Welcome to you and 2022! It’s been a busy start to the new year over here at The Backyard Horse Blog.
First off, I hope readers caught my January 1st post where I reviewed my Aunt’s new horse book, “A Good Seat: Three months at the Reitinstitut von Neindorff” with a foreword written by none other than the famed horseman, Walter Zettl. If you have any interest in the areas of memoir, European travel, dressage or even daily life before Smartphones, I think you would really enjoy the book.
But backing up in time just a bit, besides taking a recent blogger’s break to celebrate Christmas, I got going behind the blog scenes before the start of the new year.
I changed several items on the blog website, reorganized the blog Pinterest account and opened an online Etsy store called TheBackYardHorseShop. For those of you not yet familiar with Etsy, it is a global online marketplace for creative types to sell their wares.
And last but not least, while crafting a logo for the shop, I also created a matching logo for the blog as I very much consider the shop its extension.
TheBackYardHorseShop on Etsy offers printable products to compliment your horse life. Everything sold on the shop is a printable product, otherwise known as a digital download.
This means that the shop has no physical products for sale. Instead, when you purchase a product, you buy the right to download the selected template to your computer for you to print out at home (or through some kind of printing service, if you so choose).
Currently, TheBackYardHorseShop has a grand total of eight listings. Six individual products and two bundles.
For example, dovetailing off a previous post “Setting Horsemanship Goals and Themes,” I designed some related printable worksheets. You can purchase each of the three worksheets individually or buy all three for a discounted price.
And because I think one can never have too many bookmarks, I designed three printable bookmarks, all with a horsey theme, of course. Buy one or two separately or all three in a bundle. Blog readers will notice that my horse, Shiloh, is the featured model for this particular bookmark bundle.
If you’d like to check out the shop, please go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBackYardHorseShop or click on the TheBackYardHorseShop logo near the top of this post or on either of the photos above to be whisked right over to the shop.
As of this writing, I’m still awaiting my first sale. I also have several more printable product ideas in the works. Including an e-booklet or two to give the product line-up some printable educational offerings.
But all this creating is taking me longer than I anticipated.
So for the month of January, instead of resuming my usual “3 posts per week” schedule, I will plan on publishing one post per week, likely on or near the start of each week (with perhaps a bonus post thrown in periodically if I come across something that I think readers could benefit from immediately).
My tentative plan is to resume the “3 posts per week” schedule come February, if I can manage to get the hang of juggling The Backyard Horse Blog AND TheBackYardHorseShop.
For me, it’s kind of like trying to lead two horses at once. You know how everything goes along swimmingly until one horse dives for grass while the other spooks and runs right past you? Then you’ve got to pivot and figure out how to untangle yourself, assuming you still even have hold of one or both lead ropes. It’s a little disorienting at times! 🙂