I first started using google forms for my giveaways because people were not following directions to leaving their email address on each comment and it was time consuming to count out the entries. Then if the winner didn't qualify, I would have to draw a new number and recount.
I thought using google forms would eliminate this issue, but it has not. I think now my forms are just so easy everyone is breezing through it and checking off stuff without even reading what you need to do to qualify. Such as many people are checking they follow me on twitter and tweeting. The directions say to do BOTH, not just follow. I assume no one is doing the tweeting part of the question if they are not leaving their url. It is not just happening with this question, but all the others.
I am not trying to be difficult, but I always check to make sure the winner said they did what they marked on the google form. How can I check to see if they put my blog button on my blog if they didn't leave the url to their blog or even a screen name that they follow under google? To me, that is not fair to the ones who are following the directions. Really, there were only 2 people who followed the instructions on the My Lip Stuff giveaway!
It takes me about 20 minutes to get a google form set up for each giveaway. Then after the giveaway I still have to manually count through each line to see how many entries each person entered. I feel like my time is being wasted. I'm seriously thinking of going to numbered comments. At least that way it will be quicker for me to throw back a number if that person didn't qualify and re-draw until I get to one that does qualify.
I also like to connect with my readers especially the ones who always enter my giveaways and leave comments on my non-giveaway posts. If I don't know where their blog is, I can't visit.
I have a huge cloth diaper event starting January 1st. I am going to be swamped to get a review & giveaway up each day of my event. It is also not fair to me to spend time setting up my google form if the directions will not be followed. If you have ever done an event before, you know how stressful they are.
I'm sorry if this comes across harsh. However, I enter many giveaways on other blogs myself and I always make sure I am following directions to the "T". If you are entering a lot of giveaways, but aren't winning, you may want to make sure you are following the directions as well.