ArtByTroyThomas Changes: Past, Present, and Future
I need to make some changes. I am sure you can accept that.
Just last week, I deleted the storefront from this website. It costs a lot of money to keep a storefront on the site and I wasn't making enough money to justify keeping it. Maybe later after I start getting a lot more and consistent sales, I can add it back for your convenience.
Currently, I am thinking about changing the overall look of this site. The only reason I haven't done it yet, is because that will take away from the time that I like to spend creating art. Maybe soon. Is there anything that you would like to see different on this site?
As of right now, I only have galleries showing the drawings that I have done over the last ten years. I also do quite a bit of painting, and I like to dabble in photography. Probably the main reason I don't have any galleries showing my paintings on this site, is because it is very difficult for me to get a good picture of the paintings. I don't have a set-up with good lighting to get the acceptable-quality photos. I will have to try to figure something out to start showing my paintings. And as far as the photography is concerned, even though I have sold some photographs in the past, I have a hard time calling myself a photographer.
Some other changes that I am thinking about making, is to increase the amount of blog posts. In addition to discussing the art that I am working on, I would like to start doing some product reviews, such as art supplies and art books. I even have some thoughts about some not-so-artsy posts, but still a tad related to art since this is an art website.
To be completely transparent, one of the reasons I want to start doing reviews on art products, is to make a little bit of extra money from affiliate sales. If I want to be able to quit my day job to become a full-time artist, I need to be able to find other ways to supplement my income. To give you an understanding of how affiliate sales work, I will get a commission on purchases made through links that I have posted. There is no additional charge or markup on any of the products in the links, I just get a very small percentage of the sale for sending customers to that particular site. If you have a popular blog or YouTube channel, I would recommend that you look into this also, if you are not already doing so.
I would love to hear any feedback that you have about anything mentioned in this blog post.
Have a great and artful day!