Friday, April 22, 2011

{Blogger Babble} In Light of New Information


First off, Happy Earth Day! Everyone go out and plant something today or recycle a book (sharing IS recycling!). Bloggers Orders ;D

Now back to business: My post from yesterday has been quite the hot topic on Twitter lately - well not my specific blog but the topic I chose to write it on has been all over the place.

Like I mentioned in my post about the Dreaded Required Follow, I'm a reasonable and logical person and because of this I am going to run a little experiment of sorts.

Now if you recall in my blog I defended the required follow to enter a contest. And I still do, but to better understand the other side, and to see if it works as well as they say, for several months I am not going to require a follow to enter a contest. What's it going to hurt if it doesn't work? And if it does work, well like that would be a bad thing! LOL.

I might, here and there, to better get to know my readers ask if they are a follower, but will note on the form heavily it has no bearing on the contest. I need to be able to measure who's a follower and who's not if I want to be able to have some kind of information to break down later.

Thank you Twitter, like a good court room drama you have really given me something to think about and helped me see I need figure out what works best for me! In order to do that I have to try something new!

Now this isn't to say I won't go back to my Required Following Ways, this is a trial run. I know how many followers I have now, how many were from contests (what can I say, sometimes it pays to be mildly OCD) and I'll weight that against the new number in several months!


  1. I think that there is a law about compensation for entering your contest. Like if it's a sweepstakes, meaning you get nothing in return (i.e. no new followers, etc) then it's legal. But if it's a lottery (meaning the entrant must do something to gain said entry) then it's illegal.

    I'm a little fuzzy on it, and honestly wish I could cite my sources. =/

    That being said, I don't usually mind the required follow. But I will only do it if the blog is one that I actually want to read.

  2. Is this a web based law you are citing? The internet, I know, has different laws and rules then contests held "in person".

    I'm now trying to find some info on line because I am interested in it. I can't really imagine what people have been doing for years is illegal and no one has gotten in trouble. I would assume asking them to do something in return would be in the way of, asking for money or what not.

    If you find your source, let me know I would love to read up! :D Thanks!

  3. To see my playlist and to follow me back (I’m following you now from Follow Friday) check out My Follow Friday post

  4. It's only illegal if someone has to PAY to enter a contest - there is no legality about following a blog to enter.

    I required a follow for my first contest - and surprisingly on my second when I DIDN't require a follow - but made it an EXTRA entry, I got more folllowers! I found that interesting! :)

    Happy experimenting!
    April @ My Shelf Confessions


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