May 23, 2014 by Beth
I’ve had the pleasure of working with several bloggers recently to launch brand spanking new sites.
While I am not a web designer, I have worked extensively on business and personal blogs since 2009, and I conceptualized the first ever Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged conference and helped my dear friend Stephanie Buckley (The Park Wife, owner of The Women Bloggers and founder of Arkansas Women Bloggers) launch and host it in 2011 and 2012 (read more here, here and here to get a feel for the conference). Now in its fourth year, more than 125 women from across the state are expected to attend the conference this September in Rogers!
Between those activities and maintaining my own blogs here and at The Little Magpie and The Food Adventuress, as well as teaching sessions on marketing, blogging and social media (details here) and supporting blogs for many of my clients, I’m pretty comfortable helping others get their blogs just right. Here are some recent projects:
Recipe Doodle (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Ceri is a darling and very competent food blogger who has written more than 400 (!) beautiful posts over the past few years sharing recipes and foodie trips to her native New Zealand. Unfortunately, her prowess in the kitchen, knack for entertaining and excellent food photography was not reflected on her old site:
We are delighted to launch her new Recipe Doodle site today – pop the champagne! Check out the improvements and let us know what you think of the changes – I think it is now nearly as lovely as Ceri!
Allyson Twiggs Dyer ~ Marketing Powerhouse
AllysonTwiggs.com (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
My other dear friend Allyson Twiggs is an incredible tourism marketing professional and one of the most savvy individuals I’ve ever encountered. She is expert in assembling and leading top-notch teams, and she has a lot of thoughts on corporate culture, marketing and branding that the world needed to hear. We recently worked together to launch her new blog, AllysonTwiggs.com – you’ll want to pay attention to her musings! She’s pleased with the site because it subtly reflects her personality (touches of pink and girly mixed with the NYC skyline) and gives her a platform and outlet for her insights on business.
My Heart’s In Dixie (St. Louis, Missouri)
Mistie Thompson is a fabulous gal I’ve had the good fortune to get to know through a mutual friend. She’s based in St. Louis, and her day gig is Sweet Tea Communications – a lovely firm she founded drawing on her years of experience in PR and communication. She is also the ringleader and chief cat herder for Missouri Women Bloggers. Mistie hit a bit of a wall last year and needed a little nudge to kick-start her personal blog, My Heart’s in Dixie. Please note that I can by no means take a modicum of credit for the site’s design (isn’t it gorgeous?), but I had the pleasure of doing some preliminary consulting with Mistie to set strategy and direction. With that said, I could never have foreseen the amazing results she and her capable designer created – yet another reason I love working in the realm of big ideas and strategy and letting others handle execution… beautifully! Her site relaunched last month and is absolutely worth a follow:
I think these sorts of projects are the most fun – I love helping bloggers channel their voices and tell their stories. Let us know what you think!