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Blogging mistakes – and how to avoid them

At a recent department tech talk, I was asked to say a few words about blogging – as I was once known for blogging about blogging. Over the last few years, my blogging frequency has decreased a lot. With a list of failed blogs behind me, it feels somewhat disingenuous to talk about blogging. However, you can still learn from… Read More

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New Twig-based theme, now with added Bootstrap 5.1

After an unsuccessful attempt to update the theme on my blog last night, I’ve had a second attempt. This one works better. As always, there are things still to be tweaked – but it’s a start. To catch you up on yesterday’s post, I’ve installed Timber, a handy plugin that allows you to build Twig-based themes in WordPress. I’ve… Read More

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A small blog refresh

I’ve been thinking whether to move to a different blogging platform, roll my own, use static files, or simply change the theme. This is far from the first time I’ve come to this point. Years ago I wrote my own CMS. Prior to that I used static HTML. I’ve also used lots of different platforms. In short, while the tech… Read More

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Thoughts on tech support

In tech, providing some kind of support is essential. However, I’ve found that a lot of people don’t want to do it. Maybe I’m weird – but I quite like tech support. Support is a great way to learn, and can be quite varied and interesting. Sometimes it’s given to new or junior team members – but I’d argue it’s… Read More

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