Solihull West Midlands UK
Website designer specialising in the design of high quality highly optimised business websites.
Working locally in the Solihull, Coventry and Birmingham areas
"It can be lonely working from home. It’s just you and the work — all day long."
That is very true and one of the reasons that I like going out to work and meeting people.
I can do it in short bursts but I usually return to working with a team.
4 months ago on 12 Most Successful Tips for Working At Home
Many of these eco systems are built on personality - you and I are both aware of how StudioPress is powered by Brian Gardner.
Unfortunately the power of personality is a fickle mistress and now that Brian has gone into his "I want to be alone" period, the StudioPress blog is a sad and desolate place.
Nothing posted in over a month and if you listen carefuly you can hear the tumbleweed blowing through the site.
Many communities are built on personality.... this site is a monument to your own personality Danny, but the strength of personality is also its achilles heel.
Make sure that you don't decide that you "want to be alone", I for one would miss you terribly.
4 months ago on Your Community is an Ecosystem – Embrace It
I stopped by to congratulate you on the new look of the blog but got so interested in this post.. I almost forgot the congrats.
This one is a good read and it's certainly got me thinking, which for a man of my age, may not be a good thing.
Whatever changes in direction you make I'm sure that you will always find a way to engage your readers and make that all important connection, which makes you such a fabulous blogger.
Enough praise - time to examine your CSS.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Understanding Your Blog Audience and What You Want From Them
I use this all the time guys.
Schedule the tweets and forget about them.
I also use the attach picture feature which you can use to add a teaser for upcoming posts etc.
Wish you guys had a Chrome App like the Buffer one... then Hootsuite would be perfect.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on 12 Days of Content, Day 4: Four Social Media Coach Guides
Got to agree with Hootsuite being voted #1.
I use buffer for quick tweets and Hootsuite if I want to upload quality images.
I also use Hootsuite to follow various hashtags.
9 months, 1 week ago on 46 Experts Vote HootSuite the Best Social Media Management Tool
Found this helpful...
“Two clients in the same category is conflict. Three clients in the same category is a specialty.”
I often have to produce websites for clients in the same line of work, which I always saw as "conflict" - think I'll call it my "speciality" from now on.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Difficult Clients: The Clint Eastwood Guide to Managing Them
I'm using Buffer more and more so I might start using the Buffer Chrome extension.
I use Buffer and Hootsuite but recently I've started to favour Buffer.
Does it slow down your browsing at all?
10 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Super Handy Chrome Extensions
@dinodogan I did try Livefyre a year or so back and ran into problems - looks as though it's come on leaps and bounds.
I use the Simple Firewall plugin to stop comment spam.
It has a really clever system to stop the spambots from leaving comments.
Free plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-simple-firewall/
11 months, 2 weeks ago on My 3 Core Beliefs
Came over from Facebook to check out your Livefyre comments... looking good.
I've been thinking of giving it a try.
@Danny Brown all looks good.
The floating social share buttons fit the theme well.
I've not visited for a while but I had to comment on this one.
1 year, 4 months ago on Quit Treating Your Blog Readers Like Second Class Chumps
Love this one Danny.
Always useful to stop and take a look at the material you are blogging and question who it's for.
BTW - what are we talking... Epik?
I like that.
Create something useful and share it.
I'm trying boss, I'm trying.
1 year, 4 months ago on The Sunday Share - Creating Super Sticky Content
I've seen that one before Danny and I loved it first time around.
Ana Hoffman puts out some good material and it's usually pretty practical.
"Every week, I’ll be sharing a presentation that catches my eye and where I feel you might be interested in the information inside."
That's a clever idea - nice one Mr B.
1 year, 5 months ago on The Sunday Share – 10 Google Reader Alternatives
Looks as though you had a great time - looking forward to trying the latest version of Livefyre.
1 year, 5 months ago on Fyrebashing in Austin: The SXSW Scoop
Just seen it in action over on Danny Brown's blog - looks fabulous.
A bit more reading then I may give it a try.
Good to sdee you guys are moving forward.
1 year, 5 months ago on The LiveComments WordPress Plugin has arrived
@Danny Brown Just for little old me? I can dream.
Cheers Danny - good to be back and interactiiiiig.
1 year, 5 months ago on On Fostering the Long Tail Effect of True Brand Loyalty
Danny I was pretty upset when you went over to Disqus - I really missed he interaction that Livefyre gives.
So good to see you back with Livefyre.
Tell me... have you noticed an increase in comment interaction?
50 comments on this post looks pretty good to me.
I'm back Tammy and I love the new interface.
I've been using Hootsuite, but I'm having to sign in constantly so I may be moving back to MMS.
Can you display several columns rather than have all info in one column?
1 year, 6 months ago on People Don't Just Try MarketMeSuite, They Use It
hunger chooses no political or religious sides.
How true is that.
Nice piece Danny and thanks for the heads up.
1 year, 10 months ago on From #HungerToHope - Supporting World Food Day
@andrea_ Never got to the bottom of it with Livefyre - I just reverted back to native comments.
