I was so excited, on the weekend I’d finally gotten the blog to where I wanted it. Or, mostly, resigned myself to the fact that with a free blog, it was the best I was going to get. To celebrate I was going to do this fabulous giveaway with one of the Vera Wang Swag Bags I won a while back. They’re worth $350, and I certainly have enough of them to spare one. I thought it would be a great prize for someone out there, and a way to get the word out about the new blog. I was also looking forward to giving rafflecopter a try.
I’d been wondering why on earth anyone, these days, would run a giveaway *without* rafflecopter. It is SO much easier to enter using the software, rather than the old fashioned way of posting comments, that takes practically forever. I’ve gotten to the point that no matter the prize I will pretty much skip over any giveaways that don’t use it. So, I spent most of my day getting the post all set to go, taking pictures, and setting up the rafflecopter widget. It was fairly easy, but it was still a first so took some time to figure out what I wanted, and how to do it. It wasn’t until *after* I was finished with all of this, that the rafflecopter site informed me that their widget could not be used on a WordPress free blog. Oy.
I could have gone the easy route and done the giveaway using comments, and random.org, but it feels like a cop out. I’ve had to sacrifice too much already to keep the blog free. So, I have some choices to make. Do I switch to blogger, or suck it up and fork over the dough? In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a huge amount of dough, but in this economy it kind of is. The giveaway will get done, eventually, one way or another. It’s just a matter of when and how. In the meantime, I will leave you with a picture of the prize so you can help spread the word that it’s coming.
Are there any options for a giveaway other than comments, or rafflecopter?