Sorry to threadnap.
I like that one.
"Julianne Douglas" wrote:Sarah,
I noticed the same thing happened on my contest, too. I didn't allow email entries, but when I got comments from unfamiliar names, I traced back through sitemeter to see where they were coming from. Some were lurkers who seemed to have actually read the blog, but many were from a generic sweepstake site. I was really annoyed an almost disqualified those names, but then I noticed some of them stuck around and read a few pages of the blog, so I did the drawing with all the names. It seems as though people surf the internet just for free giveaways and enter their names for anything that vaguely interests them. It almost makes me not want to do a contest in the future. But then again, the point of doing a contest is to get new readers, both for the author and for the blog. If we only award prizes to faithful regulars, then we're shooting ourselves in the foot in this regard. Arrgh!!!! What do others of you think about the situation?
"EC2" wrote:Ariadne - yes, truly Ick! You build a garden and sooner or later the slugs arrive!