Once you learn the basics on this bracelet, you can experiment with different sized beads and jump rings to give your bracelets different looks. Have fun!!
So the past few weeks have been filled with stress, worry, fun, anger, frustration, elation and giggles. I've been thinking about having my own website for a while now. My Etsy shop has done pretty well until recently when Etsy made numerous changes to its policies and search rules, making it harder and harder for customers to find me.
I have a passion for research, so I've read articles and watched videos and researched different hosting sites until I was thoroughly confused. I finally decided on a Weebly website. All of the feedback I found was positive; it was easy to set up and had lots of templates. No HTML knowledge required (which is a good thing because I have no idea what that means and the HTML code I've seen looks like something my youngest Grandson would type while playing with my computer). I registered with Weebly and plunked down the $$ for two years of hosting. Holy Moly, that was a heart stopping moment, I'll tell ya!
My Daughter Carrie, bless her heart, offered to help me. Which translates into her setting up the site FOR me. We've spent the past weeks deciding on everything from colors to font to how many pages and where I want links to point. It was a bit like building a house and having to choose flooring and countertops and paint.
We went live a few days ago and immediately started seeing issues. The titles won't always stay where they are supposed to. Mobile View isn't optimized to look right all the time (still trying to figure that one out!). It took me three days to get Google to verify my site so that it can eventually be found by the web crawlers. BUT, we are making progress. I actually figured out how to send an email out to people who sign up with my site. And I've managed to import most of my items for sale from my Etsy shop to my website. We have 26 people who have signed up so far and I'm thrilled.
Blogging doesn't come natural to me. I've thought a lot about what I want this one to be about. I'd like to have an interactive site where we all learn together. I'd like to research the stones I use in my designs and share that information with you. I'd like to have guests write pieces and I'd like to feature other shops run by women; especially women of a certain age :-) If you have any ideas for future topics, feel free to post in the comments. I welcome your ideas. Stay tuned!