I’m also new and will be honest, and I probably won’t win any friends for saying this, I find the environment on places like this odd. There is a lot of emphasis networking and marketing craft to crafters, which is a bit like trying to sell bread to a bakery. Most crafters I know cross craft, and we generally spend all our money keeping crafting. I can’t afford to buy other peoples work. Meeting like minded people is brilliant, but I don’t expect them to buy from me. Handmade needs to be marketed to people who can’t make it themselves. It’s very similar in art, sites promoting art to artists which is basically bonkers. The average person then thinks it’s not for them because it can look insular, and trots off down The Range for something mass produced.
I also dislike the emphasis both here and etsy that you are expected to promote, promote, promote, outside to get people to your shop rather than it come organically from the site itself. I have a website with my own domain name, which costs less, and I wouldn’t pay commission on sales. There must be some additional benefit for users to sites like this rather than just a pretty hosting platform.
Maybe I’m being dim witted but I think for creativity to flourish people need help with the sales, rather than having to be online 24/7 trying to promote what you do everywhere, then not having the time or energy to actually create. It’s draining and I think there’s a market for an online platform to help creatives sell, whilst leaving them to do what they do best.