I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

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Watching the Play Off final and cheering on Aston Villa, seems like they are on the way the premier league meaning Derby aren’t. Can’t be having the Rams promoted.

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Made some changes to the way my blog feeds Micro.blog so it should now only share notes, photos, and articles when I post instead of every single kind of post.

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There’s probably some wonkiness that needs to fix, so if you see anything please let me know.

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Updated the design of my blog so that it’s more in line with my new portfolio site. I’ve ended up switching to use more Indie Web post kinds to categorise content instead of the WordPress post formats.

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Began to play around with the theme for my blog tonight, updating the colours etc so that things match my portfolio site. Sass really is awesome for that. Change a colour variable and it changes everywhere. Love it.

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I forgot what the whole applying for jobs process was like, having to update profiles all over the web on various different websites which advertise jobs in the creative industries. Started to breathe some new life into my Dribbble account and actually start making use of Behance.

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Discovered that an old folder action on my Mac has been running for ages and is in a loop creating new folders inside new folders! Trying to work out how to kill it!

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Made some more progress on my portfolio site this weekend. I now have an about page and a contact page. New home page and some more projects should be coming in the next day or so.

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Adjusted my sass screen sizes to match Bootstrap 4 on a project. Couldn’t work out why on screen size everything was drastically broken… a screen size of 5768px would be the reason… 🤣

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Decided to make the switch to Starling Bank today, for both my personal and business account. Linking and automating with YNAB and FreeAgent should hopefully help my aversion to admin…

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The pain of being self‐employed when there are public holidays and you have a couple of days off is never more apparent than when you do your monthly invoices.

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After unexpectedly discovering a work contract is coming to an end sooner than expected I made some more progress on my new portfolio site today. A couple of projects up with more to follow. If you know anyone who needs a new website or a designer to join the team let me know.

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Anyone able to recommend an alternative to CodeKit for working with Sass locally? I’m fed up of it’s constant hanging and failing to compile after making changes, it makes for a frustrating experience.

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I didn’t expect to be doing this on Thursday evening, but after a meeting on Friday I’m now unexpectedly looking for more work. My new CV is now online with . Expect to see a portfolio over the next week. If you know anyone who is looking for a designer let me know!

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Despite my distrust of Google, I still find myself using Gmail for work email. It’s new schedule send function is absolutely brilliant, I think Apple Mail needs a native version of it in the next versions of iOS and macOS.

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Anyone in need of a good playlist to work to, especially if you’re designing or coding, I’ve been really enjoying this cracker on Apple Music today.

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Put my Christmas tree up tonight and wrapped my Secret Santa ready for the first Christmas work so if the year. Starting to get into the festive mood now, just need to buy some presents, watch Home Alone, and eat some mince pies.

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When I first started writing a blog I was 20. It was my first year of university, and I’d somehow stumbled across a couple of random blogs, I’m not entirely sure how, but I know one thing. As soon as I saw them, I wanted one.

I dabbled with a free blogger account, and then in my second year at university I bought my first domain and installed WordPress. That was the beginning of having my own personal website, a place where I posted to almost every day, where I taught myself how to build websites. I looked at other peoples blogs, I copied what they were doing and began adding my own twist on to things. It was fun, a hobby, a thing I did to stretch my creative muscles, a thing to learn on. A thing to think on.

In the fourteen years since I first began to blog, I’ve posted to my site at least a few times a year, often several times a month, and in a few bursts everyday for a couple of weeks. This year has been one of my most active on years for a long time, but most of that activity has been short posts or photos. There has been very little in the way of full blog posts, everything has been verging on the micro end of the scale. Whilst that’s fine, and has coincided with me using Twitter and Instagram less, over the last few months I’ve been fighting an itch to try and start writing a longer blog post a day (in the working week at least) but for whatever reason I’ve resisted it.

Over the weekend I spotted a tweet from Austin Kleon in my timeline. He was linking back to a post he wrote just over a year ago after he had kickstarted his daily blogging habit. A couple of sentences in that post jumped out at me.

I had no idea how badly my writing muscles had atrophied. After a couple of weeks, I could feel the sentences coming easier.

It began to sink in, that rather than thinking about trying to write a post a day, I should just get on and do it. It doesn’t matter really how good they are, the thing is to just get on and do it. But, I still managed to put the thought to the back of mind. Then I read the final point of his post.

Maybe I’m weird, but it just feels good. It feels good to reclaim my turf. It feels good to have a spot to think out loud in public where people aren’t spitting and shitting all over the place.

I identified with that. The whole reason I started a blog fourteen years ago was because I wanted to. I enjoyed it. It felt good to have a place on the Internet that was mine, it was fun to have a hobby. So here I am, posting again. In a slightly longer format than I have been doing for most of the year. We’ll see how long it lasts, but the main focus, is to have fun and develop my hobby again.

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Watched the new Coldplay film, A Head Full of Dreams, this evening. Fascinating insight, and a great reminder why they’re my favourite band all these years later. I really hope they continue making albums and AHOD isn’t their last one, despite what Chris Martin keeps saying.