Friday, July 5, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 7/5 - 7/11



 QUESTION OF THE WEEK: 

Do you like or dislike Raffelcopter and why?

MY ANSWER:

I absolutely hate Raffelcopter.  To me it requires too many hoops to jump through that are not necessary.

I know folks say it is so much easier to choose a winner for a giveaway, but to me it isn't worth it.  It is just as easy to use random.org and let the computer choose a winner or throw the numbers in a hat and choose manually.

I normally do not enter a giveaway that has Raffelcopter as the entry form.

That is just me, though.  I know people just love it.   I do not see the point of using it.

I know I am getting barbs thrown at me, but what do you think about it?

Can't wait to see everyone's opinion.  :)

Happy Hopping!!

20 comments:

  1. I respect your decision, but I like using rafflecopter.

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  2. I don't even think I can use rafflecopter on my blog.

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  3. I am not a fan but I use it till I find something better... I like that it keeps track of everything and has ways for you to boost your following or the authors following by entering, which me doing a giveaway is more about helping to promote the author (but my side benefit is nice as well). Although when I enter rafflecopter giveaways I just skip and enter the freebie and thats it bc I hate all the steps. pretty sure I am a hypocrite! :)

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  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    As I said, I have mixed feelings about it. I like the flexibility of setting up my own giveaways the traditional way without it, but I hate having to wade through comments (not all of which are necessarily related to the giveaway) to figure out the numbering and stuff. I also find that even among those who enter the giveaways, that not everyone reads the instructions, and I spend a lot of time doing that.

    I just hosted my first Rafflecopter giveaway (before I won the premium package) and found there were some things I liked and some things I didn't like about it. Some things were part of my learning curve, I believe. I am curious to find, with the premium service, how things "improve".

    For entering contests - sometimes I like it and sometimes I don't, depending on how it is set up and how many people have entered.

    I'm sure I'll have a better idea of what I think after I've spent more time working with it!

    Have a great weekend.

    Create With Joy
    http://create-with-joy.com

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  5. Hmmmm, I will keep my eyes out for any hoops I need to jump through when I use it for a giveaway the first time. Thanks for the heads up and for stopping by my hop :-)

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  6. I completely understand why you don't like Rafflecopter. I am using it while I could find something better.

    My post

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  7. I don't mind entering a rafflecopter as long as there aren't a million things to do to get an entry. Keep it simple. :)

    Meredith
    Meredith’s Musings

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. I haven't used rafflecopter yet, but I think with all things it is how you use it. I agree some blogs make you do too many things for giveaways. My very first giveaway I used Random.org as well and I found it to be very easy and simple.

    -V

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  9. It doesn't embed on blogs hosted with WordPress. Apparently it's a security issue. I think I can set it up with a link but it would be hard to find and why make it difficult for my visitors. You may have guessed that I don't bother to use it!

    I'll enter a rafflecopter giveaway if it is set up easy to enter. I'm not following 10 different ways and commenting before I can enter.

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  10. No barbs coming from this direction. I tend to agree with you, although it is not the program that I have a distaste for as much as the way that it is used. Thank you for stopping by my post. New follower. Looking forward to your posts.

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  11. I didn't have a problem setting up Rafflecopter - it was just the implementation of a widget that was here now, gone the next hour that bothered me :) Great question, though!

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  12. i don't share your hate about rafflecopter but i know it's not perfect. it is easier than doing the whole writing down names on pieces of paper and cutting them though, especially if there's a lot of entries. i did that once and i've never done it again.

    here's our #ff.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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  13. I'm on Wordpress, so I can't use rafflecopter on my blog. BUT, as one who likes to enter giveaways, it does seem a bit tedious. Only b/c there are so many questions/likes to check off. If it's only a few questions or clicks, it's not too bad.

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  14. Hey, Elizabeth!

    You know how I feel about pulling names out of a hat...lol. I'll NEVER go back to that!!

    I just LOVE the convenience of using the Rafflecopter widget! I love that it's so easy to set up, and that it picks the winner for me. I know it's not perfect, but for me, it's the best thing out there. I've gone to the random.org site, and it looks to be time-consuming, as well. Plus, it sure does seem as if you have to pay to use their giveaway format.

    As for 'jumping through hoops', I can tell you that I sure don't! Whenever I enter a giveaway, I entirely avoid the entry options requiring me to either follow a Twitter account, or tweet about the giveaway. I don't have a Twitter account myself, because I simply don't have the time to be tweeting constantly! I have TWO jobs, you see. I took the day off today, so I can do all my beloved blogging, including commenting! If not, I'd have to be doing all this stuff tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday.

    My point: you certainly don't have to do all the entry options when you enter a Rafflecopter giveaway. You simply do the ones you're comfortable doing. If it's only one or two, then that's it. True, you then have fewer chances to win a book, but hey, why feel pressured to 'jump through all those hoops'? So you see, you might be missing out on the chance to win some really great books, because most blogs do use the Rafflecopter widget.

    If I fail to convince you, though, that's fine, too. It's a free country (and a free world, too, for the most part). You're certainly welcome to your opinion. I just wanted to let you see that using this widget isn't such a bad thing.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my BBH post! Hope you have a GREAT weekend!! :)

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  15. Hehe there is some energy in this question for this week! Who would have thought! Yes I use random.org in class when I want to pick a student for something so I was wondering if same could be done with giveaways. That said, I think rafflecopter would be okay too, as someone else pointed out it is how it is used that is significant. I must try both ways sometime soon to find out for myself.

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  16. Tee Hee for sure Kathryn. Lots of energy.

    I do use random.org to choose my winner after I have the Excel file compiled by google when I use their form. The entrants are numbered and I just put the beginning and ending number in random.org and there you have the winner appearing. Simple, simple, simple. :)

    Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. I think part of the problem is also operator error. I don't know how many times I have seen 'Just Click Enter' but there is a box you have to enter something into first. Or it says Like on Facebook but the Like button never shops up. Grrr.

    My answer goes up tomorrow morning. :)

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  18. Read your rant! And we definitely share the same thoughts!

    It's not that Rafflecopter is bad, it's just not simple!

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  19. booksnstuff..that makes sense. It is difficult to sit there and go through all those things you have to do. :)

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