small business this holiday

((Happy Holidays everyone!!! <3
i’m so sorry for the hiatus in ask-soriel! >< i’m still not dead and really wanna get back to updating here… sadly i’ve been very busy with commissions recently, and i really need the money to help at home right now (it’s pratically my job now, and has been helping A LOT!)
i’m very happy to be getting so many commission requests. thank you so much! i know this blog has been immensely important for my popularity as an artist increasing so much this year. i’d like to thank you guys for all the love and all the nice messages i’ve ever received, for bearing with the slow updates and the fashiontale posts…
once again, i’m so sorry for the ask box been closed for such a long time, and i sure hope i can open it again soon~!))

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We also accept bitcoin as an alternative to creditcard or paypal! Please message me for this and navigate to our bitcoin section online.

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AO3 Support

Disclaimer: I’ve been volunteering for the AO3 Support team for about 3 years, and am currently co-chair.  However I’m speaking only for myself, not on behalf of AO3 or anyone else on the team. These are merely suggestions based on my own experience and work patterns!

So you ran into a problem with AO3 or have a question about the site and you need to submit a support request! Great, we’re here to help! However, there are some things you can do to help us help you better. We’ll still answer even if you do none of these things - we answer all the tickets that come in, apart from spam and duplicate tickets from the same user about the same issue - but it’ll be easier if any or all of these points apply.

1. Check the FAQ, the Known Issues page, and the AO3_Status Twitter. It’s possible that the problem you’re experiencing is already known, and maybe even has an answer!

2. Give your issue a clear subject line.  Something like “Receiving error 500 when downloading pdf” or “Unable to log in” is clear and informative.  "Help!“ or "WTF” is not clear, and doesn’t tell us at a glance what the problem is.  Often we will streamline our work by trying to gather similar tickets together and answer them as a batch, and if we can’t tell what a ticket is about from its subject line, it might accidentally get left out of a group of similarly-themed tickets.  (It will still get answered - see above - but the process might not be as efficient.)

3. Provide links when possible.  If you’re having a problem with bookmarking a particular story, give us a link to it.  If you’re trying to reply to a comment but aren’t able to, include a link to the comment.  If you clicked on a certain link and got an error message, let us know the link you were trying to reach.  We will have to write back and ask you for more info if it isn’t clear, and that adds to the time it takes for you to get a solution.

4. Provide details of the problem.  If you got an error, tell us what exactly it said.  If you were trying to search for something and it didn’t work the way you expected, let us know how exactly you were searching. Did you experience the problem once, or repeatedly for the last hour, or every time you try to edit a specific work (but all other works are fine), or only from your phone, not your laptop? Details are very helpful!    

5. Include your username or the email associated with your account if you’re contacting us from an email that isn’t the one attached to your account, or if you aren’t sure which email is attached to your account.  We can’t figure out who you are or look up anything to do with your account if we don’t have one or the other of those pieces of information. (If you don’t want us to know your account for reasons of privacy, on the other hand, feel free to use a different email.)

6. This is a bit more subjective, but - consider the length of time you wait before sending in a support request.  Many problems resolve on their own after a little while.  While you don’t want wait for ages either (I could cry over people who’ve contacted us and said things like “This problem’s been going on for months/years,” especially when there’s a solution that takes 5 seconds…) consider giving whatever it is 15 or 30 minutes to see if it sorts itself out.  

The AO3 Support team is a small group of volunteers dealing with a huge number of tickets (about 1300 a month currently, but the number constantly goes up - when I joined the team 3 years ago it was more like half that amount).  Please bear in mind that we’re also fans like you, who spend our spare time and energy to try and help other users of the site as best as we can.  We do our best to answer as quickly as we can, but sometimes there can be delays for reasons ranging from “we had to contact another committee to make sure we answer correctly” to “we got 80 of these tickets in one day and it’ll take some time to get through all of them” to “some of our team are sick/on holiday/just plain busy this week.”  A small word of thanks and a bit of patience is much appreciated!    

If you have questions, I’m happy to answer if I can, but if it’s a support question, please contact us through the regular channels instead: http://archiveofourown.org/support  

We also have an open house coming up as part of the OTW’s month of 10th anniversary celebrations, on Sunday, September 24th from 14:00-16:00 UTC if you’d like to stop in and talk to various members of the team!    

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Hey! It’s my second Christmas giveaway!

