Why do I do contests and giveaways?

Many, many people who have either met me in real life at a local event (or national, whenever I’ve met people from the online world in other cities), or at one of my speaking engagements, have asked me why do I run contests and giveaways given that I’m not, as they would call it, a professional blogger (e.g. I don’t get paid to blog on Hummingbird604.com).

The truth is, it’s become slightly addictive :) The first contest I ever ran was a snowshoe-ing experience at Cypress Mountain coupled with a chocolate fondue dinner for two. That was in February of 2009. As time has gone by, my blog has become much more widely read, I’ve gained many more thousands of followers on Twitter. Hundreds of PR folks pitch me on a daily basis.

So, naturally, the variety and number of giveaways I run has increased. From tickets to Flamenco dance exhibitions to luxurious travel packages to dinner and a theatre show, to cases of locally-produced soda pop, to external hard-drives, to tickets to international film festivals, to color printers to a weekend of music, beer, travel and adventure I’ve done quite a broad variety of giveaways. And I love it, particularly when people email me to say how much they enjoyed the experience. I blogged almost a year ago how much I loved doing contests.

I do know that some bloggers do charge a contest administration fee. I think that’s a smart idea, and I may do that in the future (of course, as I always do, I disclose who sponsored the giveaway and if I were to get paid, I’d disclose that I got paid to run the contest too). You may have read my Giveaways rules page.

For now, running giveaways on my blog gives me same warm and fuzzy feeling as writing on Hummingbird604.com. It makes me happy to be able to, in some way, promote local businesses and worthy causes as well as give some of my readers a chance to enjoy stuff they otherwise perhaps couldn’t. And that’s a fantastic feeling.

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Comments (4)

StaceyNovember 26th, 2010 at 7:51 am

Well said. I also do the occasional giveaway or contest on my blog simply because it is fun to give stuff away. Suppliers provide me with products that they believe my followers will enjoy, I organize a little giveaway and someone gets some free stuff. Great fun.
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JustinneNovember 30th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

And us, your readers, are very grateful for this. Thanks again, Raul!
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ChrisDecember 1st, 2010 at 11:42 am

I second Justinne – as a loyal reader who has personally benefited from one of your contests, I love the fact that you have them. Heck, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m a tad envious that you have contests and I don’t. ;-)
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RobynDecember 1st, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Well said Raul!

I hope down the road to get my own blogging in order and perhaps maybe one day I’ll be running contests too. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get there! ;)

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