Boy, I got a lot of little stuff out of the way yesterday. You know those days – where there are a ton of small things to do and it seems like they just get in the way of moving ahead. I like days like that because when all is said and done, it feels like you accomplished quite a bit. I even thought through the next project that I am going to be working on today.
I got a newsletter out. It was the second one that I sent in June, but it seemed that there was enough new stuff and people were asking when the new patterns would be ready so I thought it was warranted. I am getting a little better on using the software to make the newsletter. It was a bit tricky at first and one of the issues that I have with it is that I only usually write a newsletter once a month. This month was the first time there were two. With things that way, I don’t really work on it until I need the next one and find myself kind of forgetting how to do stuff. But we have been on the new software since November and I am finally feeling more comfortable with using it and getting it to look like I want it to. It really gives the notices a nice and professional look too, so it is well worth it. I love technology.
Speaking of technology and stuff like that, Canada Post is still on strike. That is turning to the point of stupidity I think. They started off at the beginning of the month with a “rolling strike” which hit one area at a time and last week it turned into a full fledged strike where mail is stopped all over Canada.
I understand that they are making a point and I refuse to get into the politics here and discuss it, as you know I don’t talk about stuff like that, but it just makes me very grateful for the internet and that most of my business is done via email.
From a business point of view, it must be devastating for many industries. Coming from the United States, I can feel pretty sure that things wouldn’t have gotten this far. I can’t imagine the entire USA mail system being shut down for two weeks. The funny thing is when I am reading about it, they are saying that workers may be back at work by next week (may!) and even though people aren’t getting paychecks that are normally mailed, all their bills are still due on time. (OK)
Maybe for someone like me that would work fine, as companies are encouraging people to do online banking and pay things that way, but for many elderly people who don’t have the knowledge or access to the internet or can even get out to the banks, it has to be incredibly stressful. I imagine that they feel frustrated and helpless and I think that they are the ones that are hurt the most by this.
Fortunately, for myself and my company, I have alternatives. I have had a couple of orders that requested “hard copies” to be sent in the mail, and I notified the customers and sent them the files electronically so that they didn’t have to wait that long. When things are up and running, I will send out the patterns. I think though that this will further encourage people to buy electronic patterns from me and not depend on the mail as a means of delivery.
In reading about it, this strike has caused a huge rise in people signing up for electronic statements and banking and I think that the long term effects on the post office will be quite apparent. I can’t help but think that they are kind of shooting themselves in the foot in regards to this, as they are losing customers not only over the period of the work stoppage, but perhaps for good.
I am very happy that I had the foresight to send my skating pond figures through Purolator last week and I find that when I need reliable postal service, I tend to go to private carriers more and more. Many times they are cheaper than Canada Post too, which is just icing on the cake. It is quite sad.
But for the sake of the others, I hope that things get back to normal soon and things get settled. I am sure there will be concessions on both sides and no one will come out of this completely happy, but there are people who depend on the mail system to survive and it is those who my sympathies are with.
As is mentioned earlier, I have the next project mapped out in my mind. I already began drawing and should be ready to start cutting it out today. It is a Halloween design (of all things!) and it will be pretty cool when I am done I think. I have a couple of weeks until the deadline for the catalog that comes out in early September and I wanted to be sure to have some Halloween designs represented in it. There seem to be so many people who love the season and I am among them. There are so many fun decorations and projects you can make and they are all good sellers.
So much to do! :)
I hope you all have a fine mid-week day. It looks like we are going to have a bright and sunny one here. That is great because it will be a good day to work on the deck.
Happy Wednesday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"