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  1. On burning out

    As I sit here, tapping away on my keyboard, I feel like a fraud. A charlatan. An imposter. I feel like what I’ve been through isn’t that bad. Like what I’m about to say is…

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  2. Seasons

    Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist, recently wrote a great post called Seasons. He describes how Corita Kent, an artist who lived in Boston, would sit and observe a maple tree in her garden…

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  3. Impact

    Today I recorded a podcast with Darren Beale for his show Knuckling Down. It’s the first time I’ve appeared on a podcast. As the red light started blinking, the nerves hit. I fumbled my words…

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  4. Monthly themes

    As April draws to a close, I’m starting to reflect on the 30 Day Writing Challenge. I’ve found the challenge to be hugely beneficial to my own writing practice, even though the original intent was to help…

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  5. Guilt

    I try to spend time with my wife, Ju, in the evenings. Over the past month or so, I’ve not been doing that as much as I should. A busy work schedule and some unproductive…

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  6. The unknown is hard work

    While on our weekend break in Chester, we walked from our hotel to the city centre. The area was completely unknown to us. We were taking in everything as we went, marking the journey by the…

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  7. Unplug

    I’ve spent the past few days in Chester with Ju. The first few months of the year have been hectic; Ju with her new job and me with a busy work schedule. So we decided to…

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  8. Half-time Q&A Session

    Several of us taking the writing challenge are regular listeners of The Tim Ferriss Show. We thought it would be fun to answer questions that Tim Ferriss regularly asks on his podcast. Here goes: When…

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  9. Why I’m in Oxford

    It’s 4pm and I’m sipping coffee in a small café in Oxford as I type these words. I’m here for Smashing Conference, which takes place over the following 2 days. I had no intentions of…

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  10. Reading more intentionally

    Last year, I read a total of 26 books, more than any other year of my life. I’m a relatively slow reader, but I felt I could easily double that number this year if I…

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  11. The /now page

    The /now page as explained by Derek Sivers: People often ask me what I’m doing now. Each time I would type out a reply, describing where I’m at, what I’m focused on, and what I’m…

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  12. A new home

    Back in 2011, after many failed attempts at starting a blog, I launched Plausible Thought. I’ve blogged on a semi-regular basis since then about web development, running a business, and even the occasional interview. But…

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  13. Journaling: day one

    I screwed up. I didn’t send out my newsletter last time around. Since November last year, I’ve been writing and sending my newsletter every 2 weeks and I broke the chain for the first time.…

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  14. I’m joining the modmore team!

    Today I have some exciting personal news to share: I’m joining the team at modmore as their content strategist. It’s a part-time venture so I’ll still be running my own business 16by9 and working with…

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  15. The muscle theory

    What if every characteristic of our personality, whether good or bad, is amplified by how much we practice it? In other words, if we are jealous a lot of the time—even if we’re doing it…

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  16. I’m going freelance

    As of next month, I will be a full-time freelance1 frontend web developer and owner of 16by9. I’m super excited. Motivated. But mostly—terrified. I’ve always dreamed of being self-employed. At school, my answer to the…

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  17. You are not late

    We’re twenty-or-so years into this internet thing… All the good domains have been taken and everything has been done already, right? Kevin Kelly wrote a wonderful piece called “You Are Not Late” in which he…

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  18. On blogging

    The first blog I remember making a conscious effort to read was Signal vs. Noise, circa 2004. I loved reading it. It was well written, often controversial and they were open and transparent (before being…

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  19. Fifty

    I remember asking what the fastest thing in the world was. I was once young and naive but ever curious. I was told that light was indeed the fastest thing in the world. I remember…

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  20. Takeaways from Responsive Day Out 2

    Sadly, I missed last year’s conference. Luckily for those of us who couldn’t make it, all of last year’s talks are online. The general notion of last years event seemed to be one of fear…

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  21. Progress and reassurance

    There are no version numbers on the web. No one asks you what version of Facebook you’re using or if you could just install a 200mb update. What we create is what the user sees…

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  22. 500 words

    Last week, Ju and I headed south to a cosy stone barn in North Devon. It was a holiday we both needed. I decided to disconnect. I don’t work on holidays but it’s rare that…

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  23. Time

    We’ve all heard excuses like these: “I wish I had time to write a book.” “I’d love to work on my side project but I’m too busy.” Bullshit. Be honest with yourself. You didn’t do…

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  24. Happy birthday, World Wide Web

    Today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. It was 25 years ago that a young English computer scientist, (Sir) Tim Burners-Lee, presented a technical paper proposing the system. ‘Vague, but exciting’ was…

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  25. Podcasts

    2013 was a great year for podcasts. It felt like new shows and apps were springing up every other week which is great if you are a podcast junky like me. Having tried numerous iOS…

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  26. How can we make a ruckus

    Seth Godin: It’s important because why else are we here? We won the lottery. We have the right parents, we were born in the right decade, we are the wealthiest generation in the history of…

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  27. Inspire kids to learn to code

    Code Club is an after school coding club for children aged 10-11. Like the two co-founders, I also share the belief that it is essential that children are introduced to coding at an early age…

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  28. Why you should pay too much for things

    Allen Tucker: Have you ever inherited something that’s really old? When you held it, did you notice that it’s different than what you can buy at the store today? Chances are your grandparents saved up…

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  29. Helvetica

    Helvetica is an extraordinarily well-made documentary film by Gary Hustwit about ‘typography, graphic design and global visual culture’. It’s a wonderful look at the typeface and explores just how ubiquitous it has become. It‘s well…

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  30. Hello world

    Plausible Thought is my new home on the web. A place where I hope to share links and write short articles. It will be focused around my interests of design, technology, web design and science.…

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