FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Email Newsletter
  • I received an email from Pacific Northwest & Beyond asking me to confirm my subscription to the newsletter, but I never tried to sign up!

    Like most websites, we keep an email list. We use double opt-in to prevent people who didn’t try to sign up from ending up on our email list. Anyone can come along and try entering any email on a signup form.

    If you received a confirmation email — as it says in the email, do nothing and you won’t be signed up for anything.

  • I want to unsubscribe or change my preferences to the email list.

    In the footer of any emails we send via our list (not individual emails in response to something you sent us) you’ll find links to both change your preferences or unsubscribe.

    If you want to stay subscribed but want some option that you don’t see listed, contact us and we’ll try to accommodate your request if possible.

  • Web Design

    Questions about web design.

  • Are you still doing web design?

    Currently, I’ve decided not to in lieu of other activities. While I still love WordPress, I found that working on my own projects and taking on projects for clients ended up being just too much computer use.

    So I’ve put my small web design biz on the back burner for now and am just working on the occasional blog post and an Etsy shop/craft projects and resuming some of my other hobbies.

    However, if I did any web design work for you and you need help with your website please know that I am still available to support the work I did for you in the past.

  • Advertising and Sponsored Posts

    Frequently Asked Questions about advertising and sponsored posts.

  • Do you accept in-content links?

    No, we don’t place sponsored links into existing content for pay or for link exchange.

    You may see some affiliate links in posts, but those are links we chose to place there as we wrote the post as the product was related.

  • Are you interested in partnering up/adding our link to your post/adding our sponsored post?

    There was a time, before that pandemic, when I was actively promoting, accepting guest posts, etc.

    Much has changed since then.

    At present, it’s taking up all my time and energy focusing on other projects and I’m choosing not to pursue sponsored posts, adding in links — paid or otherwise — to existing posts, etc.

    I will still accept some guest posts if they actually have content and are (at least mostly) of a non-promotional nature.

    This may change in the future, depending on how I decide to move forward with this blog, but at present my health demands that I pick and choose my projects.

    Thank you for your understanding.

  • General Website Questions

    General questions about this website.

  • You haven't been publishing many posts lately. What's up?

    You noticed?

    I’ve been stepping back a bit to reconsider what I want to be doing, both with this website and life in general.

    I enjoy WordPress and having a blog. But I’m finding I need to choose carefully what I do with the amount of time I can tolerate in front of a computer. I like writing, but I tend to dislike the world of social media, creating Pinterest pins, and things like that you’re “supposed” to do for blog promotion.

    So where will this blog go next? Likely, I’ll keep it, but simplify to allow me to move it to a less expensive server. I’m re-evaluating the events calendar. At present, I’m undecided.

  • Can I Use a Photo I Found on This Website?

    A couple of times I’ve been asked for permission to use a photo (or video) from this website.

    I truly appreciate it when people ask.

    If you see a photo here and you’d like to use it, here are this website’s current policies and guidelines:

    • For photos embedded in pages. Please ask. While we use many of our own photos, when we get to redesigning a page and are in a hurry, we sometimes use either paid stock images or free images from sites like Pexels. We’d hate for you to misattribute an image from our website.
    • For images in our own posts. That is, posts written by Cheryl. Most of the images in my posts are ones I’ve taken myself. Where I’ve used an image from another source — MOHO, for instance — I’ve cited it. For my images from posts, you may use a small low-res image provided you document the source and link to the page or post on our website where you found it.
    • For images from events, please don’t reuse the image — most are provided by event organizers.
    • Images in galleries. You can use a small, low-res copy of the image with attribution and a link to this website.
    • If you see an image you like here and you’d like the original image size (which may vary), my other website has an online shop with image sales capability. I should be able to locate my original and list it there so you can purchase it. At this point, many of the images I’m listing there are pay-what-you-will, but I’d appreciate a contribution as I need to somehow support my various blog projects and other hobbies and coffee habits.
  • This Website Looks Different

    Well, thanks for noticing!

    We used to like adding lots of fancy-schmancy web thingies. But we’ve found that sometimes less is more — it helps to load pages quicker, and we’ve been cutting back on various additions.

    So we’ve simplified our design and have some more work to do, though on various pages — but at least the essentials are here.

  • Product FAQ

    FAQs about individual products.

  • How do I ask a product-related question?

    Find the “Item FAQ” tab on the individual product page. There will be a button to submit your FAQ. It may already say “Successfully Submitted.” That’s a bug we’re working on. But, have no fear, add your text, press the button, and your FAQ will be submitted to us.

    To avoid spammy FAQs, we approve each one. We’ll look at your question, do our best to answer it. And we THANK YOU in advance for using the FAQ so that others may benefit from the answer to your question.

  • Guest Posting

    Frequently asked questions about guest posting on this website.

  • Are you interested in partnering up/adding our link to your post/adding our sponsored post?

    There was a time, before that pandemic, when I was actively promoting, accepting guest posts, etc.

    Much has changed since then.

    At present, it’s taking up all my time and energy focusing on other projects and I’m choosing not to pursue sponsored posts, adding in links — paid or otherwise — to existing posts, etc.

    I will still accept some guest posts if they actually have content and are (at least mostly) of a non-promotional nature.

    This may change in the future, depending on how I decide to move forward with this blog, but at present my health demands that I pick and choose my projects.

    Thank you for your understanding.


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