I cannot believe it has been seven months since I launched me and my pots on the web. It all started in November when we got a Mac. I finally had a computer that would make creating a website easy. I also thought it was time to get my pottery “out there”, if I was going to become serious about becoming a full-time potter. I had my holiday project. I bought a photo tent and some lights to shoot my work. I began to figure out iPhoto and iWeb. By the end of the holidays, I had launched a website, opened an Etsy shop, and threw in this WordPress blog for good measure.
Fast forward seven months. Wow. I have revamped my website once. I am finally getting the hang of Etsy, and beginning to get more regular sales, one a week for the last 3 weeks. (I am keeping my fingers crossed for this week). I am less wowed by my blog, which suffers from neglect since I am never quite sure what to write about.
But the most shocking thing about my entrance into the online world is how I took to social media. I really didn’t go into marketing my work with the thought of using Twitter or Facebook. But now they are the most regular way I communicate with friends – new and old, and let people quickly know what I am doing with my work. I am on both platforms almost every day, usually in the morning and evening. I share thoughts and quotes, post newly listed items in my shop, and give kudos to others.
What have I gained from all of this some friends ask? Within about 4 months I have over 700 followers on Twitter and I am slowly growing my facebook fan page. That is 700+ people who did not previously know of my work and that is just plain cool. I also get to highlight the works of others, and sometimes, I even get my work highlighted.
I’ve had a blessed week with being highlighted in two blogs.First is the interview series being done by Erin on http:ceramicerin.blogspot.com. Erin is surveying potters and then posting the surveys. My most interesting question was about my concern of the environmental impact of making pots. This is a subject that I am increasingly interested in and I was glad to see others are thinking about it.
Then today one of my vases was highlighted in http://etsyitemoftheday.com, a blog by Jackie, highlighting a different Etsy item each day. This vase was a bit of an experiment, one I haven’t repeated. However, this is a pot that I think about a lot, particularly the tension between the classic neck design and the chunky, organic base. And that’s the great thing about these online communities – they make you think.
Thanks Erin and Jackie.