Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

A New Blog Design

This weekend on the airplane I got inspired to give my blog a bit of a makeover. I stuck with the same colors and even the same background but really tried to simplify things a bit. I am also writing some longer articles more often so I made a place to highlight those. I still […]

Design Refresh and New Site Icon

The past month or so I have been working a new design job as a semi-long term contractor for design company. I’ve been working hourly so its easy for me to slip into the temptation to work all the time whenever I have a free hour from church or family.  This of course, leaves little […]

Comments are Back

For some reason my comments weren’t working the last two days. Someone finally brought it to my attention so now I realize that you all don’t hate me. Phew.

Is my feed broken?

For all of you who read my blog from my RSS feed, can you do me a favor and click over and leave me a comment and let me know that you are getting my feed updates?  I hear a nasty rumor that my feed is broken.  If you don’t know what an RSS feed, […]

Why and How I Use Twitter

I’ve been using Twitter for quite a while now.  I, like most people, signed up and then didn’t use it for a few months but a while back I started using it more and more.  For those of you who don’t know what Twitter is, its essentially a micro blog.  Essentially write short 140 character […]

Speaking of Shiny New Things

On a whim tonight, I made some major modifications to my blog design. I did a bunch of things…. The Site width is now 960px instead of 1000px.  I hope this gives the design a little more breathing room. I reduced the font size a bit. Simplified the header Tried to make the section titles […]

I Sold this Blog to Google for $1,000,000

Okay, another overstatement of a title. But, I am now sporting some ads on my blog. What’s this world coming to? Next thing you know my kids will be paid to wear companies names on their clothing…oh, wait, I think we pay them for the privilege to do that… Anyways, I personally think these ads […]

Subtle Site Changes

If you are paying attention, you’ll notice that I’ve made some changes to the copy on my site. I’ve edited the subtitles to the major sections and edited and added some quotes to the top bar. I’m not sure if you even read these parts of my site but I sure do have fun writing […]

Welcome to Media Temple

I’ve been using dreamhost since the beginning of this blog in December 2003 (yeah, i’ve been blogging that long!). Dreamhost has been a decent host for me so far but they have just had too many problems and too much downtime on their shared server for me to be happy enough. Though, I guess when […]

Construction in progress done.

I’m doing some maintenance stuff on my website at the moment (Sunday, 12/30). It might be all out of wack for a bit. Sorry about that. Update: New Year Cleaning: I’m not sure how much of a difference you’ll notice but I cleaned up the site a bit more. I took off that intro bar […]