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Win a NEW or Re-Designed Blog {WordPress or Blogger}

Cinnamon Girl Studio, a new advertiser to the MCP Blog, is a web design and graphic arts company based in Seattle, Washington. The design business is owned and solely operated by Timi Carl, a self taught web designer
& graphic artist. Her work ranges from designs for childrens clothing – drawings that are transferred to screenprint, blogs, print materials (business cards, stationary, postcards, banners), web design, pre-made blog & web templates.

If you cannot afford a custom blog, consider her blogger template for photographers.  Simple and professional – and affordable too – at only $12.

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For today’s contest – she is offering ONE LUCKY PHOTOGRAPHER a NEW or Re-designed Blog!

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The Contest:
The prize will be a new blog or redesign of the winner’s blog in either Blogger or WordPress format.

What is a redesign?

A redesign is a freshening up of an existing blog. It can may simple or a complete change… depending on the winner’s preference. Some elements that can be changed are banners & slideshows, post footers, menu buttons, backgrounds, fonts & colors. The layout can also be changed in ways like sidebar and post widths, the entire blog width, spaces & padding between elements.

What if I don’t have a blog?

If you don’t have a blog but would like one it’s as easy as signing up with Blogger or WordPress, both are free but there are some small costs associated such as a domain name and hosting for your site if using WordPress.  A basic template will be installed & then customized for the winner if they are new to blogging.

The contest does NOT include a domain, hosting, ecommerce (shopping cart) design, complex hand drawn art, logos.


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To Enter ~ Comment on the MCP Blog (not on Facebook) – and answer one of the following:

  • If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?
  • If you do not have a blog, why do you feel you need one?  And what do you plan to do on your blog to make it work for your business?

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Here are a few samples of Timi’s recent work:

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Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

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357 Comments

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    I have a blog (http://soskinnyontheinside.blogspot.com) but I need to bring in more traffic. I’ve been working on my content, but feel I could benefit from some SEO optimization, which I don’t know how to do.

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    [...] 1 votes vote Win a NEW or Re-Designed Blog {Wordpress or Blogger} Cinnamon Girl Studio, a new advertiser to the MCP Blog, is a web design and graphic arts company [...]

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    Lora Benson says:

    I DO have a blog and it DOES drive traffic to my website. no doubt about it. There is also no doubt that my blog needs a LOT of work and could definitely use a facelift. I have attempted to got from blogspot to WordPress and WordPress is killing me with complications…help!!!

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    If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    I do have a blog, and would love to have a re-design of it. I have trouble understanding HTML and I feel like mine still feels like a standard blogger template. I would love for it to have more of a professional look.

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    Jeri says:

    I have a WordPress blog which helps my future clients view my work. I think blogging keeps people in the know about what you do. I would love a redesign!

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    Jeri says:

    I’m also an MCP Facebook fan!

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    Jeri says:

    …and I subscribe to your RSS feeds. :)

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    Jeanine says:

    I have a blog but it’s cookie cutter and neglected. I think a unique blog would help to convey my offerings and boost my business. Thanks for the chance!

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    Jeanine says:

    already a fan!

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    LoriB. says:

    I would love a blog but I’m still learning and after trying to customize my own I became frustrated. People see me practicing with my camera and pics in my home and ask if I have a site and my constant answer is I’m working on it. It would really help establish me as not just a mom with hobby but a mom building something of my own.

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    Kristin says:

    Hi! I would SO love help with my blog, because I have one but cannot for the life of me figure out how to customize it! I’m so anxious to share news with my clients and potential clients this way, and I feel that it would help my business immensely! I need help! Thank you for the opportunity to help get my blog up and running!

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    Kristin says:

    I also follow on Twitter!

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    Lori L. says:

    I have a blog with Blogger but it needs some major re-desining and I mean MAJOR! Its awful. Their templates do not show my personality I am young, vibrant, full of life so is my work and I have just a plain, blah, background. I’d love to win this contest so I can not only give my blog a face lift so I can get up every day and want to actually write on it. I try to daily but darn that blog needs help!

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    Kristin says:

    I’m also a Facebook fan, and I love your actions! :)

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    Thao says:

    I have a personal blog, but my professional blog is still in the works, even though I’ve already bought my domain name! I’d like to find a way to get the attention of potential clients, and I feel that having an online presence is the quickest and most accessible way to achieve that. I’ve been really digging those combination blog-websites out there lately!

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    Sara says:

    Blogging is great for SEO as you can make it keyword-rich and it keeps adding new content to your site, which the search engines like. You can import your blog into social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, so your friends and fans can keep up to date with your business.
    The issue is making time to keep it updated!

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    Heather says:

    •If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    I have a blog but it is very very basic I am unsure if it is helping or hurting my business at the moment to be honest – I think blogging helps my clients and followers keep up to date on my most recent activity, it also give a personal insite into who I am – they can hopefully see the love i have for capturing smiles and giggles and special moments in life. I love following other photographers blog to help with inspiration, word do not describe my love for MCP (Blog, Facebook and twitter!)

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    i just clicked through and i love, love, love her work! i’m in the middle of pulling images right now for a new website, would love to spruce up the blog too!

    i think a blog is super important! it is more than just showing your images, it allows the potential clients to get a feel for you personally through your writing, the things you say. when i look at my stats i see that my blog actually gets 3x more traffic than my site which makes me wonder if maybe a blogsite isn’t the best way to go. i think the best part of it is clients getting a sneak peek after their session – they’re so excited and they email the link to their friends and family so it just gets my business even more exposure.

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    i’m also an MCP fan on FB!

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    i follow MCP on twitter!

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    i subscribe to the MCP rss feed too!

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    Heather says:

    I have a blog currently (www.hthrphoto.com) but I’ve been so uninspired by it that I just made my first post since January today – perfect timing for this giveaway! I’d love to be able to launch more of a business with my photography but I just don’t have the time to invest in really making my blog look like I want it to look like – I’d rather be out taking photographs!

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    Emily says:

    My blog is a lot more popular than my website, so I definitely need to make it look better! People love visiting my blog because it shows them my latest work. A redesign would definitely help my branding.

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    Brenda says:

    I get the feeling my approach is a tad strange in that I want to have a blog up and running so that when I graduate college and go to start my business, I’ll already have work to show potential customers. It certainly helped to get me a position at University Press (my university’s newspaper) and potentially a position as event photographer for the resident student association. I feel that One Thousand Words Home is successful in that it lets the people who read it know what I’ve been seeing/doing/photographing. I know when I go pro and start a business photoblog, I’ll need to work on SEO but I have time yet.

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    Brenda says:

    I’m also a Facebook fan.

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    Brenda says:

    Plus I follow on twitter.

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    Brenda says:

    And the link on my blog is correct now.

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    Brittney says:

    Yay! I am a FB fan and have subscribed to the RSS feed!
    MCP actions has helped us step it up on the processing end! We feel that we are now able to compete more with other area photographers. We are now lacking in our BLOG! EEKK! We need HELP! We have a decent website, but we are still using just a regular old blog. We really need a blog that is professional! Our blog is so important to us. Not only does it show off our recent work, but it tells our story one post at a time. Our clients enjoy hearing about our day with them. As artists it helps them get to know us, our personalities. We think this is so important to help portray our style and who we really are. I’d like to think it brings out their personlaities to. They know we’ll be writing about them.. ;)

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    Suzanne says:

    I do have a blog but it’s pretty cookie-cutter. I’m brand new to all this so I don’t know if it will drive traffic. I certainly hope so!

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    jill t says:

    i think a blog really helps my business because so far i havent set up a website! i really need to get on that – going to check out cinnamon girl’s templates right now!

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    jill t says:

    i subscribe via google reader

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    jill t says:

    im a FB fan too!

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    Heidi says:

    I feel like having a blog does help my business, but not enough. I’m new to the field and I know a great looking blog would really help. I would definitely need help with layout and probably some branding advice too.

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    jill t says:

    i follow on twitter – hapyfish

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    Patricia says:

    I have a blog which could use a face lift. Im using a wordpress template right now. My blog does bring in some buisness, but It definatly could bring in more if I posted more often.

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    Patricia says:

    I just subscribed to your RSS feed

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    janie says:

    Actually the answer for 2 is the reason for 1. I do have a website, but it is boring and I don’t feel brings me business. People look at it more for the daily happenings or the blog. Would love to have a 2 in 1!

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    janie says:

    I need that extra entry! Going up on FB!

