The new year is upon us, a time for reflecting upon the past year and looking forward to what exciting things can happen in the new year. Some people like to make resolutions to ensure positive life changes. Other people opt to “go with the flow” and see what life has in store for them. Others, like me, hoover in between those two trains of thought.
I have been giving A LOT of thought to She Scribes. I have no intention of giving up my blog - NO WAY! My blog has become a part of me, like a third arm (ha ha). This blog means everything to me. I am looking forward to what lies ahead of me and my blog in 2011.
Recently I’ve asked people to take my 2011 Demographics survey. If you haven’t done so already PLEASE consider taking it. I would really appreciate that A LOT! Your input helps me to find better content to share on my blog that is of interest to YOU. Plus it is nice to know who my audience is. Knowing who reads my blog helps me to decide on what types of reviews, giveaways and posts I should share.
You can find the demographics survey on this link. PLEASE consider taking if it you can. It only takes a minute or two and its 100% anonymous. Most are multiple choice questions too which makes it super easy to do.
I DO read your responses and have taken them into consideration. Here are a few comments and what I intend to do about them.
I never win any giveaways no matter how much I enter. Seems like the same people always win and it doesn’t seem fair.
I used Random.org to pull winners. I use the numbered comments as well as a spread sheet where I add the bonus entries (like multiple tweets that I see on Twitter). Then I add the numbers on the spread sheet to the comment count to get the number range (1 – ???). Using Random.org I put in the start and end number and submit. The system generates a number. I cross reference that number to the comments and/or spread sheet to find the winner.
Some people enter A LOT. I see many people who do all of the entry options and tweet upwards to 3 times a day. How and why the Random.org generator picks numbers I don’t know. I used to pick from a hat (no kidding!) but once I started to get giveaways with hundreds of entries it make that impossible to do.
I don’t know why some people seem to win a lot. The only thing I can think of is that those people enter multiple times to increase their chances. I’ve seen people with just one entry win too. It’s totally the “luck of the draw”.
Maybe I’ve completely missed it (entirely possible so forgive me if I have) but I would like it if you posted the winners to the contests in the contest post &/or maybe a separate post.
I came up with a solution I hope will work for everyone. On Fridays, starting on January 7, 2011, I will make a post on my blog listing all the winners of the giveaways that ended during that time frame (Friday to Friday). I will also post the winners on my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/SheScribes). I need to make a reminder to myself to make sure to do that each Friday. If you don’t see that post go up PLEASE feel free to contact me and remind me.
I hope this will help solve that issue. If you have other ideas please let me know.
More variety of giveaways, maybe some Etsy giveaways.
I am not sure how to get involved with Etsy sellers. I do see many blogs that offer Etsy products for giveaways but I have no clue who they reach out to those sellers. If anyone has any ideas I’m open to it.
As for variety, I’m not really sure how to do this. I always as companies and public relations people when they contact me about giveaways. When I pitch companies I do mention giveaways.
What other types of giveaways would you like to see? Please comment and let me know and I”ll see what I can do.
Wouldn’t mind if your giveaways lasted more than a week, 10days or 2 weeks would be nice.
I usually run giveaways for a week and a day. I also accommodate PR’s requests when they want giveaways to last longer or short. I can easily make them 10 days if that would appeal to everyone. I’m totally cool with that.
I really like your variety of giveaways, however I dislike the WordPress limit on how fast you can post comments. It’s really frustrating sometimes and I have skipped entering giveaways at times because of it.
I know there is a setting in Word Press that would take care of this problem but I have no idea where it is or how to find it. If anyone knows how I can remedy this so that people can comment one right after the other without having to wait PLEASE let me know. I would really love to fix this for my readers who want to be able to comment quickly.
I wish the side bar was more organized by dates with giveaways.
Consider it done! In case you haven’t already noticed I have changed the giveaways. They now read “Ending…” and then the ending date. This should put them in some kind of a logical order (I hope). If not I’ll see what else I can do to make it easier for you to see when giveaways end.
Maybe remove some of the widgets so your pages load faster.
I will talk to my wonderful Web Master, Alicia, about this and remove a few things in hopes that it will load a lot faster. I see a few I can get rid of. I hope that will help make things a bit quicker to load.
Can you think of something that the ones that don’t have blogs & followers can do to earn more entries to make it a little more even so we have a better chance of winning? I win more on other sites who give me more chances of winning because they have more opportunities that I can accomplish; like joing more sites, etc.
I’m not 100% sure about this one. I’m guessing the reader meant options like joining a companies newsletter or things a long those lines? I am open to suggestions. If anyone can think of other ideas for extra entry options I’m all ears, or should I say “eyes”. Ha Ha.
I would like to see more gift basket type giveaways as I love to enter those the most. Also more kitchen items in giveaways would be great.
