Again I want to express my thanks for the support and comments I received yesterday. It is rare that I lose heart and thank goodness only temporary, but I guess that it was one of those days where everything lined up a certain way and I felt pretty discouraged. To me, it is kind of like when you throw a rock in a lake, at first the ripples are deep and profound, and soon they decrease as they radiate from the center and eventually just level out and disappear. I guess talking helps a lot and hearing of others experiences and their thoughts on things really does help put things in perspective.
I have been putting a tremendous effort into my site and my business this past year. I am grateful that I have an interested partner that really is an asset to my business, not only in drawing and cutting and contributing his own designs, but also in the computer area. He has done much work on the site and although being on a template (as the site is) can be detrimental at times, it does have much of the analytical software that Cooldavion mentioned. It does help to see where people come from and what they are looking at. For a while, I was getting more painting traffic there because when I started the site 8 years ago, I also had many decorative painting packets available. Things have gone in another direction, as you know and the site was still tagged with that meta information that Google reads and it was hurting my traffic. It took lots of tweaking, but it is now on the right track and reading as it should. After all, I don’t believe in getting people there by misdirection. I hate when you click on something and it turns out to be something totally different. I can’t understand this marketing technique that people use of getting others there at all costs because for myself it only angers me being misdirected purposefully. I would never want to purchase anything from a deviant site such as that.
It is funny, but when I first came here to LJ’s, part of it was the exposure that Steve was talking about. I was told that scroll sawing was only a small percentage of the people here but I decided to try it out anyway because the projects looked great and the scope of the different woodworking techniques really fascinated me. Over the past several weeks, I have come to ‘know’ many of you through your projects, posts and home pages. I have gotten so much more out of this site than I ever thought i could. I am a pretty busy girl, but I really enjoy reading about people and seeing what they are doing and learning from them. Besides this site, I only really follow one other which is related to scroll sawing almost exclusively. I try to answer a lot of questions if I can and help others and have made some great friends there too. Here though, besides this blog and the questions asked on my project, I tend to sit back and read and learn from everyone. The amount of inspiration I get from here is quite incredible. It makes me want to push to a higher level and I think that is a great thing.
Yesterday afternoon I was working on my computer and getting stuff ready for the wholesaler and I received a message from one of my friends here at LJ’s. It said he was in England, ran out of money and was being held at the US embassy and needed to borrow money to pay his hotel or he wouldn’t be able to leave. Hummmmm . . . . . I wonder if that could be a scam ??? (<—sarcasm> :)
Have a happy Sunday and also a SAFE and fun Independence Day to my friends and family in the US!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"