How to Format IG Captions + Faux Geotag

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I like to use line breaks in my IG captions because it helps me make sure I hit the points I want to hit in my posts. Additionally, I think from a viewer standpoint, it’s easier to read. Lots of  people have been asking me how I was get these line breaks. It’s actually very simple but you need to know how to do it. It’s a hard return. Watch my video to see exactly what I mean. Now, I will say, some people have told me this doesn’t work for them if they use emoji. I have no idea why that would be or how to troubleshoot it because it always does work on my end. However, give it a try and see what happens for you – results may be varying based on the type of device or OS you are using.

Another thing I love to do on IG is make use of the additional text space available in the geotag (the bit above the image.) But I’m not all about giving out my home address or anything, so I don’t want it to actually link to a map. In my video I’ll show you how to achieve that as well.

Take a look + let me know what you think!


How to format instagram captions + faux geotag from Danielle Spurge on Vimeo.

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How to Pin Instagram Pics – Mobile Edition

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A while back, I posted a tutorial on how to pin you Instagram pics to Pinterest boards from your desktop computer. Now I want to show you how to pin instagram pics from mobile devices!

I always get annoyed when things can’t be don’t mobile-y because I am always out and about, I spent more time running my business form my phone than from my computer.

This is a good trick to know because it is a total leveraging opportunity. You already spent time putting together a post for Instagram, which we all know has a limited potency. Reusing content in multiple places helps you get more out of the efforts you already put in.

Take a look and let me know what you think!!

pin your IG pics mobile edition from Danielle Spurge on Vimeo.



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Free Shopify Training Series: Start with a Boost

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Bet you didn’t expect to hear from me on a Sunday. Well I was too excited to wait til tomorrow to share with you that my Shopify training videos are all done and ready to give you that boost of confidence to go forth and conquer building your stand alone site once and for all.

Here’s the deal: start your free trial or start a plan on Shopify with my link and I’ll send you access to the video training FOR FREE. That’s right, all you have to do is use this link, start a trial or plan, and then you’ll get access to my videos.

This Boosted Start series includes 8 screencast videos: 7 of them are brand spanking new, and one of them is the video tour of Shopify I did here on the blog, but I’ve included it anyway for you to download with the set. There is also a list of resources for you included.

I created this series because I know it can make your head spin to try to tackle a brand new platform on your own and going in totally clueless is so so intimidating. While I do find Shopify easy to use and fairly intuitive, I know that having a little guidance is key to just about everything in life. I also know that having your own standalone shop outside of a marketplace site is SUPER IMPORTANT and one of the smartest things you can do for you business. So I want to help you establish those roots of autonomy for yourself and start taking more control of your online presence and brand overall.

If you want to expedite the process, email me right after registering your Shopify account (that you started using my link *wink*) at themerriweathercouncil(at) ! Otherwise I will send the materials over ASAP.

This series will be available to purchase for a small fee to those of you who did not use my link to start your accounts. You can purchase access to this series for $22 here

This training series is meant to get you going + lessen the intimidation factors surrounding Shopify. A little guidance can go a LONG way, trust me.

I can’t wait to see your shops!

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Track + Tackle Biz Money, Book Keeping + Taxes like a Pro, finally.

handmade shop taxes + book keeping | the merriweather council blogI have a saucy post about marketing examples learned from the TV show “Last Man Standing” that I think you all will love, but I wanted to share this post tonight instead because of it’s time sensitive nature.

Once upon a time, I did the best thing I ever could’ve done for myself and my business and got an accountant. This was life changing. You might need this too… more than you realized.

Because this made me feel so much more secure in my business – having FINALLY understood how money comes in and goes out and what’s deductible, I wanted to pass this along because it fits quite well with my goal of Empowering you to share you work with confidence. Trust me this is a huge confidence boost to finally understand this money stuff.

My accountant has now developed a course for creative business owners who want to better understand taxes and book keeping and the like and get sustainable systems in place to make it all work. I know how frustrating it is to feel so disconnected from your finances and feel super overwhelmed by all the things you don’t know…. even worse, all the things you don’t know you don’t know. You know?

Amy’s course, Be Your Own CFO, is on sale until midnight tonight, it’s $197 now but will increase to $397 tomorrow!

$197 gets you lifetime access to 5 lessons, Amy, and her community… You can get clllllll the details right here.

Be Your Own CFO

I’m sorry this post is brief but this is one of the most important and best things you can do for your business – at any stage. Establishing a money tracking system will make your life easier at tax time but will also inform you about your business in ways you probably hadn’t considered or noticed yet. Also, understanding tax deductions…. priceless. Seriously, this is one of the best investments you can make this year.


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