KD Web Strategies Blog

November 2, 2012

New home for KD Web Strategies Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — kellyduffort @ 6:30 pm

I’ve moved my blog over to my website. Please catch up with me over there at http://www.kellyduffort.com/blog.

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November 17, 2011

My Internet Summit 2011 Takeaways

Filed under: Uncategorized — kellyduffort @ 4:21 pm

Internet Summit 2011 TshirtFor the third year in a row, I attended the Internet Summit (November 15-16) here in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year, I have walked away from two days of non-stop learning with more information about what’s happening and what will be happening on the Internet than I can mentally process. And I love it.

It is a wonderful event for a small business owner/mother of two young children like me who would LOVE to find extra hours in every day to read and study much more than I do, but instead gets quite jazzed every November about having a legitimate business-related reason for dedicating two solid days to learning as much as I can from industry thought leaders.

I took 10 pages of notes this year – and live tweeted probably another couple of pages. The topics that interested me the most, based on projects I have before me, were Facebook Pages, search engine optimization and analytics.

Let’s see if I can bend time and write three blog posts on those topics over the next few days.

August 12, 2009

Dear Recession, You Leave Me No Choice

Filed under: On My Own, Uncategorized — kellyduffort @ 4:32 pm
Source: istockphoto.com

Source: istockphoto.com

I give up. I give in. I’m giving it my all.

I’ve been out of work for a long time (let me repeat L-O-N-G) and I have been looking hard for a job. Job hunting during the recession has been a roller coaster ride. I’ve come close to landing great jobs and I’ve gone months without seeing or hearing of a position that remotely fits my skillset. Extreme highs and real lows.

I am a corporate woman. Well, at least I used to be – for 12 years. When the idea of “going out on your own” came up in conversations, I’d listen in awe to the “go get ‘em” entrepreneurs. They all had a certain quality that propelled them to do what they do and I didn’t think I had it.

I liked the “safety” of the corporate world. Yes, yes, I know it’s not a “safe” place, but I liked the regular paychecks, the healthcare and retirement benefits, the fact that I worked as part of a team. If I couldn’t immediately figure something out, then there was usually someone to call.

Well, I have grown weary of looking for the corporate job that doesn’t exist right now. I give up.

A few months ago, I decided to take a break from the hunt and learn some new skills. I’ve done a couple of pro bono projects for friends and built up confidence in my new self-taught skills. Now, I’m talking with two prospective clients and should one (or both?) of them hire me, perhaps I’ll do something I said I’d never, ever do – go out on my own, start my own business. I give in.

It has been only a couple of weeks since I admitted to myself that I’m really, really going to give small business ownership a serious try. As I’ve started laying the groundwork for my business, I’ve gotten more and more excited. Still, I know it is going to be tough and this next roller coaster ride could have even bigger hills and faster falls. Nevertheless, I’m giving it my all.

Question: If you have ventured out to start your own business and you are giving it all you’ve got, do you have any words of wisdom?

August 5, 2009

Getting Started

Filed under: On My Own, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — kellyduffort @ 2:17 am

I’m looking forward to writing about my new adventure. Just need to collect a few thoughts before getting started – give me a few days. I’m glad to finally have a topic to explore and thus, a reason to try WordPress.

Blog at WordPress.com.