My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #897: Newsletter Issues

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-06-2012 12:31 PM 1516 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I spent the day yesterday trying to catch up on things here around the house. I did weave a bit of work into that mix, as we had just sent out a newsletter and there were several orders to attend to. Once again we are having trouble with our mailing list however. There is a problem with all of our MSN customers because the IP address from the site generated information is looked upon by MSN accounts (hotmail, live, etc) as SPAM and won’t allow the emails through. This means that not only are those customers who subscribed to our newsletters not getting them, but also when they do order, the receipts that are automatically generated by the site are also bounced back and they don’t get them either. In fact, that is what initially made me aware of the problem.

Fortunately, I don’t have the site set up to automatically send orders out. I have mentioned before that while it does take a bit of time, I still like to manually send each order, adding in a short greeting and note of thanks to my customers. Since the orders are sent from my Gmail account, there is not problem on that end and at least the customers do get what they ordered as they always did.

However, it is not good that the MSN customers (and I am finding random other customers also) do not receive their newsletters. There are times when I give special discounts and coupon codes to my mailing list recipients and it doesn’t seem fair to those who subscribe not to be able to enjoy them.

So we spent part of the day manually isolating those customers and sending them the newsletter from my gmail account. Keith spent a great deal of time picking the emails from the many on our list and I spent some time sorting through emails that got bounced back due to either error or closed account, etc. We realize that we need to look into another way of doing our bulk mailing that will be a bit more efficient and reliable. (If you signed up for the newsletter using a MSN account, you may wish to do so again with another email address if you haven’t been receive it.)

I also began the task of redecorating my little tree for Christmas. That was also another time-consuming task, as the lights that I had on last year weren’t working and I wound up having to go out to get more. I did other errands in the process and before I knew it, it was nearly dinner time before I returned. The day was nearly done.

I am going to take one more day to get on top of things. I did think of a new idea though yesterday, so stepping back a bit was worth it. I am going to see how the day progresses, but I am going to do some drawing on the new idea and get moving on it. Things will once again progress.

Sometimes taking the pressure off just a little bit does wonders. Telling myself that I didn’t ‘have’ to do some things today seemed to make a difference in how I felt. As it turned out, I spent probably a healthy portion of the day ‘working’ and I didn’t even realize it. It is funny how these mind games can play a part in our success. Just by calling something a different name helps to accept it a little easier sometimes.

I wish you all a good day today.

-- 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 12-06-2012 05:30 PM

that kitty is so cute!
I love when I have a productive day around the house and don’t even realize how much I get done until bed time. It doesn’t happen nearly enough, but sometimes the work is just more fun.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 05:37 PM

Yes Katy – these “off” days are sorely needed. I am still working on the computer right now but I hope to finish in the next hour or so and finish up my little tree and maybe make some COOKIES! You have a great day! :)


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

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 06:08 PM

Good morning Sheila. Sounds like you have a fun day planned. Enjoy your tree decorating. I’m out to the workshop today to make some more of Keith’s angels. Anyone who has seen them on my tree loves them so I have had several hints to make more!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 07:44 PM



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 01:14 AM

can it be becourse microsoft says they shot down hotmail and call it another name
though who that have an hotmail acount will nearly automatic get a new they just have to say yes to it
and if they get an email on hotmail it will be redirected to the new acount automaicly
atleat that what they say

I don´t mind those little P….. trees a half meter hight people place on a table from the 1.Dec.
but I was shaked today when I saw a catalog with P…trees up to 3 yards high was sold here in Denmark
the nation in Europe that export most Chrismastrees ... 12 millions (I think you call it billions )

the snow is here though only a few mm compared to the rest of the country some places
they have got about a foot deep snow :-)

the kitten in the tree reminds me of what ours often do 24/12 right to the top
on the full decorated tree with candlelight …. thats when it will show if I´m still fast enoff
before the hole tree fell over and get into a fire …. lol
(don´t worry I´m prepared both with a bucket of water and a pressurerized watersprayer
and the highpowered water hose just outside the frontdoor conected to the hotwater ) ... :-)

take care

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 11:39 AM

Hi Anna, Jamie and Dennis! I am sorry I didn’t answer yesterday. For part of the day I was buried in email addresses and the other part buried in ornaments! I never really did get out and will be finishing up some things today, as you will read on today’s blog. I always appreciate your nice comments and hearing what you guys are up to!

I never got to the cookies Jamie, but I have them on today’s list! ;)

Dennis – do you still put ‘real’ candles on your tree? That has to look beautiful! My cat Isis (she was Siamese) used to climb the tree regularly! we had a vaulted ceiling and we had to put a hook in it and tie the tree to it from the top so it wouldn’t tip when she scaled it. Funny kitty. She is gone now, but was a beauty and very much loved. Keep those hoses handy! You may need them! :)


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

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