Saturday, December 31, 2011

OOPS! Did I Just Say That?

Thank you to each person who responded about the CLIPART CRISIS! I appreciate your feedback. This has been a hot topic everywhere. I have really debated about this post over my drive home. I have never wanted to be controversial on my blog probably because I can do that in my regular life just fine! One of my main goals for blogging has always been to support teachers. I feel very strong about that to say the least. Just to explain exactly how serious I am on this issue, I will be the first to tell you I have rallied a group of teachers to Austin, Texas to support teachers. Through that process I learned that if I support a teacher, I am also supporting a class full of kids and that means a lot to me. 
This whole yes, no, maybe clipart thing has got me thinking. I LOVE DJ Inkers and I have spent a pretty penny through the years. On my blog you won't find and haven't found freebies with DJ stuff on it because I decided the last time this controversy swirled around that it would be better for me to stay away from something that is not clearly understood and changes like the wind blowing in Texas. Also, you get to a certain level in blogging and providing freebies, monitoring how many downloads is a task I just do not need. Take for example the freebies that are posted on TpT. When I look at my statistics I can clearly see that a freebie reaches 100 downloads pretty darn quick. So what happens at download 101? Do bells ring? Do they call your mom? Are you in blogland time out? Or are you in big, bad trouble? It doesn't take me long to figure out that this could be a hot mess of a problem that I need not worry about in my otherwise happy go lucky blogland life. 

Which brings me to my next point... I wonder do I really want to support anything that does not support teachers or would I rather support a teacher? Excuse me and let me rant just once... Do these people know how many people we drive to their businesses? When we blog and get all crazy about a product that is in the real world called free advertising and I did not have to sit through business 101 to figure that out. I will stop here and save my rants and ramblings for me, myself and I and get down to the heart of it all. 

As I was blog stalking I found a new blog called Ginger Snaps. I feel in LOVE. This is just one of the many REAL TEACHER bloggers that are selling graphics and understand what we use them for and why. I wrote Ginger Snaps and asked if I could feature her stuff because it was so cute and because these graphics are of the non controversial kind so you have to just love that. And let's be honest, any girl who loves the gingerbread man as much as me is A-OK in my book! 

Sweet Hearts Digital Clip Art

I am sure you will agree that these graphics are way cute and how good are you going to feel supporting a real teacher that is just like us? Let me answer that, pretty darn good and it might just make you want a Ginger Snap and a glass of milk and chances are... well you know the rest of that book! 


Jennifer said...

You took the words right out of my mouth! Way to go! If they send you to blogland time out you will have a lot of company since we will all join you :) Thanks for the heads up about Gingersnaps - she's got major cute clipart! Since this whole thing can get so confusing I've been referring to this handy dandy little "Terms of Use for Teachers" page that breaks it down by artist what you can and can't do with their clipart:

Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

Tara said...

I love her stuff!!! I'm going to check it out right now! I totally agree with you on the "do we want to support something that doesn't support teachers" is hard enough teaching right Florida our Gov. is driving away any support we have and making it very difficult for public school teachers...I'll stop there but could go on forever!! Another teacher who has adorable clipart and is super teacher friendly is KPM Doodles. I have tons of her stuff and she is just awesome!!! Thanks for sharing about Ginger Snaps:)

4th Grade Frolics

Edana said...

I totally hear you. Don't feel bad about posting the DJ controversy {so did I}, we re-posted with good intentions and its to let other bloggers know what's going on in order to protect themselves. I agree with you, I wondered to myself why I would support something that doesn't support us. It's really sad but it seems more about the dollar signs to them.

I came across Gingersnaps too & immediately became a follower...aren't her items just TOO CUTE??!!

Happy New Year to you & your family.

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

I completely agree! I have never used DJ Inkers in anything (other than classroom/personal) ...although I LOVE their stuff, their terms made it sound like they really didn't WANT me to use their stuff. I agree with using teacher created clip is a great way to help support each Ginger Snaps, KPM Doodles, First Grade Diaries...all of them that I have forgotten off the top of my head!! =)
First Grade Blue SKies

Busy Bees said...

Girl, you gotta quit showing me new clipart. I am so addicted and keep buying it. I totally agree with your statements!! Thanks for the info!


Pam said...

Well said! I completely agree with you. I have got to check out the new clipart. Thank you for sharing. Please email me!

Melissa said...

I agree 100% with everything you just said. I think DJInkers is really shooting themsleves in the foot and driving away customers. Oh well, good thing there are others out there who make great products with hassle free policies!

Ginger Snaps said...

Aw you guys are awesome!!!! I love you guys!! =) Thanks for making me feel like my new hobby isn't stupid! I am all about sharing the clip art love!

Melanie - From the Pond said...

I totally understand your feelings about clipart and graphics! That is why I started designing some myself too - and am more than happy for teachers to use them :) Thank you so much for sharing about GingerSnaps, they look gorgeous, and I am off to check them out now. Happy New Year!

Tricia said...

Bravo! If teachers aren't supporting teachers how can we hope for others to support us.

Ms. Chrissy B said...

I agree. I'm kind of surprised about the DJ Inkers thing.

Ginger Snaps' graphics are cute - I'm sure there will be lots of new adorable stuff!

Buzzing with Ms. B

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