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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Swap Announcement & 12 Days of Giveaways

Announcing The 12 Days of Christmas Swap!

Sign ups will open on November 3rd, and close on November 10th.

You will be matched up with a blogger and exchange 12 individually-wrapped gifts, so you can open one per day, from December 13th-24th!

The package must contain 12 wrapped gifts and cost $40-$50 before shipping (to ensure relative value).

Packages will be sent by/on December 6th (MUST arrive to partner by December 12th).
(US and Canadian bloggers only)

For this swap, we're hosting TWELVE amazing giveaways!

Check back every day for a new chance to win something wonderful!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Swapping Q&A

Blog swaps are an increasingly popular way to get to know folks around the blogosphere, and have fun. However, it seems there is some mystery around how these swaps happen, so we thought we'd clear it all up for you.

Q) How do you pick a theme?
A) We ask: Would it be fun? Can bloggers afford that? Would people from all over the nation be able to do that? Can that be shipped?

Examples of past suggestions that were nixed for practicality reasons, are: Sock Hop Swap, Wino Swap, and Pet Pals Swap.

Q) How do you pair swappers?
A) We try to pair swappers who have basic lifestyles and/or hobbies in common. It is a delicate and scientific process, but the aim is to introduce like-minded bloggers, in the hope that they'll form a friendship.

Q) Why do I have to make a post about it?
A) The first post is to help spread the word- the more folks that are in the swap, the more likely you'll meet a new bloggy friend! This is why we require it within 3 days of being accepted into the swap, so folks can still participate after they read about it on your blog.

The recap/show-off post is to show off what you received, so your partner knows that you got the package and are enjoying it, and to inspired other swappers on goodie and wrapping ideas. 

Q) What if the swap posts don't fit with my blog theme?
A) A great way to work this into your blog post schedule is to put it into your weekly meme, be it confessional, weekly recap, goals, etc.

Q) How do you keep people from flaking on their partner?
A) There's no way to prevent a flaker from flaking, BUT our Swap Angels are always on stand-by to send a replacement package to a swapper who was flaked on. 
No one who participates in our swaps will ever end up empty-handed.

Q) What tips do you have for someone who wants to host a swap?
A) The key is organization, and planning ahead. We plan our swaps to the tiniest detail, months in advance. 

Also, it's very important to set realistic parameters for the swap, in terms of finances and timing. Most folks need 1-2 weeks to shop for their partner, for instance, and you need to assume shipping costs will be $12-$20.

And the most important thing is to remember that swaps are all about having fun and getting to know other bloggers!

If you have any additional blog swap questions not covered here, feel free to ask them in the comments, or email us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swapoween Show-Off


It's time to show off your Halloween haul from the Swapoween!
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 Swapoween button/image (code above)
Once your recap post is created and posted, please link it up here:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Swapoween Shipping Reminder

Don't Forget!

Your Swapoween packages must be mailed out by this Saturday, October 11th.

Come back on October 15th for the swap reveal linky party!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Etsy Swap

You know we love to find more swaps for you out there... and we did!  We've stumbled across an Etsy Swap hosted by Rivers and Roads and Taking Steps Home.

What is it and how does it work? 
Once you have signed up for the swap, bloggers and non-bloggers alike are assigned a person to shop for based on that individual's favorite things. They shop on Etsy, package up their gifts, and ship them off to bless someone else. The Etsy Swap is like a great big secret gift exchange! 

What is the price range? 
$25 and up!

Important Dates:
  • 9/9 | Sign ups open
  • 9/19 | Sign ups close & giveaway end
  • 9/23 | You will receive an email with your partners' information. Happy shopping!
  • 10/7 | Deadline to mail off your package
  • 10/22 | Etsy Swap link-up

Learn more and sign up for this swap HERE!

*Note* This swap is not hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps.  We are only sharing with our readers and claim no responsibility or further knowledge.  Please contact the swap hosts listed above for more information or for help with any issues you may have.

Don't forget to sign up for our swap, Swapoween, HERE!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Swapoween Signups CLOSED


It's time for the Swapoween!
It's like blog Trick-or-Treating

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 Halloween-related.  

Dates to Remember:
  • Sign-Ups Start:  Monday, September 8th
  • Sign-Ups End: Monday, September 15th
  • First Post MUST be Posted by: Monday, September 15th
  • Partners assigned: Wednesday, September 17th
  • Packages Shipped By: Saturday October 11th
  • Show-Off Linky Opens: Wednesday, October 15th
  • Show-Off Linky Closes: Friday, October 31st

Swapoween 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 on or before September 15th.
  • Packages must contain at least 5 items that are related to Halloween, and fit your partner's preferences.
  • You must respond to emails from the swap hosts within a timely fashion.
  • Packages MUST be mailed on or before October 11th!
  • 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 (linky goes live October 15th). 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.

Sign Ups are Closed!

Swapoween Swappers:

Don't forget to enter the giveaway: