So this blog is new to me: The Etsy Bitch Blog. This is how the bloggers describe themselves, via the About section.
We're bitching because we care, dammit. That's right. It's snark for a cause. Crabbing for progress. Whining to make the handcrafted world a better place.
We don't hate Etsy. Unless you're DanielleXO, in which case you can go to hell. Thank you.
Here's where I take a big sigh and think back to this post, the one entitled "Valid Points about Etsy wrapped in inflammatory rhetoric." Yeah. I take issue with the tone of the Etsy Bitch Blog. How can you call Etsy out for the "unprofessional way they treat their sellers" in the same sentence you refer to "the general stupidity of its admin." I know you are trying to be snarky but you have to give respect to receive it, folks.
And it's a shame too because like the Double X article, these bloggers are drawing attention to issues surrounding the Etsy experience that are worthy of attention. It's valuable to have a public space - whether that's the Etsy Forums or blogs like Etsy Bitch - where users can comment on and give feedback regarding the Etsy experience. I think it keeps the powers-that-be at Etsy on their toes and prevents complacency. But, I do not think that is best achieved by anonymous bloggers wishing specific Etsy employees to hell. Furthermore, adopting that kind of tone alienates people like me who are sympathetic to their cause but disappointed by their methods. See my column last month on Modish Biz Tips for related reading on being professional and respective when representing your business online in blogs or online forums.
What do you think about The Etsy Bitch Blog?