Category Archives: Q and A

Running a Giveaway + An Awesome Giveaway!

We get a lot of questions asking for help with giveaways. We’ve put together a quick picture tutorial for those of you who are new to setting up a giveaway. Rafflecopter has been our giveaway generator of choice. If you use a different site, please let us know so we can check it out!

Step 1: Go to http://www.rafflecopter.com

Step 2: Choose the free option or decide if you want to pay a monthly fee. {The upgraded features are new and limit your free options a little, but the free tool works just fine!}

Step 3: Sign up or log in

Step 4: View your dashboard, you can start a new giveaway, view giveaways starting soon, and giveaways that are completed – click on plan one now

Step 5: This is the screen you will see when starting a new giveaway. Fill in the title of the giveaway – no one will see this but you, so a nickname or description of prizes works well.

Step 6: Fill in your prize. You can add multiple prizes if needed, it’s best to put the title of what you are giving away. The add a picture feature is an upgrade, but you can always share a picture on your blog post.


Step 7: Choose your options on how entries can be earned. Again, not all these features are available with the free giveaway plan, but there are ways around that. Since you can create your own option, things like pinning to Pinterest can still be used – you’ll just have to specify the entries need to be verified by leaving the URL

Step 8: Pick your date range.

Step 9: Write your terms. Rafflecopter used to do this automatically, but it seems to be an upgraded feature now. Briefly put the basic terms of the giveaway (when it occurs, who can enter, how the prize will be delivered, etc.)

Step 10: Get the code! Then you can post it on your blog or FB page

Congrats if you’ve made it this far! We will write more about giveaways next Q&A Monday – more specifically how to stay organized when running a multiple donation giveaway.

Since we set up a giveaway to make this tutorial, you all have a chance to win our Jan Brett Winter Book Units.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don’t want to take your chances on winning this awesome unit, our store is having a 20% off sale right now, and if you use the TpT 10% promo code in combination, you will save a total of 28%! Just click on the picture below to hop on over to our store.

How Often Do You Blog?


 Q: How often should I blog and what should I talk about?
A: There is no set amount! You should blog when you feel compelled to and about topics you find interesting. If you are forcing yourself to blog, the content you will be producing will not reflect you. Grasping at straws to come up with topics that you feel other people will be interested in won’t help you or your readers. 
If you are just getting started, we suggest you create a blog schedule. Sit down and plan out about two weeks at a time. Think about topics that are current and relevant to YOU! If you find your topic interesting, it will reflect in your writing, and that in turn will give you more readers. Choose a few days a week, or just one – whatever you are comfortable with. This schedule is not set in stone, so you can easily adjust how often you post based on your experience. 
Do keep in mind, however, that you are not writing for just yourself. You aren’t writing for your friends and family (although you will make great friends though blogging!) so don’t limit yourself to just writing about your personal life. Many people do this, but it is less likely you will reach as many people this way. You want to make your blog more universal – something that anyone can gain knowledge from.
For instance, this is an education blog, but anyone can use this Q&A post when starting a blog. We do mainly blog about education here, but we don’t focus on Kindergarten science topics. We like to keep our posts diverse and fresh to reach more educators. 
Our thoughts on writing a blog are clearly just an opinion. We are not experts here at Creation Castle! We’re curious… how often do you blog? Do you have schedule? What sets your blog apart from others?

Creating a Collaborative Board on Pinterest

Ever since we posted a free list of collaborative boards in our TpT store, we’ve gotten a ton of questions about how these things work. For Q&A Monday, we’ll be answering the following question.

Q: How do you create a collaborative board on Pinterest?

A: Check out these few simple steps ~ We are going through the process of creating a new board to show you, but you can do this with existing boards as well, just skip to Step 6

1. Go to pinterest.com (at this point you can look at your boards or dive right in)

2. Click the “Add +” Button

3. Choose “Create a Board”

4. Edit your board details. Be sure to choose an appropriate title and the correct category your board should be placed under.

5. At this point, you can add more collaborators to your board. Note the area that says “Who can pin?”… this is where you can invite others to pin on your board. It is crucial that you are following at least one board of the person you are trying to invite. Otherwise it won’t work! We are using our friend Richi as an example. We simple began to type in her name and her picture popped up. Once we click on her name, she is automatically sent an invitation to pin with us on our new board.

6. Once you are finished editing your board details, simply click “Create Board” and you will be taken to the following page. To change any details, click in “Edit Board”.

7. You will be able to change the name of the board, description of the board, board category, and those who are allowed to pin to the board. Our board shows that we can pin, as well as Richi. However since she has not accepted our invitation yet it shows her name in grey rather than black.

If you have any questions about this, or a question you would like to see in a future Q&A post, please leave a comment below. If you would also like to be added to our “Winter Wonderland” board, please leave your Pinterest URL in the comments.