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Online Identity

A 3-post collection

7 years of blogging and a lifetime later...

Exactly 7 years ago today, I wrote my first blog post titled Why online identities are smart career moves. That's a pretty self-explanatory title and I wrote it while gainfully employed in a job I'd been in for 8 years at the time, but it's worth a quick read as it sets the scene for this post. I may have had a steady job, but I knew I wouldn't always be there... I won't go into all the background here, if you want the details of what led to my eventual departure from big corporate then have a read of How I optimised my life to make my job redundant. What I thought I'd do here instead is talk just...

Responsiveness, China and the “m” word: new blog meta post

Three and a bit years on and it’s time for a change. Blogging has been good to me – very good – but I was starting to feel a bit like the plumber whose own house was full of leaky pipes. Heavy markup burdened by Blogger’s propensity for in-page CSS, completely mobile unaware and as I’ve written before, not real friendly for those half a billion Chinese internet users. Plus of course, several years of design weariness which eventually leaves you feeling like you’re getting around in clothes from the 80s. There are a whole bunch of things that change in the seemingly short timeframe that is three years, things worth sharing....

Why online identities are smart career moves

The final catalyst for me eventually taking the leap into the blogosphere came from an unexpected source. It was actually my own response to a Stack Overflow Question where I’d suggested that one of the best ways to make yourself more marketable as a software developer is to have an active online profile. I don’t necessarily mean to try and achieve semi celebrity status like Scott Guthrie or Joel Spolsky, rather to be able to illustrate that over time, you’ve been actively involved in the areas in which you profess to have expertise. It’s one thing to present a CV or a LinkedIn profile which says you’ve done everything from...