I’m over Etsy.

I’ve tried my best for a couple of years, but it’s time to face the truth: my shop on Etsy is going nowhere. I’ve put it in vacation mode and will be closing officially on New Year’s Eve.

I’m still a photographer; nothing can change that.

This blog, and TheiPhoneographyBlog.wordpress.com, will remain active. I don’t plan on posting to either again until early next year. Maybe I’ll post more often now that the pressure to be a financial success is off my shoulders.

Thanks for reading this. Thanks following me. I’ll be back in a few weeks.

Fall Leaves – Peaking Soon

I’m trying to merge my schedule, peak fall color, and the weather report to find the best day to head up to Williamsburg and the Colonial Parkway to shoot some fall color. Tomorrow’s out, as I have two meetings and there’s a 90% chance of rain. Friday through Monday, however, with forecasted temps in the low 60’s and partly cloudy-to-sunny skies, looks promising.

Rocket Launch

I’m going over to Norfolk tonight to photograph a rocket launch. It’s another chance to break out the 80-200 and see what it can do.

I don’t know what to expect; I’ve never seen a launch. If I get anything good I’ll post it here tomorrow.

Fall Photography

Color photo, park bench during the fall season.Here in southeastern Virginia, the leaves on a few trees are starting to turn color here and there.

It’s pathetic.

It’s fall! I want to see fall color!

I’m thinking about heading up towards DC later this week. It might actually look (and feel) like fall up there.

As always, comments are welcome. I’d like to know that someone, somewhere, is actually reading my posts.

New Work at TheiPhoneographyBlog!

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Sepia photo of a lone person on a ferry

I’ve just added a bunch of work to the galleries of my mobile photography blog, TheiPhoneographyBlog.wordpress.com. Surf on over and take a look! I hope you’ll like what you see.

New work added to the galleries!

I’ve just added a boatload of new work to all the galleries, so take a look around and let me know what you think!

I’m celebrating!

I have just spent the last week (yikes!) completely re-writing my SEO. (That’s short for “search engine optimization”, which is how you get found on Etsy.) It’s been quite the experience, know what I mean?

Anyway, as we all know, celebrations call for presents! So here’s my present to you.

Please use the coupon code THANKYOU10OFF for — you guessed it — 10% off anything in the store through October 10. Ladies and gentlemen, start your holiday shopping now! Just surf on over to —

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NancyGoldsteinPhoto

Or better still, just click on the word “Shop” at the top of the page.

 

Debunking Etsy Myths

One of the key myths about Etsy is that the more items you have listed, the easier it is to be found in search. More listings means more opportunities to be found in search, which means more customers and sales.

I agree, to a point: you have to be found in search before anyone can buy your work.

When I first opened, I wanted to join the Female Photographers of Etsy (f/POE) team. I needed about two dozen images to qualify, got busy, and was on the team in a few weeks. I’m glad I did, too; I’ve met a lot of great friends that way. (Hi, ladies!)

My next goal was to reach 100 listings, then 150. Earlier this month, I hit 152. I must really on my way, right?

Right?

None of it made the slightest difference, so I joined a promotions team. I started making a lot treasuries, got into many, many more, and began playing games to build followers and favorites. And I was successful, too! Except… ninety percent of my followers and faves are from other people on the promotions team, and they aren’t buying.

So for my next step, I’ve decided to really make an effort to learn all about SEO – search engine optimization. SEO has been called a black art consisting of keywords, tags, and mystical, constantly-changing algorithms that only Etsy and Google understand. To sell on Etsy, good SEO is essential, but it takes a lot of time and experimentation to get it right. You make a few changes at a time, see what works, what doesn’t, and make more changes. It takes time to figure out. (The fact that my favorites and followers are cluttered up with people who are required to favorite my items and follow me makes it that much harder.)

It was tIme to make some drastic changes.

First, I’m reducing my team participation to the bare minimum. Once the fake faves and follows drop off, I’ll be able to make a few SEO changes and actually be able to see what works and what doesn’t.

Second, I’m getting back on track, aesthetically speaking. They say that if you do what you love, success will follow. Well, I took a good, long look at my shop this morning. Visually, I was all over the map: black and white, intense color, architecture, landscapes, nature. I couldn’t tell what kind of photography I loved, and I know me!

This had to change immediately.

My first love is black and white photography, followed closely by alternative imagery like pinhole and iPhoneography. So I spent most of the morning deactivating any listings I didn’t love. I’m down to about 100 now, but the shop finally looks like just one person made the images.

Will it make a difference? I hope so, but I’m not holding my breath. Comments are welcome.

Bath Day For The BumbleBee!

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Color image, car wash from inside the car

The car wash from the car’s point of view

I received permission to stay in the MINI at the car wash, and this is the result. It was shot on my iPhone and processed on the iPad. Please ask questions, leave praise, or throw virtual rotten tomatoes at me via the comments, below.

Test shot from the new camera.

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B/W image of forest road

Canal Road, Dismal Swamp, Camden County, NC

I went back to the Dismal Swamp State Park this afternoon to try out the D7100. It had been raining on and off all day and looked like it might start up again any minute, so I had to work fast. I captured over 60 images in twenty minutes.

I don’t know why I was so worried about upgrading to a new camera – I’m very pleased with the amount of detail the D7100 records. It reminds me of the difference between a 35mm negative and medium format roll film.

I’ve worked on six images so far, and I’m happy with all of them. Some will make it into the shop as new images. Some may replace similar images made with the old camera. Normally I wouldn’t do that, but the detail is so good with the new camera that I may just have to.