Why can’t things be simple? Remember all the promises we heard about how great our lives were going to be once we were computerized? Are you happy with computers? God, I really hate them sometimes. I love the access to so much information. That’s wonderful and amazing (not to mention dangerous), but dealing with them on day-to-day activities…ugh.
I’ve been trying to add some jewelry to my website for two days. I took 80 photos of my pieces and transferred them from camera to computer. Then I put them in a folder called “October”, disconnected my camera, and then when I went to load the photos onto my page I couldn’t find the folder. I checked every folder in my Photo files, then all my document files. Could not locate that folder. Finally, I took the camera back out, laid out the jewelry and took another 75 photos. Plugged the camera in and went to download my new photos, and there was my folder! I finally added one item before moving on to other parts of my page I wanted to update. I spent over an hour updating my page; adding more to the descriptions, changing up my bio. When the site froze and I had to exit. When I get back up, I find nothing was saved! Shit! So, next item: creating a collection. Another hour. Today I went to add more items, and discover I cannot find the tab on my page with my collection!
I’m beginning to think I need to try a different site. I already tried Etsy, but the competition was fierce. Of course, now the competition on Artfire is just as bad, so maybe it’s time for a new site. Sure, but then I need to set up a new page, and add the nearly 200 pieces of jewelry I’ve got. A daunting task. But I figure if I haven’t much to lose. Maybe I’ll just open a second online shop. Maybe I’ll just give it all away, but it would take a while. I don’t know that many people. Not even on Facebook, where I only have about 30 friends. I’ve looked at a couple other sites, and looked at PC World’s article about the top 5 handmade online shops. Their take on Etsy was because it was the oldest and biggest site to sell handmade items, while to me, the fact that they have 875,000 vendors, and over a million items. My little shop gets lost in all that competition. It’s like opening up my own little coffee house between a Starbucks and a Coffee Bean. There is a new site, Shop Handmade. It’s simple. It’s free. But of the numerous items I looked at none had more than 2 photos, and I don’t see anything about a limit in their policies. Maybe that’s how they keep costs down? More research is required. I don’t want to get stuck with a site that only lets me put up two photos of each item.
So what am I doing? I’m reading blogs and writing mine. LOL But it’s 8 o’clock and I got up at 6:30 this morning. Giving me only 6 hours sleep. (Sure I took a 2-hour nap, but I always take a nap.) Regardless. For me it is time to stop working and just relax and read. Tomorrow I will pay bills, upload more photos, and maybe find time to work on my novel and a little bit on my genealogy. That’s what I had scheduled, but I’m not sure about Husband. He’s supposed to go to UCLA tomorrow for some kind of special liver ultrasound. It was scheduled for today, but it seems the radiology office he made the appointment with doesn’t have this apparently special piece of equipment. That’s why I was up so early, we drove to Santa Monica, an hour and a half drive (using the carpool lane) for a doctor appointment. We got there an hour early, and the place was empty, so we hoped he’d get in and out early. That’s when they told us about the equipment error, and right there they made the appointment at the appropriate office, for tomorrow. That means we have another 1 1/2 hour trip on the 405. Which, if you didn’t know, according to Wikipedia:
I-405 is a heavily traveled thoroughfare by both commuters and by freight haulers along its entire length and is the busiest and most congested freeway in the United States.
I don’t know how accurate that is, but I’ve heard that it’s at least one of the top 5 most congested freeways in the US. I commuted on it for 5 years, and it’s a bitch of a drive. Yay. I’ve got that to look forward to, unless Husband decides he doesn’t need me to come along. Of course, if I go we can use the diamond lane and cut some time off the trip.
The other plus, Husband doesn’t like to go to UCLA alone because Westwood is such a zoo 24 hours a day, and UCLA is a huge place. It’s easy to get lost. More than once I took the wrong exit out of the medical center parking lot and ended up headed in the wrong direction on a street I didn’t recognize. So, unless Husband calls first thing in the morning to change the appointment. it’s very likely I will spend a good share of my day tomorrow in the car. And, because I know my way around better than Husband, I look forward to being the navigator to his frustrated, frantic, and totally stressed out driver. But I won’t drive, because as a passenger he’s worse!
Ah, life. Ain’t it grand?