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 www.CordCoversAndMore.com.
I can’t brag on Tim, the brains behind handmadeology.com, 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!