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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.


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.

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