"Blocks Received" and other Labels
There are now more than 100 of us making blocks and posting messages on a regular basis.
The reason I ask you to use SPECIFIC labels for your post is so that with one click, I can do something like … see all the block photos that have been post this month. Which I just tried to do, because someone emailed me this week to let me know I goofed and gave them credit for blocks they did not make, so I tried to look through all the posts to figure out whose blocks I incorrectly attributed to someone else.
When I looked at the posts with the label I asked you all to use when posting a photo of your blocks–Oct 2011 Photos–only about half of them show up (so I still don’t know who is currently not getting credit for the blocks they made).
Ps. Any post about the block this month should also have the label sampler 11 which would enable anyone (but most likely me) to look at all the posts about our sampler blocks (including sending and receiving them) if, for example, in January, I remember something someone said when we were making sampler blocks and want to find the post.
I honestly don’t know if some of you think your idea of a label is better than the ones I ask you to use each month or if you just randomly make something up, but here’s the thing … once someone creates a label, then it starts popping up as an option for EVERYONE ELSE … which I suppose is why some of you just randomly pick one (or a bunch) of labels from what pops up … instead of consciously using or choosing the labels I ask everyone to use.
“Blocks received” is a classic example. People use it EVERY MONTH … which makes it a really bad choice because you can’t quickly find the blocks that were received for any specific month. Here are the two labels I asked you to use for blocks sent and received:
I sincerely ask that if you are unsure or don’t remember, LEAVE THE LABELS BLANK. (If you are posting by email, you can’t add labels and I am happy to add those for you.)
A lot of you make a point of thanking me for the time and energy I spend on the Block Lotto. But, almost every month, I have to wade through literally hundreds of posts to answer a question about blocks mailed or received because most of you apparently don’t appreciate me and the time I spend enough to help me use my time efficiently by using the labels I ask you to use. I try to keep on top of it and correct the labels, but some months–LIKE THIS ONE–it gets out of control and I give up.
The Block Lotto only succeeds because each month, we show up, make blocks and well as we can and mail them to the winners in a timely fashion … because of mutual respect and trust. I’m asking you to TRUST ME and understand I ask you to use these specific labels to make it possible for me to stay on top of things and prevent nights like tonight where I do little beyond wading through hundreds of your blog posts in an effort to keep things straight.
Ps. If you made 4 blocks this month and your name ISN’T in the sidebar, you’d better let me know. Several hours later, I still don’t know who you are.