Well, to tell you the truth, I’m not sure how triumphant it really is :) But, it is a return nevertheless!
When all was calm and still
So why have I been radio silent for the past three months? No, I wasn’t lazing around, eating bon bons all day (though little chocolate treats do seem to find me a lot more often than they should). I had temporarily placed my blog on hiatus so I could focus on promoting my handmade jewelry and accessories through the big social media outlets. I realized that I needed to grow my lists of followers and establish more regular communication with those followers, so I concentrated all of my efforts on upping my Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+ games. I definitely gained some new fans, but the push to get my name and my products out there never really ends. I have to work at it every single day.
A glutton for punishment
Then, I did something that I swore I would never do — I opened a Twitter account. Actually, I opened two of them (one for personal use and one for the business). Oh, the horror!! I had been avoiding Twitter up until that point because I felt like I wouldn’t be able to devote enough time to it to make it successful. It would have become just one more site to manage in an already frenzied social media soup. But, so many independent artists recommend using Twitter that I simply couldn’t ignore it any longer. Into the depths of Twitter I went! A little late, but there you have it. You can see my most recent tweets along the right sidebar of this page.
I also spent some time tweaking this site in the interim. I installed a new theme, added plugins, and began setting up the bones of my very own online store. For several years, Etsy has been the primary venue for showcasing my wares, but their recent policy changes have created an unfavorable selling environment for small shops such as mine. I need to explore different options so I can decide whether or not to take matters into my own hands.
Ready to rock
Now, it’s finally time to get back into the blogging business, so here I am! Thank you for your patience, my apologies for the disappearing act, and I’ll do my best to keep things under control from this point on!