i opened my shop last october, these are my stats since then. i know a lot of people said last month was slow, it was actually my best month, both on etsy and my outside ventures. i hope it was not a fluke and a sign that my business is starting to grow. i work in retail in my day job and have always heard that months the begin with a J are the slowest (jan, june, july)
beag, i would not worry about what people say in the forums. i hardly ever go in there, it seems just to be people complaining about no sales, how more expensive items don't sell, or criticizing what someone else is doing. i feel that if they spent more time working on their products, photos, advertising, etc and less time in the forums complaining they might be more successful.