Urban Moonflower

Why I’m In Love With Email Newsletters + Why Every Creative Should Be Too

First of all, I love email. I used the app Unroll.me to get me off any annoying mailing lists, so I only receive newsletters that I actually enjoy reading. Some of my favorites are (Net)work B*tch (for interviews with creatives and job postings), Moon + Quartz (for monthly horoscopes/moon guides) and those emails with job listings that […]

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Why I Started My Own Web Development Business

I learned HTML and CSS when I was eleven years old. Since then, I expanded on my knowledge the same way any other preteen did: by makinglayouts for Neopets & Myspace. I know, what a throwback. As I got older, though, I stopped creating. I didn’t think women could be web developers or enjoy coding, my […]

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How To Curate Your Social Media Channels For Your Brand

If you’re starting a business or creating content in any way, you’ll need to start a website and create corresponding social media channels. Typically: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest. Signing up for the actual accounts is the easy part, though. The point is to develop a space that serves your brand and promotes your product. My first step […]

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5 Fatal Mistakes That Digital Creatives Make

As a creative myself, I wish I’d had someone to tell me all the times I was making mistakes with my website and business. When I first started Urban Moonflower, I was using a content management system that was trash for my SEO. My social media marketing was awful and I didn’t actively push my email […]

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So, You Want To Start A Website?

Starting a website is easier than you probably think. Content management systems like Cutenews and WordPress make it possible with even a minimal knowledge of coding. Plus, websites like freehostia.com offer super small hosting packages for free, so you’d just have to pay for the url to get started (usually around $10/yr). Websites can be a way to […]

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Why We Need Constructive Criticism To Kick Our Butts Sometimes

Last year around this time, I needed a good kick in the butt. As much as I was in love with and obsessed with myself, there were areas of my self care that I was pushing to the side. So my best friend called me up to tell me. I’ve known her since I was in […]

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How To Stay Organized As A Busy Blogger & Freelancer (+ FREE Power Planner)

As a full-time College student, intern, freelancer, and blogger, staying organized can feel impossible. Devoting time to my blog often means I’m sacrificing study time. When I need to be doing other things (for example: sleep), my brain is constructing new blog ideas because I have no idea when I’m getting everything done. I realized that being […]

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I’m Not Pretty ‘For A Black Girl’

You’re stationed in the library, comfortable, pretending to study. You have at this point in your College career mastered the art of doing absolutely nothing but appearing to be very busy. One of your study partners is arranging your friends in a list from most hot to least, but with a history book open (men […]

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Why I Stopped Proving My Blackness To Others

Growing up, I was teased because I don’t speak or act ‘traditionally Black’. Like everyone has their ideas about Blackness in their heads, Black people included, and I never fit them. Even though my experiences are Black, I continue to hear (from friends, strangers, people who don’t even like me but have commentary): “You aren’t really black.” […]

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8 Things I Learned About Blogging As A Magazine Intern

As an intern at Galore, I learned a lot more than I expected to about content management. I thought I’d be learning about writing and conducting interviews, which happened as well, but there were so many more levels to creating content than I expected. I never realized how much I would take back and apply […]

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