Sunday, January 15, 2012

What Can I Do For YOU?

Today is "Chandler the Robot's" one year anniversary. How crazy is that?! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have taken the time to read and comment on my blogs, also to those of you who have joined the Chandler family not only by owning a Chandler of your very own, but by your valuable feedback in Chandler's development. 

When I first started Chandler the Robot, I can't tell you how grateful I was by every helpful suggestion you guys made from anything to making my web store more accessible to spelling errors etc…

Now, I'm calling on your support and feedback once again, because who knows better how to serve you than you. I'm asking you, what can I do better? Are there certain specific topics you would like me to discuss about touring, jewelry making, or music in general? What can I improve about Chandler jewelry? Are there designs you would like to see in the future or is there anything I can improve about my blog or store?

I would love to hear from you in the comments below! Thank you for such a great past year. I'm so looking forward to another fantastic one!

Honestly,
Meg

45 comments:

  1. Make custom orders but only for peoples birthdays! Your chandler designs cant get any better and your blog is great! Oh and one more thing... Make 50 more Racheals!

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    1. Thank you for your comments:) I definitely want to take a month this year and focus on custom orders. Also, that's a good idea to bring back some of the first designs people might have worked on. Great ideas!

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  2. I'm so so so glad that Chandler is one year old! Happy Birthday! My sister and I are both so shocked that it's only been a year that we've been yabbering to everyone we know about Chandler. Not sure you could do anything better, just keep coming out with more pieces, and keep posting. I'll keep reading and buying!

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    1. Thanks Catrina! I appreciate you and your sister:)

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  3. Haha custom chandlers would be quite a great although my birthday's in October...

    I love what you write - it's never meaningless - there's always a point. The chandlers are all so cute they just keep getting better and better!

    I love to read your blog. It's pretty much the first thing I check when I wake up. I think it's perfect the way it is.

    But I must say I love to read your personal stories the most out of everything. Funny stories from the past, you with the band...like these touring ones now. I feel like I can get a better vision of what you guys are Iike on a normal basis...

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    1. Agreed. It would be cool if she made them look like you.... :)

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    2. Great to know! I'm always wondering which stories I should be telling. I know the ones "I" want to tell, but I want to make sure I'm telling the ones you guys want to hear! Thank you.

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  4. The blog has been great. I enjoy it very much as is. I wouldn't change it too much. I find the creative and song writing process to be really interesting if I had to say something.

    I would say that for your jewelry:
    The designs are great to date, but I would like to see something like a Chandler cuff-link or tie clip. This would attract more business in my opinion for us dudes. You're doin great!

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    1. That's the greatest idea! Guys are always asking me which once is the most "guy friendly". I also am about to release a "Ballerina Robot" , so I owe you dudes something;)

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    2. Count me in as one more for more more guy friendly jewelry! I'd like to see something a little less formal than cufflinks or a tie clip, though—something I could wear more casually. Not quite sure what that would be, but I know you can do it! :)

      The blog is great. I love reading about your tour with Dia. Keep doing what you're doing!

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    3. I agree with the more guy friendly stuff like cufflinks and a tie clip. But guys there are two pieces for sure that are for guys and girls. I wear my P30 and Stupendous and get loads of comments, and all from females so in my opinion #winning. LOL! I am also secure enough to wear my blue Dia lemonade t as well, but not a "Ballerina Robot" hehe I do have my limits.

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  5. Tell us stories or things about Jade and Misty and Nikki and Rena! I read Jades blog all the time but with school, she doesn't update it a lot. I'd love to hear about the young ones! (maybe theyre not really 'young' since I'm the same age as Misty!!!!)

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    2. ohpshaw, you have very good points. I tend to agree with you. However, Kalle I think it's awesome that you'd like to hear more about the fam. I'll post up some cute pics of them occasionally. Thanks for your input:)

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    3. Yea now that I think twice about that's wits not a very good worded comment. What I meant was exactly what you saidyouwould do, just post a pic once every few months.....

