On Remote Working

I’ve worked from home, on and off, since I joined Universal Mind back in 2008. That job was fully remote. My following position was remote 2-3 days a week. My first year at Adobe was fully in the office, but the following two years were fully remote. Now, my role with Telerik/Progress for the past 3 years (almost!) has been fully remote.

Posted on: 15 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Thoughts on the Shrinking PC Market

Gartner reported this week that the PC market hit it’s 5th straight year of decline. As Mikako Kitagawa notes:

Posted on: 11 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Own Your Home on the Web

Rachel Andrew had a short but very worthwhile post about how much the web has changed over recent years from people owning their own playground on the web (in large part via personal blogs) to people handing over their content to third parties like Medium and CodePen (to name a couple).

Posted on: 11 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Front-End and Mobile Development Sites to Follow

I follow hundreds of sites - using RSS! Yes, RSS. Sure, I use Twitter, but Twitter is just a very inconvenient way to do ensure you find quality content. It’s like using a metal detector on the beach - maybe you’ll find something worthwhile, after you finish sifting through tons of trash.

Posted on: 10 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Working with Static Site Generators

I’ve talked a lot about static sites. I’ve written a lot about static sites. I’m obviously a huge fan of static sites. So is my good friend Raymond Camden. So, we decided (quite some time ago) to join forces and write a book about static sites. I’d already written a free report on static site generators for O’Reilly, so we proposed a full book. The book, creatively called “Working with Static Site Generators” is complete, though still awaiting final edits. However, you can already purchase and download it as an early release ebook.

Posted on: 9 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Resources for First Time Speakers

Speaking at a conferences or even a meetup for the first time can be both intimidating and difficult to achieve. Even if you have the courage to submit a talk to a conference, getting accepted can be tough and the first experience can be nerve-wracking.

Posted on: 8 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

Did We Avoid the Ad Block Apocalypse?

This morning, I read an interesting article by Patrick Kulp on Mashable. It discusses the so called “ad block apocalypse” that many people were concerned about when Safari on iOS enabled ad blockers. The gist of this concern was that content-focused sites were already having difficulty surviving due to declining ad rates (which desktop ad blockers certainly didn’t help). If ad-blocking took off on mobile, the entire business model could collapse.

Posted on: 5 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

How to Speak at Fluent

There’s a good post by Ben Vinegar suggesting tips for getting accepted to speak at Fluent Conference. These are all good tips and, as he says, will work for just about any event you want to speak at. It’s worth a read.

Posted on: 4 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

The Content Model of the Web is Broken - Part 2

Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a post on this blog called “The Content Model of the Web is Broken”. My basic argument was that there it had become very difficult to make a viable business out of content anymore. Advertising is not a workable revenue generator - the only real solutions were to produce content that either had ulterior motives (i.e. my content is designed to market some other product or service) or relied entirely on unpaid authors, which devalued writing to a point that the quality is potentially suspect.

Posted on: 2 January 2017 | 11:00 pm

My Top 10 Songs of 2016

I’m a big music lover, and while 2016 was probably light on my music purchases compared to prior years, it still featured some great music. So, here’s my sort of traditional top songs of the year post (in case you’re curious, here’s last year’s post).

Posted on: 2 January 2017 | 11:00 pm