The mutual value of the conversation

The stats helper monkeys have been busy, said WordPress in an overnight email telling me about “Your 2013 in blogging,” a concise analysis of this blog during the year as noted by the stats module in Jetpack, the uber-plugin utility for self-hosted WordPress sites. It’s a concise portrayal of a range of metrics that are useful to know. For instance: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 170,000 times in 2013. If it…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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