I Think I've Solved a Problem

Salinas River at Sundown
@bagarad (12868)
Paso Robles, California
June 4, 2018 1:11am CST
Sometimes I feel like a round peg in a square hole. Many of you know that I'm a contributor to a product review blog with some long-time friends I met when we were all writing for Squidoo. I have a post due every other Wednesday. And this weekend I've not had one idea. About half the time I write book reviews, but rarely earn anything with those. Sometimes I've got household products I can honestly give good reviews, so I post reviews on those. But the truth is that selling is not my passion. I rarely made commercial posts on Squidoo, either. It's hard for me to write about things I don't care much about. Then, a few minutes ago, it came to me. There is something I care about. I love where I live and I love nature and I love putting pictures of those interests on Zazzle products and selling those. So tonight I will make a few more Zazzle products picturing one of my favorite subjects -- the Salinas River. I can get excited about creating, and writing at least 300 words explaining the photos I'm promoting on the products will be a picnic. I think whenever I don't have a product I really care about, I'll just review a place and the zazzle products I made to relate to it. I'm not sure whether to make puzzles or posters tonight. Postcards sell better for me than anything because they are cheap, but I am lucky to make .11 on one. I do better if someone buys postcards in quantity. If you saw a photo you really liked, would you be more likely to want it on a jigsaw puzzle, a poster, a greeting card, a phone case, a mousepad, a tee shirt, a mug, or an ornament? Which would you be more likely to buy as a gift for someone? If you are a tourist buying postcard, to you prefer to have the place name on the back or the front of the card? I'm just curious. Do you like to personalize products like mugs or phone cases? Now I finally know what I can write about for Wednesday. Problem solved. Is there a problem you're trying to solve right now?
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@LadyDuck (183138)
• Switzerland
4 Jun
I usually prefer a poster to other things, I do not like a lot personalized mugs, phone cases or T-shirt. I prefer to see the name of the place in front of the postcard. When I insert them in the albums I like to see the name of the place without the need to remove the postcard.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
Good point about the placement of the place names on postcards. Thank you for your feedback.
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@LadyDuck (183138)
• Switzerland
4 Jun
@bagarad I like to receive unusual postcards. When you visit a new place the postcards are most of the time all the same, not very good photos.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
@LadyDuck That's why I make so many postcards. I pick the places the big postcard companies never even know about or see.
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
4 Jun
Not on your list, but I like photographic ceramic tile trivets. I only have one problem to solve right now, how to get more hours in a day.
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@GardenGerty (104331)
• United States
5 Jun
My problem as well.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
Who Cares Clock of Morro Bay, California, from Zazzle
Zazzle has those, too, and I have a few. I just didn't want to mention the great variety of products Zazzle makes for people. I've only made a few of them. Here's one of my favorite products, and I've sold it. I took the photo in Morro Bay. Then I made this clock.
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@drannhh (15245)
• United States
6 Jun
@bagarad Nice, Barbara. I should put put more of my paintings on tiles, and free up wall space!
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• Preston, England
4 Jun
good thinking - you are not going to run out of ideas for long there. I like the idea of the photo-jigsaws
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
I'm partial to the jigsaw puzzles myself, but I don't know if others are.
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• Preston, England
4 Jun
@bagarad I enjoy doing jigsaws
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
@arthurchappell So do I, but I haven't had time or space to work any lately.
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@mlgen1037 (29623)
• Manila, Philippines
4 Jun
Hi Barbara. Still I have not checked on Zazzle. Yes, I do but it is still complex for me right now.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
Most problems are complex. At least mine doesn't involve people or money.
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@mlgen1037 (29623)
• Manila, Philippines
4 Jun
@bagarad That is true. Yes, you are right about that. It is really complicated when those are involved.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
@mlgen1037 I wish you well with whatever you are working through.
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@Starmaiden (7636)
• Canada
4 Jun
Im glad you solved your problem. I don't have any problems I need to solve right away. I'm more focused on preventing problems from occurring.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
Now that's smart. Better to prevent fires than fight them or clean up the aftermath.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
4 Jun
You did a great job in solving a problem. My family and I are still dealing with inheritance issue with the late father's siblings.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
6 Jun
@bagarad It was really full of hurt feelings in the process. As they said, it is better that there is a Last Will. Unfortunately, none of this had happened.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun
@Shavkat That does make it difficult. Our children are no longer living, but we still made trusts to distribute anything we leave behind. I do have a brother and two nephews.
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@Shavkat (66205)
• Philippines
13 Jun
@bagarad I am sorry to hear that. I suddenly remembered what's the story behind. I think it is better to have The Will to whom you wanted to have your assets.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
5 Jun
I'm currently setting up my zazzle account. Hoping it can bring a couple extra dollars in.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
Be warned. It takes lots of products and some time before you will see any money. You will also need to blog or find another way to promote your products to get traffic. Just because you post your products doesn't mean anyone will see them. A lot of very good products I know are there don't show up when I search for them. Search results were much better a few years ago.
• Defuniak Springs, Florida
6 Jun
@bagarad I have a blog and tons of social network.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
@thislittlepennyearns Than you should be OK.
@wolfgirl569 (12104)
• Marion, Ohio
4 Jun
I would prefer a puzzle, phone case or tee shirt. Depending on the photo an ornament would be nice too.
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@wolfgirl569 (12104)
• Marion, Ohio
6 Jun
@bagarad That is very pretty. Sorry about the tree. I have never had one do that.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun
@wolfgirl569 I guess it got too heavy with fruit one year. Those apples were so sweet and tasty. I really miss them.
@wolfgirl569 (12104)
• Marion, Ohio
9 Jun
@bagarad We have lost all the fruit trees that were here when we moved in a few years ago.Two were rotten inside so we took them down and the other one the horses stripped and killed. They loved too many parts of that pear tree. But I have new ones planted.
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@Hannihar (44393)
4 Jun
@bagarad I am glad you like zazzle. I was on it and really did not do that well.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
I have only made moderate amounts. I have friends who have made a real business of it and they do custom work for people and work at it full time.
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@Hannihar (44393)
6 Jun
@bagarad Does what you make help you?
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun
@Hannihar Yes, even though it's just a bit. I get paid about twice a year, but it helps with internet expenses and such.
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@minx267 (14650)
• Hartford, Connecticut
4 Jun
That's great. I sell postcards mostly ones I took on vacation in California and Mexico.. But I did make one for Elizabeth Park in Hartford featuring a cherry tree in bloom and that sells on postcards and some posters. I sell plenty of phone cases.. but not ones of a specific place. :( I do usually leave them the ability to edit and add or change a name that I might have added... sometimes I will make the item both personalize and not. and don't forget Pillows. they sell sometimes too. I have more sales of animal and flower close ups and stuff like that than of places. I have only sold a few puzzles. flowers sell well on just about everything.. But I am the same way as you.. I have to be excited and passionate about something to be able to talk about it!
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
I also make pillows and plates and my best-selling card is a flower. I sell lots of greeting cards.
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@minx267 (14650)
• Hartford, Connecticut
6 Jun
@bagarad That's great.. I should make more.. but I tend to make the bigger ticket items as much as i can. so I get higher pay.. I was selling a lot of phone cases for a while... I don't sell as many now.. but I have a pillow that sells VERY VERY well.. so that keeps some money coming in.. along with other things... wrapping paper, tote bags, car mats, leggings, dog t-shirts, clocks.. I haven't had any luck with plates... have you sold any? my friend sold a couple last month.. but she has awesome art. looks great on a plate..
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
@minx267 No, I've not sold any plates yet that I can remember. I haven't even made some of the things on your list, but I have made phone cases, pillows, wrapping paper, and clocks. I have sold clocks, but not the others.
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@DaddyEvil (26044)
• Aurora, Missouri
18 Jun
Hmmm... I have collected different postcards from my area for years. I prefer seeing the name of the postcard on the front of the card so nobody keeps trying to turn the card(s) over to see where it is from or what it is about. I'm not much for posters, tee shirts, mugs or phone cases. On the rare occasion that I buy something (from your options) to give as a gift, I usually purchase tee shirts.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
18 Jun
Thanks for the feedback. There are many product choices I've never even made. They seem to come out with new ones every month or two.
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@DaddyEvil (26044)
• Aurora, Missouri
18 Jun
@bagarad You're welcome... I know! And most of the new products I shake my head and wonder who would want to buy them!
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
18 Jun
@DaddyEvil Right! I mean, would you put a photo like this on a pacifier? Or a pet dish?
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@just4him (128982)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Jun
I love jigsaw puzzles. I'm working one right now that's a huge challenge and only 500 pieces. So, I would buy a jigsaw puzzle for sure, and most likely a mug. I have a lot of mugs, and one I bought a couple years ago when I went on my holiday, was a mug depicting all the different locations Washington Island features. I love that mug and use it all the time. So, before all those other items, I'd buy a mug. I also have a lot of t-shirts for the different things I do, and a hoodie from Washington Island. I like reminders of places I visit. I also picked up a lot of postcards, and it doesn't matter what side of the card the place name is, as long as it's there. I like sending postcards and have sent a few to friends here.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
Sounds like we have a lot in common. I collect mugs, but mostly those I get as gifts from people I love.
