Time for A Fresh Look…

I decided that since I’m going to start blogging again that my blog needed to be respectable looking. I’ve been getting OCD about design lately (something I’m going to blog about soon) and the old look of my blog just wasn’t doing it for me. So, I decided to invest some time yesterday looking for a new theme and sprucing things up a bit. In addition to my personal blog I’ve been working on a new look for TerranMarketing.com as well. Design has always been important to me, but it’s hard to own GraphicDesign.com and not get obsessive… A new look for my blog As I mentioned off the top, the old look and feel of my blog just wasn’t working anymore. I was using the very popular Thesis Theme before, but it was the older version before they updated to 2.0. I was tempted to just upgrade to 2.0, but there is nothing on their site about it being responsive out of the box. Since I already own a full subscription to StudioPress, thanks to WPHub.com, I ended up going that route. I settled on the Focus theme and made some minor personal customizations. Focus met all the requirements I was looking for: The theme had to be responsive. The theme had to have a very clean look / feel. I wanted to use large typography. In addition to the look and feel I added a FeedBlitz RSS feed and made social a bigger part of the blog. You can now easily find me on social networks from the sidebar and each post has social sharing icons. Pretty...

Time to start blogging again…

Where have you been? It’s been a little over 8 months since my last blog post and I’ve really been having the itch to start it up again. To be honest, the main reason I stopped blogging for awhile is that I was dealing with a lot of unpleasant things that just wouldn’t have been very fun to write about. If you were a follower of my blog you know that I moved to Texas back in mid 2011 only to realize what a mistake that was a few months later. I certainly don’t want to air all the dirty laundry of that experience here, but the biggest fallout was some bonehead SEO practices by my former partner. While I was off practicing total white hat SEO, even writing about it, my partner was off doing all the black hat no-nos known to man. Things such as article spinning, buying links, comment spamming, low quality directories, etc, etc. When I first discovered what he had been doing I was pretty outraged. When I confronted him about it his exact words were “But it works”. Just thinking about it right now makes my head almost explode. I equated it to poker during tournament play when you bluff all in. There is that old saying of “It works every time, but once”. Even after we had a long conversation about shutting the black hat crap down, he still persisted behind my back. While we ultimately decided to part ways because of this (and several other reasons), Panda and Penguin finally caught up to his “it works” approach and left me with...