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More crap. But not more books.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

At the risk of pissing a bunch of people off, I'll be weeding out some of the entries for the How to be Lost book giveaway. Because this is my blog, not SweepSheets (I refuse to provide a link). And I can do stuff like that. If you don't like it, don't come back. Although if my suspicions are correct, half of the commentators will never return anyways.

See, I knew I wasn't that popular. I've never received 20+ comments on one of my posts. And I like to click on people's names to check out their blogs. So when clicking on a good half of the commentator's names yielded nothing more than a profile on blogger (many with only 1 view), I thought something was up. And when I checked statcounter this evening, I saw that lots of people came to my blog through SweepSheets. And SweepSheets makes it damn hard to register, so I really don't know how my measly little blog got there in the first place.

I know, I'm sounding pissy and ungrateful. But see, I want my books to go to people I feel I can connect to. Not to someone who set up a blogger profile simply so they could leave a comment and maybe win something (or get credit for entering a contest, or submitting a contest to a website). I certainly don't expect people to read the book immediately or even write a review, but I do expect that they read my blog because they know me, or they're a fellow book blogger, or one of my Slow Trav buds, or even just someone who stumbled here from another blog (really, I like new readers). Not because you googled giveaway (see, statcounter tells me that, too) or got here from SweepShits (typo intentional). That's cheating. I mean, it's not like I'm giving away an iPod. It's a used book, fer gawd's sake.

So, some of you may get screened out this time. Apologies to anyone who gets dumped who didn't come here from that site, but you know, if you stick around long enough, you'll get another chance. And you'll find out I'm really not that mean. Most of the time.

10 comment(s):

bethany said...

Wow, I think they got a hold of my giveaway too...I so agree with you. I was checking links and tons of mine aren't really book readers anyway...I think it is because I entered: BAFAB, and people google that!

silly, why do people want something just because it is free?? to add to their piles in their garage...or as a door stopper.

I shouldn't gripe...i know I am going to win this anyway!!!!

hahahaha....my chances are not good anymore. bummer.

softdrink said...

Well, your chances are better than they were a few hours ago. I haven't counted, but I think I have about ten entries I'll actually use.

bleeding espresso said...

Huh, a Google of the offending site (won't retype the name) puts your post at #2 on the search page. Irony?

I hope I'm still in :)

heatherlo said...

I totally know what you mean. When I did a Jodi Picoult giveaway, I had almost 100 entries, more than half of which did not have a blog. I didn't weed anything out, but I was definitely annoyed by it... I wanted my books to go to people who actually were going to be reading my blog, or at least to people who I could go back and check up with!

softdrink said...

Michelle, you're always in! Even if I say US only, I'll let you enter. :-D

Heather - exactly! And I love your blog, by the way.

trish said...

Unfortunately, I don't have much to add. Except that you post made me giggle. Thank you!!

Amy said...

I've had that happen too, but the site was redhotsweeps...one way I plan to deal with it is to not contact the winner but announce it on my blog. I haven't actually got around to making that change official yet...

Dar said...

Well this post gave me a laugh too. I agree though, it's crazy to have that happen. I view these blogs as a way to get to know others who love books like I do and get some really good recommendations too. Either way, I'll be back to visit yours often. lol.

LisaMM said...

Hi Jill,

Fascinating.. I've never even heard of Sweepshits.

Mrs S said...

I think you are well within your rights to weed out the 'entries' into those that are 'worthy'. I noticed another book blogger asking a question that needed to be answered in the comments for er draw - such as the box is about X what are your thoughts on this subject. If people have to make an effort it would weed out the freebie hunters. Good luck with your giveaway :)

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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