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Not long after I started my Etsy shop a year ago, I ran across the Etsy Conversation Podcast. Each week a different Etsy shop owner is interviewed by a delightful woman named Ijeoma. I couldn’t believe my good fortune. It was like a free crash course in how to run an Etsy shop. As I continued listening, I realized it was more than that. It’s a collection of stories about makers, artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives. Even though I wasn’t interested in some of the products people were selling, there was always something to learn from each person’s story.
One of the interviews was with Angela J. Holden (https://angelajholden.com), a graphic designer, whom I soon discovered created the Etsy Conversation Podcast. I was intrigued by Angela’s interview and her approach to web design. The interview with Angela led me to hiring her to re-design our school website as well as create this one. Additionally, her story drew me in as she told about other projects she’d started. Eventually I went back through the archives and listened to all of Angela’s early interviews before she turned the podcast over to another host. After a turn of events, the podcast ended up in Ijeoma’s hands, and it’s been going strong ever since.
At first I thought all of the interviews were with well-established shop owners, who’d been successfully selling on Etsy for years. Their stories seemed far beyond my own. Over the months as I kept listening, I came to understand that shop owners interviewed were widely diverse in both products and experience. Once my site was completed, I decided to apply for the podcast and was accepted. Ijeoma provided all the questions ahead of time and I felt well prepared when the big day arrived. The interview was audio recorded via Skype and I have to say it was a completely fun and natural experience. Ijeoma is friendly and easy to talk to, along with being genuinely interested in each person she interviews. I think she’s providing an exceptional service to current Etsy shop owners and prospective buyers and owners.
Here’s my episode of the Etsy Conversation Podcast: http://convome.com/maryg-loves-art/ Check it out and if you have a shop, you might want to consider getting in on the fun. I’m glad I did.