Sorry? What was that? Apologies I got a little abstracted…
Why adiós amigos ?
I’ve been contemplating this website for a while and whether it’s going to continue going forward in it’s current form – it’s quite unlikely at the moment.
There’s a few reasons behind this contemplation but mainly it’s stemmed from a lack of research on my part when I set up this website last year.
At the time I was producing drawings which would just get filed away in the drawer unseen, I figured it would be worth setting up a website to show them to the world in case anyone liked them. Additionally to see if there was a possibility of selling some to fund my ever increasing stash of art supplies, plus those drawers were really getting full of drawings.
Having done very little analysis of what I actually wanted and failing to think up a clever title (had much better ones since) I ended up registering a few web addresses, I picked the most straightforward one “Steve Kidd Art”.
I also did a quick Google on what was the easiest platform to write a website and WordPress was pretty much up at the top. I didn’t know, or realise there was a difference between WordPress .com or .org – let alone that I hadn’t picked up on the fact I was heading blog-wards which wasn’t on my list of requirements at all.
Reviewing those requirements again, blogging wasn’t one of them ;
1. Show some artwork
2. Sell some artwork
Social media is evidently “where it’s at” for number 1, it’s quick and simple to post an image and have it seen by thousands rather than by just a few that have happened upon my website. It’s a shame that I don’t like very much about social media and but it does serve a purpose.
Etsy was my intended platform for number 2 but it’s been positively underwhelming in terms of results. Even after putting in many hours of “trying to get it right”.
Obviously “getting it right” will always be a moving target but when you consider that I’ve sold ten times as much through eBay, personal recommendations and direct requests with very much less effort then unless I can turn it around (plans are underway) then Etsy is also on borrowed time. The fact it’s actually cost more financially than it’s earnt to have an Etsy shop, aside from all those hours, probably tells me all I need to know.
So… these are just ideas mulling around at the moment but don’t be surprised if you go to http://www.stevekiddart.com in the near future and it’s looking very different… the winds of change are coming and likely going to blow this straw hut away.