The silence of the past days has been due to some bad news I received last week. I’m almost up to speed again, but it threw me slightly off course for a while. Hope your Friday and weekend will be wonderful!
Things have been quiet here due to illness, but as per Monday I’m back on track, working on the backlog of tasks to get done.
This includes sending out the coupon code to folks, who already signed up – apologies for the not-yet-appeared email!
Happy Hump Day!
Life is unpredictable and I haven’t posted in quite some time. At the age of 30+ it’s still possible to say yes to too many things at once, so I’ve been trying to cut down where possible. The shop is open as usual, but social media have indeed suffered a bit.
Personal balance is close to my heart these days and I’ve just made this little quote thingy to remind myself of what is important. In November last year I twisted my ankle and hurt my knee pretty badly, which annoyingly put my running on hold. I had reached the last training of week 8 of couch-to-5K and found myself in a weird place, wanted to keep going but couldn’t. I’ve always been the academic type rather than the athletic and once my momentum was lost, months went by without decent cardio training.
In April, a few weeks ago, I had had enough. I laced my running shoes and started to work through the programme again. Weeks 4 and 5 are done and this weekend I’ll move on to week 6. While it is exhausting, I’m noticing an improvement in my sleeping patterns and also I’m more at peace with myself. I highly recommend couch-to-5K for beginners and gladly offer support, just shout out in the comments.
You know that feeling of nothing being exciting about the thing that used to make you happy? It’s been a first for me and the reasons for my coming to a halt are more than I care to mention.
Out of my customers point of view, however, it’s important that I speak my peace regarding Etsy. It is a venue for handmade – or “handmade” as it is about to become officially now, not just unofficially – and I was a typical seller there, madly in love with all the closeness, friendliness, sharing, caring, lovely handmade things. At some point the pink glasses began to come off and within the first six months they had come off permanently.
Suffice to say I’ve never experienced an online service provider of any kind, who treat their customers as mind-bogglingly badly as Etsy staff do. People are “muted” left and right, and non-US sellers always get shop features (gift cards and direct checkout among others) months or a year later than those in the US, even though the same listing fees have been paid. Once you have been muted, you can’t post in the Bugs section of the forum even, but have to reach out via other sellers or send an email that with great likelihood never is responded to. I’ve heard more than one story of unfair treatment and it is simply not good enough.
The last nail in the coffin for myself was their announcement last week. Factory-made goods will now be allowed and the meaning of handmade has been re-written by Etsy. CEO Chad Dickerson’s speech caused a flood of sellers to branch out from Etsy or close their shops entirely. If you’re interested in a fairly neutral commentary on the situation, please read “Do Etsy’s changes risk making it like eBay?” published on Market Watch.
The small but upcoming venue Zibbet got the lion’s share of angry sellers, me included. Currently, my shop is still open on Etsy, but I’m working on moving the existing inventory to my website shop and the Zibbet shop. I will let the dust settle a bit before making further decisions regarding the future of the Etsy shop.
There have been other more personal reasons for my rare appearances here, but I’ve recently enrolled in some Craftsy classes on jewellery making and have eagerly learned a few new techniques, which I’m practicing as we speak. My little business came to a point where I had to decide whether to keep fiddling at level 1.0 or perhaps take it to 2.0 already.
I chose the second alternative and have during the past few days experienced an energy injection in the creativity department that I recognise only from the early days of making earrings!
Stay tuned for lots of lovely pieces in the shops as well as educational, inspirational, and/or funny output here on the blog and in the other social media (links in the column on the right side)! I might even announce a give-away very soon, but that’s a secret.