Gooooood DAY …. it is rest day for some ( not me)
Some are still confused! Yes, we attracted over 1 MILLION observers during our recent WAKE UP TO KONA blog hop. I still get mountains of emails. In fact looking at the stats from last January we have jumped by 47% percent. To bad we were not a REAL COMPANY with INVESTORS….lol
Wellll we really do have INVESTORS, YOU, those who participate, our wonderful sponsors who
understand the marketing of what WE ARE ALL DOING!
Here are some questions I still get but certainly worth recapping…. Today is the day to ask…I will
keep checking in and I will add your questions and answer them here….how does that sound?
#1 What kind of blog are you?
Think of us this way. My husband has a great way to describe to his colleagues what I do…
"My wife ( Mdm Samm) no he does not call me that lol --she manages a UNIVERSAL QUILTING BEE ONLINE"
I like that… that is what WE do! …WE attract quilters, sewers, stitchers from all over the world, last count of countries that read our blog was 62… OUR BLOG IS just that OUR BLOG. I may come up with the THEMES in which YOU can get involved by just sending in your name, blog when we announce the next new blog hop. But this is YOUR BLOG, OUR BLOG!
For instance this week, we will be announcing THINK RUFFLES. Anyone who would like to create something with ruffles, any project, any colour whatsoever can participate. I will be working on a tutorial on different ways to make a ruffle. It may even be up tomorrow... WE have 2 blog hops per month.
#2 What are blog hops?
WE Supply a list of participants who want to create something for show and tell on a given theme…
Like the Wake up to KONA, you noted a list of 6-7 blog names…EAch one links to the next blog
on the list and if everything goes well and it usually does, you can link to the next blog on the list
and it will take you to the next participants creation. WE are all cheerleaders, so we even leave comments to cheer them on. That is what we do. Anyone and everyone can always benefit from accolades of our peers. BLOG HOPS is a like a meeting of quilters ONLINE instead of a in a brick and mortar building...
#3 How does one get involved?
That is the easy part, if you like the theme that is announced, and you have a blog and you can sew, and quilt and you are committed to WOW us, you just enter your name to our Cheerleader for that hop. YOU need a CAMERA, and we even help you with tidbits on how to take better photos… YOU create within the theme hop guidelines and commit to show something on your blog that day...
#4 Who are the cheerleaders and how can I become one?
I choose the cheerleaders, based on organizational skills, how many blog hops they get involved in, do they leave comments for others, are they cheerleaders in the quilting community? Do they constantly put their best forward, are they creative, have a sense of humour and don't need a lot of hand holding…
Are they dependable, gracious and take the lead, are they competitive in a nice way ..…simply put that is what I am looking for.
There are benefits to being a cheerleader. I am constantly observing, recruiting…NOBODY does anything alone. I realize that more than anyone. YOU too can be a Cheerleader, just be ONE.
* although they are sworn to secrecy on how they are rewarded I can share with you, I often hear
squeals of laughter and excitement at the other end of the phone lines…
OUR CHEERLEADERS make me a better quilter, designer, PERSON! They bring out the BEST in you too…. JUST BE A CHEERLEADER IN LIFE! I will know!
#5 How can I find out about past blog hops?
I have posted all photos of our quilters projects on these boards at Pinterest.
A great way to be constantly inspired. There are thousands of completed
projects of all those who have participated in our hops...
You can win if you participate in our hops
You can win if you were the top 2 of the day
You can win if you leave comments.
WE enter all comments that have an email address, we check out data ( kind of like your thumbprint, you can only have one) If we have 3-5 different emails coming from one computer, they are disqualified automatically. ( unless of course it is a family of quilters who live together)
Would you believe there are SERIAL COMMENTERS…? WE know who they are and they never win anything here…. Those who win our giveaways are from the quilting community. Everyone can win that gets involved.
#7 Who pays YOU? * I still get this almost every day…lol
I don't get paid by anyone, not a dime. There is no money placed in my paypal from any of our sponsors. I can make requests from sponsors when I need something for a project that indeeds highlights their company. I do negotiate all the giveaways for YOU not me. Trust me if I really
need anything I can purchase it on my own.
MY rewards which at times does bring me to TEARS is what YOU CREATE. It is the friendships
that have grown from YOUR participation. When I hear from YOU on a new friend you made
through our blog hops…that makes me smile. The fact that you feel safe, acknowledged, loved
here, that is my reward.
I am more than a Cheerleader, I am like the orchestra leader whose back is always to the crowd. That is my role, I don't mind at all, not being a designer or author or pattern maker in mags.... I am deliriously happy being HERE, at home, with my family doing what I love to do…. I love bringing you all together and seeing what LOVELY creations that wow me time and time again…
That is how I get PAID. wink
Ok, that kind of sums up the queries that have come through these past few weeks…
NEXT.. I need a cup of coffee!