What happens in the hive?
This year I think I’ll talk about what we actually do in the club.
Trading patches is the main “thing” in the club and the only required activity. But you only have to trade once a month, so it’s not much. I think trading is the thing I do the least of to be honest.
Then we have the club activities organized by the staff. It can be pretty much anything. The annual Blog Day is one of them. Right now we also have an Advent calendar (get a patch for your quilt every day!) and a secret Santa project where the participants get assigned a random bee to make a gift for without revealing who they are.
In the spring we often have an Easter egg hunt where we first make a shitload of eggs and then hide them on our websites. So to find them you have to search through EVERY website in the member list. It’s a lot of work but it’s so much fun seeing all those different websites, I think that’s my favourite activity.
And for Halloween we usually have some kind of Trick-or-Treat activity where we all make our own Halloween patch and then go around trading it with other participants. Afterwards we usually vote for our favourites and the winners get award patches for their quilts.
Last month there was a Thanksgiving activity where you had to send in your favourite fall recipes (with little images to illustrate the dish). I’m terrible in the kitchen so I stayed far away from that though :P
These activities are all very random and you don’t have to participate in any of them if you don’t want to.
The message board and the chatroom
On the club’s website we have our own message board for… well, everything. The staff post about updates and activities, but it’s also for the bees to discuss anything they want to. We talk about books and movies. Post pictures of our pets and our latest artwork or crafts project. We ask each other about html and hosting companies and complain about the weather. It’s a general message board really.
The difference from all the other MB’s out there is that the Qbee board is by far the friendliest and most open-minded of them all ;)
There’s also a chatroom (IRC) where we can talk to each other in real-time, but I haven’t been there much myself. I’m in a weird time zone so when I’m online nobody else is.
If you want to get to know the other members, the board and the chat is the place to be(e) ^_^
There are lots of little things going on in and around the club. We have awards handed out for various things (creative patch award, unique website award, bee of the week etc.) and the “Bee Spotlight” where a bee is interviewed and featured on the site. We have a section where you can upload and donate your own graphics to the club, for members to use on their quilts.
There is a book club called Pages that I’m always planning to get into and always fail miserably. I am registered as a member but I just can’t seem to get my act together and participate in the book reviews and discussions :( Maybe a goal for next year?
And sometimes the members come up with their own activities! Like organizing a Christmas card exchange :D We do that almost every year and it’s so much fun getting cards from all over the world.
Basically, there’s lots to do in the hive :) But none of it is required other than the trading. If you’re not a bee you’re really missing out!