AvianAssist on the backburner

AvianAssist on the backburner

I failed, wonderfully, attempting to launch my nonprofit, AvianAssist at the Strange Folk Festival this weekend. “Failed wonderfully”, because I’ve tended to learn more when things go wrong, than when they go right.

Launching AvianAssist with a photo opportunity at the Strange Folk Festival was overly ambitious for several reasons:

Random Reflections on My First 30 days (or so) Working a 9-5 in over 5 years

Random Reflections on My First 30 days (or so) Working a 9-5 in over 5 years

I had my first day working a 9-5 office job on June 29. It’s been a little over a month now.

I had a lot of good clients as a WordPress web-designer and freelancer, and with the burned out anger feelings fading into the past, I’m better able to appreciate all the wonderful people and other small businesses who were the reason why I “made it” for over five years without having a “real job”. I learned invaluable “soft” and demonstrable skills during these past five years, thanks to everything! The further away from freelancing for full time income I mentally get, the more grateful for awesome people and good I feel.

My main take-away from the first 30 days of working a 9-5 job is that this was the right decision at the right time for me to make. In accepting my current position, I do not have any qualms about going with my intuition, curiosity, and logic. It’s been a surprisingly easy transition in all ways.

Going in a totally different direction

Going in a totally different direction

I have honestly been missing being in an office. Working 100% from home since last October has been challenging, although at first fun. I miss working as part of a team on bigger and more complex projects than what I can accomplish alone. Recently, as I’ve started exploring the local St. Louis job market, I’ve discovered that I am passionate about online training….

The Cost of Building a WordPress website

The Cost of Building a WordPress website

Over the years, I’ve gone back and forth on listing prices for WordPress websites.

A few months ago, I made up some base web-design packages, and thought that I had everything perfected. I even purchased a webdesign cost estimation plugin, and set it up.

However, when nobody in a certain field lists prices, there is usually a reason….

5 reasons not to hire me

5 reasons not to hire me

Below are a few very good reasons why you should not work with me. Seriously. You want me to design the next Amazon.com: Please hire me to be on the team, but do not put me in charge of personally building a huge complex 100% custom coded non-WordPress website!...
Speeding up websites

Speeding up websites

One of the things that I’ve been learning about lately, is speeding up websites as a component of search engine optimization. There is debate about if your Google Pagespeed score matters, as it measures lots of other things besides page speed and usually...
2016 Preview of Exciting Changes

2016 Preview of Exciting Changes

Over this summer, I experienced some major changes and went through a few months of feeling totally uninspired. This “blah” time in my personal life happened at the same time as a “blah” time with my businesses. We decided to give up the office...

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