Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop 2013

The Hop

The 2013 Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop, hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another.  For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop is scheduled from January 18th at 12.01 AM until January 24th at 11:59 PM (your time).

The Prizes

One lucky winner will win a $20 Visa gift card, which can be spent ANYWHERE, including on online sites, just like a real Visa credit card. Woohoo! I'm throwing in a runner-up prize of a $10 Amazon gift card as well (am willing to substitute to any other retailer, such as Barnes & Noble or Fishpond, as long as they a gift certificate option available).

The Rules

Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following by blog via email subscription a mandatory entry. You can do this by clicking on the link on the right sidebar or by clicking here. For additional entries, you can (+1) follow via GFC (again, to your right, or by clicking here), (+2) add my blog button to your own site, (+1) follow the blog on Twitter (@modishbooks), or (+1) enter any of my other giveaways. Pssst, you can enter different giveaways everyday for even MORE entries. That's 6 entries for you total (plus the additional giveaway entries, if you want 'em)!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. You MUST enter the email address follow with in the extra info box—as well as your GFC name, Twitter handle, and/or other giveaway you entered, IF you choose to take advantage of those extra entries. Entries without proper information will be considered void. I will be checking!

As a reminder, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY, as long as you have a valid mailing address.

The Small Print

I'm not saying this because I'm a completely anal and want to make your life a living hell, but because I've noticed something going on with a lot of follower hops. The point of them is not to temporarily follow that blog and unfollow as soon as the giveaway is over. The point of the follower hops is for the blogs generously offering giveaway prizes to gain more readers and followers—in return, participants receive the opportunity to win great prizes such as books, gift cards, and swag. I'm not just speaking on behalf of myself, because seriously, I'm so grateful for the followship I have (love every each and one of you!), but I know for a fact this happens with lots of other blogs as well. Being part of the blogging community, I just want my two cents be heard. And not to sound cheeky, but a lot of us bloggers use Qwitter, which is an app that tells us exactly who unfollows us on Twitter, so we're not as oblivious as you think. If you are so inclined as to read more about how I feel on this subject matter, please refer to this blog post.

The End

Sorry my rant was a little bitchy. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. Be sure to enter all of the other giveaways going on for this hop; there are so many great prizes being given away!

xo and always!