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June Blog Round Up

June Blog Round Up

The following blog post is a list of blogs I read during June that I found worthwhile of sharing with others. They cover a range of topics which relate to websites, marketing, social media and other topics. 4 Simple Ways To Develop A Strong Brand Voice On Instagram...

Content Sharing

Content Sharing

You will have noticed that once a month, I share content that comes from other people as one of my blogs. I have had a few people ask me why I do this as to them it doesn’t make much sense for a few reasons. Aren’t you in competition with those you are sharing? In a...

Blogs can be imperfect

Blogs can be imperfect

I haven’t written anything about blogging recently, focusing mainly on web design and web site clients but I’m ready to come back to it this week as I had recently read an article that had frustrated me so much. Perfectly Polished Only The article I had read was...

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

For the month of May I read the book May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. What’s it about? This book is described as a 40 day guidebook of subtle shifts fo radical change and unlimited happiness. Reason I chose this book When I purchased The Universe Has Your...

Is That Really Necessary?

Is That Really Necessary?

Each of my new web design clients are informed during the brief that I recommend a Maintenance Package as part of the web build. I’m clear and up front that it’s not essential for my clients but it’s strongly recommended. Some people see this as an additional cash...

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

I’ve recently struggled with balancing my writing for my own website with my clients’ needs. I’ve mentioned before that this kind of thing happens and I know that it’s hard to get back on track once it occurs. So far, I’ve missed two weeks’ worth of content; including...

How far ahead should I schedule content?

How far ahead should I schedule content?

I’ve been asked this question by several people who have started looking at their content and trying to develop a plan for how they go about it. And the easy answer to this question is: that it depends! Yep, so helpful I know! I look at content planning as a bit of a...

Why a Clear Vision is the Ultimate Resource When Designing a Site

Why a Clear Vision is the Ultimate Resource When Designing a Site

I know that this is a common question asked to potential clients who are looking for a site to be built: do you have any examples of things you like on a website? Often, it’s followed up with a request for examples of websites you like, with notations on why you like...

Why Content is Required Before Developing Your Site

Why Content is Required Before Developing Your Site

You might notice that when shopping around for a web designer that you get asked to provide the content before the start date. I request content as one of the first things needed from my clients. But why is it necessary when you are still working out your design...

Low, High or Stock Images!

Low, High or Stock Images!

One of the regular discussions I have with clients is in relation to the images they want to use on their site. This is an area I have a few definitive opinions on, and so, I decided to cover them below. Personal photos trump stock photos except when low quality I...

A Burst of Colour

A Burst of Colour

A few weeks ago, I talked about why negative space is so important while designing your website. Today’s topic is looking at how to utilise the white space, how to help it match branding without filling it with content. This week, I’m talking about Colour Blocking and...

4 Tips for Meeting Website Send Live Deadlines

4 Tips for Meeting Website Send Live Deadlines

You’ve got a website in the works and you have a deadline in mind. These tips are there to help you ensure that your deadline is not missed, based on my experiences with clients. Content I’ve mentioned in my blogs before about having content ready to go before getting...

Flexibility in Design is a Must

Flexibility in Design is a Must

After building websites for a while, you begin to discover that it isn’t always easy to meet the exact specifications of your clients. You do everything in your power, but sometimes, it just isn’t always feasible to do so. I don’t tend to work often from a design...

What do you mean, that costs extra?

What do you mean, that costs extra?

I’ve had this question asked to me several times and I get why it can be frustrating for a client to be expecting to pay one amount for a site and then to have things added to the cost. However, as a designer/developer this is something that is essential for me to ask...

Brainstorming When You Work For Yourself

Brainstorming When You Work For Yourself

In my prior blog, I mentioned that I brainstorm to come up with ideas to write about. This can, at times, be difficult when it’s just you coming up with them. Unlike when you work within a team; where brainstorming can be easy as you have a range of people surrounding...

Notebooks are Important

Notebooks are Important

I’m going to start this blog with a note of importance: whether you use a physical notebook or electronic, find whatever method works for you. Using both physical and electronic notebooks works for me well but might not for you. I’ve been writing content on my own...

