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Spring Cleaning

Gosh is it difficult to sit down and write again when you haven’t in so very long! Still, it appears that spring is springing, and I feel like it is time for me to slowly emerge from the self-healing journey I’ve been on so far this year.

Initially, I had so many plans and ideas for how I was going to grow my Winter-Maker art business and my life in 2022. But retail sales crashing in February and a complete disillusionment with social media and Etsy thrust me into an unproductive headspace, creatively. In short, my making has not yet caught up with my inspiration lately.

What I have been doing is working on balance, recalibration, and minimising my (life-ruling-impossible-to-control) anxiety. I have a lot of work left to do in this area, but for the most part I am proud of the changes I’ve made in the past couple of months. My mental health and healing process has definitely been a worthy priority.

Moving forward, I am lightly considering relocating my shop from the Etsy platform onto this website. I need to weigh the costs, but it doesn’t currently feel like it’s doing me (or my customers) any favours to sell through Etsy. With a little more at stake, this transition would also require me pulling up my socks and doing more marketing/not avoiding social media for days at a time… so, we’ll see.

In the meantime, I will strive to blog more regularly–featuring what I’m working on and discussing process for those who are interested. I’d also like to offer sneaky lil discounts for you guys too!!! For example, from now until the end of April, you awesome amazing supportive rad totally gorgeous readers can use the discount code BLOGBABIES to get 10% off anything in my shop!

I will try to keep things brief, humorous, and honest (about me being a basket case) in these posts. So, if you are interested in my work, please be sure to subscribe to emails so you don’t miss out on any insider deals!

As always, love and peace.

xWeekes

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  1. I know EXACTLY how you are feeling, Ali, and I think more people need to be upfront about how f—-ed up social media can make you feel and how tough trying to survive in the creative world can be.

    I’ve cut back on almost all social media. I was having serious comparison-itis and stressing over having to post something every day to try to stay “relevant” and it was gaining me nothing but angst. Now, if I have something to post, I do (maybe). And if I don’t, who cares! And you know what, my sales haven’t slipped one bit.

    It’s different for you because you don’t have several platforms like I do with the book retailers to sell and show off your stuff, so I do feel for you there. Doing things through your own website is a smart move. I always found playing the Etsy game a pain the ass, and their fees are stupid. I mean seriously, if you’re going to charge a commission, drop the damn listing fee, or vice versa!

    You might look into Payhip as a selling venue…you can sell physical items and subscriptions (classes could be in your future) and they only charge a very tiny fee. I’ve been pretty happy with them and their customer service is AMAZING when I have questions.

    Anyway, hope you can find a good balance. You seem to have good in-person opportunities where you are, so hopefully that can help keep the motor running.

    Wishing you heaps of good luck and a virtual hug (since you see to need it…I don’t normally hug…haha).

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    • Ugh Tammie, thank you, it’s so ridiculous!!!!! It feels like you just can’t win and you’re screaming into the void and it’s just either luck or devoting every waking minute to it (no thanks) or being terribly fake! But, like you said, even when you do devote a chunk of time to it and try to post daily and do all the things they say to do…. you still can’t win. It seems like there are no real rules to the game, and it’s a really difficult and unhealthy environment particularly for artists and creatives producing subjective (and personal) work. But, also like you said… there aren’t really alternatives for me. Etsy is the only platform that (supposedly) puts me out there, and after fees + shipping etc it drains nearly 20% of the sale…. for doing nothing! I can see on the analytics that I am driving the traffic to my store via social, not them. Almost all my customers are from Instagram, but I can’t seem to get ahead on there and reach more people. And then the cycle makes me just want to stop creating!!! In-person opportunities like markets would be a great alternative, but I am currently without a car (necessary for this where I live)…hence why I’m stressed about hacking it in the online world. I will definitely look into Payhip, thank you! Anyway, I won’t be quitting my waitressing job any time soon lolllll.

      Good luck to you too, Tammie, and thank you so much for the virtual hug, however grudgingly bestowed 🙂

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  2. Oh, it’s nice to see you back! And I’m on the same page too – blog posts and social media have been a bit sporadic on my end as well, because I just plain didn’t feel like it 😆 It’s relentless! And as for what’s going on with Etsy – yikes. So, hopefully the springing of spring will signal the arrival of an easier summer… And your hands will catch up with all those ideas buzzing around in your head. Take care 😊

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    • Thank you so much, Helen! Loving your shiny new website; I hope it brings more traffic to your noble pursuit of populating the world with knitters. The Etsy malarky is ridiculous, but it also feels quite nervy to cut the apron strings. We shall see! For now, I will continue down the path of being an 85 year-old waitress…people always need to eat!

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      • It does… Especially if you were doing well on it before. But there’s nothing saying you can’t sell on your own site AND on Etsy for a while, until you’re ready to cut those ties! You might get to hang up that waitress apron yet…

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  3. I’m catching up on blog I follow after being “away” for National Poetry Month activities. I’m halfway caught up, and was pleased to see you were back posting.

    Alas, I have no ideas for marketing or web-commerce.

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