What got me thinking about this was I was talking Ultimate Blog Party with 5minutesformom and other really amazing bloggers and the topic of giveaways came up. One person asked if it was a way to get more followers. And we talked about it and it was pretty much agreed that if you do giveaways that you're going to get some people just showing up for the giveaway and you won't make a real connection.
I know that's the case with some of the people who stroll through the Lair. But some of you found me because of the first ever big giveaway I did (remember the big box of vinylmations I had?) And you have been with me ever since. You guys aren't just my followers and readers. You're my friends.
I guess what I am trying to say is that I do these giveaways for you (wow that sounds cheesy). Not to bribe you into staying or reading but because I can't buy all of you gifts but I can get one gift and hope one of you gets it. I hope that makes sense.
I'm always going to be honest and transparent with you on all that I do so don't be afraid to ask me or call me on my BS. I'm real here and always will be.
As I sit here typing I have a few tears in my eyes scared at the thought that you all would think I only wanted to increase my blog traffic or that I would only want make a name for myself. Both those things are great but connect with you, that's what makes my life.
You, all of you, are why I keep doing this. Why I keep trying to grow and develop as a blogger. I want to keep doing this. And yes I do want to make money some day but not to put in my pocket. My dream is that one day the Lair will be self-sustaining and that I can make money to fund the giveaways I like doing so much.
Who knows? Maybe one day I can take one of you to Disney World. I can dream right?