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Blogmania is over and what a day it was!! I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it since I started my blog back in 2008. For one thing, I had over 1100 comments on my Blogmania Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card! That’s the most entries I have ever received in one day!!! I also gained over 160 new followers! Again, that is a record for me. I have to say it was so much fun to host a giveaway and I had a great time as a participant in the other giveaways going on too. Despite the migraine and the bat in my bedroom, I managed to enter all the Blogmania Giveaways that were open to Canadian residents.

So will I participating again on September 15th? And the answer is DEFINITELY!!!! I will probably keep it the same with gift card so that I can open it Internationally. I want everyone to be able to enter. Maybe this time I will giveaway a $100 Amazon Gift Card…I guess we will see!

The feedback from the other bloggers who have participated has been extremely positive. Everyone who took part said it was definitely well worth it and they received record numbers of followers and traffic on their blogs too.

There’s only a few suggestions that I would make and again these are minor. Overall the event was very successful!!

  1. Have each blog post the master list of all the blogs participating in Blogmania. I found it a bit confusing trying to jump from blog to blog and then running into duplicate lists. I ended up going back to the host, Lynda’s blog and just doing the list in order from there. I also noticed that the majority of my traffic yesterday was referred from Lynda’s blog so I guess everyone had the same idea as me.
  2. This is just a personal pet peeve of mine…the word verification where you think you are done typing the comment and then it refreshes and that stupid captcha pops up. Its just annoying when you are trying to do multiple entries. I was trying to do them fast as I could and it just slowed me down a bit. I know its there for spam purposes so I understand the reasoning why its there.
  3. I think it would be beneficial to have the country that can enter the giveaway in the title. For example, Blogmania Giveaway (US Only) or Blogmania Giveaway (International). I live in Canada so I had to read through and see if I could enter. Many were US only so I quickly moved on, but it would have been nice to know right away if I should read the post and get all excited about the prize and then find out that its US only. This would help cut down and time and I think make things move faster. Just a thought.
  4. I like easy entries like become a follower. I skipped the ones where you had to do a bunch of steps like visit a site and choose an item or answer a question. I think these are fine for regular giveaways where time isn’t a factor, but easy entries seem the best way for a 24 hour event like Blogmania.
So those are my thoughts on the day. What did you all think? What did you like about it? Any suggestions for improvements for September?

 

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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