Category Archives: web site stuff

I Love You Just the Way You Are

When I started this blog, I chose a simple template, tweaked it a bit, and have been happy ever since. Sadly, now that the blog is growing up and becoming a REAL blog with REAL readers instead of a crazy lady standing in the middle of a room rambling to herself, things aren’t working out so well with this layout anymore. That means that change is inevitable.

Change and I don’t really get along so well.

If I still had the vim for web design that I once had, this wouldn’t be such a problem. I would either dig deep and figure out the bugs in this template and fix them or create my own template, love it, and be done with it. Since neither of those prospects appeals to me right now, I will take the easy way out – finding a new template, tweaking it, and hoping I don’t run into the issues I am currently having again.

Honestly, this path doesn’t appeal to me either. I really like my blog the way it is. Were it not for the pain in the arse plug-in issues that both my husband (the geek) and I (the slightly less geekily-inclined but still plenty geeky) have spent quite of bit of time trying to figure out, I would keep things just the way they are.

The fact is, I like blogging. I like it far more than I thought I would when I started this blog. I never had any intention of moving from being a person with a blog to being a blogger, but it is starting to seem like a good fit. Or maybe I’m just nuts and everyone reading this is thinking ‘Ugh, this girl may have a blog, but she is NO blogger!’ Heh. Either way, (I thank you for humoring me and) this blog is going through some growing pains and it’s time to make some changes.

I hope things go smoothly and I apologize in advance if they don’t. And here we go…

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I Blame Google Analytics

I have been feeling extremely edgy and stressed since last night. I place the blame squarely on the shoulders of Google Analytics.

Eh, that’s probably not fair. I should probably spread the blame around at least a little. I’ll also give some of it to AWStats and that little thing on Etsy that keeps track of the views on everything in my shop.

There!  You’re all to blame, I hope you’re happy with yourselves.

Seriously, ever since I started cramming my Etsy shop with stuff and installed Google Analytics both there and on this blog, I have been obsessed with checking my stats and I’m afraid it is starting to negatively affect my well-being. The worst part is that I should totally know better.

As a web designer/host, I caution my clients against constant stat checking. As someone who wants to be successful (and, let’s face it, has a somewhat obsessive personality), I can’t help myself. All of the advice I’ve passed out over the years just flies straight out the window.

If any of my clients happen to be reading this, please ignore what I just said. Constant stat checking is still unnecessary…and bad, mmmkay?

Maybe I just need to get out of the house…better check my stats one more time first.

photo : blue and green glass pendant necklace by yours truly (available on Etsy)

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And So It Is Done

(Are you looking for my post on how to re-bind your Sketchbook Project sketchbook? If so, just click here!)


Well, I finally finished the daunting task of setting up an Etsy shop. There isn’t much there yet, but at least I made it through all of the initial policy writing blah blah.

Now, I just need to find a few spare minutes to sort through and photograph the rest of the pieces I have on hand so I can fill the shop up a bit more. I am still dubious as to whether the time and energy spent on this will be worth it in the end. Granted, I haven’t spent much time reading up on the best ways to make one’s Etsy shop successful. So, I can’t exactly expect miracles here.

I really do need to stop procrastinating on the whole web site thing so that I at least have an organized portfolio and something to fall back on, if necessary. I just still really feel like my time is better spent actually making art.

photo : little fall birches framed painting by yours truly (available on Etsy)

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Make Art Not Web Sites

heartsMy motivation to finish start the actual web site portion of this site continues to wane. It’s one of those things that I know I have to do, but there are so many things I’d rather be doing like working on my art or…getting a root canal.

I can hear my old nemesis, Etsy, calling to me more and more…

Ruuuuuth, c’mon, forget the web site. I’m cheap, I’m easy, I’m far less time-consuming and soul-draining than web desiiiiiign. That’s why your clients like me better…

The siren song is hard to resist. However, I still hold hard and fast to the precept that any professional needs his or her own web site whether selling on Etsy or not. So, I’ll forge ahead…at some point. Not today. Maybe next week. Meh.

In other news, my scanning skills are coming along (as evidenced above). The key seems to be much tweaking in Photoshop. It’s tedious to be sure, but worth it in the end. Now to find a place that makes good quality prints at a reasonable price – suggestions/recommendations are welcome.

photo : untitled watercolor on paper by yours truly

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Giddy up!

sevenThis blog is Prong 1 of my two five seventeen many pronged approach to getting my sh*t together and not squandering my talent.

After a too-long hiatus, it’s time for me to get back up on my creative horse, so to speak. I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I can guarantee that it will be a bumpy (if not, mildly entertaining) ride.

As of this writing, my plan is to combine my fairly extensive background in graphic/web design with my somewhat limited experience in mixed media art and my mad photography skillz to create several distinct series that will appeal to both adults and children. What can I say? I’m a mom, I’ve gotta stick with what I know!

My current focus is on fleshing out and creating the web site that will partner with this blog and be home to my portfolio and possibly function as a vehicle for me to sell my art (It’s so much easier to just sell out and post junk on esty, right?). Being that I have decided to hang up my freelance web designer hat indefinitely (well, sort of – hey, it pays better than my current position as a part-time artist with unrealized potential…looks better on a resume too), I am not entirely looking forward to this task. In fact, I’ve spent the better part of a week just trying to find the motivation to put up the lame coming soon page. Please don’t judge me. Heh.

So, that’s what this is all about. You know, the ‘journey of a thousand miles’ and all that…so, let’s get to steppin’!

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