I just want to briefly talk about one of the posts last week that got off-topic (to say the least). :(
First and foremost, let's avoid personal attacks. If you feel compelled to discuss with another JCA about an issue (and we have all been there), the place to address that issue is not publicly on this blog. It's better to reach out to him/her (i.e. personal email) to calmly work out the differences. (In most cases, the issue is rooted in misunderstanding not meanness.) It's hurtful to see someone (anyone) openly singled out.
Second, let's all be open to the diversity of comments. We should be free to express our love (or disappointment) with the brand without fear of backlash. If we disagree, then we should do so without being disagreeable. Hearing different opinions & takes on the various aspects of J.Crew is one of the benefits of this blog (or at least I hope it is). :)
Third, let's remember that it's hard to decipher tone & intent from comments. One person's disparaging comment is another person's humorous take. Therefore, let's give the benefit of the doubt when we come across a comment that strikes us (or even skip over it). Especially since our community is usually so kind and generous with each other. Similarly, sometimes we write not realizing it can be interpreted in different (possibly hurtful) ways and so we should be mindful of it. :)
Fourth, I love that we are all
passionate about this brand! I mean, that is what it really all comes down to. Why else would we frequent a blog about J.Crew? I like the Gap, but I don't actively seek out Gap-fan blogs. If I don't get a coupon from Ann Taylor, I don't mind it at all. But J.Crew... oh J.Crew!
J.Crew has casted a spell on us and I honestly believe our comments (good and bad) reflect our love for J.Crew!
Fifth, I actually understand and sympathize with both sides of the argument. Some of you are tired of the negative comments that offer no insight or value, while others of you want to express your legitimate concerns. So I am going to take up the suggestion from Ibi
to create a weekly "Looking to LOVE", as well as a "Looking to HATE" posts. We can then share our current best & worst experiences with the brand we love to love!
Lastly, I really like the suggestion from Desert Flower
post) about creating a daily "catch-all" post (similar to the daily posts while I was gone on vacation). This way, any news worthy topics of the day that don't fit perfectly with the current posts have a home. What are your thoughts on it? Do you think I should try it for awhile?
Sorry for the long post (& not addressing this sooner). And now back to J.Crew!