Blessed with a fantastic face for radio, and the ideal speaking voice for silent movies, I prefer to communicate with my fingers. Tapping away on my computer keyboard or guitar fretboard, I am a happy man. This explains my Twitter handle. But therein lies the problem. I need to get out more. To communicate and mix with real people. Face to face. To step out into the spotlight and prove I am something more than a digital entity. Yes, I am human. Just like you, unless you are a web bot scraping the source code of this web site of course.
The UK Genesis Podcast
So, when asked if I wanted to appear on the UK Genesis Podcast, I was one part thrilled, two parts nervous. I am a big fan of the fortnightly show. Which features UK web professionals who use the Genesis Framework for WordPress. Some of my favourite people from the Genesis Community have appeared on there. I am a big fan.
July 1st at 2pm, we went live. Hosted by Gary Jones with Jo Waltham, there was no turning back now. Well, I muddled through. Trying to explain what I do for a living with a tongue tied up tighter than the laces of a Doctor Marten boot. Luckily for me Gary and Jo were kind. They didn’t give me a good virtual kicking.
Nor did they burst out laughing when I gave up trying to pronounce Matt Mullenweg’s surname. My youngest daughter would describe this as “tots awk”. Hugh Grant has nothing on me for stuttering English cringe-worthy moments. What made it even more painful was a few days earlier, Mr. Mullenweg had even favourited one of my tweets. Which I share here, just in case he meant to favourite someone else.
If you have nothing to do for the next hour, then please check out Episode #11 of the podcast. Some might say, it beats watching grass grow or paint dry for entertainment value. Or better still, you could watch any of the other episodes. I recommend subscribing if you are a WordPress or Genesis designer or developer. It’s a great show, normally.
Show Notes and Honourable Mentions
If you’ve watched the show. Well done. Have a drink on me. You deserve it. Also here are some of the tools of my trade and other favourite people or things that I tried to, or meant to, mention while we were on air:
- WordPress Bournemouth– a new Meetup group for the good people of Bournemouth which I am getting started with the help of WordPress.org
- iChimes – The WooCommerce powered WordPress site run by iFamily
- James Roberts – for nominating me to do the podcast – the b******d!
- Mike Little – who I hoped would be shown on a forthcoming episode of the podcast. If you don’t know who Mike is, he co-founded WordPress with Matt Mullenweg!
- Dave Dean – aka WP Musketeer who would I’m sure be a dashing interviewee
- Robin Christopherson – who I heard talk at Altitude a few years back and showed me just how inclusive technology can be, when designed for accessibility from the start
- Mik Scarlet – who gave a short talk at a recent WordPress London Meetup, explaining how accessibility could be a good niche and possibly a good earner in the UK especially for web developers
- Rian Rietveld – for welcoming me on the WordPress Accessible team, even though my own website had more title’s than Muhammed Ali
- Make WordPress Accessible – you too can help make WordPress better, for everybody
- Designing with Web Standards – Jeffrey Zeldman’s book that helped change the way we all code websites
- Coda – my editor of choice. Made by the good people that make Transmit, coincidently my favourite FTP client.
- MAMP Pro – rock solid local development environment
- CodeKit – for SASS magic
- DesktopServer – my new local development setup
- Photoshop – rocking the vintage CS3 version which is still hanging together
- Tower – for those that prefer a bit of GUI with their Git
- Unfinished Business – Andy Clarke’s superb podcast on the business end of web design
- Evernote – because I have the memory of a gold fish
- Moleskine Notebooks – because I have the memory of a gold fish. Plus I like to sketch out wireframes and designs
- Hemingway – for helping me write Ernestly, did you see what I did there?
- XScope – for on screen rulers and guides
- Content Insight – content audit tool
- FreeAgent – for invoicing and book keeping. If you click on this link and sign up, you and me both get 10% off, for life 😉
- Eon – for time tracking, it integrates with FreeAgent nicely
- WordPress SEO – my must-have plugin by Yoast
- Dalai Lama – for compassion and good karma! 😉
Thank you, thank you, thank you
A big heartfelt shout out to Gary, Jo and the UK Genesis team for daring me to be on their show.
Bookings and Press Enquiries
If you can’t afford Hugh Grant, and want me to appear on your podcast, Hollywood blockbuster, tv or radio show, please contact my lovely agent.