IndiBlogger’s so called “contest” is just getting on my nerves. To get maximum publicity for a product, many companies organize contests (thru IndiBlogger) so that bloggers write about them.
It’s only 11am now (December 18) and I’ve already read 5 posts on LenovoIndia.
Last week, I read 8 posts on Protect Against Smelly Stubble Activity.
The week before that, I read 7 posts on Bacardi Breezers.
I thought blogs are used to express our thoughts, feelings, opinions/views, ideas, and experiences. I think of it as a vehicle to discuss ANY TOPIC that we see fit. It can also give our friends and family instant access to our thoughts and it’s kind of like our online diary.
IndiBlogger has changed that. Now what I see are more and more posts on advertising products in the name of contests. Like I said earlier, it’s a vehicle to discuss ANY TOPIC that we see fit. So I’ll say that product promotion does fall under the “ANY TOPIC” category. I guess there is nothing really wrong with that. However, my problem is that I like to leave comments on people’s blogs. What am I supposed to write as a comment?
I could praise their storyline (if it’s good). However, when I have to write 8 different comments on the same subject/product, I feel un-original in my comments. I feel like I’m just copying and pasting my comments.
On the flip side, if I do not write a comment at all then the author might think that I never read that post. No, I did read that post and the 8 others just like it. So going forward, I’m thinking of only going to give a 5 word comment to any post that participates in these product promotion contests. “Good luck with the contest.”
Now if you post that you won the contest, then HOORAY for you and I will “praise you like I shooooooooooould” (that’s a reference to a song by Fatboy Slim, song name is Praise You).
Now please do speak up, if you’ve ever won any prizes from these contests. Thanks.
Happy New Year to you and your family.