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Happy Halloween - Spooky Links For Your Weekend!

I wanted to make sure I was able to wish all of you a very HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Since it's Friday, it is also a good time to leave you with some links to check out in honor of the best holiday of the year!

From pulpsushi.com - Guest Post: Fashion With Halloween Flavors
From pulpsushi.com - Guest Post: Macabre Home Decor For Halloween

From Little Nostalgia - Modern Halloween Party
From Hugs Are Fun - Super Easy Handmade Costumes
From Makers-on-Hudson - The Pumpkin Song
From Moon and Roses - Five Halloween Short Videos
From Design*Sponge - DIY Halloween Hanging Paper Lanterns


Thoughts On Etsy "Shop Updates" Feature

I understand Etsy continues to work on new ways sellers can market and promote their Etsy shops, their latest attempt is releasing the new Shop Updates feature which you can only do from the "Sell On Etsy" app. "This is stupid!!!!" I bitched in a Facebook group right after this was announced.  A few of us were confused as to how this was supposed to work.

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I don't need another app on my phone to promote my listings, I already do that either automatically via IFTTT or I just go through Instagram and Twitter, why should I go through Etsy? I only use the app when I have a transaction, I don't shop with Etsy app. What the whaaaa? I'm so confused.  And then I took a step back and did some testing.

You can tag your image with one (only one) item from your Etsy shop.  This seems pointless to use on something like Instagram because Instagram does not allow linking in their description, meh.   And sharing an update on Twitter only links back to the update itself, not the item listing, it doesn't even share the image: 

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Why would I want someone to click one extra link to view my listing?  This is not for your typical shop update sharing.  I don't think I will be doing that either.   I prefer the setup I have with Instagram that has the image show in my tweet if I want to share a photo of a shop update.

What I do find pretty cool is in your Etsy shop, there is now a "Shop Updates" link in the sidebar: 

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You don't have to share your image on any of your social accounts, you can just keep it in your Etsy shop and it appears on your "Shop update" page.  This is a good place to show, in your shop, things you are working on, inspirational images, "behind the scenes" fun stuff. 

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In addition to the "About" page, this is another way shop owners can share more about themselves and their process of producing their items, which is pretty neat. I will try this out and see if it makes a difference.  

Have you checked out the Shop Updates feature yet? What do you think?


Pulp Sushi Does Halloween

In previous years, I would dedicate the entire month of October to Halloween by posting Horror /Autumn/Halloween related content on my blog. I didn't do that this year since I'm scaling back my blogging.  Instead, I took my love for October over to Instagram and doing #pulpsushihalloween.  It's been a lot of fun coming up with descriptions and tying it back to my business or jewelry in general.   

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I'm showcasing some older items from the Etsy shop to get some fresh eyes on them and mixing that up with images from some horror classics and put my quirky Pulp Sushi humor behind them.  

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Doing this has allowed me to use some hashtags I wouldn't normally use and its allowed new folks to discover my shop!  You can follow along @pulpsushi.

Are you doing anything to tie Halloween in to promoting your blog or business this year? 


Pulp Sushi At Moses Lake Museum and Art Center

Today I am really excited to announce that my items are now available at the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center in Moses Lake, WA.  My first museum!!

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History + Art. The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, Moses Lake's cultural nucleus, located in the Moses Lake Civic Center. The museum is home to the Adam East Collection of Native American artifacts, local historical exhibits, a fine art gallery, museum store and a giant Columbian Mammoth metal sculpture. Admission is free.

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These images are lovely! What a nice looking space. If you're in that neck of the woods, check it out! You have nothing to lose right? I mean it's "Free Admission!"   You can also follow them on Facebook.