• RideLondon Training Update #1

    RideLondon Training Update #1

    Very nearly one year ago I joined a big family group to do the  Memory Walk in Sutton to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. We were walking in memory of my Dad who suffered from Pick’s Disease, a form of Dementia. We had a great time and smashed our fundraising target, generating over £1,000 for […]

  • TIL: array_push() is slow

    Today I learnt (thanks Gary) that array_push() is actually kinda slow and it’s probably better to avoid it in most cases. There’s some (not very detailed but interesting nonetheless) tests in this StackOverflow answer.

  • The Bullshit Web, and some bullshit about AMP

    Alright, let’s start off by saying that I’m definitely a little biased – part of my job involves working with the AMP team at Google and the fine folks at XWP on the AMP for WordPress plugin. I wanted to highlight some things about this Bullshit Web piece that’s going around, though. In short: the […]

  • Happy 70th birthday, NHS, and thank you

    Thank you for delivering me safely to my parents. Thanks for all the eye tests and glasses. Thanks for making sure I had healthy teeth despite my attempts to avoid brushing. Thanks for looking after my sisters as they gave life to my nieces and nephews. Thanks especially for nurturing the twins when they entered […]

  • 12 Years

    Of course my WordPress journey is much longer, having picked up the software a while before joining WordPress.com. At that moment, I didn’t even consider the idea that I might actually work at WordPress.com one day. I’ve come so far in those twelve years – I wonder where I’ll be in another twelve.

  • Analysis: UK low-carbon sources generated more than fossil fuels in 2017

    Great news that in 2017 low-carbon sources of power generation generated more than fossil fuels in the UK. That includes nuclear, which is pretty expensive and had obvious long term disadvantages by it’s great to see us relying less on dead dinosaurs! Image is Scout Moor Wind Farm and some people by Gidzy.

  • 500 beers

    In 2017 I made a new year’s resolution. Here’s how it panned out.

  • Meet Seb

    This is Seb. He is my puppy! Like any good dog, he’s jerking around on Instagram.

  • WordCamp US 2017: 5 Steps to Better WordPress Performance for Non-Developers

    Below is my presentation from this year’s WordCamp US in Nashville, TN. In the spirit of democratising publishing I wanted to help non-developers and individuals/small business owners to have better performing websites with minimal effort. Here’s the recorded talk: And the slides:

  • Autumn

    I’ve been wanting to get back out on my mountain bike for months. As much as pulling the kids along is great fun(!), there’s nothing quite like shooting through the trees, twists and turns of a good single track. So I made a last-minute decision to go for a ride today, and what a lovely […]