The thing was you couldn't reproduce it at will and most people assumed it was the browser, but I saw it on IE and FF - never tried it on Chrome, which is what I use now.
I know that IE is rubbish, but lots opf people use it in the UK.
At the time I saw it on a few sites, but I've not seen it for some time.
I sent Danny a screenshot just to show that I wasn't going round the twist.
1 year, 10 months ago on Blog Comments and Experimentation - Or Why @Livefyre Is Here to Stay
Just leaving you a comment re the Livefyre issue - as you can see all is fine this time.
The problem was always intermittent and I never solved it on my own site.
1 year, 10 months ago on A difficult decision.
@Ethical Behavior Boy Danny had the same problem on one of his sites some time ago, but I've not seen it for ages.
Are you using an old version of Livefyre?
@Ethical Behavior Boy @Danny Brown Just visited your site Michael and your comment area only shows as a thin bar.
I've seen this problem on a few Livefyre sites and it was the main reason I switched back to native WP comments.
In a word Joey - humour.The more boring and heavy the content the more you need to add a few light touches.
One of my favourite quotes...
“When the mouth is open for laughter, you may be able to shove in a little food for thought.”Dr Virginia Trooper
If you don't know how to add humour, check out this article I wrote ages ago:
The article is about humour in speeches, but it also applies to writing posts.
1 year, 10 months ago on Your Blog Is Boring Because You Suck At It
1 year, 10 months ago on 20 WordPress Videos, Zero Big Words, One Low Price!
Hi Danny - got to be a must for any WordPress user or potential user.
Should I have received some affiliate info or hasen't it gone out yet.
1 year, 10 months ago on 7 Things That Make You Look Like a Total Amateur Blogger
@Danny Brown Just like the poor the spammers will always be with us.
Great shame but a fact of life.
Great list Bran - came over to check if I was commiting any of the deadly sins.
The logging in to comment drives me nuts - I just leave the page.
Why do people do it?
Are they so important we need to log in?
The default theme is much better than it was, but just a few dollars will get you a fabulous premium theme.
When you think of the hours that go in to producing a top notch premium theme, buying one is pretty good value.
1 year, 11 months ago on The 7 Phases of Twitter
It all makes perfect sense and I love the idea of promoting your blog when you don't feel like writing.
I've never revisited a post so maybe that is something I should try.
1 year, 11 months ago on How To Prevent Content Creation Burnout
Someone must have already said...
The journey of 10,000 tweets starts with the first follower.
I'm stuck in the 2,000 twitter trap at the moment, but I'm working at it.
It's worth mentioning that for all the time I invest in twitter and Facebook, most of my traffic still comes from the engines - I think that Danny Brown told me that it would, ages ago.
@JMattHicks @Danny Brown @wmwebdes Always had fabulous service from you guys just had a few technical hitches that sent me back to native comments.
Once Ver 3 is out of beta I may try again.
1 year, 11 months ago on Blog Comments and Experimentation - Or Why @Livefyre Is Here to Stay
@Danny Brown@wmwebdes @Tony Escobar @Dhara Mistry I meant you sir, I would be far more polite to Dhara.
Another feature I've just spotted... the latest comment has a rather nice blue box around it.
@Danny Brown @Tony Escobar Very impressive!
Move over Brian Gardner.
@Danny Brown Like it - left you a message over there.
The inverted commas still show as @ signs.
Only had time for a quick reaf, but got the gist... Livefyre is here to stay.
Looks as though I'll have to take another look at it then.
Appreciate the time you've put in to this one and it's a great comment system resource for any blogger.
@chrislema agree on trying out the combo.
Come on Eric... let's have that plugin.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Best WordPress Theme for Picky Bloggers
When I was looking for a theme framework I narrowed it down to Catalyst and Genesis.
In the end I went with Genesis, but I notice that Eric Hamm is now producing some fabulous plugins 'themes for Genesis.
I did a review of his Dynamik theme for Genesis and he has now promised us the ultimate Catalyst plugin for Genesis is on its way.
I for one can't wait.
@Danny Brown @TonyEscobar
Thanks for reply Danny.
I'll watch with interest.
2 years ago on Livefyre Comments 3 and Better Blog Conversations
Thanks for reply Tony.
I'll keep watching.
Danny is now using Disqus across all his blogs.
I visited a few of Danny's sites,when he was testing Livefyre beta and I had lots of problems.
Not seen any problems with Disqus and I'm thinking of giving it a try.
Now that is what I call a list!
Some familiar names in there.... Danny Brown and Judy Dunn caught my eye as I skimmed down.
Two of my favourite peeps.
Looks like a real labour of love.
2 years ago on 100 People Who Don’t Get Enough Credit Online
Hi Hiten - this is worth a read:
Used and abused bloggers is a good description of what we become... used and abused.
2 years ago on Your First Blog Post Always Gives You The Most Grief
Nice in-depth piece you two.
Nothing that I can add.
I started out on WordPress.org and I've never looked back.
Is there an argument for starting out on WordPress.com and changing to.org as you become more involved in blogging?
Or would you just be waisting a lot of time?
2 years ago on What You Should Know Before Choosing WordPress.com or WordPress.org