Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Facebook Dilemma

     Yea, I've been on facebook with a profile page for a little over a year. For a while, it was bringing in views for my etsy. I liked having a profile page, especially because I didn't have to spam my friends with what was going on in my shop. They could find that info by a simple click on my profile page under my etsy tab. Recently, facebook decided it was inefficient for business, so they put the word out that they would be deleting them from profiles, and instead to create a fan page. Ok, so I made a fan page, but I doubt that it will be effective due to my lack of a sufficient amount of fans. I'm struggling with the SEO stuff, and don't really know how to talk about my art. When I socialize on facebook, groups, and stuff, the  links will still go to my profile page. I guess it will be about two years before my fan page is built up like my profile page. I have 200 friends, but only 15 fans. My dilemma is; How do I teach myself how to make my fan page posts effective without sounding spammy? And how to do it while learning more about SEO and marketing presentation. Then there's the problem of having time to create and fill my shop as well as job searching, and other things I need to accomplish. Not to mention keeping up with this blog every week.
     I sometimes feel overwhelmed... But the beauty of being self employed is that I can come up with a solution that won't get shot down by a boss, and told I can't do that. (As long as it's within the terms of use of my sites.)
     One idea I'm tossing around; If I can teach hubby to upload my pics, how to type my blogs, and how to list products, I can easily dictate the info needed while I am painting or crafting. Let him worry about SEO. All I'd have to do is respond to messages.
   Link to Etsy, Artfire, Fan page, Profile,  Product album.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My Friend's Betta Fish - Painting (in Progress)

I have a friend who loves Betta fish. (also known as Chinese Fighting Fish) He has seven, and is always looking at more. I think it may be kinda catchy too, as hubby has three, which he acquired after we started hanging with our friend.  Hubby's taking care of one for me, (I tend to kill fish) which I named Sapphire.  We went over to our friends house for a visit, and I took my acrylic pad (for acrylic paintings) and decided to do a sketch of Snow Wolf, our friend's Veil tail Betta. 
Snow wolf is housed in a half gallon cube tank, with a dragon pattern background, and a grass like plant (fake).  He is white with a little bit of red violet across the top, and a hint of blue green hues in his tail. He was purchased at half price, because of near fatal illness, which our friend cured quite easily with expert care. Snow Wolf is now happy and healthy, and has lived a year and a half since his recovery, and is expected to live to a ripe old Betta age of 3. (they have a short lifespan).  Betta's are very beautiful with a wide range of colors, and no two are exactly alike. so this painting should be very fun for me, and I will probably do many more like it with different colors for the Betta's  and possibly even changing up the plant's and tank style. (our friend has several different types of tanks). I definitely want to do one of Sapphire in his coffee pot tank (hubby rewired it to turn on a light since the heating element was on the Fritz) the actual pot is brand new (never put a Betta in something that has been used or had soap in it -to wash) to quote my friend "luke warm water NO SOAP"