Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bye-bye 2008


The holidays have been total blur of family & fun. I can't believe 2008 has gone by so quickly! Here's some good laughs to usher in the New Year with.

Taken from "How to Decide Who to Marry: By Kids" from DivineCaroline:

Kids contemplate marriage.

How would you make your marriage work?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.Ricky, age 10

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.Derrick, age 8

What do you think your mom and dad have in common?

Both don’t want any more kids.Lori, age 8

What do most people do on a date?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure?)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.Martin, age 10

What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?

I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.Craig, age 9

When is it okay to kiss someone?

When they’re rich.Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.Howard, age 8

What is the right age to get married?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.Camille, age 10

No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.Freddie, age 6 (very wise for his age)

Is it better to be single or married?

I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.Theodore, age 8

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

How do you decide whom to marry?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.Kristen, age 10

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Etsy Greeting Team December Challenge & Giveaway


Head on over to the Etsy Greetings Team latest team challenge page here, and vote for your favorite card for a chance to win it! Lots of beautiful paper art.

Remember to vote for your favorite card on the right so the votes can be tallied, and you must also leave a comment to win.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

An Introduction to Twitter

You don't have to spend very much time in the forums on Etsy to see several questions and posts about social networking site Twitter. What is Twitter, and how can you use it? I'm by no means a social networking expert, and I don't use MySpace or Facebook. I enjoy using Twitter because of its simplicity, and hopefully this article will give you the information necessary to start using Twitter as a valuable method in promoting your business.

What is Twitter?

From the Twitter main page, "Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"

Communication on Twitter is done in short, 140 character-limit posts called updates, or "tweets". Tweets are meant to be simple blurbs to your friends and "followers" about what you're doing. When you "follow" another Twitter user, you'll see all of his or her updates on the Twitter home page when you are logged on in order of most recent posting time.


But to be honest, Twitter would get old really fast if all anyone ever posted was simply what I'm doing....."I'm eating a turkey sandwich with potato chips in 10 minutes", or, "I leaving work now. Glad it's Friday!" While these types of tweets are nice and sometimes very entertaining to read, that 140-character limit can be used more effectively as a tool to bring traffic to your Etsy shop or blog, network quickly with people whose interests match yours, and as a free form of advertising.

How can you use Twitter?

If you look at the top-right corner of the screen shot, you'll see I'm currently following 186 people, and 169 people are following me. I've made 213 updates, or tweets, talking about everything from weather to blogging to Etsy. That means that 169 people currently see my updates. Not that 169 is a giganitc number considering some people have thousands, but the number grows everyday.

How did I get those followers? Like everyone else, I started with zero. I followed several people after seeing their responses in the Etsy forums concerning Twitter. I also looked at who they were following, and followed some of THOSE people as well after looking at their profiles. Then, most of the people I followed subsequently followed me back. I made sure I followed people that were interesting to me, that I liked their Etsy shop, blog, or website, and that also had a few followers.

I then stumbled upon the powerful search.twitter.com (not the same as "search" from the menu when you log in) to look for certain topics that interest me. This search looks for terms in anyone's Twitter updates. I searched for people using the keywords: Texas, runners, running, etsy, craft, cards, marketing, and blog, because these are the topics I'm interested in AND these are the people that are potentially in my target market for what I sell on Etsy and blog topics. I followed these people, and most of them followed me back.

Now that I have people following me, I make sure to tweet when I list a new item on Etsy or add a new blog post here to self-promote. I also spread the love by tweeting about sellers that I have good experiences with, neat things I find on Etsy, and other blogs that I think people will appreciate and enjoy.

Twitter is a fun, quick, and best of all easy way for me to get myself out there in front of people faster.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Treasury

Just snagged my second treasury. Hope to see some white fluffy snow in Dallas someday, instead of ice & sleet, or humid balminess.

Your Greeting Card Usage


I'm doing some market research, so take a look at the poll on the right side bar & please vote. Alsofeel free to leave a comment here on why you do or do not use greeting cards & handwritten notes, and why or why not you buy handmade/store-bought cards.
Geesh by the length of my blog posts can you tell how much time I spend on Twitter? 140 words or less is addicting!

Monday, December 1, 2008

My First Blog Feature!!

Thank you to Donna of DZ Fantasy for giving me my first ever feature in a blog. You can read all about the interview here. She kindly features several Etsy artists a week, so give her blog a read to discover new sellers.

You can see Donna's whimiscal creations at her Etsy shop dzfantasy.