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Monday, July 21, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Signups

Local Flavor Swap

It's time for the Local Flavor Swap!
Getting to know another region, swap-style

Your Swap Objective

Fill a package with at least 5 goodies for your partner that you, yourself, would love to receive.  The package must include items that are local to your region/state/town! This can include (but is not limited to): things your area is known for; goodies from local businesses or farmer's market; books from local authors; art from local artists; info about the region; etc.  

Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-Ups Start:  Monday, July 21st at 12AM
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, July 28th at 11:59PM
  • First Post MUST be Posted by: Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59PM
  • Partners assigned: Wednesday, July 30th
  • Packages Shipped By: Friday, August 15th & Saturday August 16th
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Wednesday, August 20th
  • Show-Off Linky Closes: Friday, September 5th

Local Flavor Swap Rules
  • After being accepted, you must post on your blog saying you're participating.  Post must include the button/link back to the sign-ups and must be posted before July 29th at midnight.
  • Packages must contain at least 5 items local to your region, that fit your partner's tastes.
  • You must respond to emails from the swap hosts within a timely fashion.
  • Packages MUST be mailed on or before August 16th!
  • You must send a tracking number for your package to your partner and to us at Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
  • You MUST post and link up your swap reveal post. This is non-negotiable.

Please do not sign up for this swap if you cannot fulfill your obligation to the rules above.

We don't want anyone to be left out and not receive a package, especially after sending one. If for any reason you become unable to participate YOU MUST CONTACT US here at Chaotic Goddess Swaps immediately so we can work out another arrangement. Failure to send a package, contact us, or to link up a reveal post, will result in blacklisting for all future swaps.

(US Bloggers only, please)

Books 'n' Bloggers Swappers:


    An InLinkz Link-up

Don't forget to enter to win a Stately Love custom hoop HERE!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Local Flavor Swap Announcement & Giveaway

Announcing the Local Flavor Swap!

Sign ups will open on July 21st, and close on July 28th.

You will be matched up with a blogger in another area of the country and will send each other goodies that are local to your region!

The package must contain at least 5 items and cost $20-$30 before shipping (to ensure relative value).

Packages will be sent by/on August 15th & 16th.
(US bloggers only)

Now for the giveaway:
One lucky winner will win a custom Stately Love Hoop from Homespun Happiness!

Giveaway ends on 7/29/14. Entries will be verified.
Please see full terms and conditions in the below Rafflecopter Widget.

Entering via the Rafflecopter agrees to the T&C within.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Call for Blog Swap Prizes!

Hello beautiful Chaotic Goddess Swap readers and swappers!  As you know we offer a giveaway with each swap-and we are currently looking for prizes for the last three of the year!  This is a great opportunity as your links will be in the giveaway Rafflecopter and we will help promote you! Your ad will also be on the sidebar for the duration of the swap (over a month!)

We are currently looking for the following prizes-if you are interested please email us or if you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this information along to them! 

URGENT Local Flavor Swap: We need one prize for the Local Flavor Swap!  It should be related to locality (state love things-art, goods, etc.) and we need it by July 15th!  PRIZE FOUND! 

Swapoween: We need one halloween themed prize to offer up with our Swapoween giveaway! This one is really popular and will bring a lot of good attention to your blog or shop!   PRIZE FOUND! 

12 Days of Christmas Swap: We'll need 12 prizes for this one, and we have 9 spots left!  It can be anything, but needs to be around a $25 value or more! Our most popular giveaway of they year!  Only 5 Spots Left!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Show-Off

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap

It's time to show off your Books 'n' Bloggers haul!
Please create a post that includes the following: 
  • Pictures of the swap goodies you received.
  • A link to your swap partner's blog.
  • A link to Chaotic Goddess Swaps.
  • The Books 'n' Bloggers button/image. (Code above)

Once your post is created and posted, please link it up here!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Shipping Reminder

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap

Don't Forget!

Your Books 'n' Bloggers Swap packages must be mailed out by this Friday and Saturday, June 27th and 28th.

Come back on July 2nd for the swap reveal linky party!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tips for Shining as a Fantastic Books 'n' Bloggers Partner

So you've signed up for our Books 'n' Bloggers Swap and received your partner.  That's fantastic, hopefully by now you're getting to know them and planning out what you want to pick out to send their way.  If you're a seasoned swapper you've already figured out a lot of how you like to swap through trial and error, seeing how your partner sends your things, and looking over reveal posts to see how other swappers did it.  However, if you're a new or newish swapper, you may not have any idea how it's done.  We wanted to offer some fantastic tips to help you (whether novice or pro) shine as a partner and ensure your partner loves their package.

