#ClaireRants: Why I don’t plan giveaways

Greetings my beauties, and welcome back to my blog! As you can tell from the title, it is yet another irrelevant and ambiguous rant. It won’t be a long post like the others. In fact, I want everything to be kept as short as possible to avoid misleadings and detours of any sort.

Now if you’re a local reader – in which case, hello sbieħ tiegħi! – you know that about two years ago, I hosted a giveaway to commemorate my one-year blogiversary and a pretty good number of people participated and eventually the winner was picked at random. Out of this, I got lots of likes on my Facebook page, Instagram account and on here too.

But in the end, it got me thinking…

Why do bloggers and influencers plan giveaways to celebrate their achievement? I’m aware that it’s a way of thanking people for following their “journey” or whatever they call it, and to be fair, I don’t really get why.

As a blogger, I want people to read my blog to learn and not to get something materialistic in return. And besides, I don’t get sponsors or free items because I’m not a stick-thin influencer with good looks, an array of clothes and a personal photographer, so I’m apparently not classified as neither a blogger nor an influencer.

I know what some of you might say: why don’t you buy the items yourself?! Honey, my paycheck barely gets me through the month as we speak. With a minimum wage, a car, monthly fees and groceries, the rest is saved up for more important and expensive things, like a future place or a nice trip to relax after a long year of work.

So bottom line: the majority of giveaways are easy-access promotions for a blogger’s account and the brand itself. And I’m not a fan of that at all.

Read my blog for knowledge and entertainment, but don’t expect any giveaway anytime soon… unless someone’s nice and sponsors me. In that case, a giveaway will follow 😉


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Why I don’t attend events… and why it’s OK

Welcome back to my blog! It has been several days since my last post, and I had some very dark days full of contemplations and thinking. As the title states, I’ll be talking to you about why you don’t – and probably won’t – see me talking about blogging events.

If you may recall I have talked about two, which you can read about here and here. Now as a blogger, one must attend events and promote both yourself and other brands. Now I’m aware I’m more of a mental health/lifestyle blogger than a fashion blogger, but I am yet to be invited to any more events.

Social anxiety

My severe social anxiety prevents me from interacting with new people, especially in public events. Seeing new faces, being around so many people… all these make me insecure, and set my heart beating faster than it should. I get sweaty, my hands super clammy and I would have to leave before anyone sees my make-up – or lack thereof – become a heck of a mess.

The first event I went to was beauty-related, and I was technically not invited to it, as even members of the public were aware of the event and could attend cost and ticket free.

The second – and latest – event I attended was the only one I was formally invited to. And I had my boyfriend to reassure me with every step I took. And it was he best night ever, because it brought women together, and also because it is one step forward for me to break the stigma surrounding mental health.

Not a fashion blogger

I can guarantee you that no matter how hard I try, I will never be one. I’ve posted one lookbook, and my fashion sense is a little whack (best described by Weezer in Beverly Hills). But you know, I try. I may fail most of the time but at least I tried. I don’t have anyone to take photos of me – my boyfriend hates it, and I honestly don’t want to force him. And besides, I dress up in the same clothes CONSTANTLY and barely evet buy new clothes unless it’s an emergency and I am lacking something.


If you look through bloggers’ social medias, they’re constantly out and about with fellow bloggers. They hang out, collaborate and take photos of each other. Where am I in all this? scrolling through their feeds and seeing them hang out. I know several local bloggers, and they know me too. And yet, still scrolling through, wishing to be included.

What freebies…

You know how bloggers get freebies from promoting a brand/company/product? Well, I don’t! I contacted time and time again several companies I am quite passionate about and yet, nothing. How long do I have to pester them? Let me know below!

Just a mental health blogger?

No. The answer is no. I honestly have potential to delve into many blogging niches, but then again…

Do not take offence in any of this if you’re a local blogger. I am just stating my thoughts, so I will be signing off here,