Tuesday, July 12, 2005

diminishing and diminishing

In lieu of an actual post, I'd like to give a too long delayed shout out to those sites who have linked to us here at The Gew Gaw.

Thanks all around to Unfogged, a user at stumbleupon, Total Fark (if only it were non-total fark), somebody with a Xanga page (it won't show which), as always, The Holy Duality of M2 and Kamala at The H Was O, Cliopatria, Scott McLemee, The Weblog, My favorite newish blog - The Head Cult, THE Rebekah Hollenberg, T-Shirt Countdown, T-Shirt Links and jamespo's World of Tees for the linkage. It went through the roof this week. And by through the roof I mean we had four times the visitors. 8 visitors! Hoo-ray!

Also - some notes to our search engine referrals, should you come back. Whoever looked for "sentences" - please don't emulate mine. You will fail your english exams. Many have searched for "old" and "ladies", and some for "old ladies", and yes, even 2 looking for "Old Lady Love." I uh..hope you like the "Old Ladies Love Me" T-shirt..because we aren't going the grandma nudity route. Yet.

Someone also found us by searching for "Me Love Barber" - Yes - we love Barber too.

Strangely, my pages accessed line graph for this week looks exactly like one of the guys from spy vs. spy laying on his side. Flared out trench coat collar and all.

Soon to come - posts that are interesting!

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Did You Ever Break A Guy's Nose?

Oh folks. I did a real bad and broke my promise to blog everyday.

I did a real bad.

I'm going to make up for it though. But I'm through with promises. But I'm probably going to make up for it. You know, with a bunch of posts.

A real bad was also done in it taking this long for people to get their shirts. All of you have been gracious and understanding of the bumps one takes as one starts a business, and I am terribly thankful for that. After finally finding a screen printer that..you know..actually is producing the shirts in the time they promised (as opposed to the former "oh yeah that...that's probably gonna be another 2 weeks longer..sorry dude" approach), this should now become a pretty smooth process. If you haven't received it yet, I am sending the tracking information to everyone as I ship the shirts. Be on the lookout.

Also forthcoming - everyone who stood by our side through this beginning period - we cannot thank you enough. But we're gonna try. I'm working to figure out a way to offer discounts through paypal and eventually everyone who ordered on or before 6/30 will receive a lifetime appointment to the WE ARE AWESOME VIP GOLD RIBBON EXECUTIVE FOUNDERS MEMBERSHIP CLUB. Members of this club, who have waited so patiently, and so long, shall receive all future shirts for $12 (Plus $5 shipping if 2 or less shirts are ordered (Free shipping on 3 or more shirts as always (This is getting to be a lot of nested parentheses (parenthesi?)))). When the details are all set on that, I'll email each of you. If you'd like to order before than at the reduced rate, just email us at "support at gewgawfinery.com" and we'll figure something out.

Again, thanks to everyone. I am really pleased thus far with this printing company and am confident you will be too. They are good folk. I pick up a big batch of shirts tomorrow and will ship those out, the rest will follow shortly.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A Thing of Beauty and Horror

I have been given a mandate by 4 commenters to use this space for my own personal blog rather than simply a news and new shirts space. Since these 4 clearly represent a majority of internet users, I am now free to push my agenda upon everyone.

I am going to attempt to post every day, sometimes twice per day, upon this blog. It will be a source of constantly renewable content that you will all love and adore. You will come to check my blog, and stay to buy our t-shirts. If nothing else, you will tell me how to change the colors of an interior scroll bar so that the grey is not so glaring here upon the front page.

That all being said - I leave for my singularly wonderful friend Ben's wedding on 6/15 and won't return until 6/25. We'll still be able to fulfill any shirt orders, but I likely won't have steady enough access to the intranet to post here. Until than, and immediately after than, however, it is on.

It is on.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

We Shall Talk Further About This Matter In The Morning

Ladies and gentleman -

It is my distinguished pleasure to stand before you today and introduce THE Gew-Gaw Finery in all of her majesty.

It's true, there is a significant minority of 20 year olds who get out of college and don't really want to do anything, so they start up t-shirt companies. Yet, I think we have something different going on here. What we're building is not a "t-shirt emporium" designed to bring in profits and fame. We are building community, designed to bring in friendship and love. Perhaps love is too..sappy a word there - but I hope you feel my heart as I tickle your ears.

We want to serve you, and we want to make those around you laugh. We'd also like to pull in 6 figures, but we needn't discuss that. We want to tell you stories, and than have you communicate some back. Thus we have comments. Thus we have blogging. Thus we have...image zoom?

Darn that comedic "rule of three" for always pushing me too hard and making me force it!

Anyway, our main goal here is to see people wearing our shirts, and more so, to see that cute girl they never would have talked to come all the way across the club to compliment them on the sheer bold flavor of their shirt.

Thus I come to you, blogosphere and ask this final question to be solved in the comments: Should I talk about whatever the heck I want in this space (music, work, neighbors, steel), or should I keep this space for news of new t-shirts only? I use the community to solve this problem that will define the very nature of community.

Please vote in the boxes below.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

hip hop hooray

the blog is SO up.

Now for a quick checklist to remind myself of what needs to be done:

1) Change t-shirt descriptions from "Evenflow" lyrics to..T-shirt descriptions
2) Add shopping cart
3) Begin advertising