Not really a ‘Memory Lane Monday’, but writing this did bring back many memories of contests I’ve entered and won in the past…coloring contests, essays, drawings, etc. I even got to be on TV once briefly because of some “Say ‘No’ To Drugs” contest I had won. On to my non-destructive addiction…
I am addicted to giveaways, and not ashamed to admit it. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed entering contests. Whether it be a random drawing or require actual skill/effort, I enter everything I see. I didn’t know there were such things a blog giveaways until I got started on twitter, and in several ‘mommy’ based social networking sites.
I first got hooked on blog giveaways when I won a beautiful Four Point Solitaire ring from Guy and Eva in a giveaway sponsored by Eighty MPH Mom. I had been casually entering giveaways for a couple days, and then received an e-mail from Jennifer that I was a winner in one of her giveaways. (She most always has several great giveaways going on her site…I’d definitely recommend checking it out.) A few days later, I received this…
I then became slightly addicted…especially after finding several places where tons of blog
giveaways are listed. Check this neat little spreadsheet out: Contest Linky Compilation.
It lists when the contest linky’s are updated including links to the main sites, and some of them have Mr. Linky’s that often have 150+ giveaways included. I found that helpful little tool from Diaper Diaries, who posted a link to Mommy Snacks, who actually compiled the handy-dandy list.
Over the next 5 weeks or so, I entered probably a little over 200 giveaways, attended a virtual baby shower, and an online ‘Mom’s Night Out’, and won 6 more prizes.
From the virtual baby shower sponsored by MomLogic, I won a month’s membership to Sittercity, and ‘Surviving and Thriving During Your Baby’s First Year‘ 2-disk box set DVD.
From the ‘Mom’s Night Out’ event (which I also attended via the MomLogic live chat), I won 2 books – ‘The Mom I Want To Be‘ by T. Suzanne Eller and ‘No Matter What!‘ by Lisa Nichols.
I also managed to snag a really cool Personalized Journal from Dore’s Diaries. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this prize…I will be posting a review about it soon.
And last, but not least, I won a book for Grayson (which he will absolutely LOVE) titled ‘Dinosaur‘ by Stephanie Stansbie in a giveaway hosted by MomDot. Momdot.com is a great site…not just for giveaways, but for community & entertainment as well (Trisha and the other girls that run the site are hilarious). Everyone I have met there has been friendly and helpful, and I can be found checking the site several times a day to see what’s going on.
Giveaways are a great way to draw traffic to your blog, which can result in more regular visitors to your site as well as new friendships. I hosted my first ever giveaway earlier this month, and plan on hosting another in the next couple weeks…stay tuned. =)