40 Blog Posts Of 2014: My Top Picks

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Thanks for hanging out with me this year! I’m signing off until the end of the year to spend some time with my family but before I hang up my blogging hat, I wanted to share my top 40 posts of 2014 with you. Enjoy and have a happy holiday! -Shauna

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Design Tips and Tricks

1. 10 Tips To Get Your Work Noticed (and Land a Job!)

2. Prove You’re Capable Of Greatness Through Self-Initiated Projects

3. Search Out And Define Your Niche

4. Spice Up Your Blog With Photoshop Actions

5. One Year Of Running A Design Studio Plus 5 Tips For New Business Owners

6. Walking The Fine Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

7. Embrace Those Quiet Times…and 10 Ideas To Drum Up Business

8. My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Blogging

9. The Key To Building an Engaged Audience Plus 30 Ideas For Fresh Content

10. Successfully Selling Yourself Without Traditional Advertising

11. Create A Blog Manifesto

12. Keep Your Blog Files Organized

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Travel (Both Near and Far)

13. 15 Things To Do in New York City In One Day

14. Living It Up In San Francisco At The Haunted Mansion

15. McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

16. A Less-Traveled View Of Palm Springs Plus 10 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Stay

17. The Venice Canals

18. The Ultimate WTF Moment in The Netherlands

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Life Advice

19. What’s Your Personal Mission Statement?

20. Stop Playing It Safe

21. Can You Sum Up Your Focus For the New Year In One Word?

22. The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change

23. The Comparison Trap: Your Life Isn’t A Highlight Reel

24. Fight The Fear

25. Stop Overthinking It

26. Say No For The Right Reasons

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Personal Style

27. A Casual Weekend In Venice

28. The Golden Hour

29. Black On Black

30. Tropical Stripes

31. Poolside In Palm Springs

32. Face-Off In San Francisco

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

Office

33. 5 Benefits Of Having A Creative Workspace Outside Of Your Home

34. 15 Awesome Artists To Cover Your Walls

35. Incredibly Strong DIY Shelving For Under 25 Dollars

36. The 2015 Day Planner Roundup

37. Build Your Own Inspiration Board

Nubby Twiglet | Goodbye, 2014: My Top 40 Blog Posts

And….The Best For Last

38. The Bathroom Saga

39. The Unexpected House Guest

40. A Studio Space Is In The Works

Just When You Think You’ve Seen It All…Blogcademy Washington, D.C. Proves You Wrong!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Washington D.C.

It goes without saying that every Blogcademy class brings out an eclectic mix of characters but Washington, D.C. was in a league of its own. In this particular audience, we had:

1. A real life princess (with an awe-inspiring wardrobe to match).
2. A 12 year old Girl Scout (in floral print Doc Marten boots).
3. A hip hop artist (all the way from Miami).
4. A pug (though I’m not positive she was taking notes).
5. A professional fire-spinner (enough said).

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Washington D.C.

It was one of our best classes all year….and I nearly missed it. The Friday before class, I was sitting in LA, waiting to board my flight when it got delayed. And, delayed again. And again. If I got on it, there was no way I’d make my connecting flight so I booked another ticket from my phone as I watched it board. The stars aligned and I made it to D.C. at 2 a.m. Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling fresh-faced the next morning! But, all that was pushed aside when our class began trickling in. They were beaming, incredibly welcoming and excited to learn — their energy was truly infectious.

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During class, we have a lot of students who are wondering where to start. They have full time jobs, they have families, they have side businesses…their lives are very full before blogging even comes into the picture. We always remind them that it’s not about being the best blogger ever right out of the gates. It’s about taking the time to develop your voice and style. There’s no race to the finish line.

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The most important reason to begin blogging is because you love it and as you find more time, you can work more posts into your schedule.

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Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Washington D.C.

Mel was such a bright spot in our class, making the rounds and chatting with everyone on breaks — she’d traveled down all the way from Nova Scotia! And, we always love a student who’s perfectly on brand. ;)

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Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Washington D.C.

There’s never a lack of style in our classes, that’s for sure! Running a blog that stands out from the pack really comes down to being unique and owning who you are.

