Thursday, August 17, 2017

How much of it is a dream?

The last few days I've been trying to find a balance between my job and the long hours I spend there, my time to rest and recover from the stress of translation work, and my efforts to get everything up-to-date again. 

Today I started looking through some of the auxiliary websites we often use to share and promote our artwork and other products to expand our networks or in reality to just get a little exposure since everyone else is doing the same!  I updated my buffer account which I had been using to cross-post to my Google Plus page somehow it had gotten unlinked or perhaps the authorization expired and had to be updated. 

In a way it is a relief to not feel the pressure to support myself from artwork alone, but having a full time job leaves a short time before going to bed to do any artwork and even less time for processing, uploading and adding descriptions and finally sharing those products on social networks so people actually see what you were working on.

Before I got my previous job and was working freelance I spent about 4 hours a day sharing links and about another 4 or 5 hours uploading images, both new and updated images for new products and I'd often spend another 4 hours a day creating new designs. 

I've decided to not let myself get overwhelmed and to take my time even if it just means uploading or updating no more than what I can count on one hand. 

I may not become the full time artist I dreamed of becoming, but I can still share with the world and at least have a small hobby income that might pay a bill or two like before.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Access to my Spreadshirt and DesignbyHumans accounts has been fixed!

After over a year of not finding the time I started one by one trying to log in and check the status of, and changes to, all of my POD (Print on Demand) websites.  I had mentioned that I had some trouble and my cafepress store seems to have disappeared without a trace, but since Cafepress seems to be a very bad company for artists to work with I'm not that concerned. I say good riddance. Artist shouldn't work with them for pennies.

Years ago I had multiple domain names and several different topics, but after I had to face reality that being a starving artist wasn't helping me reach my art and non-art goals (like being about to have a dedicated space to paint and to work on art, a place to have flowers and veg. and one day not having to pay rent.) among other noteworthy and not extreme goals, so I had to get a regular job and cut back on my freelance work.

On the weekend I went to visit a town three hours away by bus to look at cheap land without services that might actually be something I could pay off in a year and actually build a small place on at least for the weekends or vacations. I hope to hear back from my contacts soon.

As per my post topic, I've finally reestablished access to my Designbyhumans and Spreadshirt accounts. Neither of them were big selling accounts, but I have trouble forging ahead with image updates knowing that I had the wrong email address set for them for a domain that I let expire and wouldn't be able to get an update password email message for.

I am excited about changes and look forward to getting my images on new products and on these sites that only have a handful of artwork. I admit it is a little relaxing knowing that I'm down to only one art domain name and don't have to worry about expensive needs for more sites. Would I go back to multiple sites? I suppose if I go freelance one day and have the time I might, but probably no more than three domains even then.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Removed two sites from my sidebar links

I've noticed that a lot has happened in the last year and a few months or two years if you count my previous full time job.

In January the Untappedsource closed its virtual doors so I no longer have art prints available there.

I started checking and updating the accounts that I had only uploaded a few images to and tried to make sure that my email address is set as the one I normally use instead of one of my old domains I have no access to.  I've (hopefully temporarily) lost access to my Spreadshirt account since I can't change passwords due to not having the domain I had signed up with to get a new password. I've contacted support and hoping they'll see the light and fix this issue.

I don't know when it happened, but a site that people were talking about, bluecanvas, appears to now be a site in an asian language, perhaps Chinese and their most recent post in Facebook is from 2015 (around the time I was looking for a full-time job to start saving) I haven't found any news related to it and I was only testing it with a few images.

I've been able to access most of my other POD (print-on-demand) sites and all but the last one I was testing Designbyhumans seems to be unable to let me update the email address. It says it is updated, but the information doesn't change so I don't want to upload more to the site until I get that fixed.

I noticed that both Redbubble and Society6 have more products so I spent some time on the weekend updating my javascript that resizes files and creates image descriptions to make the new sizes for new products. I of course still have to run them on my artwork which of course would take days, but if I worry about everything I have to do all at once, I'd probably just have a panic attack and not do anything at all.

I want to update my zazzle stores, but as always I'm behind on updating my templates and I'm still hoping for a better way than to have to run 4 or 5 custom sets entering a CAPTCHA every time and entering the same description, etc. just to get images on products.  I am a little sad regarding its changes I used to earn a payment almost every month and now I'm not sure what is going on.

Well I did have an account with a few things at cafepress, but after their decision to drop marketplace sales to 5%, I stopped uploading and I only had a few images up. I can't seem to get into that account if it even exists.