My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #112: Back to Reality (In a good way!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-23-2010 01:12 PM 4130 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thoroughly enjoyed writing yesterday’s post and appreciate all the kind comments on it. It was fun and made the project so much more personal and meaningful to me. I like when my mind wanders like that. (and yes, it was substance-free!) and it feels good to be able to think of such enchanting existences. For me it was a mini-vacation and I thank you all for joining me.

Today it is time to return to the real world, however. Last night at 7:49pm I received an email message from the place that hosts my site letting me know that the migration is complete. I found that odd because at the moment, we were working on changing some of the things and adding on some new sales and hadn’t noticed anything different. Certainly it would look and operate a bit differently after all the hoopla about changing over. Wouldn’t it?

Be careful what you wish for.

I signed into it on my computer (the back end – not the part people see) and it asked me which version I wished to work with. Humm . . . this was new. So I picked the newer one and got to a page and all I can think of was “Holy Moley!” Everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) was completely and totally different.

I stumbled my way around the software, being ever so careful not to change a thing and sure enough – all of my basic information was there. Then I did what I should have done in the first place – I thoroughly read through the email that was send with instructions regarding the migration.

It explained that the migration was completed and that I would receive free hosting for the new site for six months. It dawned on me what actually happened. It seems that they leave the original site in tact and fully functional, but also added the new site and copied the information from one to the next so that you have two complete sites up at once. The only difference is that the new one is not “published” so that it is not the live one that the public sees and you don’t do so until you tune it to how you want it to look and work.

That was cool. I wonder why I wasn’t informed how it was going to be. It gives us time to get everything how we want before bringing it up where people can see it. That is good. In the mean time, it is business as usual on the old template so there is little or no down time at all. I did like this.

However (and there is always a ‘however’, isn’t there?) In looking at the new template and software, all I can think of again was “Holey Moley!” If knowledge is power than I am completely powerless as far as this is concerned. I think that another hat just fell on my head as far as my business goes. It was something that I did not anticipate at all on this scope and being fairly competent with computers, I just assumed it would be “like falling off of a log”.

Silly me.

But those of you who know me and are getting to know me through these writings will know that I love challenges and I feel that I am up for the task. In additional to learning to carve a shoe in the next several weeks, I will also hopefully be able to add programming my site under the new software to my resume.

In the short time last night that I peeked at the new software, it looked jam-packed with interactive features and it had so many things that it offered. It had blogs and videos and all kinds of things that you could customize the site with. My head was spinning! I found it funny though that before you could even attempt to touch any of those features, up popped a screen which in essence, released the company of any liability if you screw things up. It clearly stated that if you wanted your site to function in “self-customization mode” they would not give any free technical support whatsoever and anything that you needed help with would be billed under their “normal rates”. Once you hit that little button, you are on your own buddy and you had better watch what you are doing. It reminds me of letting a monkey fly a jet plane (I am referring to myself in this instance!)

So I had better read up and do some thinkin’ and a’figurin’ BEFORE I start changing anything and working on it. There are online tutorials to be sure, although I just glanced at things last night. I think I just found another way to fill up those 42 extra seconds of my day (and then a few more too!)

Will I ever get to cut again?

Of course I will! :D My friend Cari and I noticed that it was always the moms with the most kids and who were the busiest that were the most help at the school and volunteered the most. Since that observation many years ago, I have noticed a pattern like that with many aspects of people and their lives. The ones that are doing the most are the ones that are always taking on more. I have always loved computers – they fascinate me – and I always love learning a new skill.

So this is a great thing and I am thrilled that they don’t force you to learn it all at once. At least someone was thinking when they did this. Six months is a decent time frame and even though I know it will come up fast, the benefits of the new site will far outweigh the disadvantages. I am going from 500mb of space to 5 GB. That is HUGE! I look at it as a fun challenge which will help expand my business and make my site a great place for my customers to visit. Who knows? Maybe it will motivate me to make some instructional videos that I can offer there for both scroll sawing and painting. That would be FUN!!

So YAY! and YAY again!

Today I am going to update my customers with what is going on and then I AM going to do some drawing. If all goes well, I could be cutting new things out by the weekend.

I hope you all have a good and productive day too. It is already Thursday and the weekend is right around the corner!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 09-23-2010 04:25 PM

well its looking like i get to be the first maybe to say congrats on the new web page coming to you,,,and that is great…6 month’s to fine tune it and get it where you want….im a little afraid of the monkey…i hope she doesn’t try to swing to far …lol…this is good news for you…congrats sheila…just as i read the upgrade part..i thought the same thing…instructional video’s , boy this has some great potential…enjoy the journey….bob

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 09-23-2010 04:53 PM

Yes, Sheila, instructional videos would be very useful.

Don’t worry that 5Gb will soon be getting filled. Back in the day when I was installing mainframes it was observed that whatever new and greater resources you give people their work always expands into it. You should be OK for a while yet though. As a single user you have greater control over resources than if you were sharing them. I share a PC with my wife, Sue. Her account just keeps growing (Magpie) and its all I can do to migrate to larger and larger hard drives to accomodate this. If I were to put limits on things she would overcome them.

Glad you had a good end to this migration.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-23-2010 05:04 PM

I think a woman’s purse is the same way. The bigger the purse, the more stuff we seem to “need”. LOL It will be an adventure for sure! I am like a ‘she-bear’ when it comes to my computer. If a friend comes over and wants to show me something on it, I politely let them, all the while my adrenalin level is rising. When my (now 20) year old daughter lived with me there were times when I came home to her on her computer and one of her friends on mine, happily chatting away with several screens open at once. I am generally a ‘cool mom’ and pretty easy going but I will tell you that got my dander up and I made it clear very quickly that it was off limits. Nothing can foul up a good computer quicker than a teenager! Ask any one who has one!

Anyway, thanks for the support from you both. I don’t know what I am getting myself into with the video thing, but the teacher inside of me sees it as a future necessity. (I am going to need a bigger head to accommodate all these hats pretty soon!)

Back to drawing for me . . . .


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-23-2010 06:37 PM

Shelia, It sounds like you are movin on up! I am happy for you and hope all goes well. The software company gives you that “swim or drown” clause in most cases. But like you said, you should be okay in 6 months.

BTW,...I like the new picture. ;-)

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 09-23-2010 08:44 PM

ask them if you can get a harddrive with a zipper
just like those thats in the bottom of a lady┬┤s big purse

take care

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 12:11 AM

Ah yes, those time management skills come into play. Is there just one hour out there that we could find so we don’t feel guilty when we stop for a TV program?


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