It occurred to me that my laziness is not fair to all my followers. You see, when I search for lovely soaps, bath and body products, cosmetics, and candles to feature on the Sunday Spotlight, I typically just do a search on Etsy. With only Etsy artisans being featured, I am clearly neglecting the other incredible talent out there.
Since we know that I'm not gonna change (old habits die hard), I decided to make it easier to be showcased on the Sunday product porn. So I set up a Flickr group called Sunday Spotlight. Here's how it works:
If you want your items featured in the Sunday Spotlight (even if you are on Etsy), use this link to get to the Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/sundayspotlight/ To become a member and post pictures, you agree to some simple rules - for example, keep the photos clean, only post soap, bath and body products, cosmetics, or candles that you handcrafted, and so forth.
Now here's the important part: You maintain the copyright. Not me. I don't want it. It's yours. By posting to the group, you maintain all rights for your own pictures. But you do give me permission to post them to this blog only with a link to your website (which you need to provide or I can't use). I cannot sell them or promote anything other than your business with them.
Once you are a member, you can upload any picture you like. Be sure to give your photos titles with your company name and include a link to purchase the item in the item description. To make things even easier, each Sunday, I will give you the next week's spotlight theme, so you can post products that fit that category. So, here's your short notice for this coming Sunday's Spotlight. The theme is Bay Rum. If you have products with a Bay Rum scent, you can put them on the Flickr pool. If you have other stuff you want people to see, go ahead and put them there anytime.
I'll continue searching using my lazy method on Flickr and Etsy, and your products have a better chance of being featured. While I post ALL styles and try to throw in variety, I do look for good photos - clear, close-up, nice composition. You don't have to be a professional photographer, but we need to see a good photo.
If you have questions, post them here, so I can answer them for everyone. Just click on the article title to get the comment box to show up. I am sure questions will come up.