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Shane Gramling is a husband and father of three, web & print communications design expert, worship leader, photographer, cyclist, and flintoid

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Anything right-brained be it general thought, design, art or development related.

How To: LinkedIn Suicide

by Shane Gramling on October 4, 2013

Suicide is final. There is no going back, and the same goes for what I to call “LinkedIn suicide”. I am writing about this because I am starting to see a deadly pattern on LinkedIn. Its something that seems great at first, but long-term speaking, people are just shooting themselves in the foot. This past [...]

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Defend Your Art

by Shane Gramling on October 1, 2013

Sometimes you have to turn down work for the sake of your art. This past weekend a local restaurant (a place that I absolutely love, by the way) contacted me for a photography gig. Their fall menu was in place and they needed some good food shots for use in marketing and advertising through multiple [...]

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Tech Partnership Lets You Encourage Bullied Victims

by Shane Gramling on August 19, 2013

When you’re bullied – especially as a child, it’s hard to reach out to an adult and speak about the problem. You may have been threatened by the bully to not tell anyone, or you may feel ashamed of the situation. As a result, our youth tends to bottle-up bullying issues and over time all [...]

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Referral Key Legit? Proceed With Caution – Maybe Scam??

by Shane Gramling on August 2, 2013

Tonight I received a slightly spammy looking email from one of my LinkedIn contacts that read as follows: I was curious about Referral Key so I looked them up. Turns out, they seem to be a legit referral business on the surface. However, after a little more searching it seems they use some very sneaky [...]

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Social Media: 5 Years Out, Will Google+ Rule?

by Shane Gramling on July 31, 2013

The web changes so very rapidly these days. An hour on Twitter is comparable to an entire day in real life (you know, those things we used to do with our hands and physical bodies). I often wonder “what will be next?” – looking down five years from now, who will be dominating as the main social [...]

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Convincing Google to Expose You

by Shane Gramling on July 29, 2013

Fellow local creative Kylee Preseau shot me an email today and asked a good question: “…when you search for your company in google you have all of your page links listed below. Is that from generating enough search traffic or is that something that you did with SEO?” Here’s a screenshot of what Kylee is [...]

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The Power of Color: Illustrated

by Shane Gramling on April 7, 2013

Some people see pink, others see salmon – tomato, tomato? Or worlds away from each other? A slight shift in color such as this can move a whole different crowd. Color is extremely important, and color has the power to move people, and to move on it’s own, aside from composition and brightness or contrast. There’s an [...]

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Domain Name Danger: BONUS

by Shane Gramling on February 5, 2013

Yesterday I wrapped up a four-part series on domain name dangers, but there’s one last thing I want to talk about: If I send email to an expired domain name, where does the email go? It goes nowhere, unless someone else registers your domain – then that person can receive email from any site you [...]

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Domain Name Danger, Part 4: Domain Auctions (4 of 4)

by Shane Gramling on February 4, 2013

Registering a domain name is a simple and easy process, BUT there are a number of dangers involved with it. In this series of videos I’ll shine some light these dangers to help keep you better informed. Never let a domain name expire, unless you’re okay with someone else owning it and doing with it [...]

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Domain Name Danger, Part 3: Registration Length (3 of 4)

by Shane Gramling on January 31, 2013

Registering a domain name is a simple and easy process, BUT there are a number of dangers involved with it. In this series of videos I’ll shine some light these dangers to help keep you better informed. Always register your domain for multiple years – ideally, exactly 9 years and renew for one year once [...]

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