Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our clients, friends, and family. Traughber Design just delivered its last commission of 2016 (see picture at left) on Friday, and we thought this was a good time to thank our community of supporters and reflect on the past year.
This was our second full year of operation and the business continues to build. We delivered 8 commissions this year with a wide variety of projects and have 1 piece in progress in the shop.
One of the most exciting things this year was the launch of the new and improved website and blog. SiteGround’s servers will give us a lot more space and room to grow than our previous website. There was a little bit of a learning curve with our blogging software, WordPress, but the functionality is much greater than we had with the last website and we’re much more comfortable now with using WP. Traffic continues to build and we had over 350 unique visitors in the past 4 months (the blog went live in September with post #1) and 1,500 page views. The metrics show our users are spending more and more time on the site, which probably makes sense given we’ve published almost 30 posts now and have more content.
We’ve been very blessed with not only commissions from clients, but also just words of encouragement. If you can, support your local artisans in 2017. If you know of someone trying to get their enterprise off the ground, consider throwing some business their way. Every sale can be critical in those first few months or years of operation. We will continue to do our part by sharing the exciting stories of other up and coming makers, and have three more interviews in the queue for early 2017.
The future looks bright and we are talking to multiple clients about potential commissions for 2017 including another black walnut gun cabinet which will keep the wood shop humming. Our last one took approximately 100 hours to make, so we are very interested to see how long the next one will take.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!