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    Juanita says:

    I would love a blog redo! I’ve been staying up late at night trying to figure everything out myself, and its a slow work in progress. I mainly do work from word of mouth so I’m not trying to get extremely known. I would like to present my work in a professional way and benefit my business to help my family. Thanks for offereing this contest!!

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    Rebecca says:

    I have a blogsite. I was falling behind trying to keep up with both a website and a blog seperate, so I combined the two. I have loved it. So much nicer to maintain. I target a pretty small area, but for the small area I target I have a pretty good success rate for getting people to my blogsite. I struggle with actually getting those people to go from just looking to actually booking. I’m not sure what to do differently to improve business. One thing I would like to do is some serious updating of my current blogsite. I have been having conflict with my current blog template and hosting company since Oct. 09 and have been wanting to change, but funds are limited at the moment. I feel if I have a fresh new look for my blogsite and a new hosting company (have one picked out, just need to get the funds for it.) then people will not only look, but will also book a session or two.

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    Silisia says:

    I had many requests from friends and clients to see my work, so I started a blog. It’s simple and I’m sure, by looking at other blogs and sites, that I d do much better. I’m just starting out, part-time, and would love to have a fresh new look. Drawing more business from my area would be nice as well.
    I’m a fb fan, you’re linked on my blog. I don’t tweet, no time :o) Love your work and love what you do!

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    Suzanne says:

    I know nothing about creating blogs so my blog is not something that people are excited to go and look at it. It’s so boring and simple. I even hate going a looking at it at times.

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    Monica Brown says:

    My blog always shows my latest work to my clients and lets potential clients get to know me better. I would LOVE a custom blog so that it would look super professional!

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    i do have a blog, and i feel that it really helps my business because it shows my clients my human side, helps them to get to know me a bit better, and it’s a great place to showcase what i’m up to!

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    Ohh Ohh Im excited! I have a blog, I feel its important because it not only showcases your work but your personality. There are lots of photographers out there, people chose someone whose style they like AND they connect with. You don’t know if there will be a connection based simply on a website. I honestly don’t know if it helps my business or not. I advertise that its there and link to it on Face Book all the time, but there are no comments. I know a few people who read it but I don’t know if others are or not. Maybe its time I put up a counter.
    Not only does it help tell more about me, it allows me to journal my journey as a new artist. I will be able to look back at old posts, and see how far I have come and the struggles that got me there.

    Side note, you and your actions and tutorials totally ROCK Jodi!!

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    Shannon says:

    My blog is my only advertisement (still no website) and yes it does help drive my business (on blogger). The thing is, I have a new business logo and want to incorporate that in my new blog design and have no idea how to do so. I definitely need a blog facelift!!! :) Please help!

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    Alisha Shaw says:

    My blog is my MAIN source of advertising and it needs an update!! One of the best things I’ve done is Credit for Comments Contest. The family from the post tells friends about it and then earns free prints for comments. Lots of great exposure from trusted sources. ;)

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    Johanna says:

    I have a personal blog but not one for my biz yet. I know how important it is to keep people interested and attracted to you and to your work. I mean even on my personal blog…I haven’t blogged in ages! So people lose interest. The use of a blog conveys a sense of who you are to people. It gives them a sense of a relationship with you. So I plan on using a blog for these reasons! To stay connected with clients/people. To stay accountable to my work…to always putting something out there.

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    Johanna says:

    I follow you on twitter!

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    manon says:

    I would for sure say a blog helps your business a lot. I am telling all my clients that they will see the first pictures on the blog right a few days after their weeding (this gives them the first look of pictures, no annoying parents and at the same time advertising for me). people here are mostly not sure to have their pictures in the internet. but knowing they will see their pictures just 4 days after the wedding totally wins them over ;)

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    Jenn L says:

    I will be launching my design business very soon and this is exactly what I am going to need. I currently have a personal blog, but I need it to be a little more polished, professional looking. I love these designs and hope I am lucky enough to win!

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    Jenn L says:

    I’ve been a Facebook fan since day 1!

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    Jenn L says:

    I also subscribe to your daily feed! :)

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    Danielle says:

    I NEED this! Here is the point I am at right now. We have a website and a blog, but I am ready to go just blog. I hate having to update both the blog and the website and I would like for them to merge. This would be great, thanks!

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    Jan says:

    I do have a blog. It helps the most for me with SEO and keeping my site at the top of the local searches. I’ve also been told by clients that it helps them “know” me before our session, something they love.

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    Jan says:

    facebook fan. :) Jan Nelson

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    Jan says:

    I also subscribe to your blog feed through google reader.

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    Ok…… this girl needs help. I am soooo blog illiterate. yes I have managed to get a wordpress blog and am very proud to have gone through the steps to install it myself BUT I am embarrassed to say that it took me hours and lots and lots of cursing (which I hardly ever do btw) because it takes alot of repetition for my brain to comprehend the steps needed to figure these things out. I know the competition is fierce and I truly appreciate the consideration. Thank you MCP and Cinnamon Girl for your generosity! (O:

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    Shelly LeBlanc says:

    I have a blog, but I do not update it regularly. Aside from the updating process being cumbersome, I have this mental block about it. I feel like everything I say or show has to be new and original.
    It only has a few followers, so I need to generate more traffic. I have lots to say, but never feel it’s interesting or well written enough to publish. Doesn’t sound like I need a new blog…sounds more like I need therapy=)

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    Jeanine says:

    Subscribe to rss feed and receive emails

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    Jeanine says:

    I follow mcp on twitter!

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    chesley says:

    I have a personal blog, but want to start a business & start over with blog committed to photography.

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    Carrie says:

    I have a blog http://carrierrichardson.blogspot.com/ and it is a huge help to my business! I think having the categories and the nav bar at the top make a huge difference! I am really itching for an upgrade though, so I’d love to win this!

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    Carrie says:

    I also added the text link to my blog today!

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    Carrie says:

    and I’ve followed you on twitter for a while!

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    Carrie says:

    and I don’t know if this counts, but this is the first time I’ve entered a contest of yours while being a facebook fan!

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    Jodie says:

    What a great giveaway! I do have a blog and I love blogging – such a great, easy, quick way to share current projects with clients! I’d love a little update & refresher to spruce up my blog. [Fingers crossed].

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    Blog definitely helps my business as clients love to show their photos off to friends and family, thus helping spread the word about my work. And of course SEO is great with a blog too. I would love to have an update though! Thank you!

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    Christy says:

    I’m a new photographer…I have a blog, but I’m not using it to promote my business…YET; I say YET because I’ve never felt like my blog looked “Professional” enough. I play with it, mostly…just to put my personal thoughts on, but I have been wanting to change it to a business photography blog for sometime now (but I have NO IDEA how!) I would like to put my blog “out there” – use it to advertise and show my work on facebook, twitter, etc. That would certainly help me get a little more out of my comfort zone! :)

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    michelle white says:

    i feel i need to redsign my blog because for one i feel it’s outdated and two i don’t think it’s SEO friendly since it’s by blogger and i feel that i need a better web presence. so i hope i can win. my blog is http://www.camera-ready.blogspot.com

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    Carrie says:

    and your blog already comes into my google reader :) thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    Judy says:

    Yes, I do have a blog. Although I do need to post more frequently. I love posting “sneak peaks” of sessions I shoot the following day.

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    michelle riebeek says:

    I need a photography blog! I have been waiting to get one until I could find an awesome web/blog designer to make one! Regardless of whether I win or not. I think I will purchase from Cinnamon Girl Studio.

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    Danielle says:

    I have a blog, and I think it’s finally starting to drive more interest to my business. I’ve noticed that there are a few “strangers” who’ve visited and that means that others, outside of my family/friends and current clients are following… exciting! :)

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    Amanda says:

    I am not a pro photog (yet) but I do have a personal blog that I share tons of photographs on and would love a beautiful WP.org design.

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    Elena says:

    I have a blog and am actually thinking ditching the site and going to blogsite altogether, since it seems that’s where most of my traffic is. It would be great to have Cinnamon Girl’s input/update to my blog or even lunch a whole new blog for another business of mine that needs a face lift.

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    Amanda says:

    I already follow you on Twitter (amandapadgett).

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    Amanda says:

    I am now a subscriber to your blog.

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    Amanda says:

    I just became a fan on FB.

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    Kristen says:

    I do have a blog and I THINK it helps my business, but I’m not sure it’s quite “me”. So a makeover would be fabulous!!!

