I have given up ownership of almost all of my Yahoo groups. I am in the process of finishing up in one group (Acrylic Artists) and then leaving. I will continue to own Collage Sisthars since that is a local group that actually meets monthly.
I left Art Techniques today. I have thought about it before but had never done it. I did it today because it felt right. I had always hesitated before because I had started the group with someone else. I had seen it grow tremendously in a very short amount of time. There was no hesitation today.
I needed to simplify my life for a long time now. I have been very fatigued. I hurt my hand and that has really put a crimp in my ability to do art. I have some chronic health issues that are not getting better with age. I was going to drop all my groups except Art Techniques. That changed today.
I guess today was the day that broke the camel's back. It did for this camel. I do appreciate everyone who supports me and who have very kind things to say about me. It is the other people that piss me off and make it so not worth it to run a group. I cannot control the mail. I can't help that it is slow. I kept in contact and explained why something was late. I had pneumonia and that laid me up for a few weeks. I even had to postpone a workshop I was teaching. Why in the world would I keep a ton of large manila envelopes in my house? Don't you think that I would want to get rid of them? Like I don't have enough art and swap stuff cluttering up my house. I cannot help that the Chicagoland area has the worst mail in the country.
Some people must think that I have nothing better to do than take care of swaps. That I don't have a life or feelings. Some people would email me telling me that they did not believe in hostess gifts when I would request an extra for magazine publication or an extra charm to make a bracelet as a give-away in the Yahoo group. Jeez! Keep your inchies then. Don't join the swap if you don't like the rules. I don't care why you don't like my rules. If you don't like it, then you don't have to be in the group. Some people don't get that it costs time and money to run a Yahoo group and to hostess swaps. I have a full-time job and kids of my own. I taught and shared a lot of things through the groups that you would normally have to pay for. I cannot believe the griping that I got for something that is FREE. I don't get anything for all the hours that I put in doing techniques or from running the groups. I pay for the challenge prizes. I don't make anything off swaps. I spend money on envelopes, postage, and international mailing.
I recently got a message from one group where they are putting something together for the owner - an art project and collecting money for a gift certificate. I have gotten cards, individual gifts, pieces of art, and pieces of jewelry from some great artists. I really appreciate the individual sentiments because they took the time to think of me. That got me thinking about whether what I do in the Yahoo groups is really appreciated or not. I decided "not".
Well, it is time to think about myself and not about what technique I should do or what swap I should hostess next. It is time for me to create for myself. I need to write some articles and to submit art for some commitments. Need to work on samples for Dremel.
I can go on and on. Basically, I had enough of the crap from a small number of people who made it so not worth it for me to run a Yahoo group. I do appreciate the people who have been supportive. I guess it is not enough any more for the amount of crap I take from people who take advantage of a FREE service through Yahoo. Whenever I had enough in the past, I would waver because people would email me telling me how they loved my blog and how Art Techniques inspired them. I do appreciate that and loved reading what you would send me. I just can't do it any more.
BTW, I don't do refunds. When I tell you it is in the mail, that is where it is. I can't pull it out of my butt. I spent money to have them printed and on materials for the samples. I offered the booklets to the group from my workshop. They were a pain to put together. It was a lot of manual labor.