Sandy’s craziness updatePosted by Sandy Allnock on Aug 8, 2012 in Cardmaker tips, Cardmaking parties | 13 comments
Hi everyone! I’ve got a rambling post for you today – these are things that just didn’t fit in with the normal posting routine so you’re getting an eclectic collection of notes today!
First – I was pointed to this blog post – and wanted to be sure you all took your kleenex with you to go read it!
Second – Another blog post you’ll want to see – our Danish sisters shared some fun things…they got their prize box and dressed up their mascot, Fifty, in his new finery!
Third – my email inbox hath exploded! In good ways of course…you all are doing a bang-up job of sharing our project with the world, so we’re getting lots of newbies joining us. And newbies have questions! So I don’t mind. However, if you’re one of our ‘regulars’ and send me something that I consider mostly an FYI, you may not get a reply. We’re sidling up to the holiday season, and things are starting to ramp up here…our shippers will all be a little less able to keep up with email conversations back and forth, so please have grace for us as we keep up with dayjobs and family too. Facebook and the Forum are great places to get questions answered if you can go that route…lots of OWHers keep an eye on those two for me. Here are a few tasks I’m personally undertaking in the week or two:
- ordering 20,000 more envelopes, and stocking the triage box with liners and adhesive
- preparing for our birthday month celebration in September (oh what FUN is coming!)
- getting some blog events prepped (mark Labor Day weekend on your calendar for a VCMP, and World Cardmaking Day for our big bloghop!) and a few more that’ll be coming our way
- prepping content to keep OWHtv going while I’m buried in holiday shipping
- planning a Birthday Bash cardmaking party in my area (have you got yours on the calendar!?)
- prepping customs forms, labels, section dividers, and cards for my units through the next months
- And one task I’m happy to have checked off: all these boxes below now have their OWH labels on them! This will carry me through the Halloween card season, so now I need to order boxes for Christmas and do the same with them!
Next…some numbers! I was looking at the numbers of cards we’ve sent out in 2012, and comparing to 2011 – this chart shows the comparison. I was going to vlog about this, but seeing the chart is easier here in a blog post.
I’m so glad to see we’re down by so much less in July than in June, that’s finally moving in the right direction! (Did you think I was making a fuss over nothing all this time? lol!) We did receive more cards than this – but thousands are holiday cards, so those aren’t counted in this chart; these are cards shipped out only. That tells a different story than the number of cards that came in – this is just the amount that was usable at this time.
But the number of months in red make me wonder where will we be for August and the rest of the year. Will we meet last year’s shipping totals? Only if we get enough cards that can be sent now rather than boxloads of Christmas. (Not that we don’t welcome your holiday cards early – but we also need some to ship in August.)
I know a lot of this was my fault for expecting we’d have less units deployed because of the drawdown in Iraq. However…we became MORE popular among everyone who’s still there. We’re supporting more units in more countries than ever. That was a surprise to me! So while a lot of folks left OWH with the drawdown, I’m thrilled so many stuck with us and kept us going as you have. And that so many new people have joined us! We may have had to stretch out shipments, but with the recent pickup in the pace, we may be back on track!
Lots have been asking about OWHtv. And I want you to rest assured that it’ll be continuing for the next few months as-is. While it seems like a half hour show would be more work than a 4minute vlog, the show can actually be a little easier! If I have everything at hand – card shares, announcements, etc, and Stump Sandy materials – then it’s a half-hour-and-done kind of thing. A vlog takes my brain a little to wrap around an idea, script-writing, filming, resources (costumes, props, music, video, other things to add to it), then editing, exporting, and uploading. That process can be anywhere from 4 hours to 20 hours. An example – last weekend’s Olympic vlog took 2 hours to find, download, and edit the audio, an hour to design a card to fit it, an hour to shoot it, and 2 hours to edit it and get it uploaded. If you missed it, here it is in it’s silly glory:
I think that’s MORE than enough of an essay for the time being….stay tuned tomorrow night for OWHtv and the latest on the Interactive YT project!