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Scheduling Posts

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Note : Family is important, so after this schedule, I’ll be taking a break until the new year.

I had a few problems with this bug in the WordPress Android client, but I’ve really come to find the ability to schedule posts for the future valuable. Although I always try to post at lunchtimes, I find my commute by train is a perfect opportunity to write. It gets my head in the right place in the morning and allows me to dump and forget in the evening.

Whether you blog or not, I’d recommend writing an agenda or a synopsis of your day. Nothing as formal as a task list, unless you want to, but something to reset your thoughts in the right direction. A train without WiFi is perfect as there’s fewer distractions.

Even if you do blog, don’t always expect to publish each dump you write, some prose is just between you and the trash. And some will take months, or years, to form into a coherent post.

If you don’t know what to write about, scan other blogs or news sites, write up a list of 20 topics to work through as recommended by Simple Programmer.

Most importantly, if you want to write, write. Write notes, write ideas, and mix them up. Write lots, and review it. And find a time that works for you, and schedule for the future, so it has a chance to surprise you and inspire you again.

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blogger development lifehacks

Keep it Simple, John Sonmez

I’m trying to build a better blogging habit, after following John Sonmez’s blogging email course. I started following him, and his Simple Programmer blog, after I saw a review of his Soft Skills book on Christos Matskas’ blog and thought it was something I needed to know more about.

I’ve been presenting and blogging for a while, since I realised that my technical skills were a necessary but not a sufficient condition for a fulfilling career, because the soft skills open the doors to the greater challenges of customer and team relationships, and greater responsibility. Communication and explanation are becoming more important right from the start of a developer’s career however, as more companies move towards adopting portions of the agile manifesto and encourage greater interaction between the technical and the business owners, as well as expecting a much higher degree of collaboration within teams,

For those of you just starting out, or those looking to jump things up a gear, the course lays out some great motivation and practical steps to get you set up, and start building up your soft skills by communicating.

Blogging may not be for everyone, but I don’t have much faith in a software engineer who can’t clearly communicate their ideas. So if you don’t currently blog, vlog, present or attend Guided Conversations, today is a great day to start.

If you’ve just started, please feel free to include a link to your blog, YouTube channel, or other communication forum below. Part of the soft skills are about collaboration and sharing.

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blogger

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 51 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 12th with 68 views. The most popular post that day was Html5 (.1) : the language of the cloud?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, scottishdevelopers.com, groups.google.com, googleblog.blogspot.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for craig nicol, htc hero update problems, htc hero update problem, algorithm templates, and htc hero android 1.6.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Html5 (.1) : the language of the cloud? October 2010

2

HTC Hero Update problems July 2010

3

HTML5 : The language of the cloud May 2010
3 comments

4

Horn – how to resolve a circular build dependency July 2009

5

HTC hero / Android review September 2009
1 comment and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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beta blogger test

Test Post

Using external posting tools to post to my Blogger blog.

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beta blogger google richtext writely

New Beta

I’ve just thrown this blog onto the new Blogger Beta to make my life a little easier, as I’ve already got a Google Account linked up.

I’ve used rich-text editors before, especially in Writely, but this seems quite nice. Not sure how new it is as I haven’t posted here in a while.

Doesn’t look that different so far, but at least it’s easier to get into. Might see me posting more here, especially if Flock still works with the new beta.

C.