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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #140: Every Day Isn't Exciting

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-21-2010 01:12 PM 6990 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 139: I Couldn't Do This Alone Part 140 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 141: Taming the Programming Beast »

Today’s post will be short, I expect. Unless I start to ramble. I don’t believe I have much to say that is exciting or very interesting.

I spent yesterday buried under a blanket of HTML working on the web site. Dawn to dusk if you will. (In between I made a meat loaf – but that was just to take a break and get away for a bit.) I did reach my goal though of checking each of the nearly 400 products and checking and rewriting the descriptions. Somehow it doesn’t sound like much, but it certainly took a great deal of time. My brain was hurting.

Upon finishing however, I found that more things need to be attended to prior to publishing the new site. It seems that some of the photographs are huge and the new software doesn’t automatically downsize the images the same way the older software does. So I need to go in preview mode and click on every picture to make sure it is not massive on the screen and correct the ones that are. I discovered this when I was checking on my dolphin segmentation pin and it took all of my 22” monitor screen and then some. YIKES! Many of the products such as the candle trays have 3-4 photos with them. So that is a lot of checking.

I also stumbled across the fact that the links pages didn’t translate properly when migrated from the other site. They came in as text, not links and if someone were to click on one, it would take them away from my site and to the link. The problem with that is that I don’t want people to leave the site like that. I don’t mind doing link exchanges, but in the old site they are programmed to open in a new window, leaving them on my site too so they can come back easily and hopefully stick around and shop. This way, once they click they are gone. Anyone with any marketing knowledge at all knows that this isn’t good for me. It is like pushing them out the door just because they are curious.

In order to rectify this, I need to hand code each link in. There are probably about 50 of them. I also need to check them and make sure they are still valid. I came across an event listed from 2008. (whoops!) I guess you can tell how much time I had spent keeping up with that part of things. Some days it is so hard to do everything. I need to get in the habit of checking everything once a month or so.

Oh, in a perfect world . . . . .

So I have no entertaining stories or exciting new projects to share with you all today. It’s going to be just me, Mozart and the cats typing HTML today. If I finish that, I need to make the packets for the last three candle trays so I can add them to the site too. It won’t be one of my most thrilling days. But it will be productive.

That’s OK. I like Mozart a lot anyway. :)

Have a beautiful day!

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



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Roger

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 02:35 PM

I gotta hand it to ya Scroller….. I don’t know how ya do it…my brain woulda exploded by now! lol .. yer just good. never forget to kick back and do just that.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 03:12 PM

Sheila,

Just a suggestion – instead of having to check all the images from your website, just go into the directory where your images are and resize them – there is software out there that can automatically do this in “batch mode” as well.

Good luck with everything!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 03:17 PM

Thanks, Bob! I will look into that. :)

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 09:28 PM

Bad days are there to make good days feel even better by comparison.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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KnotCurser

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 12:18 AM

Sheila,

I would HIGHLY recommend Firehand Ember for your graphics work – you can quickly do batch work as well!

http://www.tucows.com/preview/385855

I use this for all my web page work as well as any other graphics I post or email. Once you get used to it, I find it’s the fastest manipulator out there!

Good luck with the new web page!!!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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