I’ve tried twice to start a local sweepstakes club. The first time was in California. I had about a dozen people sign up on our website to join the group. But when it came down to attending a meeting, the only one that showed up was my mother-in-law. She was not a sweeper but showed interest in learning and wanted to support me. I kept the club going a few months, but never had anyone attend one of our meetings at a local coffee shop.
The second time I tried to start a local sweepstakes club was in Idaho. I had about half dozen people sign up, 3 of which included friends of mine who wanted to learn but were mostly there to support me. Others wrote on the website that they wanted to learn and wanted to attend meetings, but no one else ever showed up in person.
People have pointed out to me that it is a solitary hobby – for the most part you sit in front of your computer, alone at your desk at home. Others have said it’s probably because people do not want to share promotions they know about or their methods because they want less competition. But I do not think either of these statements are true.
First of all, while entering online sweepstakes is a hobby pursued from your personal computer, people do indeed seek out fellow sweepers to socialize with. Contest Queen keeps a list of successful clubs around the nation. Also there is a large annual National Sweepstakes Convention. This year they are limiting attendance to 700 people. That’s a lot of sweepers who want to come together and meet, learn, socialize, and win!
Second, sweepers share their methods and the promotions that they enter all the time! That is why there are sweepstakes websites (by hobby sweepers) set up to share information. Plus there are books and pamphlets on Amazon geared at teaching people how to begin this hobby. And there are blogs, like this very one, to share links, ideas, and more! I even post interesting promotions on a Facebook page called Boise Sweepstakes Club.
That definitely doesn’t make sweepers seem like secretive loners! So it’s a mystery to me why in some areas it is harder to start a sweepstakes club or find fellow sweepers to socialize with. Any ideas?