Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls.

On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts.

On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.

Working from her home office in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Elaine, a wine lover, also enjoys the beauty of living in wine country!

My Blogs

In Like a Lion: Rebirth, Revitalization, Hope

Well, here we are, the first of March, and I am in my annual armpit of winter funk....more
Linda Anselmi Thank you! And for now I say yay to dandelions - and more to come!more

5 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Business for 2014

Get your business (or blog) prepared for 2014 with these five simple steps!...more
poojanegiThat is very true - you never do know when opportunity will be right around the corner! ...more

Holiday Gift Guide for Bloggers

Are you wondering what to get the blogger in your life? Here is my top ten list of practical gifts that any blogger would appreciate. ...more
ashleemaeI hope all your holiday dreams come true! Thanks for stopping by!more

4 Tips for Quick and Healthy Weeknight Cooking

In the fall and winter my family thrives on soups, sandwiches and quesadillas. It’s easy, healthy and my kids love them. (As do I!) While I do make a fair amount of Crock-Pot meals, this is really our go-to way to eat dinner on the weeknights. Some of you may think this is boring–and it can be. Following these four tips will get you to preparing a quick and healthy meal every night. Image: Courtesy of Elaine Griffin ...more
Hi Linda Anselmi ! I ran into some problems, things I couldn't figure out, things that needed to ...more

What Can Make People Think You're a Jerk

Every once in a while I fall into a trap of overwork. Have you ever been there? If you are a freelancer, chances are you have. Heck, chances are, if you do more than sit on your butt all day you have. It starts with a fear. Fear of having no clients. Fear of having no money. Fear of having an unhappy family. It is followed by an intense frenzy of too much work. Trying to turn around jobs as fast as possible. Trying to win new clients. Trying to keep a spotless house. Trying to take your kid to every event they want to go to. Lather, rinse, repeat....more
@Darcie Thank you Darcie! When I feel overwhelmed I try do do what you suggest. I let myself ...more

Shedding the Baggage and Owning the Catwalk at BlogHer '13

Image Credit: Jasmine Banks, Just JasmineI have always thought of myself as a fat girl.I was the girl who never had a real boyfriend.Who, in spite of outward appearances, never really had a whole lot of confidence in my looks....more
@Linda Anselmi Thank you so much Linda! The reason I wanted to be in the fashion show was ...more

5 Reasons WordPress Rocks

Did you know that WordPress powers over 60 million websites world-wide? We aren’t just talking bloggers here, either. A totally random list of WordPress users include big brands such as Ford, Sony, and Samsung, major news outlets like Forbes, CNN, and MSNBC, and celebrities such as the Rolling Stones, Margaret Cho, and Giada De Laurentiis. A good portion of my clients are WordPress users when they come to me for design help, but many have questions about WordPress, with the number one question being, “Why is WordPress so great?” I don’t just think WordPress is great, I think it rocks, and here is why. ...more
@plantedbliss I'm so glad you are happy with WordPress! And thank you!more

Everything You Need to Know about Business Cards for BlogHer ‘13

The conference is near, and now is the time to think about those business cards!...more
I'm about to order my cards later today (my 10 free Moos look great, though shinier than I had ...more

The Best Mother's Day Gift: My Children

Yesterday was my son’s  7th birthday. Seven years ago, one week before Mother’s Day, he made me a mother.Four years later, one week after Mother’s Day, I became a mother again. This time, to a daughter.I was gifted with two amazing little people....more