Hello all, we’re just covering all our bases here and making sure as many authors and buyers as possible are made aware of the following important announcement:
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I think it’s the first month that an author uploaded the first file on that account, though I could be wrong.
You’re exactly right, Tom. So if an author signed up in 2012 but only submitted their first item in September 2014, they would appear as a Top New Author for September 2014.
This comment is great because it shows how perseverance and being brave can open up a world of opportunities. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings, “If there’s something wrong with your life, change it.” Only you have the power to make your life how you want it to be: Take control, pursue your dreams, and do so without grumbling.
This is not going to be your average 100 sales yay-thread. This is a short personal success story about how Envato helped me achieve my goals and fulfill my dreams. I’m here to genuinely express my sincere gratitude to the Envato staff and the community.
Since I do not want to trouble you too much with my personal life I’ll try to keep this post as short as possible.
Around 5 years ago I had this incredible urge to travel around the globe and I wanted to be able to finance my travels while on the road. A life’s dream or dream goal as you might call it. I never knew how or when I was going to achieve this but I kept trusting that I would find out somehow.
So here is what happened since I had that dream:
After getting my (rather useless) degree in Multimedia and Design in the first 2,5 years I flunked two other schools. I just didn’t liked school anymore so I decided to quit. The next two years I had multiple boring and low paying jobs as a mail man and a mail sorter and at some point I really didn’t know what to do with my life.
I then stumbled upon VideoHive and somehow saw this as an opportunity to get out of that daily rut. With a really poor educational background in Motion Design and Motion Graphics I started picking up After Effects and after 3 months submitted my first item. My skill level was really below average back then and a couple of items got rejected. After the submission of a couple of improved items sales started to go up and I also received more and more freelancing jobs through VideoHive. People started to contact me from everywhere around the globe. Within 8 months I was able to quit my daily job as a mail sorter and go fully freelance. People around me didn’t understand how I was able to get by so quickly and be offered this many custom jobs. I often tried to tell them about Envato and VideoHive but most people just didn’t seem to understand (and still don’t!). I’ve only had about three local clients since then I and I actually prefer to work globally through the internet. It somehow feels like a much more efficient way to work and people seem to open up much more.
Since then I have created 18 items some successful and some not. On good months, I can now live off my VideoHive earnings. And on a regular basis I get asked to do custom work that will contribute to keeping me alive .
So a while ago I’ve decided to chase my dreams and booked a one-way ticket. My plane to Bangkok will be leaving in 6 days and I’m leaving everything behind: I’ve denounced my apartment, I’m going to store all my stuff, I have canceled all my subscriptions and so on. The only sad thing about it is that I won’t see my friends and family for a while. But hey that is why you can make new friends and some of them will come to visit anyways.
Now for my travels I have barely anything planned out, so if you have any good recommendations on where I could go I’d love to hear them! All I know is that I first want to focus on Asia while starting in Thailand (I’ve been to India and Malaysia already some time ago). Also when you live somewhere in Asia and want to meet up please let me know.
So I want to thank all of you Envato founders (Collis, Cyan, Jun), buyers, staff, authors(ManuDesign, and all others whom I’ve befriended here), forum moderators(felt_tips), reviewers(placdarms,motionrevolver,fluxvfx,mark,baf2681) and everyone else whom I might forgot to mention and who is making this possible.
I know that Envato is under a lot of fast-paced changes (and therefore a lot of criticism) these last couple of weeks and I just wanted to take the time and point out that I am very grateful for this amazing platform that allows us to achieve so much freedom in our daily lives.Okay so that’s it. Sorry for the long story but I didn’t want my gratitude for you guys to go unnoticed! Much love to you all and bye bye for now.
What a great story and what a great journey, Marco. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. I think we can sometimes forget the many positives to what Envato Market brings to us all – the freedoms and flexibility to express creativity, the opportunity of making residual money on making things authors want to make and not being restricted to the requirements of a client, and the impact authors can make on other people’s projects and lives around the entire world. Your story is a testament to that, Marco, and I wish you well with your new adventures. Be brave, learn and gain wisdom, and go forth. Good luck to you!
Improving and Removing Envato Market Image Watermarking
We’re making some changes to our Envato Market image watermarks and we have a full announcement right here! Here’s a quick overview of what’s changing:
- Watermark update: Rebranded (new Envato logo), lighter, smaller, less intrusive, less distracting, allows your work to shine through!
- Removing watermarks from some GraphicRiver categories: We realized that watermarking is not necessary for preview images for some categories so we’re removing them from Fonts, Presentations, and Add-ons.
- Potential, Future Plans: We’re also looking at removing watermarks down the track from other GraphicRiver categories like Print Templates and Product Mockups. Stay tuned!
With any watermarking system the key is to weigh up the risks and find that perfect balance between unethical users versus showcasing work to buyers. We think we’ve foun that right balance with the new watermark.
At this stage we’re not reprocessing existing items to have the new watermark applied, simply because its a surprisingly large technical task. However, down the track we’ll look at looping back to this.
Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns!
Thanks so much for all the questions so far, they’re a big help! We’re looking forward to providing answers in due course so we can continue to refine and improve the guidelines for everyone. Keep those questions coming and I can assure you we’ll be swinging-by here to provide answers to those questions as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!
In the promotion guidelines, the Extended License Changes link doesn’t work.
How dare they release a new blog and break that old link. Thanks so much, VF! Here’s the link for now and we’ll fix the link in the article later today.http://marketblog.envato.com/general/extended-license-changes-part-1/
Hello fellow authors! We’ve just released a new article to our Knowledgebase along with an update to an existing article as we try to improve guidelines for all authors and provide more helpful information and answers to common questions we receive. Here’s what’s new!
If anyone has suggestions or questions not already covered in either of these articles, we’d be glad to consider them in a future update so please don’t hesitate to let us know in this thread!