Thess vs Roadblocks
I have a pondering.
Look, I know that Scent of a Warden has been on hiatus forever. I get that. It is a thing that I actively regret. I think it’s about time I at least tried to explain it, talk it through, and maybe come to some conclusion about how to work through those issues and start it up again, on some scale.
That’s the thing; it’s a question of scale. I tried to do something too large for one person to manage reasonably. I succeeded for awhile, but I burned myself out to not a whole lot of purpose, because I am starting to realise that I was significantly undervaluing my time. I mean, it made me happy to provide a service, but … it’s just like fan art, really; I put time and materials into this and I should probably be compensated accordingly. It’s not like I skimp out on materials and blend by machine. I don’t know why I see it as so much work when I think of anyone else hand-blending a perfume drop by drop but think it’s okay to undervalue it when that ‘anyone’ is me.
(Okay, yes I do, but it’s not healthy.)
Anyway, there were more logistical problems as well. The bigger the post drop, the more likely it was that something would get lost in it. I’d either have to replace things (in some cases multiple times) or have some poor individual thinking they’d given me money in bad faith. Possibly sometimes both.
I had a lot of ideas. I still do. I just went about it entirely the wrong way and I had to re-evaluate. So I went on hiatus.
Then, of course, my work hours changed and that threw a spanner into just about everything. I wasn’t going to get up early to do perfumery, and by the time I got home of an evening, all I wanted to do was shower, supper, slump. Not that those hours didn’t have advantages. Just perfumery wasn’t one of them.
So I stayed on hiatus. And that’s where we are today.
Thing is … I miss it. I don’t miss all of it - I don’t miss insanely complicated orders. I don’t miss insanely large orders. I don’t miss the requests of, “I know you say you don’t do X but I thought you’d make an exception”. I don’t miss the post office eating things. I don’t miss knowing I can’t even send things registered mail without nearly doubling the price and then still not making anything off it because of the price of international registered mail. But I miss the making of the things, and the sending of the things, and coming up with new scent blends, and the squee as people get things they love, that were custom-made for them. The money doesn’t hurt either, little as there is of it.
Also, my hours are changing again. I’m not entirely pleased with this, because it throws off my schedule, but it does leave me daytime hours for perfumery again, if I want to use them.
So … yes, I am considering taking Scent of a Warden off hiatus … on a limited scale. I’m just not 100% sure how to go about it. There are a few things I considered as a way to make this easier on myself and hopefully mean I don’t go on hiatus for years at a time again.
Purchase Limits: Basically, make sure that I don’t have a thing where I have to fill out massive orders anymore. I kind of already did that, but I may restrict them a little further. On top of that, I would go back to what I did at the beginning and offer commission slots at specific times, only opening new ones when the old ones were completed and I was ready to take on something new.
Price Increases: …I might actually up the price a little. Not much - I really don’t want to make them unaffordable. Just I do need to invest in supplies and there’s stuff I want to try in terms of new merchandise options. That’s sort of a last-resort option, though, and will wait until I’ve seen if the other things work to make SOAW manageable again.
This is all maybes. I guess I’m writing about it for two reasons. One, to sort of hash it out with myself before I commit to anything. Two, to see if there’s still any remote interest in this; no point in gearing myself up for it if there’s not a wider interest. If there isn’t, no big deal - I can just do occasional sales and art swaps with friends or something. But it’d be good to know one way or another. I mean, hell, I blended a Vax’ildan scent and am nearly done with Pike and Keyleth. I’ve got my Cupcake Coterie guys more or less sewn up in my head, scent-wise, and I had this idea about solid perfume lockets. Seems a shame to let it all go to waste.