Tuesday, September 20, 2005

And Another Thing...

I'm still deep in the process of evaluating most everything I do. The work of consolidating the majority of my blogs is well underway. For the rest of the week, we'll be in a transitional phase as everything I post to the five blogs that will retire will be cross-posted to I Knit Around, the new blog.

Having to re-think my approach to my crafts - and make decisions about where I really want to put my crafting energy - I've also talked at length with Gryphon about both the Cafe Press shop and my newer Etsy store. Both require a certain amount of effort above and beyond the mere crafting of items or creation of images.

Since I began the Cafe Press store a few months ago, I've hardly ever managed to get in to monitor the shop, create new products, or think about new images to offer. And let's not even talk about the fact that for it to work, I really should be spending time marketing the store. It seems clear that running a Cafe Press shop requires me to do things that I really don't want to get involved in.

Same thing with the Etsy store - or with my efforts to sell on eBay. It would be one matter if you could just throw the things out there and forget about them until someone buys something. But listings cost money, and the Cafe Press shop has a monthly fee. Gryphon and I are having a hard time justifying spending any money on something where I just can't manage to follow through with marketing and product development.

The decision we've mutually come to - I'll be closing both shops within two weeks. This gives you one last chance to pop in and pick something up if you want it.

Gotta run now - it's craft circle night, and I want to eat some dinner before folks get here. Take care!

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