I've been grounded by a virus. I get sick so seldom that I can only be grateful that it happened when I could most afford to be down and out for a few days. I need to be alert and present tomorrow, though, as I deal with two sets of cable guys. As part of an effort to streamline and economize, we are ditching our cable/landline/ high-speed internet provider after they have given us the worst customer service in the history of the universe. We are only reconnecting the internet (with a different provider). Funny how we've reached a place where we can unplug our TV or phone forever, but not our cyber I.V.
Speaking of which, I need to get smarter about using the interwebs for business purposes. I get most of my clients the old-fashioned way, through galleries or real-world connections. I was hoping my Facebook page might generate some traffic but when even a bunch of my tech-savvy 'friends' failed to visit I wondered what I was doing wrong. Etsy worked for me once upon a time, but only when I was willing to list small and cheap and work it. We watched The Social Network last night and the reference to the fisherman displaying a three thousand pound marlin rather than fourteen trout struck home. I should be painting more marlins. Or maybe I should be blackmailing my internet friends into giving me a plug on their blogs and Facebook pages and giving them the trout I catch if they help me sell my marlin, heh.
While I was ill I did catch a few more trout, though, and have decided to test drive Big Cartel with them. Drawings this size, when framed, sell well in one of my galleries, but are probably still too expensive to stand a chance on Etsy without extensive flogging and networking, which I am unwilling to do. Unfortunately Big Cartel doesn't get Etsy's traffic, so it's probably an exercise in futility. Still, it's always fun to try out a new platform, successful or not. Check it out.