Sunday, 19 June 2011

Step forward and volunteer!

'Shakespeare Print' by designbirdie

The last six months just flew by! One minute we held the fabulous St Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt, the next moment the Etsy Ireland Pop-Up shop opened, and now we are coming towards the end of June, are still waiting for the summer, and have to start thinking of a new committee.

Letizia (Team Admin) and I, Purls (Blog Co-Ordinator) have been in our posts for a year and it's been a blast. However, we are now looking for two people who can take the Etsy Ireland mantle from us. Don't worry, we'll be around for help and advice. Letizia will keep our Twitter page updated, and I plan to write the odd blog article or two ;)

Volunteering on the team committee is a very satisfying experience. You get to know lots of amazing crafty people, you learn new skills, and get lots and lots of inspiration for everything, from your own craft to life in general. You also get a great sense of community, and don't feel like you're just a lonely crafter in a big world of people who don't care about handmade.

The following posts are up for grabs, so don't hesitate and bring your enthusiasm and ideas to the team!!!

Team Admin (rotated every 6 months)

  • responsible for making newcomers welcome, send out information about membership and passing on links (facebook/flickr/blog...)
  • add/invite people who become members to the Etsy team page & update the shop directory. Also add new members blogs to the members blog list.
  • encourage members to tag items correctly with 'craftyirelandteam' 
  • be on hand for general queries from new and existing members 
  • take random queries from press and send queries/press to the relevant person in the team who can help them. Also to update the contact tab on the blog when neccessary
  • email the New Member Admin weekly with the names of new members for inclusion in the 'Welcome' post on the blog
  • fresh picks on the blog - every few days pick 3 new favourites for the blog sidebar 
  • contact craft shops and ask for team discounts & update the craft suppliers tab on the blog

    Blog Co-ordinator (rotated every 6 months)

    • work with the 'blog hosts' to provide daily content on the blog
    • create a blog timetable/ calendar through shared docs, for instance Google Calendar
    • write articles, especially when there are gaps in the schedule
    • edit submitted articles if necessary
    • deal with minor technical glitches on the blog
    • add blog hosts/ regular contributors as blog authors to the blog so that they can publish their articles themselves
    • encourage members to submit content, this involves mentioning the blog in the team forums and to new members, as well as publishing calls for new content on the blog regularly
    • co-operate with the Blog Designer to have regular design changes
    • be the contact person for the blog and respond to queries

    New Member Admin for 'Welcome' updates
    • announce new members publicly on the blog (Member Update) once weekly email is received from Team Admin: this involves visiting each new member's shop, getting a pic and title of a current item, creating the collage or composite graphic of that week's members and then getting a slot from the Blog Co-Ordinator to do the Welcome post

    Blog Hosts

    Responsible for assisting Blog Co-Ordinator in maintaining a complete blog schedule and help fill gaps where necessary. There are regular hosts and hosts who don't have a weekly slot.

    Anne Marie who has been a regular contributor to this blog for a year now has decided to take a break, and Mo, who has kept us informed about all things crafty in the Crafty News also wants to take a break. This means, we need somebody who would love to write the Crafty News once a week, and also more blog hosts. We also need somebody who currates the Eyes Open Ireland feature since Rachel will be currating the Fab Five on Fridays.
    If any of the other hosts who have regular slots would like a break, or 'change jobs', please let us know here. Maggie, our blog designer who has been working quietly in the background, will stay in her post.

    PR Team/Think Tank (long term role for 3 - 5 members)

    The Think Tank has yet to get off the ground properly, although we had some great work from more informal groups of team members in relation to the St Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt and the Etsy Ireland Pop-Up shop. However, maybe this term we might finally get a bunch of proactive creative thinkers and most importantly 'doers' to help generate publicity for the team, online and offline. This would include writing press releases, organising team promotions and publicising the team at events or organising publicity events for the team. The Think Tank works closely with the Team Admin and Blog Co-Ordinator.

