Blog

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

Selling Simplicity

The problem we have with marketing Perch is that at the core of Perch is simplicity. In this post I write about why that is important, but why it presents us with a constant marketing challenge.

Using tweets as social proof

Some thoughts on ways I use Tweets as “social proof” that people find our product, and presentations that I do, valuable.

Support the independents

I sometimes wonder if all of these “free” products and services people get to use has skewed all of our understanding of how the product/customer relationship works when applied to businesses that do not have funding.

Grid by Example

I’ve created a little site to host my CSS Grid Layout examples, in order to share the things I am learning about the specification.

Do you "trust your gut" or rely on data in business?

Thinking about how many of us in the bootstrapping community rely on gut feelings rather than data when making major decisions.

Apple and the 3 week video card swap

The lengthy tale about what happened when I took my iMac into an Apple Store so they could swap my video card under a replacement program.

CSS Grid Layout: getting to grips with the Chrome implementation

With support for the latest version of the CSS Grid Layout spec in Chrome, I thought it a good time to revisit how my favourite CSS module is getting along.

How to become good at estimating time

In this post I’ll explain how I have learned to become better at estimating the time things will take me, and how I stay on track.

GTD and OmniFocus 2 - my productivity workflow

How I organize my life and various work projects using Getting Things Done and OmniFocus 2.

We're Not "Doing a Startup" - video from UIKonf

A video of my presentation, We’re Not “Doing a Startup” from UIKonf in Berlin.

Mailing lists for bootstrappers

A short list of my favourite email newsletters for bootstrappers and micro-entrepreneurs – everything from devops to marketing.

What Happens If You Succeed?

We think and talk a lot about failure, but very rarely do we discuss what happens if our ideas really take off. Are we building a business that we want to be a success?

The Transition From Client Work to Product Business

Inspired by the Happy Monday podcast, some thoughts on making the slow transition between client work and product business.

Your email inbox is not your to-do list

We all get too much email. In this post I share how I get to inbox zero each morning, without it taking up my whole day.

Conference speaking, transparency and fairness

My plea to conference organisers to be transparent and clear about what they offer in terms of expenses and fees.

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