In trying to understand blogging and where I fit in, I am torn between writing about how to start and run a successful Etsy shop, crocheting or both. They are really two completely different things. For me, well they are one and the same because my shop sells crocheted hats and scarves. But how many other people will be interested in such a specialised blog? I find myself reading blogs about both topics. Does that make me unique or are there others out there just like me? Would they like hearing from someone who can relate to both areas of interest?
As I write this, I am thinking about how would this work? Having a blog about my journey to having a successful Etsy shop that sells crocheted items; what does that content look like?
For example, in a previous post, I talked about the marketing book I was reading. Which I finished yet by the way, but I feel like a review of this book by someone who is selling on-line instead of brick and mortar may be helpful to others. I will say this of the book so far, It is informative. I work as a retail manager and see how what I have read will work with the customer in front of you. The hard part of selling on-line is getting the same connection in a written description that will cause the customer to hit the buy button. But I will give a full review as soon as I finish it. The thing is a read it in bed and if I’m tired it will put me right out. It’s a marketing book, of course, it will put you to sleep.
So, I think I will have content about both. The ups and downs of an on-line shop and my passion for creating crocheted items. Hopefully, you will like what you see and come back often to see what I am up to.
Knowledge is power, they say. Whoever they are. But they are right. The more you know the more you can grow. Personally and in business. So in my effort to grow my business, I have downloaded several books from Kindle. I’m doing all this now because my selling season won’t start until Fall. I need to get everything on lock down now so everything will be running like clockwork and all I have to do is fill orders.
I am currently reading The 1-Page Marketing Plan, by Allan Dib. This book has some exercises to go through and put into practice. I have just come to that part of the book so I will let you know what I think. I will also let you know if I feel the plan was useful for my on- line business.
I also have books on social media marketing and SEO (search engine optimization). These are very important for me to read as soon as possible. Mainly because I am HORRIBLE at social media. Even in my personal life I rarely post anything. So posting for my business is really difficult for me. I just never know what to post. How often do I post? Plus I work a full-time job, so I just seem not to have the time. I do know about using timed post, but I haven’t really figured out how to use them to my advantage. Hopefully, these books will give me the direction I need to get on board with social media. Once I complete these books I will do a review on each of them and let you know what I think.
That’s all for now. Check back for the book reviews. I am known for being too honest. So you can trust that I will give an honest an opinion on the books.
Yes, it’s has been a over a year since I last wrote anything. Many things have happen over that year.
The biggest was my decision to no longer make bath and body products to sell. I still make them, but now it’s for my personal use and for friends and family as I did before.
The other major thing that happened was I dislocated my ankle and broke the fibula the first week of December by slipping on ice. After surgery I was on medical leave from work for three months. So, what do you do for three month when you are stuck on the couch besides watch Netflix?
For me it was crocheting. I learned to crochet when I was about nine years old and I picked it up again a few years back to make Christmas gifts. The timing of this accident allowed me to work on a baby blanket for my cousin and a lot of hats and scarves. To the point that when I finished one my husband would say “Oh, another one”. Since I couldn’t walk with out the use of crutches or my knee walker (which was AWESOME by the way) I would order from Craftsy.com for more yarn. I have a very understanding husband.
I rediscovered how much I love to crochet. It is to the point now if I’m not working on something while watching TV, I feel like something is missing. So, with that being said…my Etsy shop will now sell crocheted hat, scarves ,baby blankets and throws.
I’m very excited about this change in my business. My background is in apparel, so I look forward to watching fashion trends and how they will relate to my new focus. This will also change this blog as well.
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