An Artist’s Quest for a Website That Works

I’m on a quest. I made my jewelry website (miladycarol.com) using iWeb from my computer. It works, it just doesn’t work very well. Ultimately, I want a website that functions with marketing for e-commerce and is search engine optimizable. I want all this while maintaining an artistic style and feeling that is genuine to my work and personality.

“How hard could it be?” I asked myself (by the way, this is facetious — I’ve known for a long time how much work and talent is involved in designing a proper website). Urgh.

I pick up a pencil and can draw exactly what I see in my mind with no effort at all. The pencil performs exactly how I want and gives me no grief. I try to draw a line or paste a photo on a blank DreamWeaver page and, after 6 hours, still have a blank page and a rising level of impotent rage.

So far, I’ve spent a couple weeks pouring through templates and sites that promise me the moon and stars… all for the low, low price of two lattes a month. Well, that’s for the basic site. If I actually want some of the bells and whistles necessary to bring the traffic and encourage sales, well, suddenly it’s more like the cost of my phone bill per month. If I want to really go for the gold, then I should expect the equivalent of a car payment.

As an artist, I’m not making money until the site is selling my jewelry. Most artists, I feel, start from the same position. It’s really difficult to justify an initial $50 or more per month to really start a site when we could be using that money for raw materials with which to make more art. I don’t know about you, but that’s my true bliss. I’d much rather be making the art than the website. That’s why I decided it would be a better idea to find a template to use on my own and just pay for hosting the site.

I plan to write my journey through making an easily sustainable, user-friendly website to market my art for as long as it takes for me to achieve this goal. I am devoted to this project. I can guarantee there will be a successful conclusion because I’m determined to meet this end. It may take me a while because I am often waiting upon other people’s time and my ability to understand programs and instructions. I’m an artist, not a programmer, so I will always default to the most right-brained way of doing something. If it feels good, if it’s easy to do, if it makes sense, and is sensitive to the people coming to the site, I’ll lean toward that.

While on my journey, any and all advice is welcomed. I suggest a sturdy pair of hiking boots and a big stick with a compass as the path is rocky and I’ve felt rather lost in places. Tea will be served at regular intervals to create space and save my sanity. Please share your experiences; I really want to know if anyone else has experienced similar speed bumps and how you overcame them. Stories of hope, joy, and humor will be rewarded with karmic cookies of your favorite kind.

Breathe deeply,
Laugh with abandon,
Love wholly,
Eat well.

MiLady Carol
www.GreenTeaLady.com
http://miladycarol.com
Dazzling jewelry that reflects sparkling personalities!

2 comments to An Artist’s Quest for a Website That Works

  • SEO

    Hello there, well it sounds like you are going through what most people go through when trying to get their company afloat on the internet. It also sounds like you have a the right determination to make it happen and I wish you all the luck. Just a thought, there is a company based in Tampa, FL called Webhead Interactive that specializes in SEO. They are smaller company that started a few years ago and has spectacularly exploded over the last few years. They are very impressive and with talented team of SEO experts, link builders and website design specialists who could probably help you out tremendously. Anyway, just a thought. You can check out their website at http://www.webheadinteractive.com. and again, Good Luck with everything

  • Thanks! It’s a slow slog up a bit of a hill, though I’ll get there sooner or later. Thanks for the help!

    Breathe deeply,
    Laugh with abandon,
    Love wholly,
    Eat well.

    MiLady Carol
    http://www.GreenTeaLady.com
    http://miladycarol.com
    Dazzling jewelry that reflects sparkling personalities!