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:read more
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.read more
Finding a job is like finding your keys, it’s always the last place you look. For the first time in over five years, I can have hobbies again.read more
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….read more
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….read more
I've bragged about my blog of history and vintage fashions and ephemera, VintageReveries.com, being a showcase for my Search Engine Optimization skills, but in 2015 I put it on post recycle mode and more or less forgot about it. As a Christmas present to myself, I...read more
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 suggests...read more
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 and keep the warehouse....read more
I'll be donating my pet bird photography services again this year, at the Gateway Parrot Club (GPC) annual Christmas party which will be at Varietees Bird Store It's only $1 for each 4x6, to reimburse me for my printing expenses, and photos will be uploaded so you can...read more
I’m going to be at the All American Hookbill Fair this Saturday (August 22) selling toy blocks for birds and giving away coupons for a pet photography special.
If you miss this annual avian exposition, don’t worry, because I’m making giving these special pet photography rates through the end of September.read more
I ran into Dave Rutherford, Steadicam operator, at a St. Louis art gallery opening earlier this year. He worked on some I.A.T.S.E. projects with my boyfriend, and it was fun to get introduced and make new friends. Dave Rutherford is one of the few Steadicam operators...read more
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.read more
I got sick of talking about it, sick of thinking about it… so I decided to make some cute bird graphics and memes for Facebook and Instagram!
FaceBook memes and Internet graphics don’t need to be very complex, and Photoshop gives me almost a paralyzing amount of options. I decided to try to hack it with an iPad app.
Me, my boyfriend, and his business partner will be opening up the studio and throwing our 3rd annual sale and open house on Friday November 28th! We’ll be there around 8am, and it’s all indoors. We’ll have a ton of treasures from our attics including comic books, old electronics, and random stuff.read more
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:read more
The problem with the old site was that, being all custom code, the client could not update the site himself and he was dependent on his old webdesigner for every little content change.
One of the advantages of WordPress is that if you don’t like me updating your site, or you’d like to update it and maintain it yourself, it’s very easy and cheap to find another person to take over doing your content updates or to do them yourself.
Dr. Lar wanted to be able to add new digital downloads, sell physical books, announce book signings, and easily expand his site in the future.
ArnieAndBebe.com features:read more
This year, I’ve shot more photos of dogs, birds, and exotic animals, than ever! It’s been tons of fun doing so much pet photography, event photography, and photo booth style photography.read more
I've marked down my slightly damaged but still wearable vintage dresses to between $2-$20, with LOTS of $5 and $10 dresses! I am looking to get rid of the bulk of my used vintage clothing. Several years ago I had intended to sell more prolifically online and maybe...read more
Over the past few years, I’ve taken many pictures of various women, myself included, in bird cages. I feel that these are some of my most unique and meaningful photos, ranging from humorous to haunting. There’s tons of symbolism to being in a cage that is too small, that you can willingly get out of.read more
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!read more
Boo and Arthur came into the studio to shoot pics for the "services" section of this website. They're such goofy goffins with incredibly short attention spans! I made a "social media dice", and it was a mistake to start with that. Boo enjoys playing fetch and throwing...read more
New logo, new design... same great business. Who knew the power of a perfect logo could inspire so much? Webdesign and technology can sometimes be dry and boring. Honestly, until last week, I was in an uninspired slump with this business and considering seeking full...read more