Friday, July 25, 2008

The Great Curator

I've been making a lot of treasuries over at the etsy lately. It all started innocently enough. I was trolling the treasuries for that coveted gold star that indicates one of my pieces has been featured when I realized that the ability to create new lists would be occurring in a couple of minutes. Since I was already there I figured, why not. I grabbed a list and quickly filled it with items from the Esty Steam Team. Then just a few days later virtually the same thing happened again. This time I had a few more minutes, so I came up with a theme and tried to create a cohesive image. Then I found myself figuring out when the next opening would be so I could return to make another list. Apparently, I am now hooked.

An interesting side effect to all this list curating has been an extreme decrease in my forum time. Sure, I've visited the forums, but mostly to just take a quick look around, drop my blog link and move on. Curating a Treasury takes far less energy than constantly posting in the forums and I think I will be adding it to my cycle of addiction. It seems to be acting as methadone to my forum addiction. Will I get sick of making lists? Of course I will. I can already feel the decrease in the need to snag a new list and I'm still out of the forums. The bonus of course, besides the free exposure to my team mates, is the extra time I have to actually create things. I've had a few large projects recently and I've managed to knock them out in record time.

I still have a few more treasury ideas to try out before I let this new addiction go, but I know that I will see it again. There is a decidedly cyclical nature to my relationship with etsy and all the ancillary activities that seem to go along with it. I seem to get addicted and subsequently sick of almost every aspect of it. I've gone through brief addictions to the forums, treasuries, shopping, running sales, other social networking sites and street teams. I guess what I'm trying to say is that this too shall pass and return and pass again. I'm sure it's the same for many of you, right? I've learned to just go with the flow, it just takes to much energy to fight the great cycle.


Treasures by Tina said...

Don't treasuries rock?!

And you do beautiful work! :)

T.Allen said...

Ah yes, I know the feeling. I have yet to succumb to the beckonings of treasury making, for now my methadone (great use btw) is blog reading!

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow -- I'd better go troll the treasuries! I used to scour twice a day for the coveted gold star, but then I started getting productive again. Then I started getting very tired again. But now I'd better get back to it, if you're in the playing field.

Sometimes I'd get so tired of seeing the same curator names and similar themes. But I'll bet anything you've 'kicked it up a notch' (to use an already overused colloquialism. Did I mention I'm tired?).

Please post links for the lazy!


Anonymous said...

Weird. That was me, Diana, of a muted palette. I'm using my husband's computer. Sorry for the mystery!

lovemaryxoxo said...

I do the same with StyleFeeder.

lovemaryxoxo said...

Stylehive actually. I always get the twoconfused. :)