I’ll Do It Tomorrow

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“I’ll do it tomorrow


I literally said that to myself yesterday, in regards to writing this post.  So much for my resolution to stop procrastinating…

For many, January brings thoughts of a new start – initiating new, healthy habits and retiring old, destructive ones.  It’s a noble notion – expected, really – but it can be difficult.  The allure of broad, sweeping life changes or “Mt. Everest-sized” goals or resolutions can sometimes do more harm than good, as lofty, unattainable goals can lead to disappointment and back-sliding.

Changing the way we spend our days – even a small portion of our days – can be daunting.  Here’s what we’re doing to make sure we stay on top of things ::

  • Set manageable, realistic, and time-bound goals
  • Read said goals first thing each day, well before the distraction of email and/or social media
  • Share goals with a few close friends or colleagues who will help with accountability
  • Ask each other weekly how things are going
  • Celebrate the small victories

So let’s head into 2017 together and with purpose.  It will be exactly what we make it, so let’s make it awesome!

Happy Stomping!!

Whatever It May Hold

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It’s the last week of the year.  In 6 days we will write a new number at the end of the date.  On one hand, it’s about darned time – 2016 gave many of us some fits!  On the other hand, so many moments of 2016 were so very rich and sustaining for my soul that I can barely stand to see it go.

There’s a quiet this week, like that moment between the shifting of the wind, when leaves still and waters calm.  What was boisterous in the world a moment ago is now at peace, and the hustle of the new year has not yet begun.  We find ourselves between acts, processing what we’ve just seen and expectant about what is to come.

One of my favorite movies when my kids were younger was Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. At first glance it’s a fun, silly little film about a mysterious toy shop proprietor played by Dustin Hoffman and his young assistant played by Natalie Portman, whom he is grooming to take over his business.

But it’s the depth of the dialogue – specifically from Mr. Magorium to his apprentice – that struck the deepest chord with me.  Never one to pass up an opportunity to impart wisdom, he speaks truth to Molly Mahoney even in the unexpected moments.  In one exchange, just after they’ve set all the clocks in a shop forward to strike noon at the same time, Mr. Magorium speaks to this “between acts” time.

Mr. Magorium :: “37 seconds.”
Molly Mahoney :: “Great. Well done. Now we wait.”
Mr. Magorium :: “No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime.”

Here in this last week of December it’s easy to let this week slip away without much attention.   For some, the temptation is to simply wait for the stroke of midnight this Saturday – to coast into the new year without purpose or intent.  For others the much stronger temptation is to plan and list and arrange and stress about everything which has not yet come.  Perhaps the proper approach is something different.  Perhaps the best approach is much more “Magoriumian” in nature.

And so we wait.  We breathe, we pulse, we regenerate, we beat, we create, and we ingest.  One week, well used, is a lifetime.

Which brings to mind one last Mr. Magorium quote to close :: “We must face tomorrow, whatever it may hold, with determination, joy and bravery.”

So bring it on, 2017.  In just short of one week’s time, we’ll be ready for you.

Happy New Year.

Hi! We’re the Girls!

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Did you know that females work here too???

Shock horror right!

Since we haven’t introduced ourselves before we thought it was high time we did so now.
Hi I’m Jeanette!

I didn’t realize that my degree in Psychology would lead me to work at a software company but here I am. I have a green thumb and I love my dogs more than most humans. I have three kids, including my hubby and I like to bake for them when I can find the time. I get to party while I photograph weddings with my husband here in Texas. I drink dark coffee like the developers I work with and I think that is key to my current success.  If you write in with a question or problem you will most likely hear from me at some point.  I am never more happy than when I get to help others.



Hi I’m Grace!

I’m a Kiwi girl from a small country at the bottom of the world called New Zealand (PS. the fruit is called Kiwifruit, Kiwi’s are people and birds, just saying). I get to work with Danny in his cave, it’s an experience for sure :). I’m a graphic designer and a photographer, which is pretty handy for working here. At high school I received excellence in calculus, really left field considering I’m a creative and probably only use basic math skills now. 1+1=window! (draw it). I have this weird love for trees and clouds, especially overcast about to rain clouds, they’re so dramatic and look awesome in photos! Someone once told me that that’s the romantic in me but honestly how many girls go looking at rain clouds?

The REAL truth about SEO (and BlogStomp)

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So SEO, huh? Another cool acronym that helps keep me in a job. Search Engine Optimization is just that – optimizing your website for search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Alta Vista, Ask Jeeves, Lycos – you get the idea…).

