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Last night when paroozing the Etsy forums, I came across a disconcerting thread.

There was negative discussion about shop owners bombarding the world with self promotion.

Last time I checked, websites have forums with categories like "critique" and "promotion" for just that reason.

Does it make someone who doesn't shamelessly self promote a better person? Certainly not if the non promoter is poo-pooing their fellow etsians. 

So what is it that has lead to all this self promotion?  Are we really that desperate?  Perhaps we are not all as pretty as Eva Longoria, smart at Felicity Huffman, or as great a baker as Marcia Cross, but we are definitely desperate.

Times are tough, especially for people who make a living through arts and crafts.  Is it really the job of their peers to insult the pursuit of profit?

And perhaps its not all desperation.  Did it ever occur to anyone that fruitless self promotion could be just a person's outlet for sharing their creativity.  Isn't it something they should be proud of, sharing their creations with the world?
Selling hand-made goods isn't always about money, its about sharing art with others.

And lets be honest, I'm sure Donald Trump got where he is in life with a little self promotion.


Gabriel Girl said...

Great point. Marketing is key to success, and sometimes the best way to do that is to just get the word out there. It reminds me of when people get uncomfortable when employers ask what their greatest assets are. Modesty is not the point!
I saw you on the etsy thread about blogging - just thought I'd drop by and show some support :)

Mystic Silks http:mysticsilks.etsy.com said...

Thanks for the positive take on posting links on RR website.

Soph said...

I agree! I'm following you now after seeing your link in the etsy thread :) I'm all about self-promotion. It's hard to get noticed in Etsy! Sometimes that's the only way... People can simply choose not to click the link ;)

MorganNichole said...

Promoting is the best way to help your business. Why would you even have a business if you didn't want to work at it and promote it. It is great to have a business that you love and proud of!

Terri said...

Great post!! I read the thread your referring to and to be honest couldn't be bothered to comment as I felt it got a little childish and any additional comments would be lost....Thanks for posting this!

Audrey said...

Way to go!! I thought the whole point of the promotion forums was to promote!
Some people are never happy - just need something to complain about.

LillyShayStyle said...

Hi, I can't figure out how to follow you!

DreamON said...

First came promotion, then came social networking which is promotion disguised as what? Chatter?

Stitched said...

I promote myself. When I'm having a sale, I let people know. I also like starting threads in the promotion section of the Etsy forum that shows some of my new things and also asks others to show theirs. I want to see what everyone else has. On Etsy we can promote ourselves and each other. There's no shame in saying "I made this and it's awesome!".

Mountain Mama Chic said...

Right on Sista! I really enjoyed reading this post.

Jenny said...

Very good point! I love going to the Etsy promo threads and looking for new blogs, shops, and sellers. I do this because I like to meet new people and experience new art (in all forms) And yes I market, I market my little (okay, not so little) butt off! I do it for my sis's shop, but I would do it for my own if i had one, and I dont see anything wrong with it. You have to promo a biz if you want to be profitable.

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