I don't even know where to start with this. It's a laundry list of things. One of the benefits (and difficulties) of being a business owner is that I make all the decisions and choose to act upon them (or not). So, hang on. Here I am jumping in...
I had a freebie section in my shop that is no longer active. I've had issues with the downloads in that area. They are being used and/or downloaded in ways that I do not approve of. I've held out from taking this step for a while. It isn't a one or two time issue. It's been ongoing (different people from different cities/countries) and it's time to step in and use my common sense.
When I offer freebies I do so in the spirit of sharing, of giving something that I think others may enjoy. When that intent is trampled upon I just feel well... gutted (feel free to add some choice expletives too). It really, really gets to me. Some days I let it all slide, some I boil in rage and others I feel like throwing in the towel and rolling up in a sloppy mess of tears. Sounds melodramatic but that's really how's it's been. I won't delve into details because that has no point. But for something that is supposed be fun for me to do and for you to enjoy it has been anything but that.
Like I said, I held out for as long as I could. But that's it. I can't take it anymore.
Those of you that have the freebies in your account downloads section can still access them. Some of the files that were freebies are still available for a minimal tip-jar kind of fee.
I want to show those of you that are loyal, friendly, and all around awesome customers (thank you, thank you for your support!) that I really do appreciate your visits and your orders, so I have my thinking cap on as far as what promotions/rewards I can offer. I'm not sure what direction I'll take but I'll definitely keep you posted.
My newsletter has been monthly up until now. It will now be a bi-weekly visit to your inbox. As always I'll keep it short and sweet and it will not be a duplicate of my blog. If you haven't already done so, sign up here to keep up with all the new goodies I have in the works and future promotions and offers.
Please don't be too surprised if in the coming weeks I get a little slow in content and there aren't too many tutorials. I'm the process of putting together two major projects (you'll see!) and there's only so many hours in a day! I hope you'll be patient with me and hang in there.
I'd love, love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions for the shop (ie. what type of file designs you're dying to have) or just want to send me a comment about anything here or on my site please feel free to either email me or post something in my new suggestion box.
I'm still open to advertisers that consider my blog a good fit to their products. Just contact me for further information.
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I hope that these changes are taken in the light in which they are presented. I want A Little Hut to become a better place for me to continue to explore what I love to do so much and for you to visit comfortably. Owning a business and working passionately for something needs to be sprinkled with doses of reality checks like today. It's just a healthy way to move forward and grow.
As always, I appreciate your continued support and please know that my door is always open for anyone that would like to ask questions or address constructive ideas.
Thanks for reading this unexpectedly long post!