First Ever SingleSpeed Give-away?

I’ve received an offer from a reputable company to let me do one of the following:

1. Receive a free item if I agree to post a review.
2. Host a give-away where one of my dear readers receives a free item of my choosing.
I’ve never done a give-away or sponsored review before. Would my blog lose it’s journalistic integrity if I stray into this territory? (disclosure: I’ve never been accused of having integrity). What if I shamelessly promoted my blog on giveaway listing sites in hopes of attracting new readers, increasing the likelihood that the item would go to someone just stopping by for the give-away, not one of my loyal readers? Would you feel alienated? Also, are give-aways just a great way to fill the world with useless stuff that nobody really wants?
Which of the two would you prefer? or neither? What sort of item (hypothetically, let’s say it’s from a department store (plus some) and that it costs less than $50) would you like to see given away? Forks? A box of drywall screws? A purse? Children’s toys? A funny hat? Fathead Tradeables?
So tell me how you’d feel about a SingleSpeed give-away…. or how you feel about give-aways in general.
FUN FACT: I won a give-away contest once. It was on a local MPLS blog where I correctly answered a question before anybody else, but I never received the item. So sad.

7 comments to First Ever SingleSpeed Give-away?

  • Anonymous

    Don't sell out. Next thing you will do is have ads. I rather go spend money at a local bike store then wreck a good blog

  • The day you have a give-away is the last time I ever read the blog. Just mentioning the idea makes me lost a LOT of respect for you.

    Might as well get an Iphone and a macbook.

  • Scott you rule well said. Ruben the day I set up my blog even though it is still very new I saw these ads you could put on but I thought of you and did not. Just be Ruben!!

  • I never win anything anyway, so I don't care.

  • I think blog give aways are sweet! If its a giveaway for something you think is useless- don't participate and leave it for people who could really use and appreciate it. I think the world needs more giveaways!
    As far as listing your blog on giveaway sites- I don't see anything wrong with it. I would guess it would spike your blog hits while the giveaway is in process, but I don't know if it will turn into very many permanent new followers, but it might.

  • As long as you're honest about your review and as long as you don't start catering to what The Man asks you to do, then I don't see any problem with it. I value your reviews and feedback on the stuff you do unsolicited, so as long as you're straight with it, I don't know why it'd be any different with something you're asked to review.

  • I agree with James. As long as you disclose that you received the item for free with the expectation of a review, it should be fine. The issue would be if you review it favorably, but didn't really like it.

    There are a number of blogs I visit that have integrity that have sponsored reviews and give aways. Heck, I won a copy of Two Men Read Jane Austen as part of such a thing. No one has sponsored a review from me, but I wouldn't have any concerns about it.

    Again, as long as you disclose that it is sponsored and you aren't being told what to say, there is no problem, whatsoever.

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