If you find this thing before I’m ready for you to see it, please be kind. I’m a bit overwhelmed with the magnitude of stuff I can put in my sidebar over there on the right. It doesn’t help that I haven’t a fraction of a clue about what most of that stuff does. And I’m not exactly comfortable with the idea of blogging. Not that I think bloggers or blogging is bad, but my own idea of ME having a blog makes my skin crawl a little. Maybe I’ll get used to it, and I might even enjoy it. I just need to remember to keep an open mind, and try to convince everyone (including me) that I’m interesting enough to have one of these things. We’ll see how THAT goes.
Essentially, I want to be able to use this blog as an extension of my website, where I can announce stuff that I would normally announce on my NEWS page, in a more readable format, and allow you, dear reader, be able to stay posted with less effort than it takes to remember to visit my site. For the common visitor, (as far as I currently understand, anyway) the RSS/Atom thing isn’t useful. Or is it? This is something I’ll have to sort out as I learn more and get some feedback from my more knowledgeable and blog-experienced readers and patrons.
So, anyway, what’s all this about? As some of you already know, I’ve been struggling with the inevitable change in how I advertise my piddly baubles. Since the beginning, ebay has been great for that – advertising that more than paid for itself – but for a while now, I’ve known that my days on ebay were numbered. And I’m not saying I’ll never sell on ebay again… maybe I’ll get over being mad at them eventually. But meanwhile, what will I do? Superstars are great, and aren’t going anywhere, so there’s no need to worry about that. But I need something to fill that sad little hole ebay’s absence has left in my Tuesdays. Pathetic, yes. I’ve found that if I don’t have something of a routine, even something I have to do only once a week, I go off into la-la-land, and my sleep cycle always comes along for the ride. Sure, I get orders completed and shipped and other beads made, no problem, but I will quickly lose touch if I keep my shades drawn to the www at large. Since I’ve mostly given up workaholism, I can only muster one Superstars sale a month, maybe two if I’m not otherwise really busy with orders or taking a month to work with borosilicate. A big rollicking Superstars sale every week would be preferable, but until I save up enough for a clone (for both myself and my equipment), that’s not really an option. However, a set or single once a week is most certainly doable – and to be clear, this would be in addition to the Superstars sales.
So, here’s what I’m thinking – maybe I can have a weekly special that I announce on my blog. Because, frankly, I can’t stand the thought of Twittering or asking any of you to Twitter, and this blog thing is a big stretch for me as it is. Perhaps I can update this blog reliably on Tuesday evenings with the new set or single for sale (at a certain time to be determined later). And don’t quote me on this, but if you’re somehow subscribed to my blog I’m guessing you’ll be notified when I make that update. ? Or you’ll know when to look, or you’ll be lucky enough to happen upon it at just the right time. Or maybe I should just use my mailing list, and notify all 300 some-odd mailing list subscribers about ONE bead or set? I’m not sure I like that idea, I don’t want to go overboard with the notifications, or assume that those interested in Superstars would be interested in a weekly special. But whichever way it’s presented, you can email me and request it, and the first one who emails me is the lucky one. This is just a thought, though, and the logistics must be ironed out… OR I can just bite it and open an Etsy shop to sell these weekly specials. But if you, the buyer, aren’t comfortable creating an account at Etsy, I don’t want to force that on you. OR if you don’t see the need at all for a weekly special I’ll just save it all for Superstars. Sorry for all this out loud thinking, but here’s the bottom line: I want you to buy my beads, and I want you to be comfortable while doing it. But I want to be comfortable too, so I’m hoping we can reach a happy medium.
I welcome your input and other suggestions if you have them. Please feel free to email me or respond to this post with a comment.
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