I have been asking myself this same question for the past 2 weeks. Shannon convinced me to open my twitter account again a few weeks ago and as soon as I started figuring out what I was doing and was trying to "follow" people with similar interests like cloth diapers and natural parenting, I quickly found that twitter was also a place where many cloth diaper websites choose to advertise their merchandise by giving away free goods and getting other twitterers to re-post about the website and the giveaway! Genius! Basically you spend about 30 minutes completing a list of about 15 tasks from following the business on twitter and facebook to blogging about them and signing up for newsletters. Then, on a specified date, usually every Friday or so, the business somehow generates a random winner for each contest. I'm not sure if it is random or if it even works. I registered for a few just out of curiosity and to add extras to my cloth diaper stash since Liam is quickly heading towards medium diapers already!
Tonight, after completing yet another list of objectives to win a knickernappies diaper and a hanging diaper pail bag, I really started questioning the worth of these giveaways. Are they worth the time put into them? Should I flood my entire page with these buttons? Well, I am going to find out. For the next two weeks I am going to enter one giveaway each day. There's no need for everyone out there in the cloth diapering world to go through this, too, so I offer myself and my 30 minutes up on a silver platter for 2 whole weeks! What harm can it do in the long run? Maybe I will actually win something and then all of my readers will know for sure that it's IS worth the monotony of entering your information repeatedly.
So, the long journey has begun tonight. We'll see what happens! I'll let you know if I win anything, though I won't hold my breath! I've only one 1 thing in a giveaway before and it is still sitting on a bookshelf untouched after 2 years. I'm not even sure why I registered to win a googly-eyes fun project book, but maybe Josiah can get some use out of it...
At least I know I will have some cloth diapers coming in the mail regardless since I just ordered some! Yay! I love getting new cloth diapers in the mail. It's like Christmas!