This is not Friends

If it was, this would be the “one where nothing that interesting happens because, you know, life is mostly like that”. Or perhaps it would be the “one where all anyone seems to be talking about is the snow and ice”. Or, most realistically, it would be the “one where he spends all day doing nothing much despite the fact he has two websites to design yet can find no inspiration whatsoever, so instead he’s been reading Empress Orchid which he is quite enjoying”. Which basically means that one of my quieter, unspoken, New Year resolutions has kicked in (read books), where as the ones I spoke out loud have faltered already (exercise and lose weight). Not that I take …

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Analyse this

Let me tell you a story. In it our hero (me) fights valiantly against two Javascript dragons called Webhelp and Google Analytics. It’s a bloody battle and at the end, when all the fighting is done, well … you’ll have to read on and find out. Some background first. We have a developer community website which hosts downloads of our software and all the documentation in PDF format. To make it easier for people to find information in the product documentation, we also host a Webhelp version of each and every document in one master Webhelp system so you can search across the entire thing. It works really well. To track how the other areas of the website are used, …

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Who cares if they read it or not?

Seriously, do we spend too much time worrying about this? What do we get paid for after all, to write documentation, so that’s what we should concentrate on doing. So what if no-one reads it, as long as I’ve done my job I’ll get paid. And no, I don’t care if they don’t understand how to use the product properly, if they choose not to read the documentation then there isn’t much more I can do, is there? Yeah, they might get stuck but if I can learn it, so can they. If not then maybe they shouldn’t Pander, pander, pander. I’m sick of it. The documentation is perfectly good and until people learn to read it then they really …

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Morning Music

Radio and I have never really gotten along. It’s mostly my fault. I don’t listen. badum tish! Actually, that’s not all that far from the truth. I don’t listen to the radio all that much, it’s just never been a part of any routine. Radio wasn’t a big part of my childhood as it never occurred to me that there might be stations other than those my parents listened to, so for the most part I grew up listening to albums. The one time I do listen to the radio is in the car on my commute which brings me to my quandary. What, or more exactly who, should I listen to? Music wise my tastes lie somewhere between Radio …

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Back in the flow

Smugly, I’m not at work today as we have a public holiday carried over so that particular pleasure has to wait. Not so smugly I’ve got three websites to design and build, the living room and hall need painted, the ceiling of the porch needs to tackled, and a big heavy wooden reindeer is still sitting in the front garden. And, naturally, with so much to do, I’m busy re-tagging MP3s to sort out my iTunes library. Procrastiwhat? It’ll be good to get back into a routine though, and once I get rid of this hacking cough (3 weeks and counting) I’ll get back to the gym too. Honest. I will. Hey, I have resolutions ya know!

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Floating on white

He shivers in the sterile air, pristine and shimmering as the last light of the day clambers over the rooftops. The yellow-pink hue setting a million and one diamonds ablaze, ice and snow twinkle in the embers of the day, crackling underfoot. Each steps snaps through the silence, echoing against brick and stone, gravel and mortar and his breath barely escapes before falling to the ground. A flare of light as a car slides past, careful on the icy road, and again he wonders why he is out tonight, why he is trudging against the biting cold. Pulling his coat tighter still he steps on. He thinks of the future, resolutions drift through his mind and he discards them wantonly. …

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New Challenges

A new year and a new set of challenges await me both here on this blog, and professionally. I’ve signed up to Project 52 in the hopes that it will help me maintain at least a regular level of content here. With quite a few side projects on the go this year I’m fearful of my time being sucked elsewhere so hopefully it’ll help keep things trickling along. Professionally my team and I are keen to move things to a more web-centric output, and I want to get us more hooked into our Developer Community website and try and factor in some social media services as well. I’ve just finished writing an article for a supplement which will be published …

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The year ahead

Right. It’s a New Year. Better join that gym, line up all the books I WILL read, and put away that silly Playstation thing that sucks so much of my time. I will watch less TV, write more both here and my other blog (ohh and that other place too). First things first though, a new haircut. Who knows what this year will hold. Much as I try not to plan too much, as ever my head is full of thoughts and, as ever, I’ll probably mention them here. I hope 2010 (that’s Twenty Ten, right?) is a good one for all of you!

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