Friday , 20 April 2018
We as a community have to help each other out. I know that I’ve just been at this online shop-owner thing for only a few months now, but I have already made up my mind that I’m going to be successful. With all of the hard work, long hours, and dedication that I have put into this, failure is not an option!

I’m a Helpy Helper

A Good Neighbor is the Best Possession Handmade Upcycled Necklace

A Good Neighbor is the Best Possession Handmade Upcycled Necklace

I’m a Helpy Helper

This is how the story goes down.  I’m browsing, browsing, browsing (on Etsy).  Oh, that looks nice.  Wow! Great photo, great product!   I never would have put those colors together.  I should do that.  Love that photo prop.  Hmmm, great product, photo could use some help.  Let’s see here.  Point and click.  Download.  Point and click.  Autofix complete.  Quick message to shop owner with attachment of improved photo.  (See before and afters here.)

Back to browsing.  Cool pic.  Let’s go take a look around in the shop.  Surely she doesn’t know that’s misspelled.  Short, gentle message to shop owner.

Here we go, a little bit more time to kill.  What’s this?  Ooooh, Mama likes!  What else she got?  Awesome shop all the way around.  Quick message to shop owner telling her to keep up the great work.

What do I get out of all this?  Just the simple satisfaction knowing that I am hopefully being a help, being an encouragement to some other soul out there.   As of yet, no one has been offended.  Of course, never brag on your kids or dog, right?

I think most of us always have those pregnant doubts in the back of our mind.  Does this look good?  I wish somebody would help me!  I don’t know what to do here.  What do people think of my shop?  Does everybody have one boob that’s smaller than the other (Oo)?  And just when you are in the heat of the moment, rearranging your shop, updating your profile, feeling the groove, something breaks in on you.  The phone, the kids, the dog, the husband.  Maybe all of them at once.  Then, it’s gone, that short moment of inspiration, the magazine feature you were daydreaming about, it all gets shut down and by the time you get everybody to shut up and leave you alone for 5 minutes, you and the one-eyed monster are having a staring contest again.  (That would be your monitor, folks!)

We as a community have to help each other out.  I know that I’ve just been at this online shop-owner thing for only a few months now, but I have already made up my mind that I’m going to be successful.  With all of the hard work, long hours, and dedication that I have put into this, failure is not an option!  And I’m very pleased with my progress.  Recently I built my own website and that has given me the ability to do better advertising, so I get sales from my Etsy shop and from

I can’t brag on Tim, the brains behind, enough.  I don’t even remember how I found the site, but I am so glad that I did.  His articles on SEO are da bomb!  His site allows me the perfect outlet to help others in the same way that he has helped me: by providing great information for me to use and by giving me a chance to share my information with others.  This article may not have any hardcore information in it, but sometimes you just need a friend to talk to.

Won’t you be my neighbor?  If you see something awry in one of my articles or something in my shop, please let me know.  Regardless of what my dog thinks, I’m really not perfect.

One of the jobs I had in my past-life was training adults how to use the computer.  My classes covered everything from general computer knowledge up to advanced Microsoft Office end-user classes and lots of things in between.  It really bothers me that I have so much knowledge that I’m just sitting on.  If you have questions that Google just can’t answer, give me a holler.  Just contact me through my Etsy shop.   It will be our little secret, so the whole world doesn’t have to read the critique.  No matter how tough we think we are, very few of us can handle criticism, especially out in public.

Whoever said the best things in life are free was apparently right! 

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  1. Keep going no matters what.

  2. melinda,
    thanks for such an upbeat article. i know what you mean when you say ‘failure is not an option!’. at my start with etsy, i did so much reading. it was probably the most reading that i have done in years, as far as reading that focussed on the same topic. i am very appreciative for every word of it. thank you for the help that you are offering, i am sure your knowledge will come in useful to alot of us.
    good luck to you and your shop,

  3. melinda,
    thank you for such an upbeat article. i know what you mean when you say ‘failure is not option!’. when i started with etsy, i did soo much reading and 1 article lead to another, then another. thank you for the help that you are offering. i am sure that some of us will be calling on you.
    good luck to you and your shop,

  4. so sorry about the double posting. one didn’t show up, rewrote the message, and then just like magic…they both came up at the same time.

