Why the Woo Hoo? I just got a website up and running! sherrysonmain.ca
I’ve got quite a few of my newest products in it but there is way much more to go and I’m still getting orders coming in. There is still a lot of things that I’m also doing with it like trying to take some nice photos rather than just the product pics that I get from the companies I deal with. They are ok but just kinda bland. I can see in my head the way I want to style the pics but so far I’m not so good at it. I either use my iPad to take the photos or my regular camera that is literally held together with tape and wire. I’m not kidding, just look at this!
I’ll be getting a cell phone soon. Yes, I’m a dinosaur and really haven’t wanted one but since everything wants a cell phone # to use for passwords stuff I have to get one like it or not!! LOL. Any time I needed to do anything that needed a cell number I’d use my husbands. He wasn’t always with me so if I needed to change something he would get a random text message and he’d have to let me know. Not real convenient for either of us. I guess it won’t be too bad, I get to keep my store number and we will save a bit of money, I hope, by getting rid of the land lines. Anyway I digress. The point is that when I do get a phone I’ll be able to take better pictures. I guess time will tell.
I’m trying to figure out all the SEO stuff too but it’s a lot of gobldygook that my brain has to work through! LOL I suppose I’ll get there… fingers crossed.
Anyway that’s about all I have to say. If you would please, check out my site and let me know what you think, good, bad or otherwise that would be wonderful. sherrysonmain.ca
This year is going to be a strange one and all small businesses are struggling. I’d like you to stop and think about it. I personally know of some that have had to close their doors permanently losing not only their livelihood but, in some cases, their only source of income. Yes, I’ll admit that shopping at places like Walmart or Amazon is convenient but do they really need your hard earned money to keep them in business? I think you know the answer to that. When you shop at a small business you are not only keeping that little store open but you are also contributing to the neighbourhood. Small business owners donate gifts or money to local charities, anything from the local baseball team to hospital fundraising events.
I’m one of the lucky ones, my store is still open, it’s been tricky but I’m still here. At the beginning of the pandemic I was closed for 2 months and that was just a drop in bucket compared to some. I’m active on Facebook and I do Live Videos there that has really helped me. Then I was closed for 3 weeks due to knee replacement surgery. I didn’t do much on Facebook during that time so I’m starting to get back into the swing of things again. I’m not posting this to whine about myself but to let you know that we, all small businesses, depend on you. I don’t care if you are looking for a baker or a tailor, they are out there. Let’s say you are looking to find a special or unique item but don’t know where to find it, well there is this thing out there, you are probably familiar with it, called the Internet. All you have to do is look.
I’m sure you already know that Christmas time is the biggest selling time of the year. This month or so just may be the saving grace we need to continue on with our passion.
Well, I guess that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
At least I hope I do. It has taken ages to figure this out, I mean, it was supposed to been kinda easy, right? Woh there, no so fast. I thought I was gonna figure out the new block editor that WordPress rolled out, turns out it’s not real intuitive. Ok, let’s back up a little and start from the beginning starting with Facebook.
So it all started with Facebook changing to the new “improved” format. I hate the new format as I’m sure others are. If you think it’s crappy on your personal page, you should see what they’ve done to the business pages. Why do they always change things that don’t need to be changed? *sigh*. Facebook keeps messing with business pages, yes, there are algorithms, to make it harder to be seen so in turn, you have to pay to advertise or boost a post! It’s not inexpensive either! They changed my Shop page to a Commerce page. Why, well they are trying to make money from that too. So the products in my Shop page were linked to my blog here. Well, now my Commerce page doesn’t work. I can’t do anything with it, I can’t add or remove anything to it which in turn breaks all my links from here to there.
So now we come to WordPress. I’ll admit some, well maybe most, of it was my fault. I can’t remember why now but I wanted to clear the cookies or cache or something. I couldn’t figure out how to do it here so I cleared the cache on my tablet. Whatever it was supposed to do, it didn’t. So what happens, I have to log back into my WordPress site… I can’t remember the password. I’ve been messing around with it all morning and now that I’ve gotten in I can’t remember what password I used to get here. I hope I didn’t screw it up on my Mac too. *face palm*. So now I’m in. I just wrote and deleted a whole lot of other stuff that would be really boring to you, as probably this is anyway.
So if you’ve followed me this far then I suppose I’ll continue on. I own my own web domain name but haven’t gotten much use out of it because, well, just because. I’ve been working on one in my Mac but since it is built within my Mac and can’t work on it online. I’ve been thinking about building a self hosted WordPress site to be able to add content on my tablet wherever I happen to be. Now you remember earlier about me trying to figure out my password and stuff. Well, wherever I managed to find this I also discovered that I already have a self hosted site here! I had completely forgotten about it. So I guess my next quest is to figure out how I found it and get in and edit it. Wish me luck. 😀