I have gotten into gardening now that we’re in the house. It’s March in Texas and that means it’s blooming time! I have quite a few plants going right now and I started some herbs.
In addition to daisies, I have purslane, hibiscus, roses, a yellow mandevilla, catnip, various herbs and some aloe vera. These pictures were taken in mid March 2013.
Next on the list is to build a chicken coop. The plan is to follow this design, slightly modified.
The chicken coop is going to be about 8 feet by 4 feet and stand about 5 feet high. I am also going for the planter box on top and plan on doing something the chickens will enjoy, but haven’t decided on what.
Check out my Pinterest board My Backyard to see what other ideas I have in mind.
While most WordPress SEO plugins offer similar features, such as title tag rewriting, easy meta editing and permalink configuration, SEO by Yoast offers an SEO check on each blog post.
After you finish a blog post and you’re entering SEO info (title tag, description, etc.), you can check to make sure your keyword is in the appropriate places. It will also show you a snippet preview so you can make sure your post will appear as you want in search results.
Use the built-in breadcrumbs to show your visitors where they are instead of getting another plugin. Clean up your permalinks and generate a search engine friendly XML sitemap. You can also edit your robots.txt and .htaccess files right from the admin panel instead of heading into your favorite text editor.
Another great feature is the ability to enhance your RSS feed. Add header and footer text so readers get an extra dose of info about your post or blog when viewing your posts in a feed reader.
So I’m a big fan of TV shows. I like them better than movies because you spend more time with your favorite characters and in shorter bursts. I can watch ten episodes of a 40 minute show in a row, but I can’t watch two movies back to back.
If your taste is anything like mine (and by that I mean awesome!), then you’ll love these shows. Most of them are witty, with an off-beat sense of humor. Some of them are very popular and some are very underrated. Anyway, here’s a list of 13 hilarious TV shows.
1. Better Off Ted
This show came out in 2009 and only ran for two seasons. It’s about a group of people who work in a huge corporation in the research and development division. Better Off Ted makes fun of giant corporations who only care about profits, and how R&D departments invent insane products that don’t always work, and sometimes cause hilarious hijinks. This is a very underrated show that never got good press, but is highly rated after the fact.
2. The League
The League centers around a group of friends who play in a fantasy football league, but that doesn’t mean you have to like football to enjoy the show — I know because football is a snooze fest and The League is awesomesauce. The main characters have all been friends since high school and are now in their thirties, some with families and some with lots and lots of Eskimo brothers. They all insult and pull pranks on each other beach they’re those kinds of friends and it makes for hilarious TV, even if you’d want to chop of their faces in real life. Continue reading…
I’m always eager to test drive a new app, and I tend to fly through most of them and settle on a few. Here are 7 Windows apps that give a web designer a leg up and help you be productive.
Check all your email accounts at once with Postbox
I’ve long been searching for the answer to my “too many email addresses” problem. I have about 10 different Gmail accounts for various projects and since I move from my work computer to my home computer, I wanted an easy way to check all of them at once. I tried Thunderbird, but it always left me wanting; it’s clunky and ugly. I tried different browser plugins to check multiple Gmail accounts, but they never worked right all the time. Continue reading…
One of the most important parts of having a website is gaining visitors, and it’s not always an easy task. Here are 13 ways to increase traffic to your website.
12. Order business cards with your website address and leave them everywhere. You can get business cards super cheap nowadays and they are still a valuable marketing tool. Plus, how cool are you when you hand over a business card?
Looking for a landing page that tracks important information for visitors, including location and referring websites? Desant is a free, open-source landing page app that does the trick.
“Desant is an open source and neat landing page application. It’s simple to use, customize and extend to your needs. There’s an awesome admin area too – it will give you all the information and statistics you need.”
If you’ve spent awhile reading various blogs or even news websites, you’re probably familiar with the infamous Internet Commenter. This person’s comments might make your brain explode because of the incredible non-readability.
Copyblogger, one of my favorite websites ever, created an infographic - 15 Grammer Goofs That Make You Look Silly. And it’s awesome. Continue reading…
Graphic design is a tricky industry because there is enough business out there for you to make a good living just with freelance work, but finding those clients can be tough. Instead of fighting every other graphic designer for the same clients, try finding a niche to explore.
Smartpress, one of my favorite printing services has an article with 25 niche ideas for graphic designers.
The ones that stood out to me are restaurant menus, reminder postcards (for dentists, doctors, etc.) and loyalty cards.