It’s eight years this week since I started blogging. It’s been a blast. I’ve been blown away by the scale of readership, which I never expected when I started. That’s been helped by the fact that my blog was ‘Freshly Pressed’ by WordPress.com in 2013, and was then hit by a ‘Redditlanche’ in 2015, which … More Eight years of blogging – let’s party!
Happy New Year. I can’t believe it’s 2018 already. May this year be kind to you and bring all happiness. What do you have lined up for the next twelve months? As for me? I have some ideas… Regular posts restart soon – get ready for more obscure English words, science, humour, history, more science, … More Happy New Year – 2018!
Happy new year everybody! It’s taken me until 2 January to write a New Years’ post. I am trying to take a holiday. I need one. Last year consisted of a succession of hammer blows for myself and family, coalescing to make one of the worst years since 1984. As for 2016? The unknown stretches out … More Here’s to 2016!
WordPress did something horrible to my blog on Monday. My header and background suddenly vanished and nothing I did could restore it. I did some checking and discovered I wasn’t alone – most of the WordPress community had been hit by it. Apparently it was a botched attempt by WordPress to adjust the menu system. … More Nice blog. Pity if anything, you know, ‘happened’ to it…
For me a new year always seems to bring a sense of anticipation. We cannot know our future – but we can influence what happens, have direction, and hold to our dreams. That, for me, is the promise of a new year. And it seems to me, as climate change becomes a pressing reality and … More Welcome to 2015, and hope for a wonderful year to come
Every so often a year rolls by that has an impact on those who lived through it – an impact so intense that the year becomes iconic, legendary. Like 1914, the year that the First World War began – a trauma that divided the old world from the new and set the current shape of … More Wrapping up the year by the numbers
Ever wondered why you don’t get as much traffic as you’d like on your blog? Or why your book’s vanished without a trace of sales on Amazon? I did some checking. In this wired world, the web is one crowded place. Every second, people put: 23 posts on WordPress 463 posts on Tumblr 5700 tweets on … More Why it’s so hard for writers to be discovered in the online world