Any time my friends say, "OMG have this really great idea!" and spend 10 minutes excitedly explaining their new business/website/book, I always (as long as it's actually a great idea) respond with "That sounds so cool, go for it!" It's been pointed out to me that I'm a good person to bounce ideas off because I'm always supportive, but guess how many of those friends took that encouragement and actually went for it... Yeah, not many.
Why is it that we spend so much time thinking about a new idea, planning it in our mind - what we'll ... READ MORE >>>
I finally got my buns in gear and created a bunch of new, fully responsive Wordpress templates for the shop! All new self-hosted Wordpress templates are built on the Genesis framework with HTML5, which means not only do they look great on your desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone, but there are a bunch of customization options built right in. You can switch the position of the columns and add a second sidebar, easily created drop-down menus, and add photo/content slideshows with the help of Genesis-based plugins.
I've also added ... READ MORE >>>
Happy first of December! I hope you've had some time off to relax this weekend. I spend the past few days working on ebooks (not quite done yet) and new Wordpress templates (coming next week!), rehearsing and performing on Friday night. I went to Thanksgiving at my grandmother's, my mom made a giant dinner last night, and today I'm going to Thanksgiving number two at Shane's work. Really excited to be eating turkey for the first time since I was 16, but boy am I eating a lot of it!
It's a short list of links this week, but they're ... READ MORE >>>
If you're working on finding your niche in blogging and growing your audience, it can be helpful to analyze why you follow the people you follow. I'm sure there are blogs you've been following for years, so let's narrow down why it is that they're maintained a place in your rss reader or Twitter feed. Here's how to figure out why you enjoy peeking into their lives on a daily basis (that sounds creepy, but you know what I mean!) and use those strengths to help improve your own blog.
Why do you follow the bloggers you follow?
Choose ... READ MORE >>>
Andada + Trebuchet MS, Yellowtail + Open Sans
Oswald + Gentium Basic, Always in my Heart + Questrial,
Carton + Quicksand, Beneath Your Beautiful + Century Gothic
Mr. De Haviland + Georgia, Nixie One + Josefin Sans
(unlinked fonts you should already have on your computer :)
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The holiday rush has already started, so it's a good idea to check over your shop and make sure it's in shape! I know there isn't a ton of design flexibility within Etsy, but you can still do a few things to make your listings stand out from the crowd.
Use the full header space for your shop banner
It's a small space, so create a banner that is bold, bright and easy to read. Use photos or imagery from your shop to give new visitors a sense of your style. Check out these headers from The Busy Bee, Raw Bone Studio, and The Gnaked ... READ MORE >>>
I like to think I'm pretty graceful in the air, but on the ground I'm awkward as hell. My students have been working on handstands lately and now I've gotten the itch to try, but it's difficult working on something you're terrible at.
Looks like I'm really good though, right?? I can flip up against the wall and then float away for a whole three seconds.
I really would like to be better on the ground though. Lugging all that aerial equipment is a pain and sometimes it would be nice to just show up and do some cartwheels and back ... READ MORE >>>
This week has been rough! Every day something went wrong. Three giant terrible things happened. The word hospital was mentioned far too many times. There was fighting and an enormous client issue. By the end of the week Shane and I were constantly texting each other, "WTF is the deal with this week??"
BUT - I'm not going write in detail about any of that crap. Everyone is ok, but I'm seriously over it. Only puppies and rainbows allowed next week.
Instead, here are my five favorite things that happened this week...
1. I parked ... READ MORE >>>
Alright all you Blogger users, this one's for you! I know I've talked a lot about adding plugins to aid in SEO (search engine optimization), but obviously Blogger doesn't have that capability. So, today I've got some suggestions on how to optimize your posts so you get more quality search engine traffic.
Add a site description under Settings > Search preferences. This is what will pop-up when someone searches for your site. Make sure to include keywords relating to your site's content.
Custom post ... READ MORE >>>