    The Think Tank is also responsible for applying for team grants and informing the team of progress via blog, facebook, twitter, Crafty Ireland Team forums, and Etsy chat room.

    Area Representatives:

    Represent your Area! Hosting a team meeting is a great way to do that! We need reps for
    Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Limerick and Cork. If there is a significantly large group of Etsy Ireland team members elsewhere, do let the Team Admin know and discuss where to set up meetings for said group!
    Each rep will be responsible for setting up meeting time/location and inviting members in your locality to come along. No big agenda! Just meet up, chat, show off your latest makes, maybe have a craft supply swap and have fun. We’d love each rep to blog after each meeting with some photos and a little summary of what you all got up to!

    That's it for the moment, new or new vacant posts might be added to this list - we are always open for  new suggestions - so keep an eye on this blog. Informal enquiries about posts can also be made to me, Purls, and Letizia.


    New Committee:

    Team Admin: Sue from amazingbeads
    Blog Co-Ordinator:
    New Member Admin for 'Welcome' updates: Ellen from Spiralgoddess

    Web Designer: Maggie from TheBowMakers
    Techie Backup: Apple from AuntyApplesReFinery
    Blog Hosts:
    Ruth from nicedaydesigns, Mante from MedusaJewellery

    Crafty News:
    Treasury Currator:
    Eyes Open Ireland (monthly):
    Ellen from Spiralgodess

    Fab Five on Fridays: Rachel from balanced
    Tea and a Chat: Rebecca from LuckyRainbowDesigns
    Twitter: Letizia from ooakie
    Facebook: Nadine from thethistlepatch

    PR/Think Tank: Angela from graceandfavourshop, Sue from amazingbeads
    Area Representatives:
    Galway: mariposavintage
    Limerick:  Ruth from nicedaydesigns


    1. I'd like to extend a Massive thank you to Brigitte (Purls) and Letizia for all the work they have put in this last year and to the rest of my fellow committee members.

      I'm stepping down as a blog host as it is time for new blood and fresh ideas and I need to spend some time on other, non-crafty things for a while. I will send in the odd post to help back-fill though when I can.

    2. I second your thanks to Brigitte and Letizia, AM! Great work ladies, and it's much appreciated. I've been doing the Fab Five on Friday for a year now and would love to extend an invitation, to anyone who'd like like to take over or just help out? Beth

    3. I'll volunteer to take over Fab 5 on Friday!
      but that means someone will need to take on Eyes Open Ireland, which I was a slacker with. :P

    4. Thanks to you all for your hard work. I would love to do Team Admin if you will have me. But will someone take me through what to do?

      Amazing Beads

    5. Sue - you are my hero. Don't worry we won't just leave you to your own devices......... straight away ;)

    6. Woah, two volunteers already!!! That's great news!

      Keep 'em coming :)

    7. Rachel, I'm delighted you've volunteered for the Fab Five. You did such a great job on the one you did in Winter! Brilliant news! Beth

    8. Thanks so much to Birgitte and Letizia for the amazing work you've both done. I know what a struggle it is to keep going, and the hours that can disappear into doing team work. I've been pretty dismal as the Wednesday treasury person.
      I'm happy to stay on as an active blog host, and also as the Limerick co-ordinator.

    9. Ruth, it's great to see you still have the energy after organising and running the Etsy Pop-Up shop. Do you still want to do the treasuries?

    10. There is also an active thread in the Etsy Ireland team forum:

      and we just got some more volunteers!!!

    11. hey everyone!

      I'm happy to keep going with the tea and a chat series as I have lots of lovely people lined up over the coming weeks! :)

      Rebecca x

    12. Wonderful! Looking forward to more teas and chats!

    13. awesome. I love when everything works out. :)

    14. Hi Guys! I would love to help out in whatever way I can! I cant take on any of the full time positions I have 2 kids and time is hard to manage but I could be the area coordinator for the Galway area if we are stuck. I would love to meet up with my fellow etsians and help organize some events and fun things in Galway!

    15. Galway rep sounds great! Thanks for volunteering :)