Housecleaning: Updates to this site

I’ve been blogging for some time now (since 2006 in fact) and this blog has been through any number of changes. I am an inveterate tinkerer, it’s possible that I am un-reformable in this regard. I’ve moved the blog from blogger to wordpress, changed themes and styles and taught myself as much as I can about building a decent website. Experienced blogger but still I was making some basic errors. Recently, I transferred my site from one hosting company to another and I thought everything was going well. However some mistakes…

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Technology 

My favoured social media, apps & tools

I engage with lots of apps, tools and networks every day, as I’m sure do you, but I’m learning. Here is what I’ve learned and what I still need help with. Networks Twitter: this is my favoured network and also my favoured time-wasting tool. I have a voracious appetite for news, interesting articles, blogs, general knowledge, theology and nothing, bar nothing, gives me more useful, interesting and thought-provoking leads than twitter. It’s also useful for insulting mouthy wanna-be mancunians. You know who you are. I use Hootsuite on my laptop but…

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Technology 

Evaluating my use of social media

Social media is a voracious animal, always hungry, always moving, always devouring. What it mostly devours is my time and focus. I constantly fight against distraction and social media is my favoured form of procrastination. I can somehow feel that I am doing something (keeping up with friends or supporters) while actually doing nothing which is keeping me from doing anything satisfying. This is not a new struggle for me (having first mentioned it back in 2010 and again in 2011) but the New Year, as with many other things,…

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Simplifying my digital life: dealing with Facebook

Sometime ago I began thinking about simplifying my digital life and have been chipping away at it since then. But there is one big blue monster that stands above them all: Facebook. The World Is Obsessed With Facebook from Alex Trimpe on Vimeo. . Facebook and it’s games generally get more of my time than they should. That’s just my general lack of will power and laziness. But that’s not my biggest issue – friendship and facebook is. Recently my one of my friends wrote this about facebook and community…

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