From the fingertips of bloggers over 50

The email said, “We have a paying subscriber base of around 550,000 and 1.2 million readers so do expect an increase in visitors – make sure you put your wittiest, wisest comments up around then!” These were the words of Katy Bravery, editor of Saga magazine, in an email to let me know that this blog, NevilleHobson.com, is one of 50 blogs written by bloggers over the age of 50 that are included in a feature in the September 2013 edition of the magazine, out from today. “50 Bloggers Over 50” presents concise descriptions of Saga’s “pick from the best” (as they say), divided in categories that include culture, politics, food and drink, history, and the all-embracing ‘personal.’ I’m listed […]

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Refreshing design

A Bank Holiday weekend is a good quiet time for a web project and to roll out a new look to NevilleHobson.com. The look and feel of a website – whether it’s a blog like this one or a corporate site like any you can think of – is a key element in the overall experience someone enjoys (or not) when they come to your presence on the web. It plays a role in your brand presence, whether it’s personal or corporate. (Ask Jakob Nielsen about web usability.) In thinking about the reader experience, the focus in my mind was on putting the content front and centre. Consuming content in a blog or wherever else primarily ought to be about […]

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Christmas wishes 2012

For many people, today is the final working day before Christmas Day on December 25, followed – in the UK, and in much of the Commonwealth – by Boxing Day on the 26th. As they’re public holidays, it means in effect that many people take most if not all of next week as holiday. That’s what I’m doing, too, focusing on family and close friends and taking time to reflect on the year that’s passing as we look forward to the next. Apart from posting the show notes for the the next episode of the @FIRpodcast I’m recording with Shel Holtz on the 24th, I don’t expect to be posting much more here before the New Year. I will be […]

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Introducing the new NevilleHobson.com

Today, the new NevilleHobson.com makes its appearance – version 4.0 of this site I started writing in 2006. Not wanting to make a huge deal out of what, essentially, is the installation of a new WordPress theme – like a new wardrobe – I’ve given the site a new look and and a better feel with the News theme from StudioPress running on the Genesis Framework. If you’re reading this on the blog itself, the design is what you now see and is shown in the right-hand part of the screenshot above, with the left side the previous look of the Thesis theme that I’ve used for some years. My goal is quite simple – enable a website that has […]

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Boost your WordPress blog with Jetpack

If you self-host a WordPress blog, one of the most useful plug-ins you can install is Jetpack, created by WordPress publisher Automattic originally for blogs built on the hosted WordPress.com service The Jetpack plug-in has recently been updated to version 2, which now makes it an indispensible part of your blog presence on the social web. Jetpack offers a huge range of features, services and functionality that enhances your WordPress experience – both yours as the content publisher and those who interact with your content. With version 2, Jetpack currently brings nearly two dozen modules that you activate to use in your WordPress site. Once you install the plugin, it created a dashboard in your WordPress admin through which you […]

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