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?