Those of you who like entering giveaways know that nothing comes without a price. You need to fill out forms, comment here, share there, and then of course, the not-so-holy-grail of bowing down before the Gods of Social Media sites. Like me, follow me, and like me some more.
Some folks don't mind going to extremes for another tiny slice of a chance of maybe winning that $50,- Amazon GC. After all, we all could easily find uses for it, right?
While I'm a one-entry-kind of person when it comes to having giveaways on my blog, I very rarely ask you to follow me. And now I have decided to drop the whole following stuff for all giveaways starting with my 2nd Blogoversary Giveaway in December. I know that my blog has got a fair share of loyal readers, some dropping by more regularly than others, and many of them being a lazy bunch when it comes to commenting, but heck, I'm not exactly the queen of commenting myself despite being an avid reader of other blogs.
Anyway. No more dancing the like-me-shuffle in my garden. Of course, you may still boogie through my blog posts and dedicate a tango to my reading challenges, but no more frantically jumping around trying to get rid of those thumbscrews of doing this'n'that.
But. Yes, but. I went for a little experiment. Just to see, you know.
I joined the Have It Your Way Giveaway which would actually be a good candidate for yours truly to enter herself, seeing how $200,- would come in real handy. The giveaway is open for a whole month and has been running for roughly two weeks now. A Facebook link is free, so no investment on my part, as I'd like to add. Now take a guess how many followers I gained within the first week!
For the records, I started out with 55 fans!
24 hours 202 fans (+147)
48 hours 249 fans (+47)
72 hours 282 fans (+33)
96 hours 307 fans (+25)
120 hours 321 fans (+14)
144 hours 338 fans (+17)
168 hours aka as one week later the fan count has risen to an astounding 352 fans!
An average of about 15 new fans kept on trickling in each day after that. Now let's not rule out the slight possibility that a handful of those who became fans in the past ten days did so because they want to follow my blog that way and didn't get lured in by this giveaway hop.
By the time this post goes live there is a total of 440 fans on my FB page!
Speechless? Yep, that pretty much nails it. I mean, I am a self-proclaimed giveaway whore and when I have the time I will enter them aplenty, winning awesome stuff and sometimes, let's be honest enough to admit this, awful junk too. If it's something I really want though, trust me to like fan pages. All my Facebook friends can vouch for this - I will like more fan pages in a week than some people use the bathroom in a month. I think. I didn't do the math, exactly.
Either way. Fascinating as the result might be, this has been my first and last participation in such an event, because let's face it, these kind of likes are totally worthless. With any luck maybe one or two might actually check out my blog. Not throwing out my fan page from their newsfeed the first chance they get? Yeah, right. Possibly maybe un-following after a given time? You bet! Well, at least if they even remember liking the page in the first place.
What is your take on this? Do some bloggers only want to give their ego's a boost by reveling in rising follower numbers on half a dozen social media sites? Is it nothing more than a bribe? And even more so, is all fair in love and blogging?