perpetual change

To say that businesses are always changing is obvious, and mine is no different. Since I started selling online in 2008, I have tried lots of different things, added new products, expanded, subtracted, failed, gained. All of it. Right now things are going well. I have a solid circuit of shows for the year, and I have my goods in several shops in the area. But the one place that has always fallen down is the online shop. I know there are so many people who have turned their online business into a hugely successful enterprise, but that isn’t and has never been me! Some time ago I switched from Etsy to Storenvy. Now I am eliminating the online portion all together. I feel that there are so many other popular dyers out there that it’s pointless for me to try to compete. People expect you to have an online store because it’s 2015 and who doesn’t sell online?! But when it comes down to it, they have no intention of buying anything from me. They just want to know that it’s there in case they want something sometime in the far distant future. I’m done playing around with it. I’m done feeling frustrated. I’m done putting in the work and getting nothing from it. I’m done giving people options just so they can ignore me. I have so many other things to do that this doesn’t even matter anymore.

If you want to buy my products, you can get them from the following places or find me at any of the 10-12 fiber, craft, and trunk shows I do each year.

Dryer Balls
Body Goodies
Liberty, OH

Hand-dyed combed top
The Artful Yarn
Chagrin Falls, OH

Hand-dyed silk scarves
Savvy Chic Boutique
Columbiana, OH

Hand-dyed fiber, yarn, & silks
The Shop on Liberty Street
Hubbard, OH

friday’s question

I used to think I liked change. When I was a kid, it meant getting my furniture rearranged and sure, that was fun. Now, as an adult, it means something more. It means packing and unpacking all your belongings or updating every document containing your name or learning a new building and new people at a new job. This week I didn’t have to deal with things on that scale, but making the adjustments for my new website has been stressful. Jeremy did a great job making it look pretty and he’s been so helpful with all my frantic questions. However, I’m still rattled. My old blog had been essentially the same since I started it in 2007, so yes, it was due for an update. But now I have all these customizable options that I didn’t have to deal with before. I can change this? Yes! But where? And that too? Maybe. But how? What does this do? What does that mean? The spacing is weird here. Well, you can’t do anything about that.

I’m trying to decide what should be abandoned with the old site and what should remain. What are the most important elements? Suddenly I have no idea what’s going on. And I’m afraid I’ll lose my readers in the transition.

Question: How do you deal with change? Would you rather keep things the same than learn something new? What do you think of the new site? What should stay and would should go?