Spreading the love: A giveaway with a twist

Out of the many joys of being a part of the blogging world, giveaways are one popular way of promoting your blog and/or winning free stuff. (And, as I’ve mentioned, I like winning free stuff.) But while I’ve participated in many giveaways with the hopes of profiting in some small way, I’ve never been too interested in hosting one of my own. This is partly due to my lack of self-made products to offer (unless you count my stellar copyediting services enticing!), but also because I feel a bit silly using giveaways as a form of self-promotion. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. It’s just that I feel a little self-conscious at the prospect. For that reason, it will be very interesting the first time I hand out my new, sexy little business cards to someone other than family members.

Stranger: So, what’s the name of your blog?

Me: Oh! “Witty Title Here.” Let me give you a business card. Kind of weird to have business cards for a personal blog, I realize. Especially one that boasts poop jokes. Not that it reeks of poop jokes or anything. Ha, see what I did there!? Reeks of poop jokes? Anyway, that’s my face on the back of the card.

What can I say? I keeps it classy.

But back to the point, I changed my mind when I happened upon a nifty little giveaway on Lisa’s blog, joycreation, that has a nice pay-it-forward thing going on. Here’s the gist:

The first three people to comment on this post will receive a little gift – something personal from me to you.

However, there are some rules:

  • Within a year (I’ll do it this month) I’ll create something unique to share with the first three people to comment on this post.
  • But, in order to receive your present you have to play along.  Spread the love on your own blog (this means it’s only open to bloggers) promising to send a little special something to the first three people who comment on your post.
  • You get 72 hours to re-post, or I’ll have to move on to the next person.
  • Please only comment if you’re willing to pay it forward!

Isn’t that fun?! I was one of Lisa’s first three commenters, and I can’t wait to get a surprise from her in the mail. I also can’t wait to send something to three of you. (And I promise it will have nothing to do with copyediting.) So, you know the drill—if you’re a blogger with the desire to receive something non-creepy from me in the mail and the willingness to do the same for others, leave a comment below! Be sure you enter your email and blog URL in the appropriate fields so I can get in touch with you. Happy winning!

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  1. Oh oh oh! Me me! I want to play! I love snail mail presents. This is a great idea! Now I just have to think of what I might send other people…

  2. Hi, I want to do this! I read this post this morning, but I didn’t want to commit because I didn’t know what I’d send. But now I’m excited! Count me in!

  3. This is such a cute idea 🙂 🙂 I love snail mail.

  4. I will blog again! I will blog again! I will blog again! I will blog again!

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