. . . and then stopped following after the winner was announced, for whatever reason?
While I think that the classy thing to do if you follow a blog for a giveaway is to keep following although you don't win, I've since chosen to stop following two of the many blogs I started following for that reason.
The first one was a Romance blog just starting out and having a big contest to attract followers. I joined because I read a few Romances now and then. After some time, however, I saw that the reviews were leaning more towards Erotica (which I don't read at all) than mainstream Romance, and I got seriously icked out at the writing style of one of the contributors. So I went back to the contest thread, deleted my comment entry, stopped following, and hoped that if my name was already in the pot and I won, that my failure to reply would let the prize pack go to someone else.
Anyway, I think that was fair enough, <i>but</i> I know I would have also stopped following for the same reason, if the posts had taken that turn <i>after</i> the contest. In that case, I think I would have stopped following even if I <i>had</i> won--but luckily, I never had to make that decision.
As for the second one, I stopped following because she never announced the contest winner and I kept getting the weird feeling that she put up a bogus contest to bump up her follower count without ever following through. Now, I know lots of bloggers don't announce winners; they just contact them privately and that's it. (One of them is a regular read of mine.) I just had that feeling with this one. But I didn't say anything in her combox or blog about my suspicions . . . and well, she had over 600 followers at that time, so I don't think she felt the loss.
What about your experiences?