Webweds: what I did on my holidays

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I’m off work at the moment, staying with family and preparing with trepidation for a long weekend without mobile phone, internet or even laptop access. I’ve not started any big web-related projects this week,  but I have done and discovered a few interesting things.

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Playing with Publish2

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What I ought to be doing on this blog is getting the blogroll together, but the thought of so much copying and pasting makes me feel slightly unwell.

Instead, I’ve been playing with Publish2, in the hopes of making a “what I’m reading” widget for this site and finding out whether we can potentially use social network curation on the paper.

Results will, I hope, be in the sidebar.

(Incidentally, why isn’t there a feature allowing you to integrate Google Reader and WordPress link lists?)

Short is sexy

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I’m a fairly recent Twitter convert, and there are two main reasons I’m sticking with it. First, it’s short, and second, it’s art.

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What’s in a name?

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Well, I now own my own name. maryhamilton.co.uk redirects here, mary_hamilton is tweeting away, and this blog is in my name too.

Eventually, I’m told, if I keep posting without devolving into mindless streams of punctuation or porn spam, my Google ranking will increase. Currently my Twitter feed is on page 3 somewhere, and this blog is down in the distant mists of irrelevance.

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Video vs print

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Today the BBC reported that video adverts are going to appear in a print magazine.

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Web Wednesday

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I was trying to rewrite my CV the other day to make it skills-based when I realised how lopsided it is.

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Branding

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If you’re interested in personal development as a journalist, I’d really recommend taking a bit of time to read the first post in Adam Westbrook’s 6×6 series – and, I imagine, all the others too once they’re up. It’s on branding yourself online and in real life, with common sense tips.

There’s some excellent advice and some useful sources, and it’s given me a project idea – I’m going to be building my own website, learning/relearning/honing my CSS, HTML and Flash skills as I go along. Watch out for Website Wednesdays.