I have an admission.
I hated Rafflecopter. Noticed the past tense of that short sentence; hatED.
When Rafflecopter first came out, everyone seemed to switch over without hesitation. Me being the stubborn and 'traditional' person that I am (you can definitely ask my boyfriend about the stubborn part, too), I refused to switch over.
It was the principle of the matter! I didn't see how putting this big honkin' thing on your giveaway posts was going to do anything except make them look ugly.
That didn't stop me from entering people's Rafflecopter giveaways, though. In fact, I quite enjoyed the ease of the entries. But don't get me wrong, I still love doing those 'traditional' blog giveaways because there is a certain challenge and satisfaction in them.
Once I started getting more giveaways on my blog, I decided why not give Rafflecopter a try? It couldn't hurt anything and if you don't give something a chance, you're just being judgmental and if there is one thing I can't stand, it's judgement.
So I created an account and put together my first giveaway. Through the process, I was still iffy and even when the giveaway went live, I will admit I was waiting for it to crash and burn so I could say, "Hey, I gave it a try. Back to traditional!"
Low and behold though, I started getting entries.
And those entries grew.
Until I well surpassed the number of entries of any traditional giveaway I've ever held!
Not only that, but the entry tracking system of Rafflecopter is AMAZING! When I saw how you tracked and moderated the entries, I was thoroughly impressed.
So what does this all mean?
It means that I went from hating Rafflecopter to being in love with it and quite honestly, I don't know if I'd want to go back :)
The only downfall (if you can call it that) is no more individual winner posts; I'm going to take some other bloggers examples and create a monthly winner's page where people can go and check to see who won what.
Moral of this story: Don't knock something until you try it out for yourself!