As it's been approximately ten seconds since I last ranted on about something that really really bothers me, I figured it might be time to share a new one.
I am all for giveaways on blogs. Somehow I even seem to have fairly good luck with them, having won granola bars, an iTunes gift card, a necklace, a tank top, a purse, an amazon gift certificate and a number of books.
So yes, I'm certainly not complaining about the giveaways. What I am complaining about however, is when a giveaway requires you to post about the giveaway in order to be entered. You can't just comment, you have to tell everyone else who reads your blog about it.
(That Pay It Forward giveaway is totally excluded from this - I have no issues with that kind of thing (although I will never comment on them because I know I would stress about what to giveaway for 364 days and then finally send it out on the 365th day. Also, it would probably be an old dried-out muffin, so you wouldn't want it anyway)).
No, my ire is directed toward the giveaways where, in order to be entered, you have to post a link to THEIR giveaway on your own blog.
I don't mind at all if you can get extra entries for doing those things, but when the only way to be entered at all is to post about it, I am seriously annoyed. What happened to a comment being good enough? What about a contest being mainly for your normal readers, not just the ones who came on by for a chance to win and will never ever return?
I understand that you want some publicity in return for giving away stuff. But I also have zero desire to clog up my blog with a bunch of notices about "hey, look a giveaway at a random person's blog who you don't read and I don't actually read either. Um, that's all."
But then, maybe I'm just a total blog giveaway snob, like I'm a snob about so many other meaningless things.