Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pet Peeve Tuesday 9-2-2008

"Pet Peeve Tuesday 9-2-2008"

We recently had a posting from an anonymous poster that complained about having to enter a password to get their freebie. Their complaint was that it is too much work and takes too long. It is Saturday afternoon as I sit here writing this. Deb S. is also working on a new post and freebies for our blog. I would estimate that between the two of us, we dedicate at least 50 hours a week to our blog and freebie creations. Why? I would be less than truthful if I said that we aren't in hopes of it generating business on the website. However, that is only a small part of the reason. We are digital scrappers above all else and like you, we enjoy sharing the friendship and creativity that often accompanies it.

Fifty hours a week is a tremendous amount of time to dedicate to writing articles geared to entertain and hopefully teach a few lessons as we go. Many of those hours go into creating the freebies that we give away. This is fifty hours a week that we could be devoting to our families and obligations. So for the poster that complains that our download process is too much work..YOU and people like you are this weeks pet peeve!

If my pet peeve winner of the week is reading this; compare 50 hours of creating time and a complaining reader to your download time; and you will know WHY it is that you deserved an entire post on our blog.

Many years ago when I was first learning digital graphics, I had a website in which we painted avatars for people in a chat program. Of course there was no charge, it was simply a few digital artists sharing their time and talent with others. After four months of hearing complaints and whining I started hitting the delete key, and in a span of four minutes, it all ceased to exist. What had begun as an enjoyable hobby had been turned ugly by those that could not be satisfied. Huge demands of our time and talents and a lack of appreciation for our efforts finally made me explode. Somewhere people began to forget that we were GIVING them something and asking nothing but their patience in return.

I do not know who this particular "anonymous" is. I do hope that he/she has moved on and will not return to our blog. I also hope that our other "anonymous" poster that responded to the post is reading this..THANK YOU for defending us, it means the world to Deb S. and myself to know that someone out there went to bat for us! We LOVE the readers like you that appreciate our efforts.

We try to make our blog as convenient as possible for everyone. As for our passworded freebies, it is for your protection. It assures that our freebie downloads remain safe and hacker free. This benefits our readers above all else, afterall we have our files saved on our hard drives; so a hacker can simply create problems for our readers. It is passworded for YOUR protection.
In conclusion I learned from my delete process in the past. Our blog is here to stay, and though we may hit a few glitches here and there, we love sharing with all of you. There are always going to be a few wrinkles, we aren't perfect; we are human. We love reading your comments and that alone makes it worth our time. For those of you that continue to visit us, a sincere THANK YOU for hanging in there with us as we grow :-) . Go grab todays freebie!

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Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHA....love "pet peeve" day!!! I usually NEVER download a freebie that is passworded,and I`ve NEVER complained, but from time to time I see one that`s worth it. I don`t tell people how to run their blogs, so if you want to password freebies, go for it! The only thing I`ve ever complained about is 24 hour freebies! You know some of us work outside the home and don`t get to play on the computer like others, so therefore, it`s harder for us to get great freebies if they are limited. Well, have a good day....

KW said...

I love reading your blog and the freebies, well, there just a nice bonus. I happen to believe that when someone gives you something for free - "no strings attached" (yes, I read and I loved that topic also) you should be grateful and show your appreciation with some love/thank you. If it's too much of a hassle to enter a password then don't accept the freebie. I run into designers all the time that only offer their freebies as rar files instead of zip files and even thought I don't use rar, I would never complain to that person, I just move on to something else. It's a freebie, treat it as a gift you didn't expect to receive instead of treating it as if you deserve to have it and it should be catered to your whim. Great topic but it saddens me that you had to endure the negative comment.

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 07 Sep [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm] ).

Becky in Texas said...

For the thousands of us out here who love your blog and appreciate your time, hard work and dedication, we thank you! If someone can't respect that a file that's password protected is for our safety, then let them move on. Keep up the AWESOME job, and I'm leaving you BIG hugs and love from Texas.

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and appreciate all of the hard work that you put into this site! If someone gives you something for free...don't complain! :) Keep up the good work!