Archive for April, 2020


Today is the last day of April 2020 – what will May bring?

I am anxious to check my sales on various print on demand websites. I am anxious to find out what covid-19 will bring us in May 2020. When will Godzilla or aliens arrive? It’s just so fu**ing surreal at the moment…

I am still working from home. No one is allowed to go to the office without a really important reason, so we stay at home. Luckily, I do still have a job! And what a job it is…. a new position and I am right in the middle of a probabition period to see whether we get along. I think we do, I just hope my boss thinks the same!

I have created cloth face masks and puzzle games on Zazzle like crazy, so in case you’d like to check them out, please do so here:

Unique Face Masks
Unique Face Masks

Face masks on Zazzle currently need 6 business days for approval… phew…. I have over 100 in the queue 😁

Edit: Redbubble has activated the face masks aswell and they cost less than the Zazzle version. Please find mine here.

After my increasing sales on Society6 due to exchanging hearts / promotions like crazy, April 2020 ist slapping me into my face. The sales have crashed…. and like everytime this had happened before I have NO idea why.

So, what am I going to to about it? I will try the tactics on Redbubble! They also have hearts to click, favorites to add to lists and artist profiles to follow. I have become a member of an active Facebook group exchanging hearts. Let’s see where this will take me in May.

Do you have any ideas to promote Society6 or Redbubble products that are not well known yet? Anything you might like to add?

Yeah, let’s have some fun. While creating one face mask after the other on Zazzle, I came across many very old designs and products I had created on Zazzle what feels like AGES ago. During my first Zazzle years I did not know what I do know now about product descriptions, design placement and keywords a.k.a. tagging. So some of these products I do look at now and for the live of me I cannot fathom why they have ever sold…

El Capitan in Yosemite NP T-Shirt
El Capitan in Yosemite NP T-Shirt

Sunset over Los Angeles Neck Tie
Sunset over Los Angeles Neck Tie

Seagull by the sea in California Baby T-Shirt
Seagull by the sea in California Baby T-Shirt

Lone Pine Tree Postcard
Lone Pine Tree Postcard

Santa Monica Pier T-Shirt
Santa Monica Pier T-Shirt

Circles (Dome) Postcard
Circles (Dome) Postcard

Long Beach Lighthouse Keychain
Long Beach Lighthouse Keychain

Jellyfish Postcard
Jellyfish Postcard

Classic Car
Classic Car

Free as a Bird (Flying Seagull) Magnet
Free as a Bird (Flying Seagull) Magnet

Society6 is having one great money saving rebate thingy after the other, this time they offer a huge rebate on the whole Outdoor and Lifesyle department which includes sun shades, sling chairs, picnic blankets and beach towels – which honestly none of us really needs at the moment. BUT this also includes highly popular YOGA MATS and these are great during the current lockdown situation.

30% Off Outdoor + Lifestyle / 25% Off Everything Else

30% Off Outdoor + Lifestyle / 25% Off Everything Else

This offer is valid until May 2nd, so I do hope customers enjoy my collection πŸ™‚

Phew… I tried to write a blog post for several days now and beware, this might become one of the most personal blog posts on the entire Zizzling Zazzle blogosphere. But during these times everything is screwed and upside down… topsy turvy… any more good words for the current situation?

I mean, who in his right mind would have guessed what a pandemic rollercoaster ride 2020 will be. The forest fires in Brasil and Australia were already out of this world along with a strange “Is this shit getting real?” feeling in my guts. And now this corona pandemic with covid-19. Everyone is scared (well, maybe not everyone but MOST people). We are depserately clinging onto toilet paper and cloth face masks.

Horror stories or official news? Different countries coping totally different. Some enforce their lockdowns, some do nothing because they don’t want to or they simply can’t. It’s the rich vs. the poor all over again.

And here I am in one of the probably safest countries to be at the moment – Germany. Germany seems to handle it rather well. Less deaths – but is that good? Every death is one death too much, isn’t it? We cannot be happy about our privileged situation while people in other countries seem to not have such a “good” chance to survive this.

How long will it all take?

Is it ok for us artists to sell cloth face masks and to profit from it?

Questions, so many questions in my head…

And yes, I did create cloth face masks on Zazzle and I have sold a few until now. Does this make me happy? Not really, people need them and I am making money with it?

Is it fair? I still have my job, my employer ordered everyone to work from home. My husband is still on paternal leave and is taking care of the two kids during the day since day care is closed. We don’t need to worry about earning less or earning no money. No stimulus checks necessary, no government subsidy/grant. We are the lucky ones.

Is our situation fair?

 

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So, how do you feel?

How do you cope?

Would you like to talk about it? It’s ok to remain silent…

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