In case anyone is wondering how paula's etsy/twitter ventures are going and what I'm learning or experiencing, here you go:
I will go into detail on my other blog later today about the etsy thing as I know that isn't all that appealing to non-etsy people. I will say that I had my first 'bite' yesterday. Meaning, someone did contact me about a clock but they wanted a discount and I haven't heard back from them after my offer. I don't mind giving a discount when I'm selling it directly and not having to fork over half to a gallery, but on a $225 clock that will cost me $20 to ship across the country as well as the welder and clock costs, I can't offer much. It was wonderful to hear though that they thought my clocks were worth much more than I was charging and they actually 'got it' about them.
I have also met a handful of etsy sellers and bloggers (seemingly everyday I meet someone and have some sort of meaningful conversation/connection) who also like my work. Whew! Hurdle #1 is over as I really didn't think my clocks would be accepted there.
Twitter has proven to be less annoying than on my first go around. In fact I have only been annoyed at a few tweeters who feel the need to tweet seemingly every hour. The remedy for that is to just stop following them and you don't have to see it anymore. I've also had new artists follow me and I in turn can go check them out, their blogs and websites. I am loving that artists are finding me there and I don't even have to do anything! I think it is because I submitted my twitter url to a url site for twitter people.
I haven't had any real connections through that and honestly I haven't had much desire to post many tweets. Mostly I just do @'s. That way it is aimed at whoever tweeted something and I'm not tormenting everyone else. Before all this online stuff I was spending most of my time looking at interesting things on line and I assumed I would be posting that and sharing it, instead I'm busy interacting with real people and not surfing at all. Maybe I'm not cut out to be a big tweeter and it will be used to put the word out about friends or whatever I have going on.
Over all it feels like I am on the edge of something. It's alot to keep up with and it isn't really anything. I guess I'm learning to handle more and juggle more. I'm learning it is a much kinder accepting place out there and people are generally eager to share. I've definitely gained more exposure the last two weeks than I have in the last two years online. I'm not kidding! Having your work on the front page of etsy twice in as many weeks does get you noticed even if its only up there an hour.
I call this stuff 'marketing' because to me it is for now, the only way I know how to get me out there. I don't resent it anymore because I am having feedback and interaction whereas when I would send postcards or packets to places or inquire online to real galleries there was NOTHING. That doesn't feed anyone's soul. So yeah, maybe this isn't going to land me out of state gallery representation, and maybe I'm not going to be raking in the dough anytime soon, but for now it is profitable in that I'm motivated, working more on art and not feeling utter defeat about whether people like what I'm doing. I'm planting my seeds if you will and all I can do is water them, tend to them and keep the weeds out.