Sorry everyone, please humour me here, I need to vent!
We have an awesome online crafting community with a multitude of awesome talented crafters who share their ideas, projects, tutorials and products. There are so many who provide us with thousands of hours of streams, videos, blog posts, etc. that we can CHOOSE to watch or choose NOT to watch, participate or NOT participate, buy tutorials or NOT buy the tutorials, the choice is OURS, and OURS alone. That's right - we have a choice!
When I like a project for which someone is teaching a class - free or paid, or someone records a start-to-finish on YouTube, or from a blog post, I always try to mention that person from whom I saw the project first. I have bought kits and tutorials from many crafters, some of which I have thought were a little underdone, a lot of bang for your buck, etc. but I choose to learn from this and I choose whether or not I buy more from that person. I do NOT go complaining about it to everyone who will listen. If I have a problem with a tutorial or project I go directly to the owner, I do NOT use any social media platform to air my grievances, nor should I! That, to me, is rude and unnecessary! We are supposed to be grown adults here, this is NOT a playground for complaining or for bullies to thrive!
So to those that are whining, bitching and basically being very open and rude about it, remember that YOU have a choice! Exercise your right to choose what you watch, what you buy, who you befriend, and stop bringing everyone down with your nasty comments and innuendos! Sorry, but it's just been so rife lately that I just had to say something before I exploded! By the way, to those that choose to ignore a hello from someone - you are also being RUDE! Please think about your actions, they do hurt people, particularly those that are feeling vulnerable at the time.
To those that totally ignore me, or anyone, I ask that if you have a problem with someone that you go to that person and talk about it - you really do NOT know all the circumstances behind someone's actions, you do NOT know what that person is going through, you do NOT know how your lack of consideration and thought will affect that person. So please do NOT believe the things one person says without going directly to the source first! We all have bad days, we all have good days, some of us are going through stuff about which you have no idea! Please do not treat anyone less than the respect we all deserve!
Having said all that, the number of good, generous, thoughtful and caring people here in our online crafting community far outweigh the negative people, and for that I am truly grateful! There is enough room for us all to enjoy this awesome paper crafting community!
Thanks for listening and please stay positive!