This website is both a personal and business site. My blog is written and edited by me. There are no flying monkeys or other creative minions to help me in this awesome endeavor. I’m a wild, woolly*, one-woman show. This is a for profit blog in that I use my site to promote my business. Sometimes there will be typos. Also, I was much thinner in the photo above and dyed my hair using Clairol Chocolate Brown No. Something. I've since let that one go.
And if you've discovered me since 2020-ish, yes, I used to have short hair. For like 25 years.
I belong to a handful of affiliate programs. As a small business woman trying to make ends meet, every little bit helps, my friends. Every time you make a purchase using the links on my blog or YouTube channel, you are helping to directly support my business. I cannot thank you enough for this. The companies with whom I choose to align are ones whose products I use and endorse wholeheartedly. One of them even sells my exclusive line of stamps and wafer thin dies. The thing I love about these companies is they are all small businesses working hard to keep their customers creative and happy! Here are a few :
I have worked professionally as a writer and graphic designer for 25+ years. My background in journalism and design have contributed greatly to the success of my site and my business. My years in corporate America taught me a hell of a lot more than simply how to decorate my cubicle in an appropriately personal but inoffensive manner.
People ask me often how to do this… how to turn your love of making things into a business. My advice: learn everything you can about everything—writing, photography, blogging, web stuff, video production—and that's just for starters. Get really good at your craft. And always be hustling. Hard.
Finally, always be learning. You can never know everything. Running a small business is a glorious and terrifying river and it's got some crazy currents. Learn to navigate.
I value my blog readers and customers tremendously and want to offer the best possible customer service. What this means is that if I miss your comment, by all means, take the time to get in touch via my Contact Page. I care about what you think, unless you’re going to be an asshat about it. Then I still care, but I’m going to pretend like I don’t and after I’m done crying, I’m going to make myself forget about you with one large glass of Menage a Trois. Cheap red wine is kind of my jam. Or at least it used to be.
•I'm technically neither wild nor woolly. Middle age is stealing so much body hair, which is kind of a strange bonus. Except for the eyelashes. I'd take more of those back in a heartbeat.
Cathy Zielske ©2007—2022