Jack and Lily's Giveaway Wednesday!!
These two little charmers couldn't wait to tell you what they were giving away last night. They begged me yesterday to give everyone a sneak peak of these fabulous goodies...
I cannot adequately tell you how incredible these room sprays from Scentsy are. I so wish someone would invent a way for smells to ooze from your computer screen, so you could know what I'm talking about. These fragrances are not only heavenly and addicting- they last FOREVER.
True story: last night I sprayed a puff of my Skinny Dippin' room spray in my bathroom. not because we do that kind of thing around here. But because it produces the most amazing fragrance of fresh green apples perfectly harmonized with refreshing melons and juicy pears.
This morning when I woke up and entered my bathroom, I immediately inhaled that intoxicating aroma...I looked around to see if my husband had turned our Scentsy warmer on...and realized it was the scent still lingering in the air from the night before!! When Sam came home from work I told him about that divine experience (have I mentioned how into smells I am? yes. I have.) and he said the same thing happened to him! He looked around for the Scentsy warmer, and wondered how our bathroom could smell so good without one turned on! I seriously cannot believe one little puff lasted over 9 hours. But it did! *note to self: stock up on Scentsy room sprays for kids' rooms, closets, church bathrooms, and laundry room. Stat.
SO here's the deal:
Jack and Lily are giving away one fabulous Scentsy Room Spray, winner's choice of fragrance, to one random commenter on this post.
I want you to answer a question for me, but first a little background info..
A week ago I was on a pretty big site, reading about ways to help my blog. I am always up for improving things to make it easier for readers to navigate the blog, etc. SO one of the top five recommendations was to KILL THE MUSIC on your blog. The author said the following (and admittedly my face got a little red reading it..I was truly embarrassed!)
This is absolutely, positively the most obvious of all the no-nos. I am actually offended when I go to read a blog and music starts playing. Offended?, you ask? YES! I think it’s rude that bloggers will push their music selection onto an unsuspecting reader. How do you know I’m not already listening to my own playlist as I browse through my favorite blogs, and you’re implying that YOUR song selection is better than mine? Or what if it’s late at night, I’ve got my laptop in my bed, and my husband is asleep next to me? He does NOT want to wake up to your (horrible) song selection which starts blasting before I get a chance to turn it off. I know what you’re thinking, that YOU have great taste in music and just can’t help yourself but to share your wealth of super cool taste with the rest of the blogosphere. Well, I say, Great!, then by all means, write a post, or even a weekly series, about music that I (as a reader) absolutely MUST listen to! I might even go listen to it! But it will be on my terms, and it won’t wake my poor tired husband.
I wrote to the author and told her that I actually get positive comments about the music on Lily's blog quite often...here was her response:
I used to have my playlist on auto-play, and like you, was very flattered by the compliments I got from visitors who enjoyed it. But, after hearing the same critique of auto-play music from sources I trusted and admired, I came to realize that the number of visitors I was losing was probably a lot greater than the number of people who enjoyed the music. I have to admit, it was hard for me to turn off the auto-play. I was afraid that I'd lose those people who said that they visited my blog specifically for the great music. I'm glad to say that the music fans haven't gone away. They know that they can still visit and simply hit the "play" button. That's my two-cents as someone who's been in the same position.
My advice (unsolicited, of course), is that if you decide to keep the auto-play on your blog, just make sure the control panel is in an easy to find location, so it can be disabled, if the reader chooses to enjoy your content without a music accompaniment.
SO, dear friends- I really must know. Do you agree with this sentiment? I promise I won't get my feelings hurt if you answer honestly. And I realize probably not every reader is going to feel the same way. But I really don't want to be scaring readers off because of the music here...so tell me what you think. If it were up to YOU...would you prefer Lily's music set to auto-play, or set to manual play, or gone all together.
Again- every comment is appreciated, and you don't have to say you like the music here to be entered to win:) You just have to say what you think!
Winner will be drawn at midnight and announced tomorrow.
**EDITED TO ADD: the day has hardly even started and the people have spoken! I expect many more comments about this, because clearly the author of that article knew what she was talking about. For those of you who like music on auto play (helloooooo, Cathy!) enjoy it while it lasts:) SO glad I asked!