Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tell us, are we the only...

...Etsians who are losing sleep over our new business?

And I do not mean losing sleep in the sense that we're-stressed-to-the-gills, but rather that we stay up much, much later than responsible adults with full-time day jobs should so we can poke and prod and nurture this little project into becoming the booming, looming, multinational conglomerate that we know it can be.

I have a feeling we're not. I have a feeling that Etsy has created a whole legion of craft addicts who, rather than do what they are supposed to, what society deems "responsible", they choose instead to do what they love, even if it means feeling a little more run down than usual.

While I cannot speak for anyone else on Etsy, Laura and I agree that this little project has sparked an inferno in our souls that our spirit-sapping day jobs never could, and I'll trade that for an extra set of circles under my eyes any day. Hell, the stress at my day job fuels many of my restless nights. If I'm going to be tired anyway, it might as well be because I stayed up doing something I love.

So, on behalf of all of my fellow Etsians everywhere, from the dusty, dirty sculptor in Alaska to the quiet quilter in Tennessee, I raise my glass to the Etsy founders. Thank you for helping all of us realize our potential, and providing an outlet where we, the artisans and small business owners of the world, can come together and show one another what we can do, and what we're made of.

6 comments:

FabricsNQuilts said...

Yell it from the mountain tops (or the plains of Texas)!

Do what you love!

paperhill said...

i totally agree, i find myself dreaming of things to come in my shop. it really is a wonderful place to be a part of! and often when i should be cleaning or doing laundry, yes, i'm on etsy :)

Lain said...

also agree. i enjoy working on the shop, as well as my blog, and trying to promote, think of new things to sew or make. It is definitely a little bit more than just a hobby now. at the very least a part time job. even if i havent made much yet!

Angie said...

I know I am guilty of staying up way too late for the past 2 nights and then kicking myself for it bright and early the next day when I have to go to my "real" job.

Nicole R.J. said...

*lol* Yup, it's all about doing what you love, and even though my craft (and Etsy) is currently my ft job, I was up working away until 2 am last night!

Emily said...

I hear ya! Bedtime comes and goes. It seems there aren't enough hours in the day. Luckily, I can multi-task some while I'm at my crap job (any job's crap that isn't what you want to be doing) and browse etsy or make new items to sell. You're definitely not alone.