I had an amazing revelation after watching the movie, The Julie/Julia project tonight. I can tell my daughter was utterly bored while watching the movie with me but I can’t help but rave about it. C’mon to know that the famous Julia Child also went through struggles & thoughts that her book wouldn’t make it or Julie Powell’s desperation when she first started the blog & felt that nobody was out there reading it or her utter joy when she received her very first comment. Truly most bloggers long for the acknowledgement. To receive multitudes of comments or to reach that place when you have hundreds (or some even thousands of followers) is sort of a stamp of acceptance in the blogosphere. I do sometimes get a tint of envy with bloggers who have reached this level but now more of admiration. I know I can learn a thing or two from them. I fumble every weekend looking for great images & ideas for the blog yet I always fall short of what other bloggers have to offer.
It also made me think about the main reason why I wanted to start this blog, it was to feature my struggles & triumphs in opening a storefront. Sure, I want to also show what inspires me, wonderful furniture & decor, amazing vignettes, new trends & up & coming designers. But it was also about being transparent & journal my journey. But somewhere along the way I got scared of writing about this solely. That you would see how small the beginnings are (and the hope that it won’t stay small forever!), or the fear that more pressure would be on me (believe me I put enough pressure on myself!).
So this week, let me tell you about a few ongoings at my little online shop, mostly mishaps but oh well!
Ooopsies…… two merchandise for two different people were accidentally exchanged. They were giveaways & thank you’s. Luckily enough, the people involved, Alicia at Delightful & Delovely & Kristin of Bonbonrose are the sweetest, kindest people in the blog world. They totally made me feel better & not wallow in this extremely “duh” moment.
More oopsies…a customer got her merchandise but when she opened it, it was broken into pieces. When I got the e-mail, I really did get extremely worried & sad. Like this is the end of the shop. At our practice, I always preach about finding solutions & not focusing on the problem & yet, when you are the company, the only person to blame, you can’t help but pull your hair or kick yourself in the butt (if I only could!). I did call her & shipped the same merchandise (had one more in the inventory!) on the same day & asked the people at the local shipping/mail office to give me a quick Shipping Seminar 101.
And more….I ordered some shipping boxes & for some reason I ordered a 3 x 3 x 3, in inches folks, i couldn’t fit any of my merchandise in it! And yes, I bought it in bulk. What was I thinking?
As Alanis Morissette once said, “You live, you learn.” And learned, I did!
I did get some relief though. My fiancee helped me box some merchandise this week. He even showed me how to tape it right. Thanks babe! One of my co-workers printed out some labels for me & helped me navigate USPS & UPS.com. I got the Line of Credit (yes guys, the shop needs money) I applied for and my banker totally loves the shop. She wants me to help her decorate her home. I’m doing a tutorial about Google Adwords & did sign up for the service already. I found my SEO/SEM guy (search engine optimization & search engine marketing) & a writer have contacted me about a possible write-up (keeping my fingers….and legs crossed for this one:)).
Oh, while looking for information about the shop (yes, c’mon admit it, you have googled yourself before!) and found this link.
The shop is # 3. That’s our home address although the phone number is wrong. I’m somewhat afraid that people are already attempting to go inside the shop 🙂
And so, these are the ongoings at the shop for this week. I have to tell you that I do have to write more about the shop/site (per advise of the SEO guy). The more backlinks & product spotlights I create to any product or page, the more google will crawl my site right?! I feel I do have to apologize for this, yet I hope you understand ….it’s a must! So as Julie Powell wrote in that movie, somebody’s reading this right? Anybody?!
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