Moxie Design Studios

We Wrote a Book!

The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie


Want to break into blogging but don’t know where to start? Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri of The Moxie Girls can show you how to start your first blog, polish your prose, get involved in blogging communities, make sense of RSS feeds, podcasts, photos and more — all with fun, humor and attitude!

Inside you will find the need-to-know info to get your blog noticed: How to choose the right blogging platform or content management tool, select a web host, dress up your blog, manage blog content and keep your privates private! When you are ready for more, The Moxie Girls will treat you to insider dish on blog etiquette, analyzing blog traffic, blogging for business, creating podcasts and adding bling to your blog with plugins, add-ons and more. Throw in the refreshing cocktails, beauty tips and gossip with the Girls at the end of each chapter and you’ll be Blogging with Moxie in no time. So, what are you waiting for?

The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie (Wiley & Sons Publishing, 2007) is packed with the content you need wrapped in casual, engaging dialog and a cheeky, bite-sized format.

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Stuff We Use and Like a Lot!

We're often asked what product or services we use to manage our business and we realized that these might be helpful to our clients, too!  Some of these are affiliate links, but we wouldn't put them here if we didn't actually use, have experience with or otherwise recommend the product. That's not how we roll. Yo. Or something.

Web Hosting

We work with a lot of hosts. A lot. And choosing the right one can be a tough choice. Our host since 2003 has been Hosting Matters for all of our sites. They're not a big name, but they're well-established and respected hosts with a great track record for customer service. We love how they treat their customers (they're awesome to everyone, but do let them know you're with us), and they even offer a great hosting deal for Moxie-referred clients -- currently, $10/month, no contract, "unlimited" bandwidth, databases, server space, the works. (They call it "unmetered" and explain why here, but all you need to know if that you'll have all the space you'll need.)

Domain Names

Domain Registrations starting at $9.98*

For years and years and years we used GoDaddy -- until we found out recently that they support SOPA, which as web designers for oh... the internet, we oppose. (We're not pro-piracy, but we are pro-internet freedom.) So, we packed up all 30 of our domain names and trucked them over to NameCheap.com, where they accepted us with open arms. Their domains are comparably priced (though they're often offering a coupon code), they offer a WhoIs Guard (to hide your private information from snoopy spammers and your ex) and their interface is more straightforward than our former registrar.  Their customer service has been top notch, too.  They're also openly anti-SOPA, which sealed the deal for us. We don't love your name, NameCheap, but we love you.

Invoicing

FreshBooks

The whole business part of being a freelancer or small business can be super overwhelming, especially if you're in a creative industry like us. It's just not part of our make-up, unfortunately. But Freshbooks makes it super easy to customize invoice templates, track payments and expenses and even track your time for billable hours. It tallies those pesky late fees, too and sends automated reminders to pay up, buddy!  We love it and have used it for years now.

Advertising

We are often asked how to acquire advertising for our client's sites. Advertising itself is not really our forte -- and we can't make any guarantees about the success of your advertising -- but we can recommend Text Link Ads from personal experience. If you want to get started with advertising without a lot of work, we like TLA. You sign up as Publisher on their site, they'll recommend a price to set for your ads (which they'll increase/decrease over time based on your site's success) or you can set your own. Then you just sit back and wait for folks to purchase ads on your site. They're unobtrusive and pay out a reasonable amount monthly. Win-win!