My top posts of 2016

It’s been a busy year on the blogging front. I reached by 1,000th post and built a better habit of regular posts. Some of which were surprisingly popular with those of you with enough time on your hands to come visit. I had a quick look at my stats and the following posts are (in order) those that far and away got the most views. 

They’re an interesting mix of topics, that’s for sure! Travel, notebooks, productivity and nude beaches. The latter in particular garnered some interest and seems to have been shared on a view blogs that (ahem) specialise on the topic. I’m flattered, honestly. 

I’m Seoul Excited – planning our trip to Japan and including 48hrs of a stopover in Seoul. On a whim!

Unboxing the iPhone 7 Plus – another gadget un-boxing, this time with better photos. 

Testing the iPhone 7 Plus camera – a selection of pics to demonstrate the new phone’s power.

My trip to the Traveler’s Factory – an over-excited recounting of my visit to the fabled shop in Tokyo.

Is everyone leaving Evernote? – a question I’m still asking myself.

My Japanese stationery haul – a summary of my over-indulgence while in Japan in October.

Nudity: the great leveller – considering the relaxing properties of the clothing-optional beach experience.

Hopefully 2017 will offer a similarly broad range of topics to write about. And hopefully, there will be even more in the way of travel writing. I’m planning an inevitable return to Japan (cities to be decided) and some more time on the beaches of Barcelona and Sitges. 

And there’s bound to be more technology to write about, right?

1,000 posts in…

This is the 1,000th post I’ve written on this blog, which for me is a bit of a special moment. I’ve not stuck with a blog for so long over the years and, as this one keeps getting readers and their comments, I guess I’ll keep going!

Thanks to everyone for the constant feedback and interest (though I’m still puzzled by who might be interested in this cross-section of comics, technology, stationery and travel) and here’s to another 1,000 posts.

And now, for your enjoyment, a picture of me with a pug.

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Postach.io’s back!

You may recall I got very excited by a start-up called Postach.io come time ago. Simply put, their USP was taking your simple Evernote notes and turning them into a simple blog. Just tag a note as ‘published’ and it appeared as a new blog post.

Simples!

I quickly fell in love with it, due to its simplicity, its tight integration with Evernote (one of my favourite apps of all time) and how I could quickly write in Markdown.

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So much easier

Only a few days since I moved this blog from a self-hosted solution to WordPress.com and I’m already so very glad I made the leap.

No more plug-ins to maintain, no more time-outs, no more complexity. I just fire up the browser, head to WordPress.com and start typing. It’s a simple, but powerful interface. And it definitely makes it easier to write – basically, if I experience less friction, I’m a lot more likely to start a post.

Slightly sad I couldn’t bring my preferred blog theme with me, but I’m not too unhappy with the one that’s up and running now. I might update it in the future, but right now I’m all about the content.

(If we can agree that, by ‘content’, we mean snarky references to the Eurovision Song Contest and whiney posts about technology that I don’t yet own. Yes?)

Catching up on life

As I’m “home alone” this weekend for the first time in a while, I restarted the long-held tradition of staying up far too late watching crap TV, having made poor meal choices.

I fended off the strong urge to order take-away and instead enjoyed some pulled pork in a baguette, made at home. Stunning. I then descended into a bit of a food coma (there were mince pies involved) and sloped off to bed to watch TV.

Once I’d finished watching “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (more on that soon), it was already after midnight. I then channel-surfed for a bit and settled on a crap horror flick featuring Starbuck from Battlestar and the captain from Firefly.

Meanwhile, on an impulse, I thought Id try to resurrect the year’s content from this blog that went AWOL when I neglected to back up. Somehow, I found a bunch of content on various internet archive sites and spent an interesting couple of hours copying and pasting old blog posts from 2011 and 2010 into this blog.

Interesting in that I got to read several posts that were meaningful to me, including my first ever half-marathon (seems like an age ago!) and the slow but steady progress I made that year towards completing my Doctorate. And I got there in the end.

But as there was no quick and easy way to import this bucket of memories, I manually copied, pasted and tidied up the content. And sadly, no way to carry over the many comments that accompanied those posts. But still – better than a complete gap for 12 months.

All completed while watching terrible TV. I then settled down to read some of this week’s top comics and fell asleep to the soothing sounds of Andy Ihnatko and Dan Benjamin on a podcast.

Honestly? It was far more enjoyable than it sounds.

Returning to WordPress…?

After a 6 month stint over at Postach.io, I’m thinking of moving back to WordPress full time. I’ve been blogging just as much as before – maybe even a little more – but I’m finding the limitations where it comes to look and feel more and more annoying.

On the upside, I did learn a lot about writing using Markdown 🙂

Unfortunately, there’s no simple way to carry over the last 6 months of content to this blog, so it’ll take me a while to copy and paste from Evernote. The trials and tribulations of being a promiscuous blogger. I can’t stay faithful to one platform for long.

So I need to make sure my content is portable.

Lesson learnt.

Until next time.

Trying out Postach.io

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been experimenting more regularly with Postach.io – a fantastic service that let’s you host a blog based on the Evernote app. Simply write your post in evernote, tag it “Published” and it appears on your blog.

Simple as.

It definitely lacks all the bells and whistles of WordPress and most other blog platforms, but in a sense that makes writing easier. I can’t express just how easy it is just throw thoughts down into a note in Evernote and get them onto your Postachio blog.

Meanwhile, I can use Disqus for comments and Google Analytics to track visits to the blog. The latter is interesting – and a lot more powerful than what’s built into WordPress.

Postach.io is a work in progress – functionality is being added all the time. Apparently they’ll be adding a way to import posts from WordPress. If it’s simple and works, I may just do that.

So, for the moment, come and follow me over at MacPsych.Postach.io.

Who knows? Maybe you’ll join me 🙂

Postach.io joins the App Centre

932326b07b28d2bce64e168404c95d96The really very excellent Postach.io has joined the Evernote App Centre.

What’s Postach.io, I hear you say?

If you use Evernote, it’s an idiot-proof method for turning notes into a perfectly serviceable blog. It’s definitely idiot-proof as I’ve managed it – took about one minute to get it up and running. I really have a soft spot for Postach.io as it leverages a technology I use several times every day (Evernote) and means you don’t have to ever worry about your posts going AWOL when your blog host goes belly-up.

Even if (fingers crossed) Postach.io was vaporised tomorrow, all your blog posts would still be sitting in your Evernote account.

Genius.

Yes, it’s missing lots of the bells and whistles of more advanced blogging platforms like WordPress and (shudder) Blogger, but I think that’s an advantage – it’s all about getting words down on the page and publishing.

Another advantage: Evernote works so well with IFTTT, you could set up all kinds of crazy auto-posting from other services like Twitter and Facebook. You could send all your tweets, Instagram photos and Tumblr posts to a single, easy to maintain blog.

I can’t wait to see how it develops over time – you can already import posts from Tumblr and I hear there’s a WordPress importer on the way. You can add Disqus for comments and use Google Analytics to keep track of hits. All in all, it’s a great alternative to the most established blogging services out there.

Who knows – they might be able to tempt me to blog there full time.

Check out the Postach.io Feed for examples of what others are publishing using this great app right now…