Hive Merch Update: Awesomeness Imminent

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My apologies for the recent scarcity... I've been working my tail off getting the store ready, and everything else has taken a back seat (even my search for a new home in the analog world). Now it's only some text polishing left before the big reveal!

I may have underestimated my own perfectionist tendencies when I said I was "close" to being finished... but that was less than a week ago-- and I'm less than 24 hours from being truly ready-- so I shouldn't be too hard on myself. Right?

Right. (I appreciate the moral support.)

I Won't Half-Ass My Hive Merch!

Or anything worth doing, for that matter... I hate putting my name on things if I don't think it's the very best I could do, so I tend to agonize over small details that may be overlooked in most cases. Call me crazy...

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But hopefully this attention to detail is translated into products that stand apart! If I'm going to be the first business here to clothe and accessorize my fellow #Hivians, you'd better bet I'm going to set the bar as high as I can reach!

The mockup shown above is one of four Hive-based mugs I designed... and then I have graphic short and long-sleeve tees, really nice hoodies, throw pillows, a hat, an apron and a even a few baby onesies! I'll release new designs here and there when I can, but I wanted to have a decent selection of things to start out strong.

And for those of you who didn't catch it in my last post: WE WILL BE ACCEPTING HIVE, HBD AND HIVE ENGINE TOKENS AS PAYMENT (thanks to @hivepay-io). Yeah... that's right. You can also use Paypal or your credit card... but the Hive integration is really what inspired me to do this!

Hive Tribes Front and Center!

It's not just Hive itself either... I've been grabbing brand assets (where they're available for public use) and putting together some exciting designs to include in the mix. So far, I have a few offerings for fans of #LeoFinance, Foodies Bee Hive and Rising Star... but I'll be working on others as time goes on, I'm sure.

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And this little retail dynamo is called Smart Alec Tees, so you should expect a touch of comic relief now and then... not too much, but enough to keep it from getting stiff. That LeoFinance shirt above is a good example of what I mean. (Cool?)

So this is the official pre-reveal announcement: Smart Alec Tees is inbound!

I'll be working tonight to tie up loose ends, and then I am planning on opening up the website to the public sometime tomorrow. But there is one other aspect of this brand that I would love to discuss with you and get some feedback...

Hive Account Strategy?

I'm still trying to figure out the best way for Smart Alec Tees to participate here in the Hive ecosystem. It has an account-- @smartalectees-- and I will obviously use it to post updates about the store and products. I've also been thinking about specifics, like having a presence on certain platforms, leaning the account curation towards comedy and using the #LOLS community as an occasional outlet for my own smart-ass humour.

And I have more complex thoughts too... like freebie contests and delegation schemes. But I guess I'm trying to say that I'm an amateur when it comes to tailoring activity for an account like this, and I don't want to get overwhelmed.

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Best to keep it simple at first, I suppose, but I'm totally open to advice and ideas. I see such amazing and creative things happening all around me-- by @thebeardflex, @thisisawesome and so many others-- and I find myself constantly wondering about the various minutiae involved. So help a brother out if you have a moment!

The Smart Alec Tees online store is happening either way, and I'll just put the pieces together as I go along. I'm a capable guy with a charming, intelligent daughter cheering me on (@sydney.potts) and a wonderful community of Hivians behind me-- like @panosdada, who was the very first to have already expressed some excitement.

I hope I was able to reassure everyone who is looking forward to checking out the store... I apologize, again, for my recent silence. The designs and website work have been my top priorities, and I'll get back to being more active in the coming days.



That's my story... or the Smart Alec Tees story, I should say. I'm so excited to get it rolling, and I can't wait to see what people think of the first designs! Please do comment below if you have any ideas or suggestions about strategy... or just let me know what you think about any or all of it. Talk to y'all soon! :)


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Love to see more initiatives happening here at HIVE! Strategy depends on what your goals are with this project and what your intentions with the account are! Feel free to ask questions!

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Thanks so much, @thebeardflex!
That's a good point... and I'll have to consider what my goals actually are for the account. Maybe nothing substantial, aside from increasing engagement with Hivians and onboarding some new ones. It certainly won't be as complicated as your !PIZZA project, but I'll put some more thought into it. I really appreciate you reaching out (in spite of the unsolicited tag). Cheers! :)

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Well done @thatcryptodave 👍

I understand the silence time because when you start it need to be amazing

I like the idea of putting Hive, HBD, Hive-Engine Tokens and PayPal, Credit Card for payments this will be different and helpful

Also the design of mug and Leo Shirt is very good but i like to see the hats ( you mentioned earlier )

I'm a hat guy i always have hat with me

Now the only thing left is the opening!

