Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Think

The only constant is change.

All seasons bring change, but spring is the season of new growth, warm rains and sunshine. Promise is everywhere. Spring sprouts happiness. Thoughts of change within our own lives seem to come to the fore in spring. The earth renews and we with it. Change is a challenge. Change is a mixed blessing. We can bring about change for the better.

Etsy is changing exponentially right now. The economy is driving more sellers to Etsy and, I do not know what the buyer status is, but even if there are more, they are now spread more thinly.

Recently Etsy confirmed that there are way too many items listed for fair share visibility ~ the system cannot handle that many listings, explaining why so many of our items see 0 views for hours or even days. They aren't on the front page, in Time Machine or in search until later ~ read: buried. Etsy's search system, which encourages renewing, naturally spurred this on.

We need to adapt to these changes and stay abreast of what's happening. If you notice something odd, you can be sure something odd is going on. But you are most likely going to need to seek out the reason yourself. Etsy is not going to hand you news unless it suits their business.

Many people are joining other selling {ArtFire and 1000 Markets} and social networking sites {twitter and facebook}. Here is something you may not have considered and you don't need to go anywhere. Building & visiting Treasuries.

Something fun: craftopolis Here is an outside site that lets you search for your items in treasuries & gift guides. This is really handy for those of us who build treasuries {our featured shops can find, visit & click} and those of us with multiple shops. It includes T West and alternate status. This seems like a small thing, but it is not. Visit treasuries you are featured in and comment. Build treasuries mixing BBEST and shops new to you. There are very few things we can control in the way of exposure in a growing sea of mass sellers and item listings...You can use the treasuries to your advantage. Craftopolis is a gift toward this end.

Another way we can gain exposure is through blogging. Many of us have our own blogs and either love blogging or like it or are, let's face it, a bit bemused, even overwhelmed, by blogging.

What do you write about? What do people want to read? What's it all about, Alfie? This team blog is a great place to start. We are looking for guest authors. The best part is ~ you do not need to commit to anything more than ONE guest post. It's a great place to start and a wonderful way to connect and contribute to your team.

There are so many topics to write about and we each have a unique style and varied talents and interests. We all have circles of friends and family outside of our team ~ when you author a post, invite them to come read and comment. We have the potential to expand our team presence and visibility for all of our shops.

This team is wonderful. This blog is your blog. It's about, for and by all of us. Convo me for a date. I will help you in any way. Happy Spring, dear BBEST friends.


Chauncey said...

A Happy Spring, chock full of good info post, Joonie. Thanks for all you do!!!

ZudaGay said...

Great post, Joonie!!! Isn't it cool that people are giving us wonderful tools to use with Etsy? Thank you, Craftopolis!!!

On a Whimsey said...

Great post with loads of positive info!

Judy Nolan said...

Great reminders about how we can help each other promote our shops!

Beth said...

enjoyed this little sophie right there to greet me. thanks joonie.

Sixsisters said...

Great blog for info and ways to support each other.
Thanks for showing my aceo . :)

Pam said...

Wonderful information, wonderful style, wonderful ideas,....fabulous post!

Dena said...

Thanks for a very informative and inspiring post Joonie!

Jean Levert Hood said...

Hey Joon! I have several posts that I'd love to do. I have 2 ready to go right now that I could put for any date you'd like. Just let me know.