I've been doing giveaways and contests on my blog and via Twitter for a little while now. I've found that it helps me interact with my readers and followers on a little bit of a deeper level and it also keeps them engaged.
Usually the giveaway is for a product I personally love or something that I think my readers would be interested in, but for my most recent giveaway, I wanted to give something away that might help make a difference - not just for the winner but for others as well.
I couldn't have planned it any better than it ended up turning out. I decided to give a copy of Forks Over Knives - a documentary about how eating a plant-based diet can be the best medicine - to one of my Twitter followers, in hopes that they would use it to reach out to those around them and encourage them to watch the film and ask questions/take action.
The winner was a lovely man named Stephen Young
who let me know that while he already had the film in digital form, he'd already been planning on purchasing the DVD to share with his friends and family. He was so excited to receive this because it would speed up his efforts to help those around him get serious about their own health.
My one giveaway now has the potential to help countless others get healthy. It's amazing what one small step can do to change the lives of others. It's this fact that keeps me motivated and keeps pushing me towards taking risks everyday, even if they are seemingly small on the surface.