  5. Feel free to correct my spelling anytime. I’ve had a spelling note before, and instead of feeling the writer was being critical, I felt she had my back! We all want each other to be successful, and I welcome any and all feedback!

  6. I was cracking up reading your article…I can see you as this human bot cruising the listings analyzing them. Thanks for the smile to start my day. I am always appreciative to the comments I get from others, because I don’t have anyone around me that gives me honest critiques. And as we all know when you work on your own stuff you get in a rut or you get blind to what you have going on…especially when you are juggling 2 small kids at the same time. So keep up the friendly shop inspections!

    • My kids have been watching Madagascar II lately and the humor of those crazy penguins has latched onto me. I love the part when they’re landing the plane and he says “You want to kiss the ground like you’re kissing your sister. I said kiss it!” lol. I like ‘em big, I like ‘em chunky. That movie is hilarious!

  7. Ahhh! Your post was like my own voice but there it is in black and white! So many times I keep whacking my brain wondering how to get those pictures right. Time is a constraint for me with 2 young girls so I am constantly seeking ways out to get my “job” done. Nice to read your post…happy actually!

    • Two girls! My one diva girl is enough to handle with my very non-diva 8 year old boy! I’m constantly telling him, “She just wants you to tell her she’s beautiful!” Or “I said ‘Let her kiss you!’”. It’s a comedy show around here!

  8. Thanks for your offer of checking out my lopsided “boobs”! lol
    I am cracking up, and don’t know you but already love you. I’m gonna be sending you some of my stuff to honestly review. You’re encouragement and transparent honesty is so refreshing. I hope to be able to help someone or many people in the future, as you do. Thanks for this awesome post.

    • Jo,

      I speak from experience about the bOobs. :) I am definitely going to be checking into the mix-and-match bra thing. I can’t wear anything striped because it becomes diagonal. I’ve learned to live with it. It could always be worse, right? I could have lopsided legs. Not being cruel. I know some people like that, and that is really my outlook on life. No matter what I face, it could ALWAYS be worse. One of my favorite quotes is “I cried because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.” I am too blessed to be stressed! Hey, as long as my husband’s happy, who cares? No one else is going to be seeing these girls anyway! :)

  9. Another great one, Melly! You are a breath of fresh air.

    I quit sending my “helpful” little notes about spelling and grammar for awhile after a couple of gals took offense. Then I decided that I absolutely want others to tell me when I’ve got toilet paper stuck to my shoe, so I should be willing to stick my neck out a bit. In the end, most are grateful and a few have even turned into good friends!!

    • Thanks Jen! You know a girl can never receive too many compliments!

      One thing I have tried to embrace in my life is “A wise man learns from his own mistakes, but a wiser man learns from others.” If I haven’t said that somewhere on here before, I’m surprised cuz it’s my favorite! Well, that and the one about no shoes/no feet.

  10. Great post. I agree with the reader who said she had not done this much reading in years!! I too, am new……….and reading, reading, reading here. I have a notebook and a pen in hand….taking notes like a crazy woman.
    And, to give myself credit, I have gone back in my note taking notebook every week, highlighting the bits & pieces I’ve done or at least started.
    Can not believe the new info I’ve been able to poke into this old brain since joining Etsy in Dec. Here I thought I was going to be able to just sit around & knit!

    • Definitely! You not only have to be a creative genius with your art but with your shop as well! If you’re not learning something new everyday AND applying it, then you are behind the game. Not you as in you, but you as in me! haha

  11. I would love someone to proof for me and give me suggestions. Sometimes I think we’re al just a bit too close to our own work.

    Thanks for making me laugh. I needed it today.

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