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The best free Mailchimp popup

The best free Mailchimp popup

The built in Mailchimp popup feature sucks, like, major bungholios. It’s hidden amongst the Signup Forms as ‘Subscriber pop-up,’ has limited options, and no statistics. You can make it look ok but your control over who sees it is non-existent and you have no idea how well it’s doing. It just plain sucks. I added it to my site and never saw it once, whether I was logged in or in an incognito window. With no stats, I had no idea if anyone had seen it. The functionality is so limited it’s almost useless. A free WordPress popup plugin came … Continue reading

Print On Demand For Creatives

Print on Demand for Creatives

What is “Print On Demand?” Print on Demand (or POD for short) is both a process and a business model. The process is simply printing products on-demand (ie per order), on custom printers, with your designs. POD products range from perfect bound paperback books to a wide range of apparel, wall art, home decorations and more. The business model is where you work with a company to print products on your behalf. You pay the company for the printing and fulfillment (aka packing & shipping). All you do is design products, collect money, and provide support to your customers. It’s … Continue reading

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How to create a Linktree style links page with GeneratePress Premium

I see a lot of people using Linktree & other services to create a ‘special’ & ‘pretty’ page of buttons instead of just linking to their homepage. It is a sensible idea to provide a mobile optimized set of links, especially if you have a specific link you want to direct people to from your latest post. But with the advent of WordPress’s block editor (aka Gutenberg), anyone with a WordPress website can easily make their own page. It may not look as pretty as Linktree or Milkshake but it could if you want to put some time into it. … Continue reading

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How to start a newsletter with Mailchimp & WordPress

Every creative entrepreneur needs a mailing list, unless you have a particularly good deal involving carrier pigeons. It’s the most personal and cost effective way to build a relationship with your fans. Marketing doesn’t have to be skeevy; sending emails is the best way to have a one-on-one interaction without invasive advertising. We’re going to use Mailchimp because it’s free plan is way more than enough for creatives to get started. Mailchimp also has outstanding documentation and there are tutorials up the wazoo online. This post is going to go over: How to create a Mailchimp account How to create … Continue reading

Pilu Of The Woods

Pilu of the Woods

I wanted to read Pilu of the Woods from the second I saw the cover. It’s got a lovely, analog, earthiness to it. And the book as a whole did not disappoint – every inch of it is nothing short of gorgeous. And the story is so touching – especially if you have no idea what it’s about. Willow loves the woods near her house. They’re calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods. There, … Continue reading

This Was Our Pact Review

This Was Our Pact

I just received & read this book (in one sitting, of course) on Saturday. And I have not been able to get it out of my mind since. Speaking of my mind, it exploded repeatedly while reading the book – one that I bought on slighty more than a whim. Last week was one of those weeks where one thing kept popping up over & over, which is usually the universe’s way of getting your attention. The book popped up on Instagram, and in discussions with my peers at Kids Comics United (<– a kickass social network for peeps who … Continue reading

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Twittering for creators: using Tweetdeck to build your career

I’ve been on Twitter for 13 years, or so Twitter informed me recently. I’m surprised it’s still here; there were so many attempts at social media that came & went in the early days. Anyone remember FriendFeed or Twibes? All they were was just dust in the wind, dude. Note: feel free to skip ahead to the headlined sections. Today I’m not focused on copywriting and I’m allowing myself to ramble 😉  Topics: Who’s this tutorial for? What is Twitter? What’s the point of Twitter for creatives? What happens when you find someone whose tweets you’re interested in? How to search tweets … Continue reading

Crowded comic review

Crowded

I dig speculative fiction, ever since my child mind got blown by the 1968 Planet of the Apes – especially the ending. I’m a particular fan of real life being extrapolated into the future – kinda like how we’re living through Idiocracy right now. Remember the old Marvel What If series and DC’s Elseworlds? I ate all that up. Crowded is a story set in the near future where the gig economy and publicly social, app-directed lives have taken over. Imagine a world where any job is a gig AND there’s an app for it. That’s the Crowded universe in … Continue reading

How to install WordPress

How to install WordPress the Easy Way

You wanna learn how to install WordPress and make a website? Are you a creative entrepreneur, or any old entrepreneur? You’re in luck because I finally got off my butt to start this video series, and it only took a pandemic to get me going. I look forward to sharing everything I know from building websites, configuring websites, designing websites, marketing, e-commerce, SEO – you name it. This first video on how to install WordPress covers the following: Why you need a website (and why not to rely on social media) How to install WordPress 1. Why do you need … Continue reading

Murder Falcon

Murder Falcon

I often run into stories that make me think I wish I’d thought of it. Sometimes these are simple twists or changes to tropes that are stunningly obvious; sometimes they’re clever concepts or conceits. A story like Wayward, which is a great example of traditional myth in modern times, one of those the myths are still true stories like Grimm that’s an automatic like for me. Or stories like Pacific Rim (a great kaiju film) or 30 Days of Night (a neat wrinkle on the vampire genre). But every so often I come across something special, something unique, that I … Continue reading