A few times I have had giveaways on the blog where the authors had donated the books/prizes. And while at first I though that was a great thing, I no longer do. I’m hugely grateful to the authors who trusted me to do these giveaways but I realise now I’m just not big enough for this.
Just to clarify I don’t mean giveaways that are :
– My own giveaways, paid for by me (part of a blog hop or just ones to show appreciation for my followers)
– Part of blog tours and not specific to my blog
I’m fine with both of these. But a giveaway that is unique to my blog and sponsored by an author is too much pressure. Every single time I’ve run one of these, I’ve hit a blog slump afterwards. Logging on to see only a few entries causes me to break out in a cold sweat and I resort to pimping myself out on Twitter trying to get more entries. I feel I’m letting the author down and I’m hit with the guilts.
And I think there are a few reasons I haven’t had much luck with these giveaways. One is because I review across all the genres so if you follow for one particular genre, then you may not be interested in the genre of the giveaway. Another is just numbers, I’m a small fish in a big pond. And that’s ok but when it comes to giveaways, it matters. And thirdly my follower list is geographically diverse so if there is a restriction on entry, then that causes problems too. What it all adds up to though is low entries and one heavy hearted blogger who feels bad on behalf of the author.
And I’ve realised that I don’t need to put myself through this. And the author is best served by approaching bigger blogs too. I don’t regret doing these in the past but from now the only giveaways you will see are the 2 that I mentioned above. I think this is just one of those blogging lessons I had to learn by doing and failing.
Bookish Chat : Do you feel this pressure? How do you handle it?