In the end, I came out with a simplified, yet elaborate, Link, that I am very proud of.
I actually had this post created on November 11th at 11am, but got distracted because while I was writing it, I checked my shop and the hits were coming in nonstop. Usually when I post an item I get around 50 views after a couple days, but every time I refreshed this listing, there were 10-25 more views. Here's a documentation via tweets:
whoa... did someone repost my link or is he really that popular? i got 175 views in an hour..For the fact that there were no "hearts" I ruled out that these people were from etsy, so I figured they had to be from some geeky community. Instinctively, I checked reddit searching "zelda" because I thought "link" wouldn't work. When I didn't come across my etsy listing there, I went onto an etsy chat room and asked other members if something could be wrong. The only person who listened wrote me, "congratulations, YOU HAVE A WINNER!" I didn't believe her, so I instead gave up and decided to take a nap before I had to leave for work. When I awoke, my friends on my facebook commented:
11:45 AM Nov 11th via web
ok, now 225 views? either someone is fucking with me or this link should be sold soon...
11:58 AM Nov 11th via web
at this point, i think i might be scammed cause every time i refresh there's 10 more views, it's already at 500 and not even any hearts...
12:33 PM Nov 11th via web
"I put a link on reddit for you. I'm not sure if that's why you're getting more traffic. It's gotten 30 upvotes so far."I managed to check the listing right before it sold, and the total views were:
November 11 at 1:23pm
"Hey Lisa! I signed on to tell you I saw a link to this on reddit! haha! Hope you get a lot of sales! :)"
November 11 at 2:03pm
Pretty unbelievable. I generated five sales of my other shop items (all of which I had only partially completed) after Link sold out that day and six requests to make more Links. I made 23 sales this month and that's only because I don't have enough time to finish everyone's requests yet. I write now because after that and my holiday rush, I have finally caught a breather. I'm glad I was able to create something that became high in demand, but making the same thing over and over again is torturous.