I mentioned in a previous post that I had done a radio interview, and I promised to come back and talk about that…
My county has an economic development group that presents recognition awards each year in a number of categories. I was nominated (well, Knots & Bolts…) in the Small Business Development category. Part of the honor of being nominated is the simple fact of some free publicity, including a newspaper article (or two?) and….a radio interview!
Shortly before we started the interview the host asked if I had ever been on the radio before. At the time I said no, but I’ve since remembered that waaaay back, when I was a senior high school I was in the school musical (Once Upon a Mattress, I was Lady Larkin. The lady-in-waiting that got knocked up…). I don’t remember all of the details, but some of the people in the show got to be on the radio for some pre-show publicity.
I think. We might have been on the radio for publicity for something else though, now that I think about it.
I digress. (I do that a lot…)
I was told to be there at 8:30, my interview was at 8:45. (I digress again: most days I don’t even shower until 9, so this was a huge thing for me to have to do…).
When I got there, the host asked me to wait a few minutes and then: at 8:35 we went ahead and did the interview. Which was fine. I think it went well, she was very personable and we just chatted like no one else was listening. I guess I can only assume that they were.
Unfortunately, it meant that I was done by 8:45, which was the time when my dear darling husband tuned in. He had not driven that day, but one of his coworkers lent him his keys, so he could go sit in a car in the parking lot and listen to me. Drat.
So, what did we talk about?
Well, we chatted about Knots & Bolts, and how and why I chose to open it. We talked a bit about how I got started quilting (and knitting…), and about the online marketing techniques I’ve employed to support the shop. It was mostly based on a questionnaire I had filled out last fall, so none of it was really a surprise.
Of course, as soon as I walked out the door I thought of about 10 different things I wished I had said.
One of the question she asked: What was your biggest challenge?
I told her, and I’ll tell all of you: the biggest challenge has been, and continues to be, staying POSITIVE even as we are continually buffeted by such bad economic news. Overall, things are going well, but some days are awfully darned quiet. Thankfully, my interests are pretty diversified, so even if I don’t have a single retail sale on a certain day, I will have gotten lots of quilting done, or maybe taken care of some wholesale book orders.
Anyway, that’s what that was all about.
I still owe you a post on the NEW quilts I cut out and have been working on, but I think that 3 posts is probably more than enough from me.
p.s. the awards banquet is the 24th of February. I’ll let you know how it goes. My competition is a photography studio, and another small fabric shop/longarm quilter.