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Gosh, i woke up to the nicest thing ever, in the entire world??! I got this month's Golden Words award from ProjectComment for participating in their weekly commenting! there's more info in the Project Comment - March Newsletter. i'm so flattered, that is super cool??? Project Comment has been the main way i've gotten feedback and there have been so many insightful and lovely people with detailed comments and crit i've gotten through the group, i'm really grateful and it means a lot. if you're ever looking for some constructive feedback, i'd highly recommend joining the group!

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Thank you UszatyArbuz for creating this award for ProjectComment.

In other news.... after a year of no journals (hollow laughter) i added charms, small prints, and other things to my storenvy. it closes sometimes when i'm at conventions/particularly busy, but for now it's open! and i ship things out pretty frequently. I don't have any more cons planned until next winter I believe, so now would be a good time to get things from my shop if there's something you want! Envies and signal boosts are also great appreciated, all the time, forever.

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on the fandom side of things.... i have been in sports anime hell ™ in a big way, mainly haikyuu and oofuri (holy shIT oofuri!!!!) and i just got fe: fates the other day!!! i'm only 8 chapters into birthright and i already love everyone i've met and have been emotionally destroyed by the murder. this game is gonna Wreck Me i can feel it coming a mile away, in typical FE fashion. (there will probably be art in the near future, my Corrin is the cutest lil dragon imagineable and i am 100% gonna draw her and her fam)

also also! i added my 2015 sketchbook to gumroad, and it's pay what you want, so give that a dl if you'd like as well as my month of huevember draws, which is $2. both links are down below!

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UszatyArbuz| Digital Artist
Congratulations :)

I see you have this Storenvy, is it kind of an Etsy store?
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affectionateTea|Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

yep, storenvy is a platform for selling! i do production and shipping myself, same as etsy. they don't charge for listings, and they only take commission out of products sold via their marketplace and not your custom storefront, but they also don't drive any traffic to your storefront the way etsy does. So it can be a bit more difficult to make sales when you don't already have a large following. i've been super disappointed with etsy's shift away from handmade items and small, independent businesses though, which has made me unwilling to use it, even though i might make more sales if i did :/
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UszatyArbuz| Digital Artist
I was about to open Etsy but after reading their Policies (which took me like forever because its like in 1000 different articles ;/) I wasn't pleased with the personal info you have to provide to create an account. I noticed you have to pay for listing as well, and that's ain't cool. I read so far a few Info for sellers on the Storenvy too, and so far it seems to be better site for me :) Still need to read full policies and Terms of Service.

I was checking your shop to see how the site works but I'm a little confused ;D When I go to the www.storenvy.com/affectionatet… the Envies are stuff that you are selling, right? And what means this people on the bottom part of the things? People that bough it or liked that product?
Collections are like your products gathered in folders, yes?
And the Purchases was stuff that you bough or people bough from you? :P
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affectionateTea|Professional Digital Artist
yeah, and etsy has also made some changes that make it easier for big factories to make cheap items and sell them on the site, and it's become more like ebay, rather than limiting it to actual handmade items... which kinda sucks :/ the factories keep undercutting artists, listing items for cheaper than artists can afford to sell them at, which means the artists made fewer sales.

SE is a little confusing cause there are a few different pieces. that link is actually to my profile page as a user -- the envies were items that I'd "envied," which is basically their "like" button, and the purchases were things i'd bought. my shop is here affectionatetea.storenvy.com (with the username at the beginning). i could probably change the "shop" to be something different than my profile url, but then i'd have to update all my links, lmfao. but anyone who signs up/makes a purchase has a profile page! you have to go through a bunch of additional steps to make a shop. by "the people at the bottom" that you're talking about, if you're looking at a product page, I think you're looking at the Similar Products section? so it's other stores offering items for sale that are related to what you're looking at, either through the tags the artists used or the category it's in, or maybe from people who bought similar things. In the box on the right under the description of the shop there's also a section with more from the same store, but it's a little smaller.

Yeah, collections are just. curated lists of stuff, i guess? i would put those together myself. I think they also have a thing now where you can promote other artists? i don't know much about that, i haven't done it. oh, the other thing SE does kinda weird is they have your custom storefront, and then you can opt-in to the Marketplace, and sales thru the marketplace (which is traffic that they've driven to your store) they take 10% on. i just use the custom storefront, since it's mostly people coming from my tumblr/dA and i don't care about them making Marketplace sales for me.

there are also other sites that basically do the same thing? www.bigcartel.com/ is one i've seen, it's the same setup where you create your own merch and they're just a storefront that handles taking payments. i think they only give you the first 5 listings free, but there's no "marketplace" and it seems a little more fine art/indie-friendly? Then there are places like society6 and INPRNT which do all the printing for you, so you make much less on individual orders, but you can offer a wider variety of things since it's all print-on-demand and they handle the printing, shipping, the transaction, buyer complaints, etc.
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