Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? Or why I’m walking away from my Etsy shop… for now


December 27, 2018 by Robin @ Imperial Crochet

With 2018 drawing to a close, I’m re-evaluating all of my current online projects and deciding where I want to focus my attention in 2019.

The indecision’s been bugging me for a  while now and I’ve decided to start making some small positive changes that I truly hope will allow me to direct attention onto creative writing projects that will bring me greater satisfaction in the long run.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I have way too many coals in the fire right now which clash with each other sending my mind racing off in all different directions.  I never know where to start in the morning and I get very little, if anything productive at all, done by the end of the day.  That’s why I’ve decided that I need to scale back in a few places while I decide exactly whom I’m supposed to be… and where I want to go with my writing career.

What to Keep?  What to Toss?


It’s all about deciding which box to place things in!

The first thing I’ve chosen to go is my Etsy shop.  I love to crochet but I realize I prefer to do it at my own pace and for my own people.  I started crocheting as a way to relax.  Selling my cozy creations actually became stressful for me and not being a very good photographer, I really don’t enjoy listing products.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Etsy.  I just think in 2019 I’d rather be an Etsy customer than a shopkeeper.  I may change my mind again at some time in the future but for now, I’ve decided to pull my products and concentrate my crochet efforts in a more personal manner.

At the other end of the skein, the first thing I’ve decided to keep is this blog… at least for a little while.  I love the crochet friends I’ve met here and I enjoy sharing my crochet creations with people who appreciate them. I love seeing crocheted things made by other crocheters and I also love looking for crochet-inspired gift ideas so, I’m planning my future posts to be about things I’m making for friends, family, and myself, reviews of crochet items and patterns I love as well as interesting gifts that can be found at Etsy where I will remain an affiliate for the time being.

Of course, there are lots more decisions I need to make in order to refocus my time if I want to become more successful as a writer.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

How about you?  Do you have any big changes planned for the coming year?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.  I LOVE hearing from my readers.

PS… Don’t worry.  No cats were harmed in the making of this post and no one is being shipped out.   They’re both staying.  We love them.


22 thoughts on “Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now? Or why I’m walking away from my Etsy shop… for now

  1. Rebecca says:

    All very valid reasons, I also had the same feelings with my crochet etc. Looking forward to seeing your changes and future updates, have a great new year xx

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  2. Jess T. says:

    Selling anything on Etsy is quite a feat! There are so many popular sellers on there now that it’s difficult for smaller artists to get noticed. I have a secret goal of blogging more this next year- as do many other bloggers I’m sure!

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    • That’s very true Jess T. There are a lot of popular sellers there. I also found it hard to compete with some of the pricing that goes on there. I guess some people are willing to earn less for their time. thanks for sharing your thoughts and good luck with your “secret goal”. I wish you much success with it! 🙂

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  3. I wish you success with all of your changes and that you can get to your ultimate goal of writing. Sometimes we have to go through the changes to grow. I don’t really have any changes planned for next year as of yet. No resolutions, no lists of things to do. I always fall short when I create those lists anyway. So this year I am going to wing it ;). I look forward to reading your blog in the new year. Happy New Year!

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  4. kathyreeves says:

    Good for you for making choices to simplify your life! I too am in the process of deciding what the priorities will be for the coming year. My piano studio has exploded, and so has my accompanying, so I am going to need to reorganize my time just a bit, to make everything I love fit! Best to you in 2019!

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  5. Catherine says:

    Good luck with 2019! I think you have made some sensible choices. It is hard to work out what to keep and what to focus on. But you can always change path again.

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