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  6. Sorry, kalle, but in my opinion folks should be really careful about publicly discussing certain details of family members who are not in the public eye, and to be especially careful not to attract unwanted attention to those who are underage (school, location, etc.). Sure, public accomplishments can be public; but sometimes, even revealing seemingly harmless private information can bring embarrassment, harassment, or worse from people who are bent on troublemaking.

    Maybe I'm old fashioned when it comes to social networking, but I think it's wise to keep private matters private, and not to be so eager to "let it all hang out," so to speak, like some people urged when I was younger. We just have to be more cautious about what to hang out for all the world to see forever.

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  7. Your designs have improved so much within just a year! They've all been great so far and have gotten to a nice sophisticated level of detail and craftsmanship. Just to throw out some ideas for future designs: literature-inspired pieces (since you guys often write literature-inspired songs) and maybe more pieces that relate to your songs in general. Personally, I'd like to see something related to "Unsinkable Ships" and "Bandits." They seem like perfect songs/themes for necklaces. And Tim brings up a good point too; it'd be nice to have some more male-oriented accessories if that's possible…but it's cool to just have a Chandler sitting around on my desk too.

    As for blogging, everything you have to say has been interesting. Even random things like your cooking stories have been fun to read. It's always just good to hear what you and the band are up to and all the significant memories of the past. If you would like to share jewelry-making or song-writing tips and techniques, that would be awesome! But of course all artists are entitled to their secrets ;] I also enjoy reading about the meaning behind your songs and albums. Long posts and short posts are all fun to read.

    Maybe it would be nice to see a gallery in your store of all the Chandler designs you've ever made?

    I also vote for an option of custom designs to come back too, but maybe "just for birthdays" isn't a reliable way to prevent an overflow of custom orders. Just accepting orders for a limited window of time or setting the price higher is probably the best way to leave the option open, but ensure that you don't get drowned in custom orders.

    But overall, can't say there's anything to complain about the blog or the Chandlers :] Awesome stuff

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    1. I made a piece last year that consisted of a stack of books with feathers dangling out the bottom. I love that piece. I'm going to release it this year for sure. I haven't really thought about tying jewelry to our songs, but that's a fantastic idea! Even doing a "Monster" for "Monster" from Something Real could be cool...You guys have really got me thinking!

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  8. Meg, I enjoy your blog pretty much the way it is. I am no musician, song writer, or performing artist in any way, so it's fascinating for me to see how folks like you go about your creative business.

    Something that I'm curious about is whether Blake is as much a barrel of laughs off camera as he is on camera. Is he a prankster on this tour? I fully understand if you'd prefer not to reveal anything about Blake, since he does a pretty good job doing so all by himself when he wants to. ;-)

    Also the logistics of touring: Since you're doing many shows on consecutive days, does the stage really have to be torn down and rushed to the next venue to be set up overnight? And do you have to move or set up your own equipment at both Blake's and your own venues on this tour? About how many people, buses, trucks are on this touring caravan? (Wild guess is 75 people.)

    I love the Chandler that I bought last year for my wife. It's so unique and is a conversation starter.

    Ideas: A mama Chandler cradling a swaddled baby on one arm might be cute (don't even have to show baby's face to make it easier to make). How about a rigid Chandler sitting atop a #2 pencil (wouldn't need a chain). Refrigerator magnet? Illuminated Chandler? Parachuting or upside-down bungee-jumping Chandler? Patriotic or uniformed Chandler (saluting?). Cool Chandler wearing beard (could double as Santa Claus) or sunglasses, or both?

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    1. I love the "illuminated Chandler" and "Parachuting Chandler". Those could be really cool! I might have to have help creating a light inside chandler, sort of like a lamp deal with his heart and his eyes lit up. Love it!

