Some of you know I have another blog called Junqe Rethunque, and that I have an Etsy shop… but I’ve been conflicted recently about whether the crafty side of me needs to be promoted more and nursed a bit, or pushed aside in favor of the writing side of me. I am still going to pursue the business with my mom (from which I took the name of the other blog) but I am starting to wonder if Etsy is worth my time.
I think the things I make are great, and I know my family and friends agree, but my sales have not been blowing me away. I’m thinking it might be a better plan to focus my crafty self on a couple of craft fairs each year and maybe some brick and mortar shops here in town. I want to enjoy my sewing and creating, and if I am always trying to figure out what I could make that people would actually buy, I’m not enjoying it as much. My sister has a great jewelry line selling like gangbusters on Etsy, and she spends a LOT of time promoting herself online and making new things for her shop – but she’s childless and her significant other works nights. Her evenings are all hers to do all the making she wants.
Now, granted, writing will take up a lot of my time if I want to make money at it… but I think it’s a situation where it can transition into a career, whereas the craft stuff is less likely to do that. Plus, I can write anywhere – with or without my laptop – and my crafting has to be done at home, and primarily in front of my sewing machine. It’s a matter of logistics to some degree.
What has it come down to for you when you’ve faced a decision where you had to follow one path or another – both equally intriguing to you? I’m open to any advice and all suggestions!