It was wine that got me into WordPress
I’m not kidding. Blame the wine for the direction my life has taken because without it I would not be a WordPress Consultant today.
In 2007, after 15 years of print writing, I launched Tasting Room Confidential on Blogspot.com - now Blogger.com - because that was the easiest way to get started. Blogger.com is like training wheels for blogging and fills a lot of needs, but eventually I grew out of it. I just wanted more. More variety, more functionality and more control.
I wanted WordPress
In early 2010 – while working on a Master Certificate of Internet Marketing through the University of San Francisco – I took the plunge into WordPress. I have never looked back. I can’t say it was always easy, teaching myself the way I did, but it was always ultimately satisfying.
Learning more about WordPress made me want to do more with it. I experimented by building a site for friends, which allowed me to work with different themes and plugins.
I realized that WordPress is a lot like wine: you can never know everything because everything changes constantly. You could learn something new everyday - forever.
Designing with WordPress
In 2011, I went pro by starting this blog, Blogsite Studio, and blogging about WordPress.
I began designing sites, starting with a winery and food company.
The biggest thing I learned when I became a WordPress site designer is that – unlike designing traditional HTML websites – WordPress is so intuitive and user friendly that people naturally want to do it themselves.
Clients don't want or need a webmaster to change every line of text or add every photo. Business people want to be able to update their own site whenever they please.
I realized what users need is someone to coach them on WordPress.
That's why I became a WordPress Consultant and Tutor
I had been teaching WordPress to some of my writer friends and discovered that I had a knack for training.
So I started a Meetup.com account called WordPress Workshop, a weekly hands-on meeting at Blenz Coffee. I'm currently taking a hiatus from WordPress Workshop, but planning to restart it later this year.
I still work privately as a WordPress Consultant with writers and business owners in WordPress tutorials, helping them to develop the techniques they need to build and manage their sites. And I love to evangelize!
I'll speak about WordPress anytime
In 2014, I addressed the Vancouver Business Network as well as the YVR Bloggers Meetup, evangelizing about WordPress. For a while, I was a regular on the web show, Women Talking Tech, talking about all things technology.
This year, I have so far appeared at the Blog Mastery Conference, discussing WordPress web design and at the BCATW Meetup talking about starting a travel blog. I also flew to WordCamp Las Vegas to speak about Yoast SEO.
My message: it's fun to use WordPress, you just have to know how. And, there are many ways to learn.
Ebooks are the new textbooks
In 2013, I wrote a blog series called, Create a WordPress Website to give my readers a step-by-step guide to setting up a new site. I soon released it as an ebook called, Create a WordPress Website in Ten Easy Steps. The new version, which is updated for WordPress 4.1 is available on this site, on Amazon.com and on Smashwords.
In May of 2015, I released my much anticipated follow-up ebook, Escalate Your WordPress Website: Twelve Ways to Blog at a Higher Level, which I'm offering as a free gift to new subscribers.
My Media Clips
What Can One Learn from the First WordCamp - September 25, 2015 on WPKube.com
A Tribute To Women In WordPress - March 7, 2014 on Cloudways.com
WordCamp Vancouver Speaker Mari Kane Talks About Her WordPress Journey - April 25, 2014 on Cloudways.com
Bloggers need to network too, with Mari Kane - April 24, 2015 on Fuel Radio
Get your blog on!
To me, blogging is not only a satisfying creative outlet, it's the best way to increase traffic to your website and promote yourself.
My aim is to help people and businesses achieve their internet marketing goals by creating attractive and functional blogsites with WordPress.
Let me help you make the leap into the wonderful world of WordPress.
Call me at 604-682-8973 or email me!