I needed something to do to take my mind off my crazy life and relax. My husband would tell you that I needed a hobby so he could have some "hobby" time. Although, I don't consider retiring to his mancave to watch tv or play the playstation a desireable hobby myself, he would disagree. I started crafting again after several years. I always felt guilty, like I should be cleaning something, or washing more clothes, or working in the yard, and the list goes on and on. When I finally decided, I really needed my "craft" time for myself. I enjoy painting, scrapbooking, beading, just about anything. So in the evenings, after the little one has gone to bed and my husband is doing his "hobbies" I go to my craft room.
About a year ago, I looked at something on Ebay and thought to myself, I should try selling on Ebay. After some research, well ok, a lot of research, I listed my first item on Ebay. I am not one to jump into things quickly. I like to research it, ponder a while, research some more, sleep on it, and eventually give it a go.
So after posting some items to Ebay, I found that I had a few sales. Nothing that was going to make me rich, but it was exciting. I found a new joy in knowing that someone was going to use and hopefully, enjoy something that I created.
Through a chain of events a few months ago, I found that I had to change the website where I hosted my pictures. So I did some research. And yes, I pondered a while, researched some more, slept on it and finally found a place that I felt comfortable. That was InkFrog. They had a very small reasonable fee and many people had wonderful things to say about it. I made the Leap, forgive the pun, and changed over to InkFrog. I found that they were extremely helpful and inviting. The support service was fast and friendly.
So now I have a new hosting site and I am happy with my little Ebay sales, when I hear of this great offer through InkFrog. BuyItSellIt, associated with InkFrog, has a great deal to have your own store front on their site. Basically, you can establish your own online store. I began thinking "What a great idea!" No more fees, fees, fees, rules, rules, rules. I can chose what I want my own store to look like, what checkout service I want to use, and not have to worry about feedback. I know what you are thinking, she jumped right into it. Wrong, I did some research, pondered on it a while, more research, slept on it several nights, and then jumped in.
Now, you have to understand that I am not your computer savy individual. Sure, I can work on the applications at my job, work most of the programs on my home computer, but putting together an online store is all together different. The BuyItSellIt group makes it easy. They have the tools for you to put together an online store of your very own. And the other sellers in the forums are such a great help. They answer all your questions, even the dumb ones from me. Now while this was made simple, this was really a whole new world for me. If you had asked me a couple of months ago about Base Feeds and SEO Optimization, I would have asked what foreign country you were from and ran for the translator. But with a little hard work, some great help, and a lot of "research", I feel like I have come a long way.
I now have my store front up and going with several items to sale. Blue Raven Creations is the name of my store, and by all means, feel free to drop by and see what you think. Any comments, good or bad, are helpful and welcome. Good comments help validate us and bad comments are what we should learn from. It is still a work in progress. I have so much more to learn and understand and probably a lot more research and pondering to do.
The moral to my little ramblings is, "If I can do it, anyone can." And look, I just wrote my first blog!