To do blog contests or not to do them really isn't the question you should be asking yourself as a blogger. Why you want to do them is. Most bloggers want to increase followers and that's okay but that should not be your sole reason for doing a contest. If that is one of your main reasons then you have to ask yourself why you want to increase your followers. It is because you want your blog to be more popular which in turn makes you more popular? Do you just want to increase readers to make your writer platform look better? If the answer to either of those questions is yes then you shouldn't do it. Don't throw stones yet, here me out.
The best reason to do blog contests is for your readers, not yourself. We all want to increase our readership and popularity and that's all right, it just shouldn't be the only reason. The goal should be reachable within a few months at the most (example, trying to increase by so many followers) and the prize should be tailored to your reader audience. Book bloggers that review books give away books, those that review movies give away movie tickets, and writers give away all manner of things that will help other writers. As a writer I like to do prizes that include inspiring or fantastic books I've read and books that help improve your writing.
You probably already guessed this was leading up to a contest mention didn't you? In case you haven't read about it yet, I just ran a contest. Once Heather's Odyssey reached 100 followers I would give away a copy of the fabulous book on writing called The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. Many of my followers are writers and I wanted to do this contest for them. I loved this book so much that I feel like every writer should read it. Not to worry though, later in the year I'll be doing a giveaway for those of you who love to read a good story. Halfway through the year I'm going to pick my favorite book of the first six months of 2010 and give it away to one lucky follower. Not only do I like sharing the books I've enjoyed, I love supporting the authors! Since I've reached and passed 100 followers (thank you, much love to all of you) I will be doing the drawing this Friday! Be sure to stop by my link and leave a comment if you'd like to be entered.
Here are a few great blog contests I know of going on now:
To enter my contest before Friday click here and leave a comment:
If you know of any great blog contests leave me a comment and I'll post a link!