Friday, January 9, 2009

New Year's Bloggy Resolution Time

*sidles back in, catlike, hoping no one has noticed the absence*

I like New Year resolutions. They’re so innocent and hopeful, trotting out there into the wide world all rosy cheeked and soft skinned and ---oh, NO! Look out, resolutions! Real Life has a Gatling that shoots chainsaws! Nooooooo!

Still, it’s early enough in the year that some of my resolutions have not been culled by rapacious reality. Especially since this year, I’m resolving to keep things realistic. All I want for my blog is a couple of posts a week-- that’s all! Well, and I’d like to get a few widgets going. I look at other blogs, they have all these shiny friendly links, and I am bereft. The problem here isn’t so much my own productivity as--
*insert modem noise here*
My connection. I look with envy at people who blithely embed images and video; even my old daily sketches aren’t currently practical for me, though I don’t intend to let them disappear entirely.

But my Etsy shop is the focus of my real work this year. If I have my way--and I often don’t-- I’ll be listing five NEW items every week, and relisting if I can’t do that. Will this help at all, or just give me an annoying number of items to edit for every sale? I do not know. I admit to curiosity-- I’ve never tried advertising! Or really working on the shop! What will happen? I’m all a-tingle with anticipation!

I also admit that this is a selfish and ill-motivated resolution. Right now, despite my low sales and all, I have no way of knowing how well I could actually be doing with the shop; a sale a month seems pretty awesome for how much work I haven’t put into it. I intend to earn the right to say “I’m not a loser! I tried! I’m a FAILURE!”*

And hey, should I prove unable to keep my resolutions right away, there's always lunar new year next month...

*Sure, wild success is also an option, but with much less entertainment potential.


Sue said...

Cara, I LOVE the way you write! You have captured
all my thoughts regarding
New Year's resolutions, stocking my shop, etc., and in such an entertaining way. Oddly
enough, I found your post
quite motivating! *grins*

My faery best to you in the New Year!


Carapace said...

Sue! Great to see you again! Hope you had a good time and are all rested and will thus be filling your shop with goodies again soon.

I forget who first said that "I'm a FAILURE!" line, but I've always liked it. It puts such a positive spin on the idea!:D

~*Liz*~ said...

You have some wonderful things on your Etsy site! Good luck with your goal of posting five new items a week. YOU CAN DO IT! :)


Panoptica said...

You're not a failure Cara...
Looking forward to see those new items in the shop...

The Fab Miss B said...

I've found that relisting items every day is VERY helpful in terms of drawing more visitors to my shop. Also, using all the tags available seems to mean my products come up in more searches. Good luck in 2009!