How I Publish — Back to the Future

In How I Publish – Version 3.0, I gave a short sketch of my online publishing efforts. In a nutshell, I started my blogging life on WordPress. When I embarked on the 100daystooffload challenge I used WriteAs. When seeking a more feature rich platform I tried GhostPro. But today is back to the future as I return to WordPress. Why The Platform Hopping? Part of the reason, as I outlined in Confessions of a Platform Junkie is that I love technology....

August 12, 2020 · 3 min read · 628 words

Nibbled By System

I am a simple man. I like things I can see and touch. In the technological realm, I like things I can see and organise. This is perhaps why I am happier with knobs, levers and buttons than I am with touchscreens and complex scripts I can’t understand. To take a line from the book of Potter: Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain....

July 23, 2020 · 2 min read · 322 words

Easy To Use

I learn today that Jules-Albert de Dion took the chequed flag in the world’s first motor race, the Paris–Rouen in 1894. Sadly for Jules-Albert, he was not declared the winner as his steam-powered car was against the rules. This was because his vehicle required a stoker to keep it going. Given the race was run to promote the motor car as a vehicle that was ‘easy to use,’ it is little surprise a stoker was considered one complication too many....

July 22, 2020 · 2 min read · 241 words

To CDN Or Not To CDN

As the great bard made a Prince of Denmark once say: To be, or not to be, that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles, And by opposing end them Or in the case of my journey to an more optimised site would have it: to CDN or Not to CDN, that is the question....

July 19, 2020 · 3 min read · 453 words

Site With Less Byte

I have been musing on ‘how I publish’ a lot of late. This is in part because I am now blogging every day, but also because I am reading more of other people’s blogs than I have for some time. Some of the blogs are specifically about blogging. Two of the finer examples of this genre are from Kev Quirk and Marko Saric, the latter of whom is part of the brain trust behind the excellent analytics software Plausible....

July 17, 2020 · 2 min read · 424 words

To Federate, But How?

Thanks to all those who provided feedback on yesterday’s musing. The general consensus is that the ‘drop’ in readership is a result of my posts no longer being syndicated on read write.as. As a short term fix, I have linked my Ghost blog with Write.as to see if the reading statistics tick up again. If so, the experiment will have proved the hypothesis. Or more properly, it will not disprove the hypothesis....

July 8, 2020 · 2 min read · 234 words

Losing Readers?

It’s been 6 days since I switched from Write.as to Ghost and I have noticed something odd. The analytics of my blog are showing far fewer readers. About a 90% drop. While I am not a popularity junkie, it is more gratifying to know one is writing for a large than a small audience as I write to try and assist others. If there are no ‘others,’ then there is limited scope for impact....

July 7, 2020 · 2 min read · 303 words

How I Publish — Version 3.0

By the time you read this, those who’ve had their coffee will have noticed something a little different about my blog. For those who are not caffeinated and staring at their screen through consequently bleery eyes, the migration of robert.winter.ink is complete and the experience is now being powered by Ghost(Pro). Avid readers of my writing, and those who accidentally stumble across it in search of something else, will have seen my deliberations on whether or not to switch platforms....

July 1, 2020 · 3 min read · 502 words

Labours of Love

Today has been a day of little musing and much coding. I began with a new site build for a work project and this evening I have been feverishly working under the hood of my trial service on the Ghost platform. It has all been very enjoyable, but also slow going. I find the initial steps of a new build are always like this. As the saying goes, ‘God is in the detail’ and only by finessing the little things does the overall project take on a majestic form. ...

June 22, 2020 · 2 min read · 257 words

Point Of No Return

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh climbed into his plane, The Spirit of St. Louis, and accelerated down a 5,000 foot mud soaked runway. The plane was fully loaded with aviation fuel and there was some concern he might not get it airborne. His plane reached V1 speed, when takeoff could no longer be aborted, it was the point of no return. Fortunately for Lindbergh, he got airborne and lived to tell the tale....

June 21, 2020 · 2 min read · 384 words