Tip 1: Really Review Their Wishlist
The idea is that you're going to send them a book you love, a book you haven't read but want to, and a book from their wishlist.  However, a way to really shine is if you can find all three books on their wishlist!  Of course there's a chance you wont find a book you've read on their wishlist, but if you do-BONUS!  The more books from their wishlist you can find, the happier they're going to be with your package!  Plus, it's super-easy to find a book on there that you haven't read but want to, even if you haven't heard about it maybe after seeing it there you're interested.

Tip 2: Update Your Wishlist
Make sure your wishlist is up-to-date and has plenty of possible books for your partner to look through.  This will make it easier for them to find a book you want, and possibly more books that you want.  It's also helpful for them so they know what you don't already have.

Tip 3: Communicate
Email your partner.  This swap isn't secret-you both know who each other are so you might as well email them and get to know them better!  Reach out and introduce yourself, ask them some questions. It'll go a long way.

Exhibit A: Jess from Writing in Red Lipstick sent Miss Angie this introduction for the Favorite Color Swap:

Exhibit B: Ash from Ash's Right Direction sent this list of questions for Miss Angie in a different swap:

Tip 4: Study Up on Your Partner
Take the time to get to know your partner and their blog.  Follow them-not only their blog but on social media too.  This will make it easier for you to shop, and will show them you're taking an active interest in their online lives and wanting to make the effort to be a friend.  Their About page is a great place to start.  (If you don't have an About Page-get one-it's such a good idea!)

Tip 5: Add Extras
While this is not at all required, some little extras can be a lot of fun for your partner.  It doesn't have to be expensive, you can pick up a book mark or magnet, or make them something to send along for extra oomph.

Exhibit A: The package Sarah sent this lovely package to Georgie from What She Reads.

Exhibit B: Kate from Chair in the Shade MADE that gorgeous bookmark for Jolene.

Tip 6: Utilize the Book Depository or Amazon Prime
If you have Amazon Prime-Free 2 Day Shipping is an amazing way to save yourself on the cost of books and not have to go out hunting for them (unless you like that)  If you're partnered with an International user, the Book Depository will ship the books free to them, which will make it easier on your wallet.

Tip 7:  Wrap It Up
If you're not shipping directly to your partner from Amazon or Book Depository, take some time to wrap it up and add a little notes about what is included.  It's nice to know the whys of what you chose-why is that a book you love?  Why do you want to read that book?  Also, presentation is everything.

Exhibit A:  Look how GORGEOUS this wrapping that Caroline sent Colletta is.  It's STUNNING!

Exhibit B: A super-cute wrap job with notes sent from Gone Pecan to one of our hosts Beth.

Tip 8: Send a Card
Everyone loves snail mail, and especially cards.  Even if you are sending your partner's swap directly from Amazon or Book Depository, take the time to send them a little card-cards are pretty cheap to mail even internationally, and it's great to hear from your partner with a little love in the mailbox.

Okay seasoned swappers, do you have any tips?
↓ Leave them in the comments below! 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Partners & Giveaway Winner

Books 'n' Bloggers Giveaway Winner

Books 'n' Bloggers Swap Matches:
My So-Called Chaos & Rainy Days and Rubber Ducks
Booklady's Booknotes & Spirit of Children's Literature
Oshiro Design & Confessions of a College Angel
Primary Library Diva & Every Free Chance Book Reviews
Carpe Librum Girl Blog & Books and Writing
Innerworkings of the Female Mind & Confessions of a YA and NA Book Addict
With a Little Help From My Friends & Off the Book
Mrs Tee Love Life Laughter & The Book Addict
The Rooster and The Sunflower & Newbie Librarians
The Book Monsters & Let's Evaluate
Printcess/Living a Goddess Life & Happy. Pretty. Sweet.
Creating Silences & Who me, run?
Beneath the Jacket Reviews & Words with Sarah
Casual Readers & The Rainbow Bookshelf
The Canon & It's Just Life- Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
Queen B & Bumbles and Fairy Tales
All Who Wander & Art @ Home
Kati Konfidential & Geeky Owl
Books for a Delicate Eternity & Outback Expat
Anni's Bubble & Jessabella Reads
Fefferbooks & Box of Various
Ioniun and the Three Biscuits & Follow the Yellow Book Road
Books and Books & What She Reads
Pretty Little Pages & Pivot Book Reviews
Doctor's Notes & Spiced Latte Reads
Meredith's Rambles and Babbles & Reading Authors
Becoming Books & Everyday Life