It has been a really fun project, but all fun things eventually come to an end. Updating the store has been completed. All of the listings on The Store have gotten totally overhauled visually. In the process I also went through and did some updates to the Analytics for the site as well to help boost traffic. And I have to say, I am already seeing a difference.
Here are how some of the photos turned out.
The friend of mine that was very happy to help in this endeavor was my friend from church Mercedes Morgan. She is a professional photographer here in Austin. She does special events, family portraits, weddings, and the like. I definitely recommend checking out some of her stuff. Her skills with the camera are very clean and I am thinking my family will be hitting her up sooner than later for some family photos for the dining room.
I just wanted to post a quick notice, pointing out that the Etsy Store is only 3 followers shy of reaching 2,000. With that, I just wanted to mention to everyone that reads my blog, if you haven’t already… please go check out the store and give it a follow. I think it would be epic if we hit the 2,000 mark this weekend with your help.
In order to become a store follower all you need to do is “favorite” the shop!
A friend, who’s drawings have been shown on my site before, drew up something new. After having collaborated on it together (me mostly just coloring in her sketch), this is what it turned into.
She is really talented.
I think it would be awesome to see her do something more with it. I am trying to challenge her to start experimenting with inking pins. From there, anything could happen.
Well, today the etsy store hit 4,000 sales. That’s pretty good if you ask me… considering the fact that I am just doing it as a hobby. Every time the store hits a big event number like that, these promo images get posted to those people that have chosen to follow the store. With this milestone in mind, I am also only one review away from reaching 900 reviews. For that one, I am going to be posting one in celebration of the “900 reviews mark” of Jesus causing a ruckus.
I looks like so…
The next major milestone that still might take a little bit of time would be reaching a total of 2,000 store followers. These followers are the people that think the store is worth receiving updates about. So, when the store adds new items or posts an update like the above milestones, they will get notifications. I am only about 20 followers away from reaching that next goal. It might take a little while though, because that is a slow moving number compared to the other two.
Regardless, the store is thriving even though it is just a casual hobby.
The next major update is going to be updating the listings with new and improved photos. See the following post I did last week for a sneak peek at what these new photos are going to look like. They are much cooler and cleaner looking than what I currently have posted on the store.
For those of you that don’t know me as well, I am a stickler for branding (but in an opposing way). I don’t see myself as a walking billboard here to help companies sell their brand. You aren’t going to find me intentionally waving some billion dollar company logo in the air as some brainwashed unpaid sales associate. Just not something I am interested in doing. Sure, if you look at me you can tell what brand of shoe I am wearing, but it doesn’t have any logos on it. Sure, if you look at my clothing long enough, you might be able to pick out where I got it from, but it doesn’t have any logos on it.
Again, that isn’t something I am interested in.
And with that, when I found this knife maker in Bulgaria I got a little giddy. This old dude makes custom one of a kind folding knives. One, I am already a sucker for wood knives. I just like how they look and how much lighter they are compared to bone knives.
So… when I stumbled across this guy I had to jump on it. Not only are his knives a one of a kind. But the one I got is light weight, wooden, and has no branding what so ever on it. I am really happy with how it turned out.
This dude’s name is Todor. He’s pretty much legit.
I did some arts and crafts today. Made a new sketch book! That means I have something new to start doing some new drawings.