A few disclaimers to start
          1. We’re not full-time SEO consultants who live and breathe this stuff – we’re techies that have a sound understanding of a broad set of web principles. This post is likely to change and we’re happy to be corrected as things evolve. And they will.
          2. This post is aimed at photographers, the current majority of our users. Examples will be geared towards that audience. But the principles of what we’re saying will hold true across the board.
          3. BlogStomp’s SEO functionality is available only for users with WordPress blogs.
          4. YMMV. Or in other words, it may work differently in your situation, or be different in your experience. But whatever.

Here goes.

Content, Content, Content.

A stream of frequently updated content on your site should be your first target. Blog (share) as much of your work as possible. And do it FAST. Engage your clients/readers close to the moment, and get your readers interacting with your site. The more you share, and the more your users share what you’ve shared, the better off you’ll be.  Remember, sharing means caring.

You probably knew that huh? Moving on…


Be purposeful about the words, titles and phrases you use in your posts. Use keywords that are important to your business. Search engines will (over time) associate your site with those words. So this is where people go and write a post something like….


 [My-Area] Wedding by [My-Area] Wedding Engagement Bridal Trash the Dress Photography Services at [My-Area] Wedding Venue

I am like, totally a great Wedding Photographer in [My-Area] that totally offers the Best Wedding Photography Services in [My-Area]. If you’re
interested in Wedding Engagement Bridal Trash the Dress Photography Services in [My-Area], please contact me.


Photographer Extraordinaire
Specializing in Wedding Engagement Bridal Trash-the-Dress Commercial Newborn Seniors Architectural Food Nature Photography Services in [My-Area].


Don’t. Just don’t. The above post probably (maybe) would be quite effective. But my goodness it’s lame. Remember that people actually have to read what you write. I, for one, wouldn’t want that associated with my brand. I’d honestly prefer to have fewer hits than have a post like that on my site.

Use keywords by all means (your “About” or “Contact” pages are great places to get these in), but try not to look like a kid in the sandwich board selling pizzas, yelling to passers-by…

You can also put keywords in places that are less visible than in the content of a page/post. You see, the search engines have “spiders” (probably literally a tarantula) that crawl all over the internet looking for things to index.

In human-speak that means Google has software that looks all over the net and stores information on what your site is about. These spiders look at HTML tags and attributes that are less visible to your human readers. In real terms you can put keywords in tags like metadata, title, keywords, alt-tags, etc…

Here we go again….

<meta name=”keywords” content=”my-area wedding engagement bridal trash the dress photography services, photographer, world number 1 photographer, cheap photographer, expensive photographer, budget photographer, the knot, I use a mac so I’m totally creative, I literally live in photoshop (like I have a bed there), photog, I have a cute dog/baby, my photos are better than yours, I bought a fancy camera, kitchen sink”>

Again, don’t. Think of the search engine spiders like people – they can smell a rat, too. The folks behind search engines are, like, MIT folk – almost like the ones in “The Social Network” (which is a very quotable movie, BTW).

This is called ‘keyword stuffing’, and it won’t get you anywhere, or if you’re really (un)lucky, you’ll get blacklisted by Google. Awesome!

Google is very guarded with the intricacies of all of this, but in the most recent news from a Google engineer, they are starting to penalize overly-optimized sites. (If you’re interested, Matt Cutts at SXSW)

In summary, only have a few relevant keywords, please.


Merlin Mann (his real name) put it best.

MerlinMann Twitter - BlogStomp

Man, I like him. The thing is, be yourself. Be sensible and be purposeful. By all means, link to the venue where you shot because you liked them and because they fit with your brand. But don’t sell out (unless the money’s REALLY good…)

This post was rubbish, I thought I was coming here to read about how BlogStomp can help me with SEO.

Please heed the advice above and simmer your keywords and targets to a select few, then apply as follows.

      1. Image file names – You can set BlogStomp to pump out images with custom names. File names can be a sensible place to put a keyword.
      2. Alt tag – From BlogStomp 2.5 and up you can add alt tag keywords to images. Strictly speaking, these are for the alternate text version of the photo, should it fail to load. Another good place to put something sensible.
      3. Title tag – From BlogStomp 2.5 and up you can add title tag keywords to images. This is the text that displays when a user holds there mouse over a photo – a “tool tip”. So make it ‘human’ and readable.
      4. Content – Lets be honest, what you type in the post itself is the real deal. Write something worth reading, add engaging photos, promote conversation, link to vendors, and be genuine. This is key.

It’s easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of SEO. Over time, hand on heart, this stuff won’t matter nearly as much as you leaving an awesome impression with your last client. That isn’t a directive to put your head in the sand and do nothing about it, just a bit of perspective.

Happy Stomping!!