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Oh, Anna! Our youngest student ever, she’d been working towards earning a Girl Scouts badge for blogging. Anna came to class ready to take notes and kept right up. All I have to say is…she more than earned that badge!

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Look at those smiles! I think even Harpo the pug was smiling!

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Thank you to our awesome mix of D.C. sponsors including Remixed By Jacki head scarves, WordPress For Beginners books by Reeta Krishna, Pink Samurai hand-knit scarves, Crown and Glory sparkly ears and of course, OSI for printing our custom tote designs!

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And finally, a special thanks goes out to Erica, the most kick-ass, organized intern in all the land! We adore you!

Nubby Twiglet | The Blogcademy Washington D.C.

2015 Dates

We’re only doing a handful of live 2015 dates so snatch up your tickets as soon as possible if you’d like to join us in LA, Austin, London, San Francisco, New York, Melbourne and Sydney to learn about blogging, make some new friends…and take plenty of ridiculous photos. After all, learning should be fun!


Photographer: A Muse Photography.
Intern: Erica Baker
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The Week In Pictures: 12.19.14 | Happy Holidays!

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

Welcome to the very last Week in Pictures of the year!

Like many of you, I’m in a sprint to the finish line to wrap up lots of projects and obligations…and then take a major break. My holiday party is tomorrow night and I’m looking forward to catching up with family and friends and also sampling Joey’s famous boozy fruit punch. He changes the recipe slightly every year so it’s always bit of a surprise.

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We’ve put our tree and stockings up and in case you were wondering, Chubs has a stocking, too! So far, he’s just asked Santa for a big stash of nuts. ;)

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This week, there were a lot of photos taken in my office…because I spent most of my time there. It’s all good, though because I’m wrapping up three branding projects and sites for super savvy, inspiring women (and hey, I met them all in San Francisco! Holla!) that launch on the 1st of 2015 and watching my clients step into new lives (literally quitting jobs, going out on their own, giving it everything they’ve got) is inspiring me big time. I still remember that same scared / excited / adrenaline-pumping feeling I had when I launched Branch a year and a half ago. It feels good to be in this spot on the other side now, cheering them on. I can’t wait to share all these new projects with you (and the women behind them!)

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I’m always flipping through my magazine subscriptions (these days, it’s W, Elle, Lucky, Bazaar and Marie Claire) and looking for fresh inspiration. Since I spend my days designing, I try to look in different sources like fashion and skate / surf magazines. Without fail, fashion magazines usually lead me down the rabbit hole of shoes and more shoes. Haha.

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My suitcase home from Australia was stuffed to the brim with packaging references like this beautiful bottle from Greene St. Juice which is doubling as a fabulous vase now.

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Rocky is all ready for Santa! Happy holidays and thanks for (virtually) hanging out with me this year. It’s been awesome getting to know so many of you both here and in person at The Blogcademy. Thank you for all of your comments, emails, tweets and being the best audience in the known universe. Sending lots of love your way!

Link Love: 12.18.14

Nubby Twiglet | Link Love: Area X — The Southern Reach Trilogy

• 15 of the most creative Christmas trees of all time. So many great ideas!

• A step by step guide on how to chase your dreams.

• I don’t know about you…but I’m pretty desperate to own some Feliz Llamadad wrapping paper.

• Jessica Walsh has some simple advice on how to stay passionate in your career.

• The best book covers of 2014.

• Prioritize what you need to get done…so you can go live your life!

• What are the stories behind the products you use every day?

• The single biggest reason most entrepreneurs fail and more importantly, 5 things you can do to overcome it.

20 last-minute gift ideas for the designer in your life.

• The secret to the rise of the Uber economy is wealth inequality.

• How do you deal with chronic complainers?

• Freelancers, listen up: the best new workspaces might be tucked inside your local library.

• Find out how to deal with nightmare clients who think they can design!


Image: Area X — The Southern Reach Trilogy. Written by Jeff Vandermeer. Designed by Rodrigo Corral and Tyler Comrie.

Forget About Complicated Affirmations. Can You Sum Up Your Focus For the New Year In One Word?

Nubby Twiglet | Forget About Complicated Affirmations. Can You Sum Up Your Focus For the New Year In One Word?

