Yesterday was a good day. I did accomplish many of the things that I set out to do. One of the most important things was that I finished editing the video on how to drill the depressions for the embellished ornaments and also demonstrates a couple of cutting techniques for those ornaments.
The link to the video is here:
This time I shot it in several short segments. I tried to just show the technique that I described and finished the processes off camera. I felt that this way I was able to get the point across and not drag as much as some of the other videos did. Over all, I thought the pace of it moved a bit better than on previous videos.
One thing that I still need to work on was where to place the camera. I believe that I had it a bit close, as things were a bit out of focus for parts of the video. I thought the camera was set to “auto focus” and should have changed as things moved around but perhaps I moved too quickly for it to compensate. In any case, I will try a couple of things for next time and while it isn’t perfect, I do think it is watchable and gets the point across.
I still struggle with the editing software. Windows movie maker changed when I upgraded to Windows 7. The software offers lots of options and while I know exactly what I want to do, I have a hard time actually doing it. I suppose one day I need to break down and watch a couple of tutorials on using it and save myself some headaches. But yesterday wasn’t the day for that. I just wanted to get it up and running and move on to the next thing.
I finally was able to edit everything together and post the video. While it isn’t perfect, I think it gets the idea across as so what I wanted to show. Once again, I feel that the more I make videos, the easier it will get. I need to make them more often than every couple of months for me to feel completely comfortable doing so. But I hope it helps some of you with a couple of things.
I also decided to purchase another domain name for the painting side of my business. Since our site is growing every time we update, we feel that it is very important to keep things simple so that everything that we have is easy to see and find. This gets more difficult as we are growing, as we don’t like to clutter things up so much that people cannot find things. While we have the painting part of the site separate on its own pages and sub pages, we know that it also will be growing and the day may come when it needs an independent site of its own. So yesterday I purchased the name www.tolepaintingdesigns.com and we set it up to point to the painting pages of my site. This will not only be good for the search engines, but also for some advertising that I am doing that will be directed to painters.
I am not quite ready to split the site yet, as it will mean some additional costs and a bit more maintenance, but I can see that happening in the not too distant future and taking this first step towards doing so is a good thing that will help me keep things organized. Since the name was available, I thought I would grab it now for future use.
I am still finishing up on the two pattern packets and getting the site updated. My goal for the day is to update the site and send out the newsletter announcing that new patterns are available. It will be a good feeling to do the update, as it always feels good to keep things current. We have been averaging about two updates per month or so and it shows people that we are always available. Our mailing list is growing every day too, which is a really good sign. (If you haven’t already and want to receive my newsletter, please sign up HERE)
Keith recently has spent a great deal of his time cross referencing products on the individual product pages. We find that this is a great way to show perspective buyers other patterns that they may have been interested in and missed. The product list of similar items is unobtrusive, as it is below the product description and photos, but we feel that they immediately have shown to be a great selling tool and have seen a good return, as some of the older products listed have been once again selling. It is a good way to better show things.
We are always learning it seems. Every single day. I think that is a great thing. One needs to be open to new challenges and trying new things in order to keep life exciting and fresh. Otherwise we will certainly become stagnant and boring.
I want to thank you all who participate in my blog here and share your ideas. Whether it is by helping me with an idea or thought, or talking about your own accomplishments and challenges, I think that sharing information on an open forum such as this is a great way for others to learn and expand their own way of thinking. And we are all the better for it.
It isn’t all about me here. It is about all of us and I hope you all feel that it is a good place to express you own thoughts and discuss your own challenges and ideas too. It would be pretty boring if I talked only to myself every day. Without all of you, I would have stopped writing long ago.
Thank you all for your input. I hope you all have a great 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"