Juggling being a Handmade Artist
Knit One.. Pearl Two – My “Online” Afghan
I wanted to find a clever way to tell my online adventure and thought of Knitting an Afghan! Much like this craft I started my “Online” Afghan in 2008. I picked my colors, and style etc. and began knitting away. As my afghan grew in size I suddenly realized I had missed a stitch and had to go back and pick it up.
So it was with my online journey.. I opened my shop, added some items and thought this is great.. then noticed I had missed a stitch. Back I went to fix my titles, descriptions, pictures… whew!
Now back on track.. or soI thought… I am back to knitting away and again noticed… I missed a stitch!
Now I had my shop and better pics … what was I missing? As I moved forward I discovered I was missing networking, and teams and blogs… oh my. How did I miss this… so off I went, knit one… pearl two and signed up, joined, created, shared “phew”
… Ok. Back on track now! Knit one – Pearl Two
In looking at my afghan it’s just not quite right… Wait.. I Know I’ll add another color to it! – OK I can do that. …
so… I joined more sites and set up more shops, added more tools … and thought to myself
this looks great.. back to knitting.
Well… I am well into my afghan now and it is just about finished when my cat grabbed the yarn and took off running… oh no.. she has unraveled all my hard work
Believe you me… that has happened to my online afghan several times.. Just when I thought things were moving along that darn little cat would show up and grab the ball!
I guess overall… my point on this little story is that just like knitting an afghan, building an online shop and presence is much the same.. you pick your colors and design and start knitting away.
You join networks, ecommerce sites, take pictures, list, post, create, and then do some more.
Just as your knitted afghan grows.. so does your online one! And yes.. that darn little cat will keep
showing up and you will miss a stitch or two here and there – but that’s all part of the learning process.
The one thing that I have learned in my journey that I am NOT alone! There are a lot of “Online” knitters out there and we all have had our days! It’s alot of hard work and the journey is a long one! In that whole process you are wearing many hats too! CEO, advertising, billing, web developer, customer service.. and the hours are long! It’s truly a juggling act!
I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything… and will continue to work on my “Online” afghan and decided that eventually I will get it finished… and when I do.. it will be BEAUTIFUL!!
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