So in my infinite wisdom, I thought it would be a good idea to try and find a better - more obvious - way of sharing different links, to different sites that we have set up; you will find my efforts to the right >>>>>>>>>> and I have to admit as someone that is pretty much IT ignorant, I was really pleased with myself and my efforts - I have no doubt some of you are shaking your heads, because you could have done better, but I'm quite proud of myself and pleased with the results.
However; it was as I was fiddling around with the blog and changing bits and pieces here, there and everywhere, I noticed that some photo's are missing from older blog entries. I have NO idea where these have gone to, or why they're not there any more. I did consider trying to find them all to upload again (and maybe when I have a bit more time one day I will do so) but for now I'm going to leave the bit exclamation marks (these are in place of the photo's) for the time being. I did notice there are several photo's that were uploaded from my phone, so they don't even exist any more, but the missing pictures of bits and pieces we've made can be found in any of our online albums (these can be found by clicking on one of the new links I made to the right) >>>> Pinterest is a nice one to view the photo's and you are welcome to share them around from the site as well; it always gives me a fuzzy feeling when someone has taken the time to share one from there :)
Someone asked whether it was worth my time bothering with all the different social network sites I work so hard at keeping up together, and I can only answer "Yes" to that; I currently have 5 weddings booked in for next year where the bride has come across us on the web, added us on one of the social sites to learn a bit about who we are, and what we can do; they obviously liked what they saw and how we operate enough, to trust us with the flowers for one of the most important days of their lives. I think the fact I do it all myself helps as well; I'm forever getting companies offer to take over the running of the sites for me (for silly amounts of money) but I could never do that. Aside from the costs involved (and nobody regardless of what they might tell me - or show me can guarantee me top rankings on google) I like having that personal connection with everybody that has taken the time to add us as a friend, like our pages, or interact with us via any of our pages. To lose that would be awful; I am sure it works for these big corporate companies where the customers are just a means to an end, but for me our business is more than that. It's about the personal interactions with our customers; letting them know we are accessible and contactable on a personal level, regardless of their questions, queries or issues. That to me is the basis for any business; I just wish a few more of them operated in the same way - it would mean I spend a lot less of my personal time complaining about things. :)
The other thing that will be changing (aside from the weather which just doesn't seem to be able to make up it's mind) is the website; Clive is now steaming ahead on the changes and new ideas, and I think it should be good to go live by the beginning of December; just in time for the Christmas rush.