Friday, May 9, 2008

Coincidence, I Think Not

First, I'd like to thank all the folks that visited and commented over the last couple of days. Whenever I express one of my opinions here, I brace for an onslaught of detractors. I have been pleasantly surprised each time to be agreed with more often than not. I also appreciate that those who do disagree with me have been, for the most part, thoughtful and mature in their argument. Honestly I'm just feeling so grateful that I have this space to express my opinions for a few folks to read. Although I think you'd be amazed at how many people actually popped by for Wednesday's post.

Now on to today's observation. Etsy released a preview of their new "DOs and DON'Ts" yesterday. While, they will probably go through some wording tweaks before they go live, they seem pretty darn good to me. The timing of the release, just a couple of days after the "report this post" feature seems a little more than coincidental to me. I think it was the hammer thrown into the water to break the water tension before the construction worker falls in. If that metaphor doesn't work for you, then you probably don't watch Mythbusters. What I'm trying to say is, I think that they released the first feature, that they knew would cause a little drama so that when they released the new guidelines, they would seem tame by comparison.

Etsy's Admin are, it seems, evil geniuses. The new guidelines have been met with a mostly positive response so far. In fact, I dare say, most people are happy with them. Look, I was around when Etsy was in beta, so I've seen a lot of changes and the drama of the last two days is really nothing compared to some of the other things this site has gone through. With every new speed bump, it has emerged stronger and has yet to lose sight of it's primary goals as a handmade marketplace where people can, with the right amount of effort, make money doing what they love.

If you haven't seen it yet, Please check out this Storque article for the full story:

I also just found this chocolate covered treasury featuring my newest design. I just adore finding my stuff in treasuries!

Have a great weekend and I'll be back Monday with pictures the mother's day presents I made as well as my newest scarf.


Anonymous said...

I stumbles across your blog in an Etsy post- very well written and deliciously insightful! I look forward to reading more!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the treasury! I just learned where to find them and started checking them out. I am so bad when it comes to learning my way around Etsy.