Dont Worry About Website Design, Worry About Getting People To It

When I redesigned my sites, I opted to go for a DIY approach with GeneratePress over getting a designer to work on a fully customized theme.

Part of this was the economics of it all- a fully customized site costs over $5,000 (and I have two sites with a third coming soon) and a DIY theme costs roughly $50 per year plus my own time in customizing. But the other part was that I am not convinced that aesthetics actually matter when it comes to the performance of your site- not for an extra $4,950 per site at least.

Sure, there are some things that are necessary in order to convey your expertise on a topic and to help with the user experience. But at the end of the day you can convey your expertise with text and social proof, and the most important aspects of user experience are based on site function, not site form.

Design aesthetics, which is what a customized theme really is, only minimally come in to play with any of these.

So if you are thinking of investing thousands of dollars to redesign your site under the thought that all the bells and whistles will get you more page views, you may need to think again. If it were up to us, we'd spend that money on a different outlet altogether: marketing.

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A Three Step Guide to Find a Wine That Will Go Great With Any Meal

I've been getting into learning everything I can about wine and have hit things hard between reading wine books, prepping for my WSET Level 2, trying samples at high-end wine bars (like Wine Bar George at Disney Springs- run by a Master Sommelier), and more.

But learning everything there is to know about wine is only part of the equation. Putting it into practice is a different matter entirely.

Between figuring out the best wines to order at a restaurant, finding great bottles to have with meals, and building our own cellar at home, there certainly is a lot that goes on behind the scenes.

In this one, I wanted to go more into the aspect of wine that is one of our favorites- how to find a wine to have with a meal at home. To do this, I've come up with a pretty simple three-step method that you can utilize with every meal!

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How I Reset My Work Life Balance With a 30 Day Digital Detox

I overworked myself in 2019. There is no doubt about that.

In my first year of running my online business full-time, I hit things hard in order to increase my online traffic (and therefore income) to offset the day job income that I walked away from. I achieved this goal, but also pushed myself to the breaking point in the process. 

I was exhausted (both physically and mentally), acquired a few bad habits, and gained weight all at the same time in order to achieve this “success”. By the end of the year, I had to take a moment and reflect on why I was doing what I was doing, and I realized that my goal for quitting my day job was to have more time for me just as much as it was to have more time to work.

So, I put together a 30-day digital detox for January and stuck to it fairly hard. In this one, I wanted to share the results and lessons learned from the experience.

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Top 10 Food and Drinking Experiences Around the World

As lovers of great food, we go out of our way to find some of the best restaurants and dishes wherever we go. 

I know that this is a bit of a cliche thing to say, but I really mean it. Angie spends months researching foods and restaurants, plotting them out on maps, and will make us go hours out of our way simply to get the perfect bite of food.

This has led to some pretty incredible food experiences around the world, and in this one we wanted to share what we think are ten of the very best. While the following are our top 10 food experiences around the world, it is worth noting that the below are in no particular order. 

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