Rabbittude News Flash – Update

Daily News Extra! Extra!An upgrade to our Rabbittude website to bring the website and blog together has been in planning for quite some time.  We finally had the opportunity to do the behind the scenes work needed to make it a reality.  We are in the process of bringing it live right now.  Rabbittude.com won’t be available until the file uploading process is complete.

So the next post on our “Calico” bunny will be on Wednesday.  However, we will be moving things to a different web server during the next 24 hours.  That can sometimes cause browsers to have difficulty locating sites for 24 to 48 hours after the move.  Have no fear if Rabbittude.com or the blog disappear, they will show back up again once all the browsers update for the new location.

After the move, you will be able to find the blog on Rabbittude.com or if you have bookmarked blog.rabbittude.com as a favorite, that web address will be programmed to go to the new blog location.  We know we will have some sorting out issues for a short time to and hope to keep those to a minimum.

We have completed moving everything over and combining our website and blog together.  We are still working through a few wrinkles.  It does not look like we have the ability to import current subscribers or followers.  If you were previously subscribed to receive new posts via email, you will need to use the subscribe link on the right to subscribe here.  So sorry all for the inconvenience of having to re subscribe /  re follow!

Would You Like to Take a Survey?

Rabbit Survey TakerI would like to ask a favor today. If you have just a minute or so, could you pop on over to the Etsy Rabbits team blog and take the poll on the left.  We are looking to increase readers for the blog and have just five items and want to know if those items are of interest to people who might read or follow the blog.  You can pick all the items, some of the items or none of  the items. 

If you have the time and want to leave a longer comment, we would be happy to hear suggestions:

Thank you!

We’re Still in the UK and …

Hillbilly Internet Headquarters

Hillbilly Internet Headquarters

Okay, I woke up groggy once again this morning with my now usual Benadryl hangover and we are still in the  UK according to Etsy. I tried to get on with the business of the day which included lots of work on a website due to go live tomorrow.  I was working furiously to get some of the final edits in place and upload the site to the internet.

Right in the middle of the upload, my cable internet service goes out, again.  I have lost count of the thousands of times we have lost the internet service over the years we have been with the only business level provider to our area. 

I picture the company as having a headquarters like the picture here.  Everything about the service seems to be holding together just about as well as this ramshackle shack which is just barely.

Sigh …  At least Shadow has come off his Baytril and is bouncing around and has regained a lot of appetite.  He seems to be healthier than he has been in months and wants to get into all kinds of things and places.  Tigger is still a concern.  Her appetite fluctuates widely day-to-day.  She regularly has gas issues, no mistaking that skunky smell.  She is on again off again for pain and gas meds and feedings of Critical Care based on her activity, eating and comfort level.

I am hoping tomorrow will be a little less crazy than so many days have been this month.

We’ve Moved! No Wait, We Haven’t, but …

Question marksThere are some days I cannot decide which is crazier and less consistent, my rabbits or the internet.  admittedly, I have been a bit fuzzy headed for a week now as the Ragweed pollen counts have gone way up and I have been walking around in a Benadryl haze.  However, I don’t remember moving to the United Kingdom. 

That is however where Google now has our Rabbittude Etsy shop showing up, as uk.etsy.com/shop/rabbittude.  Dozens of US and Canadian shops on Etsy are reporting that according to Google, they are now in the UK.  

Time for more Benadryl and maybe tomorrow I will find out it was just a figment of an allergy induced coma state. 

Hitting the Wall

Human asleep at deskThis has been a rough month and it is only at the half way point. Tigger and Shadow are both being medicated for different problems.  Tropical depression Lee came through on Labor Day with multiple tornado warnings.  We lost internet for a chunk of time after that which backed my work load up since I run internet based businesses and do web design / development.

The Etsy Rabbits team is putting a push on creating treasuries with team members / rabbit themes to get the word out about International Rabbit Day. I thought I at least had that one down as Saturday the 24th, but Etsy posted it as the 25th.  In doing research, it appears that groups pick the 4th Saturday or Sunday of the month. So now there are lots of treasuries planned leading up to and through both days of the now International Rabbit Day Weekend event. 

Then business taxes that were extended are now due. Blaine and I both have large work projects going and are operating on very little sleep.  Add in the fact it is fall allergy season here and we are coughing, sneezing, and wheezing.  What does a good nights sleep feel like?  I am not sure anymore.

So I am almost hitting the wall.  I say almost, because I am so tired I am not sure there is a wall anymore and I don’t have the energy to try to find it to hit it.

Silent Sunday 9/11

The images from 10 years ago are burned so strongly in my mind.  Even after a decade, I found it impossible to adequately translate anything in to words that didn’t sound trivial or trite.  So I did what so many do when an event is overwhelming and observed a day of silent remembrance for the lives lost and all the lives forever changed by the events of that single day.

Follow the Weather and Stay Safe …

hurricane symbolTropical depression Lee is moving through Georgia. The rain it is bringing is much-needed.  However, it is also bringing unstable air.  We have just come out of a half hour in the half bath due to tornado warnings. There is a watch for possible tornadoes for the remainder of today here in North Georgia.  If you are in the pathway for Lee, keep an eye out for severe weather.

Bunnies were not happy to be grabbed without ceremony and stuffed into a carrier.   We do what we have to for all us to remain as safe as our circumstances allow when those sirens go off.  They came back out thumping.  We have them fenced off in one room only so that we can get them again easily should we need to this evening.  If we have a next house, a requirement will be a basement for better safety.

Stay tuned in to news sources for weather updates and stay safe all!

