Tuesday, February 12, 2013
One last note here. When I announced this contest, I had a comment on my blog that was putting me down for trying to get free labor and not have to do any work myself. Sometimes people make comments just because they're in a bad mood....sometimes people just don't have enough information to make an informed decision, and I'll even credit lots of people with just trying to keep me from getting into any kind of trouble. I know that we live in this "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion" type of world where we don't have any recourse for the kinds of things we say in thoughtless emotional moments online. Because of this, here's MY opinion.
Ahem. (Not meant to be passive aggressive. Just good clean pride in the company.) This is ANYTHING but free labor! I stated the rules of the contest plainly, and just like with any other contest, you essentially enter at your own risk. The prize was a $350 gift certificate to artfire. Guess what? I'm giving TWO of them away. Count it. That's $700.
Last of all, I realized something awful. I have spent the WHOLE DAMN DAY feeling really stupid about myself because I hadn't foreseen the problems and issues that people might have with my "crowd source" contest. I was really embarassed that things had to be pointed out to me online in a public forum, making me look like an insensitive a-hole. I understood why people did it, but that didn't make me feel better about what an absolute idiot I can be. I just wish that I was able to see possible issues staring me in the face, and then I could shut down every single contest I've ever done along with every one that I plan on doing for the rest of my life. I was super discouraged and my sewing was lousy, with my brain repeating the negative things over and over and over and over again.
Then I realized something.....this contest was NOT TO MAKE ME ANY MONEY!!! I was doing this DANG contest so that we could pay SEVERAL HUNDRED dollars of my own money to order a big pile of stickers to GIVE OUT FOR FREE IN PACKAGES AND AT FESTIVALS!! I'm not using the logos for business cards, my website, or bags. Just dang cute free stickers.... This all came from a COMPLETELY pure place of love and actual palpable appreciation for my customers! I've been brainstorming ideas for what to include in our packages when we send them out, and I had set aside a couple THOUSAND dollars for the purpose of getting fun things printed, making fan merchandise, and giving it out for free. I was truly excited, figuring out ideas and methods that we could use to help people to feel a part of our community and good clean, loyalty to the company. I love getting freebies, and I thought extra swag would be amazing to give away.
I WILL NOT apologize for trying to make my company better! I liked so many of the stickers that I'm keeping a file in my inbox where I keep the names of lots of the people so that I might contact them for future work. Just because they didn't win THIS time around for THIS contest doesn't mean that I wouldn't want them to do web design, business card stuff, or magazine layout for me. How in the HECK is this "crowd sourcing" bad? I know that lots of people don't agree with it, and I understand very well how it might look like a company being cheap and dishonest, but now that I've fully explained myself, I hope that I've made it VERY clear that I'm an INTELLIGENT, THOUGHTFUL, INVENTIVE, CREATIVE, COMPASSIONATE WOMAN, DAMMIT! I don't care who knows it! I don't feel bad about myself any more! Heck, to think it only took 15 hours to come to this conclusion!