Sunday, September 14, 2014

that face you make when someone regrams

So, there's been a lot of discussion of late about "regramming". If you're not on instagram, it means that you repost a photo from someone else's feed onto your own. One reason you might do this is to enter a giveaway. A LOT of people were complaining that their instagram feed was clogged up with the same posts over and over because of this trend. (You can read more about it at sew, mama, sew).

that face you make when...

I appear to be in the minority, because this doesn't bother me! I actually enjoy it when someone tags me to enter one of these, because I usually haven't heard of that shop or blogger, and I like to check them out. A lot of people use these regramming contests as a way to promote a new business, or celebrate a milestone.  I really love entering contests, and have won my fair share. So yes, I regram. In fact, I realized I never shared one of my regram wins with you!



I reposted a photo on instagram last March for a chance to win a fabric camera strap from August Blossoms. And I actually won! I got to pick any strap from her etsy shop, and I chose this lovely one made with older Amy Butler fabrics. It's a wonderful strap, I've been using it for many months now and I get compliments on it all the time. It has a little pocket for my lens cap.



Denise's straps are very well made. She's got some super cute listings available in her shop right now. I love this one made with April Showers! So if you're in the market for a strap (or a gift for a photographer), be sure to check out her etsy shop, August Blossoms.

I had never considered that regramming might be annoying to anyone else. I guess I thought of my instagram/twitter/facebook feed as MINE, and not just something I put out there for others.

But then again, isn't that exactly what I'm doing, putting my photos out there for everyone else? So it has made me reconsider what I post. Sometimes I post something to instagram just so I can share it easily with facebook or flickr. If I've ever offended you by regramming or tagging your in a giveaway, and made you make that face above, I apologize. I didn't mean to bother anyone! I just love free goodies :) 

Another subject that came up in one of these discussions, was asking people to jump through hoops to enter giveaways. Well, I used to just ask that you comment to enter. But then Rafflecopter came along, and made it so much easier for me to run a giveaway. And it gives you options like "like my facebook" or "follow on pinterest".

When I host giveaways and I offer extra entries for following me on facebook, etc. - it's simply a way to reward my followers with an extra chance to win. They are already doing those things, and they can easily get another entry with one click. I also offer a simple "click here to enter" option for everyone. No one has to follow anything if they don't want to. To be honest, it's rare that I get new followers from a giveaway, so I'm just happy to be able to share a prize with someone who takes the time to read what I write.

Anyways, I just wanted to publicly admit my regramming habits. Admission is the first step, right?! lol and psst - don't forget to enter the Time To Make book giveaway here ;)

Hope you're having a fabulous weekend! It's gorgeous here, and the Chiefs are playing today! Get them donkeys!

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