Then there are those blogs with plenty of giveaways and apparently just as many winners, yet you'll never find them being announced anywhere. Time for paranoia to set it? Maybe yes, maybe no.
I've noticed this on a few blogs, though they seem to be in the minority. Quite often you'll just find a short notice that the winner of a previous giveaway has been contacted, but that's about it then. No naming names. I have also seen that bloggers will mention it as a blog policy not to announce winners, for which ever reason, most likely privacy concerns.
As for me, I don't mind my name showing up in a winner's post. Often I happened to see the respective blog post even before I found the winner's notification in my inbox which instantly made me do a lil' premature happy dance. And I have also won things on blogs where my name wasn't announced at all.
The question is - is it always just a policy or sometimes just a trick to lure in new followers with awesome giveaways with no intention to even pick a winner? Frankly, sometimes I do wonder about that.
Am I the only one who finds this a bit weird? I mean the winner's name is just that, a name. It's not as though you'd publish their address and social security number along with it.
On the other hand, I do get that many don't want their e-mail addy all over the place in giveaways. With the big giveaway hops I am now using Google Docs where no one will see your info but me. But let's not digress.
To announce or not to announce, that is the question.
Do you prefer to find winner's posts on blogs? I bet you love to see your name in one of those, am I right? Are you skeptic about bloggers whose policy is that they only notify winners, but do not mention their names on the blog? In case you're a blogger yourself, do you announce winners or not? Please share!
And now *ahem* it's time to announce the two winners of the souvenir giveaway!
Both have been informed and will probably be doing their little happy dances right now!