I realized the other day that I made those fart earth stickers two years ago, and hardly anyone has bought any. My primary method of promotion was via @fartearth on Twitter. But it can be very challenging to start from scratch on Twitter, get attention, and build a following. Incidentally, as I made this, there happened to be a blossoming “__ Earth Society” movement on Twitter, with tons of accounts parodying the Flat Earthers. I hadn’t really thought of myself as a parody of Flat Earth, given that I started with a sticker design that’s parodying Art Earth. But then on my fart earth website I happened to add “Society” to the story, just because I thought it would be fun to sell a “membership” and not merely a sticker. My Twitter account, of course, got lumped in with those funny folks. However, I didn’t have the time or energy to keep up with them and really make a name for myself. I still post sometimes, but I’m not really on-brand. I might change that in the future by using my handy ruby bot to pre-load a bunch of tweets (with periodic links to where you can buy products with the design). That would help keep the account active without me having to login regularly. I am very bad at logging in regularly to social media.
Anyway, now I’m giving Redbubble a try. Redbubble is a print on demand website, where you can quickly apply your designs to dozens of things - shirts, stickers, mugs, phone cases, etc. So now the Fart Earth design is on 48 products!! Pretty hilarious to see all these happy models wearing the design. I also put them up on Teespring. And I plan to put the stickers up on Etsy, too, since I still have a stack of physical stickers. I’ll edit this post with the link once I do that.
It was simple and fun to add the designs to Redbubble and Teespring. And it makes me want to create other designs. I don’t really have any hope that they will sell… but you never know until you try!