Hi, Kathy...Best of luck with your quilt blog.What's your mindset about it? Do you see it as a part-time business (work), or as part of a hobby/avocation (fun)?Supposedly I'm retired, but I spend 10-14 hours a week on my investment portfolio (researching, buying, selling). I find it interesting and mentally stimulating, but I also often resent "having" to do it and sometimes "having" to do things on the stock-market's clock and not mine. I'm not so sure that it's not actually a part-time job.So, I thought it might be helpful to get your perspective on your quilt-marketing effort.Thanks.
Hi, Alex! Thanks for commenting. I understand what you are saying but I'm not sure it relates to my quilt sales situation at all. I also work eight hours a week as a writing tutor online; that relates more to your situation. I've discovered that I enjoy 8-10 hours but more hours makes it feel like work and completely ruins the fun. The quilitng is different in that I've already made the quilts. Most of them have been sitting in plastic tubs in my studio since I retired, while some have been completed from various stages of "unfinishedness" over the past year. My kids have all the quilts they want, so it is crazy for me to hold onto them. It makes much more sense to sell them to subsidize my travel bug.I have been retired for ten years without working. It was only after I discovered that I had been wrong about my Social Security expectations that I began thinking about supplementing my income. I feel very fortunate that I have some experience and talents that I can fall back on at this point rather than looking for a "real job." Of course, it is my not wanting to feel like I am working that has led me to procrastinate about getting the simple blog started. Soon it will be a routine and I won't mind as long as I am selling a quilt or two along the way. It helps tremendously that the money I am earning now is to finance the fun stuff like the two month trip I am planning in France next year.I hope this answers your question.
Congratulations on launching your new site! Beautiful work and detail. I look forward to new quilts as you post them. I am still working but am starting to think that I will need to stay engaged with some ongoing project/passion once I do retire. Nothing full time but definitely something I am inspired with that keeps the mind working. Blogging has been a great start but I think I will need more. What fun the search can be! :)