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    2. You got me brainstorming about illuminated Chandler:

      (1) As with any portable electronic device, the biggest problem (read: headache) is the battery. Maybe Chandler could wear a little battery backpack that contains a small button cell + holder, switch, and light source (LED) illuminating some flexible strands of optical fiber leading to his eyes and heart.

      The optical fiber could be obtained very cheaply from those cheesy light-art objects you find at the mall (Spencer Gifts?). Peacocks or flowers made of many hundreds or thousands of optical fiber strands that change color.

      (2) Or maybe instead of fiber optics, just have LEDs at the front of Chandler with their leads sticking out the back that would plug into the battery pack. Then you could snap on the battery pack to illuminate or remove the battery pack to turn off. That would eliminate needing a power switch (just be careful not to lose the battery pack when it's removed.)

      (3) Instead of an external battery pack (since Chandler is hollow), maybe the whole thing (battery + lamp only) could fit inside Chandler as a module. Chandler might need to be bigger, though.
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      I'm not sure how practical this is at this point, because you won't want to spend too much time & labor on assembly. However, the goods news is that the parts are cheap.

      Hmmm, you got me thinking about refining this idea so that it's reliable, small, fast and cheap for you to make. This could be a neat science/engineering/art project to sponsor some school kids out your way. You set the basic requirements and your design team lets the creative juices flow. The possibilities for combining art and science are endless!

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    3. Meg, you are unleashing some serious dweeby creative energy in me. Ha!

      Another product idea: Dancing/swinging Chandler.

      For this to work you need to glue a tiny magnet on each foot.

      Then when you're done wearing Chandler around your neck, you hang him on a hook over a base that contains an electromagnet, battery, and some electronics that pulse the electromagnet and randomly swap its polarity. The effect is to create alternately attractive and repulsive magnetic forces on Chandler's feet, making him bounce and dance (or looking like he's possessed). If it's on a timer on your desk, you could scare the bejeebers out of your office guest.

      Anyway, thanks for letting me indulge in dweeby craziness.

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    4. Ohpshaw my life IS dweeby creative energy! ha ha. I love all of these suggestions, and I'm not joking. I'm going to find a way to make some of this work!

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  9. Daily updates would be freaking, AWESOME!!!!!!!!

    but it doesn't have to be daily :P

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  10. I will do my best to write them as often as possible:)

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  11. I actually wore my Stupendous Chandler to the concert tonight!

    Absolutely adore all of my Chandlers, and they mean especially more since they were all gifts from my husband. I'd LOVE to see more earrings! Or maybe a zombie Chandler. ;D Really loved the cocoon necklace, too, but never had the chance to buy it.

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  12. It's hard to believe you've only been doing this for a year, you're so good at it! All the designs are so unique! Maybe bring back the polymer clay pieces? I love those. Also a little copper acoustic guitar or banjo piece would be so cool. Also, a little chandler wearing a tuxedo would be too cute.

    I would also love to see pieces more tied into the songs you write. An "Unsinkable Ships" piece would be so neat. And you should bring back the Atlas Shrugged piece! :) Freaking love that one.

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  13. I'd like to hear more of the behind the scenes of touring, "A day in the life of a touring musician" etc, or about all of the different people/jobs that others have to make a tour happen.

    As far as the jewelry goes, I agree with others that I'd like to see more guy stuff: key chains, bookmarks(not really jewelry though is it?haha) As an avid reader I'd like to see more book related pieces or music, things of that nature.

    Happy Birthday Chandler! :)

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    1. Keychains and bookmarks! Those are great ideas. I'd be really excited to own those

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  14. I really enjoy reading your blogs, the combination of different aspects of your life is interesting and inspiring, I'm currently experiencing my first yoga lessons in college haha. I'm also super close with my little sister so when she told me she was becoming a huge fan of Chandler and your music (she's always singing "Monster" and is planning to sing it for her next school talent show) it made me smile. I love all of your designs, especially your newest ballerina bot because it reminds me of someone very dear to my heart. I feel like the things you do are very imaginitive and amazing! Hopefully you could bring back some older designs though, like the Friends collection or the Sherbot Holmes...or a Watson!:o
    Happy Birthday Chandler!

