I have two new things to share today:
1. I want to make greeting cards that make it okay to fail, such as "Congratulations on finding a new way to fail!" (it points out that at least you accomplished something) or "At least you tried" (paired with the appropriate picture, it's a snarky take on the inspirational posters that hang in the hallways of middle schools).
2. I'm building a website. That's right! Soon, you'll be able to visit jagreetings.com!
A small fact: New thing 2 inspired new thing 1.
It turns out that building a website is hard! I'm using a web host that includes a really nice site building program, but before I use it, I have to make sure that I'm going to be able to accept payment in my fancy new shop. I have a Google Checkout account since I hate PayPal, but GC is not integrated with any of the eCommerce tools that are integrated with my web host. Now I'm trying to set up a custom integration, and I have grave doubts about my ability to pull it off. There are all of these files and programs and databases and html and sql and php4 and I don't know what any of it means. I think I'm following the instructions perfectly, and then nothing happens. Or a bunch of error messages start flashing across the screen. In either case, I'm not able to use Google Checkout with my online shop. This is the end of day 2 of my efforts and my faith in my ability to figure this out is waning. There is a reason I majored in psychology instead of computer science.
If I can figure this piece out, I think the new website will be amazing. It will allow us more freedom creatively and from a business standpoint, so I'm not giving up yet. But if I do fail, at least I'll have a card to cheer me up!