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    I do have a blog, and I would love to win a makeover for it! I like my blog for a few reasons: 1. it’s current. Sure, I can look at someone’s website, but if they haven’t done any sessions in a year, I might want to pick someone else who has been more active so I can see their latest style. 2. it directs my clients to a ‘what is custom photography’ site so they can read why choosing an independent photographer over chain studio is something they should seriously consider. 3. I can be a storyteller. I’ve always loved writing, and having a blog allows me to pull that creativity in me out as well.

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    Heather says:

    I have a blog separate from my website, and I really haven’t utilized to its full potential. I’ve had a very rough pregnancy for the past several months, so my business hasn’t been priority at all. But I plan to turn a new leaf this month, and I know that my blog is a key component to revitalizing my business. I am a huge lurker on many photographers’ blogs, and that’s what really captures my attention as a customer. I want to showcase my work through my blog more effectively. There’s lot of work ahead of me, but I’m reminding myself: BABY STEPS.

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    Becca Dilley says:

    My blog is the biggest way I get new client to my site (besides referrals), so tagging and posting frequently is pretty important.

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    Becca Dilley says:

    And I subscribe via RSS!

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    I posted it to FB and tweeted.

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    I DO have a blogger blog. I am still new with the biz so I know it does allow me some exposure. I like the idea of a blog because it is more personal than your basic website. It let’s your potential clients know more about YOU and your daily life, who you are as a “real” person! I love it! I do know that MY blog lacks a LOT. It’s boring. There are no buttons to click on to take you to a current price sheet. There are no extra pretty features that draw people in and keep them wanting to learn more. Sure, they come to see the pix, read a few blurbs of mine… but there is nothing that says “WOW! This is a feel good site to come and hang!” Know what I mean? It just lacks INFO! I need to get my vision out there and my blog just leaves a lot to be desired. It needs help!!!!! :)

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    Debbie Branda says:

    What a wonderful give-away! I’d love a blog – did it a couple of years ago but then took a break from photography & “let it go”. Would love to get a business up & running and a beautiful blog would be great!

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    btw, I’m a fan on Facebook AND I have already been signed up for the RSS feed! :O)

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    Jen Towner says:

    I do not have a blog. I don’t even know where to start. I just got my website up in January. I would love to add a blog. I don’t feel as though I am creative enough with graphics to pull it off. I feel it would be a great asset to my business. I do post photos on a facebook fan page. I receive good feedback from people who like to read the “story” behind the shoot. I think a professionally designed blog would only help my business and communication with my clients. I was fortunate to have a cool logo designed for me. Now I would like a designed blog to live up to it! :D

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    I do have a blog and I think it does help my business. I post sneak peeks which my clients send to their friends. This often results in WOM bookings. It looks like crap though. I use the Tofurious theme, which is great, but I’m so bad at customizing. I tried and I made it worse.

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    I have a blog that helps my business a lot. It allows clients see my current work. I just wish it wasn’t so plain (it is a template): http://www.amberkatrina.com/blog

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    I don’t have a blog. I think a blog would keep my business up to date. I think it is a good tool for potential clients to see what I do.

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    Brad says:

    I have a photo blog that has been getting increased visits over the last several months, but it is in dire need of a re-design, as well as more content from me, which I will be working on soon.

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    apryl says:

    i would certainly love a blog makeover. i gave up trying to see how much traffic i was generating a long time ago – so many other things to do:) i would love to know how to point more people my way & i could use help making it all look as professional as possible!

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    Brad says:

    I’m a Facebook fan.

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    Jamie says:

    I do have a business blog and a website. My blog needs some serious updating but, with opening up a new studio I haven’t found the time to research how to do what I want to do with it. I know how important my blog and website is to my business! It is usually the first impression that clients get of myself and my standards. I desperately need some revamping. Clients check my blog frequently for specials and new updates. I also noticed that when I Google my business usually it pulls posts from my blog. My blog is key to driving customers to my webpage. Pick Me! Pick ME! :)

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    Brad says:

    And I subscribe to the daily RSS feeds.

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    Leah says:

    I have a blog and I want a buisness but I just don’t feel professional enough…

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    lisa says:

    oooh I want a blog makeover! The blog is great for business. It keeps our clients aware of what we are doing and shooting and sales and inspires them to come in for their own shoot. It also generates traffic because we offer sneak peaks, especially of weddings, but of most of our shoots. I love blogging, but my blog is rather simple and not customized. I would love a custom header with brides-bellies-babies-byeond photos.

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    apryl says:

    i already subscribe to your emails:)

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    apryl says:

    just became a fan on facebook!

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    i have a blog….http://www.mikifoto.com/blog and it is def worth it bec it keeps clients and potential clients current on my work and events. i would LOVE a redesign!

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    What timing! I am actually currently working on getting my blog established through blogger. I think blogs are definitely the way to go to keep clients up-to-date with my business. It’s a perfect marketing piece and a way for my clients to get to know me…much more personal than a website!

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    Lori Alley says:

    I do have a blog and I think it has absolutely helped my business…especially since I figured out how to get my blog posts to post automatically on my FB fan page and Twitter! I post sneak peeks there and my contests, etc, which never show up on my website, because I am horrible at updating my site. That makes my blog invaluable! Linking back to other sites and photographers on my blog has helped, too. I would LOVE to win this contest, because updating and streamlining my blog is VERY high on my list of things that need to be done, but I don’t know much about how to get it done. What I have is basic and doesn’t showcase my work like I want it to. Thank you for this opportunity!

    Also, I have a link to MCP on my blog, I am a fan on FB, I follow you on Twitter, I subcribe to your RSS feed, I posted a thread about you and this contest on Sam’s World University Forum, and I shared this note on my FB profile as well. I LOVE MCP! ;-)

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    and a subscriber to your emails which i LOVE!

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    margaret says:

    I would love a new blog, mine is super boring. I think blog/website is the most important part of our business. It’s the most likely the first place where potential clients go to see our work, style and personality.

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    Stephanie Moore says:

    I have a blog but I am just starting out so I use it only for my own purpose to watch my growth. For now it is set private but I am hoping once I get a business going to make it public. This would be such an awesome treat!

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    Amber says:

    I have a simple blog (http://shoopsshutter.bigfolioblog.com) and it does help my business, but I feel it could be better. It helps in that it gives my clients a place to see fresh work on a regular basis. They get a better feel of my personality and style on my blog because I am posting commentary along with images. I don’t get a lot of comments on my blog though, so it makes me think people aren’t following it. However, I have been told it is difficult to post a comment. Sometimes I’ll run into someone on the street and they’ll tell me how much they loved a certain shoot that I did. Then I realize people are checking it out! I’d love to for my blog to be more user friendly and interactive.

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    Tracey says:

    I have a basic blog but I have not used it as of yet to promote my business.
    If I were to have a beautiful blog I would begin to use it to increase my SEO ranking and to increase business. Jodi you are amazing with your blog and I am learning a lot from your use of the MCP blog.

    Cheers to winning a beautiful blog!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I don’t have a blog and would LOVE one! I just started my business so I need everything in terms of marketing I can get my hands on! :) I would like to increase traffic and have a professional looking blog to display photos instead of a generic one!

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    I have a BORING blog. I would love a fancy wordpress blog so I can display large photos. I actually asked for an unnamed wordpress photography blog for my birthday, which is this Saturday, however I don’t think anyone will take me seriously enough to buy me a blog for my birthday. I would LOVE to win a blog redesign. I think the blog is more important than having a website, hence why I want an awesome blog! http://memorydaysphoto.blogspot.com/

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    Amy says:

    The biggest way my blog helps my business is by providing an easy outlet for clients to share highlights of their session, basically acting as word-of-mouth advertising. I’m just using a free wordpress.com template now, so I could definitely use an upgrade and I really want to add some SEO features but don’t know where to start!

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    Lisa Feather says:

    I would LOVE a new blog…and I REALLY, Really need one. I’ve just recently started my business and I am anxious to get everything started NOW, however, I plan to live a debt free life and I can’t “have it all now”. I have to get what I can – when I can. So, I’d love the opportunity to have Cinnamon Girl Studio create a blog for me. Please consider this girl right here! I’m just an ordinary girl, on an ordinary day wanting to do extraordinary things!

