Starting the New Year with a Clean Slate

2012 Plans

I started blogging several years ago. As is the case with many bloggers, my initial blog was basically just a personal journal. I'd write about whatever happened to be of interest to me at the time. One day I'd write a post about web design or graphic design. Then a few days later, I'd write  a post about my favorite band. I was just having fun documenting and sharing my thoughts in this way. After a while, however, my life seemed to be … [Read more...]

The Importance of Setting Goals

Behind the Goal

Towards the end of December of 2009, I was getting ready to write down and commit to a few new years resolutions for 2010 and beyond. December 31st came and went and yet I had not written down or committed myself to any of the resolutions I had been contemplating. One such resolution was to begin blogging on a much more frequent basis. Well, simply look at my last blog post (July 2009) and you will see that I haven't begun to live up to that … [Read more...]

7 Best Practices to Follow to Prepare for a Website Redesign Project

Is your website ready for a facelift? Have you been thinking about the need to redesign your current website, but just don't have any idea how to go about it or where to begin? Depending on the size and complexity of your website, preparing for a website redesign can be a daunting task. Fortunately, there are some best practices that you can follow to ensure that you setup your website redesign project for success. I am going to cover 7 best … [Read more...]

Bella (Pet Dog) Diving Off a Dock for Her Favorite Toy

The 4th of July holiday has now passed. It was a busy, but very good one. We spent time at the family cabin as well as in my hometown of Prior Lake, MN where we went to enjoy the fireworks display. We had a great time at the cabin. One of the highlights had to be playing with my sister-in-law's and brother-in-law's pet dog, Bella.  Bella has always been a playful dog. Over the past few years, she's grown a huge affinity for swimming and playing … [Read more...]

The Key Elements or Components of a Successful Online Community

As I've mentioned before, I am currently working on a personal website project. While I am not ready to share any real specific information about the project, I do want to discuss the basic premise of the project which is to create an online community for a specific niche that I am passionate about. I've been doing some research on online communities and thought that it would be a great topic for a blog post. In addition to sharing my thoughts on … [Read more...]

Learn to Start Your Own Freelance Writing Business

To say that I am a writer would definitely be an overstatement. Writing is a craft that I have never been very good at. Words just do not seem to flow out of me as they do others. I've worked with several extremely talented writers over the course of my career and have always been in awe of how easy writing came to them. As I've become more and more interested in blogging over the course of the last several months, I have a renewed interest in … [Read more...]

A Great New Group of Inspirational Niche Gallery Websites

Blog Design Heroes

As a designer, I am constantly seeking inspiration. For me, inspiration can come from many places. It can come from nature while I am outside taking my dog for a walk. It can come from the music I am listening to or a video I am watching. Inspiration can even come to me while I'm reading a book. When it comes to website design projects, I often turn to website design gallery sites for inspiration. There are many amazing designers and artists out … [Read more...]