FORUM: What’s Your Trouble, Bubble?

Lately, I’ve been facing all kinds of challenges and dilemmas with my store as I’m exploring options for a brick-and-mortar establishment,  so I know that it can be kind of frustrating at times to try and create a balance between life, work (if maintaining your Etsy store isn’t your only job), creating (for those of you that are handmade artists), EEWIL responsibilities, blogging,  your Etsy store…the list goes on. This is especially true if, like me, you’re the only Etsyan in your “real world” social circle.

So, I thought I’d just set up a post here on the blog that can be an open forum for you to talk about your challenges, frustrations, conundrums, and the like.  Hopefully we’ll have a lot of interaction with this topic, and we can all help each other figure out solutions.  We have close to 200 members, all with different levels of Etsy experience, which means that we have a large pool of advice at our fingertips;  if you’re stuck with something, that resource!  Post here and ask questions — chances are, there’s somebody on our team who can help you figure it out.  Use the forums on our Facebook page discussion boards and on our Etsy Team discussion board, too.  The more places you ask, the more likely you are to find some assistance.

Whatever you do,  don’t go it alone.

Frustration can lead to burnout, and that’s not good for you or your store.  Check in with your cyberfriends, and let us help you get back on track!

Until next time,

Happy Etsying and Loads of EEWIL ♥!

Victoria 😉

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Welcome to Our New Home

Welcome to WordPress, the new home of our EEWIL Blog!

We hope you’ll find this new blog a little more in line with our EEWIL philosophy, a little more streamlined, and a lot less cluttered.  The layout and feel of the blog over on our old hosting site just wasn’t quite right, so after a little research we landed here. 🙂

You’ll notice a few differences on this blog, the most obvious being that it feels a little more like a webpage than a blog.  Please take a few minutes to peruse the links at the top of the page.  Some of them are still “under construction,” but you’ll start to see them fill out over the next few weeks.

As always, your comments and suggestions are always welcome.  Let us know how you feel about this new blog, and what articles you’d like to see here.  If you’re interested in writing for the blog, drop Victoria a line here or on our EEWIL Facebook page — we’d love to hear your “voice” on our page!

If you were following us over on our old blog hosting site, please follow us here instead.  Over then next few weeks, we’ll be setting up links to our followers blogs.  Once that’s complete, our old blog will be taken down — we don’t want to lose any of our readership when that happens, so following us here is just extra insurance that we don’t lose touch.

Big EEWIL and Etsy love to all of you.  Keep up the great work.  You make EEWIL the great community that it is!

Easy Tagging, At Your Service

 

There’s been a lot of discussion on our FB page recently about tagging items if you’re a member of the Etsy Team and also how to search for Team Members, so it seemed like a blog post might be in order.
First, let’s talk about TAGGING:
If you’re a Team member who’s interested in tagging the items in your shop with the EEWIL tag, but you’re finding the task a little daunting because of the volume of stock you’ve got, etsyonsale.com has a great tagging app that makes things go quite quickly — all you need is a Google account — and special thanks are in order for DesigningImpressions for sharing the info in our Team discussion board on Etsy and also on our FB group wall. 

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with etsyonsale (I wasn’t until I read DesigningImpression’s post!) and want to know more about it, here’s a Storque article that explains its purpose.  (It also comes in handy for setting large-scale sales in your shop! BONUS!)

If you’re ready to try the tagging app, head over to etsyonsale, and follow these steps:
1) Click the red “Sellers” link in the top right corner of the screen
2) Sign in with your Google account

3) Choose your time zone, make sure the checkbox is clicked (etsyonsale will send you an email when it’s done adding tags so you don’t have to keep checking back), and click “Authorize Access”

4) You will be taken to a page that tells you an app would like to connect to your account — read through what’s on that page and then click the “Allow Access” button if you want to proceed
5) Click your shop banner to begin
6) Click the “Tagging Tool” link
7) Choose “Add, ”
8 ) Decide if you want to replace the last tag or skip the item if you’ve used all of your tags, click the appropriate button for your choice
9) Choose “All Listings” (or just certain sections of your shop) from the drop-down menu
10) Enter EEWIL as the tag you wish to apply
11) Click “Apply”

If you left the checkbox from Step 3 checked, you’ll received an email from etsyonsale when the app is all finished tagging your items.  Speed of tagging depends on your internet connection — it took about five minutes for it to tag all 120+ items in my shop.

Now, on to SEARCHING:There are a few ways you can search for EEWIL members if you are trying to build a Treasury.

1) Use the list of group member shops that’s under the “Info” Tab of our Facebook Group Page.  The list is divided into “Participating” and “Non-Participating.”  The goal is to give priority Participating members’ shops, then move to the Non-Participating members’ shops if you still need more items for your collection

2) Search for the EEWIL tag using Etsy‘s in-site search feature.  Choose “All Items” from the drop-down menu, enter EEWIL, and click “Search”

3) If you’re a member of the Etsy Team, you can see a list of Team Members by going to the “Members” section of the Team.  Everyone who is a member of the Etsy Team is a Participating Member of EEWIL. It’s a smaller group, because we’ve limited Team access to members who are currently listed as Participating.

Hope this helps!  Please feel free to comment here if you’ve got questions or more info to add!