Thursday, July 5, 2012

Blog hops...

I'd love to get some feedback on blog hops. I've participated in a few lately, and I totally enjoy giving away prizes and meeting new people. Sometimes, I hope along on the hops. I enjoy going to different blogs and checking out the different authors' posts and details on their releases. I often will go buy the releases that are profiled--and sometimes it is the only chance I get to see the new books. Sometimes the author's funny post will make me buy the book just to see the writing.

I am doing a blog op now, which I will give a link to at the end of the post. Lots of great prizes--even a Kindle. It's only the first day and I am having a ton of fun. Check it out if you want a chance to win. (shameless promo here).

So I started thinking. Are blog hops worth the work? It takes a lot of work to round up a bunch of bloggers, schedule the hop, make sure there are great prizes, then make sure all the participants are posting as they should. Often, the organizer has to go through the blogs and gather entries to put in a drawing for the grand prize(s). Lots of work! A blog will get a lot of comments (hopefully), and theoretically, lots of people will be exposed to your work, blog post, whatever.

Do you like blog hops? As an author, do you participate? As a reader, do you clamor for the chance to win prizes? Are hops worth it? Do you like to hop along? Do you enjoy reading the posts, and do you comment? What prize makes a hop worth hopping for? Any feedback would be really appreciated. :)

The hop I am doing now is the 1NS blog hop. 1NS is a series from Decadent Publishing--I have two releases in the line with a third upcoming this fall. If you want to go hop and possibly win a prize, here is the link!  http://www.markofthestars.com/wp/?page_id=10037

3 comments:

  1. Kerry,
    Hi. Lots of questions in your post. :) As for me, I enjoy blog hops. I've participated in a few and just rounded one up, in fact. Here's my take on the matter. One, I would go batty to organize one. Major kudos go out to the organizers of hops! They are work on our part as an author, but as an organinzer - whew - not for me. I've learned to enjoy the short ones that only last a few days. I joined one once that went on for nearly two weeks. That was exhausting. As far as returns, it comes and goes. Yes, traffic on my blog goes skyhigh. I gain new blog, facebook, twitter and even goodreads followers, so that's a plus. Books sales, eh, that's a hard one to track. I'm not positive my sales increase dramatically with the hops at this point. I think it does, but unless your self-pubbed, it's hard to tell when numbers trickle in months after the fact.
    Good luck with the hop you're in now. I am definitely going to check it out. Hops are great for another important fact: finding new authors/books to read!
    ~Ayla

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  2. I have fun with blog hops, but they are definitely a lot of work...

    I do think they're worth it in the end, especially if you have a new release out.

    I couldn't organize one either though! LOL

    Lisa :)

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  3. Well, so far I've only done one, but I enjoyed it a lot. I'm looking forward to doing another this October, so I guess you could say the fun factor is worth it. Like Ayla said, the traffic goes up, but at the time, I didn't have a book to sell. I will soon, so, we'll see if it helps with sales any. I probably wouldn't have the patience to organize one either...

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