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I’m coming home

I’ve been using Tumblr for a few months now, mainly because of ease of access on the move. However, having become frustrated with the limitations of a third-party service, I’ve leapt back to WordPress sjhoward.co.uk from today.

I’ve duplicated almost all of the posts from Tumblr – there weren’t all that many, and I don’t anticipate this transition shaking the Earth to the core. I tended to post more varied content on Tumblr that I historically did on here, and my posts were almost all shorter than typical posts here, and I plan to continue that style back on here. I’ll be doing my photo-a-day project via here, for example.

There’s bits of housekeeping to be done to tidy things up on here, which will no doubt get done in time. Feel free to comment on this post if you spot any glaring errors for me to pay some attention to.

Thanks for your support over the eight or so years that I’ve been blogging – I hope you’ll continue to enjoy reading!

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Introducing photo-a-day 2012

Happy new year!

Inspired by @sillypunk’s 2011 success, I’m going to try the Photo a Day idea for 2012… First picture to arrive shortly…

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On Reflection…

Wow, you wait months for a post, and then get an X Factor liveblog. Yikes.

For something a little more like everything else I write, you might want to look at some contributions to The Pod Delusion that I’ve made and forgotten to point to – listen here and here.

Normal service will be resumed shortly.

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Brown’s record-breaking nose-picking

I’ve just noticed that my (infamous) video of Gordon Brown picking his nose has now been viewed over half a million times – 581,610 times to be precise – on YouTube alone. That’s on top of it’s appearance on Newsnight, and pretty much everywhere in 2007. It’s had 2,584 comments – more than the rest of the site put together.

It’s quite clearly the most successful thing ever to come from this site: A video of someone picking their nose. Crazy!

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A little Monday morning inspiration…

Back in 2003, I pointed readers in the direction of a Guardian interview, by Decca Aitkenhead, with a teenage mother called Hannah White. She gave birth to Ebony in the middle of her GCSEs, and still managed to get great results.

The comment thread on my post turned into something of a support forum for teenage mums, which offers fascinating reading in itself. Hannah came along and contributed from time to time, but towards the end of last year it kind of petered out.

But now, Hannah herself has posted on there again, letting us know that she’s now got her degree and has started working full time in neurosciences, as Ebony has just turned five.

I just think this goes to show how the stereotypes of teenage parents can so often be wide of the mark.

Congratulations, Hannah, and all the best for the future. 🙂

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Little design changes

I’ve made a couple of changes to the site’s layout, of which I hope you will approve.

Most noticeably, I’ve tidied up my handwriting a bit – if only it was so easy in real life! It is still very much my hand, but I’ve straightened out the baseline and reduced some of the letter spacings to more closely reflect actual handwriting. There are a couple of other tiny changes, too – it’s an addictive business, tweaking a font!

Also, I’ve stopped DailyBoothing. I’m not self-obsessed enough to take a photo of myself everyday as it turns out… Though notice that I am egotistical enough to keep a static photo in the corner up there… And to have a site of thousands of pages all devoted to me, of course…

As always, your comments on the above, plus the multitudes of other tweaks around the site, are most welcome!

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Experimenting with DailyBooth

So I’ve decided to experiment with DailyBooth for a while, and stuck a big picture of myself in the sidebar.

While I get the impression that I’m about ten years too old to join in the DailyBooth phenomenon, I have been thinking for a while that I should stick a picture in the sidebar since I’m trying to make the site seem a bit more ‘personal’, with the handwriting and all… And this way, I get to play with a new website, and don’t have to stare at the same picture of myself for too long.

The implementation is clearly a bit slapdash at the moment (and I know my collar’s wonky in the first picture), but let me know your thoughts – is this a change for the better, or does my face make you want to vomit?

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