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Blogging 201 – Can You See Me?

For years now, I’ve tried to remain conscious to those of you who swing by in something other than a browser. Whether you used a mobile device or an RSS reader, I’ve always tried to ensure that you can see the post how I intended for it to be displayed, yet at the same respecting resolution and bandwidth.

Laptops, Phones, Tablets, Oh My!

Original courtesy of Jeremy Keith


Our day three goal for Blogging 201 was to investigate responsive design and ensure that we weren’t leaving anyone out – especially those of you on mobile devices.

So while I’m already “relatively sure” that I’ve got this covered, it begs me to ask you this question – how do you do most of your browsing/reading?

Is it on a mobile device during a commute? Or maybe during breaks at work?

Or do you use an RSS reader or something of that sort to keep up-to-date on the world around you?

I’m genuinely interested in hearing how you surf/read/browse!

Blogging 201 – Audit my Brand

When today’s Blogging 201 assignment rolled out, I was tickled a wee bit pink as the ask was a journey I began last week:

… audit your brand — look at all the ways you communicate information about your blog, and make sure they’re consistent, focused, and say what you want them to say.

You see, I’m everywhere (Twitter, Facebook, here, there, Twitch, everywhere…) and I figured it was about time I grew up and speak from a more consistent voice.

Look pretty colours!

Pencil Crayons

Courtesy of Rilind Hoxha


Whoops. I did it again.

What’s that you ask? You see I’ve always been a kid in a relative candy shop presented with so many fancy things, vivacious colours, superb sweets that I’d pour all my energy into consuming – or producing – something for a short while… and… then…

Lose interest.

BECAUSE THERE’S SOMETHING EVEN SHINIER OVER THERE!!

Yet something clicked a few weeks back that gave me pause to consider what it was I wanted out of Left Coast By Design. I wanted this blog to remain my personal podium to shout loudly about the topics that interested me, but also to be a place where all of my interests could get together and mingle. Gamers with Sports Fans. Political hacks with Foodies.

Glory be had by all!

Unfortunately, my own hyperactivity has helped me create not only one “candy store” to visit, but an entire street of candy stores. Each with its own name, brand and purpose. In fact, quite the opposite of my blog’s intent – though I’d also argue (with myself of course) that I didn’t really know what that was to begin with.

So enough already. I’ve already pencilled out what I want from this site, what my plans and goals (another post I need to write so I can publicly commit to it) happen to be, and how I can leverage this across all of my social media platforms. And as uniformity is key, you’ll notice the refresh take place over the next few weeks where colours and images and logos (oh my) will transform bit by bit! There’s nothing that will remain untouched – though it may remain unchanged.

If this brand audit was a three block journey, I’ve already put on my shoes and jacket. I’ve even opened the door and taken my first few breaths of this “fresh air.” But what I need from you is your support. I need you to remind me of where I’m going. I need you to tell me when I have my laces untied and I need you to tell me if my opinion doesn’t hold water.

Are you up for this challenge? Because I know I am.

Month Since Monday – Hearthstone and Softball

It’s somewhat appropriate that I use today’s Zero to Hero assignment to not only launch a feature I’ve been kicking around for a while, but to get myself back into blogging gear – it’s kind of like a two for one special!

Today dawns the birth of the monthly feature, Month Since Monday, where I recap a couple of things I’ve been up to over the past month. While more a log for me to remember what I actually got busy doing – I can barely remember my way home these days – I figured it would also be a good springboard for readers like you to quickly gather if we have anything in common.

A collection of softball bats on a fence

A collection of bats – courtesy of leah g

Like Softball. Or Hearthstone.

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Zero to Hero – Social Networking

With the past two weeks getting busier, I’ve been passively creeping the Zero to Hero challenge and only completing those assignments that were quick and easy to do (I know, I’m a horrible student).

But when I saw today’s assignment looking for us to start plugging into Social Media, I had to jump on board and give it a go.

Social Media App icons on a phone.

Social Media – courtesy of Jason Howie


You see, I’m already hooked up.

I regularly promote my blog posts through Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The fact I actually only really use those three medium to promote myself – boy do I sound narcissistic – actually comes as a surprise to some, but the reason behind it is quite simple.

I use those three more than any other.

I sometimes get asked by friends, family, co-workers and strangers for advice on how they can begin promoting themselves or their brand through social media. Often, they will tell me they’ve signed up through everything under the sun and expect to have a million or so followers in a week (I may be exaggerating here). I instead recommend they focus on something simple and more atenable – use the one or two they know, get good at it and then look to grow.

Throughout this, I also suggest they focus on being their authentic self. Be genuine and interact with everyone as you would on the street. I’m a firm believer that social media is more about people than information.

But there are smarter people than me out there – in fact, you might be one of them.

So what do you recommend one does when they decide it’s time to get on the social media bandwagon? Dive in? Keep it simple?

Zero to Hero – A Fan’s Pain

It’s Day Ten of my Blogging 101 Zero to Hero journey. And it’s about time I share with you my pain.

I’m a fan of the Vancouver Canucks.

Chris wearing Canucks colours with Jack Poole plaza behind.

Chris Golden. Johnny Canuck. Separated at birth? Probably not.


Success has been fleeting with this team. Sure we’ve seen three beauty playoff runs from the home team – ninety-four forever, yo’! Sure there are a few division titles. Heck, there are even two Presidents Trophy banners hanging in rafters at the Rog’.

Just no Stanley Cup.

And this year?

Hello darkness my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again.

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