Yesterday was a somewhat dismal day. At least in parts. For one thing, I squished all the books onto just a few shelves. We may talk about consolidating the stores and taking the stores virtual, but there is something about packing up books and answering customer questions about the last day that makes it feel like closing the store.
For another, I have reached the goal of making it possible for our customers to find us online. It has taken me four weeks, but now people who are looking for us can find the physical and the virtual stores and the store blog right at the top of their search engines. This is a worthwhile goal. However, I have been so fixed on this goal that its accomplishment has sort of hit me with a thud: I don’t know what to do next. Arkenboy has clued me in to the next steps for SEO, but we are not actually planning to be Google’s first choice for the search string “Carson-Dellosa pocket chart” any time soon. We just want our customers to shop with us online instead of continuing to be so mad about the closing that they would rather cut their own borders from Wal-mart construction paper.
I am accustomed to being good at what I do. Now I am going from the one who knows books (and I really do) and curriculum design (yep, that too) to The One Who Knows the Most About E-commerce, But She Doesn’t Know Much Either. The Empress and I are going to a trade show tomorrow night at which we will be showing off our new website, and our ignorance.
Fortunately, class last night included a discussion of humility.
C.S. Lewis said that humility is not a good architect pretending to be a bad architect. It is a good architect recognizing that talents are a gift of God and nothing to be proud about, and that they do not make the good architect better than people to whom God has given other gifts. A humble person can take as much pleasure in the gifts and successes of other people as in his or her own.
I work on humility pretty actively, but I need those opportunities to be incompetent and uncertain, to help me in my strivings for humility.
I realize that humility is not highly valued in Hamburger-a-go-go-land, but tolerance for other people’s religious views is. If you are prepared to be tolerant about reincarnation, chanting, and feng shui, you might as well be tolerant about seeking humility.
We also had a brief mention of denominations. We do not, in that group, talk about denominations. Occasionally the speaker will remark on what a large number of different churches are represented in this class, but we are after knowledge, and do not allow the highly-emotional matter of denominations to distract us. Still, one of the women in our group felt moved to point out that Jesus did not establish all these different churches. Why, she asked, should there be so many different denominations?
After the meeting I discreetly shared with a couple of the ladies the answer Partygirl had given me to that question: because the Protestants are all wrong. If they (that is, we) were right, they wouldn’t have so many churches. The Catholics have one, and this proves that they are right. I knew that these particular ladies would enjoy that answer. (Though the Catholic one pointed out the split between the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches, bringing up another interesting point to discuss in some less structured environment.)
It was only after the “We were just talking about you” moment with Partygirl that I realized — with her help — that she had not actually said that to me. In fact, she had given me a prayer card with a reference to the website protestanterror.org.
Let’s take a moment to enjoy that URL. I like to think of the folks who designed the website discussing it.
“What name should we have for our website designed to show the Protestants the error of their ways? What search string might lead them to us?”
“Well, I guess we can’t go wrong with Protestant error, can we? That should bring them in.”
“Yes, and if we make it one word, it sort of has ‘terror’ in it, too, see? Good choice.”
I tried to get back to that website this morning, and they have disappeared. Maybe they noticed the humor inherent in their name. Maybe they are still out there with some completely different name, listing the 154 errors Protestants make. It was actually quite interesting. I am sorry that I cannot direct you to it.
Anyway, they were the ones who said that. Partygirl is always kinder and gentler than that.
Today I have book club, and packing of the store, and perhaps I will have some breakthrough in my continued strivings for competence in e-commerce. If not, there is choir practice in the evening. Singing always cheers me up. No time for knitting or sewing today, I expect, but I will be getting to the gym and doing my scheduled housework. I am trying to Do All Things Decently and in Order, a Presbyterian practice which suits my current Methodist church membership just as well. Though, as a Methodist, I have to throw in a few more parties.