Ok, so I wrote this tutorial to correspond with the Grand Prize giveaway in the Table Runner/Wall Hanging Swap. (And I don’t want you to think that I’m a non-stop complainer, so as a thank-you for reading my whingefest, I will give away a big-ass packet of really nice scraps and fabrics to one random commenter. I’ll draw the winner Monday night after I teach and cook dinner.)
It’s not an amazing tutorial, I admit. It uses a charm pack for the front, and there are HSTs (zig zag pattern) on the back. Not exactly the most original tutorial on the planet, I know (so those of you nasties out there don’t need to tell me…). But it does use a Moda charm pack for the front (It’s Sophie by Chez Moi) and since I have the tutorial already written, I thought, ‘Why not try my luck with Moda Bake Shop?’
So about 10 days ago, I filled out the form. I even gave them the link to the already-finished tutorial on Google Docs. Yes, let me repeat that – I didn’t just go to them with a vague idea, I left a link to the completed tutorial. Like I said, that was ten days ago.
Now, I want to be crystal clear here: If MBS doesn’t like my runner tute for ANY reason and they don’t think it’s a good fit right now or ever, I am TOTALLY fine with that. Not everyone’s ideas make it. And as I said, it’s not the most amazing pattern anyway, and maybe they’re looking for more complicated stuff than my lil table runner. And I’d also like to make it clear that I know they don’t HAVE to write me an email to let me know they’re not interested. But I do think it’s a little rude to ignore the very people who are advertising and promoting your products FOR FREE.
And I haven’t heard a. single. word. Not even a brief, we-got-your-application-and-sorry-it’s-not-what-we’re-looking-for-right-now email. Nothing. Ever since I started blogging, I looked on MBS as the pinnacle of a brilliant symbiosis between a fabric company ruthlessly wanting to sell fabrics and bloggers wanting to get known. And there’s a lot of prestige in being published on Moda Bake Shop. It means you’ve arrived, you know? And fine, they’re not a charity, but how can they completely ignore applications which represent A LOT of hard work from the very people who make their name big?
Because I know for a fact that I’m not the only person whose hard work has been completely ignored by MBS. I’m not going to name names here, because I haven’t asked permission, but I do know that other bloggers have applied to MBS and have been completely ignored. So I guess if they decide that your work isn’t good enough for them, there’s not really any reason to be courteous and let you know. Nice.
Yeah. Thanks. Why am I spending my hard-earned money on fabric from a company like that AND publishing tutorials which utilize and promote that very fabric? In modern parlance, WTF?
So I may get behind on replying to every comment via email, but I promise you, if you have an idea that you want featured on SewHappyGeek, I won’t ignore you. I promise. It may take a day or two to get back to you, but no matter how big I get or how small I am, I won’t ignore the very people who promote my site, linky party, swaps and giveaways. And thank you very, very much for listening to my frustrations.
Have you ever felt ignored? (Oh dear, I hope it’s not by me, and if it is, I wholeheartedly apologise.)
© J C Excell, 2011