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    Pam L. says:

    I wish my blog was more geared towards marketing my business.
    Your work is great, Timi! Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Alisia K says:

    i would *LOVE* to have a blog make-over. mine could definitely use it.
    blogs are a great way to keep in touch with clients. i do get quite a bit of traffic, but my blog still feels like a standard template and is in need of a little tlc. :)

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    amy gerber says:

    yes, i currently have a blog, and it helps me by allowing potential customers to view my work

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    Alisia K says:

    i would *LOVE* to have a blog make-over. mine could definitely use it.
    blogs are a great way to keep in touch with clients. i do get quite a bit of traffic, but my blog still feels like a standard template and is in need of a little tlc.

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    Lisa says:

    I think blogs are great to show your most recent and ongoing work. I am so bad about updating my website but the blog is always in my head that I need to create something new.

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    I have a blog. Michellejohnsonphotography.blogspot.com. It does help my business because I update it frequently so my clients can see a variety of my work. I need a new blog to show off larger photos, use tags for seo and I would love a slide show at the top of my blog and a categories section.

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    Regina White says:

    I do have blog but I don’t think it helps out my buisness as much as I would like it too. I don’t know if it needs to look better or I need to spread the word more that I have a blog. I know I am bad at updating it often as well. I have wanted to change it up a bit so I hopeI can with this contest.

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    Erin says:

    I have a private blog I post all of my family pictures on. I feel funny about advertisting those for all to see. I’m just getting into photography and starting to photography other people besides my family, for free mind you. I wouldn’t want to charge yet. Anywho I would love a professional blog to start my photo site and set up a business. My blog is http://www.edlab.blogspot.com

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    I have a blog, but I’m not sure it helps my business at all. Even though I’ve worked hard at trying to design it to look professional, it just doesn’t. I need HELP!!! Thanks for this chance to win.

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    I have added your banner to my blog! Count me in again! ;)

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    I just subscribed to your RSS feed. SAWEET!

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    chaubella says:

    I do have a blog and I definitely know the benefits of it. I don’t have time to write on it because of my “other” job. But after WPPI, I know it’s time to get crackin’ and get this business to where it should be. As J* says, your website is your handshake and your Blog is your voice, this year……I want my voice to be heard!!!!!!

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    Bobbi-Jo G. says:

    And now I’m a FB follower. Thanks for all of the options to keep up with your posts!

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    Holly Lang says:

    Yes I have a blog, and once you see it, you’ll know that at the moment it doesn’t help my business. Before I changed my company name, I had a simple blog and I got tons of traffic. I’m hoping that after a blog makeover, I’ll get even more traffic.

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    erin lundy says:

    I do not have a blog…but oh how I want one! About 6+ months ago I went and saved my URL on blogger but never found the time to design the blog the way I want it. (Do I even now how???) I know in my core a blog would help by biz out tremendously.

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    Christina says:

    If you have a blog, does it helps your business?
    I think so. It is nice to have people able to see shots from one session rather than various in my website gallery.

    If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?
    My blog is just thrown together from one of the blogger template and looks unprofessional for the most part. Yes, it’s a great holding place for sneak peaks but I know there is room for a ton of improvement.

    Thanks for this wonderful contest and all of your other posts!

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    Nichole says:

    Well I use my blog to showcase my work and as an aspiring photographer I know how important showcasing is to attract more clientele. My blog is pretty simple and I would love a new makeover on it!

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    toki says:

    Yes I do have a blog that I started last year and I believe it brings traffic to my website, however, it lacks professionalism and cohesiveness. I think posting regularly helps but it’s a struggle to find anything interesting to say at times. Anyways, THANK YOU for a chance to win this awesome prize!!

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    toki says:

    Already a fan!!

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    toki says:

    Already a subscriber!!

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    I have a blog and LOVE it… even though it is a lame free one! I enjoy the fact that unlike my website, it can be more personal and less professional. I can show my personality more with the blog posts and give my brides so many useful tips and ideas for their wedding! :) I think it really helps my business for people to have that extra insight into who I am and if I’d be a good fit for them!

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    Alisia K says:

    already a facebook fan. ;)

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    Alisia K says:

    subscribed to your blog. :)

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    Alisia K says:

    i facebooked about the fabulous contest. :)

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    Alisia K says:

    i tweeted about the contest. :)

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    Alisia K says:

    following you on twitter. :)

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    Joy says:

    1)I do have a free blog from blogspot and the traffic has definately slowed down to it since Facebook fanpages started, but I really think that if I had a nice design that encouraged people to come over and comment, retweet, subscribe, etc. I would increase my traffic.

    2)I tweeted about this awesome opportunity as well!!

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    Noa says:

    I have a brand new blog, but it needs a lot of work! I plan on featuring my work on it and giving potential clients not only a taste of what work I produce, but also what kind of person I am.

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    Jenn says:

    I don’t have a blog currently. I have a personal blog on blogger, but I know it’s pretty limited using their templates as far as a photography blog goes, and I’m not exactly a whiz with custom coding, which is why THIS WOULD BE FANTASTIC TO WIN! I like blogger…it’s easy.
    And every thing I’ve read regarding SEO and marketing talks about having a blog and updating it frequently. Even though I’m not doing sessions right now, I’d still use the blog to keep my name out there.

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    Lori Dickman says:

    I am a photographer in a very small town and so my jobs come by ‘word of mouth’ advertizing. I would LOVE to set up a website, but don’t know how. By doing so I could branch out and actually start making some money at this. I’ve done so many friend’s weddings, family portraits, etc that people here just expect to give me gifts instead of money for my work. I’d really like to invest in some new lenses, a studio light, and some post processing actions but can’t really justify the cost, when I’m not making anything.
    I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to set up a website, so I’d sure love some help!
    Lori

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    I would love to win an updated blog. I think blogging is a terrific way for clients to view your most recent work. Clients love to see their photos and they will often refer their friends. I would love to get my blog a little bit of oomph that it needs. Thanks!

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    Kristin R. says:

    I have a blog (http://randi-ryan.blogspot.com/) but it’s very basic and I’d love the opportunity to have someone pretty it up for me! I’m a Mom with a Camera who’s just trying to figure all this out and it’s a little overwhelming at the moment, so an opportunity like this would be like a little ray of sunshine shining down on my day!

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    Jodi says:

    Every time I read a post on your blog I am so happy and say something like “This is exactly what I was thinking of doing, or what I need to do.” Or something like that. And a blog makeover has been on mind…..pretty much since I started blogging! Thanks for the link to this site and the chance to win!

    So to answer the question….I don’t blog for business….yet. The goal is to start up a portfolio and then kind of work my way towards starting a business. I just have so much to learn about blogging, pulling in traffic, etc. I also have been thinking that it would pay to buy my own domain and transfer wordpress to self-hosted wordpress!!!

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    Oh my goodness, this could not have come at a better time!!
    I currently have a blog and I believe it is a tremendous help in showing who I am, what I am about and showcasing my work, but I am in the middle of rebranding (complete with a name change) and would love a custom blog to complete it!!

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    Mary says:

    I have a personal blog for family and friends to view my photos and to keep up with what my family is doing. I hope to start a photography business in the future and have a separate site to showcase my work.

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    Tyra says:

    I would LOVE to win this blog makeover! I do believe it helps my business by my clients posting links to my blog, to show others their pictures. I like that I can have pages and put alot of info in one easy to access place :)

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    Tyra says:

    please add me for another entry as I also follow you :)

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    Tyra says:

    and one more time as I am a fan on facebook!

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    Heather says:

    I have a blog and right now it is my only means of exposure. I would like to make it more functional, more like a blog site and I should post more frequently too.

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    Ivy says:

    I have a blog (http://studiotong.com/blog) but it doesn’t help my business at all. The blog design annoys me and I don’t feel like sharing the blog site with others (as I believe the design is not good). I am hoping a new blog desgin would help to bring more traffic to it.

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    Sue McFarland says:

    I would absolutely love to win this contest!! I have a blogger blog (www.carolina-dreams.blogspot.com) and share my photos and work there along with some personal stuff. I would really love for it to be more professional looking and be able to draw more people to my fledgling photography business!! I so do not understand the HTML language and need the help! I am following MCP on FB and get their daily e-mails, headed to Twitter now to post about the contest and then to post on Facebook. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of this!!

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    Sue McFarland says:

    I am follow MCP on Twitter and on Facebook!! Tweeted and posted on FB about this contest :)

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    maria black says:

    I have a blog I created several months ago but I have been so dissatisfied with it that I never post anything. I haven’t tried to make it known because I just don’t like it. However, I am getting ready to start my biz and I really need a nice blog. This would be so awesome to win!

