Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday Salon - If it seems to good to be true...




I've been participating in some Giveaways and Giveaway Hops this summer for a purely innocent and obviously naive agenda...I wanted to meet new book lovers who blog and share some of my love for books, have conversations, and even share some of my pre-read or extra books just lounging on my shelves.
I've been blogging 3 years.  
And most of you seasoned bloggers are going to slap your foreheads with your palms when I tell you what I'm sad about.

Did you know that sometimes people who enter giveaways don't blog?  Anywhere?
Did you know that sometimes those non-bloggers actually create blogs or other social media accounts with no posts just so they can enter giveaways?
Did you know that sometimes those who enter giveaways don't actually do the things they've told you they've done?

I feel like an idiot.

I don't guess I would have noticed this trend had I not started clicking on blog links to comment on blogs of those who didn't win the giveaway.  I'm a people person; what can I say?  
I found blog after blog after blog with names and no posts.  What makes me saddest about this is that others who are really a part of this community are missing out bc of these random folks who drop by just to win a prize.  
I like a prize just as much as everybody else.  But, I'm not gonna create a GoodReads account or any other account that I don't plan to use just so I can win a prize (I like LibraryThing much better anyway).  Especially in the case of ARCs, I take my responsibility seriously as far as not sharing the author's work with someone who might be planning to sell or otherwise promote the book without the author's permission.
Yes, at this point I'm imagining all kinds of people entering my giveaways and also posting on my blog...I like traffic but I don't want to invite the wrong kind of traffic.
Yes, I'm obsessive...why do you ask?  

I am thankful that the people who've won my giveaways so far have indeed been other bloggers who are entering the giveaway bc they really love books and they really love being a part of a community of readers.
However, I'm pretty sure that from now on, I'll be adding the "must be an active blogger" in my giveaway hop stipulations from now on.  I know that will keep out some really nice folks who don't have a blog but still love to read, but I don't know what else to do about it?

PLEASE chime in about your giveaway experiences, the best of the best, the worst of the worse (so I'm not surprised again) and what to do about all this????
Am I making to much of this??
HELP!







11 comments:

  1. I like the idea of adding the 'must be an active blogger' stipulation. Tbh, most of the winners of my giveaways have been non-bloggers, it's puts me off doing more.

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    1. I'm sure I'll lose some folks, but I'm truly more worried about quality than quantity.

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  2. I think that is probably the best you can do. I do giveaways once in awhile, to support an author I particularly like, but I've found overall that they are more trouble than they are worth. They just unearth all kinds of complications that I don't have time for. So they tend to be an exception for me more than the rule.

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    1. I'm still new to the giveaway game so I haven't had time to experience more complications other than what I've discovered on my own. But, now I'm paranoid. I enjoy sharing my books especially with those bloggers I know pretty well, whose intentions I know are the same as mine. I also met several YA bloggers on one of the last giveaway hops who are indeed young adults reading and blogging...I sent them some books they were interested in bc geez, isn't that what it's all about? It's a shame something good can be ruined by those with questionable intentions. But, isn't that the way it always is? :(

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  3. This happens to me a lot, and so I have pretty much stopped doing giveaways. I don't have time to fish around and see if someone is being honest or not, and frankly, it's a really crappy thing to do. But people will be people, and try to take advantage if they can. I would suggest that you do have a stipulation that only active bloggers are eligible if you are still interested in doing giveaways. It stinks, but it's the only way to weed the dishonest ones out.

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    1. It does indeed, stink. I'm definitely going to add the "active blogger" stipulation to my next giveaway bc I've already committed to an upcoming hop. We'll see if I get slammed bc of it. I don't really care though; if they don't want to enter, then they don't have to. Then, I can share my books with others who really want to read them rather than selling them or something shady like that.

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  4. It's only been a few months since I've started my book blog so I haven't done a giveaway yet. It's disheartening when people are dishonest when they enter giveaways because for me the book community is one of the most welcoming and amazing communities out there. I think it's fine having a rule like that because you're sure that you're giving a book to someone who shares the same love with you. (maybe non-bloggers can share their goodreads accounts to show that they're active?)

    There is Random Acts of Kindness where you can choose the people you wish to send books to.

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    1. Isa, I've heard of the RAK and am very interested in looking into that more! :) I guess I just generally assume people are going to be honest...I'm naive, I know.

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  5. Well I must certainly be in my own little world because I wasn't aware that this was such an issue! It's really interesting how the dynamic has changed with book blogging and "free books". For me, it really is about the books and the bookish friends and discussion that drives me (and the fact that pounding out my thoughts helps my brain tremendously) so it is sad to consider that it really isn't that way with everyone...they're missing out!

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    1. It was just an accident that I even realized it was happening. I wanted to interact with some of the other people who were entering besides the ones who won the giveaway, only to find out there was not really anyone to interact with :( It makes me sad too...my number of followers went up 100+ and I was so naively anxious to talk with some of those "new friends." turns out they were pretenders all along...sorta makes me feel like I'm in middle school ;) But, the bottom line is, like you said, they're the ones missing out!

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  6. I have lots of regular readers who do not blog, but they are regulars. When I host a giveaway, I do not require them to be a blogger because if you think about it.. a blogger can get copies of those books if they really want them. I know I can. It's the average readers who can't. I don't typically give away ARCs though. Mine copies are given to me by the publisher so they stipulate US/Canada or not, but that's pretty much it.

    I had to add a disclaimer recently to my giveaway form because a recent winner included her address, but her email acct was fictitious. I emailed her to conform and let her know about winning and it bounced. THAT bothered me. I was tempted to re-draw but I sent it off. Now, if the winner does not confirm in 10 days I will re-draw.

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