After a long layoff I’m back. I had deliberated a while on whether I wanted to keep this blog going or not. The main reason both for the deliberation and my recent absence is due to my moving our neighborhood bookshop from Bricks and Clicks to Clicks only. Some of you may know that I own Zeeba Books in Montreal. It was a tough decision but after nearly four years of having a terrific little Internet/Cafe/Bookstore I made the decision to return to the corporate world. On the surface it may make you shudder but to be honest I am very much enjoying my new job, certainly enjoying the new checks and still love selling books, though on a much smaller scale. We trimmed our stock down from 15 000 to a comfortable 5 000, moved them all to my house then wen looking for a job. With my background in IT it didn’t take very long; three interviews and a couple of weeks later I was hired by SirsiDynix. The funny thing is that they are a Integrated Library System software company. I troubleshoot fairly complex library setups.
There’s my story. Some plans for the next few weeks include writing a post on my own hindsight and what I could/should have done differently to ensure the prosperity of my shop. I could have made some better decisions but I couldn’t control the slumping economy and rising rent. I also plan on encouraging you all to continue submitting stories. Most of the content for this site has come from you guys and together we have created a nice depository of information that would be a pity to loose. Hope to hear from you, please feel free to comment and if you are not already in our list of Sellers by Specialty list then please send me your coordinates along with your specialty and we’ll add your shop.
One other note, I’ve started up a more personal blog called The Big Desk, feel free to check that one out as well. It will have daily updates on personal opinion, travel tips, recipes, humour and great thinkers.