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Monday, March 16, 2009

Note to Self: Never Give Up - on selling arts & crafts

Omigosh, dear readers and fellow-travelers, I have been having the hardest time writing this post! All I want to do is let you know that I've had some of my stuff featured on both the Etsy and RedBubble sites recently - w00t, ta-rah, yay me! - and yet there are all these sniping little voices in the back of my head that don't want to me do it :( These nasty little voices will actually be the subject of this post (because, guess what, we all have them), but let me start with the Good News: My picture Abstract Sunset is currently being featured on RedBubble!

Last week, another RedBubble picture was featured - LuvLee's Window. And, my StarGate readings were featured in an Etsy Treasury!
So what are these features and why are they such a big deal? One of the reasons we try to sell on big sites (and both Etsy and RedBubble are big sites) is because the big sites get the traffic. My Etsy site gets 5 times as many visitors per day and my little ol' blog (but that's okay, I love my blog visitors too :-). The downside of the big sites, though, it that you can get lost in them. To counteract this, the site managers kindly provide ways for the users to feature other users in various showcases - which gives us all more exposure and visibility.
That's why being featured is a big deal. Plus, it means that someone actually liked my stuff well enough to put it in a feature (or treasury). After all, the good people who do such things don't get paid for it.
So whoopeeee - I've been featured - somebody actually likes my stuff! And not only that, I've had string of sales from Etsy over the last several weeks (may it continue) - that's the real proof of the art pudding, so to speak.
Now to let the nasty voices - also known as the Itty Bitty Sh1tty Committee - have their say: Isn't trying to make money selling artwork a waste of time? Shouldn't you get a real job? You've never had art training - what makes you think you can do it? And why are you bragging about yourself in your blog? Nobody wants to read about your features. And isn't having a blog a self-indulgent waste of time, anyway? And furthermore... And so on... And blah and blah and quack quack...
Chatter on, little voices. I'm not listening to you. I've been battling you ever since I started this venture (actually my whole working life, since I've never had job that fit snugly in the mainstream), and I've gotten real good at ignoring you.
The truth is: People like my stuff well enough to feature it. People like it well enough to buy it. And people who buy it tell me how much they like it, and some even come back again for more. And may all of that continue!
So there. I'm doing it: I'm making art and crafts, and I'm selling it online. Yes, I can!

10 comments:

Princess Caitlin said...

congrats on the feature! Great post :)

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thank you, Caitlin :-)

Southern Belle said...

LOVE the sunset and congrats!

Jan 4 Insight said...

Southern Belle - thank you, and welcome to my blog-followers :-)

Gena said...

Way to go!

Jan 4 Insight said...

TY, Gena !

Kathleen Botsford said...

Jan, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good for you and congratulations on your achievements! I believe in celebrating ourselves! If we don't, who will?

Jan 4 Insight said...

Thanks, Kathleen - you are so right - it's okay to toot our own horn! And it's really nice when others toot along with us :-)

thecraftbegins said...

oh man, i'm mired in the little voices right now.

Handcrafted by LaMar said...

Congrats on the exposure and you are right NEVER GIVE UP

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