Having fun on RedBubble (and sales)


A Southern Masked Weaver building his nest in my garden

I joined RedBubble in February 2010 and in the beginning I up-loaded my art, obviously, but also up-loaded “random” (photographic) images just for the fun of it, enjoying the comments and interaction of friends and the wonderful community here. As time went by, I started selling more and more products and also, my portfolio just grew and grew and grew, until eventually I had 20 pages in my portfolio!

Then RedBubble also started implementing a lot of changes and added many new products to the range until eventually it was almost impossible to keep up with editing and organising all the products with so many pages in my portfolio. This led to me editing all my images, removing most of the “random” images as well as art that didn’t seem all that popular (no sales, only a couple of favs and not many features), although they did have lots of comments and chats going on, and decided to concentrate on SALES. I got all the existing products into tip-top shape, waiting for the dough to start rolling in. I “forgot” about the fun factor here on RedBubble.


A pathway leading to my front door

My portfolio became much easier to manage and editing and adding the new products was a joy. But now, here’s the thing — my sales did increase dramatically, especially since I had a few images FOUND by RedBubble, but I found myself virtually becoming obsessed with advertising and marketing my products to increase sales, anxiously waiting for that “you’ve made a sale!” daily e-mails.

I still get those e-mails and sales are good, but now something was missing for me on RedBubble. I miss all the camaraderie, comments and chats on my “random” images (not everybody on RedBubble is into art!). I know I love searching and looking at random images, meaning photos of somebody’s “life”, their family, their living space, their studio, their garden or just generally what they’re up to.

So now, it seems I have come full circle! I’ve decided to post my “random” images again but probably won’t make them for sale on products, which will still keep editing my products a lot more manageable.

It doesn’t have to be about just one thing — sales, or fun — one can do both! For the “sales” part, just give great attention to your products, see that they are displayed the best you can and do a lot of advertising and marketing. For the “fun” part, enjoy up-loading images that might not ever sell, fav and comment a lot on other people’s work that you follow and just enjoy the interaction.

So here’s to a whole lot of chatting and fun going on here on the Bubble! All work and no play makes you a dull boy (or girl!).


Caterpillars (larvae) of the Speckled emperor Moth on the base of my Acacia karoo tree

All pics taken in my garden (Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa)



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