Sunday, August 28, 2011


sunday portrait week 89



001. Been chillaxing all today, nothing like a extended weekend! Cheers Bank Holiday! Went for a very tasty meal with my friends in town today, Nothing better than a Sunday Roast pub lunch! I love a good roast dinner! Went into some of the homeware shops in town and have been day dreaming of decorating my own house.

002. Fangirled my little heart out over The Strokes at Reading last night. Tweeted a little too much, and felt like the One Direction or Justin Beiber fangirls I tend to always unfollow on Twitter! I did have a ticket to the festival but decided I was too old/didn't want to go on my own. In hindsight I'm a idiot and I would have probably killed to be there. Jarvis and Julian on stage together, too good. My Mum even came into my room in a drunken state to express her love too. My favourite bands are The Strokes & Alexisonfire,  but I generally listen to pop punk, emo, post-hardcore music! Basically any band that was big on the 2003-2007 scene! 

003. London on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this week! Exciting times. Going to be *hopefully* signing for my new flat on Tuesday so if all goes to plan I'll be living in London in just under two weeks. Scary times, but I'm just ridiculously fed up of having to travel so much and I've got to the point where I just want to get on with my life! Thursday I'm meeting some other bloggers and we are going for drinks and shopping and then a Glossy Box event. Michelle informed me that one of my favourite Swedish brands, Monki, is opening on Thursday too so Im so excited for that.

004. Cant believe how many people have entered my throw-away giveaway on ETC, It wasn't really supposed to be anything major as it was something that I didn't like so better than it going to the back of the wardrobe I'd pass it on to a reader. I feel awful coz its so half assed in terms of prize! I don't typically do giveaways, I dont think they work as much as people like to think in gaining genuine followers (as in ones who'll stick around once its over or actually engage with a blog!). I do think new bloggers feel they need to do giveaways as part of getting followers, I personally don't feel they should be "must do" and feeling pressured to buy an expensive prize is something I'm sure alot of people worry about. None the less I do feel I should "reward" (for lack of a better word!) people for actually following me in the first place. Although I've noticed alot of people comment on how slim the chances are of winning the actual prize are in my giveaway, which makes me consider if its generally worth doing a giveaway to give back to the readers if only one out of the X amount if people who visit my blog get the prize. I obviously cant afford to giveaway loads of stuff, but I can see why people would think "oh why bother entering"! Thoughts?

58 comments:

  1. London is the BEST city (not that I'm biased or anything) - fingers crossed that you get a flat signed!

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  2. Your eyes look amazing.
    I agree. Nowadays some people do giveaways for the followers. Maybe the winners should be people who you recognise that interact with the blog? It is a good thing though!
    Good luck with your flat!
    xYour eyes look amazing.
    I agree. Nowadays some people do giveaways for the followers. Maybe the winners should be people who you recognise that interact with the blog? It is a good thing though!
    Good luck with your flat!
    x

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  3. A few of my friends went to Reading, they really enjoyed The Strokes, I wish I'd gone too :(
    xx

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  4. pretty pic! I entered the comp, I thought the skirt was pretty! hope u have a gd time in london

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  5. Interesting to hear your thoughts on giveaways... I generally think they work two ways - as 'follow-bait' to increase numbers but not necessarily readers (as like you say, so many people will click 'follow' just to win a prize and never visit again), or as a way to genuinely thank readers.

    I don't do them that often either because of the reasons you mention. But if the intention is good (i.e. you want to thank readers or have things you don't really want and would rather give away) then I don't see anything wrong with hosting a giveaway every now and again.

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  6. I saw the Strokes a few years ago in Manchester at a really small venue, amazing!!

    www.blahblahbecky.co.uk

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  7. ohh hoping you'll get that flat, by the way your eyes are amazing here!

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  8. Y U SO PRETTY! this is a weird compliment i guess but i so want your eyebrows hahah!
    Love bank holiday weekends, I've done pretty much zilch apart from a car boot today! yay for being a lazy shit.
    Oh wow moving to London is a big move but something i think would be AMAZING! you'll do great there i bet. Oo I'm very jealous, If i don't move to London next year (when i go to uni) I think i might kill myself. I've wanted to live there for SO long which is weird as i am only 17.
    Have a good week! all these events always seem so lovely!
    xx

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  9. you look lovely in this picture! x x

    & i agree about the giveaway thing. I have just done one & kind of regret it, as there are always a few people that unfollow once it ends... which is always slightly dis-heartening :/

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  10. love this picture

    please follow

    xxx Peaches peachessmith.blogspot.com

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  11. Lovely make up!

