Where I Got the Idea to Create a Blog (and more!)

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In this week’s Question Time video post I talk about how I decided to create my blog; how I decided on my business name, and the name of my second blog Line25; and I share some thoughts on job boards and how to find projects as a designer.

This week’s questions

  • Where did you get the idea to make a blog?
  • How do you go about naming your business? like line25 where did you get the idea for the name?
  • What do you think of the various ‘find a freelancer’ sites. Have you any experience with them and would you recommend them for building up skills and experience.

Links mentioned in this week’s video


Smashing Magazine


Clients from Hell

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  1. Ian Lunn says:

    Very insightful again. You make getting clients sound easy!

    How long was it before your blog first started to see a strong number of visitors and what did you do to build exposure for it?


  2. Wozza says:

    Another good vid Chris and your dogs a star, whats his name and make sure you put him in the next one :)

  3. TomInc says:

    Hi Chris! Enjoyed your QT vid once again. I got a question for you, pure out of curiosity:

    Q: Being a popular designer out here in the community, how many mentions and/or DM’s on Twitter do you get on average each day and how do you manage to keep track?

    Looking forward to your next QT! Cheers!


  4. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the video; it was great. I’ve wondered before why this domain was “”. now my curiosity is settled!

    I’m please that your time blogging has been so successful (it’s not so grim up North) – keep it up man…

  5. nathaline says:

    nice video! thanks for sharing :)
    even sometimes i didn’t understand because of your accent. ;p

  6. Childmonster says:

    Really helful video. Thanks a lot

  7. Very interesting post, lots of good information. Thanks

  8. Brittany says:

    Love your pup :) I get a kick out of Clients from Hell. I also started my blog one day out of the blue. I wanted to give my point of view on the design world. Your videos are edited really well and I love how informative they are. Thanks!

  9. Jaziel says:

    Awesome Blog Design!.

  10. Harry says:

    Hi Chris,

    Discovered you fairly recently when I was looking for web designers from around where I live (Leeds) and have been a fan of your work ever since :) Keep up the good work.

    Love these question time videos and as an aspiring web/graphic designer find your blog really interesting and inspiring.

    Got a couple of questions, one on topic and one slightly off:

    1. Do you charge your clients on a “by the hour” basis, do you have one fixed price, or does it depend entirely on the project?

    2. I saw on Twitter that you were watching gameplay footage of Call of Duty: Black Ops and just wondered, are you a video game fan? And if so, what’s your console of choice?

    Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work :)


  11. Ian Lunn says:

    I’d also like to know about your pricing strategy. I’m going to be cheeky and ask what did you charged when you first started freelancing?

    I’m currently writing a business plan for my own company I’m setting up so would love to know!

  12. This post was very well written, and it also contains many useful facts. I appreciated your professional way of writing the post. Thanks, you have made it very easy for me to understand.

  13. Craig says:

    Thanks again, really enjoy the question and answer videos, always get great extra snippets of advice!

  14. POG says:

    Love your pup :) I get a kick out of Clients from Hell. I also started my blog one day out of the blue. I wanted to give my point of view on the design world. . Thanks so much

  15. Angie Bowen says:

    I loved getting to hear your responses to these questions. The Arbenting blog came about pretty much the same way and like you I’ve always wished that it had it’s own unique domain.

    As for finding jobs, I don’t think that people give blogs the credit they deserve. Most of my work comes from the blog as well. And similar to your story, we recently had a client contact us because they liked one of our free wallpapers.

  16. Jordon says:

    Thank you very much. I believe I asked all of those questions. This video is pretty helpful. Thank you.

  17. Oscar Terrones says:

    Hi, I have visited your blog for several days and I found very interesting information here. But, there’s one thing… English is not my native language, and for that reason it would be great if you could put subtitles (in english) on your videos ’cause sometimes I can’t understand the whole idea. Well, just an opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I really like your accent. Greetings!

  18. kamagra says:

    Very interesting post. Your own webpage is quickly becoming considered one of my top picks.

  19. Dustin Dyer says:

    Awesome post! I think that I was inspired from a few sites… well, actually several. spoongraphics is actually one of them. I’ve never had a desire to do print… ever. Some designers do both. Just seems like too much to deal with.


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