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docweathers

Member Since 30 Jul 2011
Offline Last Active Apr 12 2014 11:10 AM
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In Topic: An Artist's Life (Continued)

09 March 2014 - 07:32 PM

it's very hard to get paid well doing something others do for fun.

 

 40 years ago I had a passing fantasy of becoming a professional potter. That fantasy was brought to a sudden reality check halt when I walked into the classroom one day and saw the best instructor was over in the corner throwing many dozens of cups off the hump. I was bewildered why a guy I had seen do astonishing things was pretending he was a cup factory. I went over and asking why he was doing this. He looked up and said "that's what sells".  I doubted that I could ever be as good as he was and I certainly didn't want to end up being a cup factory.


In Topic: Orton Cone Calculation Software 2013

05 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

I was trying to run it on OpenOffice Calc versus Excel  That doesn't fly.

 

It worked fine in Excel once I lowered the macro security level.


In Topic: How Are You Managing Your Web Resources?

01 March 2014 - 05:36 PM

I have done a lot of web development for non-pottery purposes. Usually, building the website itself is by far the easiest. The real crunch is getting traffic to it since having a website that no one sees is pointless. You have to do this through search engine optimization (SEO). (Pay per click is far too expensive for Potters)  That was much easier up until a year or so ago when Google upgraded their positioning technology so that the old tricks don't work anymore. I'm sure that got them much better search results but it made optimizing your site to get traffic much more difficult.

 

So before you spend a lot of time and money building a website, study up on current SEO technology.  it is quite a daunting task.


In Topic: Orton Cone Calculation Software 2013

21 February 2014 - 12:15 PM

my man at Orton got back to me today with apologies for not getting back to me sooner. He is on the road so we won't be able to do more than apologize until next week. There may end up being a problem since he says no one at Orton really understands the software since its development was contracted out.

 

I will keep you posted on how Orton responds.


In Topic: Orton Cone Calculation Software 2013

14 February 2014 - 06:09 PM

I haven't had a chance to use it but I will contact my man at Orton and see what he says.