Mike's blog...

Please visit the Tidy Blog for web development, free stuff, Tidy news and marketing posts. "Mike's blog" is more of a journal, all opinions are my own.

What makes us creative?

Back in September 2019 I submitted a couple of oil paintings and a selection of pen sketches to the Haslemere Art Society exhibition. I had not painted with oils before, many years ago I dabbled with acrylics, I had also used watercolours. But oil painting, this was a new beast… The Stag – work in…

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Creative Agency Portsmouth, Hampshire

In today’s post let’s take a look at the term “creative agency” and what it means, symbolises and represents. To be a creative agency is to deliver awesomeness, thinking outside the box to produce quality graphics, content, media and marketing material. When looking to hire a creative agency, review a few case studies first, or…

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Setting the right goals

This weekend I uploaded drawing number 100 to my Sea Life Art website – woop woop! It was a goal of mine that naturally evolved; in January 2019 the mission was “draw once a week”, then in January 2020 I said “let’s reach 100 sea life drawings”. Boom, job done! Now I am all for…

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Hampshire Business Networking

As businesses across Hampshire return to some form of normality following COVID-19, one question is; how will social distancing, our economy and the winter months impact business networking events? Now don’t get me wrong, I was never one for business networking breakfasts or golf club B2B events. My business Tidy Design has always been pretty…

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What is flow state?

The term flow state is used a lot in web development and design, I guess it symbolises a productive state of mind, often heavily influenced by caffeine! Personally I love to be “in the zone”, setting new challenges and difficult todo lists. Be it quitting alcohol for a year or drawing 100 ocean creatures, climbing…

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Content Creator Hampshire

To produce “tidy content” means to produce something of value for a reader. It is the process of getting your message across, delivering the facts, telling a story, evoke emotions or engage with your target audience. A Content Case Study… When the world went into lockdown in March 2020 we all had more time on…

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Website Designer in Drayton, Portsmouth

Hi, my name is Mike, CEO of Tidy Design, a web design agency established back in 2007! I relocated to Drayton Portsmouth in 2014. A strategic move based on the schools, plus giving my kids a garden to play in. Prior to moving to Drayton I lived in Southsea for many years, but life evolves…

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Alcohol and Business

I have been here before, however not during a global pandemic, a lockdown, juggling business with home schooling… The craziness of 2020 aside, it has been six months since I last drank alcohol – woop woop! Do I miss it, hell yeah! Back in 2017 I quit alcohol for eleven and a half months, a…

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Communications Consultancy Hampshire

I have seen the term “communications consultant” crop up a few times in recent months, be it on social media or on the web. As it is something related to my own industry and sector, I thought I’d write this blog post. So, what is a communications consultant and what do they bring to the…

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Business after COVID-19

What a crazy few months it has been! Businesses around the globe forced to adapt and re-assess their finances. We have all been reviewing our expenses, marketing plans, customer expectations, new ways to work and operate etc… Yup, it is going to be an interesting summer (and probably winter) ahead! As I sit here reviewing,…

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Farlington Marshes Running Club

As someone who runs down Farlington marshes 3-4 times a week, I often wonder if I should startup a running club for people based in the Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Portsmouth area. This post will look at feasibility, list a few ideas, plus act as a content marketing experiment. So, do you run down Farlington marshes…

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Keeping busy…

So, I have just added “maintain and market another blog” to my ever growing to-do list! As if I was not busy enough already, juggling business with home schooling – maybe I am crazy!?! The reason for revamping this website is age, web tech has a very short shelf life. So, this weekend I drank…

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