These are the posts about writing, the software used for writing, the type of blog and the design of the webpage it produces. Probably more the latter three than the first one if I'm honest, though.

I Ain’t Dead

In which I make the case that I haven’t entirely been sitting on my hands when it comes to writing for the web. Also: pontifications on the differences between Ghost and Wordpress.

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International Men’s Day

As promised back in my International Women’s Day post, I’m now writing about its counterpart. International Men’s Day is the day I’m posting this: the 19th of November. As noted in the previous post: some people would say that we don’t need this day, because the other 364 days of the year already serve that purpose. I say we do need it. In the first instance because that’s not the way it should be. In the second instance I say we need it because the fact of the matter it is: Men have problems…

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Blogging on the Quartz Curve

A little while ago, over dinner, a good friend of mine introduced me to something called the “Quartz Curve”. Named for the online news magazine which coined it, it goes like this: if you plot the length of an article against user engagement, the resulting graph is bowl shaped. Specifically, the trough is between 500 and 700 words. Shorter articles can be “Short, sharp creative takes on news stories that are creative and say something new”. Conversely, longer articles can provide “strong detailed narrative or insightful analysis”. Anything in between, though, will tend to be wishywashy, and no one wants…

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Mostly an iPad Followup

Somewhat appropriately, I finished and edited my previous post about switching to an iPad for many of my computing use cases on an iPad. Luckily I have access to one which belongs to my employer and happens to be running the iOS 11 Beta. Since I was traveling at the time, I could also grab the Magic Keyboard which usually sits on my desk for typing purposes. Here are some observations. First of all: this obviously wasn’t an exact facsimile. The iPad Air 2 I was using has a slightly smaller screen and significantly less processing power than the…

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Thinking About Going iPad... Mostly

Going “iPad only” is all the rage in some circles. I don't think it would really work for me. iOS still has too many limitations for that. But I do like the idea of using an iPad as my main “carry around” machine. Right now I use a first generation MackBook Adorable for this purpose. I take it on holiday and bring it with me to coffee shops (and occasionally the office) when I have use for it. But an iPad is smaller, lighter, and more versatile in form (if not in function). It also uses the same charger as…

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