Tuesday, July 28, 2009

help! Im drowning...

Im creating things like mad...
Im on Etsy forums...
Im on Facebook...
Im on Twitter...
Im on my Blog (what your readin'!)

I cant believe how much time flies in a day!
and... Im... exhausted...
Time for some cookies!

who out there is with me?? please tell me I am not alone in having trouble trying to handle the marketing end of your craft!

16 comments:

  1. AnonymousJuly 28, 2009

    Wow! With all the beadwear making, fan pulls,other crafts and keyboard work, your hands must tired! Keep up the great work!

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  2. You go girl! Keep it up, I envy you. I work full time and try to do all the above as well..but not twitter though. It is exhausting, but it's great too! Gotta love it!

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  3. I'm with you honey! I tell my husband there are days I've done so much marketing of my store I feel like I'm pimping it! I have to take a step back every now & then and remember why I'm doing it...because I love my stitching!

    Keep up the great work! :)

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  4. I'm on all those and as a result I spend way too much time on the computer and not enough creating :)

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  5. thanks guys!! its tiring...My hours got cut at work so Im working 3-4 days a week and so it allows a little extra time to do this stuff!! But jeez...its tiring! And sometimes I wonder if its all worth it??
    LOL Kelly...pimping your store, I love it!

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  6. Snowbell, I feel the same way sometimes, its hard to step away, and when ya do, you are drained!
    Jenni, I agree! exhausting and great too! Some days I slack, other ones, I drink enough coffee to keep going :)

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  7. omg exactly! At first I dreaded the marketing end of it, but once I figured out (a bit) what I'm doing, I'm glued to the computer all day! Must...go... craft!

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  8. Wow, I feel better now--knowing that I am not the only one feeling the "marketing" blues... It is exhausting and personally I wish I was rich enough to hire my self a "wife"..I cant say maid after the conversation my youngest son and I had one day... He informed me that I do everything that a maid does, so why am I not called the maid??? I told him that in my case,and most women, it was called being a mom and a wife. He looks at me so solemn--shook his head and said--I do not see a difference...

    Anyway then I could split my time just between marketing and crafting. Keep up the good work ladies...

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  9. It's pretty weird because I had been doing all that constantly.... up until a few days ago when I just got so BORED of doing it! and sales had been really slow. after I stopped promoting they picked up a TINY bit and it's all from people who are strictly buyers on Etsy, some with little or no feedback ... so I wonder if I'm marketing in the wrong places. twitter/blogging/forums seems really to get those sellers to look, but they're not buying - they're focused on selling! It IS really confusing.

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  10. Im glad everyone can relate! And Im leaving out all the photo taking, and maintaining your shops! haha...ok I'll shut up now :) Im just glad I'm not alone in feeling this way!
    LOL golden thimble!!

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  11. Definitely not alone! It feels like it never ends. If only we could just create and it magically sells itself. Sigh...

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  12. It is a vicious cycle... You have to promote to sell! I have had a lot of luck recently by relisting! I am trying to wean myself away from the computer so that I can get more work done! It's hard! :)

    Katy

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  13. I have the same problem...but I seem to get so little done!

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  14. I'm struggling to stay afloat! So many cheers for just letting yourself say it out loud.

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  15. Based on what I've read from people who have managed to become fairly successful, it just takes time of plugging away at both consistent marketing efforts and consistent crafting efforts.

    And don't be dismissive of views from other sellers! I can only speak for myself, of course, but while I might be looking at other Etsy sellers a lot more often than I'm buying, as an artisan I consider it to be of great importance to buy from other artisans at times when I have buying to do. I mean, I doubt I'll buy much from people who make things similar to what I make, but the people I have added to my Etsy "favorites" are people I genuinely want to buy from once I have the chance to and a little more spare cash to toss around.

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  16. You are definitely not alone. I'm also trying like mad, as you would know having stumbled upon my please follow me post for blogs on Etsy :p. My regular job is in marketing and trust me, this is no picnic ;).

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