Friday, May 06, 2005

Ode to Craigslist

Okay, so Craigslist is like, the greatest thing ever. I found our house on Craigslist. A great deal of my clients found me on Craigslist, and I've found a few of them there as well. Part-time jobs, DVD players, you name it, I've found it. Right now, I'm trying to find a reasonably priced Treo 600 for Verizon (hello? anyone?) on Craigslist. So, I'm a definitely a fan.

It's funny, because when I started posting about a year ago, the event services section was way less crowded than it is now. For one thing, it was just me and a couple of other coordinators posting regularly, and now it's like, six or seven a day. And what's hysterical is that some of them have started imitating me. I'm not kidding. Just a couple of days ago, I posted, "Actually, You Can Afford a Wedding Planner", which opened up into a description of my services and a link to the website. Not two hours later, I went back and checked the listings, to find that another coordinator had posted, "Finally, A Wedding Planner You Can Afford!" Uh. Okay...And then there's coordinators who've basically riffed off my company's name to create their own names - or, if they haven't, it's an awfully big coincidence. And, you know, the irony is that they all claim to be "creative" and "original". Whatever. There's plenty of business for everyone, I know for a fact that a couple of those guys have lost business to me, and this is the closest I will ever get to confronting them. I have better stuff to do. They have better stuff to do, too, I just hope they get around to realizing it. But I don't know, should I be...flattered?

But seriously? Treo? Anyone? I'd be willing to trade a wedding planning package for it...
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