The epiphany I've been waiting for has finally come. Simmering nicely on my mental stove for so long has been a need for change, and now I am ready to take the plunge. Yes folks, I've shut up shop on etsy. I realised that focussing on internet selling was not what I wanted. Then I realised also that after a year on etsy I'd made relatively few sales, 90% of which were prints. It's not for me I'm afraid. I want to continue to create original work, to push myself creatively in new directions, exploring all the different ways I can express myself. Quite honestly, worrying about etsy sales has denied me most of that. As someone very wise recently said to me, it is over-saturated and over-whelming, too competitive and can rob you of the confidence to just make work you are proud of. I know there are many happy sellers on there, I just wasn't one of them, and I really resented the amount of time it took up and the amount of time I have to spend on the internet instead of getting my hands dirty. Promoting, marketing, photographing and listing and re-listing, only to end up on page 32 within minutes. But hurrah, here's a sale! Yet by the time I've packaged and trotted off to the post office, paid my etsy and paypal fees, I've worked for about a euro an hour! Not good.
So I'm going back to what I love. Quite simply, making art. I will continue to grow and feel inspired and excited by what I am creating, instead of worrying if it will scan well or be popular, how many hearts I have or thinking the front page is the holy grail. It isn't. I was doing fine thank you etsy, before you came into my life and I will be just fine without you.
Well you're in your little room
And you're working on something good
But if it's really good
You're gonna need a bigger room
And when you're in the bigger room
You might not know what to do
You might have to think of
How you got started in your little room