I want to thank all of you for your wonderful comments on my query about weekly giveaways. I read every single comment, and learned a lot from you. Thank You!!! I have decided to go forward with the Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day starting in October!!!! Here is how things will work thanks to the info I gained from you along with a few other tidbits listed in no particular order :)
1 - First off, I want to assure everyone that this will not diminish the amount of regular creative projects, fabric, and general quilting goodness shown here ;) I try to post each day Monday thru Friday. Sometimes I miss a day, sometimes I post on Saturdays, it is not a hard fast rule. But as I have looked back over the blog, I almost always have a day in the week where I can't share anything simply because I didn't have time to sew the day before ;) So this will take the place of me rambling on those days ;) And if you are wondering why weekly, and not bi-weekly or monthly, well I currently have 12 sponsors. Weekly is once a quarter for them, that works out nice ;)
2 - There was a good comment about giveaways taking a lot of posts because you have to first, get people excited about it, then have it, then announce the winner, a total of 3 posts. I have decided to keep Terrific Tuesday Giveaway day just on Tuesday. This means that the winner of the previous weeks giveaway will be announced at the beginning of each Giveaway Day post. So only one post per week ;)
3 - And with the above plan, I should always remember to post a winner on the day I said I would, as I can't really post the new giveaway without choosing a winner ;) And I will always email the winner, so you don't have to worry if you can't check back :)
4 - And speaking of emailing winners - I can't email you if you are a No-Reply Blogger :( I can't tell you how many times I read "I never win anything" and then I went to respond to the person and couldn't. So if you are one of those gals that feels like they never win, it could be you have been winning, they just can get ahold of you to tell let you know you won!!! There is a great little tutorial here on how to check if you are and change it if you are ;) (and I responded to every comment so if you didn't get a response from me, you are one of them ;) OR you can always just leave your email address at the end of your comment ;)
5 - We are going to keep these giveaways day posts short and sweet. Since it is a giveaway day, I will try to keep it easy. I am going to invite my sponsors to share a coupon code along with their giveaway if they so choose as that seemed to be a big hit in your comments. But mostly it will be who is sponsoring, if there is a current sale or coupon code you should be aware of, and the giveaway ;) You can always see what is going on with all of the shops in the Sponsor Spotlight Section on the right hand side of the blog.
6 - Along with keeping the posts simple, we are going to keep the entries simple. The first entry will always be just leaving a comment. The second entry will always be optional and it will be a myriad of choices and you only have to pick one to enter. It will include following social media sites, signing up for a newsletter, or picking a favorite item at the shop for those that don't use social media and don't want to clog up their email ;) Hopefully that works for everyone ;)
7 - I will do my very, very, best to keep all of these giveaways open to international guests ;) I know there were a lot of concerns there. But truly, I only ever have a few giveaways that don't include international guests and those are ones that I don't get to set the guidelines on (normally they are book ones where the publisher is heading it up ;) So Everyone is welcome on Terrific Tuesday Giveaway Day!!!
8 - There will be no Rafflecopter. Frankly, I don't know how to use it and don't want to take the time to learn because comments seem to have always worked just great ;)
And I think that just about sums it up!!! Sorry, that was a lot ;) But I really do appreciate everyone taking the time to chime in on their feelings about giveaways. It really helped me lay the ground work for this new feature on the blog. I am looking forward to it and hope it will be a big hit!!
And with that, let me leave you with a little sneak peek. I am so excited to share this one!!! Full reveal and tutorial will be on the blog tomorrow ;)