I am listing two new prints or paintings every day in my shop. I have been doing so for about a week and a half.
This is simple, actually… well simple considering I’ve been working on it for years. Literally, some of these new listings are paintings I did years ago. I like being able to look through my portfolio and pull on my archives.
It also helps my stats to be adding two new listings every day and relisting or renewing two old ones. Four a day helps to keep me in the top of the search listings.
But this is not all I am doing. I am also working on revamping my facebook page. I list all the new work to the fb page and I just invited people to like the page, which I’d never done before because I’m generally a chicken and don’t like to put myself forward. But I don’t have a choice. If i want to sell work I have to.
I am also pinning each new listing to my pinterest boards, and trying to pin two old ones, also. I’m hoping four self promotional pins a day is not too many to burden my followers with.
What else am I doing? I donated a print to an eating disorder awareness auction in ohio. Remind me I have to print that out and send it to them. I am trying to do well by doing good.
In connection with that, my etsy guest pinner feature is going on this week, in which I shamed the etsy people into letting me pin a fine art heavy pin board. Well. you know. They agreed with me that fine art on etsy needed more play. I am proud of myself for putting myself forward like that and bringing new people to my shop, even though I featured not one of my own works in this board. But I can see that expanding my etsy shop is also about expanding my presence on line and in the world.
But I still get the heebie jeebies about putting myself out there. I feel like everyone will hate me or think I’m too big for my britches or really not that talented or have no right to be where I am. I also get really nervous that the moderate success I am having now (yes, I am having success right now. Real success. I’m not rich, but I’m selling and this is a success) will disappear or is actually a fluke or is unsustainable. What happens when the etsy feature is last week’s news? Will I fade back into obscurity?
My faith has been sorely tested the last few years.
Which is why I am also looking forward to see what else I can do. Pinterest, done. Etsy guest pinning, done. Facebook page, done. Listing new items, in progess. What is the next step?
I’m thinking I will go back to twitter, now that I have more time to focus.
I’m thinking that I will focus more on my workshop/inspiration/creativity type posts on my blog. I don’t know if this is a big way to draw people in, but I’m seeing that people want to be inspired. They want to DO. They don’t just want to buy. They want to see the way that they can LIVE the life they dream. They want to BE. They don’t just want to have stuff. So… with that in mind, what can I share with my readers and followers that can help them, inspire them, teach them, or show them the way to be who they want to be?
I’m going to take a deep breath and do my best with what I have. I’m going to follow the path that I’ve started down and keep doing the tasks I’ve set for myself. And then I’m going to trust my fate to the future and believe I can handle what comes next, success or obscurity, and I’m going to keep looking for ways that I can give to the world, because I have something to say, damn it. I have something to say.