Oh! I love gift basket type giveaways. They are my favorites. My Blog Spark always offers me awesome giveaways for my readers that are like gift baskets. I hope to work with them more in 2011.
I would love to offer more kitchen items too. I wish I knew how. I’ll have to see what I can find.
If you could post deals from stores like Hannafords supermarket I would love you!
Well I’m not sure about Hannafords specifically (I am looking into it) but I do have something I am planning on doing as far as deals and coupons are concerned. Read on to find out more.
More holiday based giveaways and more reviews/giveaways geared towards kids especially teens (books, teen clothing, makeup, etc).
I’ll work on more holiday related giveaways. Valentines Day is coming up as well as Easter. I’ll see what I can do.
I would LOVE to do more giveaways/reviews based on teen things. I have a 13 year old. Books, make up, clothing… they would work great for me too. I hope I’ll have some opportunities in the new year.
Believe it or not these are the only suggestions/requests that I received. All the rest were positive ones and compliments. THANK YOU for all the lovely compliments! You all made my heart smile and gave me the warm fuzzies.
I see that its a good split down the middle (almost 50/50) where half of my readers are other bloggers and the other half are not. I think I’ll use this information to possibly include some posts about blogging. Maybe posts about how to make money with your blog, what to do if you hit a writer’s block, and ways to promote your blog.
Based on the survey results so far I see the top five things that interest those who took the survey are contests/giveaways, freebies & discounts, family, children, humor, books, recipes, crafts, entertainment and of course personal posts. Because of these responses I am going to make sure to include a lot of posts based upon these subjects.
Starting in the new year I am going to posts hot deals, discounts and freebies that I find around the Internet. I have several websites bookmarked that I will look through daily to see what I can find. The most awesome deals I’ll post here on She Scribes. I’m not sure yet if I am going to post this information daily, weekly, or just as often as I can.
I’m also toying with the idea of adding a Mr. Linky once a week where other blogs can add their giveaways, giving readers more options as far as types of giveaways as well as chances to win something awesome.
What do you think about the Mr. Linky idea? Would YOU be interested in something like that? PLEASE comment and let me know. Thanks!
I also plan on posting more recipes, most especially ones that I have made personally. I plan on utilizing my impressive cookbook collection in the new year. Think “Julie and Julia” but not to that extreme. I was thinking more along the lines of picking out a few new recipes to try each week and then posting the recipes as well as pictures and my thoughts on them. I might just do this once a week. I will however continue to post recipes throughout the week if I come across something I think others will enjoy.
I’m not sure what people mean by family and kid related posts. I’m guessing that would be more along the lines of ideas like what to do with kids on a rainy day, creating a “date night” with your significant other, “How to…”, “10 ways to…”. You get the idea.
I posted this question on my She Scribes fan page on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/SheScribes). ”I’m working on ideas for blog posts. Is there something you really want to know more about? Toss some ideas at me. Like “10 ways to…” or “How to…”. You get the idea. Give me ideas and I’ll research them and post about them. ”. If you have any ideas PLEASE leave a comment here on this post. I DO read my comments and try and reply as often as I can. I might miss some comments sometimes. There are days I get dozens of comments and sometimes those that need replies slip by.
I have joined a Facebook group called Blogging Challenge. The challenge is to write 30 posts in 30 days. Clearly I don’t have a problem writing blog posts, but, I joined the group any way to learn some other tips and tricks so that I can provide more quality content for my readers. Plus I thought it would help me on those days I am suffering from “writer’s block”.
The Facebook group is open to everyone who wants to either start a blog, or motivate themselves to blog on a daily basis. If you are interested go to Facebook (www.Facebook.com) and do a search for Blogging Challenge. The group’s leader’s name is Cricket. This group is NOT for spammers. Spammers will be banned.
I have also joined another group to help me improve upon taking better pictures. It’s called 365 Project (www.365Project.org). The site encourages you to take a picture every day for a whole year. Some of the photos found on the site are truly amazing. I have heard of one lady who started and by the end of the year she was taking fantastic photos and it was fun to see how she progressed over the year. This sounds like a lot of fun! I have already joined. I put up two pictures already but I’ll remove them tomorrow. I’m going to officially start on January 1, 2011.
If you join the 365 Project consider following me and I’ll certainly follow you back. http://365project.org/shescribes/365. You don’t need to have a fancy camera or even a knack for catching the “money shot” (LOL). All you need is a camera and the desire to be creative and do something fun (and its FREE too!).
Please don’t think for a moment that I’m going to stop doing reviews, giveaways or my normal rambling posts. NO WAY! She Scribes is still going to be the same blog – only better!
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Thank you for taking the time to read this VERY long post. I appreciate that A LOT and I hope you are just as excited about the new changes as I am.
Have a beautiful day!