Jul 23, 2008

Smack Blogs

Here is my first post on Smack Blogs.
Here is a previous post about Praise Blogs.

It is a generally unspoken rule for designers to not share links to the Smack Blogs. Why? Sharing the links only drives more traffic to them. I have followed this unspoken rule previously; however, I feel that the majority of digital scrapbookers are already aware of where they are by now, so it does not matter whether or not I post them at this point.
I do not visit them. I have no desire to visit them. Sure, I've been to them occasionally just to understand what they are or look at a specific posting due to specific discussions referring to it, but in general, I have no desire to go there.
The smack blogs have evolved into a new set of blogs regarding Grab Bags. The DigiSmack Blog editor began purchasing grab bags and revealing the contents thereof. New blog name suggestions were taken and a new blog was born: Digi Grab Bags Revealed.
I never understood this concept. It would seem to me that it takes away the whole purpose of a grab bag, to purchase something and be surprised at its contents. Some designers were undoubtedly upset. However, some designers embraced the idea. For me, as a designer, why not just reveal in your own advertising what is in the grab bag to begin with, rather than having a graphic of the outside of a bag?
I suppose the "fun" of it all, the suspense of what is in a bag and having it revealed, would be a good marketing tool. Maybe that is why it was embraced. If sales increased when a grab bag is revealed to be a totally awesome one, why wouldn't a designer embrace it? Still yet, it just seems like a backwards way to go about things, but I suppose that is what marketing is all about.
There are now blog posts (see links below) which reveal jaggies, messies, and errors in grab bags, sharing the quality of the purchases, not just what is in them. Once again, there are good and bad outcomes by such practices. Do the good outcomes outweigh the bad ones?
People have a strong desire to know when something is not good so at to avoid it. That is natural. That is good. There is nothing wrong with that.
I do know that it has made a better awareness of all scrappers and designers as to what jaggies and messies are and what things to look for when purchasing or be careful of designing. It has been a real eye-opener for many, but is this a good thing to do at the detriment of another?

Of course, when product reviews go beyond quality issues and into personal preference and opinion, that is not a good thing. I have seen designers falsely accused of stealing and other issues and their reputation ruined. Read what happened to Kristina Contes on the smack blogs. I have seen small matter dramatized above and beyond.

Can you imagine the feeling in the pit of the stomach of a designer who is reading a bad critique of their product? My heart reaches out to them each time I read a bad critique. Can you image even more how they hurt when the accusations are false? Is this pain really something we want to be responsible for causing? What if it were you? Where is the compassion? Where is the consideration of other's feelings?

There are better ways to do things. I believe quality issues should be taken up with the designer directly. If you find a mistake (as we all make errors), contact the designer directly. Allow her time to correct the file and fix the downloads in private. It is a win-win situation. She learns to become a better designer and you and others are able to use the repaired files.

"Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive each other, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done" (Ephesians 4:32).

"It is then that we are more able to "speak the truth in love." (Ephesians 4:15).

"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).

"Do not judge, or you too will be judged." (Matthew 7:1).

Should there ever be a time when a designer's quality becomes a community issue? What if she refuses to repair the item? Should that be announced in public? Does that warrant smacking? When is it okay to publicly rebuke someone? Is it ever okay? Is it ever a loving thing to do?

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector" (Matthew 18:15-17).
Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."
The tongue is very powerful.
James 3:3-5 "When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark."

Of course, there are Bible verses on rebuking too. If you want to learn more, do a search for the same.

BLOGS (Smack and Counteractive Praise)

Digismack began February 14, 2012
DST Hall of Fame ran  from 2008 to February 27, 2012
Scrap Smack has been going strong since May 2 0f 2007.
Smashed Peas in the Bucket has also been around since May 26, 2007.
Digi Scrap Smack has been open since August of 2007 (while digital disturbances was still open).
What's the Digi Goss? opened February 3, 2008.
Grab Bag Critique is a new this July which shares screen captures of low quality workmanship in grab bags.
Digi Design Critique is also a new blog this July, but focuses on the quality of kits.
Digi Grab Bags Revealed began June 18, 2008
Strictly Revealed is a brand new blog which seems to be on the up and up. It is run by Melanie of byGodsDesign. She receives the bag for free directly from the designer and in turn offers this free advertising. There is no negativism. I was happy to see this new blog as it is all on the up-and-up.
Digital Disturbia - this blog now requires an invite and was the predecessor to Digital Disturbances.
Digital Disturbances as of September of 2007 it requires an invite.
The Digital Dish is currently open to invited readers only. It was opened after Digital Disturbances closed. I remember reading this one and it was really ugly.
Digiscrap Discussions was set up by Christy with good intentions after Digital Disturbances closed, but has never gotten off the ground.

Scrap Praise is also closed, but was a good attempt to promote a positive attitude.

Scrap Smack UK is closed.

Scrapbook Stuff That Sucks is alive, but inactive.


by God's design said...

Not sure that Strictly Reveal should be listed with Smack Blogs since it is not. It's the positive alternative for readers just wanting to see what's in a grab bag before purchasing...

And no grab bags are revealed without designer consent - which the free grab bag is actually a verification process and proof of designer permission.

Hummie said...

I think your blog is great and am thankful that you are doing it! Praise God for you!

Deb said...

Great Scriptures!! To bad more people won't stop and think, and stop supporting the nasty blogs, with their comments...maybe then they would dissapear. Its such a temptation to visit them, so I understand that...thankfully I've not done it to often, cause its so maddening to always see someone put down. Like you, its mostly been just to see what someone was talking about. Great post btw! :)

Julie said...

Good post. Love the scriptures.

Suzie Q. Scrapper said...

few things- I grab freebies all the time from digi free-Amazing site and service- thanks!! This is my first time visiting you hummie blog. I learned alot in this post. It is ashame there are so many mean people out there, isn't it?? I never even knew the world of smack blog existed.
On another topic I read a previous post you did on FEEDJIT and other sites that track traffic on sites. You totally opened my eyes about how people might feel about being watched on a site. I never looked at it like that. In a few minutes I will remove FEEDJIT and add site meter. I watched your video. It was helpful. This is getting way to long- you are going to think I am a stalker cook- thanks again-lori

Miss Chris said...

Good for you for posting what you believe in!

merr said...

I never heard of Smack Blogs before reading your blog today...gee, even something as simple and fun as digiscraping has its ugly side. I especially appreciate your scriptures always pointing your readers to the TRUTH! Keep up the good work that you do I truly appreciate your site and all that God is doing through you.

Sarah said...

Are you serious! I really didn't know these "Smack Blogs" in the digi scrapping world existed... color me sheltered! :) I may not be so glad I'm now aware of them. Think I'll continue ignoring them.

Psychozoe Designs (Susie) said...

Hummie, you truly have a lot of knowledge in the digi world as well as the online world. I didn't even know these smack blogs existed. I guess in every form of business, there are going to be smackers. When we put ourselves out in the world, we can shine our light or spread darkness. it's up to us. I think it's important to have people that inform others, but in such negativity only can cause heartache. There are much better ways to inform and uplift people. No reading smack blogs for me! I choose the light!