Did you roll your eyes at me? Good. I didn't think so. This is seriously becoming a problem. More often than not I fall asleep at night face down in my laptop because I MUST get my daily tweets in or check the odds on this or that. Now, with all addictions, comes some sort of high. Otherwise, why would addicts continue to return over and over and over? My high? Why, WINNING giveaways of course! Most of you are probably thinking, "nobody ever really wins anything in those online contests, its such a waste of time". That's where you're wrong, my friend. I was surprised when I got an email stating I was the winner of my first prize and even more surprised when 2 or 3 followed that same week. Ever since then, the winnings have continued! And I'm coming back for more! Throw in a few glasses of wine on a Friday night and I have myself a little giveaway entering party on my hands...wait a minute, I just sounded a little pathetic. . .scratch that image from your heads immediately.
Let's get back to the topic at hand, WINNING! Because I'm a Winner! (no, really, I am) What have I won? Well, let me tell you! The first thing i won, which was actually pre-addiction and random (we'll call it the 'gateway prize to my future winning addiction) but shouldn't go unmentioned, was a Crystal Decanter and set of Olive Spoons. The decanter is lovely, a bit out of place in the apartment I share with my toddler, but lovely nonetheless. And while I don't sip martini's topped with olives retrieved with my lovely spoons, they have come in handy at SEVERAL tea parties in my living room.
Since the obsession began about a year later, because I clicked on a mommy blog that linked to a giveaway blog that linked to another one that linked to another one. . . and so on, I have won the following:
- Complete set of Episcencial Bath Products valued at $45
- Miracle of Life Sterling Silver Necklace from Things Remembered engraved with my daughters name and date of birth hosted by ??? and valued at $55
- Avalanche Game hosted by The Shopping Mama valued at $20
- Diva Girl Game hosted by http://www.girlgonemom.com/ valued at $20
- A $40 gift card to Born 2 Impress , an online Children's Boutique hosted by Two of A Kind Working on a Full House
- A $25 gift card to My Baby Clothes, an online Baby Clothes Boutique hosted by The Fabulous Won
- McCormick 7 Super Spices valued at around $30
- You Can Cook Cook Book hosted by Cooking Up Reviews valued at $18
- the Ultimate Camp Pack of Personalized Labels from Lovable Labels valued at $45
Its important to go into giveaway entering with a strategy. You can't just enter giveaways all willy nilly. You must weigh the odds against the prize. Is the item worth taking the time to fulfill the entry requirements, which usually includes posting several comments, following, liking, befriending, browsing, subscribing, and tweeting. I admit my twitter account is for the sole purpose of winning giveaways. Facebook is mine, I won't risk deletion by others by filling my statuses with giveaway updates, but only follow me on twitter if you are prepared to know about every giveaway from a charm bracelet to the car of your dreams. Consider yourself warned. To find giveaways, you can do a number of things. You might begin with some general Google searches, such as "clock giveaway" and search for items you are in the market for anyway. I don't prefer that method for some reason. Its a little all over the place and can lead you strange places (yes, yes, I realize what you are thinking and ironic it is, indeed). It may be necessary to get you started, though. You can then stick to a few tried and true blogs which review quality products, book mark them, visit on a regular schedule, and enter until your heart's content. Most have weekly link ups where other bloggers can link to their own giveaways. You can scroll through these and choose the ones you want to enter. This will lead to new favorites and your bookmark toolbar will become longer than ever intended by the inventor of the bookmark toolbar. I plan to take advantage of the folders one day. That day is not today though, my friends. The link up lists can become a bit redundant unless you manage to figure out which bloggers blog in the same "circle" and pick a top blog from each circle you come across. (No, I don't think this is becoming a little to involved. Why do you ask?). Or, you can use a site such as Prizey or Giveaway Scout, which will categorize giveaways for you and you can search in a more organized fashion. . .not really my cup of tea either. There are treasures to be found when you aren't so directional in your blog giveaway thinking. The best is if you can find a newer giveaway blog (many found here) without a lot of followers who has already landed some big giveaways. Why, you've just discovered blog giveaway gold!
I will probably begin mentioning a few of my favorite giveaways weekly on my blog. Why? So, that you, the reader, will have every opportunity to experience the joy that is winning just as I have. And, because it will usually allow me anywhere from 1-10 extra entries into the particular giveaway I am blogging about. ;0) Currently I have my eye on some real fine prizes. Check them out. . .I dare you.
Welcome to your new addiction.
- 3 Month Weight Watchers Pass from My 365 to a Size 5
- $200 Area Rug of my choice from Floormall.com from Two of Kind Working on a Full House which includes free shipping!
- Blog Design Package from Shibley Smiles
- $75 Gift Card to The Vintage Pearl from My Trendy Tykes
- Radio Flyer Ultimate Family Wagon or $100 Hayneedle Gift Card from Girl Gone Mom
- He's All Boy Zutano Organic Cotton Giveaway by
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