This question came from an anonymous commenter and I felt like it merited a real response.
Q. Sorry, but I just have to say this...(and yes I'm staying anon for a reason)
I don't like it when you (and other bloggers b/c this is VERY common) do these giveaways and ask us to blog or tweet about it for an extra entry.
I get that you're trying to bring more traffic to your blog but as a non-blogger and non-tweeter, this is VERY discouraging. It's setting us non-bloggers up for failure straight out of the gate.
I'd love to do this challenge, but I won't be doing it. I wish we (non bloggers/Twitter users)could start on equal footing as everyone else.
Want more participation? Make it more inviting for us non bloggers.
A. I'll be honest, I hate when people require you to do things in order to enter giveaways. I will not be your public follower (I use Google Reader, which is private). I will not 'like' you on facebook. Except for rare cases I will not blog or tweet about it. It is the blog owner's prerogative to require these things and I don't fault them but it just means that I rarely enter giveaways anymore.
That being said, this is not your average giveaway and I asked people to blog or tweet about the challenge for a few reasons:
1. Blogging about the fact that you're going to do something helps you feel accountable to actually DO it. People who blogged about it are more likely to actually participate and follow through.
2. I almost pulled the plug on this whole thing at the very last minute because I was struck with a sudden and overwhelming terror that no one would participate and I would sit here feeling like a big fat loser for 3 weeks. Making it worth people's time to share my challenge makes it less likely that I will be crying into my smoothie each morning because the Flickr group and link parties are met with the internet equivalent of chirping crickets.
3. And yes, the traffic is nice. But since I don't have any advertisers or anything my traffic doesn't matter much so please don't think that was my main motivating factor.
And, I have to tell you, I think I did a decent job making this challenge open to non bloggers by including a Flickr group instead of limiting it to people with blogs. Anyone with a camera and an internet connection can participate. And there are plenty of points up for grabs during the actual challenge (including a fair number of bonus points). Not being able to blog about it doesn't put non-bloggers at too much of a disadvantage.
Also, I would hope that it's not totally about the prizes for everyone. I think the challenge will be fun all by itself. The prizes were an afterthought when I realized that I wanted to do something nice for my readers to say thank you for all the love and support over the past almost year since I've been blogging again.
The list of prompts for the first week goes up tomorrow. I'm so excited to get this thing started!