Yaaawwwwwnnnnnnn...... rubs eyes
I'm super-excited about my new website. 6 months ago when I joined Ello, I thought it seemed like a great way for me to spread my art. However, I found myself in a familiar place, about to invest myself for no return whatsoever. I didn't know it at the time, but when I lost interest in posting photos on this site, I motivated myself to do something real.
I wanted a site that let me sell my art and keep most of the bank. I quickly said no to ShutterFly after reading their TOS. I just wanted a fair deal, and to sell prints, frames, mounts and not worry about any fulfillments. So basically, I can sell you my art without any boxes cluttering up my living room.
Fast forward a few months, I /r/AskReddit what they know, get a trial deal, then take the plunge and join Zenfolio (Referral Code: JWR-8R4-WGV). I start building my site and figuring all that out.
Then tragedy struck his mighty fist down and shook the ground underneath the bedrock of my life, soul and being. After my mother died, my website took a back seat. Life didn't stop though, just priorities changed. I had to work; I had to eat and sleep. I had to talk to family on the phone, a lot. I had to help them cope. I had to relax.
So now I have a half-finished website. And not the cheesy slideshow one I linked to in my bio (or first linked, if you're reading this in the future after I changed it). This new .NYC website is dedicated to my one true love: the city. It has all my work but I've made the decision to make the city part of my brand. Dot NYC domains were on sale and I snatched one up early. I just need to finish the content. That's my other problem, not knowing when to say good enough.
I have been wrestling with the different methods of gallery presentation and what products to offer. I think I finally figured it out, and the idea brought me back to Ello! So THANK YOU for that. Bringing it back full circle. I will present a picture a day, or a picture a week, or a picture whenever I get around to it. I'll make sure that picture is good to go, select its products and prices and post it and push it, then start on the next one.
Slowly my collections will fill up and I'll have to go out and make more art. My productivity has really been on a dive this past year since I was having personal issues. But shit man, if life isn't hard what good is it anyway?
So I hope you all come back, repeatedly and with an unhealthily obsessed perseverance, and seriously consider supporting me and my dream of putting beautiful things I've created on display in your homes and other places you frequent. And with these funds I will buy better lenses and things to make more beautiful art for you to purchase and the circle of art will be complete.
EDIT(6/9/15): Update.. I now regret choosing Zenfolio. I had no idea their mobile site wouldn't allow purchasing. How horrible..