On November 20th I mentioned having 13,366 pictures still to name. In the past four weeks I’ve made a concerted effort to name pictures, despite so much else going on. This morning I counted 9,990 still to name. That’s 25% named in one month. That’s progress, but I could do much better – more discipline, more intensely focused, few distractions, less sleep…
I have also been adding or updating varieties to my website, such as Tsindao:
It took me well over an hour to name and edit pictures, research history, compose description, and upload everything to this page on the online store.
Let’s say it takes one hour per variety and I have 2,500 varieties to list. That’s 2,500 hours, or about 312 days of work at 8 hours per day.
That’s 6 days of work for an entire year.
That’s assuming I have nothing else to occupy my time devoted to the business – tasks such as preparing seed orders, responding to emails, planning for next year, processing seeds from hot peppers (many hours still to go…), organizing seeds, writing descriptions, uploading to website, database work – not to mention the hundreds of hours that go into raising and harvesting everything for seeds. Or that maybe I need to do other things with my time, talents and energies…
Just saying – I’m getting lots of unsolicited advice, as well as some criticism about how I should improve my website; maybe hire someone? But with whose $?? For those who can look past the shortcomings, I do appreciate your patience and understanding! And please do point your gardening friends to: http://www.delectationoftomatoes.com
Here are a few pictures to whet your appetite in Winter:
Sweet Crunch Orange
Ga Sangwa Kinnit
Peaches and Cream
New Jersey Champion
Maddeline’s Vine Candy
Old Time Tennessee
Barely the tip of the iceberg. With over 3,000 total varieties in inventory, few of even the major seed companies carry such a rich diversity of garden seeds. Yet in one hour they bring in more $ than does Delectation of Tomatoes in an entire year. Aggressive marketing, or reputation/word of mouth – which is more effective?