I don’t think I can use this excuse for much longer but since I’m
new relatively new to blogging, I feel like I still have a lot to learn about the blog-o-sphere.
I went from being a blogophobe to a blogoholic.
I love reading blogs now. I love getting recipes from MyKidsEatSquid, finding out about books related to traveling the world on ATraveler’sLibrary, checking up on what the buzz is in the dog blog world at ChampionofMyHeart, and drooling over the crafts I’m too challenged to make at OrigamiMommy.
Then there’s getting the latest on blow jobs and vibrators at ProjectHappilyEverAfter, transporting myself back to New England via ChezSven, reading about all things DIY and New Zealand at FrugalKiwi, and all things gluten free at Wasabimon.
To name just a few!
When I was a blogophobe I was worried about reading blogs because I thought it would be a huge distraction and that I wouldn’t get as much work done.
I fear that prediction has come true. I’m definitely more productive and I definitely get more writing done on the days I stay away from social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook).
So my challenge now is how to enjoy and participate in the blog world without having it overrun my life.
I still have a lot of questions about how social media works.
And here’s what I’m wondering today: What do you think about giveaways? I know a lot of bloggers regularly have giveaways and that these contests drive traffic to their sites.
Right now at this very moment you can win a recipe book and an immersion blender at TheHappiestMom.com, Glad Rags at Candace Walsh’s blog at Mothering.com, and some gorgeous stamps at OrigamiMommy.
I’ve never done a giveaway on the blog I write for Mothering.com, Mothering Outside the Lines. I think I’m worried that it smacks too much of product endorsement or product placement. I also wonder if it’s really an effective way to get readers. Sure, they come for the giveaway, but will they ever come back? And are the readers who come for the giveaway the kind of readers I am likely to attract at that blog?
I’m lucky that I get paid to write that blog whether three people or three hundred people read it a day and the good folks at Mothering don’t seem to be sweating over hit numbers. If I were trying to attract advertising and sponsors, maybe I’d feel differently about giveaways.
Do you do giveaways on your blog? Have you found this to be an effective way to drive traffic? Do you enjoy entering blog giveaways? Do you think I should start doing them? (Then there’s the question of what I’d be giving away: a toy gun to wave at the doctor who insists you vaccinate your newborn; a beanie for your baby knitted to look like a boob … see the problem?) Leave a comment below and I’ll give you the most super duper amazing, um…stay tuned me, I’ll think of something…