Since about 90% of you misread, misunderstood or just flat out twisted nearly every word in my post where I explain about the banning of sweeps accounts – I want to offer some clarification.
Let's start with the basics:
THINGS I NEVER SAID,THAT YOU THINK AND ACCUSED ME OF SAYING
- I NEVER said Sweeps couldn't enter, I only said they should refrain from using their sweeps only social media accounts to do so. We have many options in our giveaways to choose from.
- I NEVER said ALL the giveaways on this blog would be this way, only the ones hosted by me for my clients.
- I NEVER said that if you ever, ever once ever used your Instagram or Twitter to enter a giveaway, you are a sweeps account. So guess what, this means that the fact I have used one or both to promote a friends giveaway or enter one once every 2-3 weeks, DOESN'T make me a hypocrite. To clarify what you so grossly twisted…I said: 75% (closer to 90% because of how I actually look at things)of the posts on an account or an account used ONLY FOR sweeps/giveaways makes a sweeps account in my definition.
- I NEVER said that I scroll through the winner names until I find one I like and choose it, because I'm rigging the giveaways by banning sweeps accounts according to many comments. I said I have to go though dozens to find one who's not cheating, so if you're not cheating you have nothing to worry about.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
You all want, scream for, and demand fairness. Almost every comment is about that in some way shape or form. My new rule isn't fair you say. "Treat us the same, we do nothing wrong!!"
Yes, you are right MOST of you don't do anything wrong.
A group of you Sweepers are perfectly wonderful people just going on about your life hoping to win something. The ones that don't cheat or flood giveaways.
Read that last part again.
Now once more.
One more time just to make sure you got it.
I don't hate you. Yes I dislike the group of you that wastes the time I could be with my children, or husband, or outside, or cleaning (maybe not that last one so much) and they drive me and 95% of all my book blogger peeps insane with their cheater ways and flooding of the giveaways. Unfortunately the good group is smaller than the bad.
I said this once before. Not one person retained that part. This isn't about ALL, this is about SOME and what I had to do to stop it.
SO THEN WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
My main, my biggest and the point EVERY ONE OF YOU MISSED, and people pointed out over and over and over to you - yet you refuse to grasp is this: a handful of Sweepers ruined things for you here (and if you read the comments at all – on nearly all book blogs).
HERE'S WHERE THINGS GET REAL.
Something I wanted to post about in a cheating post this week, but I won't be able to now due to time, is these two very important things:
- If I went with the first name pulled each time I grabbed a winner, 1 of maybe 8-10 Sweeps accounts would always win. I call this group "The Careers" because this is all they do for a living and they are not always honest with entries.
- I have never, ever once had a cheater pulled for one of my giveaways that hasn't been a sweeps account. Not. Once.
Does this mean all Sweeps accounts are cheaters? NO.
Read that again.
Notice how I'm not calling them all cheaters, I'm saying the cheaters I have pulled have all been sweeps accounts. There is a difference.
HOW THOSE TWO THINGS WERE SCREWING YOU OVER. AND HOW MY CHOICE WAS MADE TO HELP
Unless you had 13 hours a day (making either legit or cheat entries) to put into entering, you weren't going to win here.
Understand,that that is not me telling you this is what I want you to do to enter, I'm telling you that because of The Career sweeps accounts and the cheaters, unless you did – there was no point in entering. At all.
So you want me to be fair to you all, but if I am you'll never win?
Also, I'm sorry – wait no I'm not – I'm not sorry for what I'm about to say – screw that. How is entering EVERYTHING so often no one else has a chance, fair at all? Yes, "they did the work" but so did hundreds of other people, and now they have no chance at all. Not the good Sweepers and not my "desperate for that book, frequent readers here for my content and not just my giveaways".
In my opinion these Career Sweepers are cheating just as much as those faking entries by deleting/unfollowing things after doing them. They are like the scalpers who buy out entire sections of Taylor Swift concerts and then sell them for 4x the face value. Which by the way – that is illegal for a reason in almost every single sate. I won't tolerate it here.
