- 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.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
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.