One of my very first blogs was about the "Lets be non-responsive" thread found in the Etc. Forum at Etsy.com. It's a riot and if you haven't wandered in there yet, you really, really should.
Because that thread is now on page 744 or so, with over 7400 posts, I decided it was prime time to try a new "non-responsive" tactic. Such was the birth of the Non-Responsive Interview!
Its a simple premise. I will feature one seller a week (hopefully). I will send this seller a list of questions, and then he or she will send me a list of answers. If all goes right, the questions and the answers won't match in the slightest. The final interview will be posted here on a Tuesday.
This is sort of an odd idea (I have a very odd sense of humor), so I'm going to illustrate with an "interview" of myself. Consider this the beta version - everything that comes after will be much, much better. :)
1. Remember back to the first time you ever came to Etsy.com and share the story with today's readers.
Yes, I do have pets. They are a joy and I wouldn't have it any other way. To ensure that my products are pet hair free, I keep all of my materials in plastic containers. The finished products are kept far out of reach and every creation gets a thorough and intense roll from my tape/lint/hair roller thingy before being shipped out. So it's all good.
2. If you could see one thing on Etsy.com changed - anything at all - what would it be?
The first piece I ever made was a scarf for myself out of a felted wool sweater. It was actually my BF who came up with the "scale" look. I was going to do something much more mundane, but he swooped in and showed me "the technique". My life was never the same - haha!
3. Be honest now. The "Lets be non-responsive" thread is the best thread in the Etc. forum ... true or false?
I use bright colors because, as much as I can appreciate the nice, put-together, and versatile look of more neutral colors, nothing beats a bright, in-your-face color for accessorizing. Or at least that's my fashion. Accessories - be them in a house or on a person - are an inexpensive way to totally change the feel for a room or outfit. Living on a very modest budget, I've come to embrace accessorizing.
4. What was your motivation for joining the handmade movement and becoming a seller on Etsy.com?
I've only actually had one sale. It was yesterday, for Cyber Monday, and I didn't sell a thing. Ha! In all fairness, my shop isn't as stocked as I would have liked, and I haven't had time recently to make anything new. So I'm not disappointed. My birthday is in February ... maybe I'll do another sale then?
5. I have a sneaking suspicion that you're not listening to me. Soooo ... I'm naked right now. Thoughts?
I truly envy people who work with their hands on a daily basis. If I could do life all over again, I'd probably become a furniture upholsterer. It seems meticulous and difficult, but oh so rewarding in the end. I'll probably end up taking a class one day. For now, my fleece creations will have to suffice.
*** And there you have it! I'm hoping this will be a fun and silly way to feature really great sellers on etsy. And I promise all future interviews will be significantly less schizophrenic. :)