Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Attempting To Build My Own Site While Suffering From The Michigan Winter Crazies

(Imagine me looking like the woman in that pic)

I live in Michigan. The winters usually last a really long time, but for a number of years it hasn't snowed too much, so they were somewhat bearable. Not This Year... It has been so cold (wind chills way below zero) that you don't want leave the house, but then you start to relate to Jack Nicholson in "The Shining." How can you not get a little off-kilter when you never see the sun and can't
breathe when you go outside?! Add that to the summer/fall/end of last year
being spent on crutches, and I am more than a little stir-crazy.

I figured that I needed an intellectual challenge to keep my mind from running away from itself, so I decided to build a new website. I know I have one, but I am not all that happy with the layout options, plus I want a shopping cart. I am very happy with my sales on etsy, but I really want a "free-standing" site as well. Not everyone belongs to etsy, plus I can make it my own style. DIYestores came highly recommended from a few artists I know, so I checked it out and signed-up.

Believe me, I can be a bit of a technophobe (is that a word?). I tried to build my own site a couple of years ago, and the results were panic attacks, crying jags, lots of wine, and an ok site. Needless to say, even the idea gave me anxiety. Hire someone, you say? But why? Can't I figure it out? I became determined to do it.

So, I started from scratch over the weekend, made some headway, hits some snags late yesterday that almost pushed me over the edge, but I did it! I only have 3 items listed so far, but believe me, that's the easy part. I think my plan is to sell my handmade goods on that site and sell supplies on etsy, at least for a while. I do want to sell supplies on my main site, too, but I am very happy with etsy, so that's going to take some planning.

I feel really good that I figured-out how to do it and went WAY OUT of my comfort zone to learn it, and on February 20th I will have my Grand Opening and you can judge for yourself. Please, don't really judge...

Trust me, if I can do that, anyone can.

(Now imagine me looking more like the woman in this pic)


Ophelia Miller Boutique said...

Great. Its always satisfying when you try something new and do well with it. Keep those spirits up, hopefully spring will get here soon!!!

High Desert Diva said...

Bravo! I commend you. My eyes immediately cross when encountering HTML.

High Desert Diva said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and spending so much time. Glad you enjoyed it! You just made my day!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

how cool to happen upon this post when I needed it! I'm telling you my site just ditched me TODAY. sure, it wasn't fantastic looking and yes, I wanted out (so they did me a favor). For years I've been wanting to build one, thanks for the link & motivation. ~monica :)