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2009-03-18 - 12:15 p.m.

Oh frabjous day!

Yesterday I sold my first photograph through Etsy! And you’ll never guess who bought it… Jen Lemen!

I met Jen at BlogHer ’07. She was a lovely soul and, even back then, very encouraging of my photography, so when I got my Etsy shop up and running I thought I’d let her know (I saw she was online at gmail, so I impulsively messaged her). To be honest, I was sort of hoping for some kind words to perk me up a bit. I know that I don’t really have the whole “how to drive traffic to my site” down, so it’s kind of discouraging to put something up and then, in a matter of a couple of days, get buried under the avalanche of newer offerings on Etsy.

Within minutes she messaged that she’d not only checked out my stuff and liked it, but had bought something as well. I was floored but, sure enough, I got the notification email from Etsy within moments. Today she emailed me the following:

“this image is so deep for me. it's how i feel right now--like i'm walking through fire on a path that opens at just the right moment. kind of like the red sea parting. thanks for creating something that speaks to my soul”

How cool is that?

My first sale! And to a Shutter Sister no less!

Wanna see it? Okay, I’m inspired and taking the plunge: here it is. No guarantees how long I’ll leave this link up though…

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