As most of you know, I started using Rafflecopter as the method of entry for my giveaways. While I understand that some of you like it, I wanted to let you know that I will not be using it any longer. I have been debating this for some time now and I’ve decided today is the day to make it official.
I do like Rafflecopter for one reason: it’s extremely quick and easy for my readers to enter my giveaways. But there are just too many reasons why I can no longer use Rafflecopter. Those reasons are:
- It breaks the Fancybox plugin. Fancybox is the plugin I use for images where I tell you to “click to zoom.” This is a big deal to me because I always make thumbnails for my images so they don’t take up so much room on the page.
- It breaks the built-in WordPress drop-down navigation. So if you’re reading a giveaway post and want to visit the “Disney Movie Rewards” menu within the “Freebies” menu, you can’t.
- It is not customizable. I would like to be able to change things within the Rafflecopter widget like the width, the colors, the font, and a few other things, but I can’t. I’m a perfectionist and I like things to flow. The Rafflecopter widget breaks the fluidity. I also can’t change the title for the main entry and because the default title is so vague, some entrants aren’t following directions which creates more work for me.
- (Edit 8/11: To add another reason!) I miss reading your comments! Seriously. I love reading your comments. You guys make me smile. And when I use an entry form like Rafflecopter, the personal aspect goes out the window. It turns a fun, friendly giveaway into something almost corporate-like. No thank you!
So there you have it. I know some of you may not agree with the change but with all things considered, I believe it is the right move. Current giveaways will conclude using Rafflecopter but new giveaways will revert to the old method. I do value your feedback though so feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks!