I continue to pull in my horns. I've dropped the more vociferous sites I was visiting, and I am concentrating on my business related blogs. I've stopped checking the site meters, and all that.
I have a new found fascination with Wall Street, in a train wreck sort of way, but I can only read or watch so much of that before my eyes glaze over.
I'd love to know how other businesses are doing, but other than my wife's store which is both infuriatingly and encouragingly doing well, I have no other reliable stats. As I've found in the past, I'll not know how it's going until much later.
So, I'm just going to concentrate on my own business for the time being. Even though I had a major increase in sales from 2000 through 2007, I was very careful not to add any overhead, so I'm in pretty good shape even if there is a dramatic fall in sales. It's like I've built a really nice, sea worthy craft, but there is a hurricane coming and it's going to be put to the test.
I'd much rather sit pretty in port, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a boat in the first place. So I'm out in the ocean, watching the waves get bigger, and feeling pretty confident, but....nervous.
I must say there is a disconnect between what my store is doing and what I'm seeing locally around me; announcements of new stores and events. Frankly, the Wall Street news seems like a bigger deal than most people seem aware. Bless them. Keep that activity going, while I keep caulking my boat.
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