It seems there are strict rules for having a giveaway or promotion on Facebook. You must use a third party app to host a promotion. The problem is, those third party apps know you need them, so the prices are steep. Many people avoid all this by simply hosting the giveaway on their blog. I didn't want to require my fans to jump through any hoops for a reward. I researched all the various ways to host a simple giveaway; polls, sweeps, etc. without risking my Facebook status. Facebook prohibits you from requiring a "click" for a giveaway. The only way it seemed possible to pull this off was to print out a list of my current fans, put the names in a hat, and draw a winner.
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I mistakenly thought I would simply contact the winner and let them know how to claim their prize. I was horrified to find there is no way to contact a fan! Fortunately, the winner posted on my page, and I was able to get a shipping address, but not before I had announced another name. I will honor the second name drawn by shipping a second prize.
So, I've had my first giveaway, as clumsy as it was. Hopefully, it will go more smoothly next time. And, there WILL be a next time! I had a lot of fun with this, and plan to have many more giveaways :)