Friday, December 2, 2016

Book Blogger Hop - 12/2 - 12/8

 Question of the Week:

What format do you use to set up your giveaways? Rafflecopter, Google, Leave a Comment for an entry, or some other style?

My Answer: 

I truly do not like Rafflecopter and would never put any of my giveaway entrants through all the hoops they have to jump through to enter.

I myself will NOT enter anything that uses Rafflecopter.  I know I miss out, but I can't take the time to go through all those steps.
Leaving a comment is an ok way, but difficult to choose a winner.

My format of choice is a Google Form.  It is a very easy way to keep track of entries and makes it easy to choose a winner.  

Looking forward to everyone's comments and especially comments about Rafflecopter.  :)


  1. Replies
    1. They are the easiest for me.

      Thanks for stopping, Kathy.

  2. I might use google forms to see how that works, but it does sound great! Thanks for checking out my post!

    1. I think you will like the Google Forms.

      Thanks for stopping, Ronyell.

  3. You make a very valid point about Rafflecopter, Elizabeth. Some of the widgets I've seen on blogs DO have a lot of steps to take, or, as you call them, "hoops to jump through". (When I read this, I got the image of a little spotted dog wearing a pink skirt jumping through a flaming hoop. Lol.) Those are mostly for the type of blog tours in which several authors participate in a tour at the same time. So then you have to follow such-and-such an author's FB and/or Twitter page, subscribe to their newsletter, etc. However, you do have a point -- these things can be OVERWHELMING.

    Having said all this, the seasonal giveaways run by Mary @ Bookhounds are not so bad. She usually limits Rafflecopter entries to two. No tweeting every day, for example.

    On the other hand....I have to say, in my humble opinion. that if I'm giving away a prize -- and I NEVER ask for donations to cover giveaway costs, by the way -- I feel that contestants should do something to "earn" the chance to win. Usually that something is a comment. I am APPALLED by the number of people who just enter a giveaway and don't even say "thank you" to the blogger hosting it! I ALWAYS leave a comment when entering a giveaway, even if it's not one of the "hoops". Lol.

    I might try out the Google form, but it probably won't allow me to include leaving a comment as one of the "hoops". I just HATE going to all the trouble of finding a prize to offer, and then setting up the widget (even though the setup is easy, it DOES require some time to go through), and then not getting a SINGLE comment! So I always include leaving a comment as one of the steps.

    Well, that was my two cents' worth! Or maybe it was more like a dollar! Lol.

    Thanks for your thoughts!! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And ANYTHING is better than pulling names out of a hat, right? Lol!!!

    Thanks as well for always leaving such lovely comments on my own BBH posts!! I appreciate your thoughtful compliments!! <3 :)

  4. I like the image I built for you about "jumping through hoops." :)

    Google Forms could be made to require a comment, but it won't be visible to everyone...only you.

    Yes....I think you left two dollar's worth. LOL!!

    Lovely to see your answers, Maria. Always a pleasure.

    Thanks for stopping, Maria.

  5. I couldn't agree with you more, Elizabeth. I don't care for Rafflecopter, and prefer to use Google Drive.

    Have a great week!

    1. Great to hear someone else doesn't like Rafflecopter. Such a tedious thing to have to go through for something that is to be fun. :)

      Google Forms is easy to set up and to fill out for the folks entering.

      Thanks for stopping, Literary Feline.

  6. I tried Rafflecopter but in the end went back to Google forms myself. Like you said to many hoops to jump through both for the host and people entering. Thanks for stopping by my blog, have a great week!

    1. Glad to see another person who prefers Google Forms.

      Thanks for stopping, Shandy Jo.

  7. I'm with you on this one. I rarely enter Rafflecopter contests and never use it myself. I prefer Google Forms for giveaways.

    1. It is just too tedious to use Rafflecopter.

      Thanks for stopping, Leslie.

  8. I usually don't mind entering a giveaway with rafflecopter unless they are easy steps to do. Thank you for stopping by my blog hop Elizabeth.

    1. True, but normally you have to do too many things. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Katiria.