Wednesday, February 4, 2009

So, here's my question...

Remember how I did a giveaway for one of the necklaces from my Etsy shop? What do I do if the winner never got back to me? I left a comment on her blog and I posted the winner on my blog, and, well... I got nothin'! What do I do? Award it to someone else? Sit around waiting? Cry? Because I said I'd list the other necklaces on my etsy so that you gorgeous people could buy them if you wanted to, but I can't list them until the winner picks one. And so far, I haven't heard a peep from her! But I'm afraid that if I pick a new winner, the first one will email me tomorrow and want her necklace. What's the protocol here? I'd like to give away a necklace! Plus, I have another giveaway to do, but I wanted to wait until I'd sent out the first one, because two giveaways at once is too much to handle. I might get all flustered and confused.

I was planning to do my other, completely random giveaway when I reached 100 followers, but now I'm past that and I still haven't given away a necklace! So, maybe I'll do it when I reach 150 followers? Or 200? Or when I am officially crowned Queen of Awkwardness? Who knows. Voice your opinion - I'm easily swayed.

Also, did anyone else notice that my poll about my new three-column layout came out exactly even between people who love it and people who think I should change it? The votes are split right down the middle! So, I'm just going to leave it for now, since either way, exactly half of my readers will like it, and it took me too long to do for me to change it a week later.

Mr. Darling and I are taking a road trip today and tomorrow for his very last medical residency interview! We'll be driving for about 16 hours in a 30-hour period, so unless I wake up enough to locate a computer in our hotel tomorrow (I'll be sleeping during Mr. D's interview), I probably won't be blogging for at least a day or two. After Mr. D's final interview, we'll be submitting his rank list, I'll explain the match process to anyone who cares to hear about it, and then in 43 days, Mr. Darling and I will find out where we'll be spending the next 3-5 years of our lives. This is a very exciting time! Stay tuned!

29 comments:

Leetid said...

Hi, I have tagged you over at my blog.

Ann's Rants said...

All I know is I want that white necklace still ;)

Good luck with the interview. That is a very stressful process!

penguinsandladybugs said...

Oooo, tough question. I think you can put a deadline....leave her another post (look for an email addy) and say if I don't hear from you by xyz date, I'm gonna have to give it to someone else. And maybe you are teaching all of us to put a deadline from the very beginning (before anyone follows the rules of your giveaway), that if I don't hear from you within a week, I'll go to the next winner. And to follow up....you give it to someone else and then hear from her....tell her you are so sorry but it already went to the next winner since I hadn't heard from you! You've done nothing wrong!! (I said that last sentence just on a hunch that you might need to hear it....if not, disregard :-)).

Sassy Britches said...

I say wait a few days after this post to see if the winner shows up, but I think there has to be a statute of limitations or something! :)

Best wishes to Mr. Darling on the interview...safe travels!

The Polka Dotted Owl said...

I think you should forget about the old winner and just give me your fab necklace...just kiddding or am I? I agree with penguinsandladybugs, there should be some sort of deadline, and just use the prize neckalces in your new giveaway. Just remember to mention that after soo many days of being informed, the winner has to get back to you. All is fair in love and blogging world.
I will def miss my daily dose of Tova, but I do wish you and your hubby all the best! Have fun!!

Fabulously Broke said...

Pick a second winner. Honestly? Not worth your time to hunt her down and she's been flaky.

It's what I'd do :)

Fabulously Broke in the City

"Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver."

Mrs. Newlywed said...

Confession.

This happened for a giveaway I did right when I first started blogging, and I gave the person a month. I posted about her a few times, emailed her, posted on her blog...nothing.

I just did another giveaway with it. Then I swore if she ever entered again I would not actually give her an entry.

Jossie Posie said...

Good luck to Mr. Darling!

.::~P~::. said...

I think you should post one last blog telling that winner that it's her last chance, maybe let her know also on her blog. One week,after that well too bad: next.

Denise said...

I would give the person one more chance, if she doesn't respond again within a few days, just do a different number.

Then in the future, give your winners say two weeks to respond, if they don't, pick a new winner.

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

I'm with penguinsandladybugs: send out one more notice with a deadline date on it. After the deadline, choose another lucky winner so we can get to your new giveaway!

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

Meh. Give them a "last call, closing time" shot, then you're in the clear.

And I love the new 3 column format. I just did it too, and LOVE it. I feel like it's cleaner and so much easier to find everything.

A. said...

I also agree with the idea to send out one more notice with a deadline on it, and then just move on if you don't hear back from her.

Good luck with the interview and have a safe drive!

Cheryl said...

Give it to someone else! ;)
Have you tried emailing her?

Good luck to Mr.Darling!

Son of a Thomas said...

30 days, that seems like enough.

Tell the mister good luck and it hurts every time I do this!

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

email her or post a comment on her blog giving her exactly one week to pick a necklace-if not, it will go to the second person. Meanwhile, pick a second person, inform them, and let them know that if the first winner DOES NOT COME FORWARD WITHIN the week, you willl send them their choice.
You're welcome!

Morgan the Muse said...

that sounds exciting! I have no idea what to do about the drawing, though. :/

Tranquility said...

Good Luck to Mr./Dr. D!!! Enjoy the travel and alone time with your husband!

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

Most of the giveaways I have seen give the winner so long to respond efore it goes to the next winner. I mean, if you want it you need to speak up! And that's what I would do. Then on a selfish note, I totally don't want the winner to claim it so I have another chance. Ha, I'm so sweet like that huh?

Laura said...

Sounds very exciting - send good luck wished to Mr. Darling on the interviews!

ÄsK AliCë said...

Good luck to Mr. Darling!

I say email the winner and tell her she has until (whatever date) to claim her prize - just like a raffle. Then if there is no response...pick a new winner!

Janet said...

I hereby proclaim you Queen of Awkwardness.

Not that I have any valid crowning authority, but still. My Awesomeness should be authority enough.

Your Ill-fitting Overcoat said...

I had a similar problem with my giveaway! Fortunately, the winner was very sweet and eventually got back to me that she'd just been swamped with a move. But I'm not sure if I'll do any more giveaways. They seem like more trouble than they're worth!

I think it's safe to email the winner one more time and explain that you need to put the necklaces up for sale, but that she's welcome to choose one within the next week and if it hasn't been purchased, you'll take it down and send it to her.

Callista said...

That's weird... never had a problem with a giveaway winner not getting back to me. I think there has to be a limitation on the time, so pick a new one and send her an e-mail letting her know she didn't respond in time. Good luck to you!

Up Rooted said...

I would post the new necklaces on etsy and if the winner of your giveaway contacts you just give her a selected few to chose from. If the winner complains its their own fault for not picking one earlier.
Good luck with the interview process and drive safely.

Moi said...

I think you should just redraw for a new winner!
good luck on the interviews and the whole decision that affects your whole future!
that was meant to be upbeat and not scary-

Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

I would leave one more comment on the blog and then give it to another person from the contenders if she doesn't respond withing 3 more days. Yeah, I'm tough like that. :)

Plus, Rants totally wants it and I think she should get another chance!

Julie said...

Pick me. I'll be your winner. I will not only respond, but I'll make out with you if necessary. LOL

MuseSwings said...

I say go ahead and award it to winner #2

Speaking of which, I have an award for your Blooming Blog! Stop by to pick it up.
Cynthia

In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. ~ Calvin & Hobbes