Archive of: On life in general

Review of the Year

I have enjoyed reading other review posts, and I thought it would be nice to look back over what has been an exciting and difficult year.

It is never done.

Thinking about how we, working on the web, rarely get those moments where we can say, “this is done, this is good.”

Conversations with my teenager about the Internet

Many years ago, as I started to create my own “digital identity” I made a decision not to also create one for my daughter. I tried to avoid linking her and her real name with me. She is now 16 and I talked with her about having parents who are very visible online, and how she feels about identity and privacy on the net.

Nothing to fall back on

My sixteen year old daughter has left school. She isn’t taking A Levels. In September she will begin a course at a top dance college, to even get a place there is a huge achievement for her, I’m hugely proud as she has worked so, so hard for it.

I tell people of her plans and they react in horror, “no A Levels? What will she fall back on?”

On Fear and deciding not to be afraid

I told this story at the Insites Xmas Special earlier this month and have been meaning to write it all up. It’s the story of how I stopped being afraid of airplanes. In the hope that something in this is of use to anyone else who is scared of something and wants to deal with it.

The return of the Ideas of March

Last year Chris Shiflett attempted to start a blogging revival with The Ideas of March, my post from March 15th 2011 can be found here, and yesterday emailed a bunch of us to remind us of the Ideas of March and see if we might like to join [...]

On lucky breaks and saying yes

Yesterday Zeldman wrote,

The first thing I got about the web was its ability to empower the maker. The year was 1995, and I was tinkering at my first website. The medium was raw and ugly, like a forceps baby; yet even in its blind, howling state, it made me a [...]

Be kind to one another

Something I have always loved about the web industry is the kindness and openness in the profession. We have all learned from each other, we all build on each other’s work. Throughout the history of this industry we’ve been creating things, sharing them and someone else has come along and [...]

The Ideas of March

The oldest post on this blog is from April 16th, 2001 – archive.org has older articles going back to the 12th of February that year from my first proper blog, which ran on a very basic platform I wrote myself in Classic ASP. So I’ve been speaking my [...]

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