Here’s what you’ll be getting:
🎅🏼fuzzy socks with holly on them
🎅🏼elf on the shelf funko pop vinyl figure (from stupid.com)
🎅🏼gingerbread scented and shaped bath bomb (from GiftsByLittleMiss1 on Etsy)
🎅🏼a (working) snow globe ring (from ingredientsforlovely on Etsy)
🎅🏼oogie boogie earrings (from AlexsMisfitToys on Etsy)
🎅🏼and (a not pictured ) gingerbread man (or house) set (from michaels craft store) -this is real gingerbread so I will be buying last minute so I know it’s fresh!

Rules:
🎄must be following me! @bubblegum-graveyard
🎄likes and reblog a count
🎄must be 18+ or have parents permission
🎄must be willing to give me your address
🎄DO NOT tag as giveaway
🎄please no spamming
🎄US and Canada only! (Next giveaways will be international!)
🎄each like and reblog counts as one entry
🎄if this gets 500+ I’ll add more items!

More ways to get entries?:
🎁follow me on Instagram! Message me on there or here with ur tumblr/Instagram name (my Instagram is taybabe1300) this will be 2 entries
🎁buy me something off my wishlist : https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1URRG9G6WG9UV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ip_wl_o_Qmohyb93818R8 this is 5 extra entries!

Links to the stores I bought from:
❄️https://www.etsy.com/shop/GiftsByLittleMiss1
❄️https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexsMisfitToys
❄️https://www.etsy.com/shop/ingredientsforlovely
❄️stupid.com

Any questions? Message me or send me an ask!
This giveaway will end on December 15 at midnight! Have fun!!

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Uses of our products include relief of insomnia, headaches, cramps, congestion, pms, coughing, hormone imbalance, hair loss, dry skin, acne, dark spots, scars, anxiety, depression, nausea, dental care, wounds, burns, cuts, infection, and more!

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I feel like i post about this every holiday season and I forgot this year, but just a reminder that as you do your last minute shopping, try your best to shop local and shop independent! There are artists and small business owners in your community and online who count on holiday shoppers for a lot of their income. And not only will that allow you to use your money to stand up against evil corporate retail giants and to help independent creatives, but it will also mean the gift you give will be more unique and special to the recipient! This is true not only in December, but year-round. Just keep in mind that when you’re buying holiday gifts that you as a consumer have the power to make a difference, no matter how small it might feel, and it’s important to be aware of that.

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support small business this holiday season!

lowwbones is a one-woman-show, screen printing original designs on shirts and patches by hand.
at the helm is me, rhys, owner/operator/designer/printer/troubleshooter/hustler/head-witch-in-charge.  printmaking keeps me buff and happy.

strange girls never die patches and shirts (and a bunch of other designs) are available in my etsy shop:
www.etsy.com/shop/lowwbones

<3<3<3 strange girls forever and ever and ever <3<3<3

It’s the fifth annual #Giving Tuesday — a holiday marketing tradition inspired by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, but with a twist. Today thousands of charities are asking us to open our wallets. But how can we be sure the group we donate to is effective — that we’re getting the most bang for our charity buck?

That question was vexing Elie Hassenfeld several years ago. He worked at a hedge fund, and he and a colleague wanted to give money to charity. Since they are numbers-oriented finance types, they wanted to maximize the results from their donation by finding groups that could offer the biggest impact per dollar.

Choosing A Charity: Should You Go With Your Heart Or Your Head?

Illustration: Katherine Streeter for NPR

DON'T SHOP ON BLACK FRIDAY!

Support your local artists, mom and pop stores, small/independent business, used/second hand/flea markets this year!

or make and create your own gifts this holiday season.

What is better, something from the heart, or something from Target?

I refuse to shop big stores this holiday season to help support all the wonderful local and independent artisans that RELY on selling their goods for a living. Shopping at big shops helps put $ in corporate big-wigs pockets, Not the ones that truely DESERVE it! When you shop small and local, it keeps you friends, family, and neighbors in business. Shop ETSY, shop local, trade, create, and craft!

Happy Holidays

it’s early as hell to be making a post like this but y'all are already gettin’ into the spirit, so just a reminder as we move into the Holiday Season to please consider supporting small (especially local) businesses when you’re shopping for gifts, decor, etc! :) 

Hey there! Wondering what to get those special witches in your life?

Well help this witch out by doing some holiday shopping at spell-bound for small business Saturday!

Jewelry, tarot bags, pendulums, and readings make great presents for your magically inclined loved ones.

Surprise one witch by supporting another by stopping by kristheresa.storenvy.com!