Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's a brand new day!

Spring is here.  The sun is shining, the birds are chirping (I know this because they woke me up at 2:30 this morning with their enthusiasm) and this blog is once again taking a new direction.  I started this blog on January 1 with the sole purpose of documenting random acts of kindness for 365 consecutive days.

I was doing pretty well until the beginning of March when my store really started to feel the effects of an unusually mean winter.  The DC area had it's snowiest and coldest winter on record and business at La Muse was suffering badly.  No time for the luxuries of writing, I needed to sell some inventory - and fast.  Hmmm, what to do, what to do?  Enter eBay. For the last month I have worked on learning a new profession - selling on eBay.  Equipped with The Idiot's Guide to Selling on eBay and all the knowledge of the world wide web at my disposal I got to work.  Who knew there was so much to learn?  I am still an eBay infant but I have managed to streamline some inventory thanks to the tremendous exposure the website offers.  Most things I've sold to this point have been at a loss but I'd much rather cash in old inventory and use the money toward spring merchandise than have it sit around for months to come.  I am optimistic eBay can become a revenue producing venue for La Muse so I'll continue to learn and keep forging ahead!

In this month hiatus from blogging I've learned a few things.  A)  Try as I might, I am never going to blog every day.  B)  Although practicing or documenting a different 'random act of kindness' each day is an admirable goal the stress I put on myself trying to achieve this daily is not well spent.  Sharing kindness should be natural, never stressful.  C)  There's other things I'd like to write about...and so I will.  In the not too distant future (maybe after I reach the eBay toddler stage, become YouTube proficient and learn something about the Twittersphere) I will end up purchasing Blogging for Dummies and see what I can do about upping the ante and wowing my wonderful La Muse customers.  Until then, if I can write something that makes you smile...they are words (or pictures) well spent. 

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