When I begin building a website with a client, there can be a lot of elements that fall into the category of “Gosh. I’ve never really had to think about that before.” In addition to the obvious decisions like how many pages you want and whether you need a PayPal account or an email opt-in […]
As much as I prefer to write about the more “human” side of our businesses in my blog posts, this week I really need to go geek on you for just a second. Please don’t stop reading. This is important. In a recent newsletter we published a recommendation that you update your WordPress website so it […]
How many people do you typically get to help with your small business over the course of a year? Ever find yourself wishing you could help more — a lot more?
While it’s possible to make an interesting site without a single photograph or graphic, I think that’s the (tiny) exception rather than the rule. So if you write blog posts, put things on social media, or just want to keep your site fresh, seeking out the right images is something we’ll almost all need to do from time to time. But where do you get them? Where do you go to look, and how do you find something good once you get there? Read on, MacDuff.
In my circles, a good website is an invitation to a conversation that will show people they can believe in you, so you can take the next step together toward something better. Knowing who you’re conversing with has to come first.
When I can’t sleep, because I can’t seem to turn off the mind chatter, I’ve been doing a bit of puzzling. It un-tethers my brain and lets it float. And as the bottles on the wall slowly begin to show themselves piece by piece, it occurs to me that there are a lot of similarities between my business life as a whole, and this puzzle. See if you agree.
My dad would’ve called it a “hissy fit.” I prefer “tantrum” myself. Whatever it was, it wasn’t pretty. There I was, minding my own business, checking up on a client’s business page on Facebook. Not just any client, but a thoroughly kind and thoughtful soul. Poking through posts and their replies to see what conversations […]
Marketing yourself with complete integrity—and without ickyness—is a standout skillset that’s beneficial across the board, from attracting the kinds of clients you love working with, to seeing a healthy bottom line. Ditch the pitch!
It seems like I was a latecomer to the “early morning routine” trend. I didn’t really trip over that concept until 2014, when suddenly (to me) it seemed to be everywhere I looked. Leo Babauta had written about it long before on his great blog ZenHabits.net. Tony Robbins has been talking about it for ages. […]
You can tell what season it is just by looking around my office. There is a crispy new box of manila folders, new Sharpies, a new blank journal, and a new whiteboard and markers. There is a mini-mountain of books on topics like mastering habits, gratitude practices, and ninja scheduling techniques, as well as all the books […]
Have you even felt like sometimes — just sometimes — the freedom of operating your own small business isn’t so free after all? As I write this post, it’s the Fourth of July here in the United States (though I am offline, see below for more on that). This holiday, to me, has always been […]
Lots of you know that I’m an avid gardener, and grow a mountain of organic food every year. When I’m not helping people with their online marketing efforts, for a big part of the year I can be found in my little 30′ x 30′ patch out back, monkeying with the tomatoes and garlic and […]
Those of you with WordPress web sites like the one you’re reading (and there are millions of you) have all seen the nagging messages about updating your version of WordPress – right? And you get on that right away, right? What? You don’t? Procrastinators, unite! (pretty soon…) This may disappoint you, but I am […]
We are very, very fortunate to work with the people we do. Not a single day goes by that I don’t feel that realization washing over me. It was a rather difficult day, with lots of bad news in the media from every corner, and a creeping sense of despair made it hard to stay […]
I’m a Big Picture person, so it’s helpful to me to have a bird’s eye view of anything new in my life before I dive into it. In my working life, I’m often approached by people wanting to have something done on the web, and who are like me, wanting to see the thousand-foot view […]
I have a skinny little Moleskine journal that lives in the riser on my desk, about 3″ x 4″, and in back of it is a page I call the Doom Page. This is the page on which I’ve kept a tally of the number of times I’ve been told I’ll never get rich by […]
When considering starting a blog here, I asked a client what she might want to read about if I did. She ticked off a list of things she’d be interested in knowing more about. Then she looked at the sky to think for a second and added, “But it has to be a geek-free zone. […]