IF ITS IMPORTANT TO YOU, YOU FIND A WAY.
IF IT'S NOT YOU FIND AN EXCUSE
It is with a heavy heart I have made this decision, and as the phrase above says, I have been finding excuses for ages, to find a way to make folksy work again for me. I haven't managed it, so its obviously no longer that important to me.
It was, when I first opened my shop I was on all the time checking if people had viewed my items, I started with listing tiaras and jewellery as Diamante Dream and then WellydogDesigns. But then when I was off sick from work a couple of Christmas's ago with a bad case of Vertigo, I saw a thread on the forums, from the wonderful and very supportive, Brenda from Gweddus Art , about aceo's. I just had to have a go, I hadn't painted for some time, but when I started painting again you just couldn't stop me. I got sale after sale and I would have only just finished listing them and they would have gone. I started painting more and more and the paintings got bigger and bigger and it gave me such a lot of confidence, so much so that when I lost my job last year, I jumped at the opportunity of getting my own studio at a local craft centre.
But then the changes came on folksy. It caused a lot of bad feeling in the forums, where there had used to be support. This was then followed by listing problem, and I could not list anything for weeks on end. I missed not being able to see how many views an item had and Google analytics, was saying nobody was ever visiting. This was proved right when sales just plummeted and my plans for a good online Christmas to help support me through the winter months at the studio, disappeared.
Things seem to pick up so I stared listing again. But, I am not getting any views, or sales and then last week when I became aware that there had been another change, I started to realise that this just isn't working for me, any more.
I frankly don't have the time to make it work for me. I have a lot in my life going on at the moment both professionally and privately and I feel I need to do a whole lot of research on how to Tag my items correctly and masses of promotion, just to get them noticed. I need to learn how to use google analytics more effectively , find out how the new changes on paypal may affect me and my seller rights, and goodness only knows how many other things I may have missed by not being on the forums daily any more.
Honestly I wish Folksy the very best in the future, I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me. But they are no longer on the same path as me. For what its worth. I think the changes have meant they lost their quirky individuality which I thought was a strong selling point, in a market place full of the same faceless corporate sites. I also think that new people will not get the opportunities I got from it as it is no longer easy to use and confusing for newbies to get their initial sales and learn and grow from the experiences on a friendly and supportive site.
It not a complete goodbye as I haven't closed my account as I still want to support others there, with any buying I may want to do, (if I can find what I want). And if its ok with you I would like to also occasionally check in on the forums to catch up with good friends. You never know when my life settles down I may have the time to sort things out, I may be back.
If you want to find me now I'm on Etsy and I will be stocking my shop with more items soon