Kaitlyn and I did not plan to dress alike on Saturday. It's things like this that make me realize how grown up she's becoming. I love her so much. And I also love that little creature in the background.
I do have some more photos to share from the weekend. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe. :-)
I woke up Wednesday morning and checked on our shops, like I always do. I was shocked to see how many views we already had for the day in our Ink the Print shop considering it was 6 o'clock in the morning. Thanks to Etsy Shop Stats and Google Analytics, I tracked it down to Facebook, but couldn't find the exact source of the post anywhere. The first thing I checked was Etsy's Facebook, but had no luck.
So all day I was brainstorming...I needed to find the source of all this traffic. Why? Because I just HAD TO. I'm not one of those people who can just be like "Oh cool, our work was featured somewhere online and is bringing all these people to our shop. That's nice..." I'm a bit obsessive and crazy curious.
There was a specific item in our shop that was getting the most views so obviously that was the item that was on Facebook. Finally around lunch time, I looked to see who was the last few people to "favorite" this item in our shop before the views had sky-rocketed. The first etsy profile I checked out had to have been the reason...for they were Etsy Admin and "Etsy's Social Media Coordinator". So like a crazy person, I emailed him.
He got back to me rather quickly. He was super nice and helpful (this is why Etsy is so amazing) and explained we were featured on Twitter! He mistakenly attributed the source to Facebook (That's why I couldn't find it!) So I immediately went to Etsy's Twitter and there it was! I thanked him and told him he made John and I's day. Even though Etsy tweets a bunch of products from their site every day, I'm still pleased one of our creations were picked. It's humbling, actually.
Wednesday just so happened to be an abnormal traffic day on our other shop too (JohnAndColleen). It wasn't a crazy amount of views, but it was a lot for that shop. The views were directed to our Sand Castle Photograph and Etsy Stats pointed me to the Etsy Blog. It took me only about 4 minutes to find we were a "related item" in one of their recent blog posts. Now I know that isn't such a big deal, but any extra traffic is exciting to me. Especially since that shop is not as developed as Ink the Print.
It's truly the little things in life that make me so happy. I'm finding I'm becoming such a nerd with this whole shop stats thing. It actually usually takes some detective work to find places we've been featured (That's when the Nancy Drew in me shines through.) I've tracked us to many different sites, one of the most recent ones being an online French Magazine! (Thank goodness for Google Translate.)
So I'm now a nerd, John's always been a geek, and we're both pretty damn content :-)
Although we still have so far to go, I'm pretty proud of what John and I have built with Ink the Print. And I honestly spend almost every spare moment thinking about and working on our little company. It may be a bit obsessive, but it works for me :-) I'm happy. But yes, my mind has been so busy. I find myself not truly paying attention to people in conversations because of it. I need to stop that because one day I'm going to find myself smiling, nodding, and agreeing at a terribly inappropriate moment or something.
Summer sales are supposed to be really slow. Everyone is on vacation and (most) people haven't even thought about Christmas shopping yet. This time of year has always been slow in the past for us. BUT, that's not the case for us this year. Sales are picking up and it has been a wonderful surprise. It's exhilarating and intimidating, and I just can't stop thinking about what the fall-time will bring us.
We have made a couple of pretty exciting sales lately and we have some potential exciting things in the works. This little thing we call the internet is truly our best friend, for it is helping us slowly but surely expose our work to more and more people.
I intend this to be a new blog post series. Let's hope I can stick with it! I don't see how I couldn't considering the plethora of treasures I find while browsing through Etsy every week. Not only will this be fun for me, but maybe it will even help promote some of the wonderful & creative people on Etsy.
Thanks to a custom order request I received recently, I finally got around to making some more large skyline designs. So now along with the Philadelphia one, we have New York and Austin now available in our Ink the Print shop!
Each skyline is made up of (3) 12 x 12 inch wood-cradled canvas. So it's a 3 x 1 foot city skyline on your wall! I'm SO happy to have these added to our city skyline collection. And as with most of our artwork, colors are customizable.
I plan to start on Baltimore later this month when we get back from vacation!