Thursday, July 31, 2008

navigating the nets

Now that the summer shows have ended I am working on finalizing my "line" which means I'm making samples and taking pictures. This was my plan at the beginning of the summer. So after the next series of firings, I'll have what I hope will be a line of work to market for the holiday season and maybe beyond. I can't express in words how excited I am about what I'm making. I feel connected and skilled in the studio, which is such a nice way to spend each day.

So about the post title! I am a little less connected to the internet these days then when I first started little flower. I no longer spend my days on the nets reading blogs, looking at shops and well, doing my very thorough market research. So any one at my previous day job who wondered, yep I fooled around a good bit! Anyhow, I'm trying to navigate etsy and I feel like I'm doing it all wrong. I have a love/hate relationship with the site. It's easy to use, but it's an extra fee, my work gets buried in minutes/ it's another way to reach people. So at the summer shows, one of the most popular questions asked was if I have an etsy shop. Well, yes I do but it's empty! Please shop directly from my website that I spend zillions of hours working on! So, after a little thought I've come to the conclusion that people trust etsy and want to shop on it. It must be the "in" site to shop! So here I am again trying it out and feeling lost. So I've listed some ready to ship items and we'll see. This is how I get sidetracked from the task at hand, which is finalizing my line so I can send my info to stores, which is my goal!

Sharing for any potters/ crafty biz owners who happen upon here!
also, the funny bird cups above are available in my etsy shop!

1 comment:

Karissa said...

I totally understand what you are saying about your being 'buried' on etsy. I sell wholesale mostly and there is a big demand for my work and it's so frustrating when I list something on etsy and it just sits there.
As for the internet, this is my main distraction from actually getting any work done.
Good luck with producing a wholesale line.