Sunday, March 29, 2015

Boring day

Here it is, the first day of spring, my daughter's birthday, the day I went to a knee seminar, and finally made the decision to go ahead a have my knee surgery. I even scheduled my first appointment. It's not that I don't know the doctor. He did my wife's two shoulder surgeries. It's coming after a year of putting it off but dealing with the heartache.

I have been surfing the web looking at the item called AFO and Drop Foot and I came across X-Strap.com and they have product called a Dorsi-strap. After reading all the reviews about it I ordered one to try to slove my drop foot problem. It sounds almost to good to be true. We'll see when it comes in.

Today I got the FIRST purchase on my side shop at TN. It was not much but at least I now know there are real humans out there. The sale was for nothing but a $1.50. But hey it is something. My TPT store will be sending me a PayPal deposit of over $125. Still not as much as all those elementary teachers but it is at least something for this retired, crippled, old former middle school Louisiana history teacher.

Been sitting outside just enjoying this spring-like weather and breeze. It has been so nice. No rain, no coldness, no strong winds, nothing like some of the rest of the countries getting.

Monday, March 16, 2015

7 new products today

I have been very busy today. Almost too busy. I created 7 new items to upload today. Now understand none of them are on sale but they are cheap enough anyway. I have uploaded them to both TPT and TL. The other sites will just have to make do without them

Why do I even post things here. No one reads this. Even since I have posted this on my websites, Tweeter, and Facebook and it does nothing. Oh well. This is just therapy for the soul I guess.

Even with all the mistakes I just made a few hors ago, no one commented on them. I cleaned them up so it should be okay for now. But anyway, I just blog here because I feel I need too. E my tweeter account does not seem to get any hits. Am I just alone in this world as a retired teacher?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tweet, twitter, talk, post

Tweet, twitter, talk, blog, post, all day today. That's what I've done. I'm sure I made people mad but hey, I had to get the word out somehow. I figured today was as good as ant. I tweeted it and Facebooked it all day. I have been Pinteresting items too.

It seems strange but I just need to get the word out. And getting the word out I am doing. Not getting any results but that part I will never know for sure. All I'm asking is that they LOOK and that doesn't really show up anywhere.

All this seems just as strange as this blog not getting any readers/commenters. I do KNOW there have been readers but most people don't comment anymore. I know I do, because I'm getting emails back. At least I can tell what's I see and hear.

This post has taken most of Saturday between all my tweeting and posting. Plus we have been "baby-sitting" - or "girl-sitting" as she says, because she is NOT a BABY.

I'm still tweeting, posting, and blogging in hopes - just hope - that something will click and bring more customers to my sites. Both have sales and one is better than the other but even those are not doing better. But you just have to do what you gotta do.

I suddenly now have 10 friends connected to my TL page. At least now I can look through their worksheets. Maybe I can even buy some.

Made the $49 committment to "nothing"

Okay. I spent my money and just have to play the waiting game and see if anything grows from my new shop at TeacherLingo. I have to pray that this work just as I prayed about TPT and ultimately it did begin to work. Sure, I'm not making a killing but at least the site is now turning a profit. Hopefully, Lingo will do the same.

It did take a lot of agonizing over it yesterday but in the end, it seems like the better site. I am going forward with the choice an copying things over from TPT in hopes that something will click.

You know that even after I have paid my premium, my comments to the forums still do not post. I emailed them and hope to get a reply soon.

I just checked my email and had 17 emails about items that just sold on TPT - 17. Wow. Yet still NOTHING on any of the other sites.

I also have been posting "Which SALE is better, the one at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Louisiana-History-Teacher or the other at http://teacherlingo.com/resources/latraveler/productlist.aspx
tell me?" comments on my Twitter and Facebook pages just to see if it gets ant responses.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zero, Nada, Nothing, but Money, money, money

Seems all these new stores talk about being FREE but what they really are is a "bait-n-switch scheme" so they can get you to work but then PAY them. Most want $50.00 a year to join.

Now I did pay to open my store at TeachersPayTeachers and it has paid me back many times over but the other sites....I will have to decide if they are worth the cost. My Teacher'sNotebook shop has been a dud so far. 1,444 product views and not one sale in two and a half months. That's sad. Real sad. I'm not looking for a lot, just something, anything. Just prove to me that it was worth opening here. At least I have 20 "followers", guess that's something, but out of a 1,000?

TeachWise is simply a waste of time. Every time I go there I can't "find" my own store. I have to login each time and there have been on 32 views so far.. Nothing to speak of. Just a waste.

At TeacherLingo things are a 'little' better. I'm limited to only 10 items and one freebie until I go premium which is $49.00. I have some 30 views but no sales. And most of the links do not work without premium. Almost sounds like a gas war. This site I just might go with and pay the fee. But it is super hard to get around to look at teacher's pages. Middle school is even harder.

The other potential shop sites went down the tube yesterday. I checked them out, weighed them againist what I already have or tried and they did nothing for me.

Of the four sites above one - TPT will stay and one of the others will get my money. Probably, TL or TN other than that TW was and is just a waste of time. So now it is down to two extra sites. Visually TL looks better but link-wise it is poorly constructed. TN does not have the appeal but the links work better but on the same side. They don't answer them very often - better said, not at all.

TN has not asked for more money but that don't do much in the way of supporting their site either. TL seems to be emailing me everyday but they want more money to go to premium but I guess that means better service,

TPT overall is the best site out there. Guess I will just have to wait and see how things play out.