There's no telling how many opportunities I've missed due to my inexperience. I'm a newbie to the blog world. I started my first blog and started reading other blogs in Jan 2011. I've been entering giveaways for several months now. Most bloggers require a follow as part of the giveaway. So I click the follow button and sit back and wait for my name to be published as the winner. I check my google reader feed a couple of times a day since it's on my igoogle site. Nothing,.... I've won nothing (well, keep reading on to lesson #2) All this time I thought when I followed someone their blog updates would show up in my google reader. Wrong! ! ! Lesson #1 was learned today when I was clicking through the blogger site. I have to actually add the blogs to my subscription or go to blogger and read the updates. Oh well, I know now, right?
Not all giveaways are really giveaways. I was contacted through my gmail address that I was the winner of a Merrell Paceglove giveaway on the Running and Rambling blog. I was sooooo excited. I'm also a new runner and have heard so much about the minimalistic running trend and have been wondering how to transition from traditional shoes without spending a fortune on gear. I sent my contact info like requested and that's the last I heard from him or her. Three weeks later, I still haven't heard anything from the Merrell rep or from the owner of the blog. Now I don't really blame Merrell but I'm a little disappointed with Running and Rambling. Oh well, lessons learned. :-(