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June 8, 2013
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
Once 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
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
This 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
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...
December 27, 2012
Thanks so much for sticking with me through the most dramatic year of my life since I started blogging here back in 2003. I really appreciate the support, enthusiasm and sharing that has brought me my highest traffic year by quite a margin - and helped sustain me though an unusual, frightening but deeply rewarding year.
Between now and New Year, there will be a little virtual desk-clearing here on the blog - and then we head into the 10th anniversary year with some new plans. I hope you enjoy what I've got coming up.
Have a great festive period, all.
October 18, 2012
I've just restored the ability to subscribe to this blog via e-mail. The old plugin I was using went haywire, and had to be killed. So, I'm starting from scratch and using MailChimp to deliver the e-mails. If you'd like the lastest from me in your e-mail in-box once a day - subscribe below:
August 13, 2012
- Radically simplify the design - all that multi-sidebar stuff is so mid-2000s.
- Clear away a lot of the links to pages that are rarely visited - category archives, for example.
- Experiment with better web typography through Typekit
- Give images - always a bit part of this blog - more room to breathe on the page
- Give a much clearer focus on the content - and give comments more prominence
- Create something that would work particularly well on mobiles and tablets.
- Taupy the reptile is still the blog's mascot, but in much reduced form. It's a touch of continuity with the old design.
- It's still Movable Type under here. Maybe one day I'll make the move to WordPress, but it doesn't feel necessary right now.
- It's still being heavily cached and minified and CDNed through CloudFlare. The page load times were pretty good under the old design - hopefully I've driven them even lower with the new look.