How to fail at Etsy

There is one thing that all Etsy shop owners have in common. We want to succeed. 

I'm far from being an Etsy expert and my experience is very limited. I know that I need to take great photos, create well-written product descriptions and add as many tags as possible. These are all things that I think I've done well, but I know there is more to Etsy success than those few tasks.

To tell you the truth, I have never made a purchase on Etsy. This is my first Etsy failure. How do I expect to sell anything on Etsy if I haven't reached out and purchased a single thing from any Etsy seller?
I'm not participating in the community. How can I succeed on Etsy without getting to know others in the community AND letting them get to know me?

And I'm not promoting my products beyond a Facebook page and a few mentions on Twitter. How can I succeed without advertising?

I love Etsy and often get lost browsing the various shops, from vintage to paper crafts and even edible goodies. I have wanted to buy many things. Maybe too many things and that's what has been stopping me. I want to change that. 

I want to get involved in the community and don't know where to start. 

I want to promote my ecoScrapbook shop and need to make the time to do it.

The last Monday of every month, I'll be talking about my Etsy successes, failures and everything in between. Feel free to point me in the right direction or tell me that I'm screwing up completely. Or just sit back, listen and learn with me.

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