It's not always easy to know what to say in times like these. "Buckle up," "things will get better with time," "we're going to make it through this," sound like worn out platitudes, perhaps almost offensively so, depending on your individual situation. Needless to say, we've all been put through something we didn't plan for, and consequently, there's no telling what exactly one should do.
One piece of advice I heard, (which is polarizing, but it does work for at least some of us,) is to catch up on things that you may have been putting off, learn a new skill, start an ambitious new endeavor, etc. (Though I will stress that it's okay if you don't. We're all doing the very best we can, and some of us are barely keeping it together.)
In my case, I've been fortunate enough to take that advice, which is my explanation for why I haven't been writing for so long. So many problems with Dominion Graphic Arts have come out of the woodwork, and I've dealt with all of them.
I'll briefly talk about some of the changes I've made to the site, which hopefully will have improved the user experience.
After offering free shipping on orders of two or more prints, I did a test order to see how it would go through. The free shipping worked just fine, but I couldn't help but notice that I was losing money on each sale because my supplier was taking part of my profit outside of what they were explicitly charging. As a result, the losses were not accounted for and were impossible to track and recover.
After much haggling, I ended up going with a different supplier, and they've done pretty well in my opinion.
The main takeaway is standard sizes.
The sizes that I had before were non-standard, which were very inconvenient as far as framing. Also, the supplier's service was, on the whole, very cumbersome to use. But for you, the standard sizes should be much easier. Definitely a plus, as far as I can see.
Naturally, after gaining so much momentum in making this change, I wanted to add a few new prints to the catalog, (as well as discontinue some that I was having second thoughts about.)
But another great thing is that I was able to come up with a way to help those affected by Covid-19. I recently discovered that this new supplier I'm working with also does face masks. So I had one made, with 100% of profits going towards coronavirus relief efforts. Here it is.
Also, I'm seriously thinking of blogging a lot more from now on. Probably one or two posts a day, four days a week. (Kind of stretching it, but we'll see how that pans out.) And my YouTube series, (which I cancelled a few months ago because I don't do well on camera,) will hopefully be revived as a bi-weekly series (with me narrating off camera, which I'm much more comfortable with.)
So that's what I've been up to, and why I've been out of touch. I appreciate you taking the time to read this thus far, and I hope you stay well and safe.
If any of you are doing anything similar with your time in quarantine, or if you just want to talk, I'd love to see all your comments below.