Saturday, August 1, 2009
A little history first:I used to have a monthly book giveaway for the top commenters on this blog.The way it worked was that I installed a widget which counted each reader's comments and then would list the 10 readers with the most comments.The widget would count the last 500 comments and take the figures according to that.This worked well the first month but the next month I had to count them out myself because it still included the figures from the previous months.That turned out to be a mission but I carried on because I had a super Trio of commenters who I am very loyal to.In the meantime,Missy's mom has been really sick,EH has been super busy and Sharon I think has been getting frustrated with being the lone ranger.SO I came up with this NEW idea!!!
I am now going to count each and every comment as an entry for my monthly giveaway which is a $15.00 Amazon gift card.Having an Amazon Gift Card as a prize works well as I can then include everyone,anywhere in the world and the winner then also gets to choose whichever book they would like to read by redeeming the voucher which would be delivered via e-mail.The winner can also give it to anyone else as a gift if they prefer.
P.S. this is also for the unfortunate readers with IE browsers who sometimes try over and over again to leave one comment and when they eventually do get it right,this is my way of saying thank you for not giving up.I am one of those people and really if I don't get thrown off a blog immediately,I get thrown off just before I click "send".It has gotten better recently so they might have fixed up that problem but you never know.
So basically it works like this:
Any comment counts as 1 entry.(except comments on other book giveaway posts)
The giveaway runs over a calendar month.The winner will be announced within the first week of the next month.
Making comments like "great review"," Ja Rule" and "P Diddy ain't got nothing on you" will earn you extra entries.Okay just joking....
I,unfortunately cannot include the "anonymous" commenters in this giveaway for obvious reasons unless they choose to include a contact e mail.Otherwise having a link which takes me to your blogger profile which has a contact e mail is ok.I even have some commenters which have their MySpace profiles linked which is also ok as I can contact them that way to give them the good news,should they win.
Before I enter all the names into Random.Org I will personally make sure that each entry has a contact e mail or blog.
This is the best part-choosing the winner:I am going to flip open the Pretoria business telephone book(yellow pages) and randomly dial a number which comes up.Whoever answers will be asked to choose a number between 1 and the total number of entries supplied by Random Org.This number will then be compared to my list and hey,presto we have a winner.How's that???
Okay what's in this for me?
Well I love comments and comments do feed my blog and help with my rankings.Receiving and reading comments ranks in the top 3 things I love best about blogging.
And what's in it for you?
You mean apart from letting me know how much you love my posts?? Ok enough already!I will be adding a link to each of my Top 13(nice no,hey!~)commenters on a monthly basis starting with July 2009 which will be further below in the interests of "spreading the love with linkage".This post will be a permanent link from my sidebar.
The "I have a winner" post will include ALL the commenters for that specific month and then obviously the winner.Just a little more publicity for your blog/personal self and to let everyone know the owner is a very nice blogger/reader who comments and is much loved and appreciated!!If you want me to do your link a certain way then one little e mail to me (e mail:yk(at)toptruecrimebooks (dot)com) with your specific requirements e.g. your Twitter Handle.You will only need to do this once.I will save it under a "special" file created just for this.
I am open to any other ideas anyone else can think of.I am also thinking of other giveaways to run apart from my usual Hachette Book Group ones.I will have the next personal giveaway I can think of, run from 7th to 7th,then 14th to the 14th and the last one,21st to the 21st.This one will always run from 1st to 1st.Still thinking though...
Finally here are my 5 Star commenters for:
(Cecile) All I want And More
(Holly) 2 Kids And Tired Book Reviews
(J Kaye) J Kaye's Book Blog
(John) John Abuzz
(Kim) Metroreader:Reading One Mile At A Time
(LazyKing) Bored...Get Unbored
(LuAnn) Reading Frenzy
(Missy) Missy's Book Nook
(Natalie) The Book Inn
(Sharon) A Bookworm's Reviews
(Sheila) One Person's Journey Thrugh A World Of Books
(Suzanne) Chick With Books
(Trishalynn) Trisha's Book Blog
(Cecile)All I Want And More..
(Heidi V)The Blackcell
(J Kaye)J Kaye's Book Blog
Karen H in NC
(Kate)Another Book Blog-Whore
(Kim)Metroreader:Reading One Mile At A Time
(Missy)Missy's Book Nook
(Sheila)One Person's Jurney Through A World Of Books
(Teddyree)The Eclectic Reader
(Trishalynn)Trisha's Book Shelf
Further good news!! I am not publicizing this giveaway at all so this information is only available to my followers/readers/subscribers so the chances of winning are quite high(lol)