Why do we do it? Why do art and craft entrepreneurs put their products and reputation out there in the marketplace? Business objectives are different for each business owner, I guess, but some would seem more important than others. But how important is profit as an objective compared to other – perhaps more altruistic – objectives?
As a web application developer around the start of the 21st century, I recall the beginning of the e-commerce era as being one of extremely complex and technical development. I developed and taught e-commerce/ e-marketing programs at Holland College and Nova Scotia Community College from about 1998 through 2003 when the depth of technical knowledge that both developers and business owners needed to implement e-commerce was substantial, often prohibitively so for small craft businesses like ours. Continue reading Tech Tuesday: Selling Art & Crafts Online→
The staff at my office think that either I am becoming totally antisocial or have a secret affair going on. While they are gathering in the lunch room to share their sandwiches and a little office gossip, I heat up my bit of soup or leftover chili and biscuits, then skulk off to my office Continue reading Tech Tuesday: That Internet Thing→
If you are a textile artist, you might appreciate these tips for getting dynamic images of your work. This is crucial if you want to sell, submit for a show or otherwise share your work with strong visuals.
TextileArtist.org also offers articles on a variety of other useful information – everything from choosing a camera for shooting artwork to finding an audience for your work or making submissions for a show or contest.
I started this blog with big intentions to post everyday and then read some advice that might be unrealistic and I should start more slowly and ramp-up to daily over time, if at all. I fell into the mire of over-thinking and over planning and, after falling behind in posting, over-analysing how to get back on track. Should I scrap this blog and start fresh with a new, clean slate? Give up on the project and move to other things? Go backwards and try to create additional posts to fill up for lost gaps? Set a schedule of regular posts to move forward with great leaps? Continue reading Blog revisited→