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    Shelly says:

    I do have a photography blog that I started awhile back, but it is a COMPLETE mess. I’ve tried starting with a template and tweaking on my own, but I can’t seem to get it right. I am strapped for time so as it is, and haven’t had a chance to focus on getting my blog put together. Winning this contest would be the answer to my prayers! :) Thanks for the chance!

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    christy says:

    I think blogging helps my potential clients see the type of work I do. A lot of people in my area were used to formal studio pictures, and that’s what they expected from me, too. When they see my work, they start liking the freedom which allows me to enjoy working with them instead of trying to get the formal poses they are picturing. I have a feeling that’s a very wordy way of saying something, and still not quite saying it.

    Anyway, I really want to win this! :)

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    Shelly says:

    I am a Facebook Fan also!

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    Shelly says:

    I also subscribe to a daily RSS feed.

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    Kim Jay says:

    My blog (http://kimjayeveryday.blogspot.com) has helped, some, in my business…mainly by putting my personality out there for potential clients to get to know. Most of my business has come from posting samples on Facebook. Knowing that I am my own brand, the blog is a tool to deliver ME in a tangible way to my potential customers. There are a ton of photographers in my area. But, only one Kim Jay Everyday Photography. The blog is a sample of me.

    Admittedly, my blog needs help. So, HELP! :)

    Kim

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    Leslie says:

    I LOVE having a blog, I find it’s where past clients can keep up to date with what I’m doing. Once they’ve checked out my website it’s unlikely they’re going to continue to go back to it looking at the same thing. I can easily post updates on my facebook about a new blog post and it’s easy to people to check it out.

    I would love love love a blog facelift :)

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    I share lots of doggy info, which keeps clients on my page and my name in their minds. I have just started out and can’t really tell, yet if it helps, but i sure hope so.

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    Silvina says:

    I have a blog but it could probably use some sprucing up :). I feel having a blog is very important for my business, so clients and potential customers can see what i’m up to and also share posts of their previews with their friends and family, which is a great way to spread the word.

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    i have started a blog however do find a few things hard such as keeping spam away and resetting background colours etc so would love for some assistance. at present i dont feel a blog is assisting my business and would like some tips on how to turn that around.

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    Johanna says:

    I subscribe to your feed!

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    Johanna says:

    I am a facebook fan!!

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    MegganB says:

    Mine isn’t helping. I think it looks too boring and uninspiring. I’d love to have a refreshing! I also need to post more.

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    I do have a blog and I think I get quite a bit of traffic, but I’m starting to think it’s dwindling down. I know my clients enjoy the sneak peeks, but I think I need to take the next step to make it stand out… I want to get beyond the blogger blog.

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    I am also already a FB fan.

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    I tweeted the contest!

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    andrea says:

    I do have a blog but I’m not getting as much traffic as I would like. I think revamping my blog with a new background will make it look more professional and may help with the traffic and word of mouth. I also think re doing some of my info on the blog will also help get more clients and traffic.

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    rachael s says:

    i do have a blog, but it isn’t fully set up yet. i think it is important to have somewhere potential clients can go to view your work and connect with you.

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    rachael s says:

    i subscribe to the rss feed

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    rachael s says:

    i am a facebook fan

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    rachael s says:

    i follow mcp on twitter

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    Last one… I posted it to my FB page. Would really love a revamping!

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    I have a blog… and I love that it’s a fast way to share recent photos and it’s easy for people to follow or have on their reader. I feel like it keeps me fresh on clients minds. BUT have been wanting to switch to a WordPress blog under my website URL for a while and I also need to work on improving SEO. This would be a perfect way to start!

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    Jill says:

    I do have a blog and I think it helps my business more than my website. I post all previews on my blog usually day of a session or day after. It and Facebook have generated quite a bit of business for my by other clients referring their friends to see their pics. I would LOVE a redesigned blog. Mine is so simple and boring and I have no clue what to do with it!

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    jen says:

    I have a blog, but would it is just the basic template. I would love to have a custom design to go with my custom photography!

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    I do have a blog and it does help my business, but I would like to move my blogger over to a wordpress blog, which I can do with my Web Host.. I would love to win a design as this could help get the blog moved and help business(SEO)

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    I have a website and a blog, both used to promote my brick and mortar retail store. I love my blog and the platform that it has provided my business so that we can talk to our customers.
    It does need some help though, and I have no idea how to write code, so I hope I win!!!
    blog.littlecherryblossoms.com

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    If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    I do not think that My blog helps my business thus far. I do not have enough content on the blog or any information to help or inform clients. I would really love to know how to put more content and links so that it will be more successful! I would love to blog if I knew it would help bring more traffic and clients to my blog site! I believe most people are using my website for all of the info, but I would love to create a blog site that would be inviting enough to bring new clients! An Awesome Header with side menu bar sounds NICE! Thanks a bunch!

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    Teresa says:

    I have a blog, and currently it is my best marketing tool! It needs some love to get it where I want it, but my clients love seeing their session previews on there.

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    Jodi, I LOVE this contest and so hope to be lucky enough to win. I do not have a BLOG and have attempted to set one up multiple times to noavail. I think a BLOG is very important to a photographer as it is a great way to increase your web page ranking, and to keep in communication with your clients especially when you can link it to facebook and twitter. This year I am REALLY trying to gain more business and think a BLOG is just how I am going to go about doing it.

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    Cali says:

    I have a blog- but have been struggling to get Blogger to look exactly how I want it to! I have hesitated to switch to wordpress because I don’t want to lose readers. I haven’t started an actual business yet, but I’m building my skills, and my followers through my blog- and would LOVE this template to help my blog look better!

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    I have a blog, but don’t feel like I get enough traffic. Mostly because keeping up with a website where I must contstantly update photos, plus FB, Twitter, blog, formspring…I can’t update them all. I would LOVE a blogsite where everything is all inclusive so I have a few less places to update. I have visited a few other blogsites where they have private galleries where clients can actually enter their information. Plus the webcrawlers can find my information faster without a FLASH based site which will in turn drive more traffic to my site.

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    for me, when i’m looking around on the web…a well designed blog always draws me in (and also one that is kept up-to-date)…i can only assume my clients are thinking the same thing…
    i need a new design…badly!
    emily

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    Kathy says:

    Hi! I have a two month old blog that I use for my 365 project. I hope to develop it into much more in the near future. This new template is just what I’ve been looking for – bigger pictures first of all. And a flash slideshow. oooohh!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Amy says:

    I have a blog and I update it regularly. I think that between it and facebook I am able to keep people up to date on what is going on with my photography business, show my recent work and advertise upcoming specials. I do thing my blog could use some help to reflect my style a little more.

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    I have a blog for my photography business. I LOVE having a blog because most of my clients like to see my recent work and having their family/children “featured.” I have a better time keeping my blog updated. BUT I don’t get as much traffic, I need to learn so much more about SEO and how to add meta tags etc. to get me on the top of the list!

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    Heidi says:

    I have a blog that serves the purpose of showing some of my work but it is basic and boring. As a photographer I would love a new photoblog capable of displaying larger photos. I am pretty illiterate when it comes to blog lingo so would love to win this!!!

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    Lisa says:

    I don’t have a website, but I know having a blog have been very helpful. Its a place to send people who have never seen my work. Some help with it would be much appreciated!

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    Diane Creighton says:

    I would love, love, love to win a blog!!! I do not have a website or a blog, which is becomming a serious problem for me. A blog would solve many of the problems I am experiencing in getting my photography work seen. Even though I am fairly new to digial photography, I have been doing film for years. I am really surprised how much I truely love digital!

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    Heather says:

    I do have a blog, and I think it definitely helps my business. It shows my most current work, which is what most people want to see anyway. I of course want it to have more exposure, and I think a new redesign and some help with keywords would be helpful!

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    Shelya says:

    I have started working on a blogsite for my business but keep getting stuck so it’s left unfinished. I would LOVE someone to help me design it! I have some great marketing opportunities coming up and I need my blogsite up and running to make the most of those opportunities. Once I have it up, I plan to use it to get people excited and engaged with me as a photographer. I want to use it to help people get to know me better personally, which I hope will attract my ideal client (who I see as friends, more than clients). I think a blog is a practical way to acheive this because it can be personalized as much or as little as I want. I plan on having themed posts (monthly contests, fashion pieces, posts about my kids) to help draw my followers in which will hopefully translate to more business.

