I've been working my butt off trying to get ready for tomorrow's sale. We have a spiffy new e-commerce site that's all ours, and I can't wait to show it off! (I figured we were going to need a Web shop eventually if we're going to publish books.) But of course I can't send you there and let you see it until the sale starts at noon tomorrow. But I'm very interested to (eventually) hear what people think.
Things are only easy for you if they are. Setting up this site would be child's play for some people—but for me it's very, very hard. It's like algebra. I'm not good at it. Don't have the gene.
I learned something from a friend a few years ago. She's great at organization and detail, and she told me she was in her late twenties before she finally realized those abilities were an asset. Prior to that, when she was younger, she thought she was picky, particular, and "obsessive-compulsive," and she considered it a character flaw. Finally she realized that being hyper-organized was an ability that not everybody possessed. Since then, she's looked for jobs that emphasize a need for organizational ability and detail management, and she's started at least one successful business deliberately based on those skills.
She's at the high end of organizational aptitude. I'm at the low end. The very low end.
On the other hand, I have an aptitude for seeing the big picture. I'm right at home discerning overall patterns, getting to the root of things, and, especially, applying systematic fixes. I had a boss once whose ability in that area was very poor—when faced with any kind of global decision, his tendency was to zero in on a few manageable details and dive into those. Drove me crazy. Then again, when I had my second and final appointment with the counselor who's been helping me set up our e-commerce portal, I didn't even have a list prepared of things to ask her about. Really, Mike? Even I can see that that's incredibly lame. Then again, I try and fail to shop using a simple grocery list, so what would I expect?
But I think we're going to get there. Naturally, of course, the cultural backdrop at the moment would have to be the botched rollout of the healthcare.gov site. So I'm doubly worried about the rollout of our storefront tomorrow.
If you encounter any problems or get frustrated tomorrow, do me a favor, will you? Don't assume there are teams of experts who have neglected their responsibilities and ought to be castigated. It's just little old me. Ain't nobody here but us chickens, as the hoary old joke put it.
The sales site will accept credit cards (we have our own Merchant Account), PayPal (including currency conversion for International customers), and you'll be able to send a check in the mail if that's what you prefer.
I'm sure I'm not all of the way up the learning curve yet. I just hope I'm closer to the top than the bottom. Guess we'll find out soon enough....
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Patch: "Very best of luck Mike. Find myself nervous on your behalf."