I have been given to understand that having established an Etsy store, I need to promote it by starting a blog devoted to my creative process. Really? My creative process? In my case that mostly involves trying to use up all the bits and pieces of stuff I have accumulated over the years in some form that someone else might want to use or find beautiful. I’m doing this because it is about time for me to recoup my original investment in all the fabric, beads, lace, odd bits, and junk I’ve collected. I’d like to do that before someone else has to clean it up and clear it out. It’s recycling for profit. I think I just said everything I need to say about it so how is there enough content to support a blog?
I am also supposed to start a Facebook Fan page so I can keep everyone updated on what’s new in the store and really, I should be Tweeting everyday to promote myself as the best thing since sliced bread.
I am also supposed to be doing all this to promote my writing career too. Publishing excerpts from my stories or writing a few just for the blog/fan page, promoting myself as an AUTHOR, generating a buzz so that when I do find an agent, get published, or publish myself on the internet, I will already have a following- of people who have never read more than a smattering of my work. What’s more, if I do all that, when will I write, query agents, edit manuscripts and the other business of writing? Social media might smooth the path but it isn’t going to do the work.
I can barely keep up with this blog and I am supposed to start 2 more? Plus 2 Facebook pages, etc, etc. I know there are people out there who manage to do this but I don’t believe I could be one of them. Especially since I can’t figure out how to get pictures from my store to show up in the sidebar of this blog.
I am also, unfortunately, clueless as to how one blog, page, idea, person gets noticed over the sea of blogs, pages, ideas, and people out there. Doesn’t make me a good candidate to become the next big thing sweeping the internet, now does it?
Recently the big idea sweeping the internet was the end of the world supposedly scheduled for May 21. It came and went and we are all still here.
I am not to sure about that myself. I may have been swept into a an afterlife or maybe a alternate reality because I am doing something I never thought I would do. I am knitting socks.
Lorna’s Laces, Shepherd Sock Multi, color: Gold Hill. The pattern is Dead Simple Lace socks from Socks from the Toe Up. I used a Turkish cast on because I wanted to eliminate a seam at the toe which is the worst thing about manufactured socks. It took me something like 15 tries before I felt like I could live with the result. But then I discovered a few rows in that I had done something weird though and it twists oddly. None of my knitter friends can figure out exactly what I did. Since my toes are a little pointy it fits my foot fine so I am not restarting to fix it. If I can reproduce it (fat chance) for the other sock I may have invented a new pointy toe cast on.
Summer is here even if the calendar says not yet. It is sweltering outside. I have turned the air conditioning on- the brain numbing heat was too much for my frugal instincts. The peaches are here too.