well, they seem more eager. Kind of funny how that is.

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Lea - Sounds like you're just like me when it comes to giveaways :)

Tara - Google Docs pretty much saved my life when it came to giveaways! As for following a blog as part of a giveaway, I'm cool with that too, to an extent. Like you said, giveaway hops with specific rules are really good. I used to check out the hops all the time, but now it's just too time consuming and difficult. For huge hops, people don't want to have to jump through a million hoops, they want to go from blog to blog, entering.

Thanks for leaving such a great comment!

Jill - I'm with you there! I'd hate to jump through a million hoops for bookmarks (not that bookmarks aren't awesome or anything). And giveaways without reviews are fine with me too. I like having the chance to give books away, even if I haven't had the chance to read them.

roro - I can only imagine how difficult it is for you to find great giveaways being overseas from so many bloggers. Does the Book Depository ship to your country? I know many bloggers try to hold international giveaways through that site. I'd love to host more international giveaways for people like you, but the shipping is INSANE! The YA Spooktacular at the end of the month will have some international prizes though, so be on the lookout :)

Candace - It sounds like you're in the exact same boat as me. I used to enter giveaways a lot (and win them too!) but I just don't have time anymore. I barely have time to get my own posts written up and then I use extra time to attempt to comment on other blogs. Entering a giveaway is like a monumental treat for me now.

I like how you host your giveaways though. I have no issue with an extra entry by spreading the word, especially since it helps get some buzz for your blog AND for the book. To me, there's nothing wrong with that.

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