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Constructive Criticism? Hmm Not sure.

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 2:00 AM

I just wanted to share a message left as a guestbook signature. I can't seem to work out if the comment is for real or maybe just a troll. Leave me a comment below if you have an answer. I would love to hear your thoughts. However, it annoyed me enough to write a reply, which you can read below if you wish.


Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring? I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!


Thank you for your comment. I would like to respond if I may. I am not sure whether you realise but I manage this site alone with a little bit of help from my family (and I mean a little help).

 

So, I come up with ideas, design and draw everything from scratch using Corel Draw, test each item, make demos, take photos, write blog posts, make videos and run the social media content. No,  I do not sit around all day writing blog posts and worrying whether they sound nice. Most of the blog posts are in fact informational, including 'how to' notes or announcing new templates and free stuff. When I have time, I do photo tutorials on different craft techniques but these are very detailed and I need to keep the content and templates coming, so I only do these when I can.

 

The site is run with a no profit motive. This means that any money made is fed right back into paying the fees to keep the site running. I simply like to make things, I make them and I share them to anyone who is interested. Most of the files I create are offered free of charge to members and in fact I only occasionally add a template to the 'pay for' section and this is only to pay the fees as I mention above.


The content is added during my free time. I have daily life issues like everyone else. Running my family and other personal things take up the bulk of my time. My mother was very ill for three years, after suffering a catastrophic stroke and last year she died. My father is now very unwell, so I am caring for him.

 

My family comes first which is why this site runs on a shoestring and I make nothing. That is not the intent. I have been running this site for years and loads of my content has been used and copied, particularly during the early days, when there wasn't much available on the web. Any readers who have been around that long will recall those issues. The big craft companies and magazines surf the web stealing ideas (don't even get me started on that) and I know for a fact a number of tutorials and a good deal of intellectual property has been directly copied from here without any kind of permission. Happy to provide details personally to anyone who wants the evidence!!


I don't have to work as hard as I do to produce content, in fact I have thought about giving up many times. My site fees are overdue right now and I may not decide pay them, due to so many problems being caused by Webs.com. It has been apalling trying to run this site with so many technical problems and in a way, just limping along. To say that I am at the end of my tether would be an understatement.

 

So, if nothing else, this site stands as a record of all I have made and achieved, so no regrets there. Also, the comments and contributions from some lovely members and visitors makes the effort worthwhile. I don't mind constructive criticism at all but I do ask people to understand the effort that goes into providing content for this blog and site before writing offhand comments on the guestbook, that are nothing more than discouraging for someone who is offering their time and experiences for free. I am currently working on Easter projects for people who are interested but if you don't like the site, feel free to leave. Nothing to keep you here! :)


Thank you  for reading and to the person that wrote that comment...


Is that interesting enough for you??



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4 Comments

Reply Imy
8:10 AM on May 15, 2017 
Thank you so much for your comment Bboots. I have only just seen it but I really appreciate the time you have taken to write it and for your encouragement. You have no idea how important a post like that is when things are not going so well. Thank you again for being so thoughtful. What a wonderful and special person you are.
Reply Bboots
10:47 PM on May 8, 2017 
Hello, Imy, I was googling around looking for information about die cutting chipboard and saw the listing for your site. I just read the long, heartfelt response you gave to someone you thought was criticizing your work, and I would like to reassure you that the "person" is very unlikely to have read a single word on your web site and in fact, may not have even been a person. Most likely the comment was posted by a little software program. Whether it was a real person or a software program, the intent was the same: to post a comment that might possibly create a back link. Back links are a valuable tool in SEO, or "search engine optimization." People in countries like China and India are paid (usually as little as one cent per comment) for finding sites that will let anyone post a comment. Software can be used to find sites that allow open commenting. When such a site is found, a comment is posted, and usually this is done using software that simply pastes one comment, over and over and over, saying something that could apply to any and all websites. These comments are usually along the lines of "Your posts used to be much more interesting." The point of doing this is to create a backlink to a particular site. Backlinks are very valuable in SEO, as they are one of the criteria Google uses to decide which websites will be shown in a search return. The more backlinks a site has. the better the odds that Google will show it often. A great deal of money can be made by hiring people and paying them pennies to post comments which potentially create a backlink. Ignore rude comments. Your hard work shows and I'm sure is much appreciated by your visitors.
Reply Imy
6:59 AM on April 1, 2017 
Vicki says...
This is my first visit. Found you through Pinterest. I hardly ever read blogs but I liked your site so well I checked out your blog, and thus found "the silly post". I admire you for posting it! iOS it real...well I guess some obnoxious, rude jealous person posted it, but it's not a fact. Just someone who is not worth your time! Your site is great, your ideas are wonderful and your posts and writing is very good and very interesting and helpful! So, please keep writing and posting and I WILL read your blog! Thank you for all your work and sharing I Appreciate your caring, sharing heart! A new follower!


Thanks so much Vicki for your kind comment. People exactly like you make the effort worthwhile. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Much appreciated! I hope you enjoy the Easter projects. xxx
Reply Vicki
11:46 PM on March 27, 2017 
This is my first visit. Found you through Pinterest. I hardly ever read blogs but I liked your site so well I checked out your blog, and thus found "the silly post". I admire you for posting it! iOS it real...well I guess some obnoxious, rude jealous person posted it, but it's not a fact. Just someone who is not worth your time! Your site is great, your ideas are wonderful and your posts and writing is very good and very interesting and helpful! So, please keep writing and posting and I WILL read your blog! Thank you for all your work and sharing I Appreciate your caring, sharing heart! A new follower!

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