I want to help you cut through the digital clutter and get your story the attention it deserves.
My name is Dustin W. Stout and in short I’m a husband, father of two boys, social media enthusiast, designer, consultant and speaker. I’ve also done a bit of acting and modeling.
I am a digital media consultant and speaker who’s learned how to make a living from doing things I love. From home. Without ever having to put socks on if I don’t want to.
Over the years I’ve been able to work with some great brands to help spread their message more effectively including:
There is one thing I believe in very strongly thats drives this blog:
Your story is important and I want to help you tell it to the world through social media.
In 2009 I sat in a small session at a conference with a few dozen other leaders listening to Michael Hyatt speak about building what he called a “Platform”. He talked about doing this through both blogging and social media.
At the time, I had just signed up for Twitter and was extremely excited about it. I hadn’t dug much into blogging just yet, but it was there that I decided to explore it.
Fast-forward to 2014 and I was leaving my full-time design job because this blog had allowed me to grow my income and client list beyond what my job could ever pay me. I became a full-time web design and social media consultant on April 28, 2014.
I’m a self-taught guy who learned how to get my story heard. Now I help others like you do the same thing.
Currently I am part owner of Weal Media, a digital marketing firm specializing in social media, content marketing and search engine marketing. I also co-founded Warfare Plugins, creators to the best social sharing plugin ever creating.
This blog is where I share what I’ve learned as candidly and simply as possible. I don’t like fluff. I can’t stand bad communication. And I can’t settle for less than excellence.
You shouldn’t either.
Beyond the blog I also have a list of Insiders who get access to free resources that I’ve created to help make their online efforts easier. They get access to exclusive content and a downloads page where I continually add helpful tools that make their lives easier.
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About this Blog
When I started this blog it was mostly a way for me to record what I was learning. I’ve found that I learn best when I teach things, so blogging was a great way to solidify what I was learning and share it with others.
I cover several overarching topics that I believe are closely related:
- Social Media
- Content Marketing
Most commonly though, everything falls under either Social Media or Creativity
On Social Media
When it comes to social media I’m generally writing about how to use social media to grow your reach on platforms such as Google+ (my favorite), Twitter, Pinterest and blogging. I don’t believe you need to be everywhere in order to succeed so I focus on being highly effective on fewer platforms.
For the best examples of posts under the Social Media category I recommend:
- The Anatomy of a Perfect Google+ Post
- The Only Social Media Image Dimensions You Need
- Twitter & Google+: Your New Content Marketing Strategy
Creativity is a bit more of a broad subject that I cover because it’s a core passion of mine that bleeds into all other things. This can include design, inspiration, and unlocking the creative in you.
I believe that everyone is inherently creative, and I can prove it to you.
Some great places to start in the Creativity category would be the following articles:
- How to Create Visual Content That Doesn’t Suck
- The Best Places to Find Free Images & Photos
- Think Big. Work Hard. Push Limits. Never Stop.
In this category I’ll also begin including more DIY design articles to help non-designers with things they don’t need to hire a designer for.
Around the Web
I’ve been fortunate enough to be featured in various online publications. Most recently:
- Duct Tap Marketing’s Private Digital Publication
- Social Media Examiner: How to Optimize Social Media Images
- Problogger: 5 Crucial Elements for Growing Readership
- Buffer Blog: Design Tips for Social Media Marketers
On Feb. 17, 1985 in small town Sharon, Pennsylvania I came into the world. I was born to a hard-working bartender mom and a regional rock-star dad.
Ever since as far as I can remember I’ve had aspirations of telling stories on the big screen. Although my mother did name me after famous actor Dustin Hoffman, she never knew that I would some day pursue acting myself.
Being in every play, musical, and performing arts extra-curricular I could possibly keep up with, I did my best to prepare myself for the day I would venture out to Southern California. After graduating High School I immediately packed up and moved to Cali, enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hollywood.
For two years I studied the various aspects of performing arts including Acting for the Stage and Camera, Improv Comedy, Vocal Production, Standard American Dialect, Advanced Dialects and Accents, Musical Theater, Dance, Shakespeare, and more.
After graduating I quickly realized that I couldn’t just wait tables while I waited for my “big break”, I had to work at something that gave me an outlet for my passion for storytelling.
After taking a position as a Youth Director and Graphic/Web Designer for my church, I began refining my ability to speak on a weekly basis in front of the toughest audience anyone could ever face– teenagers. For four years I taught between 1-2 times a week refining my ability to captivate even the most attention-deficit of audiences.
Once my blog took off and I had a steady stream of consulting (design, branding and social media) clients, I was able to begin working for myself as a digital marketing consultant. This is where I am today.
After being offered the Chief Marketing Officer position and part ownership of Weal Media, I welcomed the opportunity to take my freelance consulting to the next level.
And that’s where I stand today.
I also launched a new business venture called Warfare Plugins in November of 2014. We launched with a social sharing plugin called Social Warfare which aims to solve the greatest problems in getting content shared beautifully and effectively.
My wife and I have been married for 5 years and have two little boys. We live in beautiful Southern California.
In our free time we enjoy being outdoors, playing on jungle gyms and learning how to be more like Jesus every day.
My Contact Info
You can also use my Contact page if you like, and see the fun Thank You message I’ve put in place once you fill it out.
When I was growing my blog from scratch I relied heavily on those who came before me to point me towards the best tools. In turn, I wanted to do that for my readers.
So I’ve created a Toolbox (also called a Colophon) that lists out everything I use to build and grow my online empire.