Thursday, February 4, 2016
I’ve been getting questions wondering if I achieved my Career Sales Goal last week.
Sadly, no I did not. I was only $250.00 away from reaching it so I thought it was very do-able, but that was not the case.
Really last week was an eye opening week for me; actually it was like a slap in the face of reality for me.
My husband has been telling me “you work hard on your blog; posting daily, making videos, working on classes and projects; we do live events has it been worth it?”
I guess I really never looked at the money aspect of it. I blog and share because I love crafting. I didn’t look at the time it was taking away from family and activities because “I” was enjoying it. Now that the kids are leaving and moving on I see the time go fast!
Last week was sort of a test. I not only blogged everyday like I always do, but also did a video on each post. Yes, my sharing numbers went up and pins went up and that was Fantastic. I was happy and excited!
My husband said that’s GREAT, so did you get any orders or comments at least? Um, No.
So I posted some blog candy and my sales goal to see if you actually liked the treat holders and videos. I loved all the comments and was happy to hear so many people enjoyed the treat holders and the videos. Most were making them with grandkids, for grandkids, or co-workers.
I got lots of encouragement on the sales goal portion, but no sales the first day and a few the second.
So what have I learned?
I believe most of my viewers are demonstrators which I love to share my ideas with, but would appreciate them commenting more on my blog.
So what are the Pro’s and Con’s to continue daily blogging and sharing?
– I love crafting
– I love stamping
– I love to share
– I love to inspire other’s
– I love to teach other’s about stamping and crafting
– I love Stampin’ Up! products
– Lot’s of time blogging
– Lot’s of time creating
– Lot’s of time preparing
– Time video taping
– Time to do Live Events
– Taking away time from Family
– handful of orders
Okay, so what it really boils down to is a whole lot of time and no value for my time. Yes, we all have family time taken away when we work, but we also get paid when we work; when you spend all that time and not get “paid” I guess that’s where time comes into play as a con.
Don’t get me wrong I do have a handful of truly loyal online customer’s and I SO Appreciate all your orders and your friendships and encouraging words. You do not realize how much I appreciate that!
Make sure to check your mailboxes this week as I’ve mailed out a gift for each one of you to show my appreciation! You may have already received it.
Bill said, “focus more on the Live Events and less daily blogging. Work more on the Live Event projects and featured project for the month.”
Then I get emails like this:
“You seem to be charging for everything now (PDF files) and I’m unsubscribing.”
(Really, I think I give a lot away every single day.)
“I’m a hobby demonstrator and only order for myself, but would LOVE the PDF file as I can’t order from you because I have to keep up my quarterly minimum myself.”
(I understand that you are a demonstrator and that you like me have to submit a min. amount every quarter to remain active. If you are part of my team I’ll give you the PDF file if not; again I’m sorry you are another customer to me.)
What am I saying? To be honest with you I don’t really know myself. I’m caught in a hard place. This has truly been the HARDEST blog post I’ve had to write or have ever written.
I’m not sure I can or want to give up my daily blogging. UGH!
I know I may lose quite a few followers with today’s post; but I felt I had to express my feelings.
I also want to reiterate my Thankfulness and Appreciation for my loyal customers; I SO APPRECIATE your friendships and your Stampin’ Up! business.
I know a lot of you order from a variety of demonstrators and if I weren’t a demonstrator I’d do the same thing.
If you see a project or idea on someone’s blog and use it; I feel it is only right to order those supplies from the person you got the idea from. This in a sense pays them for their time and if anything else uplifts their day!
Thanks for your time in reading my thoughts and struggles. I have much to ponder.