Blog Hop Giveaways - Things that are ticking me off.
VENTING -- SORRY.
1. Word Verification
Seriously, you probably don't need this any more with blogger. If you turn on comment moderation, it will capture virtually all of your spam. You can even set it so any comment made by "anonymous" will go straight to spam. Check that little spam folder one a day, once a week, or never, but don't make me enter those stupid smashed together words anymore.
I have an old laptop, the keys stick and yes, it sucks, but it is best I can do right now. AND I can't read some of those stupid words smashed together. If I am trying to go through 100 blogs in a day and have to hit reload to get a word I can read, that takes a lot of time. I don't have a lot, so I move on to the next blog.
2. Comment Moderation
Seriously, do you need comment moderation AND word verification? See above. My computer takes forever to load and then I can't remember if I posted a comment or what by the time I enter the word verification. I don't mind this one as much, but pick one or the other, just remember if you use word verification, I will skip it.
My Facebook account is for my friends and family. I don't want to be bombarded there with blogging notes, that is why I have google reader. PLEASE don't make it a condition of your giveaway for me to "friend" or "like" you on Facebook. I love friending / liking authors, publishers and people. I have tried to set up a separate account to do this, but alas, I have failed. If anyone can tell me how to do this, please email me at email@example.com
Don't make me write what my life plan is for the next five years to enter your giveaway. (I admit, this is a little snarky on my part.) Please consider how many blogs are involved in these hops. With my terrible keyboard, it takes me 10 minutes to type anything over 5 words. Keep It Simple. I don't mind asking what book I really want or what I am reading right now, but come on, asking me anything more is hard for my little brain and stupid laptop.
5. Adding up my entries.
Seriously, I need a calculator to add anything these days. If you are using google forms, you can put a note on the spread sheet that will help you, the host, add these up. Again, this is a time thing and after 100 blogs, my brain isn't functioning (well, it doesn't much anyway) and adding up those extra entries aren't worth it for me. I will always pick "one".
5. Following on GFC
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE -- put your GFC someplace easy for the eye sight impaired and muddle-brained to find. I spent more time looking for the stupid GFC log in than anything else. I LOVE GFC and I wish the world ran on it.
6. My Address
Please don't ask me for my address. I don't like giving it out any more than necessary. I always email my winners for their addresses and I let them know when I have sent out the prize or submitted their information to the publisher. I mean, if I can do that anyone can! I have no problem in checking back to see if I have won a contest I entered. I entered one contest where the addresses were shown on the blog.
Finally, why isn't everyone using Google Forms? Go HERE for instructions. They make entry so nice and easy. It also makes picking a winner easy as well.
I have a sample entry form that anyone can use posted HERE -- just copy, rename the form, and use it. You can also modify it. Again, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help.
There, I feel better.