Saturday, May 1, 2010

Giveaways/Reviews, etc

I have been debating about doing giveaways and reviews of products on my blog.

I haven't decided if this is a good or a bad idea.

I have talked to a few "companies," and it appears that they would like blogs to have more followers, which I can understand.

But, I don't just want to get followers because I'm giving something away. I want followers with whom I have something in common with or because they like to read what I write. This is why I follow the blogs that I do, because I enjoy reading them.

I laugh with ya, I tear up with ya.

Plus, no one wants to be the first one to give me a chance at a review. Another thing I understand.

Then there is the issue with ads. I don't really want to go that route. I have seen some blogs that are so clustered with google ads that it is hard to read.

I'm considering trying that "link within" widget that I have seen on quite a few blogs that I enjoy. The ones that use it, do you like it?? I know it only links to similar posts, which is a good thing.

Decisions, decisions, decisions.


parenting ad absurdum said...

It's tough to decide, I know. My husband was all for me monetizing my blog, and I was unsure - I do read others' reviews and enter giveaways, but wanted to focus on writing on the paper I blog for doesn't allow me to monetize or do reviews, so that decision was made for me. I'll be interested to see what you do going forward!

Anne said...

I know, this is the eternal debate amongst bloggers. My mantra is that I want conversations not coupons. But that is just me. I do not follow the giveaway blogs. But it's SO much of a personal decision. You will know what is right for you! Good luck!!