Monday, December 10, 2007
You know what?
My husband needs a winter hat. Instead of heading off to the Gap I suggested he look on Etsy since there are so many people that knit on the site and I have seen many lovely knitted items. For women. But there has to be items for men? Just search for men right? Still mostly women's hats. Okay try using the suggested men NOT women in the search, still mostly hats for women. Oh and when I told him that Etsy titles and tags can't include symbols like an apostrophe he laughed.
Guess who will be stopping by the Gap after all? So there goes the whole Handmade Pledge bullshit. My handmade gifts will most likely be made by me or be bought from sellers I already know because I don't have an hour or two to wade through the search.
Etsy has been a pretty good place for me to start back on art after too many years away from it but with the direction it is heading I really would like to move on. But two years on the site feels like such a long time. I'm not planning on closing up, just not have it be my focus. I am just not thinking it is really the right venue for artists such as myself. And it is getting harder and harder to be seen on the site without paying for it or doing a ton of outside advertising which I hardly have the time for. It really is so much work for so little. Frankly I have gotten quite burnt out from working full time hours for part time pay.
Sometimes I feel that I am too old and too unhip to be focused on that site. I don't have a ton of free time to persue the other venues that are opening up to me but things will work out in the end. It isn't just Etsy that I am burnt out on honestly, online art selling in general has made me quite tired. It is not like I am running off to Mintd or Ebay. (I have a Mintd account but while I have sold the one item I listed there I just haven't had the energy to explore it and I probably never will)
Of course having a baby hasn't exactly helped.
Again, not closing my shop. Just not stressing it and planning on focusing on smaller and less expensive pieces for Etsy while I look at other venues outside the internet. Not good to put all your eggs in one basket right?
I don't know, I needed an image and somehow this one seemed to fit since I didn't want to show another image of my disgruntled face. Especially since I am actually in a perfectly good mood.