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!