Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm Flattered, But No Thanks

Last night I received a lovely little e-mail from someone I met through Lollishops. (I am not going to say who it is because I don't want to cause any trouble for them.) They read my previous blog posts concerning selling venues and saw a mock up of a suggestion I posted to the Lollishops forums before they disappeared.

My kind friend thought that I should make my own selling venue for people who make handmade. This has been suggested to me a few times before so I thought I would address it here. I am deeply flattered that people think I have the ability and objectivity to do this and make it work. I would be lying if I said it hadn't ever crossed my mind. But never seriously.

My intent for studying these sites so carefully was never to make my own. The only reason I did it was an attempt to figure out how to make it work for me and be another facet of my business. As I pointed out in my previous post, I don't think I can make some of them work. If I ever did choose to do something like that, I would probably make it just for bear artists.

Over the years I have also considered opening a real life shop filled with fun things, but I have never done that either. The reason I don't consider it seriously is because I don't want to be a slave to that type of business. I like having the autonomy to work when I feel like it for 5 days straight in a creative haze and then doing nothing for 3 days. I am an artist at heart and at personality. While I like the freedom to make my own website look any way I choose to reflect my own style, I don't want to take on that responsibility for a large group. I think owning a shop or a website of that nature would suck the soul right out of my creativity...and vice versa.

So thank you to everyone who has suggested it along the way, but no thank you. *smiles*


Mia Sophia said...

Your mock up for lollishops was wonderful and you have a talent to be able to come up with it so fast!

I understand what you are saying. Who wouldn't love being in a shop surrounded by beautiful things and wonderful people.

But,oh, the behind the scenes, just the paper work alone would suck the life out of me, too! And a shop is 24/7, even if you aren't open that long, you are working on it! It takes a person with a special drive to do that, NOT me, either!

Kelly said...

Thank you Mia! I like playing with website stuff, I have done a few sites for other people...but to do a whole selling venue...yeah...nooooooo! lol

Grace said...

Ooh, I couldn't agree more. If anything, I'd love to have someone take over all of my computer duties, so I could just design all day and night!

Your creations are simply wonderful, by the way. I grew up with Steiff animals, and mohair has a very special place in my heart. <3

Kathy-Catnip Studio said...

I, too, loved your mock-up/suggestion for LS.

scribbler said...

Just adding my kudos for the mock-up - it was gorgeous.

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