It's not often I get reminded that I don't know everything.
Now, that might have come out weird, so allow me to explain: I feel that I know a good bit about quilting and because I write about it daily and generally quilt or think about quilting all the time, it's easy to assume that I know quite a lot about this subject.
But that doesn't mean that I know a lot, or even a little about other areas of expertise.
So today after yet another email glitch on the site, I finally decide to throw in the towel with my current hosting company. They never answer their email or phone and I'm tired of getting rotten service.
But the thing is, I know absolutely nothing about the internet or hosting companies! Despite the fact that I work online, I really am totally clueless about how this whole thing works!
So when I call up my new hosting company and am asked to create something called a "name server," I get so completely confused and turned around, I make some wild mistakes on my account and end up messing up the whole thing.
Luckily the service with this new company is so awesome it only took one phone call to work it all out.
But I was still left feeling a bit dumb and most definitely out of my league.
The nice thing though, is all I have to do is walk back into my studio to remind myself that we all have areas of expertise.
My hosting guy knows everything there is to know about hosting websites, servers, computers, and the internet. He knows SO much and has probably known it all for so long that he probably assumes that EVERYONE knows it too.
But we don't, or I certainly don't, as illustrated by my total mess up today!
I realized after I got off the phone that I can be guilty of this too.
Because I've been creating and using filler designs for more than a year now, it's easy to assume that everyone has been following along from the beginning and you all understand what I mean when I describe something as an "edge to edge" design, or that it would be great to use for "All Over Quilting."
When really this might be as confusing and foreign to a beginner, or someone new to the project, as name servers were to me this morning!
So my goal now is to try to make this project more user friendly and I'd love to get your suggestions.
I know many people have both commented and written in requesting more pages like this that list photos of the designs so they're easy to find by difficulty level or design type.
But this is only one thing! I'm sure there are many more small adjustments or additions that would make this project much more fun and easy to understand.
So please comment with your suggestion for improvements to the project: better navigation, more posts on certain information, etc, etc, etc!
I'd really like to hear the opinions of those who have just recently found the project and what stands out to you as needing improvement.
I especially want to know about any areas where my language could be better explained or defined so I am not leaving anyone out in the cold by assuming you're all on the same page.
And to sweeten this commenting fun fest, I will reward the best suggestion with a copy of Whitework Quilting by Karen McTavish!
So click around, take a hard look at the project, and think of the ways I can make it a more informative, but less intimidating place!
Let's go quilt,