And it got me thinking. I figure I've hit the front page at least five times in the fifteen months that I've been selling on Etsy. There may have been more, but I can distinctly remember five times. and of course those times get closer together. It was probably five months into my Etsy experiment before I hit the front page the first time.
Much of it has to do with being part of the Bead Art Originals and Etsy Beadweavers Teams. Part of it is creating wonderful one-of-a kinds and part of it is making those little somethings that everyone wears. Part of it is using artisan beads. Part of it is bettering my photography skills. Part of it trying to be kind and professional in my dealings with everyone on Etsy. And I'm sure part of it is just being in the right place at the right time.
Since I first saw those threads on the Etsy fora about some not wanting to see the same people on the front page I've objected to them. In my view, if someone makes the front page time and time again, they excel. I know some artists who can't seem to stay off the front page and I rejoice for them, but I also know that they've earned the right to be there.
We shouldn't let jealousy get in our way. When we say I'm sick of seeing so-and-so there in the limelight. I want to be in the limelight, what is that but jealousy?
Now that I'm getting a few more front pages I'm wondering if people will start badmouthing me. Am I to be punished for having work someone loves? Am I to be punished for my mounting sales? If you work hard enough you're bound to have some small measure of success. When that happens to you, do you want people to punish you for it? That's all I'm saying.
No I'm not saying if you've never hit the front page you're doing something wrong or aren't successful. Success is a broad word and will be different for different people. The front page is a smallish kind of success in the grand scheme. But it makes me happy!
Check out Mak's Treasury:) And now I'll shut-up and just enjoy it I guess:)