Monday, January 24, 2011
Coffee and a License
Today I finally made myself sit down and work out the specifics for licensing my Schlüttli pattern. It wasn't hard, really, I just had to sit down, do a little research, and focus. And it's done. The license is up for sale.
My next step- taking my years of pattern notes for my longies pattern I've been using for two years now, and getting it into testing. I am struggling a bit, though, because a kind WAHM friend linked me to a forum post in internet land where one particular person repeatedly bashed me and my pattern-writing. My friend did it privately and totally in love, wanting me to see it and do what I could as a WAHM to resolve the issues. I appreciate it and did the same I did the last time some one was writing such things about me: I did my best to respond in kindness and with professionalism to clarify the issue the person had and make sure she (and everyone) realized that I am very accessible(just an email away and that address is included in the pattern), in hopes that she might not feel that way toward me and my pattern. So far no response. Note to self: work on clarity. An acquaintance who writes patterns for a living once told me, "The goal is to make it so anyone can understand your pattern." That is my goal- to simplify every detail so anyone at any skill level can understand my patterns, and hope that the intensity of detail isn't overwhelming and muddling. Regardless, every single pattern-writer whom I have spoken to about the topic has said the same thing: You can't please everyone. I need to take that to heart deeply, so the barbs from the less than 1% of purchasers don't cut so deep.