It's the end of the first quarter which means it's time for me to make some adjustments, review where I am, and tell you about some things I am changing.
It seems like it has been a long winter here in the northeast, but Spring is beginning. Last week, we had over 1 inches of snow. This week, all that snow is gone as we have had temperatures in the 60's. I always map things out by quarters. It seems easier to me to try to accomplish things by 1st, 2nd 3rd, and 4th quarters. That's how I run my stock photography business.
So let's get started with my first quarter report.
Reevaluation of Blogger Platform
I did look carefully at my decision to move from WordPress to Blogger. And I am staying with Blogger. There may be several little things I don't like or wish I could change, but those minor nits are not worth the time (or expense) it would take to have my own website.
Changes to My Stock Agencies
I have made a decision to cut-back on the agencies where I am making continuous submissions. In the first quarter, I have decided that I would contribute to:
- Adobe Stock
Other agencies where I have submitted in the past are still going to have the images I submitted previously. I am just not planning to make additional submissions. The decision is simple: I need to better manage my time, and my sales at other agencies have not been substantial.
Etsy Selling Commenced
Etsy is now a part of my selling strategy. I am placing some of my fine art images on the Etsy platform. I am still learning to work with Etsy, but you can see my store by clicking here.
Fine Art America Strategy Implemented
I have added Fine Art America products to my website. I now can offer more than just printed images. I have shirts, cups, and housewares with some of my images. You can see my offerings by clicking here.
Stock Photography 101 Launched and Underway
I have added a new feature to my website/blog that I am calling Stock Photography 101. It is just basic information for other photographers that would like to learn more about working in stock. There is now a separate category for Stock Photography 101 on this site.
I have decided to try to produce more stock video. I have resisted doing so for quite a while, but that is changing. More on my Stock Video in a future post, so stay tuned.
Production of More Stock Video Clips
Other than that, not much happening here. Time to be heading out to create more images and video clips. Come on Spring! I have my batteries recharged and I am ready to go!