July 28, 2012

Pajama Musings - To give away. Safely.

Those of you who visit my blog regularly and especially those of you who gravitate towards those alluring giveaway posts, might have noticed a change in how I am now handling giveaways.

Previously I went by a strict just-leave-a-comment policy. It worked just fine for me. And most of you too judging from the amount of entries giveaway hops received. Then Blogger messed up the comment section with the actually pretty helpful option that allows you to reply to individual comments. Unfortunately that led to the comment-counter-widget I had installed not working anymore and with literally hundreds of entries in some hops, counting became quite a chore. After all I had to make sure I really picked the matching entry to the randomly drawn number. So I decided to use Google Docs from now on which apparently was well received. At least there was a definite increase in entries.


Long story short, I have in the meantime decided to use a Google Doc form for all giveaways even the small ones. The reason is simple. Safety. This is an aspect which I think many of you will approve of - with a form you can safely share your e-mail addy without anyone, except for yours truly obviously, seeing and possibly misusing it for some evil purposes. I realize a lot don't care about this and simply write their e-mail address in a spambot-unfriendly way, but I know that there are enough people who don't enter giveaways at all if it means sharing personal data.

Bottom line, I hope you'll happily accept those forms for future giveaways. In fact I already switched to using forms earlier this month. I know what some of you might be thinking. Why not use Rafflecopter instead? Even easier and all that. Well, those who know me are aware that I usually only have one-entry-giveaways anyway. I rarely make exceptions, such as in a Bookish Etsy giveaway recently. And I honestly like Google Docs. Never failed me. And we've all encountered Rafflecopter giveaways that didn't quite work they way they're supposed to. Not to say I might not switch one day, but for the time being it's the good old trusty Google Docs form for me.

What are your personal preferred methods to enter giveaways? Comments? Forms? And how important is it to you not to put your e-mail addy on public display when entering giveaways? Please share!

8 comments:

  1. thank you for thinking about us. I would prefer not to put my email in comment but often we don't get the choice so google form are great no problem at all

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    1. I guess many prefer forms because of this and I'm happy to oblige!

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  2. I prefer Rafflecopter, because it's practical and easy to deal with it. I like Google Docs, though. I don't feel thrilled when putting my e-mail address in a comment, because when I do that, I start receiving a lot of spam.

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    1. I often put my e-mail in comments through I write it like this - my name at gmail dot com - I think this does help with spammers snagging your e-mail addy. I must admit I don't know how much more spam (than the usual stuff) I am getting by putting my e-mail in a comment though.

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  3. Hi. I think it is nice of you to think about our email safety. Although I have never used Google Docs, I would be happy to do whatever is easier for you. After all, you are the one giving away the prizes we are entering for.

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    1. Tomorrow the next giveaway hop starts so you can "test" the Google Docs form then :-) and trust me, a form is easier than comments which is why I find it weird when some bloggers offer a gazillion methods for additional entries and you need to comment for each and every one in a separate comment (if they have Captcha enabled it's even worse).

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  4. I use Rafflecopter for more entries. I like Google Docs, but haven't tried it myself yet. Maybe I could give it a try when I'll have one-entry giveaway the next time. I used comments for the No Strings giveaway and I probably won't do it again. Many folks somehow forgot to leave any contact information and some entered more than once... I like Rafflecopter and Google Docs when I'm entering myself, especially if the blogger uses captcha for commenting.

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    1. I honestly can't compare which is easier to prepare, as I never used Rafflecopter on my blog, but Google Docs is really easy to use, especially for one entry giveaways which most on my blog are.
      With more entries I believe that Rafflecopter is by far the better decision as the last time I included extra methods of entry I had to add them all manually.

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