Last year one of my goals was to make 8 monthly sales on my etsy shop. One of the first decisions I made this year was to close it down...
When I was thinking about my goals for last year, one of them was making more sales on etsy. To reach that goal I would have to create more products and advertise my shop a lot more. I was ready for that.
Shortly after that, I started having this kind of "identity crisis" and my motivation for creating simply disappeared.
My shop was still online but I tried to forget it existed. I always had this anxiety in the back of my mind whenever I thought about it, I knew it was something I was failing at.
In the last quarter of the year, I slowly started to feel like myself again. I started to be more active again and my motivation returned.
I even made a calendar out of the illustrations I created during inktober! But while I was packing the orders I got I realised my heart wasn't in it as before. For a while, I tried to ignore it until I couldn't anymore.
That's why I decided to close down the shop.
I'm not thinking of it as a definitive thing. It's just something I have to do for now. At least until I feel excited about it as I once did. No matter how long it takes I just know I don't want to force it.
I'm also not looking at this as a failure. Having an online shop was anything but a failure! It allowed my work to travel to places I've never been and it allowed me to feel your support more than anything else.
I was just going to quietly close it down but decided this deserved a celebration.
I've gathered everything I still have in stock and prices are down 40 to 50%. So check out if there's anything you'd like to have.
Thank you for your support! This has been a lovely ride.