SP Xtra: Editor's Blog

Hi, my name's Sammy and I'm the Editor of Simply Prizes magazine. Every week I'll be bringing you an update or two about any interesting competitions I find or any comping news. Plus I'll bring you any competitions or offers I find.

Falling back in love with comping!

 

 

It’s fairly easy to fall in and out of love with comping; I know I have a pretty tough love/hate relationship with this hobby of mine at times! Often if I’ve had a dry spell or a month of comping mayhem (like the Christmas advent comps) I can almost feel like giving up! But then I have to remind myself that it is only a hobby and one that rewards me in ways other pastimes couldn’t.

 

So here are my top tips if you’re feeling like throwing in the towel;

 

  • Have a break – you might only want to take a few days off or you might want a whole month off. But, if you feel that you’re getting stressed at entering comps – stop! It’s a hobby and it’s meant to be fun. You’ll soon start getting itchy fingers to get back on the computer with a renewed vigour.
  • Look back over past wins – I find keeping a scrap book of photos from prizes, a folder of winning letters and comp slips and a separate email folder of WEM’s helps to keep the magic alive! Often you can forget how a win feels but look back through your memories and you’ll soon get the buzz again.
  • Pace yourself and be selective. Set aside time for your hobby, just as you would with going to the gym for example and enter for things that you want or could gift to someone; rather than for things that are of no use to you! Pointless winning a year’s supply of dog food if you don’t have a dog, right?!
  • Make a wish-list – this is a great way of organising your comping and focusing your energy on winning prizes that you really want. A wish-list doesn’t have to include expensive items, just things that would benefit you if you won them.
  • Search out local comps or others that have low entry (like creative ones); it only takes one win to get you back on track and these sort offer higher chances of scooping the prize than your standard prize draw.
  • Chat to other compers and seek encouragement. We have a lovely community feel on our Simply Prizes Facebook page and it’s a great place to ask advice or just have a chat.

 

And don’t forget you can always contact me personally for advice or help via our Facebook page or email – info@oxonpress.co.uk.

 

Sammy x

 

 

Tuesday Talk! (And a little prize draw!)

 

There are always hundreds of EOM (end of month) comps doing the rounds and I just wondered how many of you managed to be organised enough to do them? Every month I tell myself to start entering them in the middle of the month by doing a few each day so I’m not so inundated on the last day, but I never do! So tonight I’ll be settling down as early as I can and ploughing my way through as many as I can. (Vowing to myself that things will be different next month, ha ha!)

 

I tend to be quite organised with my comping routine but the EOM stuff just beats me every time. My main comping time is in the evenings but I do try and sneak some dailies in through the day if I can. I concentrate on staying a few days ahead of the closing dates so I can have an evening off every weekend and I keep a spreadsheet of wins to track prizes.

 

So, how do you organise your comping? I’d love to hear from you and I’d like to post the best tips on our Facebook page to help other compers get their game into gear! So you can either post on our wall  or email me at: info@oxonpress.co.uk. And at the end of the month I’ll choose my favourite to win a little something.

 

Chat soon!

 

Sammy x