What happened to the Low Entry Giveaway linky???

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I know this is a question in the forefront of your minds.  For two years I’ve been able to run this very successful service for other bloggers.   I began the Low Entry Giveaway Linky because I remember how difficult it was, as a beginning blogger, to publicize my giveaways at times.  Then as I became more established I found that there is the occasional giveaway that, for whatever reason, doesn’t get the same amount of entry traction as other giveaways.

The Linky was great for all of that.  Unfortunately, over time, running the linky became more and more time consuming.  Spammers came, bloggers began linking up all giveaways–not just the low entry ones, giveaways were linked up on the wrong ending dates.  I was having to delete and/or reenter 75% of the giveaways linked up.

Then, there is the other reason.  Some of you know that my mom passed away last July.  She was still quite young and it was very unexpected.  Since that time I’ve felt more and more of a drive to dedicate my time to my family, and less and less of a drive to spend time maintaining the linky and writing product reviews.

It wasn’t until last week when my decision to end the linky and scale back my blog for a time was solidified.  Two weeks ago, just one week before the first anniversary of my mom’s passing, my aunt (my mom’s sister who we’ve always been very close to) suffered a major hear attack.  Through a series of very fortunate events (she was truly watched over) she came through without any damage to her heart.

Just a few days after my aunt’s heart attack we drove to Granbury, TX to spend time with that side of my family.  It was so WONDERFUL to spend so much time with my family who I don’t get to see often enough!

It was then that I realized that my blog needs me, but I no longer need my blog.  With three little boys (one still a baby) right now my family needs almost all of my time, and I need to give them that time.  Not only that, but I feel completely fulfilled now in that role alone.

My family has always been first priority, and I’m not one to sit on the computer or my phone and ignore my children, but I’ve always managed to squish blogging into my schedule.  The result of that= STRESS.

Lest you give me up for lost and unbookmark Oh So Savvy Mom, I will not be going away entirely.  I have ended the linky, but I will still be posting some of my favorite experiences, travel, and recipes.  Kate will still be doing reviews and sharing some other fun posts.

I have redesigned the low entry giveaways so that when the day comes that I have slightly more time, I’ll be ready to start it up again.

Until then, enjoy reading the latest happenings, recipes, and reviews at Oh So Savvy Mom!

Thank you so much to all of you who have linked up your giveaways and who have enjoyed visiting the Low Entry Giveaway posts each day!!!


About Amy @ Oh So Savvy Mom

Amy is mom to three, wife to one, and a sister and aunt to many. Her family is a former military family now settled in Lehi, Utah. Oh So Savvy Mom began as a way for Amy to share parenting and product advice with others. Just as she has evolved, Oh So Savvy Mom has evolved into a resource for Healthy Living for Families, Food, Parenting, and Family Travel.


  1. *hugs* Thank you for all your hard work!
  2. Sandy Cain says
    (((((((((HUGS)))))))))) So sorry for your losses, we support you in all you do!
  3. I'll be sad to see it go, but it's absolutely understandable! I hope your aunt recovers quickly and that you enjoy the time spent with your family!
  4. Best line ever: "It was then that I realized that my blog needs me, but I no longer need my blog. " You are strong, brave, and fierce. I'll be waiting for your more personal posts, I've always enjoyed them. Hope your family is well, and that your aunt's health continues to improve.
  5. Mary Beth Elderton says
    I will really miss your Low Entry Linky--I'm a daily fan and hope you find time later. I'm also an older mom, so I know how quickly your kids will grow...to quickly! Spend every moment you can with all your family. In the meantime for me, I look forward to reading about your travels around north Louisiana and east Texas (my home!) Much Love and Peace
  6. Enjoy the freedom from your blog. Enjoy the time with the kids. Enjoy the great life that you have. I wish you all the best. Thanks for all that you have given to all of us!
  7. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom (sorry I am late to hear). You are such a great Mom yourself and doing the right thing for your family! Enjoy the precious moments with them! Best wishes!
  8. [[hugs]] and heartfelt thanks for all your efforts. Your family deserves to have a greater share of you and hopefully in time things will balance out for you. Wishing you the very best
  9. This has been one of my favorite blogs, I wish you all the best! My heart goes out to you as I lost my dad a few years back and he was also way too young to go. Thank you for all the time you have put into helping us newbie bloggers, and avid giveaway hunters. Enjoy your family time, they are more precious than anything in the world
  10. We will miss you and I thank you for all the support you gave with low entry giveaways. Thinking of you and your little ones. :)
  11. Tami @Colorado Mtn Mom says
    Sad to see the linky go (I posted there regularly!) but thanks for all your hard work on it in the past. Ss sorry to hear of your rocky life events. And good for you - go take care of you and yours... sounds like a good decision! :)
    • Tami, thanks so much for being such a dedicated visitor, and I'm so glad the linky helped. I'm sad to see it go, too. It has been such a big part of my site for so long. But it really is the right decision for me right now. Besides, it will give me time to figure out how to make the linky that much better.
  12. Giant Sis says
    Enjoy living your life! We'll miss the linky, but we all want you to be with your family and not tethered to a blog!
  13. HUGS to you and thank you for all that you have done!!!
  14. Enjoy your family - thank you for sharing.
  15. I am so happy for you and your family. But I will miss the Linky but you need to take care of you and the little ones. Seeing you was in Granbury, Texas is close to where I live. So the next time you get there give me a Holler.
    • My uncle lives in Granbury and we love to visit. We don't get there as often as we like anymore now that we've moved to Utah, but I'll make sure to give you a holler next time we are there.