Is your website ready for the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation? [Quick overview and WordPress checklist]

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become enforceable from 25 May 2018 onward. It’s important to note that the GDPR doesn’t just apply to organizations located within the EU but also those collecting data of EU citizens.
Is your website in compliance?
Quick checklist for WordPress websites (this is not intended to be a comprehensive list):
– Jetpack has confirmed that they are preparing for the GDPR, and further updates would appear in their new privacy related features.
– Do you have a contact form like Contact Form 7? Can visitors comment on your website? Forum? Chat? You may need an additional plugin to be in compliance. The following plugin may help:
– E-commerce? Woocommerce for wordpress is a top pick and they’ve compiled a resource:
– Email newsletter? Are you up to date there? Mailchimp is my favorite and here is their info on what they are doing to prepare. If you use a 3rd party plugin you may need to take additional steps:

My current top 10 digital marketing tools March 2018

10 digital marketing tools I’m using right now (I’m not going to include Adobe Creative Cloud for the computer in this list because it’s pretty much a given that any graphic designer keeps this in their tool belt.)

  1. Mailchimp (for enewsletters)
  2. Pic Frame (collaging images or images & video)
  3. Spark Post (Motion text on pic – not video they have a way to go on video)
  4. Snapseed (quick pic editing)
  5. Splice (photos or videos into slideshows)
  6. Slow Fast (speed up or slow down video or portions of a video)
  7. Gif Toaster & Gif Cracker (converting to and from gif format)
  8. Fastory (for IG Stories)
  9. Wrike (for project management)
  10. and Sprout Social (for social media scheduling that does IG properly)

Bonus: Things I’m about to try out:

  1. Botletter (send newsletters via FB)
  2. Anchor (text animation / podcasting … I tried this back when it was just an audio recorder and haven’t come back to it recently)


Southland Association resignation – December 21, 2017

I am writing to inform you all of my decision to resign from my position as President of the Southland Association effective immediately.

I have proudly served on the board since 2005 and served as President since 2011. During that time, I have maintained my business and overseen, with the Board’s help, the development of bike lanes (with some sidewalks), “Welcome to Southland” sign, Southland Street Fair’s first 3 years, the annual meeting planning, 10 years of Tree Lightings, neighborhood relations for various construction projects and so much more.

I’m glad to have served this community with all of you. I am proud of our collective achievements and the significant progress and initiative made toward improving the Southland area.

Melissa Gayheart is interim VP and becomes interim president until someone else is elected. I have hopes that the board will come together with a plan to elect someone quickly but thoughtfully who is willing, eager and able to continue to carry out the mission statement of the Southland Association:

“Making the Southland Area a safe, attractive and welcoming place to shop, eat, do business and live.”

I will assist in transitioning the board with any existing paperwork and account information needed. A more detailed email will be going to the current board members as well.

Hilary Baumann

EDIT: Apparently it’s been so long even I got the dates slightly wrong on something with the Southland Association. I went back over my notes and I joined as a member in 2005 and became a board member in 2006 and president 2011 it looks like … oops…

Kind words regarding my resignation:

Hilary’s Weekly Roundup for November 17, 2017

A roundup of the most interesting things that have crossed Hilary’s desk this week (or last few weeks as the case may be when I’m WAY too busy.)

1.) What I’ve been up to:

#barn #sunset #kentucky #lexingtonkentucky #lexky #visitlex

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Happy dance! ? . Old phone left (a 5s) & my new precious on the right. IPhone X. . In recent years I walked into the Apple store no fewer than three times and couldn’t bring myself to buy the larger iphone Plus as an upgrade. First with the 6s and then with the 7. Couldn’t do it. . PLEASE do not make me regret early adoption on this!!! . Iphone on the left is in an amazing waterproof case … case for the X is on the way just to prevent scuffing and I know the X is water resistant but I want the waterproof case at some point because it can go deeper for longer (I have dunked my phone before … on purpose.) The case I want isn’t available until January. . And I did stay up til 3am hitting refresh on the Apple side because I wasn’t willing to buy via AT&T – they previously wanted me to enroll in their upgrade program even though I keep my old phones for various uses. And their customer service reps told me I shouldn’t want to keep my old phones (jerks) when I last inquired about a year ago. Still ok with AT&T just want going to buy my phone with them because of those interactions.

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? (testing out the iPhone X in low light – quick shot on the way to the car.)

