Today there are a large assortment of blog hops to choose from, and I for one like them. Every single hop I have participated in has brought me to a blog that I am inclined to re-visit. I would start shouting out the names, but there are too many, and I know I would forget one of my favorites anyway!
I have heard others say they don't like the hopping...it's too time-consuming, takes up too much room on the blog, and so on and so forth. And I understand that too, especially the time factor. It's like a good television show, once you delve in, you do invest your time, and time is so often a precious commodity.
Then there are giveaways...
People have mixed feelings on those too, and in fact, I think there is a stronger dislike for them from some than there is in regards to blog hopping. When it comes to the giveaways, it seems like you either like them or hate them. I know one person who feels it's inauthentic for a blogger to give things away (a gimmick). I know others who love to enter contests. I am of the latter. I really like the contests. I think they're fun and we've gotten some really cool stuff by entering. I don't win often, but it's always fun to get that 'Congratulations, your name has been randomly selected..." e-mail. And I like to offer contests to the readers of my blog. I really enjoy sending out that, "Congratulations... " e-mail as well.
There are other matters to discuss when it comes to blogging, but these two seem to bubble to the surface when it comes to things people like or dislike about blogs. In the end, I think it's just a matter of preference. The beauty of blogging is you can do what you want to, because well, because it's your blog, and that's part of what makes it nice!
Do you have a preference in regards to either topic? I'm just curious if the sampling of opinions I've heard on the two is the norm, or if there are other opinions looming large that I've not yet heard. :)