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Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Bad Blogger!

I really didn't set out to be a bad blogger!! It just happened! My dream was to be a good blogger..one everyone couldn't wait to read!

But that's okay, I have my followers that leave comments when I finally do post a new blog..and I'm grateful for them!

Tonight I am going to write more about both of my Etsy shops. I have two, http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com/ and http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com/ .

Jenscloset was my first. I started that almost a year ago! It will be a year on April 1, 2009! April Fools Day! In this past year I have learned so much. I am happy to report that my shop is doing quite well, and my goals for 2009 are to reach at least 1000 sales. I am now up to 501.

My second shop, the milk glass shop, I started in September. The main reason was that I had so much milk glass that I thought it was time to open a separate shop for it. The look to this shop is a little different. I have it a little more uniform than my 1st shop. I use mainly pastel colors for my background on my pictures.

I've been able to gather useful information from many different venues. The one I used quite often was the Etsy forums. There are a lot of nice Etsy shop owners that are more than willing to help give ideas on promoting your shop.

I must say my photography has improved so much since my "early" days on Etsy! Some of the help I've received regarding photography has been through the forums.

I cannot say it enough times...you need to promote, promote, promote!! Get your name out there!

The other vintage sellers on Etsy have also been a big help to me. They are more than willing to offer advice and more than willing to answer any questions I have. I want to give a particular "shout out" to Surrenderdorothy (that's http://www.surrenderdorothy.etsy.com/). She's awesome! She's always there for me, with straightforward advice! No mincing words with her!

My favorite new place-my new hangout..you want to know!? Read through my blog, you'll see..I did a quick blog about my new favorite hangout! Twitter! www.twitter.com/jenscloset. What a fun place...another place that I have found friendship and support. Twitter isn't just Etsy shop people, but twitter people come from all types of business, from all over the country...the world, for that matter!

I'm trying to decide what I want to do for my one-year anniversary with Etsy. I'd love to hear any ideas you have out there! A contest would be fun...I did one contest on my blog, and would love to do that again!

This year has truly been the best year of my life! On February 14th, 2008, yes...Valentines Day!...I learned that I was being laid off from my job! I was devastated! Guess how long that feeling lasted!? I can't really remember, because it's really all in the past..and it happened for a reason. I have never been happier. I picked myself up and started a whole new life! I'm proud of what I've accomplished in a year!

I thank all of you that have read my blog..all of my new Etsy friends...all of my twitter friends..thank you...you've been a huge support to me!

Here's to another great year!

Best wishes to everyone!



Rustic Diva Designs and RP Gardens said...

You're not doing too bad with the blogging thing. Sometimes it's just hard to keep up with everything. I think your blog looks great. Thanks for visiting mine!


Cathy said...

Glad to hear that things are working out OK for you Jen. You have done so well with your Etsy shops, particularly your first one. 500 sales is not to be sniffed at. Good luck with reaching 1000. It is hard to keep up with blogging. I only blog weekly but even that is a lot when I am extra busy with other things.

jenscloset said...

Thank you so much for your comments, Rustic Diva and Cathy! I appreciate it so much!

jqlinesocuteithurts said...

Jen, i love this post! Thanks for sharing with us your stories. And im so happy things are working out for you.

I love the idea of a contest...would be so much fun! Can't wait to hear what you'll be doing for your anniversary!

Btw, i love your vintage finds..and i love the name of your
other shop milk glass..so cute!

I'll see you soon! Have a lovely merry weekend! Love to you!

kimberlyshaw said...

No blogger is a bad blogger. Actually I love learning the history of YOU and your Etsy shop. Thanks for all the fantastic and encouraging info., too.

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