Why Blog? Book Giveaways–Yea or Nay? Need Opinions!
The week of November 30th was the third anniversary of beginning this blog.
Before that week, I took about two years coming up with a different idea for a blog, more than the usual “I’m a writer. Let’s talk about books” theme. I wanted something that would have a different tone and purpose.
This blog isn’t about me–I hope you’ve noticed. 🙂
Occasionally I will post something about one of my books, but primarily this blog is devoted to stories of strong women.
Each of the authors (and readers in May) who guest here not only tell us about their latest book, but they also share a revealing insight into their lives as wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends. I love hearing the stories from my guest authors.
BUT I ALSO ENJOY HEARING FROM YOU, THE READERS!
For so many years, I would write my books alone in my office and they would go out into the world and I never got to interact with people who read them. This blog is one of the ways I can overcome that former separation.
Many blogs insist that guests give away a book. I permit giveaways but I don’t ask for them or insist on them. Lately I’ve had many authors offer them and I’ve noticed that this may have had a negative effect on the unselfish sharing of ideas and opinions that usually takes place here.
Perhaps it’s just my perception, but over time the leaving comments on here on posts that don’t offer a giveaway have dropped off precipitiously.
So I’m trying to decide. Should I continue letting authors give away a book when they guest or not?
I don’t want this blog to be JUST about entering drawings for books.
It’s about so much more.
I blog to give authors and readers a chance to talk about their lives as strong women and share the stories of strong women they have known.
So should I stop allowing giveaways in 2014? Or limit them?
I don’t want this blog to be about getting but about giving and sharing and uplifting. What do you think? Book Giveaways–Yea or Nay?–Lyn
BTW, Maria and Tabitha won copies of Marta Perry’s Amish book and Katie J won Carrie Turansky Christmas Love Inspired! 🙂