Weeknote 11: A visit to Twitter

TwitterUK reception
This week I went to Twitter!

I didn’t actually have business with Twitter (although I did enjoy tweeting: ‘I’m ON Twitter and I’m IN Twitter’, which felt a bit meta). But Twitter HQ in London was the venue for a ‘Comedy and Confidence for Creatives’ event run by Funny Women.

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Weeknote 10: How not to be an entrepreneur

Badge on a jacket lapel with the words "Votes for women".

Guess where I was on Thursday.

Two things recently have made me think about how I do my job.

Surprisingly, an article titled How Basecamp Built a $100 Billion Business by Doing Less on Purpose turned out to be useful rather than clickbait.

I liked the subtitle even more: ‘Do not innovate. Do not grow. Do not exit. And do not be a startup.’ Read more ›

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Weeknote 9: Euphemisms and poems

Extract from letter from Honda (text in blog)

I had an interesting letter from Honda this week about a safety recall. Not interesting because of the content but because of the style.

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Weeknote 8: Sleevenotes and subeditors


A computer playing Snap with a human. From an April Fool's Day video by Oxford University.

Things I’ve been doing this week: publishing content on a new website and writing sleevenotes for an LP reissue. I’ve also been learning about Office 365 apps so I can write some web guidance for university users – and putting it into practice, as we’re using Microsoft Teams to collaborate on the project.

The brain fog I got after my mum died has lifted, as have the demands on my time, so it’s starting to feel like business as usual again. Read more ›

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Weeknote 7: Poetry and petitions

A stack of books, with the titles Tyger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and In The Forest.

… of the night

Most of my work week was spent on the university website I mentioned last time. I’m learning my way around a new content management system and starting to build the pages for the new site. I find this sort of thing fun, but maybe that’s just me.

It’s quite satisfying finding your way round a new interface – I wonder what this does? How do you make this happen? Is this a bug or is it just me? Ah, that’s how it works! – and familiarising yourself by just getting on with it.

And while the content creation phase of a project – research, writing, editing – is usually enjoyable, seeing something take shape is particularly rewarding. Also, the tools available these days are so much easier to use than when I started out making websites in the late 1990s. (Apparently Dreamweaver is still going – but I can’t see myself using it in the near future.)

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