I've been thinking about this. A lot and many times. Now I think it's finally time to make some changes. I'm not the most tolerable person in the world and I have no problem admiting it. There are many things I can't tolerate, but in the blogging world it's ignorance that bothers me the most.
A couple of days ago I posted a giveaway for my slovenian readers. Why? I got a gift from slovenian online make up store Ličila.si. It was a Konad Stamping Special Set and since I already have enough stamping plates and I don't use them that often anyway, I decided to give it to someone who will appreciate it. I contacted Ličila.si and they agreed.
Why was this giveaway for slovenian readers only? Ličila.si is a slovenian store and I feel it's right to do so. Other than that - the set alone weights more than a half of kilo and you all know about the international shipping costs. Don't get me wrong, I didn't get any bullshit messages like ''why slovenian readers only, it's not fair'', nothing like that. Still, I want you to know. I appreciate all my readers the same, no matter where they come from.
What really pissed me off? Ličila.si posted about my giveaway on their Facebook page. That's very nice of them, yes. But the amount of shit I got after that was enormous. Girls (many of them were probably underage) were contacting me via Facebook, wanting to know how to enter, where to enter etc. They could have just follow the link and read it in my post (which is in Slovene, so everybody can understand it), but no ... I guess reading is overrated. After I explained how to do it, there was another one who wanted to know the exact same thing and then came another one... By the time they finally figured it out, my inbox was full of messages, because they were obviously so excited they just had to post the same comment 7 times. I really hope they reached their orgasm by then, so they would at least have something out of this giveaway. And so I spent a lot of time erasing all the additional comments. I guess they were there in case I overlooked the first 3 messages. It's obvious they don't get the internet manners. And I seriously doubt they have any in real life either. Oh, and the grammar... holy kryptonite! I'm allergic when someone uses letter 'w' in Slovene. It's not in our alphabet and that's a good reason to not use it!
There's no catch and no mind games. No tricks. I wrote it all in the giveaway post. You don't have to be Harry Potter, neither do you have to own a magic wand to figure it out. If you follow me, you'll see the post and you'll know about the giveaway. If you'll be interested, you'll read the post and find out everything you need to know. Furthermore, if you like my blog, you'll read other posts as well. Not just the ones where I'm giving away free shit. We all know about giveaway hunters, don't we? The ones who have blogs just to post about giveaways and get bonus points for doing so... Fuck that. I don't like it and I'm not gonna support it.
I've been blogging for two years now. I had my share of struggling in the blogger world and by now I know it's not about the quantity. It's about the quality of readers you have as a blogger. I'm grateful I have some of the best readers possible. We all know about Lucy, right? Isn't she a sweetheart? She's not a blogger, but she's known in the blogger world as she would be. That's a reader with a heart and soul!
So, about giveaways... Some of them got really confusing: you have to follow on four different ways, post about it, spread the world, stand on your eyelashes and kill a pigeon to enter. I'm not doing that (anymore). Follow me and you're in. But I guess that's not enough... This is my way of thinking:
Why host a giveaway?
To say 'thank you' to your followers. To give something back, to make someone happy, to give something to someone who doesn't have it.
Who should be able to enter?
My followers of course. But becoming a follower isn't very hard, is it? Don't people who don't just follow, but actually read what I have to say, deserve better chances? Don't those who comment deserve it more? Yes, they do. I got to know many people by just reading their comments on my posts. Well, at least I think I know them. But that's way better than to spend your money on someone you've never heard of, right? I wanna spend it on someone who's given me some feedback. Someone who's contributed to my blog in some way.
So, I had to choose. Either to stop hosting giveaways altogether or start hosting them for those who truly deserve it. I chose the last. From now on, the rules are gonna be different and I'm not sure if I'll pick a random winner anymore. Thank goodness it's my blog, so it's my way or the highway.
A guide to win my giveaway:
* Follow me. Stalkers are also welcome, just keep your distance while I'm feeding. I can bite your head off.
* Comment on my posts. Say how pretty, funny and sexy I am. That will almost get you there. Oh, I'm smart as well... *hint*
* Let me get to know you. Share your day with me, send me chapters of your diary daily. I wanna know everything.
* You gotta love animals. Get yourself a cat and name it after me. Send me photos of it's freshly polished claws.
Oh, dear, I hope you'll get my sarcasm. Really. Some of them don't. And then I have to explain and then there's that big awkward silence...
What does my decision mean for you as my followers? You'll still be able to enter my giveaways. If you want me to notice you, you'll have to give me some feedback. I can't see you otherwise. And I think that's fair. My best readers deserve prizes. And that's how it's gonna be. The end.
But!!! There's always a but... I'm open to your suggestions. If you think this is unfair, let me know about it. I might change my mind. It's not very likely though. =)
Tell me what you think about giveaways, ways to enter, ways to picking a winner...? How would you do it, so it would be fair?
Thanks for looking and mostly - thanks for commenting!