What one thing….websites #lazyweb

I’ve been delighted with the response to a tweet I sent this morning: So far responses have included: @paul_clarke – mobile/screen size adaptation @Ermintrude2 – the reason I went is accessible and obvious. No auto video/audio! @jaxrafferty – Important that a website is credible: whether selling socks, travel or research findings. Oh, & that it is not full of […]

Crowdsourced twitter stories

At lunchtime today we had a meeting at work to discuss social media, with a particular focus on twitter. I met with a few colleagues in December and showed them how to use twitter, I wrote a post about it here and at the time asked people for their advice, which I had intended to […]

Why I’ll raise your parking fine with some feedback!

I spent last weekend in Wales and had a great time….all except the small matter of dragging myself out of bed on Saturday morning to pay for on-street parking in Cardiff, before then receiving a parking ticket for parking #arrrrrgh as apparently they couldn’t see my ticket. I can’t begin to tell you how annoying […]

When it’s good it’s very very good #NHS

The last few days Gran hasn’t been very well, I spent an hour with her and Grandad yesterday evening and she was perky, but not herself. Grandad spent the whole time just looking at her, wistfully, worrying but like he was drinking her in with his eyes. They’ve been together since they were children and […]

Week One – Postcards via Twitter

This year I decided that I’d send more post, in the form of letters, postcards and birthday cards. I wanted a New Years Resolution that wasn’t just about my own self, hence the Postcards by Twitter idea. I’ve sent 10 items so far, across the country, have received one postcard back (which was never part […]

We shall not cease from exploration

It’s almost nine years ago that I had my PhD Viva, bits of it I remember like it was yesterday, lots of it I couldn’t recall if my life depended on it. In fact, if I’m really honest I think I could say the same about my PhD itself. I was reading a news story […]

The Swift and Bold

I felt compelled to write this post off the back of a facestalker update that my little sister just posted: Abi wants to thank all of my dearest friends & family who have got us through the last 178 sleeps, we couldn’t have done it without your support. 1 more sleep left and it’s all […]

Another trainline fail

Booking train tickets is the bane of my life. I’m very lucky in that I have someone who can help book my travel if I’m organised far enough in advance to ask them to do so, however the reality is I’m not always as organised as I’d like – especially when I’m trying to juggle […]

Social media metrics: reach ≠ quality

I need to start this post by confessing that I’ve been wanting to use ≠ in a post for ages. For anyone who is thinking it’s a typo, it’s not it’s actually the symbol for *does not equal*, so indulge me with my quirk if you will and keep reading – anyone who got here already. […]

It’s only when you need it that you realise what a gift it is #giveblood

Short blog from me after a conversation with my mum. On Tuesday this week my Dad had a blood transfusion. Dad has cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer, and despite being generally healthy he had started to get breathless, become very pale, and lost energy. At his most recent consultant’s appointment we found out that he […]