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The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015

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The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015

Academy Of Handmade

This year we really upped our game with our blog and you've really responded! It's been a fun time interacting with all of you when you comment on here or on our social media. In case you're new or you aren't tracking every blog post we do (I get it. You have this thing called a life.), we thought we'd recap the most popular ones this year.

1. Getting Real About Etsy

This is still our most popular post of all time... ALL TIME (ok, we've only been around for 2.75 years, but still!). And it resonated so much that I plan to do a look back at it later this month. I think you all appreciated the frank talk about not making Etsy everything or weirdly being obsessed with hating everything it does. If you've got reflections on this, I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

2. Making Plans

In this post by Elise Blaha Cripe, she talks why plans are so important for shaping our actions and understanding what's important. I was so smitten with her planner that I actually bought it to use for 2016.

3. Saying Hello to Periscope

Periscope really burst onto the scene this summer, and like all social media it was met with a bit of fear and apprehension. What is it like? How do I use it? Will it be good for me? 

4. Should You Do that Craft Show?

Craft shows can be a rough game-- but they can also be a lot of fun and lead to really valuable relationships. We give you some thoughts on deciding if you should do them at all, along with a spreadsheet to help you make decisions.

5. It's Not Just You

Apparently lots of people also have the "problem" of mainly attracting their peers on social media. This is one of a two part series that discusses that you should be going after customers not your peers (unless your peers are customers, then well, you are blessed indeed!).

6. Wading Into the Three Bird Nest Situation

Man, people love to talk about that business. And for the most part we felt like we didn't have much to add to the conversation... that is until an epic Etsy leaving that made us reflect on the lessons learned.

7. Changes Ahead

This is sort of the follow up to our #1 post. When the hubbub of Amazon Handmade started happening, we wrote a post to talk about how to rethink your online strategies.

8. Jazz Up Your Booth

We had a professional display artist give us five ways to make your next craft show booth a little more appealing.

9. Put Your Logo on It

In the first post of our "6 Holiday Sales Mistakes" series, we talk about why you really need to have some branding on your packaging.

10. Deal with Customers Like a Pro

Our friend Lizzy of Forgotten Cotton has over 10,000 sales on Etsy, so she has dealt with a many a difficult customer. She gives you what to say so you don't lose your cool (and the sale!).

What are we missing? What posts would you like to see in the new year?