In answer to questions I’ve been often asked—some more than others, but in no particular order.
1. What do you do?
I help small businesses and non-profits market themselves with awesome visual communications. I’m a self-employed copywriter and graphic designer. Drop me a line!
2. Adunate? What is that and how do you say it?
So glad you asked! When I was in high school I studied Latin and now that I have my own business, I’m excited to finally use it!
Adunate is Latin verb and it means unite. I do design. I do words. And I unite them. Together they are building blocks of visual communication and they make what you have to say get noticed.
3. May I call you Di?
You most certainly may, unless you like remembering the weird spellings of first names. If by chance you’re wondering, my middle name is Carol (after my dear mother). My parents were unique and they spelled it like the actress Diahann Carroll.
Yes, I’m dating myself, especially if you hear the music on her website.
4. Did you design your blog’s theme?
Yes, I’m also a web designer. Adunate’s theme is custom designed off the foundation of Genesis, by StudioPress. I like the powerful features of a professional framework, but I also want specific elements like Adunate’s customized color scheme. Like most creatives, I’m constantly tweaking.
Working with design is like renovating an old house. There’s always an image that needs shimming or text that needs tightening.
5. Can I copy & paste, or in any way use your content?
It depends. As a designer and writer, I make a living from my work and I work hard to create it. I appreciate the same respect for my intellectual property that I strive to give others.
That said, if your blog is in agreement with my values and my work will contribute to its content, feel free to contact me for permission to use portions of my text or photos. Conditions for use will include crediting Adunate and not altering my work in any way.
6. Is it hard to stay disciplined when working from home?
Yes and no. I love what I do so it’s sometimes hard to step away. In fact, over the years my work life and personal life have become entwined (right now it’s evening and I’m relaxing with my husband—he’s watching football, I’m writing this).
On the other hand, when I’m supposed to be doing my weekly marketing calls (ewww, I hate them), it’s easy to get sidetracked with fun things like gardening. Or baking bread. Or perusing historic architecture.
7. What’s the best thing about being self-employed?
Freedom! Translate: mobility, diversity, flexibility.
Modern technology makes all of the above possible. I can work from home, someone else’s office, a coffee shop or even my car. My customers can be from anywhere in the world. I can work during the day, or if something’s going on, I can work later at night.
It’s an exciting time to be self-employed. Here’s an interesting article on that.
8. Do you work in your pajamas? (a very cliché question)
Nope. Yoga pants and sweatshirt.
9. What’s up when you’re not designing and writing?
My husband and I are blessed to live on a historic farmette in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairyland. We’ve been raising organic food long before “CSA,” “foodie” and “locavore” were known terminologies. I’m a sap for animals, art, architecture, children, history, music, reading, travel, the outdoors and, oh, so much more. My husband and family are the best. Above all, my God.
10. How can I hire you?
I work best with people who are dedicated to building their business or non-profit. If you value your professionalism as well as mine, if you’re excited by today’s marketing opportunities, and if you appreciate innovative ideas, then we’ll make a wildly successful team!