“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”
This quote hit a home run this week. After the turmoil of cleaning up after the storm and then looking at the computer seeing no action for my Etsy Shop I decided it was time to take advantage of a new morning. I started with taking a quick course on landing pages for maximum SEO exposures. I looked at my Etsy shop which is withering away and I have not a clue about why. I have not changed anything so they must have changed something for me to have an average of views between 300 to 500 dropping down to a dismal 20 to 80 hits. Pondering this I looked at my website and thought now is the time to ramp it up. I do not have time to keep figuring out why Etsy does what it does and other things I can do to market and promote my creative business. Many people are looking for new ways to do this. Here are a few I think worthy of checking out.
- Create a website (I use weebly) Check out free site and figure it out so you can always promote your work, not the masses work.
- Sign up for HubSpot newsletter great for web and small business info.
- Check out Meylah for an alternative to Etsy. Be sure to check out My store . It is free to list your items and you pay a small percentage when you sell. Also your store is set up with your products listing like a post and has great links, more links than on Etsy and these links work. You can add links in the listing description to other sites too without the wrath of the Etsy gods swooping in and suspending you store. Another huge plus Meylah tweets your tweets. Nice.
- I am also checking into IndieMade which is comparable to both online venues but they have a set subscription low monthly fee. I am still checking this one out.
- I implemented drastic changes to my web site with many more coming at Laurie Rohner Studio and will bring my other web site Painted Furniture Studio up to speed now too.
I rely on my business as many artists do because not all artist are starving and some of us believe our work has value. I am happy to promote another artist’s work and spread the joy of anyone’s creation. I believe we all have a place to do what we love to do, mine is creating art on painted furniture on paper and canvas and sometimes on this computer. It is in the attitude you take when you view you and your work. Are you serious about it? Is it a business? Is it in your blood so that when you stop you start to wither away? Do you believe you can? Better yet do you believe you must and you deserve the successful outcome you envision for you? So why are you not working hard and if it is not working figure out what needs to go so you can work even harder at making it happen.
This is why I am thinking Etsy has run its course for most artists who create one of a kind work. One example is original artwork is being replaced with mass produced prints that are printed off an ink jet printer. Or mass produced off site then shipped to unknowing art lovers. Etsy is being swamped with retailers that have retail shops. Great because it is a cheap way for a retailer to advertise but for the handmade person it is impossible to compete. This is against the rules yet as long as you pull in the dollars for Etsy it is OK. I personally think most of Etsy rules are ridiculous. Things change and that is good but you then have to change to meet the new challenge. Not a bad challenge because life is about changing. The artist needs it to keep their muses and creative energy flowing.
You have to think how is this helping my business? Each morning when you get up remember it is a new day and today you can change everything or nothing. It is your choice. You will never know what one little tweak here or there will do unless you are open to the possibilities of what if. Today does matter not tomorrow and certainly not yesterday. I think back to last Saturday and there was no power, no computer and I see what each morning has given me. Now what about you?
The joys of computing, networking, marketing and the lovely little bugs the machines pick up. I have tried everything I am capable of fixing and when I shut down or restart my computer it wont start up right. I have to do it manually is the best way to explain it. I also use Magic Jack for a phone line and when I turn my computer off so goes the phone. My OS is fine and since the hiccup is working faster than before. I was aggravated with this new problem. I was determined to fix it. I felt this is one more ‘thing’ not working in my life. A firm believer every problem joy or event happens for a reason, always a good reason. When we ignore the symptoms is when those reasons become bad.
I am selling the house here in Elkin NC and the one contact number is the one that turns off with my computer. I also sell my work on line with the same contact number. My system backups and updates during the wee hours and I am forever forgetting to leave it running on those schedule days. Every time I shut down the computer my gut said why are you doing this? What if someone wants to reach you? What if your cell phone isn’t charged then what do you do in the wee hours of the night? I did not think about it and chalked it up to being ridiculous. I was wasting energy. Nothing will happen and no one ever calls.
I honestly believe this is a sign to keep the computer on and the phone connected. Maybe to get the call from the person who wants the house or it is the universes way to say stay connected it is important. Eventually I will take the computer to my tech guy and have it looked at but I do not think there is anything wrong.
I live in a world of imagination and creativity so it is easy for me to take the leap and believe in the paranormal, things that happen and make you think did I just see that or not. My TV also acted a little weird yesterday. I wanted to see what was on the schedule for that night and I pressed the button to see. The screen came up and suddenly the pages started to move up very quickly. I tried to stop it or see if I had hit the button. I had to cancel it and go back to live TV. I still have not figured out what happened, this was a new one.
In the past week I have had image flashes where I think there is someone and there is no one. You know what I mean your eyes see something and it startles you, you turn your head quickly to see and realize there is nothing. Many years ago I was mowing the lawn and I kept seeing a flash of a white car speeding by. No car was there. Then one night around 2 am a white car came down the road and smashed into our mailbox and lilac bushes, over the driveway, jumped the low wall and landed in the neighbor driveway. It was a loud metal scrapping noise and as I got up and looked it was a white car heading off down the hill dragging part of the lilac bush. I pay attention to flashes now.
I do not know why strange things happen but I know there is a reason. Somehow it is all connected. Nothing random ever happens to us. Eventually I will see the reason and if you stay open and aware you will find the reason for what is happening in your life too.
“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”
This guy just gets it don’t you think?
“When we focus our energy toward constructing a passionate, meaningful life, we are tossing a pebble into the world, creating a beautiful ripple of inspiration.When one person follows a dream, tries something new, or takes a daring leap, everyone nearby feels that energy and before too long they are making their own daring leaps and inspiring yet another circle” – Christine Mason Miller.
“The number one challenge I hear …is that they don’t have enough time for creativity. The belief that they need hours, days or even weeks to express their creative spirit holds them hostage, preventing them from taking any action at all. This leaves them depleted, discouraged and aching for the joy they know creativity has to offer. It doesn’t have to be that way. Our lives are made up of moments-by filling them with our creative spirit, we bring ourselves and the world alive” – Jamie Ridler
Just a little something to think about, I was having a rough day and inspirational words always make me feel better. Maybe you are in need of an inspirational hug, here is a big thoughtful hug to everyone.