CafePress was the first place I put my art onilne to sell. I was so thrilled to have a place to put all of my creations and be able to make money from them. In the early years, they did bring me some good income, and Eric and I put a lot of time into adding everything we did to that shop. Unfortunately, there were problems over the years. There was a mass exodus some years back, which is when I found Zazzle and started focusing on a shop there. Even though most people left CP, I stayed, though I didn’t spend much time working on the shop there. Eventually, with claims that they’d improved, I went back, and we built the shop up again. Unfortunately, now that they only allow a 5% commission, it’s just not worth staying there anymore.
We do still make sales there, and I’m grateful that even when we paid no attention to it, the shop brought us some income. However, making $0.10-$0.50 a week just isn’t worth it. Having that shop out there is drawing attention away from our Zazzle shop and giving CafePress a lot of money off our years of hard work. We don’t get a lot of sales at Zazzle these days, but we’re trying to get the word out again. I know a lot of people say to always have your eggs in many baskets, but it seems that every time I consolidate and focus, I have much better luck.
I’ve got to say though, it’s been hard to delete all of that work. I’m still working on it, with a tab open to their site as I type this. It’s slow going, and a bit sad to see all of that go. I know a lot of people would say to leave it there and take whatever we get from it, but I think it will be better if it’s gone and people can focus on the Zazzle shop. Zazzle looks better, the products are better, and we earn more. So I think it’s the right choice.
Of course, Cafepress isn’t the only thing I’ve had to let go of. I closed the door on a different part of my life today. Remember all the hoopla over me finding my biological father? Well, I’ve had to let him go. There was a lot that went into it, and I’m not going to get into the details here, but suffice it to say I did what I could and my efforts did not work out. I tried with love and as much understanding as I could muster, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. It ended with having a guilt trip thrown in my face, and that just proved that I made the right choice. It hurts my heart, but I can only do so much.
At any rate, I’m hoping that all of this is is a big case of “Out with the old, in with the new.” Sometimes you have to let things go to make way for something better. Letting go can be really hard, and for me it almost always is, but sometimes painful or sad things need to happen to make room for something better. I’ve been putting a lot of positive energy out there, so maybe this is all part of the greater plan for that amazing life I keep dreaming of. I’m going to do my very best to stay positive and hopeful. A new year is coming, and I always try to hold on to the belief that the next year will be better than the last.