About

Create more than you consume.

Basically, I just want to drink some coffee, pet some dogs, and create stuff.

mel-connollyHey!  I’m Mel, a momma to many 4-legged babies, a wife, an artist, a pumpkin connoisseur, a creative entrepreneur, a designer, and total introvert.

I run a small but mighty digital agency with a niche focus on helping pet entrepreneurs. And I get to do that in my pajamas with my husband Sean.

I kinda love fabulous fonts. Like really. It’s a thing.

And my latest obsession is everything watercolor.

I’m also completely addicted chapstick and make my own.

The History

I’ve been blogging since before it was cool and everyone and their dog blogged. ZONKBOARD!

I built my first blog on blogspot  (when it wasn’t owned by Google) and coded it by hand in Notepad. I remember printing out pages and pages of code and trying to put pieces/blocks together in order to build the page.

I bought my first domain, and then my second (highlymoody.com) and this is where I learned how to build blogs with some of the best tools of the time, including MT and WP.  Back then we designed and coded blogs for $99 – and sometimes even a BOGO sale! It was crazy and fun.

From there my love for EE was born and I stepped out of the “blog” world and into creating websites and building brands with start-ups, non-profits, small businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

Good Times, Noodle Salad. 

The Now

Running a successful online business takes work and I’ve been in the trenches, doing that work for the last 14 years. There’s always more work that needs to be done, of course. But I’m excited about where things are going.

  • I’m launching a new podcast called Lean Agency, Healthy Profits (coming March/April 2018).
  • I’ve started to sell my art online. *deep breathes*
  • I’m also working on a two courses for small digital agency owners. One around choosing your niche (the struggle is hard) and how to figure out what to offer your clients. I’m so excited!!

Along the way…

I’ve built a pumpkin empire, helped organize the first of its kind online fundraiser The Blogger Boobie-Thon, helped rescue dogs, created a popular eco-friendly pet blog, and founded a movement to stop the killing of all adoptable animals in my small rural NC county.

Check out the blog for recent updates. You can find me on instagram pretty regularly and also twitter (but not that often). If you are interested in working with me on your web design project, contact me.