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Hello I’m Dana, welcome to my site! I Can Build A Blog was designed to help others who are new to blogging and website creation find their way and take the confusion out of the internet!

I am a graphic artist, web & product designer, app creator, and blogger… but I just like to call myself an internet entrepreneur. I’ve spent the last handful of years making a living online. When I wet my feet in the web industry over fifteen years ago, there wasn’t much out there to help me figure out what I needed to do.  I was a young teen, the internet was a new “thing” and our modems made funny noises while billing us per hour. Corel Draw was used to design – everything – and work was usually saved via floppy disc. Regardless, during that time I discovered it was possible to make my own website and dedicated every minute of available internet time to learning how to do it.

I was an arty girl, but constantly fascinated by technology. There weren’t internet classes or many books to read and web design wasn’t even really popular yet. We had Angelfire, a free online website creator, and later, a self-install version of Blogger — if you could find a web host that didn’t charge you an arm and a leg for hosting. Through trial and error, I learned how to change font colours and get my images onto my freebie website via Yahoo searching (“Googling” had not yet existed). Eventually, as the internet grew and became popular, more tools started appearing at my disposal. Photoshop, Photobucket, Google, Macromedia products, and actual computers that could handle the internet. By then I was addicted to designing and creating websites and was getting quite good at it for someone at my age who was completely self taught.

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A couple years passed and I finished high school. I had decided that I wanted to continue with my creating, but wasn’t sure if I could actually make a job out of it. I had looked into colleges for website design, but by that time I had already taught myself a lot of what I would have learned so instead of attending school again I decided to try my hand at creating a web business. 

Thankfully, with a ton of hard work and dedication, I managed to build a successful internet design company that supported me for a good 6 or 7 years.  Back then, Myspace had just emerged and I immediately saw that there was a void. They gave us the proper tools to create awesome looking profiles, but nobody was taking advantage of this niche. I started creating custom designed profiles and pages (for bands especially) and soon enough my company became a corporation with over 500 profiles under my own belt and big name clients like artists from Universal Music, Warner, and television celebrities. I was at the top of the game at the time.

There came a point when it stopped being fun and started being a chore. I knew Myspace was dwindling and their tech department whom I regularly corresponded with gave me little encouragement that they were going to last. I turned to blogging and creating websites for small businesses after Myspace officially fell apart. That’s the tough part about the internet… One day you’re the hottest thing and the next it all falls apart. I wasn’t upset, but instead took it as a realization that I needed to make some changes myself. I had worked my butt off for years and felt it was time to do something different… something that I could get excited about once again.

I now create blog templates and other graphic content in my design shop, run Wonder Forest — my personal blog, create iOS apps, and design phone cases. I wrote a short ebook titled Blog Wonderful a few years ago which documents my blogging journey over the course of a year and offers tips on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting noticed. I also released 365 Blog Topic Ideas in late 2014 to help bloggers get “unstuck”.  My most recent project involves blog help video content, located on The Blog Beautician YouTube channel. With the freedom to create content I love, I’ve found new meaning for my work. I’ve found that I can share what I have learned over all of these years and maybe make life easier for somebody else… and that gives me the most pleasure of all.

What is “I Can Build a Blog”?

I made this website for you. YOU can build a blog too. Coding and techy terms are frightening to some people and they don’t have to be. I really want you to understand how things work and how to excel with your blog. I wanted to create a website that contained everything I didn’t know how to do when I was starting out and hand it to you on a lovely silver platter. This is the kind of website that I wish had existed when I was new to web creation and I hope you find it helpful! If I can do it … so can you!

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