I've made a point of not specifically addressing the "blog" that focused on my work, nor the one or two "anonymous" posters in my comments section. And I won't be doing so, but I think it's important to say something on the subject of "bullying," something that has somehow found its' way from children on the playground to adults on the internet. It's so very silly and ridiculous but it can really affect people and I don't know if those who do it are entirely aware of that. Which is essentially the reason why I'm even touching upon it.
Simple comments made out of spite, jealousy or simple boredom are far reaching and can create problems far greater than undue criticism. As a new designer who has never made any claims to being anything but a novice enjoying a hobby, spiteful comments and nonconstructive critique can affect not only my desire to continue my hobby, let alone enjoy it, but also obliterate my reputation from the very start before I've even had a chance to crawl, let alone walk. All of us are enthusiasts of digital scrapbooking and it would be such a detriment if we were denied the talent of the new/next generation of designers getting their feet wet. None of this would even exist if that were the rule of thumb.
There is a stark difference between finding issue with someone's work and informing them directly, as opposed to creating an entire blog post/discussion without even making the one concerned aware of it. As well, making comments without claiming them as your own gives your opinion a total absence of validity. Once I turned off the ability for individuals to comment Anonymously - no negative comments have appeared. It's incredibly unfortunate that I even had to take that step when so many amazing people who comment but don't use Google are now no longer able to because of two people's bad behavior.
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Who is ready to get back to the normal positivity of this blog?! I AM! In the midst of all of this, so many amazing things have been happening. First and foremost, have you all checked out the feature over at Pixel Scrapper by Marissa and the gang?! If not, you definitely want to check it out. Not only does Marissa have some of the very best freebies around, you just may find a surprise from me at the end of the post ;-) Visit Pixel Scrapper here.
In the past two days the blog has received OVER 3,000 views. That is GONZO! Not only that, I've surpassed 100 sales in my Etsy store in less than a month. Complete insanity, y'all. In celebration, how about a special FREEBIE?! For you I have a special add-on to my "March Madness" collection coming Friday exclusively to my Etsy shop!
Hugs all around!
P.S. I'll begin separating my alphas into individual .png files for each letter for all of you who don't use PS/PSE, as well as giving each element individual descriptive names. :-)