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

Want a podcast guest?

As I’ve had a bit of an accident, I am temporarily one-handed making typing a bit of a bore. This means that some of the things I meant to do over the next couple of weeks I’m going to move back.

New book: CSS3 Layout Modules

When Five Simple Steps approached me to write a pocket guide for their new series of short, digital format only books, I thought it a great chance to cover the cutting edge of CSS layout. I wanted to cover those new proposals in CSS3 that have the potential to radically change how we layout web pages.

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.

A year of talking to people

I’ve spent a lot of 2012 on airplanes and at conferences. This post looks back on 2012 and also looks forward to some of the things I’d like to talk about next year.

Moving from WordPress to Perch

After many years I have finally moved the blog on this site to Perch. This post details the process of moving a longstanding WordPress blog over to Perch using a standard install of Perch 2 and the Blog App with the new WordPress posts importer.

We need to talk about content management

I returned to England on Wednesday from the wonderful Smashing Conference in Freiburg, Germany. Vitaly, Marc and the whole Smashing Magazine team did an amazing job running the first of what I hope will be many Smashing Conferences.

The importance of social media for product developers

Via comments made by some of our Perchers on Twitter I discovered this post by EllisLab. One of my main tips to people wanting to launch a product is “talk to people on Twitter”, and so here are some thoughts for other product developers as [...]

Doing, speaking and (not) being an internet celebrity

I agree with some of what Zach Inglis says in his post, Working on a few things in your bedroom, doesn’t make you an expert! I started to reply on Twitter then realized that I would write 40 Tweets to say what would be better written up as a [...]

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Web App Success

First, a disclaimer. Emma Boulton at Five Simple Steps sent me a copy of A Practical Guide to Web App Success and asked if I would read it and maybe write a review, given that I often write about business issues. I love reading business books, so was [...]

On acquisitions, pricing and being part of an ecosystem

It is a week on from our launch of Perch 2, the new version of our really little content management system. Other than our payment gateway letting us down (more on that in another post this week) the launch has been a success. Our decision to also launch a [...]

Public speaking for the (formerly) terrified

I started to draft this post in a plane flying back from the brilliant Front Trends conference in Poland where I was presenting a talk entitled, “Pushing the Boundaries without Breaking the Web”. My slides can be found on Speaker Deck and a write-up of the event is [...]

Front Trends 2012

Last year I was contacted by the organisers of the Front Trends conference in Poland to ask if I would be willing to speak at the conference, and to speak about “Web Standards”. Although I wasn’t completely sure on the subject of my talk, I said yes and then [...]

A community for the bootstrappers

When we launched Perch, almost three years ago, we had to learn a lot of things and quickly. Despite having a successful services business in edgeofmyseat.com we had never launched a product. In many ways it was like setting up in business all over again, and we’ve learned [...]

Stop solving problems you don't yet have

We’re in a really exciting time for front-end web development. Our modern browsers are excellent in terms of their standard support for CSS, and new features are becoming usable far more rapidly than I can ever remember.

This situation is exactly what we asked for in the early days [...]

Responsibly Responsive: developing the Greenbelt website

As of December 2013, we handed over the Greenbelt website to Greenbelt Festivals and are not now involved with the project.

Earlier this week edgeofmyseat.com (that is to say Drew and I) launched the all-new Greenbelt website. The site was designed by Wilf Whitty of Ratiotype, and [...]

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