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#29: Design a WordPress Theme


Notice anything different around here? I did a redesign — and I designed it all myself! Whaaat?! Yep! I’m a little giddy. I’ve been blogging around here since the summer of 2006, and while I’ve updated my design a couple of times (by finding a new, free template online), I’ve been saying “someday I’ll design my own WordPress theme” for more than a few years now. So the idea of designing my own template has always been intriguing to me, but I didn’t really start thinking about how I was going to go about accomplishing this lofty goal until I Read more…

How To: Build a Container Garden

Oh, contain yourself! My garden plan for this year consists of three 4×4′ raised bed containers, which means I needed to build two more boxes. Here’s my simple “how to” for building raised garden beds. Supply List (for each 4×4′ box) 2×6 boards* – 40 feet total (if you have to load them in your car you’ll want five 8-foot pieces, or you could cut them in the store) 4×4 post* – 6 or 8 feet long 48 3-inch or 3.5-inch nails (or screws) * Most people recommend using cedar or redwood but I happened to have a bunch of Read more…

How to Pack for a 1 Year, Round the World Trip

Packing light is one of the top questions I get about my RTW career break.  We all know that person who drags a mammoth rolling suitcase on vacation and many of us have encountered the smelly guy who brags about only carrying a daypack.  I like to think that there’s a happy medium that anyone can accomplish. Packing Tips: Backpack size is important. People often comment on how small my pack is (Marmot Diva 35 2,100 cu in and a $70 backpack to boot!), but they forget that I’m 5′ 3″ and 125 pounds.  If you’re small, your pack should Read more…

5 Ways To Streamline Your Job Search


It’s been over a year since I quit my job to travel.  Now that I’ve been back on the job hunt for a month, I’ve assembled a list of ways to streamline your job search. Set up RSS feeds. Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean that you want to spend hours every day combing through the same websites.  First, create a list of sites that you frequent for your job search.  Then, using iGoogle (personalized home) or Netvibes, create an extra tab and start adding RSS feeds and/or bookmarks (if RSS isn’t available).  I use,,,, and Read more…

Remember The ^soy Milk


As a die-hard fan of list making, tasks, and GTD – Getting Things Done – I’m always trying out new programs, hoping to find the best of all worlds. I even went back to using a moleskine journal/datebook in ’04, but could never seem to keep it updated since I sit in front of a computer all day. So after Google Calendar showed up without “Tasks”, I went in search of another way to stay organized. Backpack is cool, but too “clunky” and doesn’t mix easily with Google Calendar (which I can’t abandon), Google Homepage (which I have half-abandoned) and Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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    This is a Client Story of some of my work for BootsnAll Travel. I was a Product Manager at BootsnAll, meaning that I managed the planning and lifecycle of many of our Round the World travel resources. For this project, I was also responsible for marketing, graphic design, and half of the email content writing. The…
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    Pressing the “one-click” install for WordPress is just the beginning to getting your blog off the ground. While the next biggie is finding a template that you love, it’s also important to take a few minutes to change some of the default settings in WordPress. Taking the time to make these initial changes will save…
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