Apparently more than I had realised! This is my third post for 2018, a mighty average of one every three months. To be fair I have relocated country, and that process is still unfolding. In concert with that, as have mentioned, I am in re-branding mode (which will make an appearance here soon). Having taken some time to arrive at a new name, Going Which Way, I have subsequently found out after renaming my Etsy store, which you are only allowed to do once (which I agree with) I cannot update the bank account to one from another country. The downside of this is that it translates to additional fees if I sell my items in NZ currency (my new location). Etsy has been very clear in its communications with me and tried to be helpful within the limitations that exist.
The most obvious solution is to create a new Etsy shop – and herein lies my dilemma – I cannot have the aforementioned name, Going Which Way, as my existing store has that name. Even if I closed that store down the name can not be re-used for another store. Now to be fair my Etsy store is, and may always, remain a hobby. It is a creative outlet, not a primary source of income. However this naming issue has kind of stopped me in my tracks, a real stumbling block. This blog, including the paid domain name, Instagram and Twitter handles, Pinterest, and new email address are all GoingWhichWay.
So what should I call my new shop? My ideas have been a little on the average side, see below, so I need your inspiration and help. All suggestions welcome
Not quite Mayday, Mayday as in the emergency call for help, but I have chosen to put fingers to the keyboard again and post this on May 1st as it is May Day in the northern hemisphere – despite being located in the southern hemisphere. I am clearly confused, or perhaps simply a tad bonkers (!), or I may simply have a childhood fondness for May Day – I did live in the UK as a child.
So is anyone still out there? A tremendous amount has transpired since my last post all the way back towards the end of 2017, and it feels somewhat peculiar to say Happy New Year in May even though this is the first post of 2018 for me.
So much has transpired that I am need of a new blog title. Why? I ask myself – in case no one is still there and it is only me reading this! North Melbourne is shortly to no longer be my primary home. Indeed I am already hopping between there and Queenstown in New Zealand. This was my view from the supermarket carpark yesterday morning!
Simultaneously to changing this blog title, I thought I would take the opportunity to use the same name across my Twitter, Etsy, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook accounts. Currently they are semi-aligned. Or perhaps having seven social media accounts is a signal of “a bit over the top” and it is time to rationalise the number. My blog and my Twitter account are aligned; my Twitter handle is @nthmelbournemum. My other social media accounts are all aligned to my Etsy shop; Made In North Melbourne. So as you can see there was intent to the groupings, a connection with both using North Melbourne, and at the same time a touch of separation as my blog and my Etsy store are different outputs for me. It writing that prior sentence it could be that even with a rename keeping them aligned but separate may still be the way to go, especially as I am in two minds about whether I retain my Etsy shop; it has been in holiday mode this year. I have reached the conclusion that I can remove my Facebook account; it has always been the one not used naturally. What do you all think? So perhaps there is touch of the Mayday Mayday call for help after all!
2017 has not been the year I imagined. Maybe I had more specific intentions or perhaps the years are always like this and it is simply that I noticed this year. Nevertheless I shall have some intentions for 2018.
Wishing you all the best for the festive season in whatever way you do or don’t celebrate this. Looking forward to sharing 2018 with you.
On the walk to or from daycare my daughter and I often have conversations. I really had to laugh the other day. We have taught our daughter our first names in the case of an emergency, and she knows her surname. For some reason we were talking about her surname, and then she asked what mine was. Her father and I have been un-married for 12 years, so my surname is of course different. Then she asked what her Dad’s surname was. When I said it was the same as hers she was most offended. Her swift reply was, “he can get his own“. I laughed so hard on the inside and had to tell her Dad. There is an absolute logic to her thinking. Though I suspect it is primarily being five and wanting everything to be hers!
Image courtesy of http://www.kickassfacts.com/are-there-fewer-surnames-now-than-in-the-past/
Okay, I may be slightly biased as this was my other half’s idea. But I am convinced this is the best ever travel tip. Here goes:
A power board
Yes, is this day and age with x mumble devices in tow and accomodation when travelling that always seem to only have one or two spare power sockets in bizarre locations this is your go to solution. Even better when you are travelling overseas and have just one plug convertor – there is no need to juggle (fight!) for charging your device. I thought my other half was inspired. We do not leave home without one now when travelling.