Blog

Posts in this section go back to 2000. Mostly web, and web business related.

Mailing list

Last week I popped a mailing list signup into the sidebar of this site. This list will be where I share some of that research and work. Expect one email a week with some carefully curated resources along with my commentary on them.

I do not wish to be "reached out" to

A post about having confidence to write in your own voice, speaking to your customers as you would a friend and avoiding the dreaded business speak.

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?”

The Bootstrapped Discuss forums

In April 2012 I pondered the need for somewhere for people like us, people who are running businesses online but are not chasing investment or a buy out, in my post A Community for the Bootstrappers. I didn’t take those thoughts further as I didn’t want to become list-mother to a barely populated community, and I wasn’t sure how many other people were thinking along the same lines.

Book Review: Design Evolution

This is a lovely little book, written as advice from one business owner to another. Even as the owner of a four year old product there were things in the book that gave me new ideas to implement. It should be essential reading for anyone about to launch or with a newly launched product.

Dear Apple, I am not a freak.

It is 2013. Women can be interested in fast cars and gadgets; men can be interested in celeb gossip and home decor. So why are general interest magazines categorized by gender?

Shipping your product - the workshop

I’m very excited to be announcing my new workshop – Shipping Your Product: Create an action plan for launch day and beyond to be presented at Future of Web Apps in London in October.

Writing about the business of web development for A List Apart

Announcing my new A List Apart column on The Business of Web Development.

CSS Grid Layout: Named Grid Lines and areas

Having discussed Grid Layout with lots of people at Front Trends last week, I mentioned to a few people I would write up some thoughts about named grid lines and areas and how they are described in the current Working Draft.

CSS Grid Layout - what has changed?

Towards the end of last year I did some research into the proposed CSS Grid Layout module for my book CSS3 Layout Modules for Five Simple Steps and also an article for 24 Ways. Both of these were heavily based on the Internet Explorer 10 implementation, as that was (and is) the only real implementation of Grid so far. However the spec has changed significantly and this post is really just my notes on what has changed.

Working from home and the proper business

A post inspired by the Bootstrapped podcast. Thinking about how we sometimes do things in our business just to validate ourselves as a proper business.

Goodnight WaSP

Saying goodbye as the Web Standards Project closes.

Women, speaking and online abuse

I am saddened but not surprised to read posts by my friends Sarah and Relly describing horrible abuse they have received online.

Yes, everyone online gets trolled. However there is often a difference when it comes to trolling directed at women.

modern.ie

After my presentation Pushing the Boundaries without breaking the web at Future of Web Design in London last year I was approached by Jason from Microsoft asking if I would be willing to take a look at something he was working one and give my opinion on it. I’ve not being able to talk about it until it launched however the project they had in mind was the modern.ie site.

Credit and Risk - getting paid for your work

A post about getting paid for your work. Inspired by Episode 3 of Unfinished Business.

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