How buying and giving handmade greeting cards create connections.
I started a blogging website quite a while ago and I’ve discovered that I am not as “bloggy” as I had hoped or envisioned. I seem to struggle with the very real concept of, “will anyone actually want to read what I’m writing?!”. I think the main difficulty for me is that I was, and perhaps still am to a lesser degree, a bit confused on what I wanted my blog to accomplish. The initial goal was to promote the handmade greeting cards that I am so very proud of creating, making and selling. Although I really enjoy writing, I wasn’t sure how to combine my flair for telling a story to boasting about the latest favourite creation.
Giving handmade greetings cards create connections, brings joy and a sense of community.
My vision is becoming a bit clearer as I travel along this creative endeavour and I think/hope/pray that I am getting a better understanding of where I would like to see my exploits into card making and selling go. Nothing gives me greater joy than watching someone read my cards and smile. I absolutely LOVE it when someone not only “gets it” but “gets it” enough to physically laugh out loud and grab their fellow shopper and say, “hey, you have to see this”. When one of my cards resonates with someone else, most often a complete stranger, it creates a connection on a visceral level, a sense of comradery that doesn’t happen often in this day and age of electronic friendships.
As a Canadian expat living abroad, achieving any sense of community is difficult so I understand how important it is to make the effort to stay connected. Whether it’s with those we love and miss back home, friends that have moved on to a new adventure or just reminding someone in your life that you value them. Facebook is great for keeping abreast with the newest news, but when someone opens up a card that you gave them, it shows intent, kindness and most of all, that they are important to you. Who doesn’t like getting something other than bills and flyers in the mail?!!
Ultimate goal (hope): bring a smile to more faces in a world that could use more smiles!
When a person buys one of my cards, it’s hard not to feel a bit humbled. I know that I’ve not only touched one person but more since that card will get opened (boom: connection made). Maybe that person will prop it on their desk as a physical reminder of that connection, co-workers see it and they’re able to share another moment of connection and so on.
With this in mind, I have purchased my own domain, taken a WordPress Website Building workshop and created a website that will be an ongoing “work in progress” for quite some time. The long-term plan is to work towards creating an online presence so people from all over can take a look at my lovelies and share a smile, a laugh, that moment of connection. So, this post is likely to be the bloggiest of my blog posts. Future posts will be geared more towards showcasing new creations for you to ooh and aah over!