Are You Being Served?
My love for the blogging community just expanded to profound proportions after playing with my new best friend Google Analytics. Every day, the world of Etsy and blogging remind me that if you act with authenticity, then no competition exists. Mark Silver from the Heart of Business teaches that no competition exists when you learn to recognize the unique gifts you are offering are like no other person's concoction. I find simple proof in those delightfully entertaining challenges on Top Chef or Project Runway where contestents are all given the same parameters but come up with an endless number of solutions.
Etsy and blogging are like this gigantic, colorful, and exuberant marketplace where each shopkeeper is welcoming their visitors and then saying, "if you really love the beauty here, then you must dash over to Sally, Laura, and Jane's to check out their extraordinary work." Just like this photograph of tiny white flowers all dangling from the same branch our beauty is interconnected and no two buds are alike, so why not share it all?
If you have a blog, Etsy site, or other Web site, then I recommend high tailing it over to Google Analytics and signing up for a report that reveals who has devoted their heart to serving your business. As you can see from this pie chart, 71% of all people visiting my blog arrive from referred sources such as other bloggers or social networking sites such as Flickr and Facebook. What a great way to be in gratitude to the people who make you shine on a daily basis, and reaffirm your own desire to serve these people and others in return.
From the data above, you can see that four generous souls have repeatedly led kindred spirits to my site: jewelry designers Lorelei Eurto from Handmade Jewelry by Lorelei, Heather Powers from Humblebeads, Erin Siegel from Every Heart Crafts, and Lynn Davis from ExpeditionD.
Some days feel like the center of this flower, where everyone is a tiny, delicate thread, dancing together, spreading pollen, and generating collective waves of beauty. Many heart felt thanks to all the people who are generously sharing my work with the universe!
Note: To add an Etsy site to Google Analytics, choose Your Etsy > Shop Set Up > Web Analytics. Follow their directions to add the Google Analytics Tracking ID.