Blog giveaways are all the rage these days, especially among the mommy bloggers. One big mommy blogger that does giveaways on a daily basis is Angela of MommyPR.com. And don’t let the mommy blogger status fool you — not all of the giveaways are just for baby gear and toddler stuff. Many of the giveaways offer products that moms and even most women would be happy to have and use.
I have done giveaways on a variety of my blogs. I don’t offer products, however, unless they’re products that have been sponsored by a particular advertiser. Instead, I’ll offer up a $10, $25 or $50 iTunes gift card. Or, in time for the holidays, a $50 Target gift card (last Christmas) or a $50 Lowe’s gift card (last June, just in time for Father’s Day).
If you don’t get into giveaways, I highly recommend that you do so! They’re a great way to increase traffic and establish a nice readership base. And no matter what your blog is about, you can always find ways to tie a giveaway into it. If your blog relates to the medical field, for example, you could offer a giveaway of a gift certificate good for the custom embroidering of lab coats. A technology-oriented blog could offer a Buy.com gift card, etc, etc.
Man, nothing makes it harder to want to blog than being sick! We’ve been dealing with some crazy weather over the past few weeks, so I guess it’s no surprise that I have the sniffles and am tempted to make an appointment with the guys in men’s lab coats. But I probably won’t act on that urge, because I’m cheap and would rather not pay the $25 co-pay!
So, what’s up in the blogging world? Did I miss anything exciting over the weekend?
You can blog your little heart out, but if you don’t hook your blog up with at least one or two social networks, people will never be able to find you! Just as importantly, the search engines will have a much harder time finding you, and in turn it could be quite some time until you’re indexed and available in search engine results. This is very bad if you sell women’s lab coats or another product, and it just plain sucks if you’re a blogger who would love feedback from the online community! So without further ado, here is a brief list of some great social networking sites to use to promote your blog:
Yeah, that’s what I told myself last night, when I suddenly realized it was after midnight. But at the time I was all, “Pfft, this is just Daylight Saving Time kicking my ass. I’m fine!” and kept going, pushing through my bleary-eyedness until I got a second wind. And I did — and that damn second wind kept me up until THREE THIRTY IN THE MORNING. Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. This time last year or even last summer it wouldn’t have mattered much, and certainly wouldn’t have been a big deal, since I would normally stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning. But these days I’m in bed between 11:30pm – 12:30am, so staying up 3-4 HOURS later than usual is a big deal.
And of course, my internal clock — and my 9:00am vitamin alarm on my cell phone — woke me up right at 9:00am. I just kind of laid there in a daze for several minutes, but I was definitely up. Right now it’s going on 11:30am, and I actually don’t feel as bad as I thought I would!
Earlier today I took a break from posting on the WordPress forums and doing some blogging (on Blogging Girl no less! How apt, right?) in order to clear off our dresser. I saw our because it’s for my husband and I, but realistically it’s more like mine, since all of the clothes in it are mine, and everything on top of it belongs to me. But he does have a very large dresser for himself and a night stand (I got rid of mine in order to have room in our bedroom for my computer desk, lol), so it’s all good!
Anyway, I cannot BELIEVE how much stuff I have. A huge jewelry box full of womens jewelry (but not the white gold & diamond four leaf clover necklace, which I desperately want!), a round container overflowing with dozens (literally) of nail polishes, and a huge bright pink desk organizer stuffed to the gills with makeup. Then there’s the round container of hair accessories, the dozens of bottles of perfumes and lotions, etc., etc. I think you get the idea…
How the heck did my dresser get so cluttered?! I’m so anally organized with all of my blogs, emails, computer files, etc… yet that organization doesn’t spill over to managing my personal stuff. Oops. I guess I’ll have to work on that!