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  15. I absolutely love PR's idea of making a gallery to show off all your past and present designs on the CTR website. And I love the idea of tying a few Chandler designs to some M&D songs. A few male-friendly designs would be awesome as well. Maybe some wooden bead bracelets with Chandler (maybe a charm of sorts) somehow incorporated for the men, or if you'd like to delve even further into accessories, a Chandler themed neck or bow tie might be pretty sweet? These ideas are a bit out there, but they're coming to mind so I might as well say them! And maybe you can designate one month of the year as "custom design jewelry month". You may not be able to keep such a thing up every year on the same month, especially because of touring, but it would be pretty sweet month to look forward to! I would also love to see all of the custom designs you create shown on the CTR website (as long as it's alright with the person purchasing the jewelry, of course). I also vote that you make a few more Phoebe bots because she's the only one I'm missing from the Friends collection, haha. And I must say that I would personally love to see a "traditional artist Chandler" or something along those lines! Specifically, I would love him as a painter, with a cute little paint brush and painter's palette in his hands, and a mess of different colors on his body and face to make it look as though he just got done painting! I love to paint so it would be a personal favorite of mine.
    I think I could go on forever with jewelry design suggestions so I'll spare you and stop there. :) And regarding the style of your blog, don't change a thing! Your blogs are always interesting and meaningful for us readers, so just keep them up and keep saying what you want to say because everything about your writing style is just right! You know I'm a huge fan of yours, Meg, so I don't feel like I need any sort of expectations when it comes to what you're all about. Just keep doing things the way you want to do them and continue to be yourself, because you yourself and the creativity you produce (in terms of music, jewelry, and blogging) is better than great already the way it is!

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  16. You should post more demo songs on your blog! I love listening to your songs. They're Great!

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  17. Your blog and your bots are already awesome...so I only have one request...
    Please do another solo video! Doesn't matter what song...original song, cover song, one of the songs that didn't make an album, anything.
    I love your 'weeding through the rubble' video, but it is the ONLY one I can find that is "just meg doin' her thang and doin' it well". Don't get me wrong, I love the Dia solos, and I really love Dia with a Meg backing, but I would also like to hear more of just Meg. Some of my favorite M&D songs are the Meg songs...in fact two of my favs off Cocoon are 'Better Off' and 'Said and Done'
    There is one more request...keep doing what you are doing and have fun doing it!

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  18. Happy birthday, Chandler! I love the necklaces I do have, the clay ones are awesome, but the copper ones are definitely my favorite. People really like Chandler 3PO, he always gets so many compliments when I wear him, from guys and girls, and even my professors :)
    Do you think you could open a Chandler Repair Shop maybe? The day I got my Stupendous Chandler, his leg fell off :( I was able to fix it somewhat, but it's still not as secure as I'd like it to be.
    I like Jill's idea about a zombie Chandler :) that'd be adorable! Maybe for Halloween? I also love the idea of song inspired pieces, I agree that Monster would be a great one!
    And yes! I whole-heartidly agree with soupNcrackers! I love listening to your demos! I remember when about a year ago some demos from here, here, and here were online. I think I liked the demo versions of the songs better than the album versions even, because they sounded so raw and full of emotion
    Keep up the excellent work! I hope Chandler has many more birthdays to come!

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    1. Hi Gina,

      I do repairs free of charge. Why don't you email me at meg@chandlertherobot.com and we can make arrangements to fix your Stupendous Chandler.

      Meg

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    2. Really? That's wonderful! Thanks!

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  19. I think it would be great to see all your past designs - either on your blog or on your store site, just to see all that you have created and where Chandler came from. It would be cool to be able to see photos of your work. I love your earlier designs so maybe even once in a while bringing back a past design if you feel in the mood to make them again :)

    I really like the idea of creating pieces around your songs.