Once I banned the use of sweeps social media accounts for entering, The Career's stopped entering a million times a day, no longer stacking the odds in their favor. (I'm seriously still trying to figure out how they rig RC accounts to allow them more entries than are offered…)
The Cheating Sweepers took off mostly, knowing I was watching and verifying entries…which I have always done and will always do so this is just baffling to me – I guess I need to remind them now and again?
But left behind was the Good Sweeps accounts, who sadly had to be wrapped in. This isn't discrimination, and if you feel that it is why don't you focus on weeding out the ones who make you look bad, instead of attacking the people who have to react to avoid the issues they cause? Just a suggestion.
And while I may try making the option to tweet a one time only thing for some giveaways, I will still not for the time being and possibly ever reinstate the use of sweeps accounts to enter. Again, this doesn't mean sweepers can't enter – they just shouldn't use sweeps based social media accounts to enter if they meet the 90% – ALL giveaways on a weekly basis criteria.
Each giveaway has multiple entry options. They are options to allow everyone the ability to enter. No one expects you to do them all.
AND JUST SO YOU KNOW
I'm a person too.
I have kids.
I have places to go and things to see.
Why is this relevant? Well, most of you who were screaming for fairness pointed out similar lists to me. You don't have time to spend 13 hours a day entering things? Well I don't have that time to spend filtering through cheaters to pick a winner.
Your time is no more important than mine, and I am trying to save us both hassle and precious minutes.
Also, I don't get paid for what I do. This isn't a 9-5 with a paycheck. My money comes from my design and promo work. And when I waste my time dealing with hundreds of cheaters when that's 100% avoidable – that's just bad business.
My numbers haven't and won't suffer – so threaten all you want. My page hits have quadrupled, the comments have boosted my ranking, the notes on Facebook have gotten me free promo…
LASTLY: And PLEASE read this next part CAREFULLY and ENTIRELY.
Sweepers are not my target audience: No offense at all but dude's I'm a Children's, Middle Grade and Young Adult (mostly)book blogger. My target audience is 13-40+somethings (and this next part is the important part….) who love to read –>and <--- want frequent news, reviews and info on their favorite authors, books, events and other book related things. This is not a book giveaway blog. It's a book blog.
I am sure for a lot of companies and big businesses, sweepers do a lot of good – but they don't do a whole lot for the book community. This doesn't mean Sweepers are not GOOD people (are you sick of me reiterating this yet? Perhaps you get it now? ) it also doesn't mean they don't do ANY good – it means for me and most blogs the bad outweighs the good – as made evident by the fact that the MAJORITY of the ones I (we) get are cheating in one fashion or another and causing us wasted countless hours filtering through them.
So please understand how for me, it's no skin off my back if the sweepers threaten to leave here and not come back or share my things. Sending another huge group of people to one of my giveaways who will only do the same thing as the one before, which BTW totally kills my bounce rate because they rarely click to a second or third page while here…doesn't help me or any book blogger.
I appreciate what they have done, but if my saying you can't use your sweeps dedicated Twitter or Instagram or Facebook accounts to enter something saves me hours upon hours of my time – I'm okay with that. But if flipping out and screaming at me and calling me names is how some of you want to react to something, then I can't say I'm sad to see you go. #Sorry #NotSorry There are THOUSNADS f other blogs and MILLIONS of other giveaways to be had – what does it matter if one blog or one group of bloggers doesn't allow the use of sweeps based social media accounts for entry?
My Giveaways are NOT here just for sweepers, they are here for my readers first and foremost and when they suffered because of a bad group of Sweepers (remember, this doesn't mean ALL – it means the BAD ones…)…well, what I was left with no choice. You'll notice on the original post only sweepers were angry – my readers were thrilled, my fellow bloggers cheered ad agreed.
PS: Oh and just FYI – a Raffelcopter with a bunch of entry options are just that – OPTIONS…no one expects you to use them all. It's designed to allow everyone an option because as so many of you pointed out, some of you don't use certain social media accounts….