Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down is a newish feature on my blog. If you are a loyal follower of my blog, you know that I put a big emphasis on interaction and discussion and my favorite posts are the ones with a lot of interaction. I also like a good healthy debate where opinions are shared and respected. You may also know that I like talking about random bookish things. Put all of that together and you get my inspiration for this new feature. Every other week I will give a topic to be discussed. You can give your vote on whether or not it is a thumbs up or a thumbs down for you and then explain why. The topics will cover anything related to reading, blogging, the book industry, etc. etc. Basically whatever is on my mind! This feature is NOT intended to be a place to bash anybody or start a nasty fight or controversy. It is a platform for a mature discussion and sharing of opinions
On the last installment of TUTD, we talked about requiring a follow for a giveaway. It was an excellent conversation and I highly suggest you take a looksie–I got quite a few emails from new bloggers saying how helpful it was so perhaps you will find some of the comments from veteran bloggers to be useful.
Extra entries essentially are a way to give entrants better odds to winning the giveaway by way of having more entries into the pot while the host of the giveaway gets something in return– a new follow on the blog or Twitter, commenting on a post, promotion from the entrant on Twitter or blog, etc etc. Some are worth more extra entries than others.
As I said last week, throughout my six months of blogging so far, I’ve been experimenting and taking cues from bloggers that I respect and that I think run really great blogs. I have done extra entries. My reasoning, when I’ve done them (which isn’t often because I don’t really do too many giveaways) is that numero uno, and I’m being honest here, I really wanted more people to know about the giveaway when I didn’t have tons of followers on Twitter. I wanted people to tweet about it because I saw a direct correlation between the number of entrants and when it was tweeted by others. The secondary reason was that it would give those who REALLY wanted the book a chance to have a better shot at it. I mean, I guess my thought process was along the lines of something that was ingrained in my head as a business major–“there is no such thing as a free lunch.” So, *in my most caveman of voices* I give you book and you give me a quick plug on twitter. And I really didn’t mind throwing an extra entry to people who follow me. They deserve it for putting up with me 😛
I haven’t done an extra entry in a while because I’ve been lazy (I don’t want to count those things or stalk you to make sure you tweeted about it) and because I’ve been trying to simplify my life a bit. However, when I do have extra entries I embrace the very sage adage that “less is more”….although I can think of a few ways in which that saying is certainly not the truth. (Like, please beachgoers, I don’t want to see it all. Really I don’t.) I digress. ANYWAYS, my extra entries are always simple and I don’t require you to count up your own entries. Sure, it’d make my life easier but as someone who hates math, I won’t make you do that, because I dread adding up entries when I am entering a giveaway. I’ll do that work for you because I’m just all sorts of nice like that. My extra entries might be one for a follow and one for a tweet or FB post about it. I won’t have you jumping through hoops to have extra entries. You won’t have to “like” my second cousin once removed on Facebook or plaster my face all over your blog. Seriously, I’ve seen some pretty REDONK extra entry requirements–but hey–there is this beautiful concept called freedom in which I can choose to not enter a particular giveaway if I deem it to have too many hoops. However, that’s just me and I do what I’m comfortable with doing on my blog. I tend to give up on giveaways that just require too much of me. Chances are I’ll find a bunch of other giveaways for the same book that don’t require me to spend 15 minutes on doing a bunch of tasks to probably NOT win a book. Aren’t I the eternal optimist?
That’s just my humble little opinion as someone who, on occasion has extra entries, but likes to keep it simple. What about YOU? Do you have extra entries? Have you in the past? What is your reasoning for having them? How much is TOO much? Etc. I want to know what you think!
Get your vote on.I think my vote is a meh (I know, not an option) but I’m ok with extra entries if they are uber simple. And a big ole thumbs down for complicated ones. Like Avril wants to know…”why’d ya have to make things so complicated…” Middle school nostalgia ends now. But in general, I probably won’t be utilizing extra entries for my own giveaways too often. I don’t know. I cared more when I first started blogging but now I don’t because I really want my readers to benefit rather than somebody who will never come back.