October 13, 2012

Pajama Musings - I pronounce you ... the winner!

There are several ways to announce winners on a blog - you might go for the straight forward and very obvious winner's post or maybe you mention the winner in the giveaway post itself and sometimes winners might also end up being mentioned in a random blog post such as weekly recaps. And, I almost forgot, some blogs have a page dedicated to all winners of giveaways on their site too.


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!

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And now *ahem* it's time to announce the two winners of the souvenir giveaway!

Handpicked Winner
Ally

Random Winner
Maša

Both have been informed and will probably be doing their little happy dances right now!

13 comments:

  1. Oh yes, I am doing the happy dance, I am even improvising :)) Thank you, Birgit!

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    1. Will we see a video of your happy dance on YouTube? ;-)

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    2. :D I actually thought of Ally when you mentioned that one winner would be handpicked. :) I certainly don't mind to be announced and I also find it to be a little suspicious when winners aren't announced on the blog...
      And no, I'm not gonna put my happy dance on youtube! :D

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    3. You did? Too funny! But honestly, it was hard to handpick someone as so many familiar "faces" entered.

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  2. Man if they were not happy and not dancing i don't know what could make them ^^

    Congrats to the winners


    As for your questions: i appreciate to see who win, yes sometimes it could make us a bit envious when we see often the same name or really happy when it's someone we know and appreciate.

    When we don't have any mention it can become suspicious yes i guess but i'm trying to see the positive and think that a blogger who would do such a treachery won't last anyway

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    1. I honestly wish I could have given everyone who entered a souvenir box, as so many of my regular readers, like yourself, entered. You all could have performed a group dance for me then, hahaha!

      I'm like you - when I see the name of someone I know well in the blogosphere announced as a winner I am always happy for them too!

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    2. we understand why you could not make all of us that happy don't worry and if i'm honest...the plushes did took my heart away but the rest i could live without ( though i would have enjoyed it) so it that make someone happy ( like it's the case) it's good

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  3. I think it is good to have the winners announced someplace, whether in a post or a designated sidebar section. People enter with some identifier, like in leaving a comment.

    As a rabid reader of blogs and books, I prefer to get notified via email, but I never want to see my email address posted as The Winner.

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    1. I totally understand that you only want to be mentioned by name and not by e-mail address. Though I have seen this done on some blogs where the beginning of an e-mail addy was mentioned too, probably because the winner had a too common name, eg Mary, and there might have been several Marys who entered.

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  4. I don't announce winners in an extra post. When I do a Rafflecopter giveaway, I announce it though that. And I post about the winners on fb and email them.

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    1. That's one of the advantages of using Rafflecopter, for sure. We'll see how long I will stick to Google Docs, but seeing how I only have one entry giveaways, this serves me just fine.

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  5. I've entered many contests for books on many book blogs. They all seem to be on the up and up to me. I've won books from many as well.

    I don't care whether winners are announced. Most blogs do, though, one way or the other.

    I do not like my full name on the Internet. Mostly that's because I know that prospective employers can check out job applicants on the Internet, and my personal life is not their business.

    Many blogs say whether they may show your name. If they do, I give them "techeditor" as my name. When they contact me because I won, I give them my real name for mailing purposes.

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    1. You've made an interesting point there and I think many are using nicknames for privacy reasons which is totally understandable. BTW when I have a winner who filled out the form with their full name I will announce them by first name and initial of last name only.

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