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    Shelya says:

    I tweeted the contest! twitter.com/shelya

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    Shelya says:

    also became a follower on twitter

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    Gina says:

    I am a brand new baby to the world of pro-photography and any help would be EXTREMELY APPRECIATED! I have a silly little blog, so really I have no blog…but would LOVE A SUPER DUPER COOL BLOG to post my work, attract clients, grow my business and make people smile and keep coming back for more photography fun!

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    Noelle says:

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I really hope I win, and even if I don’t I think I will buy one! $12 isn’t bad at all!

    I do have a blog and I do love it. It just needs to be re-done for sure. It is lacking my personality and style. I really am suprised at how many people do look at it though, so that is what makes me keep going with it.

    Thanks again!

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    Noelle says:

    I have your link on my blog with updates!

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    Jackie Beale says:

    I believe my blog has helped with the growth of my business. I have been told by friends and clients that it is the first place they go to, rather than my website. They like reading about my recent shoots and other things that are going on. They like that they can look through specific posts that are tagged as ‘weddings’ or ‘engagements’, as well as any other information they’d like to know like products and albums.

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    Amber says:

    I do not currently have a photography business blog or website. I am currently in that lovely portfolio building stage. I know that having a blog would help draw in clients by having a chance to get to know me a photographer and showcase my work. Would love to win the prize!

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    Amber says:

    I am an MCP FB Fan.

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    Melissa Blue says:

    I think that as a photographer a bolg is very important. My blog is a place to not only showcase my newest work, but to connect with my clients as well.

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    Natalia aka Maygirl says:

    Thank you for this superb chance!
    I do not have a blog for the moment but I am planning one because we are planning to open a scrapbook store with my friends and want to have a special blog for this to give information about our events, contests and releases, we will share there the best layouts and photos.
    Thank you again!

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    Melissa Blue says:

    I have a ling to MCP actions on my blog, and that is an element that I would definitely keep, but SO much else needs changed! http://wingsofblue.blogspot.com/

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    Bonnie Thompson says:

    People enjoy and are attracted to the stories we tell about our photo sessions and the presentation of the photos. The blog could use a spring “tune up”

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    Rebecca Y says:

    I need a blog. I have been using my website only for almost a year. Now that my son will be heading to preschool in the fall I feel as though I need to advertise my work a little more since I will have additional capacity for more sessions.

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    Rebecca Y says:

    I subscribe to the daily RSS feed. Gotta love Google Reader!

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    I don’t have a blog… but i really want to have one.I wanna show other people my work… i wanna share my experiences while i’m growing to be professional…

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    Chelsi says:

    I have a blog dedicated to my photography business. So, far it’s not really helping “grow” my business like I thought it would. That is partly my fault though. I don’t post nearly often enough for readers to stay interested in following it. I do love how having a blog gives me a more personal connection with clients and prospective clients, as opposed to my website. I just really need to utilize it better.

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    I have a blog (www.camillabinks.blogspot.com) but it’s super boring right now. No special banner, just my logo. No color, just black and white. I could really use some help!

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    Rich says:

    I need one because everyone else has one and I must keep up with the Jone’s

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    Kelly says:

    Yes, I have a blog.. Yes, I think it helps my business. Because it’s constantly updated, it keeps people coming back. But mine needs updated so badly! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    BelovedAimee says:

    I have a blog, it’s not a business blog, it’s a personal blog, but I would still LOVE a design package from this lovely lass :)

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    Lori Alley says:

    I have a link to MCP on my blog.

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    Lori Alley says:

    I am a fan on FB.

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    Lori Alley says:

    I follow you on Twitter.

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    Lori Alley says:

    I subcribe to your RSS feed.

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    Megan says:

    I LOVE my blog. It’s the place that I can connect with both friends, family and most importantly clients. I don’t think that my blog brings me a ton of business and one reason is that I don’t feel that the look of my blog is ME. It’s pretty generic and could use some personality. I’d LOVE a new blog or a redesign. Pick me!!!

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    Lori Alley says:

    I posted a thread about you and this contest on Sam’s World University Forum.

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    Lori Alley says:

    I shared this note on my FB profile.

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    Missy says:

    Having a blog definitely helps my business. It showcases my work and my recent work. It helps people get to know me better. I don’t advertise much at all but so many clients have said they’ve seen my website or blog. But I could definitely use some help with the design aspect of it!

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    Missy says:

    I’m an MCP Fan on Facebook!

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    Missy says:

    I also subscribe to a RSS feed to get your blog updates. Awesome!

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    Megan says:

    I’m spreading the word! Just posted to FB.

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    Molly says:

    I would love to add a blog to my website! I would love to post a picture everyday. I think posting something new daily would drive the SEO up on my site creating more business.

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    Amy says:

    I have a blog, but I don’t believe it is helping my business. I tried to customize a blogger template myself and I’ve made it so difficult to work with that I don’t update it enough, consequently, it isn’t helping me.

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    Andrea says:

    Just redesigned my web site and I plan to make a blog next. Just haven’t done it yet. Budget and time. I believe it will be so fun to do a blog and will help my business tremendously.

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    Gabby O. says:

    •If you have a blog, does it helps your business?
    My blog is a tremendous help to my business. Not everyone and their mother have facebook, but a lot of houses have internet or access to the internet. It is an outlet for me to share my photography adventures, dreams and family happenings. It lets potential clients get to know me without having to pick up the phone. Plus it constantly provides guests with updated content and proof of when it was last updated.

    And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    Being able to easily update with photos, videos and any thing else I want to share with my followers. They can also see how I have grown as a photographer by going through old posts.
    But, at the same time, I also feel it is a bit frustrating for potential clients. There is no category section to easily bring up all posts relating to weddings or baby photography. I think it takes a tad too long to load for slower systems. I would love for my photos to be larger to really show off my work. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the time (or know how!) to get the job done efficiently! HELP!

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    Gabby O. says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feeds and find all your posts extremely helpful and insightful!

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    Gabby O. says:

    I am a MCP facebook fan =)

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    Gabby O. says:

    MCP Twitter follower and retweeted!

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    I went at this vast world of digital photography head first and thankfully haven’t landed on my head yet! *knock on wood* I obviously still consider myself a semi-professional and love learning how to further my name. I only bought my camera in July! I did massive amounts of research online and off to understand how to go about starting a portrait photography business. Currently, I am a full time college student & mother. A blog was very important to me when I started thinking about building a portfolio site. I wanted my current and potential clients to really see that I was more than just a photographer. I also value spending as much time as possible getting to know and understand who I will be photographing. It’s easy for my clients to open up when I have already shared so much with them (via my blog). I am not the best with coding and really struggled with finding the time to dig deep into customizing my blog. I don’t think it accurately represents who I am as a photographer. Thank you for this opportunity to grow my business. I appreciate that you are lending your talents to someone (like myself) who doesn’t have a ton of time or money but really could benefit from custom design. Keep doing what you do! (http://www.aprildavenportblog.com/)

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    Lili Durkin says:

    I have a wordpress blog and find it to be the main way clients find me while organic searches. It is essential to my business!

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    I subscribed to your RSS feed too!

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    Kerry says:

    Awesome giveaway!

    I do have a blog. I think it helps me in my business. It helps me to show off some of my more recent photography work. It still needs some work, though. I’d like to add some sections where clients can fill out forms and pay for their photography sessions.

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    Kerry says:

    I’m following on twitter.

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    Kerry says:

    I am subscribed to the daily updates.

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    Kerry says:

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

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    Steph says:

    Yes my blog definately helps and I would have to say the pictures obviously. I really need a blog design though:)

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    Peyton Baldwin says:

    I do not have a blog…yet! I have been trying to learn web design because the templates on WordPress just don’t fit what I need. Okay, they probably do have what I need just not what I want! But obviously that is taking more time and energy then it should. I believe a blog is one of the first steps to getting my name out there and building a photography business. It can showcase my work, my style and my personality.

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    Kristen Soderquist says:

    I am currently in the market looking to blog for my business. I do not have a website or a blog and would love to start one to help my business. I have just stated out in business and would love a chance to get my blog up and going. Love the templetes!!!!!

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    Kristen Soderquist says:

    I am a fan on facebook and follow your blog every day!!!

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    I have a blog,(http://www.heatherdavisphoto.wordpress.com) which currently is acting as my main website for my start up photography business. Right now, I do not have the money to buy a custom designed blog, so I have to use the pre-designed templates. My blog displays my photography images, and I would love to have something that displays them conveniently and stylishly for my future clients so that my blog reflects the images they will receive.

