New Online Store
On Friday we launched our new online store. We'd been having some frustrations with our old store and its aging technological backbone. The new store looks and performs far better, including an often-requested single page checkout. It's been a whale of a project that's kept us hopping for the last couple of weeks. Over 900 items and our huge customer database had to be imported into the new store and then tweaked ad nauseum to get it to all work properly. We're still finding things, so thanks for your patience.
The reason I mention this is because I think it offers a lesson I was (once again) given an opportunity to learn. Ahem. Change is difficult and problems simply will occur. Problems will occur. Problems will occur. I should write this on the chalk board 1,000 times because I really need to get over the idea that flawless execution out of the gate is a reasonable expectation. This time, it was our SSL certificate that had to be moved from the old store and installed in the new store. This took me almost the entire day of Friday and wasn't fully resolved until late Friday evening. For those in the know, moving an SSL certificate is child's play; for those of us (me) who don't know what an SSL certificate is, well, let's just say there were swear words involved.
As an artist, you'd think I'd know this. I've never started an art project that was smooth from start to finish. In fact, being an artist — or making anything — is an act of commitment to overcome the unexpected problems that crop up. You may quote me on that. Artmaking not so much a doing as it is a commitment to overcoming obstacles. Perhaps knowing this upfront can be helpful in preserving our cheery dispositions.