Please Stop Listening to the Professionals

Monday, October 31st 2016 Business

This one is going to be quick and dirty ladies and gents, because all of this noise is getting on my nerves. The “noise” being everyone and their damn mothers telling me what to do. Telling you what to do.

You know what I’m seeing every day? On twitter? In Facebook groups?

Bloggers who are confused, who are overwhelmed – who don’t know what to do. This includes people who haven’t even started a blog yet, and are just researching into doing so. This is mind boggling to me considering that there are so many people out there claiming to want to help bloggers.

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Why I Don’t & Will Never Recommend Squarespace

Monday, October 26th 2015 Business, Thoughts

While there are a handful of reasons why I don’t generally think that Squarespace is the best option as website/blogging platform, the main issue I have with Squarespace is the same as I have with sites like Blogger, and far outweighs things like not having full control over your design. (Although, I think that’s a pretty big issue too, let’s be real.)

The simple fact of the matter is, with sites like Squarespace and Blogger, you don’t own your content. Which is why it blows my MIND to see so many businesses on Squarespace.

Now to be clear, if you’re a new blogger and you’re just getting your feet wet, great! Explore every possibility there is, make sure you find what’s right for you, and that blogging is something you’re going to stick with before you invest a ton of money into something. We all started out somewhere and there’s always possibility and room for growth to a self-hosted solution in the future.

For a business though? Come on, now.

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Why You’re Not Making Money With Your Blog

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 Business, Thoughts

Blogging for a living, to some, is becoming the new norm. Be it mommy-blogging, fashion blogging, or some other niche – blogging is a huge platform and it gives people the freedom to do something that some only dream of: Make their own rules.

If you’re a blogger the only one that gets a say in what you do is, well, you (and your hosting company if you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing). When it takes you 2-3 hours to write a blog post and publish it, not even taking into consideration research time, editing images, etc – it can add up to a large chunk of your day. Not to mention your week, your month, and even your year (but I’ll be there for you – ahem – sorry). When this happens I think it’s only natural that we kind of drift into the, “Is there a way I can earn money doing this?” mindset. Even when you’re passionate about something, we all still have bills to pay, yo.

The problem is that blogging, while becoming a great method of getting those bills paid, isn’t as easy as it seems. If it was, we wouldn’t need the twelve million posts on Pinterest about how to blog. Likewise, making money while blogging isn’t a piece of cake either, and time and time again I feel myself handing out the same advice to people about building that revenue around blogging. You have to remove yourself from the equation and look at it from the perspective of someone who has never been to your site before.

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10 Months of No Development + A Surprising Report

Monday, October 12th 2015 Business, Thoughts

As I’ve mentioned a few times, at the beginning of 2015 I decided to drop development from the services I provide. Out of everything to do with the building of a website, development was what I disliked the most – or well, the only thing I disliked. It stressed me out, it made projects go on far longer than they should, and if I’m completely honest about it – I wasn’t the best at it.

I’ve seen other designers and developers struggling with the choice to make the change was well – either in the direction of dropping design, or dropping development. My opinion? It’s well worth it. There were a lot of things to take into consideration when making that leap and I understand completely the hesitance behind it:

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