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

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

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 [...]

The CSS3 Anthology

Launched today is the fourth edition of my book The CSS Anthology, retitled to The CSS3 Anthology to reflect the major rewrite that this edition has been through. You can get the digital version right now from Sitepoint, and also order the print edition if you like [...]

Writing beginner level tutorials

I’ve been writing books and articles for around ten years. However, like most of us who write about web design and development, I didn’t set out to be a writer. I simply do interesting things in the course of my job and then write about them. A lot [...]

Emerge mini-conference and the challenge of presenting online

On Monday 16th January I presented to online attendees of the Emerge Mini-conference for Web Heroines. Web Heroines is a project with a mission to:

… inspire, engage and inform women showing how bloomin’ marvelous the digital world can be.

As I explained to .NET Magazine when I was contacted by [...]

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 [...]

Startups, lack of sleep, and finding better ways to do business

Earlier this week I was privileged to be invited to speak to a group of young people who are on a programme with The Prince’s Trust. I had been asked to do a short talk about my own experiences as a business owner – this being particularly relevant to them [...]

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