I have recently discovered WordPress and have been very impressed! I have made a few attempts previously at starting my own website. I have created a Google website that never worked like I wanted it to. I tried Etsy and had some moderate success as well but I found it difficult to distinguish myself from the other crafters and artists on that website. I couldn’t figure out a good way to create a website that was easy (relatively), allowed me some flexibility and could accommodate ecommerce. I was using Facebook to keep friends and family current on what I was working on and creating, which was not ideal. What changed? Two things.
- I stopped at a bookstore and found a book by Cory Huff called “How to Sell Your Art Online” – and I read through it in a two days. In the book Cory really recommends and encourages artists to establish themselves online. In fact, he explains in detail how to do it. It is a great read and I would recommend it to any artist who wants to establish an online presence.
- A day after finishing the book, a friend of mine asked me “where do you post your art work that you are working on now so we all can continue to enjoy it?”
It was obvious that I needed to do it and Cory’s book explained how. All that was lacking was the ambition to start. Fortunately, I found some under the cushions of the couch once I got off it.
By the way – my friend has a fantastic website of her own “Pet Portraits by Alyson”. Please go check out.