I opened an Etsy shop.
For six months now I have been slowly, but surely adding products and maintaining the site in my spare time. I have told very few friends and family that I sell on Etsy, and that is mostly to do with the deer in headlights look that I tend to get when I try to explain what it is that I sell (planner printables). I love creating the products I sell, and I plan on continuing to grow my product line in the future. It wasn’t until I showed excitement over achieving a small milestone (reaching 100 sales) that I realized the depth of indifference that some of my family held toward my Etsy efforts.
I would like to start by saying that in general my family and friends are very tolerant of my endeavors. However, when I tried to share my excitement over reaching a personal milestone I received mixed reactions. My husband was very supportive and shared in my excitement as he always does. Another family member made a sarcastic remark about how long it took to reach the goal. At first, I was dumbstruck.
I didn’t understand why anyone would feel the need to undermine my excitement.
It took me a little while to realize that just because some don’t feel the need to celebrate with me, doesn’t mean that I can’t selectively share my successes with those who support me. I won’t lie and say it doesn’t smart a bit to realize that not everyone is super excited about every aspect of my life. However, I have grown enough in my travels to understand that people can love you without loving everything you do. I will choose who to share my excitement with those who become excited for me and want to share in my endeavors.
Let me know how you deal with indifference.
I will just keep plugging along, because, in the end, I enjoy what I am doing. I will leave you with this quote. I found that reminds me that the pursuit of happiness is sometimes a lonely one. “The No. 1 reason people fail in life is because they listen to their friends, family, and neighbors.” – Napoleon Hill
I struggle with this assignment. I am not sure who my audience is. I know I should have a clear picture, an avatar if you will, of my target audience, but I have a hard time pigeonholing. I don’t want to say this blog is only for women between the ages of 27 -55 who like crafting, or crafting related financial woes. What about the men, younger women, teenagers, or the weirdos who just like to read crazy blogs. Everything I have read says you can’t cater to everyone. I know that there is truth in that, but, I know that I have a niche audience just with my subject range. Is that enough to really know who I am writing for? Should it matter?
I am so new to blogging myself I am not sure if I will ever have a target audience. Right now I am treading water just trying to figure out if I can swim. I have to take it one post at a time. I would like to think that over time with my writing style and subject matter I will gain an audience organically without defining who they are.
So, whoever is reading my blog and enjoying it, this blog is for you. Thank you for reading my meanderings. I appreciate the comments and interaction. You are my people, my target audience, my blog buddies.
The journey always begins with a single step.
I have tried blogging unsuccessfully before, it’s kind of the story of my life. I learn something new and become obsessed and then lose momentum, patience, interest, sometimes all three. I decide that I am not good enough, am not progressing as I feel I should, or that people are just not that into me (which may be true). That is when the former obsession becomes a now defunct, usually unfinished part of my past. So, this time, I have set goals for myself, which is new, and makes it a little scary. I have decided that perfection is not possible and therefore I may as well just let the fluff fly. I am going to let the whims of my restless nature do what it will.
So what is this blog going to be about?
Well, I don’t know what it will become in the end. I do have a general theme of art and finance. It is a strange combination, however,sharing the cost of being creative with my readers will add some transparency and interest. I am new to crafting so I am starting out with limited supplies and an imagination that hasn’t had to work in a while. My hope is to share my struggles and successes with anyone who is interested in the process.
I have always liked being creative,
however, I somehow got it in my head that if you weren’t naturally gifted, making money, or showing in galleries you could not consider yourself an artist and therefore there was no point in trying to be creative. I have realized now that not only was I wrong, but I was stupid. I am late to the game but I am willing to accept the challenge of gettin’ crafty. My current obsessions are planner stickers and greeting cards. Let’s see what happens.