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Not shown:

  • Car failure, oil change, alternator and battery replaced. Traumatic driving experience since the vehicle was failing slowly as I drove it. The oil change was in hopes that they could check why the battery light had come on and I needed the oil changed anyway. Nothing like driving and having lights come on and then the dash light dimming and RPMs stopped registering… while still making it to … close to your final destination. I still had to call AAA from the auto parts store to get it towed to the repair shop (though really they jumped it and I drove it to the repair shop with the tow truck behind me because the dash still wasn’t on.)
  • Chiropractor (I’m sore), client meetings, general work odds and ends, updates, upgrades, and respond to community questions for the Southland area.

2.) Important social media & web things:

3.) I’ve been reading / listening to:

  1. My takeaway which goes beyond what the article is saying: Technology is moving so fast that labels like “graphic designer” or “advertising agency” or “digital media” seem too restrictive and not descriptive enough for those who want broad crossover in their design and marketing while exploring the bleeding edge of things.  The Future Of Ad Agencies Might Not Be Advertising At All  [FastCompany] Though I will admit I’ve met some people who call themselves “storytellers” who drive me up a wall and seem to know nothing about value propositions so I don’t like that label either and it seems the one they most identify with.
  2. A framework for resolving software / development bugs used for something else: 
    Issue Overview
    Steps to reproduce
    Expected behavior
    Current behavior
    Possible Solution
    It’s clear that this is meant for program bugs but in this case they used it because something was lacking a clear roadmap for the entire project so some of the content IS important (I’m not posting this so you to understand Gutenburg better – I’m posting because it’s an interesting adaptation of a framework IRL.)
  3. James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How I find it interesting to peek into people’s lives when the overview isn’t just superficial. This one is good.
  4. I’m loving investing and teaching myself how to invest. THIS was amazingly useful to know … How to Track Stock Data in Google Sheets – With GOOGLEFINANCE Function [tutsplus] Though I’m still not sure that my dividend yield info is correct because that is somehow not as straightforward as some other pieces. You should have more than one form of income if you want complex and complete freedom. I also have a set of rules for myself with stocks and at the core I remind myself that it’s gambling and I haven’t earned money until I SELL a stock or get dividends.
  5. Check and see if your most heavily used apps are compatible before upgrading operating systems (mac, windows, iOS)
  6. Effective Instagram Marketing for Clients [WPelevation] & I Read More Than 20 Instagram Studies so You Don’t Have to. Here’s What I Found [Buffer] Good checklists.
  7. Google Ventures HEART framework
    Task success
  8. CSI tv show tech is becoming REAL! This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Images [FastCoDesign]
  9. This Is Why We Default To Criticism (And How To Change) [Fast Company]
  10. Innnnnteresting … using your website visitors cpus while they visit your website to mine bitcoin. Could be used as ad revenue replacement. Can be abused (overworking machines) or can be done ethically by setting a max load based on capabilities of machines using plugins. If I used this I would make sure I posted a note about how it’s being used.


4.) Creative inspiration:

5.) Favorite recent purchase / new tools:


iphone X … it was well past time for a new phone given what I do for a living. OMG I have been so far behind. I’m even in love with things like the live photos that the 5s couldn’t do.

I don’t think I need to count the ways I love this phone, it will probably bore you. 🙂


The case I bought it: Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone X Case with Air Cushion Technology and Hybrid Drop Protection •

I like that:

  • there’s not much added bulk
  • but it makes it easier to hold the phone without feeling like you will accidentally throw the phone (seriously, I felt like the phone could just magically leap from my hand.)
  • reviews of this particular case across various models of phones is outstanding. I bought Tim this case for his older phone because he just replaced it (he broke his and the 4s wasn’t sufficient enough for some things he needed to do for a few months while he decided on whether the X was worth it for him.)

The additional case I plan to buy but it’s not out yet: Catalyst Waterproof case for Iphone X

Why do I even want a waterproof case? I have a history of deliberately dunking my phone and even thought the waterproof rating means I SHOULD be able to swim with this, I expect that rating to break down over time and use.

I had this brand on my 5s. They do last about a year to a year and a half with daily use before they start to have problems and lose some waterproofedness (fogging inside.) The current one for the 5s had a small bit of plastic break inside finally.

They also feature a spot for a camera strap which is a great option in case you want to adjust your buttons and swim with it (touch screens do not work underwater.)