    Schau doch mal bei meinem Blog vorbei - Gewinnspiel läuft!

    xoxo * C'est la vie, chérie *

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  12. I totally agree with you on giveaways - I was always so unsure about them because I didn't want lots of faces in the followers box but no comments or interest. In truth I'd prefer 30 followers to 300 if it meant they all really liked and read and wrote on my blog :) xxx

    PS. Good luck with the flat :)

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  13. hope everything goes well in london and you get the flat :) Id love to love in london! Your eyes look amazing in the picture :D

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  14. You look lovely! I hope you get the flat! :) x

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  15. I wish I'd gone to reading too, would have been so amazing see the strokes! Im new to blogging and I agree with you. Its weid how People do giveaways just to gain followers? I personally wouldn't do it as I'd rather people look at my blog because they geniuinly like rather then wanting to get something from it.

    Also Good luck with the new flat! Xx

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  16. Genuinely get so sad when I read about other bloggers' Sunday roasts, I never ever have them, haha! So excited for Monki, drinks and GlossyBox on Thurs, we really need to arrange some times and stuff don't we?! xx

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  17. You always look so flawless! I know what you mean about giveaways, I still think they're fun to enter though, optimism ftw! :D

    badromancejayde.blogspot.com

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  18. Your eyes look lovely, love your winged eyeliner. I know exactly what you mean about giveaways. I don't think they particularly increase followers, and even if they did, I'd prefer to have followers who read my blog because they enjoyed/were interested in what I wrote rather than the chance to win something. I had one recently more to give something back than to gain readership but I wish I'd been able to give something to everyone who entered!
    xxx

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  19. If they are true followers they will stick around most definitely.
    But people do use giveaways as a way to gain followers. Someone with lots of followers like you, can do these giveaways because you know people will always like your blog without them!

    Another beautiful photo!!

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  20. You totally should have gone to Reading, especially as you're definitely not too old!! I went to Leeds on Saturday and felt quite young! Good luck with London things x

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  21. I agree with the whole "Giveaway" thing. I did one when I got to 100 followers (God, I really hate the word followers on here). I did it because the people who do read my blog are amazing. I noticed a few people added my blog to their reading list just to enter the competition and then disappeared when it was over. I mean, fair do's if you don't want to read my blog but I think that is quite low to add then delete just for a prize. That is just my personal point of view on it though - Sorry to ramble on a bit.

    Georgie
    xx

    http://styleprincessdiaries.blogspot.com

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  22. Youre so pretty :) I really love your hair.

    http://arabellag.blogspot.com/

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  23. Oh my goodness I love Monki! My Dad travels a lot in Sweden so I know it so well. Booo to living no where near London again. Cries :(.

    xoxo

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  26. Oh I do love a pub lunch!
    I agree with you on the giveaway front, I've thought for a while about doing one but I'm not sure. I think I'd much prefer comments and engaging with people than some digits!
    x

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  27. Roast sounds delicious, and have fun in London! I've always found giveaways to be somewhat of a pain (and not a good way to depict my writing or my style). I've only done giveaways with company courtesy items and I usually charge a fee if they are really wanting me to host one. What matters to me is to see meaningful input on my posts, not to gain a non-loyal following.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  28. Love Strokes, love Casablancas | Kiss

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  29. im not too sure about giveaways either! Ive done one but don't know if id do another!!

    Maybe if you wanted to reward a reader do a random selection from recent comments?

    pinksugarnotes.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  30. I'm not a fun of giveaways, but sometimes when i feel like it I enter them. You look lovely. London is so great and everything is so near. xx

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  31. Long time reader, first time commenter (I think).

    Agree with most views on giveaways- when I enter I definitely click follow and rarely return. Haven't won any yet though so there's karma I guess.

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention anyway, have been considering doing a giveaway myself, so will definitely make it about existing followers, not "Tweet for another entry!" etc.

    Have a happy week!

