“There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.” Jodi Picoult
Finding your happiness.
We may live on this gorgeous wonderful planet but we struggle to find happiness. It is true when you see what your reality of your life is and connect to life lowering your expectations can never be part of any equation. Look for the truth in all things and you will be amazed how happy and freeing you will become. The truth is you are part of an amazing Universal plan that you alone designed. Recognize what it is you alone excel at, the thing you do with absolute ease, your talent, and stick with it for this will bring you satisfaction and ultimately happiness.
Today I discovered a truth many do not like to see. Being lied and manipulated by incorrect information is something we all dislike. This feeling is not one I will hold onto but want to share with those who keep believing they can make their etsy shops work. Thinking if only I do this or join this e-course for answers or you need to change pictures headings or descriptions to succeed. The simple truth is etsy caters to those who bring etsy the money in sales and they do not care if it is handmade or not. So stop lowering your expectations and selling your work for less than it is worth and focus on how to produce the absolute best product you can for people who want it.
I recently experimented with etsy sections (you know the categories on the side) on the main page. I paint watercolors and I have sold several recently so I wanted to see what would happen. I clicked the art link then the watercolor link and the first second and third pages never change. Same people same art. So I thought maybe this work is recent and just added to the massive collection of prints being sold under the umbrella of handmade original art. What I discovered is no. Now if I do my individual search I come up with my work and some other gorgeous original work by other artists I also never saw on the etsy main page for watercolor under art.
I want to share this new discovery.
There are some awesome artist on etsy but they are being weighed down by the print market and the resellers on this infamous site of do what we say unless we say it is OK to cheat. People who have sold with etsy for a long time are jumping ship and establishing other means to show their work. Somewhere this site lost its vision and why it was started in the beginning and because they did many more are feeling the effects with less views and dismal sales. It is a ripple effect that is not going to stop and eventually the wonderful handmade site for handmade creative work will be no more. That makes me sad.
I am an artist and I do beautiful custom work in many different mediums. I was born with this talent and I am not going to lower my expectation of what my work can bring me because of one over rated store site. I am not sour (though it may sound like it) about this site but reality finally set in. I can do better. I see the truth about this site. How much it can do for me? Not very much.
Establish yourself and create your own web presence.
I am in control of my happiness by working on my talents and I control how my talents are shown to others. I am competing only against me to improve and become a better person and better artist. This is why I am investing my time in developing my web site. Promote only my work and gain more time to enjoy life.