At first it seems like a tough question, and my contrarian impulse is to resist it: how the hell do I know? Anyone and everyone can use pottery. They buy it, they take it home, I don't ask them to fill out a survey.
But I do know, or I have an idea.
So, who buys my work, and for what?
- Women more often than men
- Middle income or higher; just by definition, it has to be someone who has some disposable income
- Buyers are often shopping for a gift
- Often people are shopping for their cabin or vacation home.
- One category of people buys probably 80% of the ware I sell online, and that category is other potters.
The point here is that the reason my web sales are to potters (when I sell online at all) is not because potters like my work more than other people do (or, I dunno, maybe they do, but that's not the point) but because that's who I've been able to connect with online. That's who sees my pots.Who reads this blog? Potters! Which makes me think....I've been able to reach you all. Maybe I could also reach others: those gift-shoppers and people with lake homes....maybe through a different blog. One about...what? Home decor? Cooking? Gardening? Or all of those, under the rubric of the Maine Lifestyle.
This might be blue-skying. I hardly have time to do the things already on my docket, never mind maintain another blog, which would need to be updated a few times a week, at least, to gain any readership. Still, it's a thought. And that's what the Week of Reflection is for.
EDIT: Giving it a shot. If I find I don't have time to keep it update, well, you can't get fired from your own blog. No harm in trying.