Janet's Blog

Blogging and Authenticity

March 28, 2019 / 15 Comments
Blogging and Authenticity

A lot of people don’t like social media because it’s so hard to separate business from personal. Some create multiple accounts for that very reason. I really don’t mind that. I love getting to know my clients and other business contacts better by seeing photos of their home town and family events, especially since most […]

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Planning and Organizing Your Website Content

March 14, 2019 / 10 Comments
website content planning

Because a website is primarily visual, many business owners consider design to be the top priority, but it shouldn’t be. An attractive website may be eye-catching, but if your message doesn’t speak to the needs of your target market, it’s not going to help you reach your goals. Instead of coming up with the perfect design, […]

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How to organize your blogging process with Todoist

February 28, 2019 / 11 Comments
organizing your blogging process

Blogging was pretty easy when I started in 2006. An idea would pop into my head, I’d log into my blog, type something, and maybe add a photo or some clipart. Yes, clipart! It seems crazy now, but that’s how it was. Since then, blogging has become a serious marketing strategy for businesses of all […]

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Now and Then

February 17, 2019 / 14 Comments
Selfie with camera

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 […]

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A Website Redesign for Basic Organization

February 14, 2019 / 11 Comments
website redesign

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 […]

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

January 31, 2019 / 2 Comments
graphic design

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 […]

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A Great Year for Reading

December 29, 2018 / 8 Comments
2018 books

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 […]

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Planning for Your Best Year Ever

December 13, 2018 / 12 Comments
Business woman celebrating her 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 […]

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How to save time blogging

November 29, 2018 / 11 Comments
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 […]

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