Thursday, 6 March 2014

Etsy School Summary

It's Thursday! Which now appears to be Blog Day in my internal calendar, something I shall try to stick to from now on.

Last time I said I would write up a summary of my February Etsy School experiences once I'd worked out what to write. I'm still not entirely sure what I want to write, but since the final week has been about marketing - and one element of that is making sure to blog regularly - it would be remiss of me not to give this a go.

So. As I said before, I kind of fell off the Etsy School wagon (or should that be the school bus?) somewhere between weeks 2 & 3 due to various reasons. In line with that, I have to admit I don't think I've managed more than running along behind said wagon (...bus) vaguely trying to pay attention for the last week. Mind you, the last week has been about marketing, and from reading through the guide I feel like the school project was aimed further down the Twisty Turny Path of Mystery that is marketing than I currently feel comfortable going. Some might well argue that I should plunge forward regardless - but I've never been very good at that, so I shall keep going at my own pace for now!

One thing I do appear to have achieved, despite not initially thinking of it as part of the marketing week's work, is to keep this blog updated once a week through the month. I still don't know if I'm writing well, or if anyone ever reads more than the first paragraph for that matter, but I have at least kept writing. I was worried I wouldn't be able to think of enough to write (believe it or not) however if anything I've actually caught myself wondering about doing an extra post once or twice. I'm going to take this as a good sign, and try to keep posting at least once a week for now - probably on Thursdays!

I'd really like to put a picture here, because I worry that my blogs are very heavy on text. Except I don't really have any relevant pictures for what I'm talking about, and saying 'here's a picture of a random thing!' feels a bit...artificial? Oh! I know, here's something I started on this week, a leather scroll case prototype:

Complete with assorted stamping tools, a piece that will cover the seam down the length of the case, two possible end pieces, and my trusty rolling pin covered in cling film which is doing duty as a mould.

This project is coming along, albeit somewhat slowly. I decided to experiment with the dyeing stage, which has led to me repeatedly adding dye and then leaving it to dry. I think I've reached a finish I'm happy with now though, so I'll move on to assembling bits soon.

Right, slightly random interval tangent dealt with, now for an overall summary of my Etsy School experience!

Despite not really managing to keep up with the weekly projects I'm actually fairly happy with how the last month has gone. Yes, I would have liked to stay on top of absolutely everything, but given the somewhat fragile state I was in at the start of the year I'm not really surprised that I didn't. Juggling communication with various people, the need to blog, update the Etsy store, photograph stock despite the British Weather's best efforts, make more stock for what was my first fair whilst also trying to design some new leather work things for both fairs and future Larp events... well that does still feel like a lot to me.

I'm hoping that this time next year I shall be looking back and wondering how I filled the days, because I'll have gotten that much stronger in my own mind and thus be getting soooo much more done. For now though, I'm pretty pleased to have gone through the critiquing stage, come up with a new photography layout (and photos are gradually being taken), edited the titles, tags and descriptions for most of the items currently in the store, and kept up the blog throughout.

Also, I'm still feeling pretty calm, in control and reasonably positive. I'm calling that progress, and shall end on that note I believe!

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