Sunday, February 12, 2012

It'll Be a Cold Day In ... New Hampshire

Actually, it is a cold day in New Hampshire, but this being February, that shouldn't surprise anyone. What is surprising is how little snow is on the ground, and how few cold days we've had.

On this cold day in New Hampshire, Karen and I are the proud parents of a brand new baby Web site, On a Smaller Scale, which is not so much a business at this point as a way to reduce the sheer volume of craft materials Karen has accumulated since starting her miniatures hobby before we were married. (I like to say that there isn't any snow around here, but there sure is plenty of accumulation.)

But we hope that it will transform, as we sell off the inventory with no plans to replace it, into a publishing and information business as Karen creates patterns, projects, books, and movies, all of which can be sold in the information age without carrying an ounce of physical inventory (although lot of hard disk real estate—the archive of our first, six-minute video takes up 40 gigabytes of space on my backup disk. That's 40 billion characters).

It's not going to happen overnight, but we have to start somewhere. Neither of us has had a lot of luck getting employers to pay us for what we know; maybe we'll fare better with customers. Unlike our last business venture, this one won't cost us much to try out.

Meanwhile, now that we've launched the site, I'll have a little time to return to the poor, neglected Brooks Bunch site, with some pictures and a few stories about the upcoming events in our little family's life.

Stay tuned.

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