As many of you know, mixed media art is a favorite hobby of mine, along with container gardening, and I mostly make ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) to trade on Swapbot and Art42. I always do my best on my cards, and use the best materials I can, not because I’m noble, but because I’m obsessive. There is a rating system on both sites and, recently, I received a low one that I thought was very unfair. It brought my average down, which means I can’t even participate in some swaps, but the most frustrating thing was that I made several courteous efforts to address the problem. I emailed the other swapper. I sent her a new card. No response.
Why am I telling you all this, you ask, as you well might?
Here’s the lesson I learned. As upset as I was when it happened, I’m now GRATEFUL for that low rating. Why? Because when I voiced my frustration, many kind people came forward to reassure and encourage me. I was invited to join groups and I made new friends. In the end, it was a blessing, because I was reminded that while there are always a few grumps around, MOST people are doing their best to behave themselves.
“Austin” came out yesterday. YEE-HAW!!
I’m feeling much recovered from that deadly flu bug, and the new book is rolling. YEE-HAW again!
And that’s the news from my house to yours.