…meeting with people in real life is amazing too. I’m grateful that I have the internet to chat with people all day while I work from home, usually parked on the couch and wearing something that I wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. It’s saved me from isolation and pulled me out of dipping too far into the occasional bout of insanity from being wrapped up in my own head. It’s good to get out though. Maybe it’s because the weather is improving, but I’m making plans again. I met with about a dozen other designers/small business owners over at my friend Re Jin’s place a few days ago and we talked shop for nearly 6 hours.
I’m looking forward to next week too…a book party, two dinners, a coffee or two, and…I don’t even know how to describe this event/thing/what have I gotten myself into…but you’ll see why I say this later on in the week. Oh, MAN.
So as I wrap up one big project over the weekend, it appears I have a rare week off before 3 more projects begin. I’m going to take the time to really learn my new camera. I’ve just been sort of winging it because I’ve needed to take pictures, but I’m actually going to set aside time and read the manual. It’s motivated me learn how to take better photos and that’s exactly what I needed. I have renewed interest in this whole photography thing. We also need to take a lot of new product shots which seems like SUCH a huge monumental task, but we’re going to do it gradually because I feel like we need to step up our game (I don’t look at the “competition”, say on Etsy in particular, but there’s something to be said if a friend emails you because they thought you were on the front page but it actually didn’t turn out to be us. I’ll admit there have been quite a few shops that seem inspired by our products and photo styling since we opened up 3 years ago when there were very few food sellers on Etsy, but I can’t worry about such things. There’s a lot of talk on the internets right now about copying and borrowing from other artists, both from big corporations and other independent artists. I’m seeing it happen to my friends. Sometimes it’s hard not to be influenced by other people that you admire. I’ve been working in the creative industry for 16 years so I know, but in the end imitation isn’t a form of flattery. It’s just laziness. So the only thing to do is just be focused, do your own thing and do it as best as you can. Geez…what a tangent…where did this come from…sorry…).
Anywho, moving right along…