In the shadow of the mushroom cloud that erupted last night on Twitter, I'd like to clear up a few things I disagree with in that situation:
1. A giveaway hosted with clear stipulations that the giveaway will only end when the blog has reached a certain number of followers is a transparent attempt to buy said followers.
2. Being called up on that is not 'cyber bullying', 'abuse' or 'trolling', it's expressing what a lot of us bloggers feel but can't necessarily find the gumption to say.
3. It is not okay to tell people who don't agree with your giveaway 'jealous' because they don't have as many followers.
4. If another blogger (aka me and countless others) joins in and stands up for a friend being called a 'bullying' 'abusive' 'troll' by backing up the argument that the giveaway was a con, it's not okay to call them subhuman and 'disgusting'.
5. It's not okay to appeal to your personal issues as a way of keeping followers on your side through the 'endless abuse' when it's plain to see you've made an error of judgement.
6. It's not okay to delete your erroneous tweets and then claim they never happened and consequently lash out at people who call you up on said mistakes.
7. It's not okay to appeal to your followers for support after the 'constant abuse' of fellow bloggers who have seen through the scam in the first place.
Yes, I am the kind of person that will jump into an argument if I see a friend is being insulted for no good reason. I'm sorry if that offends anyone, I've ridden through enough arguments to know when something starts that it's going to escalate into nastiness like it did last night. So hopefully now it can be settled and there will be no further claims of abuse and trolling, because we all know there was no abuse on Sarah's part.
So in light of this, I'd like to make a few things really clear about Zombies Wear Eyeliner.
I won't host giveaways to gain followers. I contemplated hosting one for my blogiversary in a few weeks but it turns out money is short so it just wasn't practical. That doesn't even touch the ethical side. I don't have any desire to buy followers to my blog. Damnit, I find it hard enough to leave my URL on Twitter because I feel instantly guilty and egotistical.
If I ever choose to offer a giveaway, it'll be to existing followers, it won't be plastered over Twitter, it won't be dependent on participants RTing my giveaway. It'll be on my terms, when I feel ready and financially prepared, and when I feel I have something that followers can't get hold of themselves. So if I didn't make it clear, it'll be a bloody long time until I host a giveaway, if ever.
Having kept quiet my rage on the use of giveaways to gain followers, last night I snapped and it was unprofessional of me, but things had to be said. I never agree with giveaways spammed all over Twitter and utilised simply to attract attention to a blog. I apologise to those in my readership who are only here to win something, I'm afraid you'll be disappointed, but this blog isn't about popularity, quite the opposite.
As many of us said last night, we might not have a huge following, but what numbers we have, we're fiercely proud of, because we've worked for every one of them. I remember celebrating when I got to ten followers, I was ecstatic, I had no idea ten people were even interested in what I had to say. A year and 100 more zombies later, and I'm the happiest girl, my little corner of the Internet has grown up and earned every single follower. I'm proud to say I worked for every follower I have, and I follow back everyone of them that I have the links of, because I feel that's how the blogging world works, repaying those who have helped you out. Not buying their loyalty now to ensure they help your follower numbers out in the future.
Sorry for such a negative post, hopefully it's all over now so there won't be a repeat of this drama.