I’ve tried selling things on Etsy, Zazzle, Spoonflower, and on my own websites. I’ve even done eBay. My efforts have been met with limited success. I keep plugging away, and have a fantasy of one day being able to make enough money to at least support my hobby, though I’d much rather be able to quit my day job.
Today, someone I follow on Twitter posted about having made her 1,000th sale on Etsy. I congratulated her, then slowly felt my mood sink.
It’s so damn hard to keep trying and trying and trying when no one appears to take an interest. I’ve gone through highly productive phases when I’m adding dozens of products a day to the various sites, and been able to keep my energy up in order to promote my items. Then, when nothing happens, my mood drops, as it has tonight, and I lose all enthusiasm, for selling, for promoting, but, most importantly, for creating.
Though I’m also an artist, lately my passion has been about repurposing the many, MANY items people leave in the alley behind my house. It’s fun to me to find a new use for drawers, doors, and especially the bottles my friends and co-workers bring me. It just sucks to get so excited about something I’ve done, like an actor who’s just given what they believe to be a breakthrough performance…only to be met by the sounds of crickets.
My love of being creative will win me over again, and I’ll resume painting, drawing, designing, etc. at some point. And I don’t mean to sound like I’m whining. Yes, there are so many more important things and great suffering going on in the world. But we all want our efforts to be appreciated.
So tonight, blah.