I’ve been using WordPress since 2004 and I love it. It’s a platform that just works, that can scale (with the right back-end setup) and is easy to use and easy to love. Of course, most blogs and websites run on WordPress these days, so my recommendation isn’t going to be a surprise to anyone, but just in case you’re on the fence about it, give it a try. I started out by self-hosting my WP websites (you can download the platform from WordPress.org, but in 2010, after several years of doing that, I moved my two sites with higher traffic levels to WordPress.com, where I don’t have to worry about any back-end stuff. My websites will never go down, no matter how much traffic they get. It’s wonderful!
I use and recommend WordPress, Jetpack (for useful backend options such as site protection and backups) and WooCommerce (for our online store). Together, this product offering from WordPress has proven reliable, scalable and user-friendly for over a decade of serious usage.
I’ve been using Olympus Cameras since 2003. Ever since then, they have not stopped innovating and coming up with interesting new cameras that offer lots of features you cannot find on competing models. Their approach to photo gear has been to make it lighter, smaller and more performant, and they have achieved that.
Their cameras are small, light and well-built, the lenses are light and offer high-quality optics, and the images produced by the cameras are sharp, have great colors and are easy to edit. Working with these cameras for hours on end, in the studio or outside, feels like I’m cheating in some way, because they’re so light and so responsive compared to other cameras I’ve used.
Olympus cameras are in a class of their own and they deserve to be known and used by more people. I invite you to see the photos I’ve taken with these cameras here and on my Flickr stream, and if you’re interested in purchasing Olympus equipment, then go to my Amazon Influencer page, where I’ve listed all of the gear I like, and pick and choose what you want from there. If you have any questions, you can send me a message and I’ll try to answer it here on the site.
I love the speed of Backblaze and I love the small size and footprint of its application. This backup service does what it promises and it does it well, without constantly reminding you how great it is, like certain other services. And when I want to restore files that I’ve backed up, they even have a downloader that can start multiple threads, so I can max out my bandwidth and get my files faster. You can read more about my experience with Backblaze in this post. If you’re interested, you can sign up here.
If you’re into photography and filmmaking, then you already know about B&H Photo. If you’re just getting started, then that’s the place to go.
I save and invest with Acorns. It’s simple and automatic. Try it out.