More to come throughout the days and weeks ahead, so keep checking back!
I’ve finally had a chance to begin updating my Etsy shop with NEW IMAGES! I’m so very, very excited about these prints as I had an incredibly fun time taking them at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens several weeks ago. It was amazing to hold my camera in my hands again and to get down on my hands and knees for some incredible macro shots.
I feel positively INVIGORATED with my art! I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my collages and paintings, and was able to sit down at the computer recently to work on these magnificent macro images I’m now making available for purchase. It’s a wonderful feeling to be energized again, and I’m even taking next Friday off work so I can have an entire day to create and to work on projects I’ve been putting off for far too long.
Please do take a look at my Etsy shop in the next few days. I have a ton of new works that I will be posting there. My plan is to post a few new images each day and to spread them out a bit so it doesn’t get overwhelming.
Happy weekend, everyone!
P.S. Please do check out my ArtFire store as well! The same items for the same price, but NO need to sign up to buy! Just pay straight with PayPal and you’re done!
Wow, Etsy is actually (finally!) rolling out coupon codes for sellers to use in their shops! I am stunned and amazed, even more so that my shop is one of only 5% to have use of the Coupon Codes initially! To celebrate my good fortune, I’m offering 20% off all items in my shop until the end of November! Get your holiday gifts NOW! Just enter NOV2010 in the Shop Coupon Code field when you check out!
Note: The 20% off applies to item prices only and cannot be used on shipping discounts.
Let’s see if this bad boy works, shall we?!
After spending months and months thinking about it, I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the .com domain for Facing the Lens today. It feels good to have ownership of it at last (I purchased it from BlueHost), and I’m quite excited at the prospect of having a fully-customizable web site where I can do whatever I’d like and break any rule I choose to break. Muwahaha.
I decided a while back that I wanted to use the WordPress content management software and install it and run it from my own domain name. From what I understand, you can do ANYTHING with the WordPress.org software, and I’m looking forward to figuring it out and exploring this new world. I used to do a bit of HTML coding at a job in the past (and know a little bit of .ASP and Java), so I’m hoping that this small bit of knowledge will help me have a smaller learning curve. Additionally, one of the reasons I went for BlueHost was the fact that they have one-click support for WordPress installation and anything to make this migration easier for me is a plus. I’m going to have this blog link up to my domain name once I get everything sorted out, so you can still come to this address in the future if you wish.
Another plus is that when I get new business cards made, I can put my own URL on the card, instead of taking people to Etsy or to ArtFire or anywhere else. I will be able to truly define my own identity and establish my own presence on the web.
I’m very excited!
I actually have a photographic goal for the week! Huzzah! It’s certainly taken me long enough, no? And really, when I admit it, I don’t have a PHOTOGRAPHY goal this week so much as I do a PHOTOGRAPHY SELLING goal. No, I don’t want to sell X number of photos by X day. Instead, my goal for the week is to get all of my photographs finally listed on ArtFire. Etsy has been pissing me off a LOT lately, and you can read about some of their most recent inane screw-ups in the following threads:
- Listing Fees and Pagination – Even Less Value for Money Now? – Oh, so if I don’t renew constantly I won’t even show in customer searches? NICE.
- New Profile Pages – Thanks for giving people another outlet OUT of my shop, Etsy!
- The New Social Etsy?
- Reasons Why the Front Page DOES Matter To Your Business – Etsy promotes the same sellers on the front page, day in and day out. There are even treasury teams dedicated to promoting each other constantly to get to the front page. No one else has a chance!
- More front page woe threads that were closed.
- Unbelievably dumb coral article.
- No GOOGLE SYNDICATION!! Why is it that Etsy can’t get me into Google Shopping AT ALL, but ArtFire can do it for every one of my items within MINUTES???
It feels more and more like it’s time to jump the Etsy ship. The only way to be seen on there is to renew your items constantly, and those twenty cents add UP! Instead of fixing their horrific search engine, they urge you to renew, renew, renew. Bah! I’m done playing THAT little game! I don’t think I will ever leave Etsy entirely, as it’s somewhat of a known name at this point and it has SO much potential if only the folks in charge would get their act together, but I am less than thrilled with it right now. Way less than thrilled.
If you haven’t yet taken advantage of my big sale on ArtFire, please note that I’m ending it Sunday evening! At that point, all items will return to their full price, so if you are interested in a photograph, NOW is the time to buy!
Remember! Unlike on Etsy, you do not have to register to purchase anything at ArtFire!!
I decided to open an ArtFire shop this month, and to celebrate, I’m having a ~*~HUGE PHOTO SALE~*~ over there! All items in my ArtFire store are on sale for a limited time, so if you’ve been thinking about purchasing a print from my Etsy shop, you can get one or two or three or more (!) on sale for a significant discount on ArtFire. One of my favorite things about ArtFire so far is that you don’t have to be a registered member to buy, unlike on Etsy, where you must create a user name to purchase. You can pay directly from PayPal on ArtFire so it’s super easy to purchase there.
I’m too excited about the ArtFire possibilities to say much else, but I will be posting more about my new shop this week.