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….

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...
FaceBook Pages vs Profiles

FaceBook Pages vs Profiles

Many people wonder what the difference between Facebook profiles vs FaceBook pages are. Mashable has an article where they define Facebook pages, profiles, and groups. Ultimately, by having FaceBook pages for each of my brands, I am able to reach niche audiences and to separate and draw boundaries between my personal life and my brands.

When Tumblr is a better platform than WordPress

When Tumblr is a better platform than WordPress

I recently made the decision to switch my overly ambitious domain name SelfShotMagazine.com from Wordpress to Tumblr. I bought myself this theme for $20 that automatically inserts google adsense, so the site still makes me an occasional cup of coffee (and every visitor counts)!

Here is why I’m using Tumblr as a platform for SelfShotMagazine.com and why I plan on moving a few other topical domain names I have over to it:

I hate blogging for myself

I hate blogging for myself

I can never think of anything to say, unless it’s drivel about my birds that I post on my personal FaceBook profile or short blurbs and retweets on Twitter. Other people are so much more interesting than I think myself to be!

WordCamp 2014 was fun!

WordCamp 2014 was fun!

It was such a blast to attend WordCamp 2014 last Saturday! I got totally lost between the parking lot and the building, due to construction, and ended up missing the first session, but I was glad that I went. I attended a seminar on video and podcasting using...
Tweaking versus re-designing my ecommerce site

Tweaking versus re-designing my ecommerce site

With online e-commerce sites, and any business, there are so many options and directions to take your business in, and businesses can change quicker than fads. The awesome thing about WordPress, is that you can easily and quickly change your site as often as you’d like.

Neglected Projects

Neglected Projects

I am the type of person who, when I get bored, I play around online and make websites. Pushing myself to do better on my own 2am inspirations, is what really got me into providing website design services for other people. Right now, I’m “sitting on”...

On subcontracting my website design work….

I want to preface this, that I’ve had some excellent experiences working with project managers. My first experiences with website design was thru an above board agency who I still sometimes work with. I’ve just run into some not-so-legit “project...

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