1 month in; starting a creative business

I started this blog to track my starting of a creative business and to share my art. This is my first-month point of me doing this and it was just amazing. So before anything else I want to thank everybody who has read and commented and liked. As I’m writing this WordPress informed me that I now have 50 likes on this blog! To me this is insane, I never expected to have reached this already. I also want to thank everybody who followed me. I’m grateful for every one of you. Thank you so much for the support!

Thank you to all my followers and supporters

So let us take a look at what I did this month. What I’ve learned and improved and what could do better!

So just a little recap to my to-do list of last time in my two weeks in post.

1 month in; starting a creative business. Goals and accomplishments.

So my to-do list was;

  • Launch Etsy store   Done. He is up and running, but I need to customize and write some more for this.
  • Make PayPal  Done as well and a lot easier than I anticipated.
  • Finish logo  It has become an entirely different design than I anticipated but I love it.
  • Write the project blog post;  I did not do this and It will probably take some time before I will because the project is far from done, I need to do a lot of drawing and designing.
  • Make custom buttons; whoops, really should have done this one, It is all for my website social media buttons.
  • (Upgrade to wordpress.org?); Turned out I can not do this for another month so I have to patiently wait.
My journey so far in starting a creative business and what is to come! // Sofie Arts

Blogging

This month has been amazing like I said. I found out that I like blogging a lot more than I anticipated and I really got into reading others blog posts. Like I said before, I now have 50 likes and about 12 followers (which is almost double from my last count).

I wanted to have a minimum of 10 views a day which I now know is not a good statistic to look at and I didn’t make it. It was looking really well for me until this weekend where my views suddenly dropped. My likes, however, really started to become more frequent which I’m taking as a sign that I am really improving my writing (maybe because I found the proofreading option in WordPress). I also think that my photo editing has improved now that I try to have more in one post. Visuals in a blogpost really make a lot of difference I think.

I also think that my photo editing has improved now that I try to have more in one post. Visuals in a blogpost really make a lot of difference I think.

Blogging stats // staring a creative bussines

(These might not look impressive but I love them! ) 

I also chose a branding for my blog which I will make a separate blog post about, but I just want you to know that I’m in love with it and that I’m looking forward to expanding on it.

For my blog, I have some new goals for the next two weeks;

  • keep my blogging schedule (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
  • find out which content is most wanted (You can vote one the poll at the end!)
  • make a review (I think this is the sort of post that I want to be able to write so I want to practice it)
  • grow my audience

So that was it blogging wise for now!

Social media 

I started off by only having Pinterest as a main social media platform and even though I love it I think I need more than that to really find the people who would be interested in my work. I have also invested a lot of time in my deviant art and I think it is paying off as I seem to get a lot more interaction. (For some reason commenting on there seems a lot less scary than it is around here.)

To have a more broad amount of social media I also started a separate Tumblr and a twitter I feel a little shaky around twitter because I never really did that before so bear with me. (It is so empty…) My twitter for now // blogger and creative entrepreneur

My main goals for social media are;

  • commenting more
  • figuring out twitter (and adding a header and a profile picture of course)
  • connecting them all
  • making one universal profile picture

Art wise

I almost forgot the most important thing here. The thing I want to do the most is creating and for some reason I almost forgot to do that in all this hectic stuff. I’ve had a few very busy weeks, but I’ve started to pick up drawing again. Mostly my digital work is getting out there. (You can check my deviantArt and Tumblr for the newest works.)

I haven’t sold anything yet, but I think that is mostly because there aren’t a lot of options to do so. I did launch my Etsy shop, but I noticed that after the initial views there was not a lot of interaction. I also think that my photo’s could have been better and the shop overall is not complete.

My esty shop set up for now // creative business owner I also had a really interesting chat with my cousin and fellow shop owner Maaike van Nierop! I own her special thanks for explaining the ins and outs of Etsy to me. She makes beautiful hand painted cards and original artworks.

My goals for my art and selling are; 

  • Completing the Etsy store
  • Paint, draw and create more (at least once a day)
  • Post more about art

I wish I could show you an income for this month but for now the balance is – 50 euros. All of the money has gone to the hosting and custom domains of my blog and my website.  I did, however, open up a Paypal account so at least I now have the option to get paid if I ever sell anything.

I personally hope that by looking less at the numbers and more at other results there will be less stress involved. I am really enjoying this journey, in general, and I think that is one of the most important things to do. If you are an artist in the same situation, and you want to collaborate in one way or another then please contact me. (sofie.arts@gmail.com) I would love to be able to help each other and even though my exposure isn’t that big yet I think everybody can help each other.

If you are thinking of starting a blog yourself, I wrote a blog post the other day full of resources to check out. Also a slightly older blog post about all the mistakes I made this month.

Thank you again to all of those who supported me till now and I hope to see you next week!

 

 

8 Responses to “1 month in; starting a creative business

  • Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Sofie, I am also just starting my creative business and even though I don’t quite know how yet, but I’d love to stay in touch and maybe collaborate in the future 🙂

    • Hi Romica, it’s lovely to meet you! It’s great to find others who are on the same journey and your blog is wonderful! Did you create the header yourself?
      I would love to stay in touch! I’m very looking forward to it! 🙂

      • Hi again 🙂 I was very happy as well to find you as I was feeling a little bit hm alone? on this journey so it’s really nice to meet you. I’m happy you like my blog. It’s not so clear yet where I am going with it but I hope over time it can become a bit more “me”. I really agree with the self-hosting. I am about to switch to a self hosted blog but somehow hesitate a bit.
        Looking forward to see your journey and I hope we can share ideas and tips 🙂

        • You are the one of the few bloggers I found who are blogging about the journey as well. I struggle with my blogging style too and I’m thinking about giving the whole blog another make-over. But I’m kind of scared that I will lose everything when I go to self-hosting. I really hope we can share ideas and tips as well! I’m very curious about your techniques​ and plans! 🙂

          • I found some links where they describe how you can move your blog from .com to .org I think I’ll try it this week and I’ll let you know if it worked

          • I would love to hear it! I still need to wait till November. Really should have done my research on that one.

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