    With the blog, I really enjoy just hearing about your crazy adventures on tour and off. For me, its just fun to see into the life and views of someone else - especially someone with such a different life than my own. And I very much appreciate how responsive you are to your readers and customers :)

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    1. Thanks Jen. I appreciate your comment:) I already have a flicker page for a "photo gallery" per say, but I have not been very active in updating it or letting people know about it. So thank you, I'm definitely going to work on updating this, because I even find myself searching for pictures of designs that I've done in the past, that I can't seem to find in my photo collection.

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  20. I love reading your blogs, I'm amassed at how well you can put your adventures and life experiences in writing. So open and honest. What I would like to know is how your life is on the tour bus. I can only picture it as being a blast, how's your driver, do you sleep and dine on it?

    Happy Birthday to Chandler, he's such a cool dude and what a great creation. Love robots, I remember as a youngster one of my favorite movies was Tobor the Great, which is robot spelled backwards, a true family classic. Have you ever made any sporting Chandlers? I was thinking a volleyball theme. My wife coaches volleyball and I know she would love to show one off, me being a dude I would love a football Chandler ha ha! Seriously I would! But any way I have Stupendous hanging in my Jeep Wrangler and he loves flying around turns.

    Thanks for being you,
    Tom

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  21. First of all, I want to start by thanking you for everything that you do. I would be as equally satisfied if everything remained status quo. There are still a few Chandlers I want to purchase so I am behind at the moment anyways. :D

    "Jewelry: You did a Dia bot, so how bout a Meg, Carlo, Nick, and Jonathan bot? Will we be able to get the design from a previous First Thursday as a custom piece?

    Blog: Love it. Don't change a thing. Just keep telling whatever kinda story you want, I enjoy them all.

    If I really had only one question to ask of you though it would be: How about you guys do a headline show here in New Orleans? I read somewhere once that you guys played here before, and only 17 people showed up. I hope that won't make you not to return here again.

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  22. I really appreciate the fact that you are being you for yourself and for others too.That is what it truly is supposed to be isn't it? You not just put it out there and leave like that you ask for input and respond when you can.I just turned 51 a few days before Chandler hit the 1 yr mark.I have now subscribed to your blog and I have read some of the earlier posts as well.Every thing is well written and from the heart. I thought of a something for a CHANDLER piece,how about CHANDLER THE ROBOT with A GUITAR.I think it would go over really well because it would connect both parts of you in one.If you did one I know I for one would order one in a heartbeat. I am new to your music as well,I now count myself as a FAN.I was so impressed I was inspired to purchase a ticket to the WELL LIT AND AMPLIFIED TOUR just so I can hear it live. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU AND SHARING YOURSELF

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    1. Steve, that's a great idea. People like to customize, and if Guitar Chandler could be attached to a lanyard for employee badges I bet that would appeal to men and women alike. A Surfboard Chandler in the sporting series might be good.

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  23. I've noticed some of the band has new phones. Y'all have been posting lots of photos to instagram, twitter, and facebook. If y'all could record short clips here and there through out your tour experience that would be FANTASTIC! Post it on facebook or youtube please. =D

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  24. Have you ever thought about doing a "Chandler in Wonderland" series? I would love to see your take on Alice, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts. Even a chesire cat! Or maybe something like a Lorax (he speaks for the trees!) So far I have loved all of your designs. Have you ever thought about making rings? Little copper rings lined with the cogs and gears etc. Just some suggestions. You are amazingly talented and I am so happy that you and Nick are together. Have fun on tour and I hope things are ok with Blake Shelton and the passing of his father :( Keep up the good work Meg!

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  25. I think you should post more on how you got into the industry. My lifelong dream is to become a professional singer. I've got the talent, just not the resources..
    Can you post more on what toi do with your dream. I don't know where to start, and you and Dia have what I want.

    You guys are amazing, truely amazing. Good luck on your future endeavors! :)

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