This year has been… challenging, to say the least. SO! I’d really like to try to set myself up for even just a marginally better year in 2020🤞. There are a few things I’d like to organise, learn, research and get in to the habit of doing to try to help me on my way to making this happen;
Number one! And probably the most important – Consume less, make more.
By this, I mean spending less time looking at Instagram, watching Youtube videos, looking at what other people are making and creating – and make more things myself instead. This is going to be a lot easier said than done, and I’m going to really have to do everything I can to change these habits, but I’d really like to prioritise making things over consuming things that other people have made.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m never going to stop consuming and appreciating what others have made, because A) it can be a real source of inspiration and B) I use things like Youtube to decompress at the end of the day sometimes and C) it’s just fun. But I think my current ratio of consuming to making is waaaayyy off and needs to change.
Number 2! Learn how to properly market my creative *stuff* online. And then make a habit out of it.
I have nooooo idea how to market myself.
I am an illustrator, I really love taking photos, I’m also getting in to silversmithing and am planning on starting to sell my jewellery in 2020. Currently, I have my Etsy shop where I sell prints & paintings, a “personal” Instagram where I just kind of post anything photography based and general life stuff, and my “making stuff” Instagram where I post everything that I make. I also have a Facebook page, but don’t use Facebook anymore, a Youtube channel that I haven’t posted to in a year and a Twitter account which is just me… being me 🤷♀️. I try to post as much as I can on both of my Instagram accounts, but I’m RUBBISH at writing captions, bad at talking to people/starting conversations and don’t have many followers.
My plan here is to research how to market my small business, ask for advice re Instagram accounts & my Etsy shop (Should I have a separate silversmithing account? Would selling prints and jewellery on 1 Etsy shop be too much? etc) from people who know what they are talking about – if anyone has any suggestions here it would be muuuuch appreciated! Then, I’ll start to schedule in taking photos, writing posts, and when to post where.
Number 3! Keep learning.
Of course, everything creative that I do, may that be drawing, painting, etc, is a constant learning process. But, in 2020 I really want to concentrate on learning as much as I can about silversmithing – through both research & practise. I have a feeling it’s going to involve a lot of frustration-crying and flailing around, but it’ll be worth it!
And because my brain just couldn’t possibly stick to one thing 🤦♀️, there are also a couple of other “smaller” things that I’d like to learn to do, too. One being figuring out how to make cinemagraphs! I’ve always been a fan of them, and have attempted them in the past, but I’d like to make them a bit more of a feature on my Instagram and think they have the potential to be quite a fun way to show my jewellery pieces.
So, thats my 2020 plan! I just have to not beat myself up if something doesn’t come to fruition as quickly as I’d like 😂
What are your 2020 resolutions/plans? How have you felt about 2019? Leave me a comment and we can chat!