When I first opened my Etsy shop back in October 2009, I was excited and terrified when I made my first sale -- a black moustache mirror to a young lady in the U.S. Would it break in transit? Would she be happy with it?
A couple of weeks ago my Etsy sales clocked up to 500: something I never, ever imagined would happen. Thank you so much to anyone out there reading this who has ever bought anything from my shop, whether it be a greeting card, downloadable knitting pattern, wooden clock or a whole bunch of original paintings!
And then another milestone this week! I have been on Instagram for six months. To have 1005 followers in such a short time feels kind of amazing and ridiculous at the same time, but I think it says more about Instagram than it does about me. For anyone out there considering joining (hello Saskia...?!) here's some evidence that it's the way to go.
There's lots of talk that blogs are dying. I still love working on my blog and reading other people's (though I find that I have less time to lately). Posting on this platform takes much more thought and effort than a quick snapshot and a couple of sentences on Instagram. It also works a lot better as a whole. After all what we call 'blogs' started out being called 'web-logs' or diaries and that is exactly what mine will continue to be. For my sake as well as for my readers'.
(And -- thank you for reading.)