Sleep on it
A fresh perspective.
A fresh perspective.
Thanking the people I’ve drawn inspiration from when building this website.
We’re back in Hamburg for the week, visiting family and catching up with old friends.
For a long time it seemed like having a personal moodboard was all the rage. Then Instagram came along and all that changed.
I haven’t written in a while. Last week I got Covid (again), so I’ve been taking it pretty easy.
How little CSS is too little CSS? How few lines can get away with before a site starts to feel, well, unstyled?
This year I plan on sharing a couple of themes with the Hugo community.
I’m writing on my phone more and more these days. I seem to find it much easier to keep my writing concise and to the point when working on a tiny screen.
A quick look at how to render nested data within Hugo templates.
I‘ve been thinking about new ways to build interest in Practical Hugo and generally provide some value whilst I’m working on lesson material.
Calculating the carbon footprint of a webpage, working on Figma designs in public, adding skip-links and using familiar link :hover styles.
An observation made when changing tools and how it can help you process your thoughts and ideas.
Improving video performance by lazy-loading iframes using fancy facades.
Woke up this morning to a power cut on our street and no running water. What else am I’m currently taking for granted, that I would miss if it were gone?
Felt like I needed more structure to my days, and balace in things I’m working on, so I’m giving time blocking another go.
It’s not always easy to find a balance in life. I’ve got a bad habit of going all in on one thing, and letting other stuff slip.
Feel like I should have got way more done with today, but my heads thumping, so it’s been hard to focus.
Make it easy, get it done.
I’ve been keeping a list of all sorts of tiny ideas, to implement when I need a change of scene.
It’s been one of those weeks where I sat at my desk for far too long but still felt like I’ve got nowhere.
I had a minor freak out this morning. I think it was a combination of things that set me off.
From now until launch, anyone who signs up for Practical Hugo will get free access to course material in return for completing a short survey about their experience with Hugo.
It’s a bank holiday here today in the UK, so it was nice and quiet – a good chance to focus on developing this course outline.
I’m repeating myself, but that’s how it is when you’re making sense of things.
Now in the research phase, where I try and figure out how best to structure this course. I don’t have the answer yet, maybe the name holds a clue?
I ditched Mailchimp in favour of Buttondown for the email list – hopefully this doesn’t turn out to be a bad decision
Trying not to loose focus in the run up to Christmas, so today I set myself a simple goal – get something live on practicalhugo.com by the end of the day.
I designed a simple color palette and logo mark to bring this course to life.
Clarifying things, picking a domain name and moving the course I’m working on to it’s own home on the web.
I spent the morning thinking about how best to structure this course. To get the ball rolling a had a poke around in some of the courses I’ve taken recently.
Course related updates now automatically display on my Hugo course page. It took some thought but the solution was pretty simple in the end.
My course needed a dedicated signup form, so I improved the one in the footer of my site so it can be changed on a page-by-page basis. Here’s how I did it.
Things are starting to take shape and my Hugo course is no longer just an idea. Here’s where I’m at and where I’m heading next.
I’m commiting to writing a course on Hugo by sharing the process in public. The plan is to create daily ‘learning exhaust’ in the form of updates like this.
I’ve added an updates page to my website so I can share short-form posts about what I’m currently working on and how I’m going about it.
A few thoughts on focusing on your interests and choosing your own path. You don’t have to learn that fancy framework to be a successful web developer.
You often read that the best way to make progress and achieve your goals is to show up every day and put in the hours. But this doesn’t make it any easier to make happen.
A few thoughts on sharing what you know, regardless of your experience and finding an openness to reinvent and learn from others.
Once a month I curate a newletter for designers and developers interested in static sites, CSS and web performance. Check out past issues to get an idea.