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Hi, I’m Renee

I am the founder of Get a Geek In Your Pocket, a  WordPress Maintenance and Security service for regular people. It also helps pay my bills.

You don't know what you don't know when it comes to website maintenance.

I have been working with (and managing) MANY WordPress sites for over 13 years and I've seen it all.

My Geek in Your Pocket service takes care of your website so you don't have to and I make the process as easy to manage as possible for you so you can have peace of mind that your website is well tended to.

When I'm not thinking about WordPress you can find me and the hubbie enjoying the local foodie scene or hanging out with my two fur babies - Tweety & Fozzie and a few good books.

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Have You Thought About Your Why Lately?

I’m part of a year long mastermind program and this month’s topic was, You, First” and the question asked of us was…

“Why did you start your business and what does it give you that you otherwise wouldn’t have?”

When I really start to think about it, I realize that much of my initial why is no longer that relevant.

I’m a rebel at heart and I will easily go left when you tell me to go right just because I GET TO CHOOSE how I want things to turn out. 

I know now that I’m no longer employable. 

I don’t fit into the traditional mode of going to work. 

When I think on that, my heart clenches, and my shoulders tighten.  Ugh the sense of dread, just writing that hurt my soul.

While I love sitting at my desk, in my teal colored office, with my himalayan salt lamp, crystals, two fur babies, the Electric Mayhem Bus and Bojack Horseman Pop all near by…

I know I started my business because I wanted to get away from the mundane and boring that a regular 9 to 5 was feeding me.

Read moreHave You Thought About Your Why Lately?

4 Signs You NEED a New Web Host

In the past few weeks, I’ve had few of my clients reach out to me about wanting to move web hosts. Many have been having a poor experience with their current web host and wanted to make sure that their web site had the best home possible.

Here’s a few things I’ve shared with my clients and want to share with you on the signs that it might be time to leave your current web host.

Read more4 Signs You NEED a New Web Host

What Would Happen to Your Business if Facebook Disappeared?

Yesterday, I was enjoying the day with my step-son as he went to get his first car.  It’s been a big few months since he moved back in with us, he got his driver’s license and now he’s purchased his first car.

While I was enjoying the day and being so very thankful to have a business that allows me this flexibility, I had no clue that Facebook was down and unavailable for the majority of the planet.

This morning, as I did a quick scroll through Facebook to see all the messages and memes of “How did you survive?” or “Marked Safe”, it got me thinking….

Read moreWhat Would Happen to Your Business if Facebook Disappeared?

What’s Your Intention?

Last week, I had so many intentions to get things done, but you want to know what happened?

Not much.

I’ve been feeling stuck and full of resistance to my business and well everything.  

This doesn’t mean that I’m not doing the work or helping my clients, but anything that could kind of be considered optional hasn’t been done (including emailing you).

But here’s what I’ve observed…

Read moreWhat’s Your Intention?

WordPress Security Needs to be a Top Priority

WordPress Security is Important

One common issue I see with my clients and when I’m setting up my Geek In Your Pocket clients is the lack of security on their websites.

Much of this is because you don’t know what you don’t know and as easy as WordPress can be to use, it’s just as easy to fall into the idea that installing a plugin will keep everything secure.

The team at WP Fixit shares this about WordPress….

WordPress is a secure content management system with strong defenses, but it needs help. And to help, you need to be aware of the risks faced by your WordPress site. Once you understand the risks, it is easier to understand the part you play in keeping your site, its users, and its data out of the hands of criminals.

Source: WP Fixit

Read moreWordPress Security Needs to be a Top Priority

Happy New Year, Reflection on 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome new subscribers to my community and I look forward to sharing and getting to know you in 2019. Those of you who have been here for a while, I’m so very thankful that you’re here and I look eager to help you maintain a website that fits your goals!

This is the prime time of year that many of us are planning and thinking about how we want to see 2019 become. For many years, I just dived into planning for the year and then found myself getting distracted or even bored with what I was doing and I never met my goals I had initially set for myself.

This year feels different for me.

Read moreHappy New Year, Reflection on 2018

A cautionary tale

Today I want to share a story, I’m calling it a cautionary tale of going viral.

Imagine if you will...

You have created some amazing content on your site, the title of the blog post is intriguing and really entices folks to click through and the graphics you created to share on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are some of the best you’ve created.

During your regular check in with Google Analytics you see a spike in your traffic, you dig a little deeper and discover that it’s gone viral – well at least for you!  You are excited and then the worst thing happens

You got to check the PIN that’s bring the traffic and you click through to your site to see something similar to…

Read moreA cautionary tale

I almost quit my business…

In September, it will be my 10th anniversary of working online and last month I seriously considered quitting my business. I’ll get into the why in a moment, but the reality is as a business owner these thoughts happen all the time.

ALL THE TIME

and if you don’t experience self-doubt, frustration and even some anger when you’re building your business then I believe you’re doing something wrong.

My reason for thinking of quitting…

Read moreI almost quit my business…