How much should I write?

How much should I write?

When writing a blog post, there are so many elements to keep in considering that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of it all; especially when you are struggling to either find the words, or reining the words in. I’ve recently had a few conversations with people over...

Should I Batch Content?

Should I Batch Content?

I've seen a bit of discussion around this topic recently and thought I'd add my take on the matter. What do you think about the idea of batching?

Content Sharing

Content Sharing

You will have noticed that once a month, I share content that comes from other people as one of my blogs. I have had a few people ask me why I do this as to them it doesn’t make much sense for a few reasons. Aren’t you in competition with those you are sharing? In a...

Blogs can be imperfect

Blogs can be imperfect

I haven’t written anything about blogging recently, focusing mainly on web design and web site clients but I’m ready to come back to it this week as I had recently read an article that had frustrated me so much. Perfectly Polished Only The article I had read was...

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

I’ve recently struggled with balancing my writing for my own website with my clients’ needs. I’ve mentioned before that this kind of thing happens and I know that it’s hard to get back on track once it occurs. So far, I’ve missed two weeks’ worth of content; including...

 

Don’t Let Your Fear Of Videos Stop You

Don’t Let Your Fear Of Videos Stop You

One of the most common reason people don't vlog is their fear of being in front of a camera. I know I was like that too. Yet, it's one of the best ways to get your clients to connect and resonate with your message. What do you have to loose to give it a shot?

Taking Some Action is Good, Taking Regular Action is Better

Taking Some Action is Good, Taking Regular Action is Better

Become known as a source of good content, build your brand by taking action. By only posting ocassionally, you not only have to win over new people, but those who have lost interest. And those are harder to win back. If you're struggling for ideas for what to talk...

No Comments, No Worries

No Comments, No Worries

Feeling disappointed after loading content onto your website to have no reaction? Wonder why you should continue considering that no one has made you feel like what you've said is worthwhile? I get it! I do. But here's why you should say, no comments, no worries! And...

Repurposing Blog Content

Repurposing Blog Content

Congratulations for taking the step to blog. It’s something that can really build audiences for you, both visible and invisible. Yet, did you know that this is just the first step to what you can do with the content within the post itself? Here’s a handy guide to how...

Should I Batch Content?

Should I Batch Content?

I've seen a bit of discussion around this topic recently and thought I'd add my take on the matter. What do you think about the idea of batching?

#everythingiscontent

#everythingiscontent

NB: I can't stop laughing at my facial expression in the featured image.  Yes, I've totally stolen Chenae Carey's hashtag but I told her I was going to! But, more to the point, Chenae was spot on with the use of it and it was nice to get a reminder. Let me know what...

Reasons Why I’m Loving Pinterest for Business

Reasons Why I’m Loving Pinterest for Business

I know, I'm kind of late to joining Pinterest and using it as a business tool, but I know I am not the last person to join and learn the benefits of it. Yes, for those of you who don't use Pinterest for business purposes, there is more to the site than recipes,...

Sharing passwords

Passwords are supposed to be private. It gets reiterated to you whenever you sign up to a new account. Add in the secret questions and what not when you aren’t sure of your password and it becomes a nightmare trying to remember it all. A lot of business people also...

Passwords

Passwords can be the bane of everyone’s work and home lives. Nearly every system requires a password, has their own rules about what can be used as a password and then there is the recommendations about not using the same one for multiple things! How are you ever...

Phishing

In a nutshell, phishing is an attempted to convince people to enter in their login details into a fake website that replicates another site, in a means of gaining this information for use illegally. How does it work? Phishing works in a few ways to get the same...

Facebook scam

I became aware of a new type of scam online the other day. One that I know a number of people have never heard of. So I figured I'd pass on some information about the way the scam works and some ways people can identify it. The set up: I received a Friend request on...

Caution: ATO Scam Warning

Caution: ATO Scam Warning

Last week I received an interesting phone call. One which I had heard of last year, but until now had never received it. So what was the phone call? One which would lead me to believe was from the ATO. It was warning me that there was an affidavit out against me and...

