Venue Bashing No More

I must admit, I have fallen prey to venue bashing in the past, but my heart has changed. I realize that my small blog won't keep people from lashing out, but my hope is that maybe, just maybe, people will think more about what it does; to themselves and to the relationships they may have made online. Hurting people hurt others, sad, but true. 

When Etsy made some changes, I vehemently fought against them, trying to gather other supporters to sign a petition, stated my displeasure in the forums, on Facebook, etc. What I came to realize is that so often we voice our opinions when we aren't asked for them and then we feel we aren't being listened to so we get angry, then anger turns to disrespect and in the long run it only hurts us and our shops. I know, I did it! 

I pay these venues to house my shops and/or gain the benefits they have to offer. I felt I had ownership, but the truth is, I don't! I am paying them to use "their" site. They have every right to make changes as they see fit. They don't have to ask for my or any other shop owner's opinions, but they definitely gain more respect from me when they do. I may not agree with what CEO's, admins or others do with their site, but I will defend their right to change it as they see fit. The powers that be will be accountable for those decisions, not me. 

What I do have is the ability to choose. I can choose which venue I want to use OR I can choose to develop my own site. When we use someone else's site, it is in our best interest to be respectable which means respecting the decisions of those in authority of that site. 

I may be sad that Zibbet's community page is not public, but I wholeheartedly defend their right to make that decision. In fact, if it eliminates or least diminishes some of the bashing, disrespect and truth twisting I have seen, I'm relieved. I like going there to communicate, encourage, laugh and play a few games in my groups. 

I am so glad that Andrew and Jonathan (Zibbet CEO's) often ask for our opinions. They may disagree or agree, but that is their right and as said before, ultimately they have to make decisions they feel is best for the site and shop owners as a whole. If any site gets to the point that I cannot stay, I can make changes, but should I start tearing it down, being critical, NO! This will only make for strained relationships later. Do I want to be friends with someone who keeps speaking negatively about the venue I have chosen to sell on? Would they want to continue to be my friend if I constantly bashed their choice of venue? 

I am not active presently on Etsy, but I have friends there, and I am sorry for some of the things I said and how I presented my disagreement with the administrative changes. My friends have every right to be there and I completely respect their right of choice. There may be a day when I want to be more active there and I don't want to burn any bridges. I also have friends on Zibbet that sell in both venues, I respect their right too, my choices are not theirs and vice versa. 

I get frustrated when the whole truth is not spoken such as that some say they "paid" or "pay" to be in the community or to have their items in "The Find". The truth is that the community membership at Zibbet is a free feature as was "The Find" for shops (all, free and premium). 

Not everyone is unhappy or leaving Zibbet. There have been many blogs that speak negatively about my choice of venue, but there are also many shops who have been there for a while and they are profitable, who like having their shop at Zibbet. Statistics change and can be presented in a light that favors a particular point someone wants to make. 

Yes, there are shops that have left Zibbet, but there are many that have stayed and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds at Zibbet. I for one am one happy Zibbeter!

“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”

― José N. HarrisMI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

This blog was originally posted on 5-22-14, moved to this page on 6-20-14

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