So, this is a weird observation. I never realized how many people I knew with blogs until I thought to myself, "Ya. A blog sounds like a fun idea. I should write more anyway." It seemed that as soon as I published mine and forwarded the link to some of my friends, my Facebook and Instagram feeds were filled with, "Check out my new blog post!," "Link to new post in bio!," "Giving this blog thing a try," "New blog! Check it! Link in profile!"
Wow do I feel like I did something unoriginal. Yes, I know I was piggy backing off of my dear friend Emily, and I know I'm reading blogs all the time as there is no shortage, but I figured there was more than enough room for one more person, and since I'm talking about me, doesn't that mean I've found a niche? No? Oh. Did I jump on a bandwagon? Do I have anything worth saying?
Turns out, none of those are questions that matter! I'm writing for the sake of writing, there's more than enough room on the internet for me to dump more words, and if you don't like it, then don't read it! I'll just come read all of my own words myself. :)
Plus more June for good measure
I posted a bit ago about my new (to me) pottery wheel that is sitting beautifully in my garage not plugged in. I've only touched it once, but not to throw. It was supposed to hail the other day and I REALLY wanted to park in the garage just in case - so I drug the wheel across to the far end, tried to pull in, realized I had just enough room to park but none to get out, backed up, moped, and re-closed the door. No hail, so no harm no foul.
However, even though I haven't been throwing, I have been thinking about the boatloads of pottery in my basement, living room, bedroom, kitchen, dining room....house that just keeps on accumulating. That, and Mother's Day just passed with numerous requests for one-of-a-kind pieces that I simply couldn't deliver on. A wheel is not enough. I can throw all day long, and practice is the key to quality product, but how does that help me if everything I throw gets torn up and thrown right back into the slip bucket? Also, the best way to fund a hobby is through income, so how am I supposed to sell anything if I cannot make it past stage 1 of the production process? Hm. Okay, so what's that going to take? Glazes...slip...wedging table...shelving...I think I can manage this...Crap. A kiln. I'm sure those don't cost more than a grand.
That's encouraging I guess. It's not like I have a mortgage, tuition, and utilities to pay for. June doesn't need dog food. We can switch to potatoes and rice and subsist just fine. Nope. $3,000 just isn't going to cut it. Especially when I started tacking on kiln furniture, a ventilation system, delivery.... Yikes. (Yes, I see that one up there that is listed at $1,300, but trust me, I shopped, it's going to cost more.) I guess that dream will have to go on hold for a few years and in the meantime throw, throw, throw.
BUT THEN I had another epiphany of sorts. Crowdfunding is a thing. You guys, I think I have the win-win situation figured out. At first, I started researching all of the crowdfunding platforms - Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, etc. - and quickly realized they all charge A LOT in transaction and goal fees which means that anything funded through those sites does not 100% reach the intended recipient. So, I read around a little more and found some different groups that did their own crowdfunding campaigns on their own sites. With that said, I have big news coming out soon, which you may have already deduced, and I think you guys are going to like it. If you want buffalo mugs, your time is coming...