Something happened yesterday that really made my blood boil. Here I am, playing catch up from being so behind with all things blog, and I come across something seriously disturbing. As most of you know, I hosted a December Sponsor Giveaway a week or so ago. If you missed out, that's a bummer - it was pretty rad.
With a total of 20 prizes I originally was going to split the package and have 4 winners. Starting my day off super excited to have winners chosen finally, I email all of my wonderful participants to verify each winner. Now, with my giveaways, the rules are CLEARLY stated not only in my post, but also in the Terms and Conditions on the Rafflecopter. I had specific MANDATORY entries to simply follow all of the participants, including myself.
My first ever giveaway that I participated in a couple months ago, the one winner who received my TWENTY DOLLAR gift card is still not following me, to this day. Sorry, but I think that's kind of rude. If I'm giving you a gift, the least you could do is follow my blog (or at least show me a little courtesy!!!). Later down the road if you don't really like my writing style you can make that decision yourself. I didn't want any of my participants feeling the way I felt when that happened - so I made those entries mandatory. Are there really that many of you who don't know what MANDATORY means? Sheesh!!!!
Now, I'm trying to stay calm, and I'm trying to not be a mean girl.
Once I had emailed my lovely ladies about the 4 winners that were chosen at random, I couldn't believe how many couldn't be verified! I started to lose count. It was a HUGE mess and I got more and more aggravated with each unverified entry. It took the entire morning redrawing and redrawing and still NOT ONE had completed the mandatory entries.
WHAT THE FDHFOISNFLKS - (insert bad word here)!
Liars?! Really?! What I honestly don't understand, is we take the time out of our day (TIME IS PRECIOUS) to put together an amazing giveaway with FOUR opportunities to win and only ask a small amount of mandatory-ness and you can't give us the courtesy to FOLLOW THE MF RULES?!
I've heard the horror stories of people going through this with giveaways and I was hoping to never come across that, but apparently I didn't hope hard enough. Apparently we have greedy, lying, sneaky, bloggers out there who don't give a rat's ass about who is donating - all they care about is the prize. Which is fine... just GTFO of my giveaway and my blog. I work SO hard to fulfill my end of every bargain I take on and I really don't appreciate this bullshit.
You really have no idea how hard it is for me to be this nice while ranting about how pissed off I am...
The funny part is, I could literally name names and point fingers at all of you who failed to play fair (you know who you are!!!!). And yet, I am going to be the bigger person and not stoop to the low level that you are already standing on. My view is MUCH better from up here anyway.
Did you honestly think I wouldn't verify? Do you think I write those conditions merely for my own humor? DO YOU NEED TO GET A CAT SCAN ON YOUR CRAZY THOUGHT PROCESS OF A BRAIN!?
Can you tell I'm smokin'? Every one of you (I'm sure there are a ton more and I'm sure you know who you are) that I could not verify with every one of my participants have gone to the bottom of my list. I will not work with you, promote you, or help you with anything in the future. I will not rant and rave about you and your blog. I will not waste my precious time giving you any second thought. You have wasted mine and 15 other ladies time since I had to send them all on a wild goose chase trying to figure out who followed and who did not. Do you know how HARD and time consuming it is to look for a GFC follower?
Let this be a lesson for the future. I have now trimmed down from FOUR winners to only TWO winners. And that's totally unfair to those of you who did play fairly. I apologize whole-heartedly if you were not drawn, but thank you so so much for actually doing what was necessary.
I'm honestly having reservations about ever having a giveaway again.
So, from now on my fellow blogging beauties - you WILL follow my rules if you plan to enter any giveaway I host. Sorry, I'm not sorry for being demanding, but you won't like the repercussions of what will come if you shall lie again. You have my word - Mean Tarole is not a good Tarole. Let's not bring out that side mmmmmmKAY?
There are ways people, there are ways....
Haole Girl OUT!