Meaningful Brand Icons From Unique Tattoos

Niackery Elements logo — Design by Julie @Niackery, with modifications by Tia Tanguay

My attachment to my tattoos goes more than skin deep. Using them as brand icons isn’t something I planned, but I’m sure happy with how things have turned out! I’ve been using my Eco-Footprint tattoo as my brand icon for almost five years now, and it’s always served me well, ever since it was designed for me and […]

Identify and Deal with Email Spam from Contacts

Email Security Usage Around the World (Infographic)

Email spam from people in your contacts list got you down these days? You’re not the only one. It seems there’s been a lot of it in the past week. And it keeps perpetuating itself because people trust the names in their contacts list, and therefore have no reason to suspect spam. But they should, as the infographic […]

Improving Parabola: 8 Simple Theme Tweaks

Screenshot of the Parabola WordPress theme.

Parabola by Cryout Creations is a pretty great theme right out of the box. It’s flexible, user-friendly, responsive, and stylish. I gush all about Parabola’s awesomeness in my Overview and Comparison of Three Free WordPress Themes: Atahualpa, Graphene, and Parabola. So clearly, improving Parabola certainly isn’t a must, but there are a few things this WordPress theme could […]

Solving Not Found Issues with Atahualpa

A screenshot of the demo Atahualpa WordPress theme.

Of the three free WordPress themes I recently reviewed, Atahualpa is most certainly my favourite. But that’s not to say that Atahualpa is perfect. I’ve still had to overcome my fair bit of challenges while working with Atahualpa. I’m particularly proud of my php-free workaround for solving Not Found issues with Atahualpa, so here’s what I did in […]


Overview and Comparison of Three Free WordPress Themes: Atahualpa, Graphene and Parabola

Screenshot of a blank WordPress version 1.5 theme

Update: Since I amalgamated my four sites, I decided to build a custom theme based on the Underscores starter theme, so I no longer use any of the themes reviewed in this article. I will soon write an article detailing my experience with Underscores, so stay tuned! With all the time I spend on my sites, I feel […]

BootsNAll to Travellers and Bloggers: Reflect on the Dark Side of Pro Travel Blogging

A woman sits at a table, typing on a laptop.

A recent newsletter from BootsNAll created quite a stir within the travel blogging community, it seems. When I first read the email, I found myself rereading certain sections to clarify what I thought was double-speak, and after I’d done, reflection over a few days prompted a Google search and a blog post. Check out The Dark Side of […]

Under Construction: Featured Content Plugins (Part 3)

Laptop computer

When I first undertook the project of rebuilding my family of websites, I thought I could build them and be done with them, other than a little maintenance. I never imagined running into so many problems that I would actually prefer to put one of my sites under Coming Soon mode than let the public see, which happened […]

Under Construction: Most Useful Plugins (Part 2)

PC, monitor, mouse, and keyboard.

Over the past several months, I’ve found a lot of little ways to make my site-building life a little easier and to give me a little more peace of mind. Many little things could have been so complicated without the following plugins. They’re used only a little, but they perform big. For even more plugin tips, check out […]

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