I know that my giveaway ended two weeks ago, but I left for vacation a day later, and I didn’t want to rush picking and notifying the winners, so I waited. It didn’t occur to me when I posted the giveaway that it ended so closely to my vacation or that if I waited, Labor Day would sneak up on us. But there you have it.
The picking process was a bit odd. As I got down to the last few items, it was difficult to ascertain who would really like it — or even qualified based on shipping restrictions. While randomness played a bigger role for the first few winners, the latter ones required a bit more finesse. While I initially thought there would be ten winners, I forgot to take into consideration that some prizes had multiple winners.
So I wound up with 18 winners! Way more than I anticipated. And I was still able to give multiple prizes as a first, second, and third prize, then a number of individuals who won a single prize each.
I have already contacted all of the winners and sponsors. So if you did not receive an email, you, unfortunately, were not a winner. I appreciate everyone who participated and would like to give you a rundown of the numbers before I announce winners.
First, I had 420 participants and nearly 10,000 entries. It was initially over 10,000, but I had to delete some for cheating. I saw very little cheating in the beginning, but once the giveaway hit Reddit, I was invalidating entries and deleting a few entrants every day. This is probably partially due to people who saw only the Gleam form and not the blog post, which further explained some options.
The most used entry options were “What prize do you want?,” following me on Twitter and visiting on Facebook, and visiting sponsors on IG. I find this interesting because the Instagram options were closer to the middle of the entry list than the top, and I personally don’t use it.
Options that required input were less popular. Participants were much more likely to tell me how they found the giveaway than answer a poll about their favorite features or comment on the blog, for example. While I got some consistent replies to my QOTD on Twitter, many people misunderstood that option.
I actually had the fewest entries for the options that meant the most to me, but this giveaway really provided me with a way to better connect with my followers, which is what I wanted. I found myself a bit frustrated at some of the suggestions for Science of Sex topics as most of them were completely unscientific, and a few I had already covered LOL.
II got the fewest responses when I asked y’all to Meme My Cat, but those who did were amazing. Just look at this one:
— the kalliopeia (@kalliopeia_I) August 8, 2018
This leads me to the last entry type: design your own. I think I stole this idea from Epiphora, but I really wanted to let my readers run free to show me how much they wanted to win and to express themselves.
The winner of this is ClaraSol20, who submitted the AMAZING artwork below. She titled this “Can’t Have Fun Without the Funds.” Click to expand.
ClaraSol was also actively engaged on Twitter and the blog, so I was glad she was the winner!
I rewarded her with four items instead of three:
- Fun Factory Layaspot
- 4-Point Restraint Kit
- Come As You Are By Emily Nagoski
- Bondage Boutique Seduce Me Lover’s Bed Bondage Kit
The rest of the winners were more randomly chosen through Gleam.
The second-place winner is blogger Makeupandsin who won:
- Ultimate Erotic Massage
- Medium Unicorn Horn dildo
- Red Velvet and Absinthe
Heather was the third-place winner and walked away with
- Superior Blue Glass Double-ended Dildo by Chrystalino
- The Good Vibrations Guide to the G-spot
The rest of the winners each one a single item.
- Athena – Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life by Justin Lehmiller
- Cleo – Scoop vibrator
- Rachel- Sex Q&A
- Will – $50 from PinkCherry
- George – Pleasure Works dildo
- Joe- $100 to SheVibe
- Michael- Neon Wand kit
- Wesley – Fun Factory Lady Bi
- Gatien – BDSM: A Guide for Explorers of Extreme Eroticism
- Sandor – BDSM: A Guide for Explorers of Extreme Eroticism
- Marianna – BDSM: A Guide for Explorers of Extreme Eroticism
- Todd – Tickle My Tush by Sadie Allison**
- Lauriann – Sexually dominant woman**
- Amanda – Mistress Manual**
- Courtney – Sex Outside the Lines by Chris Donaghue**
If you see your name on this list but haven’t been contacted, you can email me with your shipping address, including name and the name of your prize. Otherwise, I will choose new winners in 72 hours.
Thanks everyone for participating. I can’t wait until next year!
**I am waiting on responses from several winners, so someone else may still be in the running.