Category: Internet

The Internet category is a bit vague, but contains posts that discuss things that might happen online/over the internet. It might also include my opinions or reviews about services or applications. For this reason, posts here may be easy to relate to.

Do you think about why you blog? Or what type of content you write on your blog? Do you have certain personal “rules” that you tend to stick by? These are my blogging values that I have kept, and will keep, in mind as I continue to blog.

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I went to a growth hacking meetup this evening. Though I have no real dislike towards the things that growth hackers do, the term confuses people and doesn’t give a very positive vibe. (It seems like growth hackers also hack their job descriptions…) Falling somewhere between the realms of marketing and development of business, growth hacking attempts to find ways of selling products and gaining exposure.

Recently I thought about ways I could gain new subscribers or visitors to my blog, just get more people to visit, read, share, and spread the word. I went to the meetups (today was the third one) because Nick was interested, but I began to find it a little interesting too.

Could I use it for my blog? Or is it just not suited for some industries and fields?

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Calendars, drafts, ideas… just a few things I do to keep my blog refreshed and updated. In December last year I gave a talk about why blogging isn’t what most people think it is. My inspiration for the talk and this post came from Fiona, who was really keen to hear about any advice I could give as a blogger who had been blogging for such a long time.

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During my five-or-so years using the photo sharing service Instagram – yeah, I jumped on the bandwagon pretty early – nothing has given me quite the irritating itch that the term ‘flatlay’ does.

I swear I don’t put orchids that close to my laptop. Ever.
I swear I don’t put orchids that close to my laptop. Ever.

Yes, Instagram has its fair share of different ‘types’ of photos, and what with the ability to now make your photos rectangles too – there are even more different ways of being creative. I used to be a huge fan of the ‘collages’, where you could arrange a number of photos into a series of frames, but now I prefer to have one photo that gets all the attention. I now find that it’s a bit hard to pay attention to all the different frames because there is a lot going on.

The one type of Instagram photo that seems to gain a lot of likes and ‘credibility’, so to speak, is the flatlay – a typically birds-eye view of an area of space that encompasses one’s belongings and gives an idea of what that person is interested in, loving at the moment, or doing right now.

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You (yep, you, the person reading this) may have noticed that I changed the smilies/emoticons on my blog. I was going to say “it’s been a long time coming” but it really hasn’t. It was only something I thought about a couple of months ago.

I think the thing that will shine through most with this change of smilies is that I believe a lot of people will miss the old ones, which were on my blog since 2009. It was an animated set with some very interesting emotions conveyed on some of the faces.

So now, I’ve decided to ditch and change them…

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For a while I have been very much into, and obeying – the practice of Inbox Zero. Inbox Zero is the practice of cleaning your email inbox, attempting to get it down to zero emails. Of course, you don’t delete emails since there may be some you really need, but you put them into folders.

I actually never quite got used to folders when I first got into email. I didn’t see it as a sense of organisation. Now, ten years on, it’s very much different for me. I make folders so I can put away emails I have dealt with and don’t really need to revisit, unless they contain something like receipts or shipping information.

There seems to be less on the internet about Inbox Zero sucking than Inbox Zero being the best notion ever invented (at least for email).

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I have always been a fan of the English language and make every effort to write with good grammar, spelling and punctuation – the glorious trifecta. I dislike bad grammar (I now avoid using the term “grammar nazi” ever since an old friend found it ridiculous, possibly offensive and mildly self-deprecating) and have made a habit of pointing out every grammar mistake I see. Daniel has made me excited about “Weird Al” Yankovic’s upcoming song Word Crimes, which is a grammar-related parody of Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines. Weird Al has just reached hero status in my book.

Unfortunately it is not very good to get caught up in your own bad habits, and pointing out grammatical mistakes can often be more of a bad habit than a good one. We’re now blessed with spelling and grammar checkers, at least digitally, so there may often be no excuse to make a mistake. I have also been extremely embarrassed when I am incorrect about grammar, for instance, I recently pointed out to a workmate that I believed the correct spelling was quarternary and not quaternary. Of course, I bite my tongue. I am fully ashamed for anything I have written where I have made a mistake, and will acknowledge it by correction.

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I didn’t forget to do Fashion Friday yesterday. I was just too tired. I fell asleep quite early, and woke up at 1am to find myself lying down on the couch, my phone somewhere under me, still in the Doctor Who shirt I had worn to work.

I have noticed that I get headaches when I sleep in. I usually sleep in on the weekends but I despise waking up after 10am. It’s almost criminal for me. I can’t really feel much guilt when I’ve been waking up really early for work, though. Sometimes you need a sleep-in on Saturday morning.

I’m used to waking at 6am, but it’s not something my body can take long-term if I’m not sleeping by midnight. I definitely knock back and forth when it comes to sleeping, and I’ve decided that I hate being a night owl and love watching the sun rise… but after a bit of thought, I think sometimes I love both the day and the night. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I have to make sure I get my sleep.

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I’ve been using WordPress since 2009. It is what I use to run my whole blog and all its related pages. Five years is not really a long time when you consider the fact that WordPress is about eleven years old. It’s also not really a long time when I realise I have been blogging alone since 2001 or so, which is about thirteen years.

I first heard of WordPress in 2007, when our school blog ran on version 1.5 or so. I had never really heard of a proper blogging system. I had used LiveJournal and MSN Spaces. MSN Spaces later moved its users to WordPress, but instead I chose to drop my ridiculous “jhorjii” alias (not really an alias, just a bastardisation of my name) and blog in pure HTML on my website, which, at the time, was a pixel art website.

WordPress takes me back to when I had my first domain (heartdrops.org), saw websites built on this wondrous platform, and I simply followed suit because WordPress was more robust than what I was using at the time. I love WordPress for many reasons, and there have been times when I thought about using another platform – but I love that WordPress is open source, there is a wonderful community for it, and it really hasn’t let me down after all these years. That’s what you want in a CMS, right?

I had the opportunity to meet Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, today. Had Daniel not linked me to Matt’s post about this tour of Asia and the Pacific, I might have missed out! So I’m thankful that he shared that with me – and yep, I need to be on the ball with these things. 😛

Some WordPress swag.
Some WordPress swag.

I really enjoyed Matt’s talk – he shared with us how WordPress came to be, and answered questions from the audience about the past and future of WordPress.

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