I absolutely love giveaways. I love hosting them AND I love winning them. There’s just something so exciting about the feeling you get when you’re the winner!! But I’ve noticed that, while I adore giveaways, I also feel a certain amount of guilt over them—both the ones I host and the ones I win. What’s that about? Giveaways are fun, so why am I stressing myself over them?!
Well, it turns out that I pretty much just have a guilt issue that spans all sorts of different subjects—giveaways is just one of them. Don’t worry, I’m not losing sleep over any of this stuff, but there’s always a little twinge that I can’t seem to get rid of.
I thought I’d share some of the things I get those twinges over and see if anyone else feels the same!
Guilt Over Giveaways I Host:
- Taking a long time to send winnings out. Lord knows I’m not the most organized of people. This malady occasionally rears its ugly head when it comes to sending out giveaway winnings. I’ve been known to go through my email and say, “Shoot! I still haven’t sent out that book!!” I try to send winnings within a week, but there are times it’s taken longer!!
- Awww … too bad they didn’t win. Every once in a while I’ll have a giveaway where some people participate in LOTS of ways. They tweet about the giveaway often, comment, visit the posts that are being promoted in the giveaway—just generally give their all. Then I pick the winner and it turns out to be a random person who had one really basic entry. I know it’s Rafflecopter who makes these decisions, but I can’t help but feel bad that there was someone trying so hard who didn’t win. I swear, sometimes I’m tempted to give them a consolation prize! (But that seems unfair too, so I don’t.)
- Not enough entries for an author/publisher sponsored giveaway. There’s nothing worse than being really excited to promote a book with an author or publisher sponsored giveaway and then having almost no one enter. Poor, sad little giveaway. 🙁
- Giveaways are looked down on. I know that some people just generally look down on giveaways and think that they’re just a ploy to get more followers. I used to feel a little bad about that sometimes, but I’ve pretty much gotten over that one now. I love giving my readers a chance to win a great book, and I don’t feel guilty about gaining some followers in the process!
- Sending books in old packaging. This is a weird one. Every time I win a giveaway, I notice that my books tend to come in pristine packaging, obviously purchased just to be sent to me. Um, I don’t do that. I reuse envelopes (mostly ones I get from Amazon), sticking new labels over the old and taping the envelope closed. This makes me feel a tinge of guilt (especially when I get a pretty package from someone else), BUT I can’t bring myself to buy padded envelopes when I have like 5,000 of them from Amazon. The thought of throwing all those used envelopes in the garbage just makes me cringe—such a waste. So, if you win something from me, I’m warning you now that you’ll get a re-used envelope. I don’t foresee me changing this anytime soon!
Guilt Over Giveaways I Enter/Win:
- Entering a giveaway on a friend’s blog. Am I the only person who feels a little bit guilty when I enter a giveaway on a blogger friend’s site? I almost feel like the friend is going to think, “Oh, she just came by for the giveaway.” Or, I feel like I shouldn’t win a giveaway on a friend’s site because they’re my friend and I shouldn’t take stuff from them. (Weird, I know.)
- Not reading a book I’ve won. I have SO many books already, and then I win a new one. When am I going to read this new book? Often, the answer is not for a long time. And, of course, I feel guilt over this. Why did I bother entering if I wasn’t going to read the book right away?! Oh, and if I know the person I won the book from, I feel doubly guilty—like they’re constantly wondering when I’m going to read their book.
- Made a mistake on an entry. Rafflecopter used to allow you to fix an entry if you made a mistake, but no more. So, every once in a while, I’ll click the wrong thing or hit enter before I’ve filled in my full Twitter address or something, and then I stress over the fact that the person running the giveaway is going to think I was cheating. Which, is seriously like a horrific thought to me.
- Entering a giveaway I wasn’t eligible for. This is very similar to that last one. Have you ever entered a giveaway and then read the rules more carefully and realized it was only open to people who live in Australia or something (assuming you’re not Australian)? Um, oops! How embarrassing!
- Entering a giveaway with low entries. I also feel a small twinge of guilt when I enter a giveaway with a low number of entries—almost like I’m taking advantage or something. This makes no real sense, I know (since everyone knows that giveaway hosts want more entries), but I never claimed to be logical.
So, there you go. I know most of these things aren’t worth feeling even a twinge of guilt over, but that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway. Maybe sharing with all of you will help to dispel the last shred of self-condemnation and I’ll be able to enjoy my giveaways guilt-free!
Do you feel strange, unnecessary guilt over giveaways or am I the only one who stresses about these things? I want to know!