We all know what that means and it’s never good, is it? Something bad has happened and it will no doubt impact us in in varying levels of pain from tiny twinges to abject misery. Maybe it’s a slight bump in the road, but then again, it could be a gaping pothole that covers the entire roadway with sheer drops on both sides. Then there’s the happy in-between. I suppose last night fell into that category. At least looking back at it now, it’s somewhere in the middle. At 1:30 am, it felt more like the sheer rock face on the side of the road dropping away.
After all the technology glitches were squarely in my rearview, I began to relax a little and settle into a new rhythm, learning a little something new everyday with iMac computers. I was enjoying learning this new skill set. Still, production waits for no man – or soap maker- in this case, so it was time to stop tinkering around and make something that would carry our product line into Fall & Winter ’17/’18. Sounded simple enough, yes?
A lovely Green Tea Nectarine batch was completely with no problems at any point except the supply of this particular custom blend needed replenishing, so that, too, was done with no fanfare. Score two for two on that day. The batch was a bit on the soft side so it waited an extra day before being cut though in reality it could have waited another two or three and been all the better for it. Still, as most other soapers know, we can’t wait to see how the swirls turned out, so to the cutter it goes.
Another day passes and I’m able to tidy it up without smearing it since it’s still on the softer side and it’s then picture taking time. One of my favorite things to do besides making a batch is taking its picture. I also like to tinker with the images using PicMonkey. (If you haven’t tried this program and love taking pictures, you really need to check into it sometime.)
I get some lovely shots and tweak a few like the one above to make it a bit more on the thoughtful, nostalgic side with a soft, muted color saturation. Way fun!
It’s rather late, about 11:30 on a Wednesday night when I finally go to the computer to upload the images onto the web site and ….nothing is there.
I’ve had this web site for years, all my product pics are there along with descriptions that wax poetic enough to tempt the shoppers, but all those images are…gone. Nothing is on the page but divider lines, the page title, and a testimonial at the top just above the coupon codes. It’s all text. No photos! What the what?
I fretted, jumped between outside website window and editing side window to see what was going on and nothing could explain what had happened to all my beautiful stuff. My head ached, my chest hurt, my eyes were grainy from straining to find something to tell me what to do to fix this yet nothing came forward. I finally had to take a sleep aid to knock me off my feet, but even that didn’t go far enough. I still stumbled out of the bed at 5:30 thinking I heard something in the house that shouldn’t be there. Fumbling around in the pre-dawn darkness, nothing out of the ordinary revealed itself, so I staggered back to bed and stepped onto something that had me hopping around all the way back to the bed. After the adrenaline dissipated, I nodded back off to sleep only to pop back up, gritty-eyed again at 7:30.
Lousy night doesn’t even come close to describing that night’s non-sleep.
Not one to give up without a fight, I went back to the web site and realized the pages that had no products listed were a standard page and would need to be made into a category page in order for products to show up since two other pages had images still on them and those pages were category pages. So……..all the pages were switched to category pages by mid-day today as my mind went to the why of this change in the way my site was being handled. Why now? I’ve had this site for many years and the products have always shown up just fine as standard pages with single listings. Now, all of a sudden the page requirements have changed? Where was the notification of these changes in page requirements? Was there a notification?
For those of you that work at home, you know this pain. You know the anxiety at 1;30 or 3:30 in the morning when things have imploded on your site and it’s all on you to put things right again because you’re a solo-preneur. It isn’t always smooth days, making stuff, selling stuff, hauling deliveries to the post office and checking our bank balances. Some days we have to wear many hats, running on very little sleep and hope nothings else fails us as a result.
It’s much like having a very active toddler around – all the time. They never grow up, they’re always demanding our time and attention, they’re exhausting, yet we love it and we carry on. (I’ve had four of those two, two were twins, so I know this feeling well.)
The site is updated, cluttered cleared away and tonight I can sleep the sleep of the content knowing nothing else has failed. I hope.