Up and Down.
January always brings renewed hopes for business success in the new year, but this particular year I find myself faced with many cut backs and one tough decision.
September saw the end of social media for me, as I deleted my facebook, twitter, and pinterest accounts. On Monday, I had to say goodbye to A Little Etsy Love, a blog I've been a part of for two years. That leaves for me this blog and my etsy shop.
Although I've just started to list new items into the shop, and plan to continue, I've decided that I'm no longer happy with running N. Fallon Design Studio as a business. To be frank, it's been a money suck. I know we in the crafty business are trained to persevere no matter what, but after 5 years of being in the red, I need to grasp the reality that what I do is a hobby and not a business, and I will act accordingly this year.
Lately I've really enjoyed building a new skill set in learning to sew, and plan to continue doing so. I'll finish the instruction book I'm currently working through, and go on to other tutorials, patterns, and books as well. But I'm no longer planning to look at what I make in terms of etsy or even in terms of what will sell or what I want to sell. Everything I make from today forward will be for me.
As for this blog? I really love blogging. I love the community I've built, I appreciate my readers, and I enjoy reading the blogs that I regularly visit and discovering new ones. But for now, I don't want to commit to a specific schedule of posting. I don't want to run this blog like a business. I want to stir in a bit of leisure, and come to find what I loved so much about it again. I'll be posting when I have something to say or to show you. And I'll be visiting blogs when I'm in the mood to read- much like reading a good book. I don't want to be so rigid about it; I want instead to enjoy it again. So that's what I'll do.
I hope you understand this change, dear readers, and why it's necessary for my mental health.