Edited to be more correct, tropical depression Lee, not hurricane.  Regardless of terminology, the bunnies are still not liking being stuffed in the carrier when the tornado sirens go off. Second time now today.

Slight Delay …

🙁 As happens with humans, the fluid congestion from Shadow’s allergies has led to a slight infection.  We have been giving him Benadryl (in vet determined dose) to try to cut down the sneezing and congestion.  There must have still been a bit too much sitting around in his sinuses and he started to have some thick nasal mucus last evening.  So he got a trip to the vet first thing this morning.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow I will have the promised Etsy treasury full of items from some of our international Etsy Rabbits to lead off a total of six treasuries I will do showcasing one item each from the active Etsy Rabbits shops.  A few shops are currently on vacation or hiatus, but there are currently almost 100 shops from over a dozen different countries. 

There are so many wonderful items available from the Etsy Rabbits with a variety of  styles in art, crafts, jewelry, accessories, clothing, home decor and more …

Follow the Weather and Stay Safe …

hurricane symbolMuch of the Eastern coast of the US and Canada are bracing for hurricane Irene to make landfall.  I hope that those in the path are heading the warnings to leave or be prepared to be cut off.  It is recommended to be provisioned for 5-7 days with food and water for all in your household which includes any pets. 

The size of this storm is enormous.  One forecaster likened it to the size of Europe.  Even if the winds die down a bit, a storm of this size will be carrying a lot of water.  I am no veteran of hurricanes, but do know from watching reports of many that have hit the southern states that the water can often be the most damaging part of the storm.

If you have never been without power for an extended period of time, it can be worse than you can imagine.  My mother lost power for a week in the blackout of 2003 where power was lost starting in Ohio and cascading throughout the east and up to Canada.  In addition to no power, she also had no fresh water or sewer services.  The power outage took out the sewage and water treatment plant in her area too.

Losing power also means losing communications.  That could be the most frightening and dangerous thing of all.  If you are marooned with no TV, internet, telephone, cell phone service or radios, you won’t know what is happening and where.  Being cut off and not knowing what to do could be deadly.

So please take care, take heed, leave now if you are in an evacuation zone. 

Was It Something I Said?

Question marksCall me confused, but I found out earlier that my blog has been blocked by a group.  It appears it happened about the time I posted a cartoon this morning.  Perhaps I should not have admitted that we actually have some regularly occurring greenhouse gases here from time to time.  Or maybe the cartoon of the greenhouse gas producer in the act was too much. 

It is also possible that having a blog that talks about bunnies and is tagged with keywords bunny, bunnies, rabbit and attitude have caught up.  After all, everything that talks about those keywords must be rated XXX, right?  I really must resist the urge I have to do a photo with the stuffed rabbit Peeps that I have.  I can only imagine what trouble that show would cause. 

So, I am scratching my head here.  I guess I don’t ever want to write about some of the things that Tigger and Shadow choose to do.  Fixing bunnies only stops rabbit reproduction.  All I intend to say on that is if you have bunnies and children, do expect at times to hear the following question, “Mommy what are the bunnies doing?”  Looking to see what they are doing and finding a kid friendly explanation could at times be a challenge.

Saturday Thoughts and News


Late last night, I discovered that our Etsy shop has received Google syndication so that it appears in the Google shopping results. This has been a hotly debated subject on Etsy since the rollout for this syndication of Etsy shops began sometime last year. I have seen reports from shops that it helped a lot while other sellers say they haven’t seen any difference at all in their views or sales.

With a tough economy though, many want to believe that getting into that extra place will be the thing that gets them to the sales level they are seeking. So the slowness of Etsy and Google making this happen for all Etsy sellers is causing a lot of negativity. Many of the unsyndicated feel they aren’t on an even playing field. 

The jury is out for us on this one until some time has passed.  Since summer is a slower time for people looking for bunny rabbit items, unless they are a true rabbit enthusiast, it may not make much difference for us receiving this syndication now. Springtime would have provided a better testing time for Rabbittude.  We will keep to our plans and see what this does or doesn’t do for our views and sales going forward. At least now in the Google shopping, items from our CafePress store and Etsy shop are appearing together to give people who are finding us for the first time a wider variety of choices.

Learning we were syndicated did prompt a really good look over all our current listings to make sure they met the rules to be picked up by the feed.  I was editing late into the night.  Then this morning Blaine was going back through and reviewing, looking for typos or things that didn’t make sense.  That provided a funny view of the difference in how the guys view descriptions.  Blaine told me I had a problem on one listing.  I asked which one and his response was, “the silver bunny earrings with violet whatevers”.  Which was his translation of  Sterling Bunny Rabbit Earrings, Violet Swarovski Butterflys.

Changing subjects to Poo in review:  In The Wonderful World of Bunny Poo, I talked about a Creative Breakroom challenge I had seen for “Jars O Crap”.  Even though the challenge is past, I was going to do an upscaled bunny poo in a jar product picture and description a la that challenge theme for fun.  However, my rabbits aren’t the poo producers I had thought.  Well they are, but they aren’t as messy outside the box as I thought which is the best means of collecting clean dry poo.  Either they have gotten very tidy right when I decided to collect a small jar of their random poos, or they were never as messy as I assumed.  Live and learn.  If I ever get a jar collected, I will do a blog post with my hypthetical product listing. 

Tomorrow I will share some photos.  The first week of August has been designated as a Simplify Your Life week.  So, I have posts planned starting Monday on how to simplify and make things easier with house rabbits as part of the household equation.  I will share a lot of the things we have discovered and learned that have helped us.