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April 15, 2014

Back on the blog

Today has been defined by server problems and vomit. Server problems kept me from posting this morning, and vomit (as produced by my daughter) for the afternoon.

But I am back.


March 7, 2014

Two apologies (one about email and one about the blog)

What now, oh Bear

Hey, all. I hope you're having a good Friday.

I have two apologies to make.

The Accidental Spammer

I was informed yesterday that several people were getting completely blank e-mails en masse from my e-mail address. They do appear to have originated from this server, and either changes made by me or my webhost seem to have put a stop to them. My apologies if you got hit by it.

Silence of the Blogger

In a possibly-related incident, my webhost blocked access to my blog's software late yesterday evening, and followed that up by suspending my account entirely. I've not had a complete explanation as yet - depending on what they do say, I may be looking at moving hosts, which will be fun.

Because of this, yesterday's long form post never got done (and, indeed, for a few hours there was no published blog for it to appear on). That means that sometime between now and the end of the month, I'll have to do two posts in one day...

February 27, 2014

Another Movable Type upgrade, for the final time?

Movable Type 6 logo

I've just done what I suspect will be the last major upgrade to the Movable Type system I use to run this blog. While MT itself seems to march along merrily, it's clearly targeting large commercial users (I paid for the software upgrade that I've just installed), and I'm ready to jump ship to something else.

That said, having taken a long look at migrating to WordPress, I've decided to hold fire for a little while, to see how Ghost comes along - its 1.0 release is a way away yet. If I end up going to that system, then I'd rather only do one migration, and its focus on Markdown looks handy, given that I mostly blog using that at the moment.

Movable Type 6 (which is what I've just installed) is the fifth version of MT I've used, since I switched from Blogger a very long time ago...

January 7, 2014

2014 dawning after disconnection

2014 dawning

And I'm finally back at my desk after the best part of three weeks away from work. Taking serious time off as an independent consultant is a nerve-wracking thing - if you're not working, you're not earning. But this time it was vital. No only did my wife need the time, but I also needed the break. The last two years have been hectic, and I've barely paused for breath over that period.

The disconnected time over Christmas and New Year did my stress levels and creativity a great deal of good. I feel relaxed (if a little pressured by the in-box ahead of me...) and I have plenty of new ideas for things I want to invest my time and energy into over the coming year. And, if I can sort out a pesky flight to New York, I'm in the happy position of being essentially fully booked work-wise until the middle of April.

(Of course, if you have something big happening in the spring you think I can help with, or smaller projects before that, drop me a line)

Most importantly, I think, that disconnected time gave me some distance from the bubbles I live in. I've spent precious little time thinking about the worlds of journalism, social media and tech over the past few weeks, and that allows me to come back to them with an amount of distance - which is incredibly useful when you're trying to do some cogent critical analysis on them.

As a result, I'm looking forwards to blogging up a storm in the weeks to come, before teaching kicks back in at City University...

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year.

December 30, 2013


Adur momentHey, all. I'm on an unexpected Christmas keyboard break, which is why silence has fallen around here. My wife has a huge pile of marking to get through (although, given how much university marking is digital these days, I only have her word for that, not a huge pile of scripts on her desk...), and so I've been on pretty much full-time daddy duty with a daughter who has just figured out how this walking thing works.

I'm quite tired, as you can imagine.

I'm even more happy, as I'm sure many of you can imagine as well.

It's been a nice antidote to the difficult events of earlier this month, and I feel like I'm on the road to recovery. A few more afternoons rampaging on Shoreham Beach should complete that journey... 

See you all in the New Year!

December 25, 2013

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

Christmas baubleMay it be happy, relaxed and full of all the blessings life brings. 

September 6, 2013

Vote for me! (if you're so inclined)

dead-fish.jpg Neil Perkin has rather generously included one of my posts - Digital is easy, journalism is easy, change is hard - in his posts of the month. Voting to find THE post of the month is currently underway.

So, please go and vote for me.

Or, y'know, read all the posts and vote for the one you like the best.

(I'd make a terrible politician, wouldn't I?)

June 8, 2013

Responsive Movable Type

I seem to have spent much of the last three years on the verge of migrating this blog off Movable Type to another blog platform. Just as I'm about to do it, the new, Japanese incarnation of Six Apart pulls something out of the hat to make the gain of moving less than the pain of the process.

The latest version of Movable Type has done it again, adding a new, usable version of the interface for smartphones and tablets, and a second responsive design theme. The first I'm using right now to quickly post from my phone. The other I'll implement sometime over the summer.

How long will this keep me happy?

April 3, 2013

Moments from One Man's life

Devonian ViewsOnce in a while, I miss the regularity and routine of the corporate job. That's not my life any more, though, and recent weeks have sent in my life into something of a spiral of complexity. I've been travelling for work, been travelling with the family and also spent too much time in service stations feeding the baby. Various bits of work have wound up and that's kept me pretty busy. But, in the standard feast or famine freelance life, that's also meant some free time opening up. It's partially a relief but also something of a worry as you go from thinking "wow I really wish I had some spare time" to thinking "Oh dear, I'm just just a little stressed that the dry spell might last too long..." Heigh ho.

Oh, and our broadband went down along with the phone line about a week ago. BT has fixed it now and an engineer informs me it was due to cable vandalisation in the local area. Apparently this has been happening in Brighton and Hove and has now moved down the coast. What a lovely export from our more trendy neighbours.

Back online though, and in the process of catching up on the admin I need to do. I've also been keen to devote some time to his blog and my web presence in general, and now I should have that time. Investing time in myself and my business sometimes seems hard, because there's no immediate financial return. But I do enjoy it and it helps bring a focus to what I do. As someone who spends much of his time consulting, it's useful to focus on doing again rather than advising.

January 23, 2013

Welcome to new readers from

A hack's desk

Nothing encourages you to get your head down and posting like appearing in the list of 50 blogs by journalists, for journalists

So, hello, new readers. Welcome. It's normally rather busier around here, but between childcare and a slightly-over-committed consulting business, I'm rather under the cosh.

You can grab the RSS feed if you want to keep up, or there's an option to subscribe by e-mail, too. You'll find it right at the bottom of the page.

Feel free to say "hello". :)

January 7, 2013

High Ate Us

Fishing for residents onlyThis blog has been on effective hiatus for a week or so, and I decided over the weekend to make it official for at least a week more. Lots happening at home, work is pretty busy, and there are various changes in progress that made me want to give myself permission to stop feeling guilty about not posting here.

So, see you back here a week tomorrow, at the latest.

Keep well, all. :-)

December 28, 2012

My Synthesio Session - the problem(s) with social media

Synthesio Sessions Banner Final no 4

I got interviewed...

This week we've got influential blogger and consultant Adam Tinworth in our red leather armchair, to pick his brain about social media monitoring, the next big innovation he'd like to see, and other musings.

Honestly, I'm just a sucker for red leather. 

Anyway, you can find out my opinions on social media monitoring, ownership and the word I've come to hate...


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