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    Joined your group on facebook! :)

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    Added you on Flickr! :)

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    Followed you on Twitter! :)

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    Tweeted the link to your site! :)

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    Added a comment and link to my facebook about the contest and your site! :)

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    I find blog some sort of way to show my potential customer the back stage of whats going on with me and my photography. There is a lot I need to work on to improve my SEO and I am thinking about creating some type of series of post. But at the same time I seem to not be fully happy with the design- look and feel.
    My blog: http://joannasfoto.com/blog/

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    mindy says:

    Wow, this would be amazing. I use a boring WordPress template. Do they do the install too? because I am pretty tech stupid when it comes to that stuff. Off to check out their site!

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    I love these MCP actions!!! No seriously – I ADORE these! I cannot believe I never heard of you until I just saw Kelly Moore mention them in her ‘what’s in her bag’ section of her website! I have had my blog for exactly a year now – just wished it happy birthday on 4th March and of course blogged about it! It has been the best decision in so many ways. I never marketed myself before, but I relied solely upon people sharing their albums or my images being seen in frames at people’s homes. But now that I blog the sneak peeks, clients share their images with everyone – it is amazing. I had my busiest season yet and now no longer have a down season, though the winter weather doesn’t help with location work. I have been longing to update my blog – there are so many things I wish it did and oh how I long long long for the images to be bigger. Finally figured how to do it manually one at a time, but that is not an option. And oh how I long to upload more than 5 at a time – madness! I cannot believe how people always tell me now they are addicted to my blog – it is so flattering but now I need to flatter them back and get a great new blog!! Thank you so so much and congratulations on becoming a new advertiser! xx

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    Brandilyn says:

    My website doubles as a blog, with a “journal” style home page… so this article makes me think about if I need one? And I’m not quite sure how I would benefit from having one… but if I consider my site a blog – well then I think it’s a great way to show off sneak peeks for your clients, and to show a more laid back, fun side of your photography – throwing in some personal images… Also, it’s hard to go in and edit your entire website, so a blog is the absolute up-to-date images you’ve been doing. So as a client, that’s what I would want to see really, rather than the website gallery images.

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    GayleV says:

    I had this bright idea to start 2 blogs last year (one business and one more personal). However, I learned that I couldn’t do both. It just takes so long to design, set up, and then add content that it became overwhelming. Now one is doing well (been adding good content and fairly well designed), and the other one is struggling. Now that the one is doing well, I need help getting the other one going so that it can really help my business!!

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    GayleV says:

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

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    GayleV says:

    I am a Facebook fan.

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    GayleV says:

    I follow you on twitter. @momandcamera

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    Becky says:

    I have a blog but more traffic is always nice!!! My blog give my clients an early look at their session as well as being able to show potential clients what I am doing.
    I would LOVE a makeover. Please. :)

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    Becky says:

    Twitter follower!!!!

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    Kelly N says:

    I am only an amateur photographer, but my blog helps me stay connected with the friends and family I moved away from. I tell them of my new adventures, and load photos there and have links to my Flickr site. I would LOVE a blog makeover!

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    Lindsey Pace says:

    I have just recently started a blog… like within the past month. I have had pretty good traffic to it, but I haven’t yet started having client interactions through my blog or because of my blog. Does that make sense? Anyways, I think I need to start having contests with giveaways or doing posts that prompt interaction from readers.

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    This couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’m in the process of having a new log designed and am ready to move my current blog http://www.jurbinphotography.blogspot.com to wordpress and am in need of customization! This is exciting!

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    I hope I’m understanding this right…I guess I’m supposed to leave a message for each thing that I do…I just left a tweet.

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    I’m a fan on facebook! Oh and blog is a wonderful way to communicate with potential clients, clients and others in the industry. I love that my portfolio is continuously updated with fresh new work for others to see…not like my poor neglected website.

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    I subscribe to mcp through google reader

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    Amy Bays says:

    I have a double edge sword.. Our photo page is called Clicks and Giggles, which to me says happy-fun-lighthearted!!! I’ve tried to create a blog using bright colors, etc. but it doesn’t look like a serious blog. Need help!

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    Amy Bays says:

    shared on facebook too!!

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    Beth says:

    I definitely feel that my blog helps my business- clients love their previews and when they forward them to friends and family it generates great word of mouth.

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    Casey says:

    •If you have a blog, does it helps your business? {I’d like to think so } And what aspects of your blog make it successful? {The sample images that I post from sessions } If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does? {More artistically appealing }

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    I do have a blog… it needs work! And I need to learn how to bring in more traffic. I love blogging about my photography, but I don’t have my “look” the way I want it. I would love to win this!

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    I am a facebook fan!

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    And I follow you on twitter! :)

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    Skye says:

    I work in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else, so my blog is the best way to get new clients in the door. But it should also be a reflection of who you are and the work you love, so that as soon as clients click on it, they start to get a feel for the work you love to do.

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    Sarah D says:

    I do have a website but it is very basic. I would LOVE some sweetness oozed into my skeleton of a site! I know my clients watch my site and enjoy my sneak peaks that I post for them. Other than that I don’t have a lot of info about ME!

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    Skye says:

    And i just became a fan on facebook too..

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    Lisa says:

    I don’t have a blog yet, but I’m planning to start one as I start a business – basically it’ll be my entry point as I continue to build my portfolio, and I’ll share my journey.

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    Lisa says:

    I follow you on twitter

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    Lisa says:

    I’m also a fan on Facebook

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    stephanie says:

    i have a blog but am afraid it is not working super well for me…so i’d love a redesign!

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    stephanie says:

    and i am a fb fan of mcp actions

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    Sylvia says:

    I have a blog already and get a fair amt of traffic, but always welcome more!
    I’m trying to update and customize it now in fact, but am scared to do the change over!!

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    Kassia says:

    I do have a blog and, as a photographer, I feel it’s an essential part of my business. Most importantly it conveys the style of my photography, but it’s also a little glimpse into my life… and hopefully gives prospective clients a little taste of what THEIR session might be like! I would love to have the customization! She does BEAUTIFUL work! What a fantastic way to clean up my blog and give it that final tweak that would send it over the top! THanks for the opportunity!

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    I do have a blog. I’m not very good at being consistent with it. I started by business less than a year ago and shotgun putting together a blog. I do have a template I purchased there but it is soooooo difficult to change features and update. I need to be better at directing more traffic to it and working on my SEO. I have been reading a lot of Tofurious’ blog to help in this area and need to apply his principles.

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    Taryn says:

    I would love to win!

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    I do not have a blog, nor do I have an official website. I know how much both of these advertisement tools would improve on my business, I just have not had the time or money to move forward. Photography has changed my life. I am a stay-at-home mother and wife and have discovered this art and new passion that has made me more than a mother and wife. When I see my work displayed in homes and get praises for my work, it makes it all worth it. Years from now these pieces will still be priceless, at even a greater worth. why do I need a blog? To help spread the news, to display my work around the world to help others spread share with family and friends, to move towards the next level. What would i do with a blog? Share. That is simply it. I would share my love and passion and that, to me, is enough!

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    Amy Allen says:

    I don’t have a blog because I am just starting out, but I would love help creating one!

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    karina says:

    Yes, I have a blog and it is absolutely necessary! As a photographer, I don’t know where my business would be with out it. It is where my clients go to first view sneaks from their session, it is where they go to shows off the images from their session to friends and family…. its free advertising! And my only advertising! I dont have a web site and rely on my blog, and fb to advertise and get the word out. I really want to change the look of my blog as it has been the same since I first set it up and I really would love a new look!

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    Trina says:

    I have had my blog since 2007. It has gone through many changes, however, my skills are limited. I do think my blog is helping my photography business, however, I would like it to have a more portfolio feel along with a blog. I also need major help with SEO. I just don’t get it. Thanks!

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    Courtney Zepeda-Hawkes says:

    Right now my blog is part work, part personal. So I am about to overhaul it do it is strictly about my make-up/photography work. I think I do NOT generate much interest because it is so scattered. I am confident a fresh look would really make the transition stand out. Thank you for your consideration!

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    Nani says:

    I do have a blog & I think it does help my business? I am able to post up lots of pictures, but I need to be more frequent with my posts and offer more things to readers…keep them coming back, etc.

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    Lisa says:

    I BADLY need a new blog. I’m curently creating my new website, and since it’s a flash one the blog will be much needed for SEO…
    Thanks for the opportunity :)

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    Susan P. says:

    I’m JSO and am about halfway done with my website.. .haven’t even started on a blog yet! This would be an amazing help to win. Thanks for the chance!

