Well it's been a while since I updated here because I felt overwhelmed during the holiday season that starts to really ramp up in November. Basically I was trying to keep on top of putting products in my shops but keep the overall number to a minimum. Since Zazzle introduced a ranking system for designers (only the designer sees it) it has become a constant struggle to find balance between 'decluttering' my shops, adding products, and promotion on social media.
Being a rather modest type of person I find it difficult to promote my products a great deal but I do try. It just feels a bit like I am pushing a boulder up a mountain! I'd much rather let people find my products on their own but I know with so many other designers on Zazzle it would be very unlikely people would see my things without a bit of help (promotion). So I do what I can and hope I do not overdo my efforts.
I took a bit of a break in February when I tried to put a new operating system on an old laptop I own ; not having any experience with such a task I found myself needing more time than I had anticipated. Soon I realised I was rather obsessed with getting my laptop to be better than ever yet knowing in my mind that was wishful thinking. I did get the operating system on and found the necessary drivers but I remain unable to get my Windows Updates aside from the handful I got when I first put the OS on my laptop. Since then I have been unable to get updates even though I have the proper settings and dll files. I read somewhere about 'dll Hell' and immediately knew what they meant because I had loads of dll issues before I did a repair instillation of my new OS.
Why do different programmes have to share a common dll? If you delete something you think you don't need and it shared a dll with something you do need well you're not going to be a happy camper. That's what happened with my first install of the new OS and I was running out of ideas on how to fix the problem myself (being quite the novice) so I did a repair install. That helped but I still have issues with Windows Update.
Anyhow, I am using my laptop with Windows 10 and leaving the Windows 7 laptop alone because I am liable to pull all my hair out if I have to work on it anytime soon.
Right, well back to my Zazzle products and shops. On the .ca Zazzle site I have two shops and one of my shops fell from a 5 to a 4 (on a scale of 0-10) and the other is still at 5. On the .com Zazzle site I have three shops and two shops dropped from 5 to 4 and one stayed a 5. So I am a bit upset that my rank dropped, however I know it is likely because I ignored the shops that dropped for over a month. I do hope I can get them back to a 5 though because I hate to think I am not performing as well as I could. The issue at hand is do I delete items or promote like crazy on social media and my blogs or both? I'm leaning toward promotion because I have already deleted thousands of products from my shops and don't want to keep doing that. It is very demotivating for me.
Okay, I will be back sooner with updates on my designs and shops.