Saturday, 10 September 2016
I have thought long and hard about this: from the beginning of 2017 I'm wondering whether to just give one prize each week (randomly chosen and provided by me) instead of lots of sponsorship. One of my main concerns is my use of time, particularly as John's health is not getting any better. I'm asking myself whether it is wise to keep using so much time and energy in organising challenges that are sponsored.
I have immensely valued the generosity of so many sponsors in the six years that I've been running my Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenges weekly, but I have to admit that it does cause me a lot of work. This is the time of year (or before this if I'm organised enough) for me to ensure I have sponsors for the coming year, which obviously involves many emails backwards and forwards and ensuring that dates are put correctly on the calendar.
Then, week by week, I need to do the random.org selections for all the prizes, include this in the blogpost for the new challenge, also put the winners on the facebook page and then deal with the emails that come in from the winners. This entails getting in touch with the sponsors to inform them of the winners and then ensuring that the prizes have reached the winners.
Another thing I need to do with some sponsors is to ensure that I use images kindly supplied by them, which, in some case, means I can't make my designs too far ahead.
I know that many of you reading this have been regular contributors over the years and I would value your opinions ... and, of course, the opinions of anyone who happens to read this.
It might seem early to be thinking about January 2017, but not if I need to get sponsors.
So, my proposal is that I give one prize each week and post this to the winner.
As for the challenge themes, I'm thinking of having 'anything goes as long as it's Christmas' with an optional theme each week. What do you think?
Would the lack of sponsorship put you off entering the challenges?
I'd value your comments here ... or, if you wish, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My monthly Christmas extra challenges would not be affected ... I would still have these sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps if they are willing to do so.
Posted by Hazel at 08:59