Glorious Giveaways Galore!

Does anyone remember Woot Loot? At the beginning of last year, I had introduced a monthly giveaway I called Woot Loot - and I gave away a book from my stash, some art, a piece of jewelry I'd made, etc. I named it Woot Loot because the "loot" was supposed to make you say "WOOT!". Has anyone been around long enough to remember me doing that? Or were the winners mostly just here for the prizes, and not interested in listening to me ramble?

One of the reasons I quit Woot Loot was the increase in postage. Another reason was, although I enjoyed the increase in readership, it's frustrating to give things away to people who are just visiting your blog to win. Does that make any sense? I started Woot Loot as a way to bring other artists, crafters, and people interested in arts and crafts, to my blog. Not just contest seekers. I was hoping to make a few new friends, find some interesting new blogs, and have fun in the process. I also gave it up because frankly, I couldn't afford to do it, and it became difficult to do it monthly, when I didn't know what my health was going to be doing.

Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed Woot Loot. It was really fun to look around and figure out what I would offer as a prize. I even had a great time giving away some of my art and jewelry on other blogs, to celebrate their blogiversary or blog tour or...whatever. It was so fun knowing I was contributing something to someone else's blog, tour, contest, etc. I quit because the people I sent things to were friends while the contest was going on - but I'm pretty sure they couldn't tell you my name now. Not that I expect to be best friends with everyone I send prizes to...but it would be nice not to feel "used". Make sense?


I'm thinking about bringing Woot Loot back. With a twist. Rather than just giving stuff away, people will have to work for it - by entertaining me/us, convincing me/us why they should win, or solving a rhyme/riddle/joke.

What do you think? Is anyone interested in bringing back Woot Loot? Would any of you participate if you had to work for the prize? Or, if I bring it back, should I just keep the rules the same as everyone else's...leave a comment, follow me, Tweet about it, etc. I'd love to know what you all think...because I'd really like to reward you for reading my blabbing.

Let me know. I'll probably wind up doing the opposite of what you suggest, but you never know. I'm still thinking I can follow the resolutions I didn't make.

6 Royal Responses:

Lin said...

I'm only here for the read, Queenie. I don't join in on give-aways or contests and I don't like how all those new folks show up for the claim. I know that is the point, but it's just weird. So, Woot Loot or not, I'm just gonna come by and read, okay?

One Creative Queen said...

Yay - I'm so glad I have at least one reader who isn't here for the shtuff. I want you to drop by whenever you want - I kinda like you and would be very sad if you didn't drop by. :) xx

PJ said...

i'm with lin on this one. sure i love to win things, but my reason for visiting the blogs i do is because i consider them my friends and i truly love reading what they write. don't get me wrong, if you are going to bring it back i will probably participate, but i think you should make people work for it like you said.

have a great day...hugz!

Jen said...

If pressed I would rather entertain you since you entertain me so much. I'm here because I want to be not because you might give a prize. Don't get me wrong I love winning stuff and just won some Monkey Fart soap over at Pricilla Speaks(best soap I have ever tried) but I'm not likely to enter a contest because I don't want to post about contests on my blog. I'll do tricks over here however.

I want to have a giveaway myself (it's Girl Scout Cookie time and I am going to have tons of boxes) I can't figure out what I want to do for the contest. Most comments? Most interesting comments? I don't know.

Anyway, I'll be here if you have a contest or not.

One Creative Queen said...

PJ & Jen - That's because you guys rock! I knew my friends weren't the sucky people who just visit blogs for's the other dill holes I'm wondering about. Those who want to be your best friend when you're giving something away. I don't just want to give them something to be giving least not without them doing something to entertain us first. :)

Girl Scout Cookies...sigh. I don't know if mine will last to give them away. lol xx

Ann said...

Ok Katherine I'm going to give it to you straight
Never heard of woot loot. I'll come by to visit loot or not just for the woot. Anyone who shares the same brain as I do is ok in my book.

As for contests to be perfectly honest with you, I hate all that garbage about comment, follow, tweet, so on and so forth. I think a game (a.k.a. making them work for it) would be much more fun.

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