Which i waiting so don't forget to make a Big Bang Opening 🎆

See you in opening

!PIZZA

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Thank you, @panosdada! I'm glad you're liking what you're hearing and seeing so far. That makes me feel so good! :)

What are your platforms of choice, or are you more of a Hive-in-general kind of guy? I have one hat designed so far: Hive, full-back FlexFit, in a handful of colors. I !LUV it, but maybe you're hoping for a specific tribe or style. Fill me in, bro.

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I start be in LEO, POB, SPORTS but i will !LUV a Hive hat however it is just to have it @thatcryptodave

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I've been trying to track down the POB brand assets, but I may have to reach out for them. I hadn't considered SPORTS yet, as I don't really use the platform. But I'll keep it in mind... I'm just glad to hear that you're into a Hive hat. Still working... coming soon. ;)

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About the Tribes I don't really want to buy any brand but in future maybe

Now i only want to have a Hive Brand so I can easily promote the Hive to new people who still don't believe me

With you and the store i can show them how possible is with Crypto buy something in RL which you can to wear it

@thatcryptodave

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Okay, I get that. Promoting Hive is key at first anyway.
It's live too, by the way... you can CHECK IT OUT anytime. I really wanted to post something tonight letting people know, but I'm so tired. I missed my own deadline by a few hours though. (Sigh.) I'll have a lot to say in the next few days. Many thanks for the support, @panosdada! :)

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Thank you for the link!

Don't worry take your time so when is ready to be actually ready with no errors or problems @thatcryptodave

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Did you run into an issue, @panosdada? Were you able to access the site and see everything? It should be up and running.

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No is not are you running in WordPress?

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It's built in Wordpress, yes. I'm able to access it... perhaps you were one of the IPs being blocked at first. Have you tried again, @panosdada?

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Yes I try

I make account already

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I see that, @panosdada... very cool!
I'll tag you in the first official posts as I put all the pieces together. Thanks a lot for your early support, and your patience. 👊

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Of Course.. when is ready write me to buy something

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So I noticed two things today: my own cell phone's IP range was being blocked AND there were two categories missing on the home page. So I took care of those things... but I linked you to the spot with only the Hive-related products, so I'm curious if you hit a separate snag. It should be okay.

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Wow... This is amazing

Uhmm .. wait, what is the right word to express how much you wish to applaud a perfectionist for a job well done.... Hehehehe .... Just kidding

It's cool that the store is coming soon, and that the products are of high standards.

Putting in the energy, time, and effort to make sure hiveans gets the best out of this project is a sign that you hold us in high esteem, and I am pretty sure everyone will like that

Setting up the @smartalectees account and putting in juicy stuff like contests as you mentioned, delegations, humour and comedy support is a cool way to start off. And of course, there will be space for showcasing the products from time to time

Once hivans start flocking in, you will be smiling from ear to ear.

Congratulations on being able to incorporate payments that allows payment to be issued in various hive tokens, and not just credit cards.

Congratulations on everything, buddy


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You just made all the effort worth it, @edystringz! Thanks a lot for these kind words... I hope I can do this community justice and provide some quality merch to get the word out. The account strategy will come together, I trust, but it definitely helps give me peace of mind when I hear a bit of general approval like this. Cheers! :)

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I want a mug. Enough that your post got my attention and I will keep an eye on the situation.

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Yay! I have to admit that I will be grabbing a few of these mugs too! There's something about that Hive one that I REALLY !LUV... this was the first one I designed, and the other three are actually a bit more detailed, but this one has a classic, clean look that just feels right. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you expressing your interest. Huge! :)

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It's live now, @writing.group... I'm putting a reveal post, but I have to go to work. If you do CHECK IT OUT, please let me know if you run into any issues. It should be good.

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As soon as I'm not broke I'll buy one or two. Thanks for letting me know. Sorry I'm not in a position to do so today.

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Not a problem at all, @writing.group! I just wanted to make sure the few people who left comments were the first to be notified. No pressure... but I would love to hear people's thoughts on the store. Does it look okay? (I write too much on the product pages, I know.)

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The store itself is fine but to be honest I was a little surprised to see controversial political tweets on the main store page.

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I need to tweet a few more times to get them recent... but yeah, my Twitter activity got political for a while. And it will still go there occasionally, I'm sure, but I always use my Smart Alec account to place a humorous lens on things.

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You're right... it got off track for a little while. I cleaned it up, so that it's more focused on the lighter side. I appreciate you pointing that out... it's not consistent. Cheers!

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