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Friday, July 23, 2010

3 months and counting

Well, it's official ... sort of.  3 months as of today is when I open Phi Designs.  First, I was blown away by the response to the Chamber way back in November 2009 when it first came into existence and I was working out the bugs.  It was fully tested by January 2009 and then realized it need a LITE version.  One where people could by patterns and just plug them in. 

I would have done that then had real life not slapped me hard against the face.  Went down a 4 month journey of doctors and hospital stays.

When I came back, I realized that I needed a LITE version of the product, so I modified the notecard system to include a script instead.  This prevents an unscrupulous individual from reading the notecards and figuring out how the system works.  Not that the notecard helps a lot ... I tried to take the parameters as easy to use so that the user doesn't need to be a programmer.  Because to do the same thing with a script requires a huge understanding of how second life works and all those details are hidden away to make it easy to do.

Originally I thought I could start making a profit after 3 months.  Hasn't turned out that way.  I made more in the first month then all previous selling attempts in the previous 2 1/2 years in SL.  Fabulous.  Thank you all!!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

And not ...

So a few weeks ago, I thought I'd redesign the Phi Designs store to feature more of my products and have an easy way to get to The Chamber.  Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong.  Seems seeing is believing.  People won't buy what they cannot see, and when they see The Chamber for the first time, they jump at it.

Within a day of remodelling the store back to something similar to what I opened with, I made a sale of a professional version.  That brings the the total professional sales to 6 with 2 freebies ... wedding gifts to two dear friends of mine who have found the magic of love from each other.  I wish Christi and Slomo all the best.

So I've decided to keep the store in the new state, and chalk one up for the hard learning ... no sales really for the entire time the store was remodelled ... oh well.  I guess you have to learn the hard way sometimes.  At least I was blessed with a sale early after the change to know I did the right thing in the end.

- Gin