Create: 1. To cause to exist; bring into being. 2. To give rise to; produce. 3. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort.

Like many of you, I love the feeling of a fresh start that the new year holds. It’s the perfect time to file away what didn’t go so well while pushing forward with the promise of a clean slate. At the same time, I’m not a fan of big, blown-out plans and bucket lists. I like to keep it simple — the idea of having one word I can hold close feels refreshing because it’s much more manageable on a daily basis.

I did some soul searching a few weeks ago and my word for 2015 is create.

The goal: Remind myself daily to consume less and create more.

The backstory: It’s too easy to fall into the trap of consuming more and more content. On a daily basis, I find myself continuously checking Instagram feeds, stopping by blogs and scrolling through Pinterest and while these are fine in tiny doses, all that time I spend consuming adds up — it could instead be focused on creating.

When I think about feeling productive and satisfied, it really comes down to creating content that helps my clients and audience achieve their goals. In the new year, I’ll be making some shifts to create more which I’ll talk about in more detail soon.

For now, I want to hear: what is your word for the new year?


Hashtag necklace: Carrie Hammer

Melbourne Misadventures with The Blogcademy: Your Blogging and Business Questions Answered!

Nubby Twiglet | Melbourne Misadventures with The Blogcademy: Your Blogging and Business Questions Answered!

Every few months, The Blogcademy hosts a livestream event and during the hour long session, we answer your blogging and business questions on air. As live events go, there’s always a few surprises. Tune in to get all the juicy details on why we had to change our location at the last minute thanks to a house rental gone terribly wrong (A leather bed and no wifi? Oh my!) and how Blogcademy Online will soon make it possible for you to learn everything we teach in class…from the comfort of your couch!

In other news, we’ve officially wrapped up our dates for the year but you can now book in for 2015. Our traveling schedule will be much lighter so to be sure to catch us in these cities (we are not adding any other dates):

2015 TOUR

LOS ANGELES
February 28 – 1, 2015

AUSTIN
March 7 – 8, 2015

LONDON
June 13 – 14, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO
September 12 – 13, 2015

NEW YORK
September 19 – 20, 2015

MELBOURNE
December 5 – 6, 2015

SYDNEY
December 12 – 13, 2015

Hope to see you there!


Photo: Madeline Kate.

The Week In Pictures: 12.13.14

Nubby Twiglet | The Week In Pictures

How was your week? I just got home from New Zealand on Monday and am still settling in. It’s so nice to be back, though. I missed Joey, I missed my pets, I missed my family and I missed my office. As great as it’s been getting the opportunity to travel and see the world this year, it’s always nice to come home. Home really is where the heart is.

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While I was in Australia and New Zealand, I picked up piles of mementos — there’s a stack of business cards, photos and other odds and ends in the corner of my office that I need to organize. One of my favorite finds was this series of Australian maps with illustrations on the covers.

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Australia has the best chai lattes…pretty much everywhere. I probably sampled a dozen different ones and, well, I didn’t have a single bad one. This was from Cafe Vue in Melbourne.

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After a week and a half split between Sydney and Melbourne, I flew to Auckland last Friday. I was completely blown away by all the great branding in New Zealand.

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I spent the weekend in Auckland teaching at The Blogcademy with Kat and Gala — this was snapped right outside of our venue by Steph, a photographer who I adore.

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After class, we went to Hell. Literally. All I can say is that the Purgatory Pizza is ridiculously good.

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After a solid night’s rest, it was time to make the journey back home in the Northern Hemisphere. Auckland to Sydney. Sydney to Los Angeles. And finally, Los Angeles to Portland. 20 hours of flights was brutal…but coming home to my boys made every second worth it.

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I was definitely having withdrawals from all my old hometown haunts so my mom took me out to lunch at Roman Candle. Pizza and ginger beer for lunch…and homemade granola to go!

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Being back home, I wasted no time putting our Christmas tree up. This is the first year we’ve had Chubs and every time I tried to hang up an ornament, he’d steal it from me. The only way to distract him was to give him a piece of bread. I told him to pick up his crumbs afterwards but he wouldn’t listen. ;)

Have a great weekend!