I used to have a blog on WordPress that, to be honest, wasn’t very popular. I don’t really think any of us really know how to work a website in the very beginning. I went off to Etsy to see if I could sell some finished products there, but I didn’t really like where Etsy itself was going: they were allowing businesses to sell outsourced products and putting items at prices I couldn’t compete with, and I got lost in all of the searches. I worked a lot on my website, I took a lot of pictures, I did everything Amy Porterfield told me to do as far as social media marketing, and I just kept getting lost in the crowd. Why didn’t any of that work?
I didn’t genuinely make the time or invest in myself, and realistically, I wasn’t into maintenance of social media and a blog. I just want to create.
I’ve been convinced for the past few years that I still needed to have a day job to keep going, that I wouldn’t be able to take off any time to really concentrate on what I really enjoy doing. After work, I would come home and my husband would want to spend time with me – naturally, I oblige; it’s hard to keep a relationship thriving, when we worked such opposite hours. Any time off, I would spend playing a video game to unwind or just escape. I never had a problem working while trying this out. But I did have a problem with inspiration: I’d wake up, see my husband off to work, and sit down in front of the computer and schedule posts on social media, design tags for my products, outline blog posts, take pictures for the website. Then, one of two things would happen: I’d either get super inspired and have to stop it all to go to work, or I’d get overwhelmed by the amount of work I spent maintaining the social media and not get anything creative finished. I would get stuck in the never-ending rut of maintenance and had no time for creativity. It’s not hard to fall into that. Then I would get sidetracked, and forget to post, write, and create. Then it just stopped. I had zero direction and what felt like no support. Nothing I did was working period.
So I let my website lapse and focused on creating. I went from crochet, to knit, and now to sewing. I do a bit of all three now, more knit and sew than anything else, and I want to get into embroidery and cross stitch. I took a few tutorials on YouTube, and designed a few thing, small enough to get my attention and spark my passion for sewing. I invested a lot of time and money into supplies, and worked on projects that wouldn’t bore me. I don’t have ADHD, I just have a really short attention span for big projects. I sent out some freebies to friends and family, and when I got great reviews and suggestions back, I decided to work harder at designing practical, minimalistic items that are eco-friendly, and use mostly recycled materials. I went ahead and restarted this on a new platform that’s more commerce oriented, because I feel like I have a lot more to offer you besides just words.
I’m going to direct you to a couple posts if you’d like to find out a bit more about me, what I sell and why, and what my plans are for JuneeB Designs. I have a lot of ideas stashed away, and it’s too many to list here in this one little update post, but I would like you to stick around and find out what’s going to happen, and subscribe to my email list, which will be up and running by next week. My emails will be quarterly for now, just a little update to let you know if something new and exciting is on the horizon.
Thank you for spending time with me and have a wondeful day!