My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #141: Taming the Programming Beast

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-22-2010 01:32 PM 10228 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday is the type of day which should reinforce what I have been preaching all along – we follow where we focus. For those of you who are regular readers, you know that the past couple of days have had me doing what I wouldn’t call my favorite aspect of the job – programming and data entry. Setting up the new site can be a tedious and daunting task for someone like me. I know enough to get by, but we all know how dangerous that can be.

I had set the entire day aside to finish up on some issues regarding setting up the site. My surroundings were clean and neat. I had nice background music picked out and a fresh pot of coffee. I was determined to make things as pleasant as I possibly could. And I am happy to report that things went surprisingly well. I actually almost had fun with it!

A couple of days ago I stressed the importance I felt of knowing how to do everything regarding my business. With a sole proprietorship, that is pretty much a given. However, now that I have a partner to help, there are some tasks that he excels in and others that I do. We kid each other and say that I am the “PR” girl and he is the “IT” guy because I do most of the customer contact stuff and he does most of the computer stuff. However, it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to know how to do it or what is going on. If I want to make a change or add a product, I want to be able to do it myself without having to wait and ask someone else to do it for me. I have been like that all of my life and that is probably why I have learned to do many things from laying ceramic tile to painting and drywall to installing a wood floor. Believe me, I am not expert at any of these tasks, but I do have a general knowledge and know at least the basics and make decent decisions regarding those things.

The new site software was quite intimidating to me because everything was so different. Like most of us, I am not very comfortable with change. I did realize that the change would be for the better though and now that I am almost finished with the set up, I am very happy and excited about it.

Yesterday was the first day I really got my hands into the meat and potatoes of the new site. I had worked on the order form which was a one time deal and also the basic product descriptions which were pretty much data entry work but I didn’t really work with or understand the dynamics or layout of the site. Yesterday was my first opportunity to do so on my own and I found it surprisingly enjoyable.

I worked on the Links page as I said I needed to, and once I got into the swing of things, they went quite smooth. I got through the entire list and I finished everything by noon, which was a great surprise. I then added in the new candle tray products and really felt an understand of the structure of the site and how everything was set up. I don’t know of the word ‘relief’ is the proper one to use, but I certainly felt a lot more comfortable working on the program and my fear of the new software turned into pleasure as it was quite easy to enter and categorize each product. I felt as if I had tamed the beast!

I worked a bit on my photograph files and got them into order. I am going to look into the software that was recommended to me for batch adjustments for the future, but these problems that I had were only spattered here and there and I think I pretty much fixed them.

I also needed to make a couple of additional adjustments on the order form, as some of the fields were incorrectly labeled and didn’t make it over correctly in the migration. For example, when it asked your phone number it only offered a drop down menu of all the states from the US and Provinces from Canada. It was obviously wrong and not difficult to fix. I was able to streamline the ordering process a bit from the one I have presently and that made me feel pretty good too.

So all in all it worked out much better than I had anticipated. I had some errands to do in Yarmouth and spent the later afternoon and evening there and it was good to be out for a bit knowing that my major work for the day was finished and I had reached the goals I set for myself. Even though it rained, the sun was shining in my own little world.

So today it is time to do a final check and polish and perhaps by this evening I will be able to hit the “publish” button and go live. I also need to switch the domain name, which will take 24-48 hours so the new site won’t be visible to the general public until their servers catch up. It may be a couple of days for some. But that will give me a chance to really see how things work, as some features aren’t able to be effective until the site is live. Hopefully all the kinks will be worked out before the majority of people see things.

I am sure there will be small errors here and there, as it is just too much information for me to believe that everything is perfect, but I believe that for the most part it is good to go. It will begin a new era in the business and will definitely be a positive accomplishment.

I am quite excited about the possibilities!

Happy Friday to you all. :)

-- 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 10-22-2010 01:49 PM

Hey there Tom! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!!! I am happy already! :)


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

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#2 posted 10-22-2010 02:13 PM

Shelia, It has become all to apparent to me by reading your blog that you suceed because of your positive outlook and good disposition about life in general.

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

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#3 posted 10-22-2010 03:44 PM

This is the best day getting the reward of your effort Sheila. One can get satisfied when the result is gratifying. Congratulations!

-- Bert

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#4 posted 10-22-2010 04:47 PM

well you certainly have worked hard on this…what a great learning experience…you will be more prepared to deal with any problems that come and will be more effective next time to have to do any major over hauls..well i give you congrats for doing a wonderful job..i have not seen the new site yet, but i know you well enough to know you do a wonderful job at whatever you tackle….i cant wait to see it….have a great day and remember you have a plate set at my table… there or be square…lol…grizzman

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

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#5 posted 10-22-2010 05:34 PM

sounds like you are only a copple of days from launching the rocket Sheila :-)
well done sofare
have a great wekend

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