Saturday, November 14, 2009

giveaway tips

I know I go on about giveaways a bit, but they are a complex and little understood area of considerable sociological significance. As a veteran of many, many giveaways and winner of one, I feel that my expertise may help the next generation of bloggers and I'd like to share with you some tips I've gleaned along my journey.


  • Only comment on a giveaway post if you want the giveaway prize. This seems quite fundamental, but we're all overcome by our competitive streak at times and I know people who lost the run of themselves when commenting and are plagued by felted elves and inspirational pincushions underfoot.
  • Before you comment on any post at all, ever, make sure that it isn't a furtive giveaway. This means you can't merely look at images, you have to read the text. The blogger may have slipped in a low key giveaway to clear out the unwanted coasters from her Aunt Hilda.
  • Bloggers often claim that their winners are drawn at random, but participants, quite rightly, pay little heed to this and add ingratiating comments to their entry in the hope of improving their chances of winning. You must do so too. If the giveaway organiser is a woman, try a pleasant comment such as 'I like your hair'. For a man, 'how was your meeting?'
  • Giveaway organisers sometimes require that entrants must sign up to join their followers to be eligible for the competition. This is a deplorable practice, a throwback to our playground days of winning friends with penny sweets, and one that I certainly intend to implement one proud day when I hold my very own giveaway.
  • Giveaway winners tend to announce their triumph on their own blogs. It's sometimes a fine line between courteous acknowledgement of your win and shameless gloating. Don't worry if you cross this line.

28 comments:

  1. Oh Mise, that was brilliant, so true and I'm afraid, as you know, I have been guilty of the gloating !! I feel, in my defence, that, being brought up to be polite, I must say 'thank you' to someone who has taken the trouble to send me a gift, even though it is at the expense of 'rubbing your nose in it' !!!! ..... oh, and, isn't it strange that, when someone is doing a giveaway, they get 2, 3, 4 times more comments than usual ?
    I loved this post for it's sheer honesty and humour.I haven't done a giveaway yet. The firdt one that I won, I didn't even know that I had entered !! XXXX

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  2. Jacqueline, you're just such a nice person that whenever I have a giveaway I'll have to rig it so that you win.

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  3. This made me laugh too :-) I've been lucky enough to win several giveaways and I've run a couple too, and I recognise everything you're talking about here!!

    (Except maybe the felted elves. I'd quite like a felted elf. Do you know any blogs giving them away?)

    PS I like your hair ;-)

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  4. I hope I haven't been too gloaty! I am just equal parts thankful and excited over giveaways, and hope to bring more attention to each blogger and/or artist.

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  5. Oh thank you humel! It's so heartwarming to be told someone likes my hair, even if I've told them to tell me. And I've never actually seen a felted elf giveaway, it's just that in my mind all the prizes have coagulated into a small felted elf.

    Courtney, I think you should gloat a bit more. No point winning if others don't realise they have lost. But no, you're right, and kind.

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  6. All duly noted. I will be keeping myeyes peeled for the furtive giveaway - that sounds positively scandalous (and a good way to get rid of old tatt)

    Oh, and also - you know of MALE bloggers? who, where?

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  7. Ah, is that the secret? I need to coagulate all those prizes that I didn't actually intend to win but was high on entering everything, and they'll turn into a felted elf! Thanks for the tip :-)

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  8. These are all brilliant tips :-) ...especially the "make sure you actually want it" one! This is where random swaps can be a bit dodgy!

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  9. HI Mise
    This is hilarious and so true!! haha I'm never quite sure why I have done giveaways in the first place other than I'm really thankful that I have won some in the past and I have to tell you it feels great to win. Like the universe has finally said 'yes you'!!

    Now of course I feel lousy that you have not won any of mine. Bloody random-org.

    If Jacqueline ever does a giveaway imagine how many comments she will get then??? There won't be room on the comments page. She'll have to give the giveaway it's own blog with comment categories hahaha

    Take care and have fun xx Julie
    I'm allowing myself a bit of blogging time today in between the work. After all it is Sunday!!

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  10. Maybe you should be writing a book about the "Silent Rules of Blogging" - so true. Thanks for visiting me whilst I have been away.

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  11. Mise, this is all very hilarious, thank you!! By the way, did it occur to you that you did not tell me you like my hair when you entered my giveaway? Not that it mattered, because it was random, of course...but good to remember next time.

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  12. Hey Mise - I told you I liked your hair last week, and it wasn't just because there was a giveaway! And I promise that should I have my very own giveaway, that I will do my best to make sure that you should win. And I'll try not to gloat too loudly about the fact that I had another giveaway win myself last week!!

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  13. Flora May, I believe there's a male blogger in the USA.

    Julie, it's nice to find you in such high spirits! Let's you and me be security guards for any giveaway of Jacqueline's and maintain some order.

    Shell, you're right, and looking back it's an omission I deeply regret.

    Amanda, you're my very best friend and I like your hair too (in advance of your giveaway).

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  14. Okay, so now I see where I've been going wrong. So, I should stop posting those "boo sucks to you, I didn't want your stupid giveaway anyway" comments? Thanks for the tip! Have I mentioned how utterly fabulous your hair is looking? Meredith xo.

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  15. Great advice. Gorgeous blog.

    Being from the West myself just wondering, how far west, is pretty far west?

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  16. since i am a relatively new blogger, i relish these insights! likely , if i am lucky enough to win one day, i will gloat.
    have a great day ~ laura

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  17. super tips there, any tips for giveaway givers?

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  18. Cor blimey - I've just run a giveaway and this wonderful insight comes but days too late!

    So true about actually WANTING the 'prize'... must remember that one :)

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  19. I am making a mental note of all those tips particularly the first one, I am guilty of loving to win things and not really thinking about what I will win but more about the winning itself. I resolve to only chase after prizes I actually want to win from this day forward.

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  20. Angela, west of Galway, by the sea. Is that anywhere near your territory?

    Laura, that's the spirit.

    Elaine, for giveaway givers, just be sure to mention random.org (whether you use it or not) for that air of unassailable incorruptibility

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  21. Phew..! So glad I already follow you.

    And your hair looks lovely in the newer profile photo, by the way.

    (I like to be prepared. More adulation to come when you host your giveaway.)

    xo,
    -maria

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  22. I had a giveaway and the postal service mucked it up. I then purchased more items, posted them and only a few people even bothered telling me they had received them. One posted about it. Decided to give gifts to nice people at random instead.... ;O)

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  23. Helen, I'm sad now after reading your experience. I hope you win some nice giveaways to redress the balance.

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  24. I love this Mise! I even pointed humel over here yesterday - after all of her gloating!! :) And then I realised that I hadn't left a comment to tell you how much I love this! x

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  25. My giveaway (plug for my blog!) is on for a few more days and I definitely relate to some of your points! And I for one think Courtney should gloat more ;) Nice post Mise!

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  26. Your posts always make me happy. I love this one. I will try to remember not to gloat too much in tomorrows post but not promising anything. :)

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  27. Finally, i have been hunting on your blog for this, . I am planning my first give away and also to ride your coattails by linking to your charming give away comments. Thank you Mise.

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