Community

Odd Count Peyote

Written by Beadthing

Here at Handmadeartists.com many of us feel that it is not just a place to sell your wares, but that it is a community. I know that I certainly do. I have never been involved with a site that shows such a community spirit as the Handmade Artists. I truly feel that I have made some lifelong friends here and you know what I have never met them.  Does that matter?  I don’t think so, perhaps someday I will meet many of them, but it does not really matter to the friendship that is gained.

One way to get involved is through the Handmade Artists Forum.  There are many threads here that will spark the imagination, answer questions, give you a glimpse into the lives of the members and in general give you a really good feeling.  One of my favorite threads is “What are You Doing Today?”  It is also apparently the favorite of many, just look at the number of posts that have been made over time. Many post a tidbit each and everyday.  I know that I go there at least 3 or 4 times a day to see what everyone is up to. But it does not stop there.  Be sure to take a look at all of them.  You will know when we are sick, what our dogs are doing (or other pets), what we are working on, our new listings, what we like and what we don’t like.  The gambit of emotions is displayed here with one exception.  I have never ever seen anger on this site, and I do mean not ever.  It is an emotion that we simply don’t have here.  There is no reason.

There are hundreds of shops on the site and I for one would love to see more of them participating in the forum, the rings for promotion and the site in general.  There is so much to offer here that if you are not participating fully, you will miss the fun and the true meaning of this site, to support handmade.  That is what this community is about, supporting handmade no matter who and no matter what the handmade product is, we support it and this is a true community in that sense.  We support everyone, not just one or two, but everyone and everyone needs to become a member of this community in the true sense of the word.

So come on get out of your comfort zone and give it a shot, meet up for a chat on Thursday evenings about 8:30pm and see if you don’t find someone that you like.  It is pretty much no holes barred, say what you want with respect and it is accepted.  Another gift of being a community, we respect one another tremendously and it shows in the way this site is growing.  No we are not as large as Etsy or Artfire, but this site has not been around for as long as they have, BUT, we are a happier bunch of folks than on either of the other sites and I know because I have been  a member of all three and I choose this one.

I will be looking for some new faces on the chat and the forum to see if you are willing to come in and let us meet you and love you.  You won’t be sorry.  See you there.

Written by Beadthing

 

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7 Responses to “Community”

  • chainmaille says:

    Well said Pam, those that get involved will definitely get something out of it. Those that hang on the outskirts, or post and run will not get much out of our community at all. Little effort in, little gain.

  • Great post, with some marvelous insights on the folks that run around in here. I enjoy the forum, and may not always post, because I don’t have anything to add to the conversation, but it is fun to see what others are up to or participating in the rings. I like reading all the different ways people interpret the themes.

  • MulchandMore says:

    The community is what attracted me to here! Such nice people that I felt welcome right away (and I’m usually slow at getting acquainted) I don’t always comment but am doing a lot of reading.

  • beadthing says:

    Thanks to everyone. Doncha jus luv it? tee he he

  • Very nice Pam! You are 110% correct! A community, extended family, ok how about Cheers! Always glad to see you!

    I remember my first shared post, I received nothing but positive feed back and useful suggestions to improve my products. I doubt (I haven’t seen the entire WWW) there is any other place like HandmadeArtists.com

    Great article Pam!

    • Beth says:

      I agree completely. Thanks for writing this, Pam. We really ARE a family here. I’m so glad I found this site and so glad to have all the new friends that I have met here. I love the forums and although sometimes my posts don’t get any response, it feels good just to be able to write down thoughts or whatever whenever. I always know what time it is in the morning when my phone goes off letting me know I have an email. It’s Monika saying good morning to everyone:)


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