As I'm sitting here typing this post, I am trying to figure out where I should divide me energy and time. I've got two lovely girls and am home-schooling the youngest in pre-school; I've got 2 dogs - one of which loves to roll in interesting things in the backyard on a daily basis; my husband is in the Air Reserves - he's never been deployed, but is gone occassionally for training (a week to 3 months at a time) and duty time; and all the other things that need to be done on a daily basis
On top of it all, I have this blog, an Artfire Website, an Etsy Site, and my 'main' website. Oh, and in there somewhere, I have to find time to actually make the things I am trying to sell. So, my dilemna is where to professionally focus my time. I've had lots of traffic to my official site, but no direct business (however there has been some word of mouth business this way). My Artfire site has had a little business, and my Etsy none. I have sold some things locally through a shop, but the commission is so high, that it's almost not worth it. I am beginning to wonder if by spreading myself out, I am creating a problem in that I just don't have enough time to do any of it as well as it needs to be done. I read a post on Etsy today that said don't expect any business unless you have 100+ listings! Because of the type of work that I do, it would litterally take me at least 6 months to make that many items! O.k. that might be a slight exageration, but it would take awhile, and it would certainly depend on what pieces I am making. If making large or intricate bags, it could take a year. Then there is the time it takes to list all those 100 items.
I think what I need to do is focus on a different forum on a weekly basis, either that, or cut out some of my forums. So, I think this week it will be Etsy. If I'm lucky, I'll bet those posts up to 50. Right now it's at 27.
Wish me luck!