A while back, I asked you if there was anything you wanted to know about me, my job, my surroundings etc. I’ve picked out a number of your questions and answered them in this post.
Johno (of I Love Typography) asked:
- Why no advertising on your blog?
- How much time do you spend blogging?
As many of you know, I used to run Text Link Ads (TLA) on my site. That was until Google penalised me for paid links. The whole search rank debacle led to many relevant discussions, and ultimately, I’ve decided to keep my ‘flagship’ site ad-free. I use my online presence to advertise my graphic design service, so it makes sense not to dilute the message by accepting paid advertising. What do you think of this method?
My second website, Logo Design Love, is a different matter, and I’m thinking of adding the square 125px ads you see on many blogs.
On average, I spend between 8 and 12 hours per week working on my websites. This involves responding to your comments, publishing new articles, tweaking the design / layout and tracking statistics. It’s my largest marketing spend, therefore an essential part of my business.
Niyaz (of Diovo — broken link removed in 2014) asked:
- Where do you work from? Home/office/other?
- What is your long term goal in life?
- Given a chance, what would you like to change from your past?
I work from home, in my central Edinburgh flat. Nothing elaborate (double bedroom, lounge / office, kitchen, bathroom, hall, storage). I’m on the look-out for something a little bigger, still in Edinburgh, and have recently viewed a few other properties.
Long term goals? I want to raise a family, and am hoping I can provide for them as well as I’ve been provided for. Fortune has smiled on me.
As for changing the past, the obvious answer is I wouldn’t change a thing because everything that’s happened has brought me where I am, but I’d actually have chosen 4, 15, 18, 30, 31, and 47 in last week’s lottery.
Nathan (of Pixl Design) asked:
- What sort of price did you charge when you first started out as a graphic designer?
During the first year of self-employment I charged around £20-£25 per hour (US$40-$50). These days I charge more, but it’s all dependent upon the project. I still have a lot to learn, but the past two years have brought about the steepest learning curve of my short career.
Recent meme tags on other websites
Cat, Deron, thanks for thinking of me, and I hope my answers have given you a brief added insight into how I pass my days. If you want to know a little more, I’ve previously published 8 facts about David Airey, and 5 things about design, blogs and me.
If you have any other questions you’d like me to answer, fire away.