Well, folks- today’s the day! CraftTestDummies.com’s official 5th annivesary- or my “blogaversary” as I like to call it! I recorded a message for you all tonight!
I get a lot of feedback from you via comments, tweets, and wall posts about what a cool job I have.
I really, really, really do.
But it’s not really a job.
First of all, I’d need to get paid to do it. Technically, a job is something you do for money. While CTD now does monetize with sidebar ads, affiliate links, and sponsored content, I don’t really get paid to run this site. All of the money we pull in goes back into paying server fees, shipping, gift cards to the #TeamCTD writers, and the biggest cost, trips to the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshows where we see what’s new-and-coming in the crafting industry. So while I don’t draw a salary, I do get to have most of the products gratis and the networking is invaluable.
I started CraftTestDummies because I love crafting and sharing. I was a “newly retired” music therapist 5 years ago when I started this blog, mostly as a creative and social outlet. I’ve always know that makers and crafters and artists are my “tribe” and I love sharing ideas, project, and most of all good, unbiased information about craft products. That’s something else you should know- I don’t charge companies to review their products on CTD. (You might be surprised to find out that other review sites and blogs DO charge.) Why don’t I? Well, because I feel like if I take a company’s money to review their product, my integrity will be called into question. I will post “sponsored content” which is technically a commercial- but only after I’ve reviewed the product independently. I don’t want you, my readers, to feel as if I’m in the pocket of any one brand, or that I’m saying nice things because I’m getting paid to do so. Instead, I want this blog to continue in the spirit that I started it. I want it to feel like you’ve stopped over for coffee and while we’re chatting, I’m sharing with you a cool project I dreamed up or how a product or tool really worked for me. In shore, I’m aspiring to be the most-trusted craft-review site on the web – and the one you turn to when you have a question or need information.
This is going to be a Big Year. I’ve been alluding to it for weeks now, but it’s true. I’m looking to grow the CTD team again, I have a new gig (you’ll be seeing a lot more of me, hint-hint) and I’m working to improve the quality and content on my YouTube Channel.
But here’s the thing- I’m open to new ideas, too. And here’s where you come in.
In conjunction with my 5th Anniversary, I’m offering a giveaway today, for a $100 Amazon Gift Card.
The ONE MANDATORY entry is to leave me a comment. Tell me what YOU’D like to see here for 2013. More reviews? A particular product? A new series? Tutorials? This is your chance to be specific.
I’ve also created a little survey so you can “vote” for new features or content you might want to see here. Plus, if you follow me on Twitter, Pinterest, or FB, you’ll get extra entries. And if you want, you can come back EVERY DAY for a whole MONTH and enter via tweet. (You get extra points for that, too.)
Click the blue RaffleCopter link if it does not pop up for you automatically.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Last but not least, I’d like to thank every one of you for supporting CTD with your pageviews, clicks on ads, entries to our sponsored giveways, +1’s on Google, Facebook shares, Pins, and Re-Tweets. You might not realize it, but each one of those actions that you take help us grow and therefore bring more content – FREE– to you.
I look forward to your ideas- and help- in creating an AMAZING 2013.
Thank you and craft on! -Jenny