Why Fi?

Those of you who regularly read my blog, will have noticed the recent lack . . . .  while I take my annual family camping trip, to the sunny climes of Cornwall.

You should try it . . . . Yet again ( for our 9th successive year) we were blessed with lovely weather. . . .
. . . once it finally stopped raining on the day we went.

We did have to sit in the car for almost 2 hours debating on the feasibility of pitching a brand new tent in the pouring deluge . . .  . . . knowing that it would not go well if we were forced to such inevitability.

But it never got to that, as the clouds cleared and our neighbour on the campsite gave us a hand in the blustering winds instead. Continue reading

(How) do you respond?

Respond, answer, say something in reply, react, retort.

1. Are you good at it?
2. Do you even bother?
3. Does it depend who is asking and what they say?

Q. How bad do you feel when others DO NOT respond to you?

Last week my eldest son turned 9.**
Apparently, according to his teacher (from yesterdays parents evening) he listens well in class!

I pretty much know that he listens to me, but he chooses* to hardly ever respond!

A. Well its often irritating, it can be annoying and, sometimes frustrating, particularly when you have asked a question.
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Is your website bitter-sweet?

Last week I talked about getting what you pay for, and a while ago I came across this quote. . . .

“The Bitterness Of Poor Quality Is Remembered Long After The Sweetness Of Low Price Has Faded From Memory”

It really struck a chord with me, in how it related to many people’s attitude to the design and creation of their websites in particular.

Think on this to demonstrate my point. . .
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“Oh yes! thank you mummy!”

Happy 2015!

I just had a quick read of my first blog for 2014, and I am pleased to say that this Christmas has been a lot more successful than the last one. . . .

. . . the childhood appreciation stakes have most definitely increased 100% – but possibly due to the standard of the presents?

I forced myself to get out of bed at a sensible time so I could see the boys open some of their presents, if not all . . .

. . . and my eldest really made my day, with his genuine and heartfelt “thank you mummy for my ipad” . . . .

. . . which was what he had asked for months ago, but was only 90% sure of getting –

and then to see the real genuine pleasure and surprise on his face as he opened the Lego Creator Bike Shop and Cafe set . . .

“Oh yes! thank you mummy!”

. . . . he had asked for this too but once he realised the price of it, he had known that it was too much money for Aunties or Grandmas to pay for. . . .

. . . and as he knew that the ipad was his “only” present from mum and dad, he had been ready to offer a trade off and have the lego instead.

(Too late at this point, ipad was purchased!)

Anyway, with contributions from Aunty and Grandma, (and a rather generous Secret Santa, who always gives the boys some money), the Lego set was purchased. . . .

. . . So he kind of got to have his cake and eat it too.

And youngest son was happy too. . . .

. . . my cynical view on Dad’s purchase of an unrequested scalextric was (thankfully) proved wrong as both boys and dad played for what seemed like an exceptionally long time with it. . .

. . . plus batman Lego, and the inevitable scooby doo colouring books and pens meant happy faces all round.

Even Christmas dinner got eaten without too much grumbling about sprouts and sausages! (The pigs in blankets is now the best bit).

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But now its time to dive back in to work, and try to stick to my resolutions and business goals.

After a half hearted attempt at Mailchimp 18 months ago, and a bit of a struggle to get to grips with it, I finally had another go. . . .

. . . . managed to load in my contact list (with a bit of help from an Apple script, in order to save it as a mail chimp compatible format) . .

. . . and will be using it to email the notification about this blog. (fingers crossed)

Not sure if I completely know what I am doing, as it will be the first time, but decided to stop making excuses and heck . . . . . Just Do It!

Got a few other new things in the pipeline to emerge from Wild Ideas this month, so will be doing those too.

If you have stuff that you have been hesitating about then isn’t the new year a great reason to just make a new start, and get on with things?

Something is better than nothing, so don’t worry too much if it’s not quite perfect, you can tweak and improve it later . . .

. . . and apparently  –  “if you are not making mistakes then you are not trying hard enough”

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The importance of being earnest

This week I have been catching up on paperwork , as most of my clients seem to be tied up away on holiday or entertaining the children while they are off school.

It has come to my attention that although clients, with all good intentions have agreed to write earnest testimonials for me, these have not quite materialised for all manner of reasons I imagine.

Oscar Wilde has been telling people how important it is to be serious and sincere (earnest) for just 6 months shy of 120 years. We should take a leaf out of his book.
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This is not my area of expertise

Can you remember as a child getting all excited by new technology, and being better at setting the video recorder than your parents and then wondering why they just did not seem that interested?

Well I think I have come full circle now, because I have embraced a lot of technology as I have grown up, and got to a point where my brain is just not that interested in it anymore.

Its hard work learning new stuff, and much as I should get excited at the prospect of a new gadget, or mobile phone . . . Continue reading