Security for your site

When I used to work in internet security, I loathed WordPress, Joomla and a few other platforms because they were the websites that were always being hacked. It surprised me though when I started really developing my own sites how much I loved WordPress because it was...

Scam Warning: Boiler Room

Scam Warning: Boiler Room

I’ve not written a security blog post for a while but after receiving multiple of these calls, I figured I would do a blog about the Boiler Room scam. Please, remember, that any advice in this blog is just information. I link to a few sites that have more information,...

Alternatives to Blogging

Alternatives to Blogging

Want to blog but feel you don’t have time? Struggling to write the ideas and thoughts in your mind? Want someone else to write your blogs for you, yet they don’t quite match your concepts or voice? We all struggle at times to be consistent with putting content on our...

Email Organisation Tips

Email Organisation Tips

You have an intense relation with your email. We have to utilize our inbox several times a day and when we are unable to open an email, we simply use the power of archive. However, it leads to the collection of excessive clutter in our inbox. So it is the time that we...

Ways to Organize Your Computer Filing Systems

Ways to Organize Your Computer Filing Systems

I wanted to take a step back a little, and focus on some of the areas that often are overlooked... so, this was the result of that. Being unable to find a file is one of the most frustrating things that you have to go through. You might have searched in many folders...

Understanding the Cloud

One thing that I’ve heard a lot of people talk about but not really understand is having things “in the cloud”. What is “in the cloud” exactly? Having something in the cloud is just another way to say cloud computing; in other words storing things online instead of on...

Motivation Detox: How to Get Unstuck

Motivation Detox: How to Get Unstuck

I’ve been feeling a bit underwhelmed with things recently, at least when it came to my own business. I felt stuck. It was easier for me to focus on my clients instead of focusing on my business and where I could grow it. So, I did some reading and these four tips I...

Accountability and Content

Accountability and Content

I know that for a lot of us, whether we're determined to keep a schedule or not, life gets in the way. And it's so true that there are times where you just can't focus on anything else but whatever it is that has your attention. Stopping to write a weekly blog is not...

5 Quick Ways to Enjoy More Success

5 Quick Ways to Enjoy More Success

During my research while writing blogs for clients, I discovered that people kept telling me the same thing when it came to those who were successful. As I read and listened to the information, these same five categories kept coming up. So here is my five ways to...

May Blog Round Up

May Blog Round Up

The following blog post is a list of blogs I read during May that I found worthwhile of sharing with others. They cover a range of topics which relate to websites, marketing, social media and other topics. The No-Trick New Blogger Strategy for Content Creation...

The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle

The Power of NOW by Eckhart Tolle

For the month of April, I was finishing reading the book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. What’s it about? This book looks at the challenging but extraordinarily rewarding journey to find the power of now. Reason I chose this book This was another book that had been...

April Blog Round Up

April Blog Round Up

The following blog post is a list of blogs I read during April that I found worthwhile of sharing with others. They cover a range of topics which relate to websites, marketing, social media and other topics. The Power of Storytelling in Social Media...

Book Review: Everybody Writes! by Ann Handley

Book Review: Everybody Writes! by Ann Handley

For the month of March, I was finishing reading the book Everybody Writes! by Ann Handley. What’s it about? This book looks at the fact that regardless of what you do, you write. It looks at the types of writing and how to write better for those types. Reason I chose...

June Blog Round Up

June Blog Round Up

The following blog post is a list of blogs I read during June that I found worthwhile of sharing with others. They cover a range of topics which relate to websites, marketing, social media and other topics. 4 Simple Ways To Develop A Strong Brand Voice On Instagram...

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

For the month of May I read the book May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein. What’s it about? This book is described as a 40 day guidebook of subtle shifts fo radical change and unlimited happiness. Reason I chose this book When I purchased The Universe Has Your...

Balancing Act

Balancing Act

I’ve recently struggled with balancing my writing for my own website with my clients’ needs. I’ve mentioned before that this kind of thing happens and I know that it’s hard to get back on track once it occurs. So far, I’ve missed two weeks’ worth of content; including...

 

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