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@just4him (128982)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Jun
@bagarad I don't usually get them as gifts from anyone. But I do buy one when I see one I like. I need to curb that idea for now as I don't have room for anymore mugs.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun
@just4him I hear you. But I love my collection because most of them were gifts and remind me of the people who have them to me, especially the ones from my children. They are gone, but their gifts aren't.
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@porwest (8625)
• United States
4 Jun
Sounds like a great idea, and goes right along with an age old adage about writing in general. "Write what you know." As for Zazzle, I don't do it. Coffee mugs are always useful in my household, but I generally don't like to pay a lot for them, and have way too many now. As for solving problems, selling a duplex is one...it will be solved once I actually sell it. Tired of being a landlord.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
I'm also tired of being a landlady. My husband basically takes care of the management and I check to see if the rents have come in or anything else I need to do on the computer. But my husband will be eighty next year, and managing property is a job I just don't want. I'd like to sell the Templeton property. He wants to build an expensive home on it. I don't want to make that kind of investment in this state anymore and I don't want to move and live on rural property anymore. Maintenance there is a pain. And I don't want to have him die when something is half built. He also wants to build a house on another lot we own. I wish he'd just sell it.
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@porwest (8625)
• United States
6 Jun
@bagarad Whatever you ultimately decide, best of luck to you.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
9 Jun
@porwest Thanks.
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@sh2ker (292)
• Bury, England
4 Jun
At the moment I have lots of problems I am working on. Though luckily none of them personal all professional. My job (at the moment anyway) is looking at how my company does things and finding a better way to work. I find the best way to come up with ideas and solutions is to do something else. I get my best ideas when I’m walking.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
Walking is healing. It's good for the mind, the body, and the soul. I need to do more of it.
@sh2ker (292)
• Bury, England
6 Jun
@bagarad I would definitly reccomend walking to anyone.
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@shaggin (38611)
• United States
4 Jun
That is awesome that the photos you take are selling even if it is for so little for a postcard. Maybe I will have to give this a try. Although I usually prefer to share my photos on Facebook with people I know.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
But I love seeing people buy my cards because I love it when they think my photos are pretty enough to buy. It's affirming. I guess that's left over from when I used to be a card buyer for a store.
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@shaggin (38611)
• United States
6 Jun
@bagarad I can understand that it would be exciting
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
4 Jun
I'm glad you're doing well there.. I have problems I am trying to solve now, but I am hoping for the best..
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Jun
I wish you the best with whatever you have to solve.
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@Jessabuma (33167)
• Baguio, Philippines
4 Jun
@bagarad thank you
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• Midland, Michigan
28 Jun
Are you allowed to write about how you make money elsewhere, out rather including your products from Zazzle into your blog? I'm just trying to get things done at my desk. I had a small problem for a bit until I found a paper trail to check my thinking. I got a letter from the government. It seems that I forgot to include the signature page with my payment for the end of last year. They'd already cashed my check but my bookkeeping didn't seem to verify my figures. Thankfully, the state allowed me to look and print my work done from previous years so I could confirm my yearly figures were correct and with those I could reproduce what I meant to send before. I think I sent it all but maybe neglected to put our name on the second page and they misplaced that one after cashing my payment. I would like to get more involved with producing articles for hubpages as I'm starting to make more there and more articles would up my income. But I lack the motivation currently.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
29 Jun
Marsha, I'm not sure I understand that question in your first sentence. Could you rephrase it for me? As for motivation, I'm afraid I also lack it. I don't seem to want to do anything.
@andriaperry (61467)
• Anniston, Alabama
5 Jun
I am a postcard collector of the places I have been and I will mail a few off while I am in a travel.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
Same here. But I like making postcards of my local area that I know won't be in the local shops for tourists. That way people can get cards for the special places that commercial photographers don't bother with.
@snowy22315 (54565)
• United States
5 Jun
It depends..sometimes on the back and the front. I always have some kind of dilemma going on..but none small and or simple.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
I guess dilemmas are part of life. Think how bored we'd be without them. Of course, that kind of boredom wouldn't bother me.
@GardenGerty (104331)
• United States
5 Jun
I like postcards to collect or greeting cards to send. I like the name on the front.
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@bagarad (12868)
• Paso Robles, California
6 Jun
I usually put the name on the front of postcards. I sometimes add information about the place on the back.