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  32. I like giveaways, but I certainly prefer them if it's not for a company. I like ones where the blogger goes out and buys the item(s) souly for the use of a giveaway, or if the items were previously owned by the blogger. If the giveaway was prompted by a company, I'm only ok with them if it's obvious it's an item/company the blogger holding the giveaway feels strongly about. As for your giveaway, your not doing it to promote the company so I don't really have a problem with it.
    As for entering, if you really like the item you'll enter it no matter how many other people have entered. I must admit, when I saw your giveaway it already had 120 entries, and I did think 'there's not much chance', but if I don't enter then there's really no chance at all! I like the skirt, so what the hell, I'm not loosing anything by entering so I'll give it a go! I personally feel bad if giveaways don't get that many entries, so I think it's nice to see a larger number.
    www.i-cant-walk-in-heels.blogspot.com

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  33. I do giveaways every now and again. Every winner I've ever had has seemed since pleased so its been nice. I do them to (try to) give back to people who take time out to read my blog. I also think its a nice way to spread the word about your blog to people who may be interested in it but haven't heard of it before (if that's what you're keen to do) x

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  34. I don't like that whenever Ive done a giveaway all the people that don't usually bother commenting or giving a crap about my blog come out of the woodwork or the ones just follow to win and they are usually the ones that win aswell, it gets my goat going to the post office lolz! Id like to come up with a way to give my loyal followers something back.You look really pretty, good luck with the move :)xxx

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  35. It is a very nice looking skirt and people love free things. I have never done a give away and I am not sure it would attract too many people to my blog either, I would like to try one but I'd have no idea what to give away!

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  36. really admire your blog! it inspiration to keep mine going! haha!

    http://nash3r.blogspot.com/

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  37. Wow i'm so impressed with your taste in music! I'm a huge fan of both the Strokes and Alexisonfire! Couldn't be prouder that Alexisonfire is from Canada :') but I'm so sad that they broke up!

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  38. It's true, I tend to notice on giveaway posts on certain blogs will have outrageous amount of comments while their normal ones are a little bit less.

    it's a bit of a shame but it is nice/special if you are one of those loyal followers & you win.

    alissa b
    http://www.alissab.us

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  39. Omg, a life in London must be great! It's one of my dreams to live there one time.
    So fingers crossed that you get a flat signed!

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  40. Oooo Good Luck with the Big move!

    I'm totally with you on giveaways, I'm starting to feel pressured to do one as it seems people expect it lately, but I don't want to gain any followers through a giveaway that won't stick around!

    Your eyes look sooo blue... gorgeous!

    http://lowri-armsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  41. Glad you found somewhere Lily! Im in the process of decorating the London house atm! So excited!
    Its a shame Alexisonfire split, but This could be anywhere was there only big hit and favourite song of mine. Im taking it you had a big emo/scene stage then?!

    I don't think you should worry about giveaway's, people follow your blog because they want too.

    x Jess SparksandFireworks.blogspot.com

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  42. I'm in two minds about giveaways. On the one hand, I love giveaways for blog birthdays etc, where the blogger is genuinely excited and has put thought into a giveaway. It's nice to see that kind of enthusiasm. On the other hand I have entered two giveaways where I didn't even follow the blog originally (saw through comments on my blog), and then after the competition realised I didn't like the blogs so stopped following. I don't like the idea of people doing it to gain new followers and put it in their comments on other blogs etc. It's a tricky one.

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  43. you're soooo beautiful!
    london's amazing! so lucky to be getting your own flat!

    www.labelmegeek.blogspot.com

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  44. omg, I love your portrait, you look stunning!
    And I should of watched Reading on the telly the other night but I forgot, d'oh! (and yep, I love The Strokes, Razorlight, Kaisers, Muse & the Kooks!!)

    Jules @ A Bit of Jules

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  45. I would kill myself to get to Reading festival! You should've gone by yourself even, so many great bands!!

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  46. Living in London is my dream i love this city !
    Your photo is really cute :)

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  47. Living in London is my dream i love this city !
    Your photo is really cute :)

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  48. Just looked at housing for the uni of london, so expensive!
    xoxo

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  49. Your eyes are so green! They're so pretty! Anyway, I've just started my blog and I don't do giveaways, I don't want to get followers by giving them free stuff.

    Pip x

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  50. Can't believe you had a ticket and didn't go!! Wish I could've been there, I LOVE the strokes! :) xx

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  51. the color of your eyes are amazing here! *-* love!

    www.lary-tales.blogspot.com

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  52. I'm a new blogger and I don't feel obligated to do giveaways.. I'm never going to buy expensive stuff to bribe people into following my blog! Haha, I'm so generous ;)

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  53. Yours eyes look so green in this photo! Lovely Photo

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  54. My cousin was at reading and i am insanely jealous of her


    www.converseandchords.blogspot.com

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  55. I can say that sometimes I just don't enter a giveaway, because there are so many followers... its hard.
    Also, if you have to "like" a page, because I don't have a facebook =P
    Bellesme

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