COCKTAIL HOUR // Links from Around the Web

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What’s the Difference: Brand Design, Web Design, and Web Development // – Elembee

Instagram Profile Branding // – Blogging Behind the Scenes

Vera Wang Says: Know When to Walk Away…and Start Something New // – The Cut

7 Future Web Design Trends // – Medium

Facebook Adds Authorship. Bloggers Take Note! // – The Social Media Hat

16 Ways to Create Email Content Your Subscribers Will Love // – IFB

Snapchat Debuts Tap To View And Nearby Friends Tool, Boosts Security Features // – Inc.

What I’ve Learned from 3 Years of Freelancing // – Nesha Designs

7 Google Analytics Metrics You Should Monitor // – PR Daily

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I love the word leverage. It’s just sounds smart and sexy to me for some reason. This month LEVERAGE is our word.

I always like to look up the exact meaning of a word because sometimes I think we use a word in our vocabulary without really knowing the full meaning of it. Leverage (in context for this column) as a noun means the power to influence a person or situation to achieve a particular outcome, as a verb it means use (something) to maximum advantage.

Reminding myself of the exact definition always sparks ideas for me and I’m thinking this month’s posts will be real interesting.

As always feel free to ask us any questions you have that have to do with our word of the month, or questions in general in our comments or on twitter @shopthebbar. Last month, this month, and next month’s words all came from you guys — so thank you for your input!


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Meg's Non-Essentials

Going along with our word for this month — ESSENTIAL — Victoria gave 5 of her non-essentials in a very detailed post you should definitely read.

I went back into my expenses from the last few years and only found a few things I regretted and felt were non-essential.

1. Hiring a lawyer to do my LLC paperwork

Why in the world would I say that? Because my accountant told me he could have done it A LOT CHEAPER. Ugh.

2. My email newsletter service that isn’t any better than MailChimp

MailChimp is free, mine is not. Mine doesn’t seem any better than MailChimp so this transition is a no-brainer. (Adding to to-do list now!)

3. A ridiculous amount of paint

Deep down, I’m an artist. I love painting. Over the past few years I’ve bought a lot of paint because the paint store will have these crazy sales and I think, I should get it while it’s on sale! Paint I need to use or it will be a huge waste.

4. A new website I had developed

So I had this idea. And I think it was actually a really good idea. I designed it, paid (not too too much) to have it developed, but then realized, I wasn’t going to have enough time or dedication to make it thrive and people have started to do it now anyway with teams of people backing them so it’s basically over as a potential thing. I’m an idea girl — I have a really hard time not acting on ideas that I think are good. But like Steve Jobs said, you can’t say yes to all of your good ideas. Lesson learned Steve, lesson learned.


So there you have it — 4 non-essential things I didn’t need to spend money on over the past few years.

Do you have any? Tell us in the comments!


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JUNE POST LINKUP // Summer Essentials

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It’s time for our June Linkup! This month, we asked:



Thanks to everyone who participated this month! Click on each link below to see the participating bloggers’ answers:

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Quote: What Steve Jobs Says About Focus & Saying No

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WOW! Is this Steve Jobs quote powerful or what!? I thought it went well with our theme of “Essential” this month. (Silently reevaluating everything I’ve said “yes” to…)

“People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”


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