Okay, so I’m not a professional blogger! No qualms about it, lol, but here I am trying my hand at this blogging thing. I have to start somewhere and we shall see where it goes from here and who knows, I may even end up really liking it. Anyway…
Here’s why I’m trying my hand at blogging… I have a GOAL and when there’s something that I believe in, something that I feel passionate about, or something that I really want, I go at it with all I have. I know I’m going to need some help and guidance along the way, and I’m hoping to find some here. Hence, begins the blogging project. 🙂
So, my goal is to set up a small Internet based jewelry business. With that I should also mention now that I’m starting out with zero experience and really no clue about how to set up a website but because I really want this, I’ll be giving it my everything!
I love learning, being creative and making beautiful jewelry and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawn to beautiful things. Thus, I have acquired quite a large collection of jewelry… All beautiful, and by various artists from all over the USA. Anyway, about that… I plan to share most of what I have with my followers here as well as making much of my collection available for sale through the marketplace on our website which is Coming Soon!
Interestingly enough, a very close friend got me started. She started out teaching herself and showing friends what she was doing which resulted in her teaching me what she had learned and then talked me into committing to a PMC certification class. After acquiring our PMC certifications, we both attended private lessons with a jeweler at our local lapidary school in Charlotte and then after moving to CA, I took more classes in Sacramento to expand my experience before returning to the NC/SC area.
Now, my husband has always had a natural fascination for faceted gemstones… not necessarily for diamonds, but for precious and semi-precious gemstones. He’s never been as obsessed with all things *bling* like I have, BUT he quickly fell in line due to his own fascination with faceted gemstones and took a gemstone faceting certification course with world famous, Jerry Call in Spruce Pine, NC.
From this Arel Jewels was born and our journey began. We have a website now and I’m in the process of setting it up. To start with, I had help but that went south quickly so while it’s no easy endeavor, I’m on my own now… learning as I go. To say the least, there have been a few bumps along the way. Overall, I’m managing but before going out on my own, the person who was helping me, set up feedburner for email subscribers and after several attempts I wasn’t able to locate the email subscribers. So… I started by deactivating feedburner on the website and setting up another subscriber plugin which is working. Albeit all of the original feedburner subscribers have been lost, we are at least gaining new subscribers. Anyway I would really like to have feedburner too, so I tried again by setting up another one. I’ve gone through all the steps yet it’s still not working and I don’t know where to go from here although I’m confident that I’ll figure it out in time and just mmaaayyybeee, someone who reads this blog post will have knowledge or at least some suggestions for me to try.
This website set up is a journey and a challenge to be sure, but like I said, I’ve got a goal and I’m going to keep working towards it. I’m definitely learning a lot and we’re excited for our upcoming Grand Opening. We’ll have giveaways, great discounts [from 20% – 50% off], free shipping and even a special discount code for our shoppers to realize greater savings during our Grand Opening. PLUS we’re thinking about and planning even more great things and deals for the future.
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