I just a read a blog post that I wanted to leave a comment on, but my comment was going to be so long that I decided to just blog it!
The post is by Emily Branch Designs. She has started a new "Top Ten" series. This is her second one (the first one was great too...check it out HERE--the comments were fun to read too) and it's called "Top 10 Things I Learned From Being on a Design Team." You can read it HERE. This article had a huge impact on my way of thinking towards wanting to be on a design team. You see, for quite some time now I’ve been aching to be part of a design team. However, it wasn’t until the past month or so that I actually applied for any…and it’s only been like 3. I didn’t make any of those teams. Trust me, if I had, you would have known. That particular blog post would have been in ALL CAPS with LOTS of exclamation points!!!!!
Why would a company/blog NOT want me to be part of their design team, I’m sure you’re
screaming at the computer asking yourself?! I notice a lot of the requirements when
applying for a DT include “Be able to take good, quality photos.” That’s my downfall right now. Yep, that’s what I’m blaming it on…my lack of
photo skills. Not my sub-par card
creations! J I’ve been devouring any and every blog post I
can find on taking quality pics with an iPhone (that’s my only camera source
currently) and entering every DSL camera giveaway I can find! I’ve downloaded several camera/editing apps,
and still I struggle. It’s a lighting
thing for me, I think.
Anywho, I digress. Back to this amazingly eye-opening article! Emily brings out so many interesting and “duh—that makes sense” points. Here are the ones that really grabbed me.
#6 - So true on the time commitment…what was I thinking?! I can barely squeeze in minutes here and there throughout the week to make cards to keep my blog fairly active and current. I get a little more time on the weekends when hubby is home to watch the kiddos, but between a 4-year-old girl who is a different character every day (Simon, Cinderella, Michelangelo, Alvin—Chipmunks are huge right now, etc.) and assigns you a character (often changing characters several times throughout the day so by the end of the day you have no idea who you are!), a 10-week-old (need I say more?!), a part-time job, and household duties, why in the world am I “aching” to add one more time-commitment item to my life?! Preposterous!
#2 - So true on the money thing! I had never really thought about that aspect of it. I figured them sending me new products to use was payment enough. But hey, if I’m giving up what precious little time I have to showcase your products and parade them all over the internet…give me some moolah!! :)
#4 - I never even thought you could have a bad experience as a DT member! Eye opener there! Hmmm, maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be! Not feeling the “ache” so much now, are we?
Not that I don’t still want to be part of a DT. It’s just that the urge or ache (almost stress I’ve been putting on myself) has been lifted! I feel free. Weird, I know. I can make cards on my terms, with whatever products I want, in my time frame (no pressure), and share it with my friends. You know, those sweet people who think everything you make is gorgeous and are faithful followers. I love those people! You know who you are!
Instead, I’m going to work on perfecting my style and honing my brand (#3). Such great advice in #1. I encourage you to read Emily’s article (and follow her blog while you’re there!) if you’ve been dying to be part of a DT but haven’t managed it yet, I hope her post has the same freeing effect on you as it did for me!
Happy stress-free Crafting!