You’re Bored? That’s So AWESOME.

(Updated 11th August 2016). So…I saw your tweet. You’re “bored”? Bored. Really? WOW! I am…absolutely floored. Hopelessly lost in admiration! You are everything I aspire to be.

How Do You Avoid Wasting Good Advice?

What do you do with good advice? Sometimes travel-blogging feels like one big difference of opinion. From the right way to travel to hating on partial RSS feeds, from debating whether the term “street food” is insulting to where the line gets drawn between it and restaurant food. There’s lots of disagreement, occasionally heated, and a lot of haranguing. It’s … Read More

Can We Really Be Friends?

web party

  Have you actually met any of these people? – a large proportion of friends and family, to me, at various points in the last decade. Hi. There’s a very good chance that we’ve never met. But that’s okay – we can still be friends. And here’s why that is.

How To Not Spam People On Stumbleupon

How to use Stumbleupon without being spammy. I’ll admit it – I love Stumbleupon. And I’d be ungrateful if I didn’t, because it’s been really nice to my website. I use SU for fun, but like millions of others I also use it to make my writing visible to a wider audience. My two-part series The Human Scale of Cold … Read More


This weekend, I’ve been trying to do one thing at a time. I’ve been trying really hard.

The Unholy Trinity Of Bad Internet Lists

(After my Twitter rant of last week, I needed a walk on the North York Moors to chill out. This I did. Did it work? Well, I’m now ranting about something else. I think this shows Progress.) So, you want your post to get lots of page-hits? Want traffic roaring like a scene from Days of Thunder? (Apologies for choice … Read More

What Are Blog Comments For?

mountains in Crete, Chania

Here is a picture of the mountains in Crete. Big, aren’t they? But this post is nothing to do with them. It’s all in the comments, folks.

Twitter: I Really Don’t Know

I’ve been using Twitter a lot recently, for work and for fun. And… Well, I can’t come to an overall opinion. I just can’t. There’s too much to love and too much to hate. So here’s both of what I think. (And yes, these are extreme opposites. That’s the point).