This must be a rather odd topic, but nonetheless I feel it's worth discussing. If you've ever entered a giveaway with a gazillion entries you probably didn't really expect to win (yet, entering doesn't hurt either, does it). If your eyes fall onto a giveaway with only a handful of entries on the other hand this usually will make your hopes soar and you practically expect to find a winner's notification in your inbox (at least I am delusional enough to do).
Now, with so many obvious reasons that make you enter these big-shot giveaways, and consequently tons of people participating, what are the reasons for some giveaways to only get low entries? Either the prize is everything but interesting to people and/or the blogger didn't do much regarding making the giveaway known in the first place. Sometimes small blogs really don't do much in terms of advertising of giveaways to ensure that only followers will enter and not some greedy folks who do the follow-unfollow-shuffle. And sometimes the thing that's being given away ... sucks.
When I take a closer look at giveaways I'm hosting on my blog it's evident that the blog hops get the most attention with several hundred (!) entries (please keep in mind that I only allow one entry per person, so these numbers relate to the exact number of people entering).
Yet, after introducing a new giveaway feature this year, the 2 by 2 Giveaway, I started perfecting low entry giveaways, it seems. Blame it on giving away books that aren't exactly mainstream. The only case of garnering more than a handful of entries was in May when I decided to offer a choice of either The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) or Inside Out (Maria V. Snyder). Judging from the page views of these blog posts I know that a whole lot of people are looking at the 2 by 2 giveaways, but entering? Nope. On the bright side, it gives those who do enter a better chance of winning and those who've already won can't argue with that. Are these low entries a reason for me to reconsider the choice of books I offer? Not really. After all I want to share books that are different compared to the ones you can constantly win on other blogs these days.
But (and there is always a but) on the rare occasion I have an author visiting and giving a book away, low entries persist as well. This tells me two things - I have an off-the-beaten-path taste in books, and I must develop a higher tolerance against feeling embarrassed that so few of my blog readers actually want these books that I'm so excited about. Not as though any of the author's who've been a guest here ever raised an eyebrow, but it's kind of awkward.
Blog readers near and far, what are your thoughts on giveaways with high or low entries? And, fellow bloggers, I'd love to hear what's your take on low entries on giveaways you host! Ever had giveaways with, say, only two people entering? Let me know.