The Etsy Forum Community may seem daunting and a little fast paced at times. If you've never been it is simply community place to list questions, comments, goofiness and sometimes drama. The forums recently got a make over, new and clearer categories were added with an emphasis on business, craft & marketing which appears to have made it a whole lot more user friendly. I am a strong advocate of visiting, reading and posting in the forums and I will tell you why:
- 1. Etsy users are genuinely helpful. You can ask advice, basic questions, look for honest and kind critiques and find camaraderie with others in your field.
- 2. Etsy sellers also shop on Etsy. There is a strong feeling of wanting to support one another and while begging for sales is not really the way to go being visible among a community of shoppers is a smart move.
- 3. Forum posters have their pulse on the industry. With so many designers in a small community you can get a real feel for what is people are looking for. Simply asking other sellers to give you their input on your shop (see the critiques section) is a great way to get an idea of what you're doing right and what needs improving on.
- 4. Etsy Admin is involved in the forums. While I still don't believe Admin tends towards favorites, being visible to the people who write the Etsy articles and choose the featured seller is a good idea. It never hurts if the powers that be know you exist.