Saturday, August 28, 2010

Whew! Photography.

I've been working very hard on photographing beads and cabochons and glass gems for the new website. It's been fun and challenging, as well.

At one point I couldn't understand why my pictures were so grainy--it turns out that I had switched my camera's speed to 800 instead of auto. whoops! I'm so glad that I figured it out.

I've been trying to concentrate on doing a good job, but not getting caught up in making things "perfect." It's difficult, though, because I keep getting distracted by the different levels of light and how dark things look, and I have to stop myself from obsessively just taking the pictures over and over again.

What I like about taking pictures instead of scans is that you get a more 3-D view of the items in question. It looks a little more realistic. The scans are great, but they do have limitations. I think I'll include both on my website.

Also, I think I'm going to take a scale pic for every item. I hate using pennies because it looks a to me, but I can't think of another item that is so well-known and can give such an immediate impression of size.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Who can resist a sale?

The wonderful and talented Andrew Thornton is having a sale! He's cleaning out his bead stash, and there are some amazing beads--as well as amazing deals! Don't miss out on this opportunity. Check it out!

Friday, August 20, 2010

New beginnings

My website is inching out of the primordial ooze. Yesterday I put up the first item and tinkered with it. There are so many features and interesting bits and bobs that I'm a little overwhelmed. Mostly, though, I'm intrigued.

One of the things I'm most looking forward to is having to only put up one photo per product, instead of endlessly scanning things for eBay and Etsy. Once I have the products in their places, people will be able to buy multiple units, and I won't have to constantly list new pictures of the same products. I'm also looking forward to being able to accept credit cards directly. This is pretty exciting stuff and it's such a huge step for me.

This weekend I will be getting into my photography cocoon. I'm going to set up my teensy "studio" and begin taking pictures of beads and cabochons. I have to remember that they're not going to be perfect on the first try, and that I shouldn't try to photograph everything at once.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time for a little cocooning

I have just finished five weeks of intense activity. Houseguests, the PMC Conference, Arcadia Daze, working for friends--I've been running around nonstop for days and now I'm home and ready to take a deep breath.

I have a few weeks home with no obligations, and I am ready to take on a new old challenge...that of my website.

For years my website has languished, wanting love and attention, and I've barely understood how to work with it or what to do with it. I've had numerous issues with stocking it and connecting it to the rest of my ebusiness life. Some of my biggest worries were that I wouldn't have enough inventory to make it worthwhile, and that I would have to rely on someone else to update it for me constantly.

So when one of my friends mentioned that she was using Big Cartel, I got excited. I went through all of the information I could find, and was disappointed when I realized that I would still have to rely on Paypal. The core concept was perfect--a template that one simply customizes--but I can't have another Paypal account.

But I knew that this couldn't be the end to this concept. Somewhere, there had to be a template-based system that could FINALLY use my online merchant credit card account, which has also been languishing for years. Fortunately, a good friend is now in the website-making business, and she is in the process of setting up WordPress for me. Now I had always thought of WP as blogging software, so imagine my surprise when I found out they had a surprisingly robust commerce software attachment as well.

I think it might just be perfect. Template-based, customizable, the ability to take credit cards, and also I can just sandwich my blog right into it. For my level of business, and my level of technology, I think it could be just what I was looking for.

Stay tuned!bl