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The Importance of an Honest Business Image

Honest Business Image

I am always telling people, "Trust your designer."  Even if your designer is not me, trust your designer.  However, it occurred to me recently that not all designers are honest.  Not all creative people are honest about who they are or what kind of work they do or what kind of price they charge or ... whatever.  It's shocking; I know.  There are creative professionals who claim to care about content but just wow everyone with bells and whistles.  There are those who claim to specialize but undercut every dog walker in town just to get a job.  They are not honest about what kind of a business they run.  So, what is my advice to those who have a designer (or other creative professional) who is not honest?  This is not something I say often because I think that one's work should speak for itself, but my advice is this.  If you your creative professional is not honest fire him, and hire one you can trust.

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We've Moved!

Yes, we've moved our business.  Don't worry we are still in the greater downtown area, but we have moved up a street or two.  Our new location is officially 312 W Residence.  We bought a little house that has been renovated into office space and have cozied into a great little block.  Our neighbors are great, and we are very excited to be here.  We've actually got a lot of room—way more room than we need.  In fact, if you know of someone wanting to move their business to downtown Albany ...

In all seriousness, we'd love for you to come take a look at the new place.  We are working with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce to do a ribbon cutting.  We'll keep you posted on when that is.  In the meantime, here are some pictures for you to look at instead.  Hope you like 'em!

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Where to Take Your Company Photo

It's almost Thanksgiving which means all anyone is thinking about is Christmas.  (Poor old Thanksgiving.)  Christmas, of course, means Christmas cards, which means photography, which means proper scenery, which means location scouting.  It can be pretty tough.  The style of your pictures will drastically alter where you take your pictures.  The challenge is that you often don't know what kind of picture you really want until you see them.  What is the solution to this age-old dilemma?  Got me.  But, what I suggest is this: take your pictures in Downtown Albany, GA.  In downtown Albany you have a plethora of different picture perfect sceneries all within walking distance.  Don't believe me?  I'll prove it!

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Good Goals!

NaNoWriMo Admirer

It's November, and what could be trendier than NaNoWriMo!?  I have a young friend who is all about some National Novel Writing Month.  She has excited and encouraged me to join in the fun.  I said, "No."

It's not that I don't like NaNoWriMo; I do!  I love the passion and the deadline.  However, I am just not into the month long goals or 30 Day Challenges.  They aren't bad; Matt Cutts is a big fan of the 30 Day Challenge, and he is crazy awesome.  But, I think he said it best: "I can say, 'Hey, I wrote a novel.'  Is it any good? No, I wrote it in 30 days, but I did it."  Even though I'm not a fan of trying to cram a huge undertaking into a single month, I am a huge fan of the concepts involved, and I think there are even things to learn from them that will improve your website performance.

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One Author Thought It Would Be a Good Idea To Have a Provocative Title Until THIS Happened

Distraught Woman in Courtroom

It's happened to you, hasn't it?  You were scrolling on Facebook for who-knows-what reason when a picture caught your eye.  The title made some benign and fairly uninteresting statement but followed it up with a zinger like "you won't believe what happened next" or "number three will shock you!"  You couldn't resist.  You had to accept the challenge.  I mean, either you would get to prove the title wrong or you would infact be shocked.  Either way, it was going to be pretty awesome right?  More times than not, though, number three was not very shocking, you could believe what happened next and you were left feeling underwhelmed.  ... what happen next?

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