Oh Bugger

In Misc, Parenting

Why is it that when I’m away from the computer I can formulate hundreds of blog entries in my head but the second I sit down to write anything, it all pours away? Buggery. I guess with the lack of anything inspirational or witty to… read full entry →

WordPress Plugin Development

In Geek, PHP

Although I’ve used WordPress on and off for years, the closest I usually get to plugin development is custom widgets. This is not through lack of willing, but rather that everything I’ve wanted is already out there and I’m too lazy busy to reinvent the… read full entry →

Cloth Nappies: 6 Months On

In Parenting

Some of you may recall that back in June I worked out the cost of disposable nappies: how much we’d spent in the first 6 months and how much we’d spend if we carried on using them. I played around with some different types of… read full entry →

The World of Jem

In Misc

What’s going on in the world of Jem lately? Let’s see… I’ve been back at work 3 weeks now. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. That’s not to say I wouldn’t rather be at home with Isabel, but I am actually… read full entry →

Christmas Presents for Men

In Misc

Am I the only one who struggles to buy Christmas presents for men? It’s that time of year again (and right up there with birthdays and anniversaries); normally I spend weeks trying to think of the perfect present and still end up buying books, socks… read full entry →

What is Search Engine Optimisation?

In Geek

As a developer it’s always apparent to me that different people have different ideas about what search engine optimisation (or “SEO”) actually is. The most popular opinion, by far, is that search engine optimisation is a series of ‘magic’ tweaks and secret handshakes to make… read full entry →

Michael K Steals BellaBook, Breaks GPL License

In Geek, Interwebs

I received a curious email on November 19th. A German CEO was asking me to state that I am, unequivocally, the developer of BellaBook and that BellaBook was free to use under the terms of the GNU General Public License. I almost took offence that… read full entry →

Diving into HTML5

In Geek

I made use of a spare few minutes this morning by catching up on HTML5. I had, up until now, ignored HTML5. After having burned so much energy on XHTML — “the future of the web” — I was loathe to put energy into something… read full entry →

Wonky Wonky

In Geek

Things might look a bit wonky this morning as I update Habari and modify my theme a little (backend stuff, you won’t really see any changes).

PHP Mail Form Updated

In PHP, Updates

Version 2.1 of my basic free PHP mail form is now live; this has been ‘ported over from my personal domain (jemjabella.co.uk) in an attempt to organise my content (and life!) a little better. Please feel free to get in touch with feedback.

If you thought the cake was epic

In Misc

…you should see her actual birthday present: It’s 1.2m long. Teehee.

Currently Reading: The Art of SEO

In Updates

I bought “The Art of SEO” while I was on maternity leave with my daughter, but funnily enough found little time to read it. It turns out babies don’t just lie around sleeping all day… who knew? Anyway, following my return to work I’ve invested… read full entry →