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The First (and Last) Bank of Etsy

Posted by crowbiz on May 29, 2009

 

Shake it, baby!

Shake it, baby!

That’s it, I’ve officially declared myself as having “been around.”  Not that around, the other around.  No, I can’t play longer-than-thou on Etsy with any clout, like all those “I remember when there were just the four of us back in 2005…  Oh, remember how great the fall of 2006 was before all those (thinly disguised pejoratives) were signing up every day?”  But having ground out a hard-won 20 months, I’m a veritable geezer in Etsy world.

 

It’s working OK for me.

Why it may be working or not working for you is an apple to my orange.  Or melon, if you don’t mind.  

There is no “key,” so stop looking for it.  But there are about 1000 keyless entry doors you’ll have to go through, some that lead into little worlds of warm, fuzzy successes, often temporary, and some that open over a precipice down which you will plummet like Wiley Coyote.  Stop obsessing and make decisions.  Quit microanalyzing the frigging Google Analytics and make something.  It might be an object, or a phonecall, or a difficult decision (yeah, that crocheted thingie is bone ugly).  There will be failures.  Try some stuff.  It’s your issue to figure out.  And it does not matter why someone in Texas visited your site 12 times yesterday between 2:00-3:00 am.

I’ve said this many times in forums when I can pull myself away from eavesdropping on catfights or things like the “hair disc” thread:  Etsy is not an ATM.  Yeah, it sounds crabby, like a jaded old-timer who isn’t willing to help a newbie, but friends, that’s the simplest, most helpful thing you might hear all week or all month as you spend hours of your life trolling the forums looking for “the way.”  It’s your business.  Maybe it’s your hobby, in which case, you’re probably not annoying the world with your worries, and I thank you very much.  For many people, it starts as a hobby, then becomes an obsession once a little money trickles in.  Dangerous territory.

If I see one more of those tv or magazine “Great Way to Make Money” plugs that mentions Etsy, along with medical billing, stuffing envelopes and inventing a market-sweeping new gadget, I may or may not audibly groan, but I will shake my head a little like that old timer sitting next to the pickle barrel, and keep on slowly rocking.

Oh, and just a reminder:  did you know it’s actually Etsy’s site, and you are allowed to do business on it?

What Crow needs to do is take some B vitamins, drink some iced tea, and lay off.  Eventually.

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7 Responses to “The First (and Last) Bank of Etsy”

  1. Carol said

    I have to agree with this! “did you know it’s actually Etsy’s site, and you are allowed to do business on it?”

  2. you’ve made some good points!

  3. Tommye said

    some very insightful comments…and true, too. Somedays I feel like an old Etsy fart and other days I feel just like a newbie. I’ve quit paying so much attention to the forums. too much negativity.

    tjbdesigns
    http://stitchingandbeaading.blogspot.com

  4. P szp said

    bookmarking for later

    (lol)

    p.s. Carol your blog is excellent

  5. tealstripes said

    I still feel like a newbie…and it’s hard that lots of buyer can’t understand why items are priced the way they are b/c they’re HANDMADE. This isn’t Ebay and I know Etsy has tried to make themselves unique, despite all the other handmade websites popping up all around now.

    Btw, nice to stumble upon a WordPress blog! 🙂

  6. Bees said

    This is my new favorite blog! Self-showcasers & the bank of Etsy – if I new how to make a heart symbol with my keyboard I would do it.

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