Fri, Aug 27, 2010
Subtitle: Bait & switch? You decide.
A week or so ago on twitter I posted the following tweet.
(and, were I far more skilled at computercrap than I am, the below would be a screen-shot not a retyped version):
Dont we all have giveaways every day on our blogs? FREE CONTENT!
I received back about three tweets of agreement.
Two, when I asked if I could repost the tweets here, didnt respond (Im beginning to wonder if many people are like I am and rarely check their direct messages).
The third tweet was from a “bigwig” on Twitter.
She agreed with me and yet didnt want her words cut, pasted & posted up in herre even though she’d announced her agreement to 6-thousand plus followers.
That, however, wasnt the shocking part.
The surprise lay in the fact that within moments of tweeting my in-box was filled.
With shoutouts of hell to the yes! we give away content every day! why is that?!
With remarks of we do giveaway free content daily, but why do I still feel like “small potatoes” if I dont offer freebies, too?
It seemed with the relative privacy of my in-box bloggers felt comfortable agreeing with me.
Yet in the very public platform of twitter—where thoughts can be retweeted into oblivion—only three were willing to concur.
So Im here to reiterate the question (verbosely thankfully in more than 140 characters) & toss it to you my opinionated, wise, always happy to wax eloquent in the comments readers:
Isnt every day we choose to blog a giveway post as we happily, generously share our content for free?
Do you host giveaways of the product-sort on your blog?
If you do—why?
If youve chosen not to—same question?
Over the past year (as I sliiiide on into four years blogging at MizFit) Ive shifted my approach to giveaways.
Initially —I wont lie— I was thrilled even to be asked.
I was flattered a great big faceless company thought I wielded enough social media reach to be worth their while.
I recognize my worth and have chosen to throw it wholeheartedly behind the tiny folk.
The small companies whose marketing budgets are minuscule & whom I grow excited at the prospect of helping succeed.
I strive to have fewer traditional giveaways around here because I recognize that daily, on each of our blogs, we giveaway our thoughts, tips, feelings (and, yes, some days frazzle) for free.
What are your thoughts on blogs, giveaways, content & companies?
Do you tend (as I do) to skip the FREEBIE! posts because the very title makes it clear the freebie you desire (content. to hear what’s happening with the blogger.) probably isnt proffered that day?
Please to skip the emailing & hit us all up in the comments.
Edited to say: One of my fave bloggers has also written about this topic today. Charlotte of the Great Fitness Experiment. Coincidence? Indicative of blogger-frustration? you decide…