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    Susan P. says:

    Following on Twitter!

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    Susan P. says:

    I also subscribe to the mcp feed

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    KaraRL says:

    I do not have a blog and have finally gotten to a point in my photography journey that I want to share it with the world!! :) I desperately need a blog so that I can get “out there” and start drumming up some business. Thank you so much for the opportunity!

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    I do not have a blog yet, but would really like one to compliment my website. It seems that a captivating blog would give clients an opportunity to keep up-to-date on current work and maybe see their sessions highlighted there. It would also be a way to inspire clients and seekers to visit and be curious. It seems to
    personalize a custom photography business just a little more making it that much more attractive. I would like to a creative blog like the ones Timi creates to make it more fun to look at. I love quotes, as well, so that would be a great place to share them. Thank you for this opportunity to Jodi and Timi.

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    Teani says:

    Hi, I just started a blog and could really use some help. I am a photographer of many things, but I also volunteer at a local animal shelter once a week and do their pictures for their website.
    The blog I started is going to be all about the dogs. I am trying to promote my business but I also want to help the shelter with all the beautiful puppies and dogs they have available.
    Here is the link: http://teaniparkerphotography.blogspot.com/

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    Terry says:

    I don’t yet have a blog. I am beginning to get interest from others in my photography and believe a blog would help in moving me into the professional arena. Thanks!

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    Michelle says:

    I do have a blog, but am about to redesign it so this is perfect. I do feel that it helps my business. It’s a place I can display my latest work along with some personal info so that a potential client can get to know me better. I think that frequent updates are key also so that they have reason to keep coming back.:)

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    Juanita says:

    I subscribe to your RSS feed!

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    Juanita says:

    I’m a facebook friend

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    i do have a blog that i started recently. I am just starting out in my photography business so i really haven’t seen a lot of traffic due to my blog but hopefully as i get more customers and word-of-mouth, i will get more traffic and customers. I think blogs do help drive business b/c it lets your potential customer get to know YOU. And i think YOU are the most important part of your business.

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    I still feel new to the photography world even though I’ve been working as a photographer for about three years. My little blog is sad and the portraits are so small. I feel a little embarrassed when my clients go check out my favorites. I’ve done lots of research on different photography blogs & websites, but so far the ones that interest me the most are about $1000 or more. Just haven’t had the funds yet! Would LOVE to have a professional and impressive looking blog that would not only serve as a great preview for my clients, but a great way to advertise as well….

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    Chantelle says:

    I have a blog/photo blog that shows my life. I work overseas in Africa doing development work for the poor and doing pro-bono photography for people on the side. One thing I love to give some of the poor people I work with is a beautiful shot of themselves. I would like to have a nicer blog, more professional looking, that would highlight the photos more. For my work, communication with my funders back home is KEY and a better blog would go a long way to helping that!

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    Erica Young says:

    I have a blog and only a blog. I can’t afford a website right now so that’s the only way to get my business out there. I need to bring in more traffic, I don’t think many people are looking at it. I also would love to be on top of Google searches and stuff like that. I really need help.

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    Kim S says:

    Since we do not currently have a website, our blog is probably the best and most rounded way that we present ourselves to our clients and we get a fair amount of traffic. The blog not only features our work, but it also gives a potential client a feel for our personalities, our style and what they can expect from a session with our studio. We use our blog to showcase sneek peaks, final session images with commentary and slideshows/videos. We also use it share news, specials and other valuable information to our clients. The blog is a great personal approach to advertising and presenting yourself to the public. Even though it is our best asset, it is in desperate need of a professional finish. Winning a refresh such as this would probably help us to reach the “next level” we are striving for.

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    jen says:

    this would be so awesome! i don’t have a blog yet. i really need one to help my seo and give sneak peeks to clients. cinnamon girl studio’s designs are great!!

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    Kim S says:

    Signed up for RSS Feed!

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    jen says:

    signed up for your blog updates!

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    Kim S says:

    I am already a proud Facebook Fan!

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    Laura says:

    I do have a blog. However, it is very plain and not something I maintain. I would love to create a better looking blog and be proud of it. Perhaps I would find more of a thrill in posting to it! I love these designs by Cinnamon Girl and just purchased the template.

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    Kim S says:

    You already have a gadget button on my blog!
    http://kiddiewhampusphotos.blogspot.com/

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    Donita Behrends says:

    I don’t have a blog, but have been considering one just so people will have a place to check out what I do.

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    Jill says:

    Already a FB fan! :)

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    Jill says:

    I follow on Twitter!

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    mare downs says:

    I would love to start a blog! I have so much information to share (years of stuff) just need a boost to get it going so I can take flight!!

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    Sarah V says:

    I have a WordPress photo blog that I am using as website for now. Since it is serving as my website as well, obviously it helps my business, but I really need to redo it.

    There is a link to your site on the sidebar of my site at http://hopeandmemory.co.nr

    I also tweeted about this entry. http://twitter.com/hopeandmemphoto

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    Daria says:

    Great contest! Great designs!
    I do have a blog (wordpress) but it is awful. I’ve tried to fix it up myself, but I’m not there. It is not driving in business. I’d like change into more fine art photography and tie it in with etsy. Maybe add a shop for print and card sales. Definitely needs a lot of work and right now I have little time, energy or know-how to do it! Ah, a girl can dream…..

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    I do have a blog, but it’s not fitting where I want my business to go! I set up my blog last year and it’s been a great asset, but now that I know the clientele I want to book and what my vision is, I definitely need to change it! :)

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    shannon michaelis says:

    I also have a link on my blog – shannonogans.blogspot.com

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    Melissa McIntosh says:

    I have a blog, but it doesn’t help my business because I’m not in business….YET. But I would love a blog makeover. I just have a plain blogger account. Thanks!

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    Carly says:

    I just have the basic free blog design. I think it looks cluttered, and unprofessional. I’d love something fresh, modern and clean.

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    Carly says:

    I followed you on twitter

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    Carly says:

    I followed became a fan on Facebook

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    Carly says:

    I subscribed to your feed.

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    AmyS says:

    I don’t have a blog but would love one so that I could record the random things that happen around here with my family. Recording things on a daily/weekly basis would be awesome…and a blog would make me be accountable so that I would update it frequently.

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    Conni says:

    I don’t have a blog … YET!! I totally need one. I’d like to start photographing as a side biz … and what a perfect way to enter … a cool new blog!!

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    Alicia says:

    I don’t have a blog, but I’ve been trying to figure out how to get one going for qhile now. I’ve been hesitating because I want to make sure it represents my style as well as looking professional. I think it would drive a lot of people to my website, and I would love to share stories along with my clients sneak peek. I have great clients, and I think they would enjoy the blog and little insider stories. :) Thanks for the chance to win. Your blog designs are beautiful.

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    Amy says:

    I don’t have a blog but would love one. I think it would be so much fun to have one to show friends and supporters what my style of photography is and how it will change with time. I would also like to do fun photography “projects” and show them off on a blog. :)

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    jennifer tollefson benson says:

    I am waaayyyy behind in catching up in this digital era! I would love to have a blog, but don’t know the fist thing about doing it! I am just transiting from my medium format camera to digital! Excited to learn all the new techniques, but a little scared at the same time!

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    gail says:

    I have a blog. It helps my business to some degree but I could sure use a redesign.

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    Cassie says:

    I have a blog but it really stinks! I have a vision but can’t figure it out for myself and don’t know who to ask. Would love, love, love some help!!!

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    I would love a new blog. Mine is not very professional for one thing. I need a facelift. My photography is good but my layout looks like I did it myself- ugh! I get a lot of clients from my blog and so I have needed to get something done.

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    Pam says:

    I started this as a personal blog but would like to turn it into something more professional to promote my photography. I have good ideas, but need help with the design/coding. So this would be perfect!

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    Vanessa S. says:

    My blog helps give prospective customers an idea of how I shoot. I think its simplicity makes it very intuitive. I’d like to get more creative with the banner, but it’s all I have for now. Maybe I’ll win and then it’ll be a different story.

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    Pam says:

    Would love to start blogging not sure what I would blog about, but stuff always has a way of popping up!

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    Josie says:

    I have a blog, but I would love for it to be updated and look more professional. I wish it had a flash header on it. I would like to get more traffic. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

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    Josie says:

    I have your button.

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