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August 29, 2010

Announcement -- sort of, its more like a rant ....

I already pick a bunch of giveaway winners this afternoon and I will finish picking the rest of the giveaway winners tonight. It took me over 2 hours to pick winners for 10 giveaways because so many people do not follow the giveaway rules. Yes, I do check the entries to make sure that the winner has followed the rules.

I don't want to sound like a broken record, but the rules are there for a reason. If you do not follow the guidelines, it is totally unfair to those who do, so I will not pick winners who do not follow the rules. I came across many entries who kept their profiles private, so I was unable to verify if they are indeed followers of my blog, so I skipped those people and reselected winners if I can't check the person's profile. Second, if you do not have an email address in your profile or if you do not include it in your comment, I have no way of reaching you. How would I be able to contact you to let you know that you won if I don't have your email address? I wish I had telepathic ability so I can mentally contacted you and let you know that you won. But, at last, I am just a normal mom and a housewife who happens to have a blog. If you don't leave me a way to contact you, I don't have the magic ability or super power to contact you. Sorry to disappoint you all! As soon as I am capable of contacting my blog followers telepathically, I will let you know -- by notifying you mentally of course ;).

Please do not leave me comments like, " I want to win this giveaway." Despite my lack of super power, my educated guess is that you do want to win the the giveaway and that's why you are leaving me a comment. Companies I work with typically like to have my readers visit their sites and leave comments on what they like on my blog. This a great way for them to check what sort of products people are interested in and it also helps drive additional traffic to their site. When you leave me comments like "I want to win this giveaway" instead of following my rule it is a good indication to me that you did not even bother reading the giveaway guidelines. I found this to be very interesting, because if you are not reading my post, how do you even know what the giveaway item is? Do you think that I include my giveaway guidelines there to make my blog look more busy or that I want to waste people's time by making them read? *gasp*

Sorry for the rant, but I want to make sure my readers are aware of what is happening. It is not that I don't want to pick you as the giveaway winner. I totally believe in spreading the happiness of winning giveaways all around to every single one of my readers. But, if you don't follow the rules and you don't provide me with a way to contact you, how could I pick you as the giveaway winner?

11 comments:

Shell said...

I'm a follower of your blog... I never thought about the part about the profile. I don't have the blogs I follow listed on mine any more b/c I follow a LOT of blogs and I felt like that list was starting to overtake it!

But, I agree with you- I always check my winner's entries to be sure they did all the things they said they did to win. And if I can't find them, I move on to another winner.

Stephie C said...

Personally I don't mind if people don't put emails as long as they check and contact me back within say 48 hours as I post the winners on my blog....I think making the people come back to check to see if they win ensures they are usually a follower as well ;)

debra92691 said...

You are awesome! That was a pretty funny rant. I hope your doing well Kaia has been asking to see your DD we'll have to get together soon.

BEst-
Deb

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I personally don't follow anyone whose blog I don't genuinely like and whose blog I don't plan on returning to regularly. The contests are nice but, if the content wasn't worth my while you could give away all of the nice stuff that you want.

Jamie @ Rural Glamour said...

People...even 'smartest' ones dont follow directions. Dont keep telling them to. Take their entry out and keep it moving. I dont have alot of entries sometimes but I still get the wrong entries. I disqualify the entry that doesnt follow the direction and keep moving on the next. Someone will win, it just wont be them.:) State your rules as you have and dont get stressed over it.

Crystal Biehl said...

I understand your frustration! It takes a lot of time to do what you do! Sorry!

Tracey said...

I totally understand your frustration since I deal with it as well, but if I could offer a comment as someone who enters your giveaways. Please, please, please, turn off the word verification. It doesn't work very well on Blogger - what happens is that it doesn't show up until you hit continue. Then you have to enter it and hit continue again - sometimes twice. If one is putting in multiple entries it can get really frustrating.

Cheryl said...

I so get this! We too have had to deal with these very same things!

Jessilyn82 said...

Such a great reminder, so many people spend a lot of time entering and it's a shame when they don't bother to read the rules to legitimize those entries. Thank you for taking the time to have such wonderful giveaways!
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sharonjo said...

I really appreciate the fact that you work so hard to verify that your winners are following your entry guidelines and rules. I once saw a winner who had posted the standard "I want to win" entry, in spite of the fact that the mandatory entry was visiting the sponsor's site and choosing a favorite item. Apparently the blog owner didn't care enough to enforce her own rules and awarded the giveaway to this slacker. Very discouraging to all the other people who did follow the rules. That was the day I quit entering giveaways on that site!

The Redhead Riter said...

I would love to meet you because you sound quite spunky! It is a shame that people don't follow your directions. I mean really, you don't change them that much, so you make it as easy as possible. Besides, if you can't visit the sponsors site, why should you get their product? By the way, I love how fast your blog loads!!!

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