The Store finally completely updated

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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.

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Updating the store and my music page

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I have been busy updating the store on Etsy. Although I still have a lot to update for each listing on the store, I am a lot closer to finished than if I had just started. I am really happy with how the photos turned out. A friend of mine from church helped me on that front.

As for the music…

I spent this morning updating the music section of my website. Rather than just having a hyper link in the navigation bar that sent you to an entirely separate site, I have integrated all of the music from my tour days into the site with the use of bandcamp embedded HTML.

Happy New Year post about life and Etsy

Well, with 2017 coming to a close I figured I should write a little something about the year gone and to come. 2017 for me has been pretty crazy. I have been all over the place with finishing school, transitioning between new jobs, ramping up the Etsy Store, becoming a foster parent, and more. Honestly, as hectic as I could make it all seem… I have to admit, 2017 has actually been a rather low-key year for me. I feel like I got a lot done. But, I can also easily say that I feel like I did a lot of time wasting, sitting around, and procrastination as well.

Now, rather than getting into all of that resulting in a lengthy blog post that is likely to not get many reads… I thought I would touch on what to expect in the coming year for my Etsy Store.

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2017 was a big year for the store. I added a lot of new items, changed the look and feel of the store a few times, worked a little on analytics, and more. For 2018 however, I have decided to take the store a little more slowly. I am going to spend the new year focused on my existing listings rather than cranking out new items every month. A few of the ways that I plan to do this will be to update the visual aesthetics with professional photos for each listing. Rather than my dinky phone camera and the dining room light I have a friend that does photography for a living stepping in to ramp up that aspect of the store. The other thing I will be spending more time on with it would be analytics and promotion. I haven’t done much in the way of analytics this year. But, what little bit I have done has shown drastic improvement to the store traffic.

So, I plan to spend more time on that along with upgrading the visual portions of the store. No telling how 2018 will look for the Etsy store, but one thing is certain… I am going to slow down and spend more time on quality rather than quantity. Over the course of 2018 I plan to design a lot of new items without releasing them. Then, at the end of the year… pick the best of the best to release in 2019 (assuming I am still running the store at that time).

Who knows… anything could happen. Just watch the news.