Now and Then

My sister recently wrote a blog post with the title “25 Random Things About Me.” It began: A friend recently sent me a “Memory” of hers that popped up on Facebook. It was something I’d tagged her with ten years ago. What’s still the same? she asked me. What has changed? Here’s my answer. In one of her answers, Kathy…

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A Website Redesign for Basic Organization

One of the biggest compliments a web designer can receive is to have the owner of a site they’ve created return for a redesign a few years later. Background Basic Organization was established in 2005 and launched their first website a short time later. Owner Janet Schiesl and I first worked together in 2014. The goals of that project were…

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An easy new way to create blog and social media graphics [app review]

A lot of people ask me to link to their article or review their product on my blog. Most of their emails end up in the trash, but occasionally one piques my interest. Not long ago, I received such a pitch from Design Wizard. They described their app as “an extremely viable alternative to the likes of Canva, Snappa, Crello,…

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A Great Year for Reading

It’s been a rough year personally, but my best year ever for my web design business, and a truly amazing year for reading. I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for months so I could tell you about some of the books that have delighted me. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge I enjoyed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2015 Reading…

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Planning for Your Best Year Ever

With 2018 drawing to an close, you’ve likely been thinking ahead to next year. But before you begin developing your marketing plan for 2019, let’s pause to review and celebrate the last 12 months! You’ve probably accomplished a lot, even if some days it doesn’t feel like it. Your Year-End Review If you have a formal business plan, hopefully you’ve…

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How to save time blogging

Are you spending too much time on blogging activities? Has it been months since you updated your blog due to time restraints? Have you avoided starting a blog because you can’t figure out how to squeeze it into your already busy schedule? You’re definitely not alone. In a Facebook group for bloggers, I asked, “What is your biggest blogging challenge?” and by…

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How to convert your website visitors into clients

As a business owner, you’re probably concerned with driving traffic to your website. That’s good — you should be! But it doesn’t stop there. Having new people discover your website is great, but if none of them become paying clients, you’re not much further ahead. To increase the chances of your website visitors deciding to do business with you, try the…

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First Look: Family Trust by Kathy Wang

Although it’s been a pretty rough year for me, a lot of good stuff has happened too, especially in my reading life. After already enjoying tons of wonderful books (which I’ll talk about in a future post), I received a copy of Kathy Wang’s first novel, Family Trust, through HarperCollins Canada’s First Look program. Family Trust appealed to me on…

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