I remember how I felt the day I opened my Teachers Pay Teachers store: nervous, hesitant, excited, apprehensive. I loved creating engaging resources for my own classroom, and was passionate about making materials attractive for teenagers; I just had no idea if people would find my little store and buy my items.
I remember the thrill of that first sale; the cha-ching making me jump with excitement. I remember the knot I would get in my stomach with each “a buyer has left feedback” email (that has never gone away!)
Gaining followers was thrilling. I couldn’t believe that people would want to follow me, to see my new products and watch what I create. As I decided to use my own photo and real name, the whole thing felt highly personal, vulnerable, nerve-wracking. Yet at the same time I was keenly aware of the privilege it was to have teachers spend their hard-earned cash on my products. I felt valued, honored, and amazed.
I must add that I never solicited followers. Never asked for them on social media or enticed them to follow with giveaway – not that those things are wrong, it was just not the way I wanted to go. I wanted to see my following grow organically. I wanted genuine followers who were buyers to follow me because they truly wanted to.
As a side note: I am aware (after speaking with fellow sellers) that I do have many followers who follow to see the new cover pages! But they are completely welcome too; I feel honoured that they like my covers that much!
Anyway, enough of all this reminiscing. The point of this post is this: today I woke up and saw that I have reached 2000 followers. I am grateful for every single one, and in celebration, I am putting my store on SALE. Today only get 20% all items. Hurry on over…